- - Monday, February 10, 2014

With the Winter Olympics in Sochi now underway, thoughts of adequate security measures linger in many minds. It is the kind of undertaking that is daunting at best.

This is an era where people are determined, even at great risk of self-destruction, to hurt others in order to make a point; namely, staunch disagreement with a particular way of life.

What’s left for the rest of us is learning how to mitigate or eliminate these acts of harm. I have written on other occasions about the vigilance necessary to protect any given segment of society 100 percent of the time. The bad guys can make many mistakes, but law enforcement has only to miss once before atrocity can strike. And such is the case in Sochi.

Only there, with many new roads, buildings, businesses and multiple cultures descending upon the city, both incentive to harm and vulnerability increase exponentially.

Recently, there was an announcement that law-enforcement was on the lookout for prospective suicide-bomber women, so-called “black widows” (“Russia on alert for ‘black widows’ prepped for possible Olympics attack,” Web, Jan. 20).

There have been other specific threats to the event, too. It will take a massive effort to prevent a major incident in this area. The simple “guards, gates and guns” approach will not be enough.

The Russians must collaborate with other countries and protect both outside and inside the event. This challenge will require much diligence, but in the end, the best defense will accompany a whole lot of luck.

GREG HOLLIS

CEO, president

Trinity Protection Services

Upper Marlboro