Archives: 'Homeland Security'

Doug Bedell — December 29, 2021, 12:07 pm

Don’t Mingle Luggage and Firearms

Travelers keep forgetting firearms in their luggage, the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) advises. “The U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced on 13 December that security personnel confiscated more than 5,700 firearms at airport security checkpoints in 2021—breaking records for the most firearms detected in a single year, according to Reuters. “The prior yearly record […]

Doug Bedell — December 20, 2021, 4:43 pm

U.S. Representative/Physician Calls for ‘Rapid coronavirus tests to anyone who wants one’

A Washington Post opinion piece by Kim Schrier, a Democrat and a physician who represents Wahington’s 8th Congressional District in the U.S. House, argues that the U.S. “ought to be providing inexpensive — or, even better, free — rapid coronavirus tests to anyone who wants one… “Yet almost two years into the pandemic, we are […]

Doug Bedell — December 17, 2021, 5:20 pm

Cybersecurity Becoming a Military Priority

Erica D. Lonergan on the Lawfare site advises: “At the Reagan National Defense Forum on Dec. 4, Gen. Paul Nakasone, commander of U.S. Cyber Command and director of the National Security Agency, publicly acknowledged for the first time that the U.S. military has taken measures to ‘impose costs’ against ransomware groups. This acknowledgment reflects a […]

Doug Bedell — December 13, 2021, 3:08 pm

FEMA Responds to a Tornado ‘War Zone’

To get a sense of the magnitude of the tornadoes that ravished Kentucky, here’s the response FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, deems necessary. It’s like a war zone: * “An Incident Support Base is being established at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, to rapidly deploy personnel and supplies as needed. This includes: * “Urban Search and […]

Doug Bedell — December 9, 2021, 3:45 pm

Railroads, Too, Get the Federal Cybersecurity Word

The U.S. government’s stress on cybersecurity precautions extends to rail freight and passenger systems, the Digital Guardian blog advises. The Department of Homeland Security has issued a directive for “all surface transportation owners and operators – namely freight and rail systems – to report all cybersecurity incidents within 24 hours. “Under the new directives, issued […]

Doug Bedell — December 8, 2021, 1:43 pm

DHS Continues to Stress ‘Cybersecurity Priorities’

The Department of Homeland Security continued its emphasis on cybersecurity by announcing it met Dec. 6 in San Francisco “with industry leaders in technology, business, and cybersecurity to discuss how the federal government and the private sector can better and more proactively partner to tackle the most pressing cybersecurity challenges”. “Cybersecurity threats impact individuals, communities, […]

Doug Bedell — November 29, 2021, 11:46 am

Security Incident Reports: Keep Them Plain-Spoken

Offering security guard tips, Casey Evans on the Silvertrqc site advises that incident reports should kept clearcut. “Remember,” he says, “the basics.” “The Who: Who were the individuals involved? Were you able to collect contact information or a visual description of the persons involved? Make “sure you remain courteous and objective when describing others. “The […]

Doug Bedell — November 17, 2021, 1:10 pm

‘Truth Decay’ a Threat to National Security

From the Homeland Security Digital Library comes an advisory from the Rand Corporation on the decay of truth in news reporting. That’s important because national security depends on an accurate shared understanding of daily events worldwide. Rand focuses on “Tracking news manipulation by state actors”. “The world,” it explains, “is experiencing a crisis related to […]

Doug Bedell — November 15, 2021, 9:04 am

Dept. of Homeland Security Seeking to Recruit ‘World-Class Cyber Talent’

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has announced “a new personnel system that will enable DHS to more effectively recruit, develop, and retain our Nation’s top cybersecurity professionals” – the Cybersecurity Talent Management System (CTMS). Its aim is “to recruit and retain world-class cyber talent”. “The DHS Cybersecurity Talent Management System fundamentally re-imagines how the […]

Doug Bedell — November 3, 2021, 12:22 pm

Is the U.S. Navy Sinking? A Warning

Seth Cropsey and Harry Halem on the War on the Rocks site advise us that the U.S. Navy “is hobbled by questionable training, a shortage of personnel, and a general unpreparedness to fight and prevail in a war.” That assessment is arrived at by referring to an advisory from Admiral W.K.Lescher, Vice Chief of Naval […]