The Security Week That Was: June 8, 2007

A weekly surveillance of news shaping your profession

Security Dealer's Peter Harlick filed a live report from the NFPA show, looking at some of the product launches/product updates being unveiled there. … After so many months of making big acquisitions in the manned security and secure cash handling space, Garda announced a management reorganization to better integrate those acquisitions. … EMC's RSA division strengthened its authentication portfolio with the acquisition of private knowledge-based authentication firm Verid. … The National Retail Federation (NRF) is hammering out a platform on how data breaches need to be distinguished, asking the question of whether a data theft of name and credit card info should be classified and responded in the same way as a much more dangerous theft of SSN, credit card info, date of birth and name. … AlliedBarton's Bill Whitmore implored our industry to recognize that streamlined access to a national background check service (like the FBI's) is vital to ensuring that contract security companies can provide the right people to the task.

In the Forums
Security camera maintenance and checks

It was tragedy this week in the parking lot of a Kansas big box retailer as a teenager was apparently kidnapped from the store parking lot and later found dead in a nearby lake. One of the issues was video footage from one camera that partially captured what is believed to be her abduction. However, the video was not clear and had to be sent to a crime lab. That got us thinking about how often we perform system checks and maintenance checks on the video surveillance system. Forum members weigh in on policies for checking surveillance camera systems to make sure they are operable. Join today and share your thoughts as well.

Earlier this week, I filed an article about Google's Street View system which gives high-resolution images of actual facilities. The question was whether this was a dangerous tool for would-be criminals to "case" a location. Share your thoughts in our Google Street View forum thread.

Tell Us about Your Growth
2-minute survey from Security Dealer seeks to identify M&A trends

Security Dealer magazine's Greg McConnell is asking security dealer firms to respond to a 2-minute survey about growth and M&As. Research will be published next month in the magazine and on Responses are anonymous; take the Security Dealer Growth Survey today.