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March 13, 2009 - Volume 7, Issue 5

Everyone's in security for Direct Energy's CSO
Rob Weir counts everyone in Direct Energy as a crucial component in overall security of the company. From the day they start work at the gas company, employees are made aware that if they see something unusual or suspicious they should report it.
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Hospital security under the microscope
The industry needs to learn from the St. Mike's incident.
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A business case for metrics
With the downturn in the world economy, security managers should be embracing metrics. However, anecdotal discussions with many security practitioners indicate that the use of metrics is still in its infancy.
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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!

April 2009
Canadian Security Line-up

  • Sector Focus:

  • Case Study:
    Mass Transit
    Canadian Security talks to Silvia Fraser, Supervisor, Security & Life Safety and Program Manager, Union Station Transit-Secure Program about the challenges of managing the implementation of the Transit-Secure Program for the past two years. The project required working with a number of stakeholders, including TTC, GO Transit, VIA and Transport Canada. With the work coming to completion March 31, the time has come to put the new technology to work.

  • Special Focus:
    Trucking and container theft:
    What are transportation and logistics companies doing to try and thwart the escalating problem of container truck theft? We look at ways your company can avoid becoming a victim.

  • Airports: Toronto Pearson airport has reduced waiting time for credentialing its 45,000 employees, vendors and contractors by 96 per cent. Find out how the Greater Toronto Airport Authority’s senior manager of security infrastructures, Bryan Scott came up with the solution. Scott was named 2008 Security Practitioner of the Year by the Toronto chapter of ASIS International for his work on the project.

  • Technology focus: Biometrics at marine facilities

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

New Products:

Trace detection system has compact analyzer
Scent Detection Technologies has released the MN1000B dual mode explosives and narcotics trace detection system. The system is based on high-frequency quartz crystal microbalance technology, and consists of a hand-held sampling unit and compact analyzer. It can be integrated with existing security checkpoints without infrastructure modifications. Suggested uses include customs, prisons, coast guards, border control agencies and federal agents who need to detect illicit substances.
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Panel can help reduce false alarms
Silent Knight, part of Honeywell, has announced its new IFP-2000 scalable intelligent analogue-addressable fire alarm control panel (FACP). The panel aims to reduce false alarms through individual point identification, drift compensation and maintenance alerts. It can use existing wiring, cover up to 636 points per panel and has a wide range of IDP detectors and modules connected to the circuit. The system can link up to eight panels and can be used as a single system or a series of smaller separate ones. It is also easily expandable.
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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

CSIS Conference: Securing the Nation: The Next Steps May 24-26, 2009
Hilton Crowne Plaza Hotel, 101 Lyon Street, Ottawa, ON

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: