The BBC has reported that a website called PleaseRobMe has been set up to highlight the dangers of revealing personal details online – revealing the location of empty homes.
Category Archives: Security in the media
[This blog entry is in honour of Blog Action Day, taking place today, on the subject of climate change.]
The most important awards in the UK security industry calendar are presented next week here in London. The Security Excellence Awards 2009 take place at the Hilton Park Lane, and the cream of the crop in the UK and international security industry will be there.
The awards are run by my employer, UBM Live, and myself, Brian Sims and Alan Hyder chair the judging panels that decide the winners. It’s always a big event, both in terms of news interest in the industry, and as a social happening on the night itself.
For the first time this year, we’ve introduced a new award category: Environmental Initiative of the Year. I’d like to take a little credit for it, ‘cos it was my idea and everything innit, but what’s most impressive has been the response to it.
We were inundated with excellent entries, and all of those that made it through to the final shortlist were massively impressive to the judges. All sorts of efforts were shown to be happening right across the security sector, with some truly innovative initiatives really leading the way.
It’s important that the industry starts embracing green working practices now – from small-scale installers using hybrid vehicles, to big companies reducing waste and recycling, to manufacturers pledging to minimise packaging and damaging factory practices.
The benefits aren’t simply the obvious ones, either – to the planet and to the cause of combating climate change. There’s a genuine competitive advantage for businesses who are seen to be working in a sustainable, environmentally-friendly way, not just in being prepared for the future, but in terms of marketing and public perception.
The time has come where to be seen as being green is to be seen as being a responsible corporate entity. It’s sustainable for the environment – but it’s sustainable for businesses who want to have a future too.
If you would like to read similar posts on this subject from some of my colleagues, please click on any of the links below:
The new powerful x-ray scanners at Manchester Airport are all over the news today. Why? Because they can see your bits!!!!! Apparently.
I like the way it’s mentioned in the BBC report that ‘faces won’t be shown’. As if that’s a consideration for any self-respecting pervert.
Here’s the BBC coverage.
And on the Guardian’s site.
Can it see as far as where the attempted Saudi assasin was storing his weaponry, though?
Here, also, is a relevant picture:
Today was the big public launch for Google’s Street View mapping in the UK, meaning that (some) streets are able to viewed in photographic form. Here is what happens when you search for I4S Towers:
There have been voices raised in concern about the possible security implications of the service. Personally, I think they’re overrated – any self-respecting criminal would be able to do his or her research without the aid of Street View.
But not everyone agrees. There are reports of a ‘privacy storm’ resulting in images being pulled. But surely this is simply the service working as Google said it would?
There is also drunken vomiting.
Anyway, this morning I used it to find my walking route from Kentish Town Station to a local pub and thence to the Kentish Town Forum, where I’m going to see Animal Collective play on Tuesday night. That’s useful.
What do you think? Good clean fun, or dangerous tool that will aid terrorists and criminals? Let me know…
I spent a few days over Christmas on the south coast of England in Sussex, and happened to pop into the Rye branch of Woolworths that was, like all branches of Woolworths, desperately selling off its stock (and its fittings) before it closed for good.
On sale were these dummy CCTV cameras, generously discounted.
I didn’t see anyone look at one, let alone buy one, while I was in the shop.
Oh – and feel free to visit www.info4security.com and www.ifsec.co.uk. Go on.
The BBC’s ‘Click’ programme has been running a series of features on biometric security.
Here’s some of the blog coverage of Security Industry Authority chief Mike Wilson’s departure.