Prices are UP

I know things are tough all around and that new tariffs have been imposed but come on, the price of instock items changing so drastically… Today I went on Amazon to check the status of a spindle sander that I had in one of my wish lists. It has been… Continue reading

HTML Email is a PITA

Email started as text only and everything worked as expected. Then someone (probably a marketing suit. a.k.a. PHB) decided to make it look fancy. Now email messages are so complex that AI and Machine Learning has to be used to determine the “value” of a message. Not to mention the… Continue reading

NVR Log Book Published

I have just published a log book on Lulu. This log book is for documenting a single Network Video Recording system with up to 32 cameras. This is part of my set of books for compliance requirements. You can find the book here. This version replaces the monthly calendars with… Continue reading

CTPAT Breakdown: 2.4

Item 2.4 CTPAT Members should have written procedures in place that address crisis management, business continuity, security recovery plans, and business resumption. Implementation Guidelines A crisis may include the disruption of the movement of trade data due to a cyber attack, a fire, or a carrier driver being hijacked by… Continue reading

CTPAT Breakdown: 10.1

Item 10.1 CTPAT Members must have written procedures governing howidentification badges and access devices are granted, changed,and removed.Where applicable, a personnel identification system must be inplace for positive identification and access control purposes.Access to sensitive areas must be restricted based on jobdescription or assigned duties. Removal of access devices musttake… Continue reading

CTPAT Breakdown: 9.16

Item 9.16 If cameras are being used, recordings of footage covering keyimport/export processes should be maintained on monitored shipmentsfor a sufficient time to allow an investigation to be completed. Implementation Guidelines If a breach were to happen, an investigation would need to be conducted, and maintaining any camera footage that… Continue reading

CTPAT Breakdown: 9.15

Item 9.15 If camera systems are deployed, periodic, random reviews of the camerafootage must be conducted (by management, security, or otherdesignated personnel) to verify that cargo security procedures are beingproperly followed in accordance with the law. Results of the reviewsmust be summarized in writing to include any corrective actions taken.The… Continue reading

CTPAT Breakdown: 9.14

Item 9.14 If camera systems are deployed, cameras should have an alarm/notification feature, which would signal a “failure to operate/record” condition. Implementation Guidelines A failure of video surveillance systems could be the result of someone disabling the system in order to breach a supply chain without leaving video evidence of… Continue reading