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Doug Bedell — September 22, 2017, 12:10 pm

Computer Hacking: A Top-Ranking Security Concern

Evidence that the security of using the Internet is a growing concern comes in a Dark Reading post headed “Americans Rank Criminal Hacking as Their Number One Threat”. Criminal hacking scored above air pollution and disposal of hazardous waste in landfills as concerns of the 740 respondents in an online survey. “It’s pure speculation on […]

Doug Bedell — August 16, 2017, 2:47 pm

Good Security Takes Continuing Attention, Discernment

Good security starts with continuing attentiveness to what is being kept safe from intrusion. The attendent circumstances don’t lend themselves to trivialization or distortion, as Brian Krebs discusses in a post headed “Beware of Security by Press Release”. As Krebs explains, “It goes a bit like this: A security firm releases a report claiming to […]

Doug Bedell — August 4, 2017, 1:56 pm

You Think This Sounds Fishy? Well, It’s Not

If it’s one of the latest models, not even your fish tank may be secure. Truly. The Washington Post reports how hackers stole data from a North American casino “by using an Internet-connected fish tank”. “The fish tank had sensors connected to a PC that regulated the temperature, food and cleanliness of the tank.” “‘Somebody […]

Doug Bedell — July 28, 2017, 11:02 am

Security’s Realities, Both Physical and Digital

On the Security blog, Kevin Coleman, a security authority and visionary, identifies “the top five drivers of current approaches and strategies for security.” They are both physical and digital. For PRO Barrier, whose expertise is primarily in entrance and perimeter security, the most pertinent of Coleman’s concerns is “obsolete/inadequate physical and digital perimeter protection capabilities.” […]

Doug Bedell — July 14, 2017, 1:29 pm

Recruiting Cybersecurity Pros a Growing Challenge

Knowing how to detect and deter cybersecurity intruders is an increasingly sought-after skill. Ericka Chickowski on the DarkReading site advises that “by 2022 there will be a global shortfall of cybersecurity workers of 1.8 million people.” Ms. Chickowski adds that “A lot of the issue comes down to the fact that there aren’t enough candidates […]

Doug Bedell — June 26, 2017, 11:54 am

Hoax Bomb Threats Vex Universities, Businesses

In a persistent security concern, universities are being plagued with hoax bomb threats being sent to printers and fax machines on their campuses, Security InfoWatch reports. Citing a USA Today report, InfoWatch advises that the universities affected include Vanderbilt University, University of Southern California, University of Virginia and University of Detroit-Mercy. The report adds that […]

Doug Bedell — June 6, 2017, 8:43 am

Schools Being Protected From a Security Control Center

The public schools in Littleton, Colorado, are demonstrating how security principles can be applied to an entire school system, with the state of the electronic art monitored from a single control center. “Staff,” advises the Security Industry Association, “can watch video feeds displayed on a wall of 16 screens and view access control information for […]

Doug Bedell — May 20, 2017, 8:14 am

Bollard Barriers Stopped the Times Square Carnage

A television station in Los Angeles makes a point to remember about the chaotic scene in New York’s Time Square in which a speeding, careening car was brought to a halt by security bollards. One woman was killed and 23 other people were injured in the incident. But “Investigators,” the TV report added, “said the […]

Doug Bedell — April 11, 2017, 2:29 pm

In Dallas, A Whole Emergency System Was Hacked

Think it’s only individual computer users who need to worry about possible hacking into their affairs? Not so – last week, advises the Security Ledger, “Unidentified hackers set off all 156 of the City of Dallas’s civilian defense sirens late Friday evening and early Saturday morning, disrupting sleep for hundreds of thousands of residents. The […]

Doug Bedell — March 27, 2017, 2:04 pm

Bruce Schneier Rues TSA’s ‘Selective’ Laptop Ban

Bruce Schneier discusses the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) newly announced ban on airline passengers from eight Muslim countries carrying aboard “any electronics larger than a smartphone.” “It’s difficult to make sense of this as a security measure,” Schneier feels, “particularly at a time when many people question the veracity of government orders, but other explanations […]