Archives: 'Badging Systems'

Doug Bedell — June 1, 2018, 10:47 am

Locksmiths Are Good Security Writers, Too

Where better to find a treatise on the basics of site security than the United Locksmith blog, Lock Blog? Here Lock Blog offers, “10 Things You Need to Consider About Perimeter Security.” Get the basics, from Locks to Access Control, in nicely condensed descriptions with Key Takeaways for each of the 10 items. Locksmiths need […]

Doug Bedell — November 8, 2016, 12:44 pm

Security at Convention Centers

Who doesn’t need to be concerned about security? Certainly not convention centers executives, Don Erickson, CEO of the Security Industry Association, explains. Indeed, convention centers are considered to be “soft targets,” Erickson notes. The good news is that event operations teams “dedicate an incredible amount of resources to ensure that exhibitors, staff, attendees and the […]

Doug Bedell — August 25, 2014, 10:52 am

Photo IDs Aren’t Assuredly Reliable

From Bruce Schneier, here’s something to remember if you rely on checking photo IDs as a security routine. Human perceptions are, of course, pretty much universal, but here’s the result of a test of face-matching passport checks in Australia. It was done by the Universities of Aberdeen, York and New South Wales to check the […]

Doug Bedell — September 23, 2013, 11:03 am

Here’s What Goes Into a Security Clearance

With all the attention to security cleareances in the Edward Snowden and Washington Navy Yard situations, some background on what clearances are and how they are issued may be helpful. Especially if you’re issuing them. Congressional Research Service offers a PDF-formatted paper on: “Security Clearance Process: Answers to Frequently Asked Questions.” Michelle D. Christensen, the […]

Doug Bedell — September 20, 2013, 9:24 am

Hagel Launches Reviews of Navy Yard Security

Security is more than fences and gates. As the Washington Naval Shipyard shootings this week showed, the reliability of the people passing through a facility’s gates is crucial to its safety. So U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel is launching reviews of facility security and background checks in the wake of the shipyard shootings. “Obviously, […]

Doug Bedell — January 21, 2013, 10:07 am

Security Reminder: Effective Background Checks Are Part of the Picture

Perimeter security is important, gate guards, too, but screening of employees and recognition of visitors counts a lot, too. Such thoughts are prompted by a lengthy (Daily) Mail Online account of the attack on the BP natural gas plant in Algeria attacked by Al Qaeda. “Now there are claims,” says the report,  “that some of […]

Doug Bedell — June 13, 2012, 10:00 am

IDs Being Faked With Finesse

When is an ID not an ID? When it comes meticulously made from a fraud shop in China or elsewhere overseas. USA Today reports that international forgers are producing fake IDs “that can bypass even the newest electronic digital security systems, according to document security experts.” “Most troubling to authorities,” says the report, “is the […]

Doug Bedell — October 14, 2011, 8:25 pm

FBI Readies Facial Recognition System

The FBI is getting ready to launch, by mid-January, a facial recognition system, reports. We can envision such a system occasionally helping security officials to identify suspicious individuals who come within range of perimeter cameras. Here’s how the system will work, Nextgov advises: “Today, an agent would have to already know the name of […]