The Security Week That Was: July 13, 2007

A weekly surveillance of news shaping your profession

2. The fish swimming at the head of the school were probably safer from shark attacks, but they also seemed to have directional problems and have to use more energy to keep moving. To relate that to security, if you want your security to be on the cutting edge, you may be safer, but you better have a deep money drawer, a lot of coffee or Red Bull, and also be able to notice when you've gone the wrong way as you pursue leading security policies and technologies.

3. When fish came out of the school, they made every effort to quickly merge back into the middle of the school. OK, turn that to security – if you fail on compliance, get a bad audit or find a gaping hole during a risk assessment, you need to immediately look at benchmarks and get yourself back into the middle of what are considered security standards.

4. Big fish and sharks don't always pick off the slow fish that can't keep up with the school; sometimes they point their enormous, tooth-filled jaws into the middle of a school of fish, ingesting a dozen at a time. Lesson in security: No one wants to be the slow fish, i.e., the one with the least protected facility; but sometimes doing what everyone else is doing isn't any safer.

Okay, enough superstition, security lines and zany videos from a U.S. Airways flight; I'm going back to the news.

Who Bought 'Em?
The two biggest deals of the week

Ackerman Security of Atlanta, Ga., purchased Impact Security, a nearby suburban security firm. It's Ackerman's first acquisition in quite some time; despite the fact that the company has been no slouch on growth – which the company is proud to attribute to good-old organic sales activity. I was on the phone with Doug Cram, chief operating office of Security Holding Corporation about a week or two ago and was told we should probably get in touch in a week or so. Here's why: This Monday, Security Holding Corp. was announced to be leaving the arms of Homeland Security Capital Corp. and moving into the arms of RFID and incident response systems firm Vuance.

Other News
Is homeland security "more than a feeling"?

Chertoff has a gut feeling something bad is going to happen, and there were some "security insiders" saying there were credible reports that an incident would happen July 10-12, 2007, against U.S. airlines, but America seemed to collectively yawn at these security warnings. I suppose when airlines remain on the second-highest threat level for many, many months at a time, it's a bit numbing. … Megapixel security camera maker IQinVision is starting a certified training program for dealers and integrators. … Mike Miller is the NBFAA's new president. … Johnson Controls landed part of a $2.12 million job to improve security at the Birmingham, Ala., airport.