Archives: May, 2007

Doug Bedell — May 29, 2007, 6:59 am

Know About ‘CIP’

Managers of critical infrastructure – from key manufacturing plants to transportation facilities, hospitals and government buildings – are urged to be familiar with the security and reliability standards in place for electric utilities. The urging comes from J. David Quilter, CFE, an emeritus faculty member at the Security Executive Council writing in the May issue […]

Doug Bedell — May 22, 2007, 9:23 am

How Fine a Camera’s Eye?

Geoff Kohl, editor of, has a meditation on a new high resolution video camera by SentryScope that records at up to 21 megapixels. Wow! That’s a “zoom” capacity, but continuous recording at 21 megapixels could consume 100 gigabytes of storage a day. A zoomed-in 21 megapixel camera can read a license plate from 150 […]

Doug Bedell — , 8:34 am

‘Amateur’ Terrorists a Big Threat

“Angry amateurs” may represent a more pressing threat than grand-scale terrorism – one that requires sensitive, but persistent, work by the FBI and local police as well as citizen alertness. So writes Daniel L. Byman, director of Georgetown University’s Center for Peace and Security Studies and a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution in a […]

Doug Bedell — May 17, 2007, 9:40 am

Telltale Signs of Terrorism

For staying alert, seven signs of terrorist activity are depicted in a training video by the Michigan State Police and noted by Bruce Schneier in his Crypto-Gram newsletter. The signs are: • Surveillance • Elicitation (drawing out information on a setting) • Tests of security • Acquiring supplies • Suspicious people “who don’t belong” • […]

Doug Bedell — May 14, 2007, 8:18 am

Arrestor Crash Test Highlighted

PRO Barrier’s successful crash test of its Arrestor vehicle barrier in October, 2005, is noted in in the May/June Penn Stater magazine as one of many highlights in the Pennsylvania State University’s emphasis on U.S. homeland security research and training. An earlier test of another barrier design at Penn State’s Pennsylvania Transportation Institute test track […]

Doug Bedell — May 8, 2007, 7:36 am

Studying up on Security/Risk

Along with its reflections on risk, SecurityInfoWatch has word of a new study guide for the Physical Security Professional (PSP) exam published by ASIS International. While the guide is intended for ASIS members studying for the exam, it covers disciplines across the security field and would be of value to anyone in the discipline. Topics […]

Doug Bedell — , 7:01 am

Risks of Not ‘Thinking Risk’

Security managers need to take a broader view of their field, lest they risk being seen as failing to perceive risks to their organizations, not just potential threats. This head-spinner comes from Geoff Kohl, editor of Security Info Watch, in his reflections on the SecureWorld Expo in Atlanta on May 3. Most of the “10 […]