Archives: 'Homeland Security'

Doug Bedell — December 11, 2019, 12:17 pm

Background on Whistleblowing, a Protected Security Role

What does a “whistleblower” risk by providing information to government agencies? The standing of whistleblowers is explained in a post on In Homeland Security by David E. Hubler. “Who is a whistleblower?” it begins, “Should a whistleblower remain anonymous? Are their actions legal or illegal?” The current House impeachment proceeding against President Donald Trump was […]

Doug Bedell — December 6, 2019, 10:44 am

Armed or Not? Most Security Officers Don’t Carry Guns

The Protection Circle blog turns to a subject that arises occasionally: Should security officers be armed? “The fact of the matter,” says the writer, “is that the vast majority of security officers are unarmed. This applies to facility and campus security, houses of worship security, corporate security, event security, travel security, executive protection, covert protection […]

Doug Bedell — November 27, 2019, 9:54 am

Watch Out, Even, When You See .gov on the Web

Be wary, even, of a .gov domain name, Brian Krebs advises. “It’s way too easy to get a .gov domain name,” he writes. “Earlier this month, KrebsOnSecurity received an email from a researcher who said he got a .gov domain simply by filling out and emailing an online form, grabbing some letterhead off the homepage […]

Doug Bedell — November 20, 2019, 12:00 pm

A New Book on Today’s Security World

In Homeland Security advises of a new book on intelligence gathering and security matters – “Intelligence Operations, Understanding Data, Tools, People and Processes”. It’s described as a worthy successor to Allen Dulles’ “The Craft of Intelligence” of 60 years ago. “If Dulles’ book could be considered a primer on what the super-secretive Central Intelligence Agency […]

Doug Bedell — November 11, 2019, 1:17 pm

Veterans Insure that Our ‘Mundane’ World Remains Secure

On Veterans Day, it’s appropriate to note the differences between the military and civilian worlds and the challenges veterans face in moving from one to the other. Leischen Steiter notes on the In Public Safety blog that the transition isn’t always easy. ““One of the biggest challenges I faced was learning and accepting that I […]

Doug Bedell — November 4, 2019, 11:27 am

Eyewitness Testimony Not Necessarily Reliable

The testimony of an eyewitness may not necessarily be a reliable security indicator, Dr. Jade Pumphrey of American Military University advises in a post on In Public Safety. The problem may be as much with the questioners as those being questioned. “During an investigation,” the post advises, “eyewitnesses may have several interactions with law enforcement. […]

Doug Bedell — October 31, 2019, 9:54 pm

Cyberattacks on Industrial Control Systems Likely to Grow

Threatpost says cyberattacks on industrial control system (ICS) networks are likely to grow in resolve and complexity. “Analysts expect them to evolve from attacks that have an immediate direct impact to those with multiple stages and attack vectors that are more stealthy.” ‘While it remains extraordinarily difficult to mount successful attacks on critical infrastructure because […]

Doug Bedell — October 11, 2019, 11:42 am

CPTED: An Approach To Security Via Environmental Design

A confessed “childhood vandal” discusses Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) in a post on SecurityInfowatch.com. CPTED applications include “commercial office buildings, industrial buildings and facilities, parking facilities, schools, automated teller machines and U.S. federal government buildings — obviously this is not the comprehensive list of all CPTED’s focus. It’s interesting to note that the […]

Doug Bedell — October 2, 2019, 10:48 am

‘Real ID’ Requirement to Fly Only a Year Away

A year from now, the Department of Homeland Security will start getting really serious about who flies on airliners within the U.S – by requiring they present a REAL ID to get aboard. “Beginning October 1, 2020,” a DHS post advises, “every air traveler must present a REAL ID-compliant driver’s license, state-issued enhanced driver’s license, […]

Doug Bedell — September 30, 2019, 10:25 am

Facing a Future Filled With Cyber Security Risks

Both the nation’s, and its citizens’, cyber security outlook is being greatly complicated by the advent of quantum computing, which enables hostile parties to harvest data via the Internet. Be they individuals or hostile nations, the Dark Reading blog advises, the threat is real. “We’re developing smart cars and smart cities. and it’s all connected […]