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scott.goldfine@emeraldx.com | @SSIeditor
20 Years of Showing
Security Matters
Note: This column is a pickup from September 2011.
▶ SEPT. 11, 2001 is one of those dates everyone
remembers precisely where they were and what
they were doing. When the horrifying images of
jetliners crashing into New York's World Trade
Center towers began to stream across every TV
screen in America, people on the East Coast
had just begun their workdays while those in
the West were still rolling out of bed. Being in
California, I was among the latter, only having
undergone lower back surgery I was chiefly conLife
in the post-9/11 world means security
technologies, systems, services and skills are
more critical than ever before.
fined to a prone position. Like our nation, my
recovery would prove to be a long and arduous
process that continues today.
The days leading up to 9/11 were the only period
during my 23 years with SSI in which I had
to take extended leave for health reasons. Oddly
enough though, during my previous employment
as a newswire editor I found myself in similar predicaments
for two other high-profile events.
Immobilized with back pain, I watched the
Rodney King-related L.A. riots unfold on TV in
1992 as I laid flat on a mattress on the floor of
my living room, and again two years later during
the O.J. Simpson car chase. Those situations
were all-the-more surreal given the sirens blaring
outside my home during the riots and seeing
helicopters passing by my window in pursuit of
O.J. As you can see, no good comes when my
back gives out.
With my condition becoming more chronEditor-in-Chief
and
Associate Publisher Scott
Goldfine, an Industry Hall
of Famer, has spent 20+
years with SSI.
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ic and severe with sciatica symptoms affecting
my left leg during ISC West in March 2001, I
turned to surgery as a last resort. The first procedure
in August that year failed to take, and so
just three weeks later I had to again go under the
knife - yes, back-to-back back surgeries. And
the second one had complications. UnfortunateSecurity
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ly, I am no better off today, but I have learned to
cope and am no worse.
Of course, my personal ordeal pales in comparison
to those of the thousands directly affected by
the tragic events of 9/11. My closest link to the
losses was having made the acquaintance of WTC
Security Director Douglas Karpiloff, who perished
when the towers collapsed, during a tour I took of
the facility in 1999 (see photos on page 34). But my
spinal troubles have called for two qualities families
of the victims, survivors and rescue personnel
have demonstrated in spades - resiliency and resolve.
From that I find inspiration to face my own
challenges, which is a tribute to them.
Once I reconciled the chaos and confusion of
what had transpired with the attacks, the overwhelming
feelings I was left with were anguish
and anger. As a member of the media, I was afforded
a platform to channel that rage to express
my thoughts about the situation. But much more
importantly, I was an agent of the security industry
- and that empowered me to contribute directly
to the effort to help keep Americans safer.
As fellow security professionals, this is a mission
we all share, and in which we take tremendous
pride. And rightly so because, sad as it may
be, life in the post-9/11 world means security
technologies, systems, services and skills are more
critical than ever before. Those capabilities combined
with attributes like vigilance, determination
and dedication have allowed our industry to
play a key role in preventing atrocities approaching
the magnitude of 9/11 from taking place on
U.S. soil 20 years after the catastrophe.
We must concede the grim reality that there is
only so much we can do since funding can limit
the extent of our solutions, antiterrorism tactics
intersect and overlap but ultimately exceed the
reach of security on the evildoer continuum,
and random and/or spontaneous acts of violence
can be unpredictable and virtually impossible to
prevent. Nevertheless, there remains so much we
can - and must - do.
While it's true we have been fortunate not to
have experienced a comparable incident the past
20 years, I certainly don't consider it, as some
do, to be luck. It is largely the result of a strategic,
committed and unified effort. Regardless
of which strata of the security industry you fall
into, know you are vital to this cause and to be
commended for its success. Now let's get busy
repeating the feat for the next 20 years.
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