I edit a magazine and (soon to be rebuilt) website about security – physical and digital. We started covering both topics about 4 1/2 years ago. At the time some folks said we were crazy to mix the two; now those folks look silly.
Don’t know what your perception of physical security might be. Many people seem to think it’s dullsville. My goodness, nothing could possibly be further from the truth. The reason I was in Vegas was to attend the annual ASIS trade show and as much as I dislike trade shows, this one geeks me out in the very best sense. I wander the show floor watching videos of trucks hitting bollards – the immobile posts that, um, stop trucks. Go here and click on any of the “video” segments; search YouTube for “bollards” for more fun.
This stuff is better than mixed martial arts. Buried perimeter intrusion detection systems, long-range acoustic equipment for eavesdropping, specialized locking devices for manhole covers, bomb-sniffing dogs, night-vision surveillance cameras, pepper-ball guns…you name it, it’s there.