Archives: June, 2009

Doug Bedell — June 19, 2009, 9:12 am

Pointers for Corporate Flu Readiness

SecurityInfoWatch.com provides these 10 readiness pointers for Swine Flu in the workplace: 1. Define reliable information sources to monitor for situational awareness on the influenza outbreak. 2. Top management documents a set of guiding principles that outline commitments the firm will make to protect employees and ensure duty of care; types of preparedness measures the […]

Doug Bedell — June 15, 2009, 7:27 am

Elements of Disaster Planning

An excellent essay on what goes into successful crisis/disaster planning appears in the June issue of Security Management. William M. Lokey, a program director for James Lee Witt Associates, Washington, D.C., lays out the components and commitments required for reliable disaster readiness. In the context of Hurricane Katrina, Lokey asks, “Why were some companies unprepared […]

Doug Bedell — June 10, 2009, 11:12 am

Military Contracting Report Provides Procurement Insights

Here’s a link to the new report on federal contracting in Afghanistan and Iraq, by the Ccommission on Wartime Contracting in Afghanistan and Iraq. It’s a lengthy document that likely provides insight into federal contracting and procurement generally, as well as these two embattled settings. This won’t be cheery reading, but one gets insights where one […]

Doug Bedell — June 8, 2009, 9:10 am

IT ‘Convergence’ Working Against Security’s Identity

Here’s a lengthy post full of insights into how the security and IT functions are merging at companies large and not so large. “Convergence” is the increasingly familiar term.  Based on questionnaire responses from 100 companies, the report – generated by Security Management – has lots of aspects and is worth culling for your own interests. […]

Doug Bedell — June 4, 2009, 12:03 pm

School Security Systems Require Selling

Security poroviders – especially those involved with perimeter security – have an opportunity and challenge to explain the availability and benefit of given security solutions to school administrators. SecurityInfoWatch notes that, while school districts are reporting increasing security breaches (both IT and physical – IT mainly from inside and physical from outside school buildings), school district […]

Doug Bedell — June 1, 2009, 9:17 am

Army Switching to In-House Contracting

Anyone seeking to sell security systems to the U.S. Army should be aware that the Army is switching to a centralized, in-house engineering acquisition system. “We realized there was nobody [with systems engineering expertise] looking across all of our programs,” said Ross Guckert, assistant deputy for acquisition and systems integration at the Office of the […]