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Ex-FBI Agent: Workplaces Balk at Cost of Preventing Attacks

By    |   Thursday, 08 Jan 2015 06:11 PM

A lack of "security awareness" and preparation for violent, "man-made disasters" is the default for most workplaces — and the result can be deadly, as Wednesday's attack on a French newspaper proves, business security consultant and former FBI agent Tanya DeGenova told Newsmax TV on Thursday.

While companies in America are more security-conscious than their European counterparts, many still balk at spending the five- to six-figure sums needed to help deter attacks and keep workers safe, DeGenova told "MidPoint" host Ed Berliner.

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"It's a little different situation here than in France, in that we carry guns here in the United States," said DeGenova.

She said her former employer, for example, has forged security alliances with the private sector through the FBI InfraGard program, which has trained more than 30,000 people in how to prevent workplace violence or deal with an active-shooter scenario to minimize deaths and injuries.

DeGenova said that the offices of Charlie Hebdo, the site of Wednesday's massacre, were unusually protected by French standards after a 2011 firebombing — also blamed on radical Islamists — and death threats against its editor, who was among those killed on Wednesday.

The satirical newspaper known for mocking prominent Muslim figures employed bodyguards, a unformed policeman and an entry code.

"Most French businesses don't have that kind of level of security," said DeGenova.

"Frankly, they're open to anyone walking in, whether it's an unhappy former employee or a terrorist."

But she questioned whether even Charlie Hebdo, for all of its defenses, had a plan in place for dealing with an active-shooter situation once the real-life assault began.

One lesson of the attack is that skimping on workplace security can prove far costlier and more devastating to a company in the long run, said DeGenova.

"It's not a matter of 'if,' it's a matter of 'when,'" she said of workplace violence.

"Businesses need to get prepared. Just like they need to get prepared for natural disasters, they have to be prepared for man-made disasters."

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A lack of "security awareness" and preparation for violent, "man-made disasters" is the default for most workplaces - and the result can be deadly, as Wednesday's attack on a French newspaper proves, business security consultant and former FBI agent Tanya DeGenova said.
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