The Security Week That Was: A Recap - July 15-21, 2006

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

Earlier this morning, when I sat down at my desk, I found the auspicious message on my start-up screen as I booted my PC, warning me that the computer had shut down after a "Thermal Event". Fortunately, I was able to boot another machine, access my server-stored files and continue to work without so much as a hiccup. But what if that had been an essential part of your security system? Would you be back up-and-running without a hiccup? The issue encouraged me to think about what kind of documents and contact numbers need to be on hand to ensure you can get issues resolved quickly so that your security up-time isn't affected. We've prepared an eight-step checklist of information you'll need on hand if you're facing a failure of essential security equipment:

Up-Time Checklist
  • Name of individual in your organization who will coordinate servicing of hardware/software systems
  • List of all security-system equipment (model and serial number)
  • List of all software systems used
  • Model numbers for all equipment used by security system
  • Vendors' tech support numbers for any product used in the system (keep this updated as acquisitions and mergers change the playing field)
  • Phone number and name of contact at dealer/integrator who installed the system, or with whom your company holds a service contract
  • Notation on where owner's/operator's manuals, software installation CDs, etc. are stored
  • List of all firmware or software updates completed

And other news of the week

Mike Simpson from Per Mar Security has taken the reins as president for DICE Corporation. ... Viisage (which will be merging with Identix in the near future) has purchased Iridian Technologies, an early developer and continued leader in the field of iris recognition. ... Risk consulting firm Kroll Inc. acquired Homeland Solutions LLC, an intelligence consulting and homeland risk analysis firm, strengthening Kroll's space in the homeland security risk arena. ... While access control and guards may keep unauthorized visitors out of your company, the New York Times found out, like so many newspaper offices have, that mail is still a weakness after a suspicious white powder shut down one floor of the company's headquarters earlier this week. ... 3M bought the UK-firm Security Printing and Systems, giving it a stronghold in the growing "smart passport" market. ... Extreme CCTV has purchased Forward Vision CCTV, a maker of a popular PTZ camera. ... Video analytics firm ioimage announced the opening of a U.S. headquarters. ... And there's news that Chinese-made DVRs will continue to attempt a saturation of the DVR marketplace as lower costs have encourage exports; one researcher puts Chinese DVR exports at $139 million for 2006.