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Sep 2 2008   6:22PM GMT

Operation Sentinel – Manhattan becomes “Big Brother”



Posted by: Troy Tate
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Hopefully you have read my previous blog entry about IT Equipment Search & Seizure at US Borders. Well, if that is not enough to make you think Big Brother is here and watching, then take a look at the article NYPD seeks to screen vehicles entering Manhattan. This could be come one of the grandest IT endeavors of all time. How do you track these vehicles? What criteria do you capture to be able to determine a threat or not? The article mentions images and radiological readings. I think that authenticating and ensuring readings and images are accurate would create a market need for supercomputer implementations in New York City. How often are the radiological scanning devices calibrated and tested? What skills does someone need to be able to do that? Can cameras be fooled and images wrong?

Who is paying for all of this for NYC? Is this really where the city should be spending its dollars on risk mitigation? Maybe someone should share my thoughts on managing risk & vulnerability.

Thanks for your time. Let’s be good network citizens together & practice safe networking!

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