Doug Bedell — January 13, 2022, 12:23 pm

What a Cyber Attack in a Prison Can be Like


Charlie Osborne on ZDNet writes about what a cyber attack in a prison can be like.

“Inmates (in a New Mexico prison) were made to stay in their cells as the ransomware outbreak reportedly not only knocked out the establishment’s internet but also locked staff out of data management servers and security camera networks.

“The incident came to light in court documents, with one public defender representing the inmates suggesting that their constitutional rights were violated due to the sudden lockdown, which also meant that visitations were canceled.

“Concerns were also raised surrounding the lack of internet access, with inmates left with only payphones to communicate with court representatives.”

Doug Bedell — January 11, 2022, 10:20 am

Parking Meters Could Have Bogus Codes Stuck to Them


Graham Cluley advises don’t be in a hurry to use parking meters – they could have bogus QR codes stuck to them.

“In a hurry to park your car?,” Cluley writes, “Don’t want to fumble around in your pocket to find cash for the parking meter, and don’t have the correct payment app installed on your phone?

“Well, think carefully before rushing to scan the payment QR code stuck on the side of the meter – it may well be an attempt by fraudsters to phish your financial information.

“Police are warning that they have discovered bogus QR codes stuck onto public parking meters across Austin, Texas – a city where parking meters don’t display QR codes, and only accept payment via coins, cards or a smartphone app.”

Doug Bedell — January 6, 2022, 12:23 pm

Risks of Cyberattacks Are Growing – Heed Them


Danny Palmer on ZDNet advises that “the threat of cyberattacs is growing and much more needs to be done to educate busineses and users about risks in order to prevent widespread damage and disruption as a result of cyber incidents.

“Events like ransomware attacks against utilities and infrastructure providers, production facilities and hospitals have demonstrated that cyberattacks can have very real consequences for people, restricting access to vital goods and services for days, weeks and even months.

“But despite the risk posed by cyberattacks, many businesses and their boardrooms still don’t fully understand the threats they’re facing from cybercriminals and how to best defend their networks against them.”

“Part of the problem,” Palmer adds, “is that, for many businesses, cybersecurity isn’t ingrained into everyday operations and employees are only asked to think about it when doing annual cybersecurity training — leaving companies at risk from cyberattacks the rest of the year.”

Get with it folks, cyber risks with computers and the internet are real.

Doug Bedell — January 3, 2022, 11:18 am

Examples of Insider Security Threats


Examples of insider cybersecurity threats – organizations hampered by their own people – are displayed by the Digital Guardian site.

“Insider threats,” the post explains, “are generally more dangerous than outsider threats because these people know the organization pretty well. Plus, they have access to the computers, databases, networks, and other company resources where sensitive information is developed and stored. If this access is abused or, in some cases, not carefully safeguarded, it opens the door for a data breach that could have catastrophic impacts and can lead to substantial losses.”

Forty-five examples of insider skullduggery are provided.

Doug Bedell — December 31, 2021, 11:54 am

Physical Security Predictions for 2022


Bud Broomhead on Security Infowatch offers 10 physical security predictions for 2022, from “Cyber will bring physical security issues into the boardroom” to “Insurance will incorporate physical security data in policy pricing.” Get a sense of what the new year will likely offer from this stalwart security website.

Doug Bedell — December 29, 2021, 12:07 pm

Don’t Mingle Luggage and Firearms


Travelers keep forgetting firearms in their luggage, the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) advises.

“The U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced on 13 December that security personnel confiscated more than 5,700 firearms at airport security checkpoints in 2021—breaking records for the most firearms detected in a single year, according to Reuters.

“The prior yearly record was 4,400 in 2019.

“According to TSA Administrator David Pekoske, the increase reflects an increase in firearms being carried by Americans overall.”

Talk about being distracted.

Doug Bedell — December 28, 2021, 11:51 am

U.S. Immigration and Customs Officers Starting to Wear Body Cameras


Following the lead of other law enforcement agencies, officers of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) are beginning to wear body cameras in select cities, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas announced on December 21.

“With its body worn camera pilot, ICE is making an important statement that transparency and accountability are essential components of our ability to fulfill our law enforcement mission and keep communities safe,” Secretary Mayorkas said. “The Department will continue to seek ways to ensure the safety and security of our workforce, our state and local partners, and the public, while at the same time building confidence with the communities we serve…

“The use of body worn cameras will enhance ICE operations, including at-large arrests and searches incident to arrest; execution of search warrants; and questioning of individuals encountered in the field. Body worn cameras are expected to increase the transparency of ICE in communities, as footage may be used in assessments of police conduct, including in instances where force was used. Additionally, footage can be used for non-investigative purposes, including for training and assessing officer performance.”

Body cameras have proven to be a helpful safeguard in police operations, a new form of evidence gathering.

Doug Bedell — December 24, 2021, 2:31 pm

Security Remains a High Business Priority During the Pandemic


The global physical security market has remained strong during the pandemic, Memoori Research reports from Stockholm, Sweden.

“Principal technology drivers of demand over the period include the growth in IoT and building systems integrations, rising demand for remote management and control, particularly cloud-based ACaaS and VSaaS services, and AI-based video analytics. All of these technologies are covered in detail in our new report. Meanwhile, macro market drivers such as crime, persistent terror threats, border disputes, and refugee crises will also continue to drive the adoption of physical security technologies,” Memoori advises.

Pandemic or not, businesses appear to be keeping their priorities strong, security high among them.

Doug Bedell — December 22, 2021, 10:56 am

One Security Site’s Year in Review


Time for looking back a bit. Here are SecurityInfoWatch’s “Top 10 Most Read Stories of 2021”. They can be accessed from the InfoWatch home page.

1). Federal lawmakers, regulators take aim at Chinese manufacturers

2). ASSA ABLOY acquires Kwikset, Baldwin and more

3) Carrier divests Chubb

4). The Verkada breach

5). Todd Pedersen steps down as CEO of Vivint

6). Cyber vulnerability discovered in Hikvision equipment

7). Supply chain issues mount

8). Motorola files ITC complaint against Verkada

9). Oldsmar water plant cyber-attack

10). Teledyne acquires FLIR

Doug Bedell — December 20, 2021, 4:43 pm

U.S. Representative/Physician Calls for ‘Rapid coronavirus tests to anyone who wants one’


A Washington Post opinion piece by Kim Schrier, a Democrat and a physician who represents Wahington’s 8th Congressional District in the U.S. House, argues that the U.S. “ought to be providing inexpensive — or, even better, free — rapid coronavirus tests to anyone who wants one…

“Yet almost two years into the pandemic, we are failing…

“As a pediatrician, I was awed by the development and rollout of several safe and highly effective coronavirus vaccines in less than a year. Vaccines are a crucial tool in fighting this pandemic — and the federal government, smartly, partnered with private industry to financially support and thereby accelerate the clinical trials, manufacturing and distribution of these vaccines.

“Testing has been a whole other matter…”

Read on to learn the reasons for Dr. Schrier’s concerns.