01/03/2008 - A new RAND study to be published in the American Journal of Public Health says live operators are a good first defense in stopping the spread of infectious diseases, but better performance is needed.
12/10/2007 - Not so this book on emergency management, where the protagonists--disasters--take center stage. The authors load the book with bracing case studies and examples, which have infinitely more impact than generalizations and theories.
12/10/2007 - One of the greatest dangers to a computer network is the presence of desktop PCs and servers that have not been patched for the latest vulnerabilities and can be exploited by malicious attacks such as worms. Blame goes to software developers for creating insecure programs as well as to network administrators who don't get patches installed before an attack happens.
11/29/2007 - Atherton, California, which has fewer than 10,000 residents, doesn't worry a lot about crime. From 2002-2003, there were fewer than 50 reports of vandalism--the highest category of crime in the city. Although the crime rate is low by most standards, police officers in Atherton face many of the same logistical challenges that confront departments twice their size. Securing the evidence room is one such challenge.
11/28/2007 - An attorney and former police officer, the author is particularly strong on legal issues. He raises questions about the applicability of constitutional rights when private security personnel take action, an opportune inquiry at a time when the government looks to the private sector as a major homeland security resource.