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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 www.dhs.gov/cyber-storm. 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 […]

Doug Bedell — February 12, 2018, 2:22 pm

Repairing Security Equipment: Not a Job for Everyone

If you’re producing security equipment for user customers, give an eye to this SecurityInfoWatch post on the “Right-to-Repair” legislation that’s pending in several states. “By and large,” advises InfoWatch, “these bills are intended to give consumers the ability to have their automobiles, appliances and other devices repaired by someone other than the original manufacturer by […]

Doug Bedell — January 29, 2018, 4:28 pm

A Good Place to Hang Out: DHS is Serious about Web Security

We just passed Data Privacy Day on Jan. 28, the Department of Homeland Security advises. That’s “an international effort designed to inspire dialogue and empower individuals (to) take action to protect privacy, safeguard data, and enable trust in our interconnected world.” This is an increasingly tall order on the vast, beleaguered Internet. A good place […]

Doug Bedell — December 22, 2017, 12:35 pm

Security a Growing Concern on Public Transit Systems

Security, physical or cyber, is becoming a major element of practice in running public transit systems, advises SecurityInfo Watch. “Risks to critical transportation infrastructure include natural disasters as well as manmade physical and cyber threats. Man-made threats include terrorism, vandalism, theft, technological failures, and accidents. Cyber threats to the sector are of concern because of […]

Doug Bedell — December 15, 2017, 4:06 pm

Security Industry Views Repeal of ‘Net Neutrality’ Uneasily

The revocation of “net neutrality,” approved this week by the Federal Communications Commission and to become evident in the next few months, has security industry officials especially concerned, advises Security InfoWatch. “Our biggest concern is that an Internet provider who also provides alarm services can throttle or block the services of an alarm company in […]

Doug Bedell — December 11, 2017, 10:56 am

Meet the ‘Good Guys’: White-Hat Hackers

Steve Zurier on the DarkReading blog fills us in on who the “good guys” are in seeking to keep the Internet reasonable free of hackers. “Most knowledge-seekers,” Steve explains, “have been involved in the bug bounty scene for less than two years and want to learn more. Bugcrowd reports that 63% say they invest their […]

Doug Bedell — December 4, 2017, 1:18 pm

A Security Tale: Truant With a Plastic Bag

Here’s an off-the-beaten path piece from Naked Security about the efficacy of almost anything an employer might issue to track his or her employees during business hours. The employer of an electrician in Australia issued a GPS-enabled personal digital assistant (PDA) to an employee who, sad to say, placed it in an electrically conductive “cheese […]

Doug Bedell — November 27, 2017, 10:52 am

Theft Risks in Providing Student Financial Aid Data

Parents of children seeking financial aid from colleges should be mindful that a great deal of information on their family finances and other personal matters becomes potentially available to computer hackers in the process. Brian Krebs of Krebs on Security lists 108 items – from the student’s driver’s license number to his or her Social […]

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 […]