Archives: April, 2011

Doug Bedell — April 29, 2011, 10:16 am

Terrorists Had Designs on the Brooklyn Bridge

In security, there’s no room for complacency, not anywhere.  Consider New York’s Brooklyn Bridge, a stout, 130-year-old structure at the entrance to New York harbor. No harm could come to it, right? Wrong. Al-Qaeda, it turns out, not so long ago had designs on the Brooklyn Bridge. The New York Times,  a New York TV […]

Doug Bedell — April 20, 2011, 2:36 pm

Security Funding Insights

Because security benefits span an entire organization, and “risk” is sometimes a hard concept to sell,  security departments often have to take take special pains to get funding for advisable precautions including, for example, security barriers. Security magazine seems mindful of this reality in an article, “Money Makes Security ‘Go Round’ in its April issue. […]

Doug Bedell — April 15, 2011, 11:09 am

Behavior Doesn’t Necessarily Betray Terrorists

For all of you who are concerned about what occurs when someone drives up to your gate and a guard assesses whether they’re friendly or hostile, it seems that the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) isn’t doing so well on that score. Homeland Security Newswire reports that TSA’s eight-year-old behavioral analysis program, called the Screening of […]

Doug Bedell — April 12, 2011, 4:09 pm

Site Security a ‘Systems’ Challenge

We’re not picking on education in noting how easily reporters for The Stockton Record in California got into supposedly secure schools on K-8 campuses in San Joaquin County recently. An unlocked gate, another one wide open, employees busily at work in administrative offices…these were the less than vigilant conditions the reporters found two days after […]

Doug Bedell — April 8, 2011, 11:53 am

Security’s a Big Picture Job

Steve Lasky, a security consultant and Publisher/Editor-in-Chief of Security Technology Executive magazine, is wise in the ways of corporate security. His March column provides special evidence of that. Asked by a friend who was trained as an environmental engineer how the friend might best approach his new position as corporate director of security and safety, […]