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Feb 06


The threats facing the modern world seem unending. From physical breaches to cyber attacks, companies and governments across the globe are scrambling to protect themselves from those who wish to do harm.

Security is a challenging, tireless job that requires eternal vigilance. Security professionals across the world face an unending wave of criminals and terrorists looking to exploit any and every loophole or gap in protection. Some bad guys take a high-tech approach while others go basic; meaning the number of potential threats is infinite and methods of attack always changing.

With that in mind, how does our nation's security efforts stack up? According to a recently released report, The Federal Government's Track Record on Cybersecurity and Critical Infrastructure, not well at all. NakedSecurity.com reports that US federal agencies are failing to employ very basic security measures.

> Read more of NakedSecurity's article here

As impossible as it may seem, security must always be on, alert and ready. Does that mean security can thwart any and every threat from happening? Only in a perfect world is that possible. Even with the best security programs, there is always a chance that criminal activity will occur.

While the report recognizes that our nation has come a long way with security, it also shows that it still has much to do for solidify our defenses against those who wish to do harm.


Did The Boston Explosions Wake Americans Up?

// posted on Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Apr 24

 

Did The Boston Marathon Explosions Wake Americans Up?Throughout U.S. history, our nation has rarely experienced the conflict, terrorism, death and destruction seen so often in many other countries. But now that we have once again experienced the horribleness of an attack on the innocent, we evaluate the situation. Patriotic pride and compassion has engulfed the nation, authorities are on high alert and security has tightened. But has it awakened citizens from the unrealistic dream of total reliance upon authorities for their safety?

The Boston tragedy marked the first time since September 11, 2001 that a terrorism-related explosion causing death, injury and destruction had occurred on American soil. While not the magnitude of an event like 9/11, it still shook our country and raised the common, after-event thought: Could we have prevented this?
Questions will undoubtedly continue to snowball over the coming weeks until there are complete answers.

Why did Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and Tamerlan Tsarnaev do it?

Did our country become complacent after over a decade of relative quiet?

Why did the government not know about this plot ahead of time?

Security is a challenging, tireless job that requires eternal vigilance. Security professionals across the world face an unending wave of criminals and terrorists looking to exploit any and every loophole or gap in protection. Some bad guys take a high-tech approach while others go basic; meaning the number of potential threats is infinite and methods of attack always changing.

Over time, it’s easy for people to become increasingly complacent and let their guard down. It’s human nature. Having gone more than a decade since 9/11, many terror plans have been foiled, perhaps lulling the public into a false sense of invincibility and complete reliance upon authorities. But for security to be as effective as possible, everyone must do their part, including citizens being aware of their surroundings and reporting suspicious activity.

As impossible as it may seem, security must always be on, alert and ready. Does that mean security can thwart any and every threat from happening? Only in a perfect world is that possible.

In cases where security is unable to entirely prevent a threat from turning into an incident, the response is the next most critical aspect. A fast, effective response will often reduce the degree of damage and keep a tragedy from morphing into a disaster. In Boston, the authorities responded instantly, doing an excellent job of diverting runners and spectators, attending to the injured, locking down the crime scene and preventing extreme panic.


The most important aspect of security is the help of the public.
While the ultimate goal of any security system is to lower response times and increase overall situational awareness, it’s important to remember that it merely provides tools to help prevent, reduce and respond to threats — such as smart surveillance cameras equipped with behavioral analytics software that instantly alerts security personnel of anything that seems out of the ordinary.

However, even the most advanced technology needs a human component. That human component not only includes security guards and police forces performing their duties, but private citizens as well. It is the responsibility of every man, woman and child to keep their eyes and ears open for anything unusual and to alert the proper authorities when necessary.


Terrorism has continually reared its ugly head all throughout human history, so it’s unlikely we’ve seen the last of it. If the authorities were armed with thousands of guards and the most advanced security technology at all times, they could still protect the public only so much. While the public is on edge at the moment, time will pass and anxiety will once again ease into complacency.

To better
anticipate, thwart and reduce threats, we all must work together and remember to always remain vigilant, not just at times immediately after an incident occurs. To assist and support is our first and last resort of true security. So after evaluating the situation, we now must ask, did what happened in Boston wake Americans up?

Jun 08


Port Authority to replace security firm involved with fake ID scandal at Newark Airport

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey wants to replace the private security firm that employed a supervisor at a Newark airport who authorities said was an illegal immigrant using the identity of a dead man. The bi-state agency said it will seek bids on services to replace the previous firm. [Read more of the story here]
 
Identifying The People Behind An ID

It’s truly unfortunate what happened at Newark Airport, but thankfully nothing more serious occurred. Regardless, the situation brings up an incredibly important topic that must be discussed, especially in this day and age.

