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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 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 […]