Archives: August, 2008

Doug Bedell — August 29, 2008, 9:24 am

No Typecasting Terrorists

Stereotypes can be as much of a problem in security as other fields, perhaps moreso. If planning is done, and attentiveness paid, on the presumption of a given category of suspect, security officers can be in for rude surprises. Experienced security officers likely recognize this danger. Here, as an example from Bruce Schneier, is what […]

Doug Bedell — August 27, 2008, 7:39 am

Mailmen Testing Hydrogen Cars

Because security officials may be interested in the prospects for offsetting the costs of gasoline in fleet vehicles, here’s news of a test the U.S. Postal Service is starting on a hydrogen-powered car. Every one-cent increase in the price of gasoline increases the Postal Service’s fleet (220,000 vehicles) operating costs by $8 million-a-year. How’s that […]

Doug Bedell — August 21, 2008, 12:56 pm

Security Industry Demand Seen Booming

Demand for security services is booming, reports Access Control & Security Systems, and firms that focus on “technology developments and creative problem solving” will be doing especially well. “For instance,” the magazine notes, “security consulting revenue is expected to achieve the best growth through 2012. Pre-employment screening, systems integration and guarding services are also expected […]

Doug Bedell — August 19, 2008, 8:17 am

School Security Assessment Tool Announced

Even though it’s offered by a commercial interest, a new security self-assessment tool for schools by CDW-G, the computer supplier, seems worth checking out. Much is happening currently as schools reassess and strengthen their security settings. CDW-G says its 2008 School Safety Index Self-Assessment Tool allows schools “to see how their security measures compare to […]

Doug Bedell — August 11, 2008, 9:28 am

Emergency Communication Coming Together Under DHS Planning

U.S. emergency communication compatibility continues moving ahead with the release of the National Emergency Communications Plan (NECP) by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). DHS has also approved Statewide Communication Interoperability Plans for all 56 states and territories. NECP has three goals: • By 2010, 90 percent of high-risk urban areas will have response-level emergency […]

Doug Bedell — August 6, 2008, 8:19 am

Two Key Trends for Security Managers – On Guards and Convergence

We’ve been slow in noting it, but the June issue of Access Control & Security Systems has articles on the changing/emerging roles of security guards and dealing with senior management on the convergence of electronic systems, including security. Both seem required reading for security personnel trying to keep up with trends in the business. For […]