It’s been a tough year, and security is on the mind of everyone in the religious community, including synagogues, churches, and mosques. Here’s a timely story in the Jewish News, a newspaper in the greater Phoenix area: “Security experts prep synagogues for High Holidays.”

In the last 12 months, the American Jewish community has faced rising anti-Semitism and two synagogue shootings — one of which left one person dead and the other 11. 

Now, Jewish communities are looking at security and reevaluating emergency procedures — especially with the High Holidays approaching. 

The story quotes several people, including yours truly:

The vice chair of the Phoenix police department’s Jewish advisory board, Alan Zeichick, has also been working with synagogues to help their security teams better prepare for the upcoming High Holidays. During his visits, he presents a list of ideas to encourage better communication.

“It needs to be very clear to everyone who is doing what in terms of security and to make sure everyone knows what the processes are,” Zeichick said. “One of the things I like to say is, ‘Ninety-nine percent of all the problems is communication. The other one percent is communication, but you don’t realize it.’”

Please read the article – it’s important.

My short essay, “You can’t secure what you can’t see,” was published in the 2019/2020 edition of Commerce Trends, from Manhattan Associates (page 18). The essay begins with,

When your company’s name appears in the press, the story should be about your fantastic third-quarter earnings, improved year-on-year same-store results, and the efficiency of your supply chain. You never, never, never want to see a news story about a huge data breach that exposes private, GDPR-regulated information about your employees – or your customers.

Yet such breaches happen far too often, as we all can see by reading our favorite newspaper or website. What can you do to prevent this? The first step is to know what you have in terms of data, systems, applications, users – and third-party actors like suppliers, customers, partners, consultants, and contractors.

This can be particularly complicated in retail, because of the complexity of managing stores and e-commerce, as well as a v-e-r-y long supply chain with complicated logistics. However, there are no excuses. Every company needs to keep your confidential data out of the hands of competitors, while assuring customers and partners that you are safe to do business with.

Please download the magazine, read my story, and share your thoughts.