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Doug Bedell — June 6, 2017, 8:43 am

Schools Being Protected From a Security Control Center

The public schools in Littleton, Colorado, are demonstrating how security principles can be applied to an entire school system, with the state of the electronic art monitored from a single control center. “Staff,” advises the Security Industry Association, “can watch video feeds displayed on a wall of 16 screens and view access control information for […]

Doug Bedell — May 20, 2017, 8:14 am

Bollard Barriers Stopped the Times Square Carnage

A television station in Los Angeles makes a point to remember about the chaotic scene in New York’s Time Square in which a speeding, careening car was brought to a halt by security bollards. One woman was killed and 23 other people were injured in the incident. But “Investigators,” the TV report added, “said the […]

Doug Bedell — April 11, 2017, 2:29 pm

In Dallas, A Whole Emergency System Was Hacked

Think it’s only individual computer users who need to worry about possible hacking into their affairs? Not so – last week, advises the Security Ledger, “Unidentified hackers set off all 156 of the City of Dallas’s civilian defense sirens late Friday evening and early Saturday morning, disrupting sleep for hundreds of thousands of residents. The […]

Doug Bedell — March 27, 2017, 2:04 pm

Bruce Schneier Rues TSA’s ‘Selective’ Laptop Ban

Bruce Schneier discusses the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) newly announced ban on airline passengers from eight Muslim countries carrying aboard “any electronics larger than a smartphone.” “It’s difficult to make sense of this as a security measure,” Schneier feels, “particularly at a time when many people question the veracity of government orders, but other explanations […]

Doug Bedell — March 13, 2017, 3:25 pm

The Risk of Cyber Security Attacks: Oh Gee, It’s Growing

In case you haven’t been giving them center stage, the risks of a cyber attack on your security system(s) are growing, the Security blog advises, so pay heed. “But there isn’t just one (such risk). Instead, it’s a combination of issues that will create a complex, multi-faceted problem set that has no clear-cut solution. “To […]

Doug Bedell — January 27, 2017, 10:50 am

Bank Security: A Stringent Discipline

A bedrock tenet of effective security is to take security seriously in the first place. Are you kidding? Who wouldn’t be doing that? Well, security is a discipline, and here’s how it plays out in bank settings. “It’s not a bad thing to be paranoid,” says a bank manager in the post “How to Perform […]

Doug Bedell — January 16, 2017, 12:42 pm

Airport Security Requires Pervasive Alertness

Airport security, it’s increasingly clear from recent grisly incidents, is a definite concern, one requiring alertness by airport personnel and travelers alike. “Airport security,” writes Dr. Jeffrey T. Fowler of American Military University on In Homeland Security, “is defined as all security operations necessary to ensure the safety of employees, passengers, visitors and cargo. Typically, […]

Doug Bedell — December 21, 2016, 4:40 pm

Counterfeit Passports: A Troubling Security Concern

Here’s another security concern: counterfeit passports. The Homeland Security blog reports that “The trade in fake passports or other forms of government-issued identification continues today, in spite of government attempts to create more sophisticated official documents.” At a time when the U.S. is especially concerned with the security of its borders, counterfeiters are making it […]

Doug Bedell — December 16, 2016, 10:15 am

Why Cyber Security’s a ‘Must’

Computer malware is no security joke. Pay heed to this from The Denver Post: “60% of small companies that suffer a cyber attack are out of business within six months.” “It seemed like just another ordinary day for a small online retailer in the Midwest,” the post begins. “Little did they know that the simple […]

Doug Bedell — December 13, 2016, 10:53 am

Computer Penetration Testers ‘Think Like Hackers Themselves’

To combat computer intrusions, consider getting a penetration test. Chad Horton on the Security Metrics blog says such tests often are more effective than security software alone, providing the professionals doing the testing are given all the information they need. “To combat a hacker,” Horton notes, “you need to think like a hacker.” Makes sense, […]