Archives: July, 2015

Doug Bedell — July 28, 2015, 9:59 am

Warning: The Need to Heed Risks at Cargo Centers

Silva Consultants Blog has an extended discussion of the wisdom of paying heed to the “security of trailers and shipping containers at warehouses and distribution centers”. A vehicle barrier like PRO Barriers’s Patriot, or our other available models, can be the ideal complement to an on-site security program at shipping and receiving centers.

Doug Bedell — July 24, 2015, 11:03 am

Working Together in Orange County

A post from the Security Magazine blog reports on how security agencies in Orange County, CA, are partnering to help each other keep in trim. It’s gratifying to find testimonials like this one to what organizations can achieve by working together in less than crisis situations.

Doug Bedell — July 22, 2015, 10:24 am

Airport Perimeters a ‘Continuing Security Challenge’

Airport perimeters are a continuing security challenge. SecurityInfoWatch advises that “there have been at least 268 perimeter security breaches at 31 major airports in the U.S. between 2004 and 2014.” “Because of the high security measures passengers experience at checkpoints and throughout terminals,” the post notes, “it can be surprising to learn just how vulnerable […]

Doug Bedell — July 20, 2015, 11:32 am

Computer Security: Intrusion or a Breach?

What’s the difference between a computer security intrusion and a breach? Richard Bejtlich discusses this important question on his TaoSecurity blog. An intrusion is unauthorized access, a breach is actual theft, alteration or destruction of data. “One can avoid a breach following an intrusion if the security team can stop the adversary before he accomplishes […]

Doug Bedell — July 17, 2015, 11:03 am

Report on the Chattanooga Terror Attacks

Here’s a Government Security News report on the Chattanooga terror attacks which indicates that, indeed, security is a challenging discipline.

Doug Bedell — July 15, 2015, 10:37 am

Report on Customs and Border Protection Urges Reforms

The importance of well-trained, accountable personnel as part of an effective security system is pointed up by the report of an Integrity Advisory Panel of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency noted on Government Security News. The report recommends “specific steps CBP should take in order to increase transparency, assure integrity, and ensure […]

Doug Bedell — July 13, 2015, 9:42 am

Security Advisory: ‘Be Alert for Lone Wolves’

“Homegrown extremism is now the principal terrorism threat this nation faces,” as Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson stated in March. “‘We are concerned about the independent actor, the so-called lone wolf who could strike at a moment’s notice.’” This dire advisory is provided on In Homeland Security by Jeffrey V. Gardner, an Assistant Professor […]

Doug Bedell — July 8, 2015, 10:02 am

DHS Establishing New ‘Centers of Excellence’

Government Security News advises that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security is spending millions – $9 million this year alone – on establishing three new Centers of Excellence around coastal resilience, managing risks to critical infrastructure and on border security, trade and immigration research. Part of the anticipated benefit will be in establishing greater long-term […]

Doug Bedell — July 7, 2015, 10:47 am

Security’s An Attentiveness Discipline

Security is a no-nonsense vigilance discipline – that is, always on, everywhere on a site. It’s instructive, therefore, to read a post by Tim Roberts of on how, with a fake badge, he evaded a less than fully-attentive security system – gaining the cheery cooperation of the employees and guards. Geez!

Doug Bedell — July 3, 2015, 9:24 am

‘First-Ever:’ A Marine Security Span in Israel

And now, a maritime security gate: Advanced Perimeter Systems takes us to a news release on the “Frist-Ever, Fully Automated Marine Security Gate.” It’s been installed by Halo Maritime Defense Systems at a naval base in Israel, “breakwater-to-breakwater.” “A simple push of a button,” says the release, “retracts the barrier and allows vessels to pass.”