The security week that was: 06/05/09

It's the inside threats

When most people think about security, they think of the need to protect against the guy in the black jumpsuit wearing the black skullcap with a pry bar who has come to steal the jewels, the company's computers, or break into that safe in the accounting office. Sure, that perception might be marginally applicable in the world of residential alarm systems, but when it comes to commercial security and homeland security, that's not always the right image to have. Take, for example, this story about a gun making its way onto a plane in Philadelphia. The story goes that an employee of US Airways in Philadelphia helped hand a bag around security to get it on the plane. As a traveler who flies US Airways a fair bit from their Charlotte hub through their Philly hub, this is a bit unnerving. With a bit of luck, another passenger spotted the security breach and alerted authorities (thanks for the vigilance, whoever you are). The moral of the story, expect insider involvement on your most serious breaches. The guy copying your precious data isn't always some hacker from Russia; it could be Dave from sales who is about to be hired by your competitor. The guy making off with the pallet of products isn't always the local meth-head from the apartments behind your back fence; it could be Rodney from your own warehouse. Don't let common perceptions cloud your judgment. If there is ever any doubt, just go back and read that quick AP article about how the gun got through security and onto the plane.

It's summer, and here's the hot news
News on Andrews Int'l, Garda, Vance, Axsys, General Dynamics, Arecont, Genetec, SARGENT, Monitronics

There's always some big acquisition news going on. This week there were two! First was that General Dynamics has officially announced its plans to buy Axsys Technologies, a maker of optical and infrared imaging systems and camera positioning units. Axsys' gear is most notably found in military and homeland defense types of situations. The second is that Andrews International (a company known for doing security in Hollywood) bought the Vance operations in the U.S. and Mexico from Garda. Garda had purchased the Vance operations in 2005. The Vance purchase puts Andrews International squarely in the government security services space.

Other news this week in our industry included two items of note from the world of IP video. Arecont Vision kicked off their channel partner certification program, hosting certification programs in California and Texas. The company will be continuing these programs through the summer according to their current calendar. Genetec cut the ribbons to its new office in Singapore as the company expands further into the Asia Pacific region.

In the realm of partnerships, SARGENT announced an integration partnership with S2 Security (makers of the S2 NetBox) such that their wifi locksets work with the S2 security management products. Monitronics announced a partnership for its dealer program and monitoring in Canada with Lanvac.

The "Oops" of the week
Nuclear sites get listed on the Web

We love the Internet for the ability to share professional information (and to find out what your old high school classmate had for breakfast this morning -- thanks, Facebook!), but sometimes we just share too much. On that note, there's this story about a list of sensitive U.S. nuclear sites that was accidentally posted publicly on the Internet. Considering how a video about a cat playing piano went viral, do you think think this nuclear info went viral among the terrorist community? Was it on within minutes? We better hope not. Of course, the response from the government was that no secrets were revealed, and that one could already find info on our nuclear sites if you really wanted, but the point is, somehow our government managed to put it all in one nice, easy-to-find list. Let's make those terroriss use Google and spend hours trying to find this stuff, not just give 'em a single download from the Government Printing Office. The list has already been removed, so don't bother Google-hooing it.