Archives: May, 2012

Doug Bedell — May 30, 2012, 2:48 pm

ASIS: Economic Slack Heightens Security Awareness

ASIS International conducted a survey last January of “chief security officers (CSOs) of the largest and most influential organizations around the world, as well as security managers representing a cross-section of employers.” Economic conditions then were, if anything, probably weaker than now. Yet the results were that site security is by no means a luxury. […]

Doug Bedell — May 25, 2012, 9:28 am

A Late Martian Afternoon – What a View!

This post has nothing to do with earthbound security or with site access – unless you consider Mars a site worthy of access, and indeed it is! But Defense Tech provides this incredible photo of a late afternoon on Mars, and we’d like to share it with you as a segue to the Memorial Day […]

Doug Bedell — May 21, 2012, 9:48 am

Keep Security Gear Working, Or Face Court Challenges

Security Management offers an extensive primer on liability for breakdowns in security cameras or procedures. Whether cameras or other forms of equipment, security gear needs to be working and tended to be effective. If it’s not, breeches can result in substantial litigation challenges.

Doug Bedell — May 18, 2012, 11:59 am

EMP: Something Really Scary To Ponder

Suppose we lost all our electrical power for an extended period, maybe years? Can’t happen? We hope not. But there keep popping up on the Internet posts on the dire consequences of an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) striking the Earth from space. Many of them are inspired by the Heritage Foundation’s concern about the subject. “An […]

Doug Bedell — May 11, 2012, 2:36 pm

Timely Point About The TSA, And Security In General…

So al-Qaeda has developed a new underwear bomb that will be difficult for the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to detect at airports. So TSA might not be worth its upkeep? Not at all, writes Jeffrey Sural on Security Debrief. Sniping at TSA, he argues, “…fails to recognize that the current passenger checkpoint screening and machinery have […]

Doug Bedell — May 9, 2012, 4:17 pm

Taking An ‘All Threats’ Approach To Terrorism

The five individuals the FBI arrested this week for planning to blow up a Cleveland-area bridge had no connection to Islamist extremism; they are said to be, notes the Heritage Foundation’s Jessica Zuckerman, “self-proclaimed anarchists.” Yet, Ms. Zimmerman adds, they were caught in “the same manner as the majority of the 50 thwarted Islamist-inspired plots since […]

Doug Bedell — May 7, 2012, 10:32 am

‘Security Management’ Now Available In a Digital Version

A great security resource, Security Management magazine published by the American Society of Industrial Security (ASIS), is now available online. There are both interactive ASIS member editions and a public edition. The digital version takes some getting used to, but not much. Basically, you use the forward and backward arrows at the top of the […]

Doug Bedell — May 2, 2012, 9:16 am

Al Qaeda’s Digitalized Attack Documents

“Future Works” is a once-digitalized trove of al Qaeda information that has come to light.  Its more than 100 documents include envisioned attacks on cruise ships and Mumbai-style forays in Europe. We note the revelation of the documents via the National Terror Alert Response Center for security awareness at a time when al Qaeda seems […]