How not to respond

John McCumber examines the aftermath of the Christmas Day bomber incident

The ability to deliver on an effective remedy is key. In this case, where only a defective chemical primer and the actions of a brave Dutch tourist saved the lives of nearly 300 innocent travelers on Christmas Day, some of these “experts” should be looking for a new career. The only actions that could make a potential remedy worse in this situation is if millions of innocent travelers will be inconvenienced even more because of an intelligence failure. Oh, wait…

John McCumber is a security and risk professional, and is the author of “Assessing and Managing Security Risk in IT Systems: A Structured Methodology,” from Auerbach Publications. If you have a comment or question for him, please e-mail John at: