Archives: November, 2008

Doug Bedell — November 24, 2008, 8:30 am

Stephenson: Emergency Communication in a ‘Threat’ Context

There is security industry and media chatter that Osama bin Laden is planning “the big one” – an attack to “far surpass” 9/11. However that may be, we recommend you spend some time with the round-up of tips and links on emergency communication that’s being provided in the bin Laden context by W. David Stephenson, […]

Doug Bedell — November 21, 2008, 5:01 pm

CIA: Keeping Its Eye on the Terrorism Ball

With all the attention being given to the presidential transition and elbowing for space at the inauguration of Barack Obama, it’s good to know that the CIA is keeping its eye on the ball: a smooth transition and the hunt for Osama bin Ladin.  Bin Laden’s al-Qaida remains the single greatest threat to the United […]

Doug Bedell — November 18, 2008, 4:01 pm

Security Lapse: A Supertanker is Hijacked

Talk about a security lapse. This item indicates how resourceful enemies can strike almost anywhere they aim. There’s no reason, ever, to let up on security awareness – even on the high seas: Somali pirates have hijacked an oil supertanker off the coast of Kenya, probably the largest ship yet pirated. Of Arabian registry, the […]

Doug Bedell — November 12, 2008, 9:07 pm

Security Spending Likely to Drop With Obama’s Election?

An interesting question, this one: “Will Barack Obama’s election reduce demand for security products?” It’s asked by Access Control & Security Systems and the answer it provides is, “Yes,” quoting a report by IP Video Market Info: Here”s IP Video Market’s premlinary forecast:  • Expect many, if not most, US government projects in development to […]

Doug Bedell — November 11, 2008, 10:28 pm

Parking Garages a Security Challenge

Older parking garages are among the hardest buildings to secure in a time of enhanced concern for protection. October’s Security Technology & Design had informative article on parking garage security, including “The Top 10 Errors” in designing and operating parking facilities: 1. Having essentially unattended facilities, except for the ticket taker. 2. Numerous hiding spaces. […]

Doug Bedell — November 6, 2008, 7:50 am

New Security Risk – Photos of Keys

The keys in your pocket may not be as secure as you think, even if they don’t get lost. Computer scientists at the University of California San Diego have created a software program that can duplicate keys without having the keys. All that’s needed is a photograph of the key. And not a brilliantly resolved […]