Archives: April, 2008

Doug Bedell — April 30, 2008, 10:26 am

Global Security Contest Underway

Ordinarily, we wouldn’t be promoting a contest here. But this one seems well within the security industry fold. The Global Security Challenge, an annual competition sponsored by the likes of Accenture, BAE Systems, Microsoft, Smiths Detection, SAIC, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and publicized by, is offering $500,000 in cash grants to contestants […]

Doug Bedell — April 25, 2008, 1:13 pm

Blogging in a Connected Security World

Here are five security blogs, posted by Geoff Kohl, editor of Security InfoWatch. These are by folks in the technology, encryption, video surveillance and retail loss prevention fields. There are more leads on security blogs and their rss feeds at the Security InfoWatch Blogs site. And there are growing, fascinating discussion lists for guards, managers […]

Doug Bedell — April 21, 2008, 6:34 am

D.C. Bringing 5,000 Cameras Into a Monitoring System

However you feel about the District of Columbia’s plan to centralize the monitoring of about 5,000 security cameras in the city, you’ll have to agree it will be an impressive technical achievement. The D.C. police will continue watching their 73 cameras in high-crime neighborhoods. But they are setting up a center to monitor, as well, […]

Doug Bedell — April 16, 2008, 8:01 am

Security Coursework Booming on Campuses

Slate magazine reports that homeland security and disaster preparedness courses are booming on college campuses, much as science and technology studies did after the Russians sent Sputnik into space in 1957. “More than 200 colleges have created homeland-security degree and certificate programs since 9/11, and another 144 have added emergency management with a terrorism bent,” […]

Doug Bedell — April 11, 2008, 8:24 am

New Counter-Terrorism Magazine Arriving

A new magazine on counter-terrorism is making waves before it arrives, reports The announced magazine, The Counter Terrorist, hasn’t yet clarified its intended audience, says InfoWatch, and is assertedly poaching on the territory of an existing publication, The Journal of Counterterrorism & Homeland Security International, published by the International Association for Counterterrorism and Security […]

Doug Bedell — April 9, 2008, 4:17 pm

Guard Fired for Trying to Be Helpful

Here’s an Associated Press story that points up the need for appropriate training and empowerment of security officers at mall stores, or anywhere, for that matter. This Target Corp. security guard apparently tried to do the right and tactful thing when he twice spotted a shoplifter he wasn’t empowered to arrest, but he was fired […]

Doug Bedell — April 3, 2008, 7:49 am

IEDs Have a Website All Their Own

People who should know about this highly sensitive website probably already do. But for our times, it’s important that security technicians in the U.S. are able to learn about the workings of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) via the Web. Homemade bombs have caused 70 percent of U.S. casualties in Irag and and 40 percent of […]