If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck…

John McCumber examines the Fort Hood massacre

We must all be alert to the signs of an emerging threat. In order to be effective security professionals, we first must give that threat an accurate label. By calling Major Hasan “deranged” or a victim of stress, we have misidentified the threat, and cannot formulate an effective strategy to mitigate the risks he poses. By calling him a terrorist, we have a much clearer picture of not only his motivation, but a better understanding of the destruction possible from such a threat. Let’s call it like it is.

John McCumber is a security and risk professional, and is the author of “Assessing and Managing Security Risk in IT Systems: A Structured Methodology,” from Auerbach Publications. If you have a comment or question for him, please e-mail John at: Cool_as_McCumber@cygnusb2b.com.