Biometric identification, as this article describes, is being used more and more for security purposes. Privacy concerns hindered development prior to the Sept. 11 attacks, but some biometric technology such as fingerprinting and DNA identification made inroads. Now, there are a wide variety of biometric technologies available for access control and other security purposes.
Last month the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that they are working together on two memos regarding federal secure identity management cards. These are cards that were issued in accordance with HSPD-12, which we talked about in our last post. There’s not much info on what these memos will say, but this article offers some speculation about them.
Another post-Sept. 11 security change was Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12 (HSPD 12). This directive created a standard form of identification to gain access to government facilities and mandated adoption of this standard by all government agencies. This Website provides more information on HSPD 12. Though the directive is directed at government agencies, like HSPD 3, the private sector can take some cues from it to enhance its security.
The final level in our look at the Department of Homeland Security’s Threat Advisory System is the final Severe (Red) Threat Condition. This Threat Condition indicates a severe risk of a terrorist attack and suggests a swift response. This response is usually not meant last long but until the severe threat passes. This Website has all the details, but here are a few key points.
Continuing our look at the Department of Homeland Security’s Threat Advisory System, we’re highlighting the Orange (High) Threat Condition. This level indicates a high risk of a terrorist attack and is the first level to suggest organizations implement some (though not all) emergency plans.
Building on our last post on Green and Blue Threat Conditions, we’d like to continue with more information on the Yellow (Elevated) Threat Condition, which happens to be the current threat level. This level indicates a significant risk for a terrorist attack, and as this page details, suggests organizations take the following steps:
In our last post, we discussed Homeland Security Presidential Directive 3 (HSPD 3) that created the Homeland Security Advisory System. It’s an important topic that we’d like to focus on a little more by looking at each Threat Condition and what it entails. This week, we’ll combine and quickly review the first two conditions – Green (Low) and Blue (Guarded) – because they’ve yet to be used.
One development in the post-Sept. 11 world that aids security personnel is the Homeland Security Presidential Directive 3 (HSPD 3). As this page details, HSPD 3 established the Homeland Security Advisory System that created “a common vocabulary, context, and structure for an ongoing national discussion about the nature of the threats that confront the homeland and the appropriate measures that should be taken in response.” It’s important that all security providers understand what HSPD 3 entails, so they can respond appropriately.
High-definition (HD) technology is changing closed-circuit television (CCTV) systems everywhere. HD megapixel cameras offer many advantages over traditional security cameras but are still overcoming a few technology roadblocks. This page offers a very detailed explanation of these advantages and roadblocks, which we’d like to summarize here.
Although U.S. Department of Defense’s (DoD) Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) process was announced five years ago, it only recently revved up in terms of personnel relocation. As you can see on this timeline, most of the actual job relocation only began this year or hasn’t even begun yet. So we’re only starting to see BRAC’s impact, but we do know it will be significant.