Archives: December, 2021

Doug Bedell — December 31, 2021, 11:54 am

Physical Security Predictions for 2022

Bud Broomhead on Security Infowatch offers 10 physical security predictions for 2022, from “Cyber will bring physical security issues into the boardroom” to “Insurance will incorporate physical security data in policy pricing.” Get a sense of what the new year will likely offer from this stalwart security website.

Doug Bedell — December 29, 2021, 12:07 pm

Don’t Mingle Luggage and Firearms

Travelers keep forgetting firearms in their luggage, the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) advises. “The U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced on 13 December that security personnel confiscated more than 5,700 firearms at airport security checkpoints in 2021—breaking records for the most firearms detected in a single year, according to Reuters. “The prior yearly record […]

Doug Bedell — December 28, 2021, 11:51 am

U.S. Immigration and Customs Officers Starting to Wear Body Cameras

Following the lead of other law enforcement agencies, officers of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) are beginning to wear body cameras in select cities, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas announced on December 21. “With its body worn camera pilot, ICE is making an important statement that transparency and accountability are essential components of […]

Doug Bedell — December 24, 2021, 2:31 pm

Security Remains a High Business Priority During the Pandemic

The global physical security market has remained strong during the pandemic, Memoori Research reports from Stockholm, Sweden. “Principal technology drivers of demand over the period include the growth in IoT and building systems integrations, rising demand for remote management and control, particularly cloud-based ACaaS and VSaaS services, and AI-based video analytics. All of these technologies […]

Doug Bedell — December 22, 2021, 10:56 am

One Security Site’s Year in Review

Time for looking back a bit. Here are SecurityInfoWatch’s “Top 10 Most Read Stories of 2021”. They can be accessed from the InfoWatch home page. 1). Federal lawmakers, regulators take aim at Chinese manufacturers 2). ASSA ABLOY acquires Kwikset, Baldwin and more 3) Carrier divests Chubb 4). The Verkada breach 5). Todd Pedersen steps down […]

Doug Bedell — December 20, 2021, 4:43 pm

U.S. Representative/Physician Calls for ‘Rapid coronavirus tests to anyone who wants one’

A Washington Post opinion piece by Kim Schrier, a Democrat and a physician who represents Wahington’s 8th Congressional District in the U.S. House, argues that the U.S. “ought to be providing inexpensive — or, even better, free — rapid coronavirus tests to anyone who wants one… “Yet almost two years into the pandemic, we are […]

Doug Bedell — December 17, 2021, 5:20 pm

Cybersecurity Becoming a Military Priority

Erica D. Lonergan on the Lawfare site advises: “At the Reagan National Defense Forum on Dec. 4, Gen. Paul Nakasone, commander of U.S. Cyber Command and director of the National Security Agency, publicly acknowledged for the first time that the U.S. military has taken measures to ‘impose costs’ against ransomware groups. This acknowledgment reflects a […]

Doug Bedell — December 15, 2021, 12:15 pm

‘Bendable’ Bollards Doing a Job in Montreal

“It comes as no surprise,” Reliance Foundry explains, “that our top seller for the city of Montréal has been the R-8323-FL flexible bollards. These bollards are composed of versatile polyurethane plastic that allow them to bend up to 90 degrees without losing their form. They are specifically designed for use in marking dedicated bike lanes […]

Doug Bedell — December 13, 2021, 3:08 pm

FEMA Responds to a Tornado ‘War Zone’

To get a sense of the magnitude of the tornadoes that ravished Kentucky, here’s the response FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, deems necessary. It’s like a war zone: * “An Incident Support Base is being established at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, to rapidly deploy personnel and supplies as needed. This includes: * “Urban Search and […]

Doug Bedell — December 9, 2021, 3:45 pm

Railroads, Too, Get the Federal Cybersecurity Word

The U.S. government’s stress on cybersecurity precautions extends to rail freight and passenger systems, the Digital Guardian blog advises. The Department of Homeland Security has issued a directive for “all surface transportation owners and operators – namely freight and rail systems – to report all cybersecurity incidents within 24 hours. “Under the new directives, issued […]