TORCHSTONE IN THE NEWS

  • Fugitive ‘Chapo’ hitman allegedly murdered in suspected Sinaloa cartel double-cross

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    Featuring TorchStone VP, Scott Stewart

    EL PASO, Texas — Ten days after escaping supervised release in San Diego, a convicted Sinaloa cartel enforcer and two family members have been murdered in Culiacan, Mexican newspapers report. The body of Jose Rodrigo Arechiga Gamboa, a.k.a. “El Chino Ántrax,” was among three found Saturday inside a BMW X-5 sports utility vehicle registered to his sister, El Sol de Culiacan reported. The vehicle was abandoned on a dirt road just east of the city. The other two victims were his sister, Ada Jimena, and his brother-in-law Juan Guillermo Garcia, El Sol reported.

     

  • The Hunt: Americans captured in Venezuela in alleged coup

    Featuring TorchStone VP, Scott Stewart

    Two U.S. citizens were among a group Venezuelan authorities say were 13 terrorists captured in connection with an alleged failed plot to topple the government. On this week’s edition of The Hunt with WTOP National Security Correspondent J.J. Green, Scott Stewart, a vice president at the security firm TorchStone Global, explains what happened.

     

  • A Resilience Framework for Businesses to Recover from a Pandemic Outbreak

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    By TorchStone Consultant, Joshua Sinai, PhD

    Everyone is hugely concerned about quickly recovering from the current COVID-19 pandemic, which is disrupting and degrading every aspect of life globally. This is particularly the case with major corporations whose employees, business operations, facilities, partners, and customers are being severely impacted by the pandemic.

     

  • Is North Korean Dictator Kim Jong-Un Ailing?

    Featuring TorchStone VP, Scott Stewart

    Intelligence analysts will use every piece of information they can get their hands on when they’re working to assess the health of these leaders. And in fact, they have specific teams of doctors and nurses who pore over this information in order to kind of diagnose them remotely,” says Scott Stewart, a former special agent at the U.S. Department of State and vice president of security firm TorchStone Global.

     

  • The Hunt: Are white supremacist groups likely to attack the DC area?

    Featuring TorchStone VP, Scott Stewart

    We’ve heard a lot lately from white supremacist groups threatening to launch attacks during the coronavirus pandemic. On this week’s edition of The Hunt, WTOP National Security Correspondent J.J. Green is joined by Scott Stewart, vice president at TorchStone Global to address the question of whether these groups will launch attacks here in the Washington, D.C. area.

     

  • Weaponized Letter and Package Attacks Against Public and Private SectorTargets: Key Takeaways for Security Practitioners

    By TorchStone Consultant, Joshua Sinai, PhD, Published in The InfraGard Journal

    This article assesses the risk posed by the ability of a variety of threat actors to send weaponized letters and packages, usually via a country’s mail system, against a spectrum of public and private sector targets in the U.S. and globally. A chronological listing of significant past attacks provides an empirical basis to assess the nature and severity of these incidents.

     

  • What investigators are looking for in nationwide hunt for would-be bomber

    Featuring TorchStone SVP, Joe Funk

    (CNN) – A nationwide manhunt is underway for whoever sent packages with suspected pipe bombs to former President Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and several other top political figures.

     

  • Bombs sent to CNN, prominent Democrats at time of political division

    Featuring TorchStone SVP, Joe Funk

    Federal agents are investigating bomb scares targeting prominent Democrats, as well as CNN. Amna Nawaz reports on the political discourse that may have inspired it, as well as President Trump’s response. Hari Sreenivasan reports from New York. Judy Woodruff discusses with Juliette Kayyem, who worked in the Department of Homeland Security under Obama, and Joseph Funk, former Secret Service.

     

  • TorchStone Appears on the Inc. 5000, Ranking No. 1955 With Three-Year Revenue Growth of 229 Percent

    NEW YORK, August 15, 2018 – Inc. magazine today revealed that TorchStone Global is No. 1995 on its 37th annual Inc. 5000, the most prestigious ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. The list represents a unique look at the most successful companies within the American economy’s most dynamic segment—its independent small businesses. Microsoft, Dell, Domino’s Pizza, Pandora, Timberland, LinkedIn, Yelp, Zillow, and many other well-known names gained their first national exposure as honorees on the Inc. 5000.

     

  • The Wall Street Journal Morning Risk Report: Reassessing Security Following YouTube Campus Shooting


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    Featuring TorchStone SVP, Mark Lex

    Companies looking to evaluate their physical security programs after Tuesday’s shooting at the YouTube office campus in San Bruno, Calif., need to consider one main factor when considering the level of protection they want to put in place: How much risk will they tolerate? Mark Lex, senior vice president at TorchStone, a risk mitigation and security company, said security should be a topic boards discuss when considering operational risks.

     

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