The Security Week That Was: A Recap - March 3-9, 2007

SIW Editor Geoff Kohl gives a weekly surveillance of news shaping your profession

So I suppose that looking out at what this Google Apps offering could mean for our industry, I think we're a bit far away still. Yes, our industry is already looking closely and starting to adopt web applications, but we tend to be naturally suspicious people: it's the nature of security, right? And until the point that we, as a collective consciousness, are comfortable hosting text documents and spreadsheets off site on 3rd party servers, I don't think we'll be ready to put important security data in the same model. After all, this is an industry that still uses VCRs (not as many as before, but they're still out there running). Letting go just isn't as easy as we wish it was.

In summary: Good one, Google, but still too early for adoption as a model in our industry.

More News Other than the Impact of Web Apps
Acquisitions, recognitions, training and more

Ioimage, a video analytics company that gained attention for putting analytics in the cameras, bought the technology assets of R&D/design firm Unisor. ... Enterprise Strategy Group took a look at intellectual property breaches, and the outlook isn't promising. ... Integration firm Teleport Systems will be handling the pilot project for municipal surveillance in Durham, N.C. ... More legal challenges to RFID continue to rear their heads, writes Kathleen Carroll in her March legislative update. ... Magal Security Systems has been landing turnkey projects in Israel. ... Napco will be presenting at the NYSSA Homeland Security Conference. ... AlliedBarton earned recognition for its training programs. ... The Smart Card Alliance has created an online training program about smart cards.