Security A Key Issue For Tech Systems

When I attended the Comdex technology exposition last November in Las Vegas, I was among an estimated 100,000-plus attendees who found a much more security-conscious environment awaiting them. I had to deal with metal detectors, bag searches, and even bomb-sniffing dogs each time I entered the convention space.

Clearly concerned about physical security in the post-Sept. 11 environment, organizers of the computer industry conferenceheld from Nov. 11 through Nov. 16mandated strict guidelines that included not allowing any bags onto the show floor. Media personnel were exempted from that rule, but any bags brought in by reporters, editors and analysts were subject to search.

The emphasis on security has also been evident in the spate of security-related technology product introductions, ranging from identity authentication devices, to firewalls, to backup and disaster recovery solutions.

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