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February 25, 2009 - Volume 7, Issue 4


Automation cures Pearson’s security pain points
The Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA) is responsible for overseeing the airport’s Pass/Permit Control Office (PPCO), which administers restricted area identification cards, access control cards and permits for each of the approximately 33,000 employees at the airport – from airline employees to shopkeepers to food vendors to contractors. There’s a lot of turnaround at the airport, and the PPCO serves an average of 175 clients per day – which works out to more than 45,000 employees and contractors per year – for a variety of pass/permit requests.

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Security budget for Olympics soars to $900 million
Integrated security unit totals $491.9 million
The security budget for the 2010 Winter Games and Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver has ballooned to $900 million, more than five times the original estimate, but experts say the original $175 million budget did not come close to taking into consideration the full scope of the event.

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Bookreview: Developing a master security plan
Opinons, but few facts to back up author's stance
Security master planning is a process that can generate winces of pain from some due to the potentially large amount of work it requires to be done properly and eye rolling and snickers from others as it conjures up plans for world domination.

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Fourth annual Security Director of the year launches for 2009
Nominate a security director or manager who is tops in their field. Deadline is May 29.

See photos from last year's event

Online Reader Poll:

What best describes your password policy?
Take a second to let us and your security colleague know what you think by answering the poll here. Thanks!

March 2009
Canadian Security Line-up

  • Cover story: Rob Weir, Chief Security Officer, Direct Energy: The CSO for electricity and natural gas supplier Direct Energy sees his job as being one of securing the company brand, and that involves protecting the business, its employees and customers. To do that he believes strongly in engaging every employee in the company in the security practices he has put in place. He talks to Canadian Security about how incident reporting software is used across both physical and IT security; how manages outsourcing and why the company insists on criminal background checks for the door-to-door agents who market for Direct Energy.

  • Perimeter protection: Building and managing an integrated perimeter security system to protect against theft, vandalism and trespassing.

  • Metrics for security management: Why senior security directors should consider applying metrics to their departments.

  • Training: Preparing your team for incidents of workplace violence

  • In every issue:
  1. CCTV & The Law with Elliott Goldstein
  2. Viewpoint By Brian
  3. Robertson Bookreviews

New Products:

Video encoder with H.264
Axis Communications, has announced a highly compact and cost-effective one-channel video encoder with H.264 video compression.
Axis Communications
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New Age biometric door locks
Tychi Systems, creators of the BioKnob that unlocks by
fingerprint recognition, has added dead bolt and dead latch
locks to its line of door locks
Click here for more information

Calendar of Events

Incident Management from Every Angle-Featuring Perspective by PPM 2000 March 25, 2009 Toronto, Ont. 8:30 am - 12 p.m.

ISC West April 1-3, 2009 Sands Expo and Convention Centre Las Vegas, NV April 21-22, 2009 Sheraton Laval, Laval QC

2009 Canadian Technical Security Conference April 27-29, 2009 Mississauga Convention Centre Mississauga, ON

Canadian Gaming Summit April 28-30, 2009 2009 Canadian Association of Casino Security Directors General Meeting Caesar’s Windsor Windsor, Ont.

Port Secure May 21-22, 2009 Hilton Montreal Bonaventure 900, rue de la Gaucheti Montreal, QC

Security Canada West June 10, 2009 River Rock Casino Resort Richmond, B.C.

Executive Protection Course July 27 - 31, 2009 Minden, Ont.

Check out the Calendar of Events on the Canadian Security website for more upcoming industry seminars, conferences, shows and training sessions.

Got an event you want us to include on the website? Please send an e-mail to editor Jennifer Brown: