Archives: December, 2007

Doug Bedell — December 27, 2007, 3:14 pm

What Goes Into Airport Screening

This post isn’t related to physical access issues, except to accessing airline flight lounges. But for all the security people who fly, here’s an exchange on airport screening procedures – in the form of an interview between Bruce Schneier, the intrepid security blogger, and Kip Hawley, the head of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). Schneier […]

Doug Bedell — December 24, 2007, 9:36 am

Security Council Offers Tips, Data on Pay Trends

The Security Executive Council‘s (SEC) newly available guidance on compensation trends for security jobs looks to be worth the attention of security executives. The SEC provides tips for security and human resource managers on participating in three types of compensation surveys and provides a link to the book Security Careers, by Jerry Brennan and Steve […]

Doug Bedell — December 21, 2007, 11:15 am

Report: State-Federal Response Linkages Need Improving

An update on how state homeland security advisors feel about their relationships with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security is provided in a 2007 survey of state directors – and it’s none too flattering for the feds. Says the report, issued by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices: “More than half the states […]

Doug Bedell — December 19, 2007, 3:19 pm

ASIS Gets ANSI Accreditation

News of further strengthening of professional standards in the security field: ASIS International has received accreditation from ANSI (American National Standards Institute), a development, says that “recognizes ASIS’s certification programs as meeting strict professional standards.” ASIS International, notes SecurityInfoWatch, started offering certification programs for security professionals in 1977 and added new programs in 2002. […]

Doug Bedell — December 18, 2007, 9:57 am

First Section of ‘Electronic Border’ Operational

A review of Project 28 – the federal government’s effort to install an “electronic fence” – along the southern border appears on Government Department of Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff this month accepted the delivery of the first phase of the Secure Border Initiative Network (SBInet), “an electronic surveillance system consisting of radars, cameras […]

Doug Bedell — December 14, 2007, 10:17 am

Designing Buildings to Thwart Attacks

Along with barriers comes a structure designed, or retrofitted, to resist a terrorist attack – architectural precautions are an important priority when they can be achieved. Tips on what to include, or avoid, in building design are provided by Eve Hinman, PE, president of Hinman Consulting Engineers in San Francisco, in a SecurityInfoWatch interview. She […]

Doug Bedell — December 12, 2007, 11:22 pm

Pro Barrier Moves to Expanded Offices

Growth pressures have moved PRO Barrier Engineering to a larger headquarters. On November 30th, PRO Barrier moved its sales and engineering office to 100 Brown St., Suite 24, Middletown, PA, 17057. The move was prompted by fast-growing market interest in PRO Barrier’s innovative line of anti-terrorism vehicle access control barriers. “We are experiencing rapid growth […]

Doug Bedell — December 11, 2007, 12:23 pm

What’s ‘Safe Enough’ These Days?

An Associated Press report asks, “How much security does America want?” Good question, in light of the bedeviling instances of armed assault that have been in the news recently. “An Amish schoolhouse,” AP writes. “A college classroom building, bustling with students and professors. An upscale department store at a mall, decked with holiday trimmings. “In […]

Doug Bedell — December 7, 2007, 9:06 am

Complexities of the Fort Dix Case

The difficulties inherent in trying to stop potential terrorist acts before they occur are laid out in a well-reported piece in Time magazine on the “Fort Dix Six.” The trial of six residents of Cherry Hill, N.J., accused of planning an attack on the nearby Fort Dix Army training post, is scheduled for March. A […]

Doug Bedell — December 6, 2007, 3:08 pm

Business-Police Cooperation in Scotland

We’ve noted the desirability of partnerships between local businesses and police before, but here’s an example of cooperation between police and businesses in Scotland that fleshes out the concept a bit. Scotland is expanding application of Project Griffin – a counterterrorism training program developed by the City of London Police – in Edinburgh, Aberdeen and […]