Doug Bedell — November 26, 2014, 7:42 am

Great Britain’s Homeland Security Secretary On Edge

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Great Britain’s Homeland Security Secretary Theresa May has some frightful numbers, and a conclusion from them that’s likely pertinent to the U.S. as well. “When the security and intelligence agencies tell us that the threat we face is now more dangerous than at any time before or since 9/11 we should take notice,” Secretary May said recently, as reported on In Homeland Security.

“May reported,” the post advises, “that since April 2010, some 753 people were arrested (in Britain) for terror-related offenses and – of those individuals – 148 were subsequently convicted. Earlier this year, Britain’s terror threat level increased from “substantial” to “severe” in light of deadly conflicts in Syria and Iraq.”

Doug Bedell — November 24, 2014, 4:28 pm

Who Will Be Computer Security’s Ralph Nader?

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Auto manufacturers, notes Tsion Gonen on Information Week’s Dark Reading blog, began paying attention to safety after Ralph Nader appeared on the scene. Now there’s an “epidemic” of computer data breaches going on. Who, Gonen wonders, will be cyber security’s Ralph Nader?

“Despite today’s fire-and-brimstone headlines about data breaches,” Gonen writes, “the problem with cyber security is that nobody is feeling the pain of the problem.” But there are reasons, he continues, why we should be paying attention…

Doug Bedell — November 19, 2014, 12:56 pm

Here’s a Worthy Computer Security Infographic

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Infographics can pack a lot of information into a visually enticing package that encourages reading and comprehension. So it is with the critically important matter of computer security.

StaySafeOnline.org, powered by the National Cyber Security Alliance, offers an infographic, “Our Nation’s Critical Infrastructure is Fueled By the Internet,” that provides a handful of tips on securing computers made visually compelling. A handy introduction to a valuable website in security terms.

Doug Bedell — November 17, 2014, 12:25 pm

Cyber Security Best Practices – Practice Them

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We all have, or should have, concerns about keeping our computer systems safe and secure. But how to do that reliably is pretty challenging.

Here’s what amounts to an introduction to computer security on Information Week’s Dark Reading blog: “Why Cyber Security Starts at Home,” by Corey Nachreiner. He advises to: Patch regularly, use and update antivirus software and “think before you click.”

Good guidance.

Doug Bedell — November 13, 2014, 11:24 am

DHS Issues Updated Emergency Communication Plan

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The Department of Homeland Security has released an update to the National Emergency Communications Plan (NECP), which originated in 2008. “The updated NECP,” says DHS, “addresses the increasingly complex communications landscape that the public safety community uses to keep America safe and secure.”

The plan focuses on the “traditional emergency responder disciplines,” such as law enforcement, fire and emergency medical services, while including such important non-traditional disciplines as “public health, public works and transportation agencies.”

Doug Bedell — November 10, 2014, 12:16 pm

Secret Service in 30th Year of Catching Hackers

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The U.S. Secret Service goes after computer hackers, too. This is the 30th year since the U.S. criminalized unauthorized access to computers and assigned the Secret Service to investigate such activity.

As a result, the Secret Service established an international network of Electronic Crimes Task Forces. This post is thanks to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Doug Bedell — November 7, 2014, 11:57 am

Evading Explosives Testing in Subways

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Sure, we want to have secure subways along with other transportation modes. But, based on random police screenings on Chicago’s “L” system, Bruce Schneier wonders what’s to keep a potential bomber simply from heading to another station.

Doug Bedell — November 5, 2014, 11:18 am

We’re Back! One World Trade Center Opens

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As the director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey put it, “The New York City skyline is whole again.” Yes, In Homeland Security notes that One World Trade Center has opened, as the appropriately reenforced tallest building in the United States. It replaces, of course, the Twin Towers that were destroyed on 9/11. (We acknowledge, of course, that the replacement is symbolic, not actual.)

Doug Bedell — November 3, 2014, 12:15 pm

Bruce Schneier Likes a New Computer Security Book

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Bruce Schneier hails Adam Shostack’s new book on IT security, “Threat Modeling”. Bruce notes that it’s an honorable mention on Dr. Dobb’s “The Best Books” of the past 12 months.

Doug Bedell — October 31, 2014, 9:02 am

DHS Increases Security at Federal Buildings Nationally

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U.S. Homeland Security Director Jeh Johnson announced this week that his department has increased security at federal building across the country in light of recent terror threats and attacks in Canada and elsewhere.

Secretary Johnson said the move was a “precautionary” step in light of the recent violence in Canada and Islamic State threats.