This is a quick warning concerning CCTV systems. If you continue to use the default username and password for your Internet-based, remote-viewing-enabled CCTV cameras, you may have already been hacked, according to Wired Magazine’s Kim Zetter.
I want to share a resource with you that takes high level security concepts and brings them down to earth. Do you want to know the latest ideas on security lighting? Maybe you don’t, not because security lighting isn’t important, but perhaps you’re too busy to read and digest the meaning of an author’s words. Wouldn’t it be easier to see examples of, say, bad and good security lighting?
Security by Design, a part of the Association of Chief Police Officers and headquartered in London, England, created a practical toolkit for improving security. The toolkit deals with residential areas, but with a little imagination the concepts it presents can easily be applied to airports and airport businesses.
I want to thank all who took the time to respond to my previous blog, “Couldn’t sign the user fee petition? Here’s help.” As promised, I sent your names and information to the White House as the attachment to the cover letter below. This response was sent both by email and the U.S. Postal Service.
We are still way below the needed 25,000 respondents on the petition. When I last checked the site we were up to less than 5,700. That’s more than when we started, but not even close to what we need. Remember, those who register their disapproval of aviation user fees do NOT have to be general aviators. They can be family members, friends, acquaintances, and so on. We have until May 16.
Now that we’re past the first day of spring it’s time to start planning for two important seasons ahead: Hurricane and wildfire. According to the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), hurricane season begins May 15 for the Eastern Pacific and June 1 for the Atlantic. Both end on Nov. 30. For those who live and work in places where you are sure that hurricane season is of little concern, you may have a wildfire season to consider. Sorry, there’s no definite nationwide start and stop date for wildfire season because wildfire season is regional, based upon the local flora, and highly dependent upon the weather.
I’m sure that some of you are asking yourselves, “Hey, what’s a security guy doing writing about disaster recovery?” [Read more...]
What happens when government policies and regulations intervene in the natural selection process of the business jungle?
One of the hot terms in the security industry is continuity. I read plenty about continuity of business. That’s a charged subject because continuity programs reach into every nook and cranny of a business. I also keep up as best I can with continuity of government. That’s a fairly shadowy subject that reaches back into the Cold War and further. But continuity of industry has yet to be discussed openly, and certainly not the continuity of the general aviation industry. Why?
General aviation is one of the few industries of the United States where exports continue to exceed imports. [Read more...]
Do you know about 49 CFR 1552? This regulation deals with alien flight training and flight school security awareness training and is one of the few federal security regulations that the U.S. Transportation Security Administration requires compliance from general aviation. Are you interested in submitting your comments to the TSA and the Office of Management and Budget concerning this training? Now’s your chance.
Security results in action. Bureaucracy results in more bureaucracy.
There is no group of people better qualified to discuss action and response than pilots. From our first day of flying training our flight instructors teach us not to take an action for granted. Flip a switch, look for an action. Make a control input, ensure you get the desired response.
Security is the same. It’s action-based, not paperwork-based. [Read more...]