Archives: March, 2010

Doug Bedell — March 31, 2010, 12:27 pm

Wikipedia a Place to Start on Security

Security isn’t simply a given technique – a lock, or a guard or a password. Effective security requires a layered approach, based on the value and importance of what’s being protected. A good place for an introduction to security techniques is Wikipedia’s article on Physical Security. Presumably written and updated by people in the field, […]

Doug Bedell — March 26, 2010, 11:03 pm

Rigors of Evaluating Guards

We had a recent post on interviewing security guards intensively to assess their sense of security challenges in varying settings. The complexity of a guard’s job is brought home further by the assessment categories used at an English language school in Caracas, Venezuela and singled out by Security Management Weekly. They are: “Clear and accurate […]

Doug Bedell — March 22, 2010, 1:26 pm

More On Being Clear About Barrier Needs

To complement our recent post about thinking carefully about your barrier needs, here’s a quick review of the three main types of barriers for defense against vehicle attacks. As the earlier post cautioned, it’s important to be clear about the extent of your needs for barrier protection. Protection can be either overdone or underdone, depending on […]

Doug Bedell — March 18, 2010, 4:00 pm

Interviewing on Security Settings

We’ve come upon a blog post from RSA – more pertinent, perhaps, for protecting financial institutions than perimeter entryways – that nonetheless illustrates the importance of intensive hiring interviews for security officers. It’s important, says the writer, to flesh out how an applicant has experienced security processes and procedures in the past. A term like […]

Doug Bedell — March 16, 2010, 1:57 pm

The Academic Side of Security

Thinking of sending some of your people for academic training in security disciplines? Here’s some guidance – Former Department of Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff provides a list of “the eight most important things” to include in an academic homeland security program: • Management skills, and in particular the acquisition process • Intelligence • Risk […]

Doug Bedell — March 11, 2010, 3:12 pm

Leads on $5 Billion In Homeland Security Grants

Need greater familiarity with security grant programs? Homeland Security Watch provides a link to the “2010 State & Local Managers’ Guide to Homeland Security Grants & Funding.” The index covers 23 homeland security grant programs totalling nearly $5 billion in spending. In Providing the links, Homeland Security Watch has a request: “As you look through […]

Doug Bedell — March 9, 2010, 8:54 am

Need to Know About NEMA

For those in the security field who may want more insight into the National Emergency Managers Association (NEMA), we recommend Rich Cooper’s post on the Security Debrief blog, “The Comfortable Feeling at NEMA.” NEMA brings emergency management professionals from government and the private sector together twice a year to share ideas and best practices on […]

Doug Bedell — March 2, 2010, 3:07 pm

Thinking Through Barrier Needs

PRO Barrier Engineering encourages prospective customers to consider their primary goal when designing perimeter access control. Vehicle access controls vary greatly in cost, depending upon the level of security and safety required. Using the wrong type of barricade for your project could produce adverse consequences and unexpected costs. As you increase the level of security […]

Doug Bedell — March 1, 2010, 12:04 pm

TSA Swabbing Hands for Explosives

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) blog discusses new “hand-swabbing” explosives detection equipment being used in security checks at airports. Will people whose work legitimately brings them into contact with explosives – like traveling military, firefighters and law enforcement personnel – be swept up in these new random checks at airport security stations? TSA seeks to be […]