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Doug Bedell — April 12, 2021, 3:43 pm

Bully For These Bollards!

The Reliance Foundry website is displaying a bully good variation in bollards – Crash-rated gnomes! Rather than having gnomes simply guarding gardens, Reliance, in British Columbia, Canada, is introducing them as bollards able to block intruding vehicles anywhere! They’re calling them “Permanent pixie protectors, tested for toughness”. These Reliance Foundry bollards are sure to draw […]

Doug Bedell — April 9, 2021, 2:00 pm

U.S. and Russia Continue Nuclear Weapons Compliance

The Federation of American Scientists (FAS) reported last month that China is apparently expanding its ballistic missle capacity. Not good news. Now FAS advises that Russia and the United States are continuing to limit their offensive nuclear forces. That’s better news, though hardly disarmament. As to the U.S. and Russia, FAS notes that “The latest […]

Doug Bedell — April 7, 2021, 3:49 pm

Facebook’s 2019 Security Slipup Continues to Haunt the Web

If you ever get annoyed about needing a password for almost everything that exists on the web (and who doesn’t?), consider the continuing impact from “the exploitation of a Facebook server that was not password protected and available online” back in 2019. “The data matches Facebook user IDs with names, locations, birthdates, phone numbers, email […]

Doug Bedell — April 5, 2021, 2:40 pm

Cybersecurity Becoming a Federal Priority

In a virtual address to The RSA Conference, in partnership with Hampton University and the Girl Scouts of America, U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas discussed his aims for the department’s cybersecurity work. “First,” he noted, ” the government does not have the capacity to achieve our nation’s cyber resilience alone. So much of our […]

Doug Bedell — February 22, 2021, 8:50 pm

For 2020: An Advisory on Extremism in the U.S.

Fewer deaths but more terrorist plots and attacks in 2020 (through November anyway): that was the nature of extremism in the United States for the year, the Homeland Security Digital Library advises. Based on information from the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), “there was a significant decrease in deaths by domestic extremists, with 2020 having the lowest […]

Doug Bedell — February 19, 2021, 5:30 pm

For Pandemic Security, A New Classroom Reality

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is passing along guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on reopening schools safely during the COVID-19 pandemic. “K–12 schools,” says the CDC, “should be the last settings to close after all other mitigation measures in the community have been employed, and the first to reopen when […]

Doug Bedell — February 17, 2021, 12:01 pm

Supply Chain Security Risks Need to be Recognized and Countered

Maintaining cybersecurity in a business supply chain is a vexing challenge, the Clearswift blog notes. “Over the last few years,” the post reads, “many organizations have worked hard to improve their cyber defenses and are increasingly ‘harder targets’. However, for these well-defended organizations, now the greatest weaknesses in their defenses are their suppliers, who are […]

Doug Bedell — February 15, 2021, 3:35 pm

New York City Council Seeks More Police Accountability

In the movement for greater police accountability, Claire Meyer in Today in Security reports that the New York City Council has “announced a slate of legislation aimed at reshaping the New York Police Department (NYPD)”. She cites a ProPublica report that “The proposed changes include the police commissioner being stripped of final say over disciplining […]

Doug Bedell — February 12, 2021, 5:56 pm

Protected by an Invisible Security Film, These Windows Won’t Break

Another innovation in physical security, from the Security 101 site: Security window film. “Security film consists of one or more layers of polyester film,” writer Corey Tyriver explains. They are then overlaid together with potent sealants. The end result is a film ranging in thickness from about 4 millimeters to 15 millimeters or even more. […]

Doug Bedell — February 10, 2021, 9:48 am

Computer Intrusions: How a Hacker Attack on on a Water Treatment Plant Was Blocked

A computer hacker tried to add “potentially lethal levels” of sodium hydroxide – commonly known as lye – to a water treatment plant in Oldsmar, Fla., recently but was blocked by an alert employee, SecurityInfowatch.com reports. “According to multiple published reports,” Infowatch advises, “the hacker was able to carry out the attack by compromising a […]