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Doug Bedell — January 6, 2020, 4:42 pm

How the U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security Sees the Iranian Threat

On Saturday, Jan. 4, Acting U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Chad F. Wolf issued a National Terrorism Advisory System Bulletin “pertaining to the changing threat landscape following the successful U.S.-led airstrike in Iraq that eliminated Qaseem Soleimani, the head of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps-Quds Force, a U.S.-designated Foreign Terrorist Organization.” “At this time we […]

Doug Bedell — December 23, 2019, 4:18 pm

Know Your Organization – What Hackers Might Want to Hit

Know your organization. What are your most valuable online assets? Know these things and you can better plan to protect them. That’s today’s message from, and it’s a timely one. “It is critical,” writes Dr. Kevin Harris, of American Military University, “that leaders determine what organizational assets are the most valuable and thus what […]

Doug Bedell — October 23, 2019, 2:30 pm

Around Digital Devices, Don’t Be a ‘Creeper’ or ‘Peeker’ exposes an inclination we’re all aware of, but wouldn’t admit to – “creeping” on PC screens and “peeking” at documents found in printer trays. Curiosity gets the best of us digitally, as well as in other ways. A survey commissioned by Hewlett-Packard as part of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month confirmed our computer quirks. It […]

Doug Bedell — October 18, 2019, 12:55 pm

Facial Recognition Software Causing a Security Stir

Facial recognition software is getting its day in the security sun, with a predictable level of controversy, SecurityInfoWatch advises. “Unsurprisingly,” InfoWatch notes, “facial recognition has also been the subject of much controversy of late as privacy advocates and lawmakers have expressed concerns about how the technology could potentially be misused by law enforcement and other […]

Doug Bedell — August 12, 2019, 11:58 am

Psychological Clues Can Signal Mass Casualty Risks

Unusual activities or psychological problems can be clues that potential shooters have “a propensity toward violence” that calls for prompt intervention, Dr. Jarrod Sadulski, of American Military University, advises on In Homeland Security. “The tragedies that occurred in the El Paso and Dayton, Ohio, shootings bring to light the inherent danger within our society, involving […]

Doug Bedell — May 7, 2019, 7:09 am

Russia Moving Toward an ‘Internal Internet’

Russia is moving in the direction of creating its own, independent internet, much as China has, CNN reports. Russian President Vladmir Putin has signed a law creating a “‘sustainable, secure and fully functioning’ local internet,” to take effect in November, according to a report from the state news agency RIA-Novosti. “The law calls for the […]

Doug Bedell — February 20, 2019, 4:01 pm

A Job Market In Search of Young Security Pros

Spread the word – the security market needs new workers. In a survey conducted by Security Business magazine, “73 percent of companies surveyed said that employee recruitment and retention was one of the top threats to their business.” “Industry-wide,” a Security InfoWatch post continued, “experienced and seasoned technicians are aging, with some wanting to retire […]

Doug Bedell — November 19, 2018, 1:52 pm

‘Behavioral Analysis’ – An FBI Criminal, Security Discipline

This may sound a little nerdy, but, advises In Public Safety, the FBI is providing guidance in behavorial analysis as part of coping with terrorists and other security threats. The bureau’s Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU) consists of three separate units: Counterterrorism/threat assessment,  Crimes against adults and Crimes against children. “In addition to helping investigators solve […]

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 […]