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Risk Takers Series

Risk Takers Series

By Chesley Brown Companies

If you're frustrated because it seems like all your time goes to putting out fires, the Risk Takers Podcast Series will help. This podcast is for business leaders looking for a sober, in-depth look at the myriad risks facing businesses today and explores practical solutions for overcoming those challenges. Brent and the Chesley Brown team are the world's leading experts on Security Risk Management. Get back to doing what matters most: running your company.
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#9. Joe Sheram - The Turnaround Guru
#9. Joe Sheram - The Turnaround Guru
Brent sits down with corporate turnaround expert Joe Sheram to discuss financial risk, corporate theft, the importance of cash, and some of the biggest challenges businesses face when navigating a crisis from a financial perspective. Joe has helped countless organizations restructure, and strategize their way through some of the most complex and serious issues a business can face. 
29:07
October 06, 2020
#08. The State of Security - SPECIAL EPISODE
#08. The State of Security - SPECIAL EPISODE
2020 has been a year full of change. In this week's special episode Brent sits down with Vice Presidents Bryan Taylor, Josh Noland and Max Briggs for a lively discussion on the current state of security. The team discusses current trends affecting business owners, law enforcement, and employees and what to expect in the future. They also discuss how companies can help employees adjusting to the new norm. This is an enlightening conversation, where you're sure to learn something new. 
41:43
September 22, 2020
#07 Jack Barsky - Former KGB Spy
#07 Jack Barsky - Former KGB Spy
As part of our on going conversation around corporate espionage, we decided to sit down with a real KGB spy for some insider knowledge. In this week's episode, Brent sits down with author and former KGB spy Jack Barsky to  discuss the growing threat of corporate espionage, how bad actors can access a company's most valuable secrets, and how that information gets used. This is one of the most fascinating episodes of the season, so tune in! You're sure to learn a lot.
49:36
August 25, 2020
#06. Human Trafficking with Bazzel Baz
#06. Human Trafficking with Bazzel Baz
Human trafficking touches nearly every city, county, state and locality in America. Yet law enforcement remains critically under prepared to handle this insidious business. Bazzel Baz, star of NBC's hit show The Blacklist, and real life CIA super spy is often refereed to as the patron saint of missing children. In this week's episode Baz sits down with Brent and Dell to discuss the ways human trafficking affects our communities us and how we can stop it. This is a fascinating discussion looking into the darker side of human nature -- you don't want to miss it!
40:55
August 11, 2020
#05 Corporate Counterespionage
#05 Corporate Counterespionage
Its not always the stuff of cold war spy novels but corporate or economic espionage continues to affect businesses all over the world both large and small at an exponential rate. It seems like there's a new breach every time you turn on the news. The difference is the biggest companies have the resources and budget the protect themselves. But where does that leave SMBs? In this week's episode, Brent and Dell Spry sit down to discuss the growing threat of corporate espionage, how businesses are exposing their intellectual property. They'll also cover simple steps small businesses can take to stop those efforts in their tracks. Tune in to this fascinating discussion. 
32:19
August 04, 2020
#04 Brad Orsini - Community-based Security
#04 Brad Orsini - Community-based Security
Visiting our places of  worship shouldn't be dangerous. Unfortunately, faith-based organizations  are facing the difficult challenge of how to protect their  congregations from religion-motivated violence, and still maintain the  welcoming, open environment community members expect. In this week's episode Brent calls up Bradley Orsini,  the Senior National Security Advisor of the Secure Community Network,  the official safety and security organization of the Jewish community in  North America to discuss these issues, lessons learned from the mass  shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue, and the most effective  strategies faith-based organizations can use to protect their  congregations.
34:22
July 28, 2020
#3 Surveillance Detection Routes (SDR)
#3 Surveillance Detection Routes (SDR)
Have you ever had a gut feeling you were being followed? You might not be so crazy after all.  It's a frightening thought. You've  spent years building your business, but all it takes is one bad day to  compromise that dream. In this week's episode Brent sits down with FBI  Special Agent (Ret.) Dell Spry to discuss surveillance detection routes, what they are, and how they can be used as a spy detector device to find out if you are under surveillance. 
26:58
July 21, 2020
#2 Terry Fisher -- Electronic Countermeasures
#2 Terry Fisher -- Electronic Countermeasures
Have you ever stopped to ask yourself what it is about your business that is truly valuable? When you really think about it, any business with a product or service has something a competitor or adversary could use. And if you're being honest, you probably haven't fully considered all the ways they might get their hands on that information. You've spent years building your business, but all it takes is one bad day to compromise that dream. In this week's episode Brent sits down with FBI Special Agent (Ret.) and engineer Terry Fisher to discuss corporate espionage, electronic countermeasures (sweeps), bugging, and the common methods bad actors have used throughout history to gain access to proprietary information. 
30:36
July 14, 2020
#1 The Aldrich Ames Espionage Case
#1 The Aldrich Ames Espionage Case
Dell Spry, a former FBI investigator and counterespionage expert, sits  down to discuss the biggest case of insider theft in U.S. History: The  Aldrich Ames Case. Hear how he, along with the help of the CIA, and the  fellow FBI agents used their cunning, hard work, and old fashioned  investigative work to capture and convict most infamous CIA  officer-turned traitor:  Aldrich Hazan "Rick" Ames.  Beginning in 1985 the CIA experienced the unparalleled loss of its of  Soviet assets, which nearly destroyed the government's ability to gather  intelligence on the Soviet Union. In this interview Mr. Spry discusses  his personal involvement in the case as the FBI's lead investigator  including many of the investigative methods they used. Hear never before  details about the harrowing investigation to not only investigate and  convict the highest ranking government official ever accused of spying,  but to protect future Russian assets. In 1991, the quest led them to  search for a Soviet spy in the CIA. They came to identify that spy as  CIA Case Officer, Aldrich Hazan "Rick" Ames, a long-time CIA case  officer and analyst. In February of 1994, Ames was arrested by the FBI  and sentenced to life in prison.
46:53
June 26, 2020