11/29/2007 - Many churches are still unaware of the risks they face, so while preachers and pastors deliver the spiritual message to churchgoers, Jeff Hanna is on the much more earthbound mission of raising security consciousness at churches. His firm, the GuideOne Center for Risk Management Church and School Division, which provides insurance for 50,000 churches across the United States, has declared October "Church Safety and Security Month." The company is making available security resources on its Web site.
Intelligence: Government Reports (GAO etc.)
11/29/2007 - Nursing home fires in Hartford, Connecticut, and Nashville, Tennessee, last year killed 31 residents. As old facilities grandfathered from federal fire-safety standards on new facilities, neither had sprinkler systems. The GAO has called for the federal government to work with the National Fire Protection Association to strengthen fire-safety standards and to improve oversight of nursing home fire safety, such as by reviewing exemptions granted to facilities without sprinklers.
Intelligence: Government Reports (GAO etc.)
11/29/2007 - No one is really sure how interoperable public safety wireless communications systems are with one another. The DHS intends to do a survey on the topic, with results available by next year. In the meantime, the GAO suggests that the federal government develop national requirements and a national architecture for such systems, create nationwide databases, and provide financial and technical support to states and localities to help them make their systems interoperable. For their part, states should establish bodies to develop interoperability improvement plans.
Intelligence: Research & Studies
11/29/2007 - Despite increased attention, cargo security is still sorely lacking, according to cargo industry executives. A recent survey, shows that 62 percent of executives named background checks of workers and drivers as a very important measure, but only 14 percent said that industry performance in this arena was excellent. The disparity between importance and performance was vast for the other nine measures listed as well, such as cargo inspection (41 percent said it was very important, while only 4 percent gave the industry high marks on that measure) and improved operational procedures (50 percent versus 2 percent). More information on the survey of 103 executives, conducted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on behalf of Deloitte & Touche LLP, can be obtained by contacting Deloitte via SM Online.
11/29/2007 - Wide-area video trends.
Intelligence: Fire Safety
11/29/2007 - Revenues from CCTV and fire-detection equipment will drive a booming industrial and commercial security market in Central and Eastern Europe through 2010, forecasts Frost & Sullivan. But security market leaders such as Siemens, Bosch, Tyco, and Honeywell "are likely to be challenged by the interest in cheaper products of lower quality offered by local and Asian manufacturers," according to a Frost & Sullivan statement.
Intelligence: Guards \ Security Officers
11/29/2007 - This product, like stun guns and pepper spray and other options on the market, is meant to give security and law enforcement officers a choice that is not a lethal weapon.
Intelligence: Access Control
11/29/2007 - A method for restricting movement into or outside of a designated zone by use of electronic tracking and alarm technology.
11/29/2007 - Someone who smuggles Chinese nationals into the United States or other countries.
Intelligence: Personnel Protection
11/29/2007 - Mention Latin America to the average person, and thoughts of salsa dancing and rain forests may come to mind. Mention the region to corporate executives and kidnapping is likely to be their first thought.
Intelligence: Security Management
11/29/2007 - The majority of respondents to an online Security Management poll approve of the government initiative to establish a National Intelligence Director (NID) and a National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC). Opinion was divided, however, on the 9-11 Commission's call to make intelligence funding levels public.
11/29/2007 - Proactive. Preemptive. Preventive. These have been industry watchwords for at least the last decade, as security professionals recognized the need to implement security before an incident occurred and not to let security be event-driven. But since 9-11, event-driven security has been reborn. Now, the term relates to the ramping up of security preemptively to fend off a terrorist attack that might target a specific industry, location, or event.
Intelligence: International Security
11/28/2007 - In early September, four men in suburban Carácas disguised themselves as police officers and kidnapped the mother of Ugueth Urbina, a baseball pitcher from Venezuela who plays for the Detroit Tigers. The outcome of the incident was unknown at press time. That's just one example of how, in the globalizing marketplace, corporate executives and other high-profile personnel and their families are at constant risk of abduction.