Archives: April, 2009

Doug Bedell — April 29, 2009, 10:13 am

Data Leaving With Laid-Off Employees

We hesitate to bring this up, and it’s not with any relish that we do, but security becomes further complicated in a time of recession and layoffs. Employees leaving a business can be added security risks. SecurityInfoWatch notes in a posting on “The impact of layoffs on business security” that, in a recent security survey, […]

Doug Bedell — April 23, 2009, 1:51 pm

SIA: School, Hospital Security Needs Not Addressed in the Stimulus Package

The Security Industry Association’s legislative priorities reflect what SIA feels were oversights in the stimulus package. “The recent economic stimulus law failed to recognize that many schools, hospitals and other critical facilities remain ‘soft targets’ for criminals and terrorists,” says SIA Director of Government Relations Don Erickson. “By fully funding the programs identified in our […]

Doug Bedell — , 1:37 pm

Downsized Employees a Security Risk

This isn’t pleasant to contemplate, but it’s a reality of a recession: employees being laid off are apt not to think kindly of the employer and take important information with them. Yes, data or property leakage is a recession security concern. SecurityInfoWatch has a comprehensive article on aspects of this hazard. Behind-the-scenes planning and alertness […]

Doug Bedell — April 15, 2009, 10:50 am

ASIS Launching Security Innovations Competition

ASIS International is hosting a new awards competition – ‘ASIS Accolades’– that will recognize innovative products and services in the security industry and debut at ASIS 2009 (Anaheim, CA) in September.  Details for potential exhibitors can be found here. Competition categories are:  Technology or Service Innovation Security Management Tool Transformational Product or Service “Green” Security […]

Doug Bedell — April 8, 2009, 2:52 pm

Procurement of Complex Systems Generating Purchasing Pressures

There’s likely to be an increasingly competitive demand for people who buy or oversee the acquisition of anything technologically complex for the next several years, including security systems. That’s because, as The Washington Post reports,  the Pentagon will be increasing its purchasing force by 16 percent over that period.  That will represent a growth of […]

Doug Bedell — April 3, 2009, 1:12 pm

FEMA’s New Private Sector Preparedness Site

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has a new website aimed at encouraging disaster preparedness in private businesses – FEMA’s “private sector site,” it’s being called. It’s got buttons for FEMA’s four readiness principles Plan/Prepare, Respond, Recover and Mitigate.  According to the Institute for Business and Home Safety, one-quarter of businesses do not recover from […]