Archives: September, 2009

Doug Bedell — September 28, 2009, 10:27 am

Security Indicators Well Worth Tracking

In larger companies, how does management know that business units are taking security concerns seriously? George Campbell’s Metrics for Success column in the September Security Technology Executive magazine provides some handy indicators for security managers to use. He suggests tracking them both on a Never, Occasionally, Frequently and Trending Up or Down basis: • Business […]

Doug Bedell — September 23, 2009, 1:44 pm

Security Isn’t a Color Chart

The nation’s terrorism alert system is still in force,  but appears to be in temporary limbo in terms of its design elements. A task force appointed to advise Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano on the alert system has recommended three, instead of five, levels, was divided on whether they should be color-coded and, in any […]

Doug Bedell — September 18, 2009, 9:30 am

Top ASIS Seminar Picks

Here’s what Jeff Kohl, editor-in-chief of, has identified as top picks for seminar sessions at next week’s ASIS conference in Anaheim, CA. Be sure and stop by PRO Barrier’s booth 1066 as well. We’ll be featuring information on deployment of our K-12-certified Arrestor and our other vehicle access solutions.

Doug Bedell — September 14, 2009, 10:44 am

Al Qaeda Harried But Still a Threat

Eight years after 9/11, Al Qaeda’s strength seems to be ebbing, but Bin Laden apparently is still out there. Here’s a timely report from Security, via The Guardian, on what’s known about Al Qaeda’s capacities and prospects at present. They’re harried but still a threat. Definitely no cause to become complacent about our security.

Doug Bedell — September 11, 2009, 10:29 am

Remember the 9/11 Victims

Pause for a moment today to honor the 9/11 victims.

Doug Bedell — September 8, 2009, 8:40 am

In-Depth Security Reading from Bruce Schneier

Two sources of in-depth reading on disciplines related to security, thanks to Bruce Schneier. There’s Schneier’s own lengthy essay, “The Psychology of Security,” which draws on insights from behavioral economics, the psychology of decision-making, the psychology of risk and neuroscience. Next, Bruce has discovered Daniel Gardner’s book, The Science of Fear, published in July, 2008. […]

Doug Bedell — September 4, 2009, 10:39 am

Webinar on School Security Set for Sept. 17

We recommend an upcoming webinar on school security to be presented by on September 17. It will feature Jeff Kohl, editor of SecurityInfoWatch, and Dewey Cornell from the University of Virginia and director of the Virginia Youth Violence Project. They’ll be looking at “how school violence can be prevented before it starts.” Whether or not […]