The security week that was: 07/22/11 (Terror in Oslo)

Terror in Oslo

Norway isn't exactly the nation most of us think of when terrorism comes to mind, but the city of Oslo was shaken this afternoon with attacks from what is believed to have been a powerful car bomb. While it is unclear what group was behind the attack (or attacks – that also is unclear), what is known is that the attacks were centered around government buildings and a public square in central Oslo. A follow-up report from CNN is indicating there has been a shooting at a political party youth camp that is likely linked to the bombing in central Oslo.

Norway's attacks might surprise you, but last year in July, Norwegian authorities arrested three persons linked to Al Qaeda who were believed to have been plotting attacks. It's not clear whether those attacks were to be in Norway or elsewhere.

Australia is another nation that has seemingly been immune to terror attacks, but an online terrorism advocacy magazine published a photo of the Sydney Opera House amid its pages. The photo came without a caption or any indication of why it was selected, and no indication was made as to whether this was a direct threat or an implied target. The propaganda magazine publishes articles on topics such as using your AK-47 and making bombs.

The lesson, I believe, is that no location is too unlikely.

Business news of the week
Stanley closer to owning Niscayah, DIS bought by Matica, and where IP video is going

Stanley is one step closer to purchasing Niscayah, the Swedish systems integration firm. On June 27, Niscayah advocated that its shareholders accept Stanley's offer, and just this past week, Stanley's offer cleared U.S. antitrust regulations. Stanley is offering roughly $1.2 billion for the firm.

In other acquisition news, Digital Identification Solutions has had a change of ownership as its majority shareholder changed from Brockhaus Private Equity to Matica Systems. Matica's business, before acquiring DIS, was focused on card issuance.

It's been a great guessing game as all sorts of analysts have tossed out numbers as to when IP video would outsell analog video. Obviously, the economic slowdown of the past couple years delayed this transition, and that just means analysts get more work. Now, IMS Research is indicating that in terms of volume of units, network video products won't outsell analog video products in 2014, but the UK research house thinks that in 2014, sales revenues from IP video will outshine sales revenue from analog equipment.

In other news
Corporate security and law enforcement hand-in-hand, Small airport security, Background check legislation

The video integration project that was showcased at the Secured Cities conference was approved by the Atlanta City Council this week. ... It was a model for public-private security cooperation; Frontier Communications worked with state law enforcement officials in the state of West Virginia to put copper-stealing criminals behind bars. ... Small airports could do better at securing their air fields and facilities, according to a new report from the GAO. ... ESA-supported background check legislation has been introduced in the Senate by Charles Schumer, a senator considered exceptionally friendly to the Electronic Security Association.