The Security Week That Was: A Recap - Sept. 23-29, 2006

Looking back on the first two years of

Along the way, we've enjoyed some great guest columns. Liz Martinez authors columns on the retail/loss prevention market, and she started at the core for that industry with a piece on shoplifting in the holidays. Around the same time, Frank Pisciotta, CPP, began writing for SIW. He looked at preventing pharmacy thefts, which were then being plagued by robberies of prescription drugs. Frank later looked at some interesting research from the Secret Service which could help schools prevent violent incidents. His article, written in the wake of shootings in Tennessee, seems especially relevant these last couple weeks. On that same subject, ADT education specialist and former head of security at D.C.'s schools Patrick Fiel joined SIW for an interview about how policy needs to change to improve campus safety.

The good folks at SAI (Security Assessments International) offered to join's staple of columnists. Their crew of security consultants was determined to shed light on current issues in healthcare security, JCAHO regulations and more. Quite notable was their 2-part series on securing forensic patients, which seemed especially relevant in August when a criminal shot a police officer and guard at a hospital in Virginia. How-to articles have become cornerstones of the website, from Alan Fontanella's article on key security features in ID cards and badges to an April 2005 article on training your staff for report writing. Many experts have given us the up-to-the-minute look at issues on homeland security and, of course, air travel security. Henry Nocella, CPP, now retired but formerly a leader on the ASIS global terrorism council, gave us his thoughts on the implications of the July 7th London Bombings. When the news broke of the liquid explosives threat of UK-to-U.S. bound aircraft, William McGuire of Global Security Associates filed a report of what the planned attacks meant for his company, which is heavily involved in air security.

In the process, there have been some fantastic interviews with top professionals, including ADT mass transit security expert Barry Einsig, casino security consultant Alan Zajic, Cisco's Steve Collen, and a plethora of other top business leaders from dealer and integrator companies, and a wealth of security directors who have sat down with to talk shop. As a first for the industry, we launched the SIW Radio podcasts in March of this year, featuring a thoughtful discussion with GVI's Steve Walin, and since then we've had great podcast Q&As with other industry leaders. We thank everyone who has been involved in our webinar series, including our overwhelming popular webinar featuring Michael Butler of the DoD and the GSA on HSPD-12 implementation.

To all of our contributors, columnists and expert sources, I want to thank you for making the incredible online resource it has become. And I thank you, our readers, for making the premier online community for the industry. To any of you who want to put fingers to keyboard and share your expertise via a guest column on a pressing security topic, please know that my inbox is always open to you at Here's to the next two years and to an even stronger online community for security pros.