Navy Yard Tragedy May Prompt Increased Physical Security and Big Data Investments

Lloyd McCoy_65x85by Lloyd McCoy Jr., Consultant

Look out for increased investments in technologies related to physical security and background checks in the wake of the mass shooting at the Navy Yard. That is, once the government reopens for business. Law enforcement officials are confident the perpetrator, Aaron Alexis, a federal contractor, gained entry to the base via his valid contractor Common Access Card. This card is very similar to those given to military personnel and Department of Defense civilians and allows relatively unfettered access to most military bases for cleared individuals.

The fact that Alexis was allowed access, despite a history of erratic behavior, has prompted calls for more stringent security safeguards. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel ordered a review of the Department’s security clearance and military base access standards. Expect more scrutiny over the tools we currently use to vet security clearance applicants.  Separately, a recent Pentagon inspector general report exposed major flaws in military installation access procedures. That report specifically recommends replacement of the access control system currently used for un-cleared personnel. More recommendations are sure to follow in the wake of last week’s shooting.

As the dust settles after the release of the inspector general report and Hagel’s investigation, expect to see legislation and policies calling for more funding for data mining, data analytics, emergency response, access control, identity and access management, and biometric identity verification.

About Lloyd McCoy Jr.
Lloyd McCoy is a manager on immixGroup’s Market Intelligence organization. He has a M.S. in Strategic Intelligence from the National Intelligence University, a M.A. in Public Policy and a B.A. in Political Science, both from the University of Maryland. Lloyd leads the commercial arm of the Market Intelligence team, leveraging market analysis and purchasing trends to help Arrow’s suppliers and partners shorten their sales cycles. Prior to joining immixGroup, Lloyd was a senior analyst in the Intelligence Community for eight years, serving in a variety of senior analytic and project management positions in the U.S. and abroad.

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