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  • The right way to fund urban security

    By Geoff Kohl - Friday September 21, 2012
    Here at SecurityInfoWatch.com, we're all for security, and so it seems is Chicago Alderman George Cardenas. He's proposed a safety and security fee that would be levied upon Chicago's citizens to help pay for more police officers. Improving law...
  • Libya consulate attack and the power of social media

    By Geoff Kohl - Friday September 14, 2012
    It’s a pretty poor movie. In fact, it’s decidedly amateurish. The acting is terrible, the effects are ill-accomplished, and the script is disjointed. Worse than that, it’s clear that it has voice-overs injected that don’t match the audio or line...
  • Four very cool video surveillance technologies at ASIS 2012

    By Geoff Kohl - Tuesday September 11, 2012
    Video surveillance technology companies seem to get all the buzz in the security industry, and rightfully so. These companies are making forward jumps of leaps and bounds, and after a day combing the aisles of the 2012 ASIS International Tradeshow in...
  • The business playing field for security dealers must be level

    By Geoff Kohl - Friday September 7, 2012
    The Electronic Security Association (ESA)  alerted the security industry of a court case occurring right now in Massachusetts that could be a watershed case for the industry. The issue is licensing and whether companies like Comcast and Verizon are...
  • 7 Years after Katrina: Making Progress in Continuity

    By Geoff Kohl - Friday August 31, 2012
    Those of you who know me may well recall how I devoted this column seven years ago to Hurricane Katrina and my personal experience of being on the Mississippi Gulf Coast (site of the tidal surge that destroyed most coastal towns) approximately 24...
  • What's best for back-up storage of data?

    By Geoff Kohl - Wednesday August 22, 2012
    Wondering how to archive that security information (mug shots, stills from video surveillance, video surveillance feeds, etc.)? Scan through this guide to "The Lifespan of Storage Media" and find out what's going to die first and what will still be...
  • Retail lessons from a corrupted Apple store

    By Geoff Kohl - Wednesday August 22, 2012
    If youd ever had a question about which can be worse -- shoplifters or your own staff -- this Gizmodo story about corruption in an Apple store would answer that question. The report details internal theft scams like this one: "One Genius had a...
  • The Active Shooter What-if Games

    By Geoff Kohl - Friday August 17, 2012
    Threats evolve. So do we. I was hosting a speaker call this morning with a few people that represented different walks of life: Security consultant, police officer, SWAT team member, trauma surgeon, school training expert. We were discussing an upcoming...
  • Opinion: We're going soft on CFATS

    By Geoff Kohl - Friday August 3, 2012
    My opinion for the week is this: Employees at particularly security-sensitive chemical plants should be screened like TWIC card holders. Currently CFATS has no plans to do that , and I think that's a mistake. Suzanne Spaulding, DHS Deputy...
  • How to be a better security integrator

    By Geoff Kohl - Friday July 27, 2012
    If you’re a large, national or multinational company needing a systems integrator, you have it good. Most of the mid-size and large integration firms have set up specialized departments and services just for you, because you need specific services...