Archives: August, 2009

Doug Bedell — August 31, 2009, 1:48 pm

Swine Flu an Unusually Strong Fall Threat

This isn’t so much a security advisory as a health advisory, yet (via AP) is its source, so swine flue mobilization and prevention definitely has security implications. “Unlike regular seasonal flu,” AP reports, “the H1N1 virus which causes swine flu has not retreated during the hot and humid summer months, and so far has […]

Doug Bedell — August 27, 2009, 11:01 am

New Web Site Helps in Planning to Attend ASIS Show

Looking ahead to the 55th annual ASIS Seminar and Exhibits in September, the Security Management web site has posted an ASIS seminar site that should help you in getting organized to attend the big show. ASIS meets  Sept. 21-24 in Anaheim, CA. PRO Barrier’s booth there will be 1066. Security Management’s ASIS site includes “spotlight” […]

Doug Bedell — August 24, 2009, 8:51 am

Surveillance is Stunning, but Security Begins at Perimeter Entryways

Here’s a forecast that the market for surveillance systems – principally video security technology – will reach $41 billion by 2014. That’s an astounding tribute to the growing effectiveness of video and analytics software. Monitors don’t have to keep their eyes glued to grainy screens any longer. Progress though this definitely is, there’s a critical […]

Doug Bedell — August 14, 2009, 2:33 pm

Chemical Plants Nearing Full Security Upgrades

U.S. chemical plants and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) are in the final stage of establishing the security upgrades that need to be made (if they haven’t been already) in response to the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standard (CFATS) that was created in 2006. “CFATS,” notes,  “does not just affect the chemical or petrochemical industries. It […]

Doug Bedell — August 10, 2009, 1:46 pm

Password Protection: A Discipline In Itself

Here, from Bruce Schneier, are 10 rules for protecting secure passwords. Passwords can be a bane of computer existence; there are just too many of them, though most of them are necessary and advisable. That being so, a password management system can be a good thing. Yet Bruce (one of our foremost security management professionals) […]

Doug Bedell — , 1:29 pm

From NFPA: Emergency Planning in Your Pocket

We’re not plugging the iPhone (though it is a cool device). But if you have one, you should know that NFPA’s (National Fire Protection Association) 1600 Standard on Disaster/Emergency Management and Business Continuity Programs, 2007 Edition, is available as a free iPhone app. With it installed, you can have a ready reference on disaster/emergency management planning […]

Doug Bedell — August 4, 2009, 1:52 pm

Disasters Are Predictable, Though Not As To Date

Here’s a blog you should know about – Eric Holdeman’s “Disaster Zone – Emergency Management in the Blogosphere.” Not because it’s a security blog, as such, but because preparedness for, and appropriate response to, disasters is a further dimension of security. For example, Holdeman’s post “Disasters are Predictable Surprises” makes the point that disasters like […]