Archives: November, 2007

Doug Bedell — November 29, 2007, 9:10 pm

DHS Takes to Blogging

Here’s the mother of all security blogs – Leadership Journal, the Department of Homeland Security’s new blog. The blog was launched in September and has what it takes to create a successful organizational blog: Nine executive contributors, including Secretary Michael Chertoff himself; a facilitator – Jeff Ostermayer (a DHS spokesperson), and a stated comment policy […]

Doug Bedell — November 28, 2007, 9:52 am

A Big-Time Prize for Security Innovations

The importance of security industry research and development has reached the point where a hefty annual prize is awarded for breakthroughs in the field. This year’s winner at the Global Security Challenge competition in London – a nigh-vision camera – won a $500,000 prize for its developer, NoblePeak Vision Corporation, of Wakefield, Mass. In reporting […]

Doug Bedell — , 9:13 am

ASIS Networking Endorsed

A tribute to the networking potential of ASIS International for police and security officers is provided on by Keith R. Laverty, a former police officer now teaching criminal justice. “The old adage is true: ‘It is not important to always know the right answer, but to know where to find it,’ Laverty writes. That […]

Doug Bedell — November 16, 2007, 7:29 pm

Attacking From Outside Perimeters

Security threats keep being extended rather than narrowed, it seems. Now there’s a warning of technologically enhanced small arms weapons that, potentially, provide terrorists with “the ability to launch attacks from far beyond established security perimeters and the means to escape after an attack.” A report by the Rand Corp., “Stealing the Sword: Limiting Terrorist […]

Doug Bedell — November 13, 2007, 10:51 am

Britain’s Security Forebodings

What’s the long-term security setting likely to be? Not great. Indicators come from Great Britain, where Prime Minister Gordon Brown recently described the fight against radical Islamic terrorism as a “generation-long challenge.” Now Jonathan Evans the new head of M15, Britain’s espionage service, thinks that at least 4,000 people are involved in terrorism-related activities there […]

Doug Bedell — November 9, 2007, 11:10 pm

Sorting Out Security Roles

There’s almost a note of frustration – along with pride and confidence – in an interview with James F. Powers, Jr., Pennsylvania’s director of Homeland Security in the November issue of Security Management magazine. “When I say I’m responsible for protecting critical infrastructure,” the former Army Special Forces officer says, “I can’t use one dime […]

Doug Bedell — November 7, 2007, 11:54 am

Agonizing Campus Questions

Here’s a scary story on security at a Chicago-area high school that highlights the troubling questions that need to be considered when incidents – however vague – occur at schools, and possibly other facilities. passes along this report from The Chicago Tribune: “A student using a bathroom at Morton West High School thought he […]

Doug Bedell — November 2, 2007, 7:17 am

A Great Emergency Planning Primer

A tightly focused, practical reminder that emergency plans need to prepared and practiced, not, filed away, appears in Security Management magazine – “No Lights, No Camera, Just Action.” Emergency plans are based on response disciplines, and disciplines aren’t disciplines unless they are practiced. That’s the message from E. Floyd Phelps, CPP, vice chairman of ASIS […]