Archives: January, 2009

Doug Bedell — January 28, 2009, 10:59 am

Crisis Readiness Needs Attention by All

Here’s a short piece that’s on the mark about crisis preparedness. Every business should be doing it – to stay mindful of key steps to take, and responses to make, should a crisis strike unexpectedly. Curtis Baille is writing here about retailers, but the same cautions hold for all sorts of businesses.  “It’s crucial,” Baille […]

Doug Bedell — January 19, 2009, 11:54 am

Step-by-Step to an Employee Badging System

Here’s  a detailed primer on establishing and maintaining an employee badging system. Joy Creasy, PSP, director of training for Tech Systems, a Duluth, Ga.-based systems integrator, provides several pages of practical directions on SecurityInfoUpdate on how to create a security badging system as part of any integrated site-security plan. Along with physical access control, a badging system […]

Doug Bedell — January 13, 2009, 9:15 am

‘Erasures’ from Google Maps

Here’s an interesting list of 51 places and things you cannot see on Google Maps, passed along by Bruce Schneier from the Curious? Read blog. Under the “Political Pushback” heading are the measures it took, in some instances, to be smudged from Google’s mapscapes. Google’s effort to become the repository of “all the world’s information” […]

Doug Bedell — January 9, 2009, 8:44 am

Tips on Hiring Security Consultants

Security work can have “cloak and dagger” aspects if you let it, but it shouldn’t. Security objectives and techniques should be straightforward to clients and sponsors, not vague and mysterious.  On that note, December’s Security Technology Executive magazine has a straight-out article on “Getting the Most from a Security Consultant”. Here are five pertinent principles […]

Doug Bedell — January 7, 2009, 9:50 am

Key Obama Appointments Listed

Without security significance, as such, here’s a handy listing from the National Journal of President-elect Barack Obama’s appointees to his Cabinet, as heads of federal agencies and key advisers.

Doug Bedell — , 9:34 am

2008 as InfoWatch Reported It

We love lists as much as anyone. So here’s SecurityInfoWatch’s list of the “Top 40 Security Stories of 2008.” It’s a good overview of events worldwide in the security arena, topped by the Mumbai assault, the Somali pirates and Janet Napolitano being tapped by Barack Obama as his Secretary of Homeland Security.

Doug Bedell — January 6, 2009, 8:05 am

Times Critic Pans ‘Homeland Security’

Alessandra Stanley, a New York Times TV critic, calls the new “Homeland Security” reality show “more homage than reportage.”  “…there is something more than usually troubling about a network series that purports to cover the full canvas of homeland security and that is made with the assistance — and censorship (they call it “prescreening”) — […]