Physical Security, Security Theater, and Snake Oil: Roger G. Johnston Ph.D.

CFP talk (2011)

Physical Security: Scarcely a field at all

You can’t (for the most part) get a degree in it from a major 4-year research university.

– Not widely attracting young people, the best & the brightest.
– Few peer-reviewed, scholarly journals or R&D conferences.
– Lots of Snake Oil & Security Theater.
– Shortage of models, fundamental principles, metrics, rigor,
R&D, standards, guidelines, critical thinking, & creativity.
– Often dominated by bureaucrats, committees, groupthink,
linear/concrete/wishful thinkers, cognitive dissonance.