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Doug Bedell — September 26, 2018, 3:49 pm

A Security Advisory From the Animal Kingdom

Here’s a bit of light relief from our usual security postings, though the animals involved may not see it that way. In July, the Advanced Perimeter Systems (APS) blog had a post, “Security Guards of The Animal Kingdom“. It reports how the elephants at the Blackpool Zoo in England are now protected by an APS […]

Doug Bedell — August 29, 2018, 3:51 pm

Homeland Security Now a College Major Distinct From Policing

There’s a diversity of choices now for college students with a developing interest in homeland security as a career. A post on the In Public Safety site notes that “Many fields require a bachelor’s degree, but do not require a major in a certain field of study. “For example”, it notes, “a police department may […]

Doug Bedell — August 8, 2018, 11:17 am

Kaspersky Lab Shows How Cyber Warfare Threatens U.S. Security

Homeland 411 offers a look at Russia’s Kaspersky Lab to illustrate “how technological expertise paired with government cooperation can create a serious threat to U.S. national security.” That’s a quote from “Kaspersky and Beyond: Understanding Russia’s Approach to Cyber-Enabled Economic Warfare,” by Boris Zilberman. “In some ways,” the report explains, “Kaspersky was the natural Russian […]

Doug Bedell — July 9, 2018, 11:13 am

U.S. Cybersecurity Effectiveness Questioned By An Observer

Don’t count on the Department of Homeland Security to insure protection against cyber-attacks on U.S. businesses and government agencies, the Homeland 411 blog advises. “Chronic under staffing, insufficient resources, and a lack of cyber-prioritization has left government systems and critical infrastructure vulnerable to attacks and has placed DHS’s cyber goals far from reach, according to […]

Doug Bedell — June 15, 2018, 1:38 pm

DHS Offers New Training – On Countering Internet Terrorists

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is giving its anti-terrorist training a digital turn with a new online training course, “Countering Terrorists Exploitation of Social Media and the Internet.” DHS advises that the “online 90-minute training is designed to educate startup companies and social media companies about how terrorists may seek to exploit their platforms. […]

Doug Bedell — May 7, 2018, 4:02 pm

Oh Dear, Heart Pacemakers, Too, Can Be Security Risks

Here’s where security gets really personal. The Naked Security blog reports that “The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) last month approved a firmware patch for pacemakers made by Abbott’s (formerly St Jude Medical) that are vulnerable to cybersecurity attacks and which are at risk of sudden battery loss.” Yes, “pacemakers are small devices used […]

Doug Bedell — May 5, 2018, 5:03 pm

Pentagon Deems Chinese-Made Smartphones a Security Risk

Here’s something of a change of focus in security matters. Who makes your smartphone? If its Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. or ZTE Corp., you’ll be interested to know that their phones have been removed from stores at U.S. military facilities. That’s because, In Homeland Security reports, these Chinese-made phones have been deemed by the Defense […]

Doug Bedell — May 2, 2018, 10:07 am

‘Spring Cleaning’ of an Enterprise’s Security Systems

Cory Nachreiner on the Dark Reading blog seizes on the arrival of spring as a time to do spring cleaning of digital securiy systems and suggests six places to start. • Patching of problematic network servers or devices that don’t get patched regularly. • Password pruning •Pare down privileges – the need for a formal […]

Doug Bedell — April 13, 2018, 3:29 pm

DHS Conducts a Biennial Cyber Security Exercise

Here’s an account from the Department of Homeland Security on its conduct of “Cyber Storm VI: Testing the Nation’s Ability to Respond to a Cyber Incident”. DHS has a link to the Cyber Storm exercise series at The exercise “involved more than 1,000 members of the private industry, government and international partners who participated […]

Doug Bedell — April 9, 2018, 11:58 am

‘Innocuous’ Web Questions Can Be Harmful

In this time of freshly dawning awareness of the security hazards of social media, Brian Krebs warns against responding to “data harvesting” questions on websites. “I’m willing to bet,” Krebs writes, “that a good percentage of regular readers here would never respond — honestly or otherwise — to such questionnaires (except perhaps to chide others […]