29 September 2003

WSJ.com - Editor's Note - Workplace Security

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Editor's Note

Is it safe?

That's the opening sentence of our cover story, and it's the driving question behind this entire report.

How much has been done, we wanted to know, to make our workplaces safer in the two years since terrorists destroyed the World Trade Center? How prepared are we in case of an emergency? How vulnerable are our mailrooms to anthrax-type attacks? How secure are our computers to a different kind of threat?

A couple of years ago, such questions might have seemed alarmist, even silly, to most of us. And even now, our interest in them rises and falls, depending on our sense of imminent danger.

Terror alerts are raised -- and we fear that our workplaces are too lax. Then months go by without new threats, and we grouse about having to show our ID cards in the office. Viruses attack our office computers, and we brace ourselves for the coming technical mayhem. Time passes, and we complain that our firewalls are annoying.

So in this report, we wanted to cut through the ups and downs of the public's interest, the day-to-day changes in our perception of danger. And instead we wanted to focus on a simple question: Is it safe?

-- Lawrence Rout"

Thanks to our colleague Marc Martin at Kirkpatrick & Lockhart LLP for bringing this report to our attention. The WSJ has done a great job of not only addressing the employee at work, but also at home. You'll need to be a registered subscriber to access the host of articles.

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