Archives: 'Homeland Security'

Doug Bedell — August 15, 2018, 12:17 pm

LA Subways Adding Body Scanners to Ride Securely

Security and privacy are coming increasingly into conflict, but security, no surprise, is winning. Witness the new body scanners that are being installed on the Los Angeles’ subway, the first such installation in the U.S In Homeland Security reports that “The machines scan for metallic and non-metallic objects on a person’s body, can detect suspicious […]

Doug Bedell — August 14, 2018, 3:25 pm

U.S. Homeland Security Has a Neat Video Testing Awareness

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has placed a clever video, “Take the Challenge”, on its home page. It’s intended to test our powers of observation and awareness. What, you say, I’ll never been in a threatening situation? That’s the whole point, we can never assume never when it comes to security. Thanks DHS!

Doug Bedell — August 10, 2018, 2:32 pm

Airport Security May, or May Not, Change, Bruce Schneier Writes

Bruce Schneier discusses airport security, in the wake of a report that the Transportation Security Administration is considering eliminating security at U.S. airports that fly only smaller planes – 60 seats or fewer. “Passengers connecting to larger planes would clear security at their destinations.” If this sounds like a cockamamie approach to airport security, Schneier […]

Doug Bedell — August 6, 2018, 2:29 pm

Two Drones Foiled In Attack Against Venezuelan President

Security against drone attacks was tested in Venezuela on August 6. The two drones involved lost, and Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, the target of the attacks, won. This from Security InfoWatch. “The plot was foiled, in part, by equipment designed to jam radio signals…. “Six suspects were in custody in connection with the Saturday attack, […]

Doug Bedell — August 3, 2018, 3:29 pm

U.S. DHS Holds a Topflight Conference on Cyber Security

Whether we need to worry about cyber intrusions into U.S. security or not, the Department of Homeland Security is concerned enough that, on July 31, it hosted “the first-of-its-kind National Cybersecurity Summit in New York City, bringing together industry partners and top federal officials with the goal of laying out a vision for a collective […]

Doug Bedell — July 25, 2018, 9:49 am

Covert Operations Can Even Be Funny, Says Protection Circle

“On the scene” at cloak and dagger covert operations: Protection Circle provides “Stories from the Field” so you can get a sense of what’s involved in conducting covert operations. Why would you want to know? Because they’re not just “cool”. Covert operations require knowledgeable planning and execution. But “once the operation is running properly, there […]

Doug Bedell — July 18, 2018, 4:53 pm

DHS Issues a School Safety Guide Prepared by the Secret Service

For any of our readers who may be active in school governance, or simply have children in school, here’s a reaction from the Department of Homeland Security to the two school shootings this year, and the others before them. A new DHS guide is entitled, “Enhancing School Safety Using a Threat Assessment Model: An Operational […]

Doug Bedell — July 16, 2018, 12:30 pm

Cybersecurity Breaches in 2018 – ‘So Far’

Following up on Briefs’ last post on cyber crime, here, from Wired magazine, are “The Worst Cybersecurity Breaches of 2018 So Far”. Wired’s warning: “Corporate security isn’t getting better fast enough, critical infrastructure security hangs in the balance, and state-backed hackers from around the world are getting bolder and more sophisticated.” The examples range from […]

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 — July 3, 2018, 12:51 pm

Border Security Seen as a Problem for Congress to Solve

The nation’s security agenda is growing increasingly crowded, as a post by Rachel Schultz on Homeland 411 makes clear. “Cyber and border security, immigration, refugees, military readiness, and capabilities,” she writes, “headlined the second annual Capitol Hill National Security Forum on June 21.” There are, primarily, border and immigration issues confronting the U.S. and it’s […]