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  • ISC West injury report

    By Greg McConnell - Thursday March 29, 2007
    So ISC West has begun. Day 1 went pretty well (I only tripped on the uneven carpeting twice, so that's pretty good for me). Although, I did manage to do something I haven't done at a trade show before--cut my finger. After making it through my 3pm...
  • On Assignment

    By Greg McConnell - Monday March 12, 2007
    So one day last month I got out of the cozy comforts of the office and went on a residential security install in frigid, snowy Chicagoland.  Once I arrived on site, I was greeted by Robert Mikolainis, an installation team leader for Alarm Detection...
  • Relocating the Apps and Data for Security

    By Geoff Kohl - Friday March 9, 2007
    Google, that little search engine that could, is app happy. Bear with me -- I'll relate this to security technology in a minute. Not content with becoming the dominant web search engine, or with making what is arguably the best online mapping interface...
  • Change

    By Greg McConnell - Wednesday February 14, 2007
    So I've got to admit, when I first started working for Security Dealer a year ago this week, I had a lot to learn.  (Of course, learning never stops, but you know what I mean...)  As I look back on my first weeks on the job last February, one of...
  • 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...
  • The Secret Thoughts of TSA Screeners

    By Marleah Blades - Tuesday January 23, 2007
    Ever been standing in a security line at ATL, LAX, ORD, facing a TSA screener sporting a nasty look, a blank stare, a cheerful face (probably not this last one), and wondered, What on Earth are they thinking about? I stumbled upon a Web site this...
  • New Hampshire: Videotaping your front door is against the law

    By Greg McConnell - Monday January 22, 2007
    So in case you missed this story on SIW , a man was arrested last year in New Hampshire for video recording police officers at his front door.  Apparently when he went into the police station to complain about the officers' conduct he brought...
  • 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...