The security week that was: 08/26/11 (verified response)

A weekly surveillance of the news shaping your profession

How are you readying for Irene?
Putting extra staff on alert for post-incident command, or locking up the office and running like hell?

As you batten down the hatches, nail plywood to windows, buy up bread and bottled water, what are you doing from a security angle to prepare for Hurricane Irene at your employer? What will the weekend staff look like as the winds and rains comes ashore? Tell us what you're doing via our Facebook page.

10 years after 9/11
SIW wants to hear from you

Do you have an interesting story about your personal experience or security/law enforcement experience from 9/11/2001? is collecting these stories and sharing them with our readers. Email me and share the gist of your story. So many in our industry are unsung heroes, and we want a chance to share your story, memories, thoughts and experience from that day as we honor the memory of the victims and responders.

In other news
Cleanliness outweighs security in survey, new CEO at Mace, more

The results of new survey published this week show that American hotel guests value cleanliness, price and location over security. ... More than 50 people were killed when gunmen ignited a fire at a casino in Monterrey, Mexico. ... UK-based research firm Memoori says the physical security industry is well-positioned to handle an economic downturn. The firm says that the security industry has consistently delivered more for less, which is the reason it says the industry came out of the recent recession in better shape than other businesses. ... Michael E. Smith has been named as the new chief executive officer of Mace Security International following the resignation of Dennis Raefield.

Systems integrator North American Video has acquired competitor Nexus Technologies Group. The company expects the acquisition to bolster its engineering and operational capabilities. ... Police and security officials at Candlestick Park in San Francisco are vowing to crack down on unruly fans following a beating and shooting at a recent 49ers-Raiders game. ... In part 2 of a two-part series on the evolution of mass notification systems, SIW Assistant Editor Joel Griffin looks at the role of voice intelligibility in emergency communications equipment.