The Security Week That Was: A Recap - March 11-17, 2006

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


Judges don't want to be home alone either. There's a new proposal from many of America's federal judges to have government-paid home security -- especially in light of the attack on U.S. District Judge Joan Lefkow's family which left her husband and mother dead.

Denied!

Everyone involved in today's IP-based systems take note: Denial of Service (DoS) attacks are increasing. So said Internet security company Symantec in its latest threat report. Especially as these attacks become more frequent, the need to keep an IP-based security system up and running become all the more essential. DoS attacks can temporarily stop data transmission over your networks (such as between the cameras and the recording servers or the networked monitoring stations, or between an IP-based card reader and the access control software), and that means bad news for your security's continuity. The increase in DoS attacks may be reason enough to sell your clients on a standalone IP system, rather than sharing the business network.

In Response

Finally, I want to address a topic of contention in our industry. About a week ago I praised a substantial amount of funding to build a very secure perimeter system around some of the New York area airports. One figure in our industry published his own column suggesting that the price tag was too high, comparing it to an almost video-only based system that was being installed for a similarly sized perimeter at a significantly lesser cost.

Not only do I contend that the New York project offers greater technology integration and duplicated defenses for these airports' perimeters (and thus earns its higher cost), but the funding also has to be measured on a level of risk. We know that airports are targets for terrorism; we know the enormous costs of a terror event like the 9/11 attacks; we know that NYC is a top target, and we know the levels that terrorists will go to circumvent our security processes. If we could do it over again, and were able to spend $100 million to prevent the Sept. 11th attacks, do you think we would? I rest my case.