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Security industry loses a stand out individual

Doug Hendricks, security manager at Sun Microsystems, passed away a few weeks ago.

Doug started his security career working for a security integrator and worked his way to the end-user side of the business over a 27 year period.  He started his security career working for CMC in San Jose as a Project Manager on the Lockheed Space and Missile access control project.

CMC was acquired by JWP and Doug transferred to JWP’s Bay Area office where he ran numerous large projects including the BART CCTV project and the Pelican Bay State Prison CCTV project.  He had responsibility for engineering and managing the installation of the CCTV, intercom, guard panic and MATV systems.

In 1991, Doug joined Integrated Security Control Systems (ISCS).  He was project manager for the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco project, where his CCTV design became the standard for many Federal Reserve Banks.  Doug then managed a large CCTV installation at Silicon Graphics Corporation.   As ISCS’s security contract for Sun Microsystems grew Doug became the Project Manager at Sun’s Bay Area facilities and then became ISCS’s Support Services Manager at Sun Microsystems.

Doug was offered and accepted the position of Manager of Security Systems working directly for Sun Microsystems.  In this role he managed Sun’s global access control systems and assisted with developing the current security systems standards, the “Alarm Reduction Program”, the executive protection program, and the “One Badge” project for global access.  His latest project, which he engineered and managed, was the access control system conversion from GE/Infographic Systems to GE/CASI Picture Perfect 4.0 System for all Sun's locations globally.

We will miss Doug.

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Body painting at Expo Seguridad

April 27, 2009 4 comments

Sorry my phone didn’t have better resolution.  Each of the three days of the Expo Seguridad conference, this woman was painted in very tasteful, beautiful ways.  Each time with a security theme.  The third day was the best.  She was painted as a Borg, with a video camera as an eye.  The sponsoring vendor is Sermex, a Mexican security products distributor.

Now he’s hacked US Passports using a $250 RFID reader!

February 3, 2009 1 comment

Is he evil?  Ask some manufacturers and they'll say yes, emphatically.  Ask privacy advocates, and they'll praise him for exposing the seeds of Big Brother.  Chris Pajet didn't stop at cloning your HID prox card while standing next to you in line at the 7-Eleven.*  Now he has begun war-driving through San Francisco, gleaning RFID tags from US Passports. This is another assault on the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative.  Read about it here.  

White hats like Chris find the holes in our tech infrastructure that the bad guys also find.  I'd rather know about it than keep my head in the sand.  Besides, these problems are ususally fixable, so let's fix the problems and not ignore them.

*not sure if he ever did that, but the cloning device he showed me sure could have been used that way.

Words cannot describe… (for geeks)

January 13, 2009 5 comments
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No More Pelco Bucks?

December 4, 2008 7 comments

We all wondered how long the Pelco Jet would keep flying.  To many it was the symbol of inefficiency pegging Pelco as an old fashioned company out of touch with its environment.  For years the Pelco jet served a purpose, though.  It would wisk away Pelco executives, customers and partners to a higher level, helping to solidify sometimes tenuous relationships and removing competitors from the conversation.  Pelco really knew how to schmooze its constituents.

Pelco bucks and other perks for the Pelco family bred loyalty, to be sure, but they cost a lot of money.  SecurityDreamer has heard that they are gone now, along with the days of high flying customer courtships. 

Watch for news of high flying executives at TAC and Pelco, too. 

Pelco is being run like a business now.

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Axis 1, Panasonic 0. Surfaro energizes Axis channel program

August 26, 2008 3 comments

Steve Surfaro is one of those guys that fills a room with his presence.  And now he’ll apply his many attributes to Axis’ channel program.  Surfaro left Panasonic and took the job as strategic channel manager and security industry liaison for Axis.

Fredrik Nilsson, US General Manager and chief schmoozmeister for Axis, will no doubt appreciate Steve Surfaro’s ability to work a room.  It seems that Nilsson is omnipresent at industry events, but maybe Surfaro can bear some of the load.

Steve’s job won’t just be schmoozing with the security gang.  Axis has to grow.  So Surfaro has to work his magic.  He’ll have to continue to help promote integration between Axis cameras and 3rd party software and hardware.  He’ll have to get the remote video monitoring business off the ground in a highly competitive niche, and he’ll face a Sisyphean feat (or fate?) of pushing a stubborn and status quo-oriented industry up to the brave new world of data and information management.

Rock n’ roll, Surf!

Read more…

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Start out your day with a chance to win money – Steve Hunt’s money

The SecurityDreamer event at the Hard Rock will not only include hard-hitting critique of certain Winstevehuntmoney_2
manufacturers and service providers, and insights regarding some very cool security innovations, it will also give you a chance to get richer.  Win Steve Hunt’s Money will be one of the playful parts of the event.  It’s a fun spoof on the popular game show from a few years ago, Win Ben Stein’s Money.

So register for the Hard Rock event and see if you are smarter than me!

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“The other kind of analyst” has a great blog, but Jeff, dude, you need to post more

Jeff Kessler’s blog is always informative and insightful. He is one of the most accomplished and recognized financial analysts covering security (while I write from the end user’s perspective). But I wish he posted more often. Jeff, you don’t have to write research papers for every post. Aim for Twitter, not Gone with the Wind. But lovin’ it just the same.

From our “On The Move” department…Glasser’s next challenge

Michael Glasser is at the top of his class of tech oriented consultants.  He understands security, the needs of theBigallblack_01b  customer and how to create effective solutions.  So it’s with special interest that we’ll watch his work at Deterrent Technologies.  Deterrent is recruiting top talent and aiming to climb back up to a leadership role among East Coast security integrators.  Deterrent has been fighting off the industry-wide slothfulness where integrators are merely "Rs" (value added resellers without the value added part).  Glasser adds value to every engagement.  Give Deterrent another look now that Glasser is on board.  Contact Michael at

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A physical security trade show that’s just the right size

February 29, 2008 Leave a comment

TechSec was fun. I went down to the TechSec Solutions conference at the Dallas Fairmont hotel this week. Once again, Security Systems News and Security Director News did an impressive job wrangling together speakers and sponsors. This year’s show was as fun as always in terms of networking. In fact, it is one of the best shows for meeting your friends and colleagues because it big enough to keep you busy, but not overwhelming.

Each of the previous Tech Sec Solutions conferences was notable because of the progressive content and sometimes controversial Q&A. Unfortunately, this year’s presentations did not have that kind of spunk. But I’ll chalk it up to a learning experience for the United Pubs team. After all, it’s hard to be avant-garde if your conference doesn’t showcase Dunkel, Beliles, Glasser or some of the other iconoclastic voices in the industry.

Calling all revolutionaries!


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