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  • Watching RSA from afar

    By Geoff Kohl - Friday February 9, 2007
    So, I'm not in San Francisco this week attending the RSA Conference, despite my wishes. But I have been enjoying some of the blog reports coming out of this IT security show. Now some might be asking why I should pay attention to an IT-focused show like...
  • Beware the Mooninites

    By Geoff Kohl - Wednesday January 31, 2007
    This security business is serious stuff, but sometimes you just have to have a bit of a laugh. That was my reaction to the news on CNN that the city of Boston had rolled out its Homeland Security counter-terror team today. The dangerous opponent...
  • Believing in Biometrics

    By Geoff Kohl - Thursday January 11, 2007
    Robert LaPenta believes in biometrics. After all, you don't put your money where your mouth is if you don't believe. This is the guy who just today has offered $1.05 per share for each share of ComnetiX, a Canadian biometrics company that does...
  • Rolodexing Your Way to Lower Security Costs

    By Geoff Kohl - Wednesday January 10, 2007
    Since the title of my blog is The Security Check, it's only appropriate that I address a topic of marginal importance at the TSA's security checkpoints. A great story from USA Today (now posted on SecurityInfoWatch.com at this link ) makes note of how...
  • Residential Security in Afghanistan

    By Geoff Kohl - Monday December 18, 2006
    I have a very good friend of mine who has been employed in recent years trying to help rebuild Afghanistan. He tries to create collaboration, improve education, and assist a war-torn country to move beyond that devastation and into the 21st century. I'd...
  • A Story of Toothpaste and the Airport Checkpoint

    By Geoff Kohl - Friday November 10, 2006
    It's only appropriate that I address this odd bit of news, since this blog is somewhat appropriately titled The Security Check. And since the most common "security check" that American citizens go through is the TSA security check before they can go to...
  • In false alarms, enough is enough

    By Geoff Kohl - Thursday November 2, 2006
    A recent news story on Vindy.com,  a news website serving Youngtown, Ohio, and the surrounding valley, is an example of why the burglar alarm industry sometimes can't get any respect.  Vindy.com reported about the alarm system...
  • Facial recognition goes mainstream

    By Geoff Kohl - Wednesday October 11, 2006
    I found this very interesting piece of news the other day. It pertained to Picasa , which is Google Inc.'s photo management system (kind of like iPhoto from Steve Jobs/Apple). This software basically finds all your photos on your PC in the same way...
  • Live from ASIS 2006

    By Geoff Kohl - Tuesday September 26, 2006
    The crew from the Cygnus Security Group of publications -- SecurityInfoWatch.com, Security Technology & Design and Security Dealer -- are out here in San Diego, Calif., where the weather's awful. Ok, we're pulling your leg on that last part. We just...
  • The South American Security Tour

    By Geoff Kohl - Friday September 15, 2006
    I just returned from approximately two weeks in Peru, and while I was there for a little R&R, I can never seem to take off my security hat. While most of my time was spent in rural areas slinging a camera and enjoying the natural wonders of the Incans...