Archives: May, 2008

Doug Bedell — May 29, 2008, 3:06 pm

Recovering From an IT Disaster

We’re in the physical access control business – the barrier business, actually, not even CCTV or “smart cards” as regular subjects – and don’t normally get into IT security. But we recognize that the security of computer networks and other aspects of computerized operations are prime concerns, too. So when we noted this Government Technology […]

Doug Bedell — May 22, 2008, 9:14 am

Jane’s Offers Anti-Terrorism Trend-Mapping

Add another terrorism mapping service: Jane’s, the open source intelligence gathering company, has announced a terrorism map, with “up-to-the-minute accuracy,” on which businesses or organizations with employees abroad can track terrorist events. It’s apparently a fee-based service. We previously reported on and the University of Maryland’s Global Terrorism Database as sources of information on […]

Doug Bedell — May 19, 2008, 3:37 pm

Aiming to Shoot Down ‘Guns at Work’

We’re going a bit afield from our focus on access security by noting a simmering aspect of personal security – whether employees should be permitted to have guns in their cars in a company’s parking lot. The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, the American Society of Safety Engineers and ASIS International have filed a […]

Doug Bedell — May 15, 2008, 8:08 am

Federal Emergency Drill Had Appropriate Scale

It’s good to see the Federal Government conducting extensive emergency drills – or Continuity of Operations (COOP) exercises – in light of what it learned from its overwhelmed response to Hurricane Katrina. Earlier this month there was a COOP exercise that’s described on the GovGab blog. GovGab itself is a neat innovation. It’s maintained by […]

Doug Bedell — May 12, 2008, 11:44 am

CCTV Not Yet Getting Results in Britain

We have run a couple of items on the growing deployment of closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras in cities to deter criminal activity. But here’s one from Great Britain with an opposing view – expensive camera systems have been virtually worthless in deterring crime. Detective Chief Inspector Mick Neville calls Britain’s multibillion-dollar surveillance network “an […]

Doug Bedell — May 9, 2008, 8:46 am

‘Walk right in’ Security Challenges

SecurityInfoWatch notes that while corporate security measures tend to focus on hacking and other physical breaches, it’s all too possible for spies to walk right in to corporate buildings. Personal intrustion techniques are an art form. Call them “thespian threats,” if you will. “To me, computers are irrelevant,” says Ira Winkler, author of Spies Among […]

Doug Bedell — May 2, 2008, 9:47 pm

May the TSA Succeed: Training At the Limits of What Training Can Accomplish

Credit the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) with trying to keep abreast of a difficult training challenge – anticipating what might happen, but hasn’t yet, thankfully. The TSA is launching a new 12-hour training course for all of its 43,000 airport screeners, who normally get four hours of retraining a week. The training is probably at […]

Doug Bedell — , 1:17 pm

Siphoning From Current Events

Security has it’s topical, trend-based, or news-based, side. Here’s a current example: Writing on SecurityInfoWatch Forums, a hospital security guard advises that his dispatcher alerted the guards to “a couple of people roaming our lots carrying a gas can. The high price of gas has some people looking for a way to steal out of […]