The security week that was: 09/02/11 (technology's role)

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The key will be recognizing what can help your security program and what is just cool technology that you don’t actually need. I was talking earlier this week with a former sheriff from a major metro area who was focused on homeland security preparedness. He told me the story of all the first responder equipment that was bought at tradeshows that sat in closets because once they had it in the field or back in the home office, they realized it was too cumbersome, too complex or “too something” to really deploy. So they locked it in a gear closet and tried to forget about the thousands they spent on it, and the lost man-hours they used training on something that didn’t give them that incremental improvement. That’s the mission we all have to have as we step out from the educational seminars and wander the aisles of booths: recognize your real mission, understand whether each technology is proven or simply marketed, and try not to be excited without due cause. See you in two weeks! Until then, get excited (just a little) about seeing new technology by checking out our list of new products coming to ASIS.

P.S. If you’re introducing a product at ASIS and don’t see it on the list, email SIW with information about your offering.

In other news
GVI Security may close, Fortune Brands to spin-off security business, more

Insider sources say that security products distributor GVI Security is closing its doors after investors withdrew their resources from the company. However, Steve Walin, the company’s CEO, told SIW that he is still the CEO and that the company is still in business. ... Master Lock maker Fortune Brands has formally announced plans to spin-off its home and security business next month. The company, which makes Jim Beam bourbon, will be renaming itself Beam to reflect its new focus as a spirits company. ... The TSA recently stopped a man that tried to board a flight in Miami with snakes and tortoises hidden in his pants. ... The U.S. has failed to fully implement nine of the 41 security recommendations from the 9/11 Commission, according to a report issued by the co-chairs of the panel.