Security vetting, a.k.a. background checks, is a critical aspect of true security. Whether it’s your child’s babysitter, the pilot of a commercial airliner, a government official or just someone applying to work for your company, it is imperative you know who they really are and if you can trust them.



These days identify theft is rampant, but as criminals become more and more technologically savvy, it’s only going to increase. That’s may be bad news for individuals, but it can mean even greater consequences for critical infrastructure environments such as airports and transportation, where the theft can affect more than one person at any given time.

Having your credit cards stolen or your bank account compromised can be traumatic enough, but having personnel who are not properly scrutinized can significantly impact the lives of hundreds of people at the one time, such as passengers on an airliner.



Bargain Bin Security?

Additionally, proper training and focused education play a key role in keeping our nation’s airports, rail lines and shipping lanes safe for all. Too many companies bid out these services and award the contract to the lowest bidder. But the question we all must ask ourselves is: Wouldn’t you rather pay a little bit more to absolutely ensure your safety?



At Crescent Guardian, we believe background checks are essential and a major part of what responsible security companies do every day. Like the old saying goes, you get what you pay for—So make sure you aren’t selling your safety short.

Call 504-483-7811 or email info@cgiprotects.com us at CGI to discuss how we can properly ensure the security of your facilities, infrastructure and more.


Urgent Action Needed on Shoring up U.S. Ports

// posted on Thursday, May 03, 2012

May 03

Fmr MS Governor Barbour Calls for Urgent Action on Shoring up U.S. Ports - Wall Street Journal Market Watch

Former Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour, speaking to a regional gathering of Gulf states harbor pilots, called for a "bias for action and a sense of urgency...for increased U.S. investment in waterways infrastructure and a national strategic policy to prepare and equip U.S. Ports in the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Seaboard for increased cargo and container volume from 'post-Panamax' vessels after the Panama Canal opens in 2015." [Read more of the story here]

 

A Movement That Holds Water - Crescent Guardian's reaction to former Governor Barbour's Port action 

By flickr user zigazou76Crescent Guardian absolutely agrees with former Governor Barbour and the need to increase our waterways in the Gulf region to prepare for increased volume, which will create a much needed economic boost. We also believes we need to focus on increased security to handle both the good and bad that comes with increased volumes.

Crescent Guardian was recently part of a team that developed increased security measures at one of the critical deep water Ports in Louisiana. We implemented an Analytics package that enables existing IP video cameras to send alerts and alarms if anomalous behavior is detected. It is a patented and unique technology that is easy to implement and begins generating alerts immediately.

Security applications in environments like this need to take an integrated approach. Crescent Guardian offers the products and project management expertise that has been relied on by the transportation industry for more twenty years. When a holistic, proven approach is implemented, we are able to help clients create a safer environment in an uncertain world.

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Apr 25

San Francisco Puts Brakes on an App for Transit - New York Times

A small team of volunteers took just 10 days last summer to create an Apple iPad app call SMART Muni that uses Global Positioning System technology to track all of San Francisco's buses in real time, allowing transit managers and passengers to monitor problems and delays. But now, 10 months later, the app is unused because the agency is $29 million over budget, cannot afford to buy the iPads required to run the software and San Francisco is unwilling to invest $100,000 to run a pilot program. [Read more of the story here]

On The Right Track
- CGI's response

Today, tracking vehicles is as easy as making a call with your cellphone. Although the technology has been used in the automobile industry for several years now, implementing it for use with municipalities can prove difficult because of high initial cost.

While it is quite useful to know the exact location of public transportation vehicles or if a delay has occurred, the fact that that they run on pre-scheduled routes makes things like the SMART Muni app more of a luxury than a necessity. That's not to say SMART Muni isn't on the right track. Integrating the right technology can help create better efficiency and actually save the client money.

Implementing a system that streamlines processes, automates procedures, reduces paperwork and verifies the licensing and training of vehicle drivers is a win-win for everyone. Transit systems operate smoother, passengers feel content and safety is enhanced. Municipalities worried about high costs quickly realize the staggering price they are paying by not utilizing a more efficient system, like the Vehicle Permission Switch that CGI Protects installed as a demonstration in an RTA bus in New Orleans. Technology like the VPS presents a unique opportunity for integration, as it has the dual advantage of locking out unauthorized users and can also be used to automate pre-usage checklists, much like pilots do in aircraft before takeoff.

All public transportation vehicles have government requirements for safety and systems like the VPS ensure compliance and accuracy of reporting. Unlike the SMART Muni app, it operates on a hardware unit with upgradable and preloaded software, creating a cost model that is managed as a low monthly charge per unit, making it extremely affordable and adaptable. Eventually, technology like the VPS is installed as the value of it can no longer be be denied and operating without it proves cost prohibitive.

If you're interested in finding out more about CGI Protect's Vehicle Permission Switch, please email us at info@cgiprotects.com or call 504.483.7811.


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