International: Access Control
09/27/2007 - Find out how Lufthansa Cargo AG has ramped up security at its facilities in Germany.
Book Reviews: Terrorism
09/27/2007 - Benjamin and Simon slam the current administration, claiming that the war in Iraq has caused the United States to lose even more face in the Arab world and has drawn terrorists to Iraq to fight U.S. troops.
News & Trends: Contingency Planning \ Disaster Management
09/26/2007 - Reactive security is so 20th century. Today’s mantra is adding to the corporate bottom line, generating return on investment, or serving as a source of competitive advantage. The problem is how to turn the jargon into reality. Rachel Briggs and Charlie Edwards, who work for the security arm of the British think tank Demos, have spent a year examining multinational companies, seeking the ones that best align security with business objectives. They’ve found six common attributes of the most successful companies.
SM Online: Government Reports (GAO etc.)
09/26/2007 - Efforts to reduce piracy and counterfeiting of goods are reviewed in this GAO report.
Homeland Security: Terrorism
09/25/2007 - Former CIA agent Robert Baer on intelligence reform, an update on secure building design, and a conversation with New Mexico’s director of homeland security.
News & Trends: Special Event Security
09/25/2007 - Although Italy and the United States have close counterterrorism ties, U.S. agencies weren’t able to formally assess Italy’s operational security plans due to lack of access to sensitive information. They improvised by using “established relationships with their Italian counterparts to develop a working knowledge of Italy’s plans and capabilities for providing security,” according to a GAO report. @ Read the report at SM Online.
Book Reviews: Proprietary Information Protection
09/25/2007 - Lots of people have fake Rolex watches, Coach bags, or movies on DVD. Though some people justify these as “innocent” copies that democratize purchasing power, manufacturers see them as a significant funding source for organized crime, which is destroying the hard work of the world’s watch, designer bag, film, and other industries. But is this trade in counterfeit goods really deadly, as the author of Knockoff claims?
Book Reviews: Terrorism
09/25/2007 - If true, this book is terrifying. If false, it’s wildly irresponsible. Sperry writes an alarming exposé of how Muslims have been secretly infiltrating American society, government, and culture, all the while pretending to be peace-loving and patriotic, while actually supporting violent jihad to turn the United States into an Islamic state.
Cybersecurity: IT Security
09/25/2007 - 5
Maximum percentage of IT budget spent on security by the average U.K.-based company, according to a survey of information security breaches by PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Editor's Note: Guards \ Security Officers
09/24/2007 - Is the focus on the Mexico border leaving a northern exposure?
News & Trends: Government Reports (GAO etc.)
09/24/2007 - There are so many threats in Iraq that it’s hard to know where to start: foreign jihadists, Shiite radicals, Baath party loyalists, and garden-variety criminals, to name a few. Add one unexpected threat to that list: private security providers. The U.S. Government Accountability Office has warned that the lack of criminal-background data on prospective private security personnel puts U.S. military forces and Iraqi civilians at risk. The threat is mainly from Iraqi and third-country personnel, testified William Solis, GAO’s director of defense capabilities and management, before the House Committee on Government Reform’s Subcommittee on National Security, Emerging Threats, and International Relations. @ The testimony is at SM Online.
International: IT Security
09/24/2007 - In Mapping Security: The Corporate Security Sourcebook for Today’s Global Economy, authors Tom Patterson and Scott Gleeson Blue offer a holistic view of what today’s chief security officers must consider when protecting corporate interests during partnerships with foreign companies.
Editor's Note: Terrorism
09/24/2007 - When it comes to fighting terrorism, it’s smart to be lucky.