Archives: 'Homeland Security'

Doug Bedell — April 16, 2018, 1:13 pm

Brian Krebs: A Tax Season Security Warning

It’s not only whether you’re comfortable with your own digital security defenses. Mention your concern about digital security to your tax preparer and anyone else who gives you close-up financial advice and has access to your financial records. These “helper” pros need to be digitally secure too. What do they say about that? Brian Krebs, […]

Doug Bedell — April 4, 2018, 2:50 pm

Women Policing the Cybersecurity Realm

Barrier Briefs is about security, not gender diversity. Yet it’s pleasing to note that the Dark Reading blog is introducing “10 Women In Security You May Not Know But Should”. That’s cybersecurity, but it’s even more interesting to learn that women are increasingly present in one of the innermost realms of the security profession. “In […]

Doug Bedell — March 28, 2018, 2:04 pm

Critical U.S. Facilities Subject to Cyberattacks; Do We Care?

We don’t mean to to “crying wolf,” just insuring that you’re mindful of how critical facilities in the U.S. have become, at least theoretically, subject to attack via the Internet. In Homeland Security is hereby alerting us to that possibility: “One curiosity of the cyber-age is that the American public seems relatively unconcerned by what, […]

Doug Bedell — March 16, 2018, 3:51 pm

Notes Taken on the Stoneman Douglas High School Shootings

Here’s a post on the Security Magazine blog by a father and his daughter, who attends Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, where a shooter caused terror and death recently. Shortly after the shootings, Oren Alter housed several of his daughter, Yuval’s, friends who could not get home immediately. Their wanted to talk about […]

Doug Bedell — March 9, 2018, 2:49 pm

U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security Observing Its 15th Anniversary

Seems like it was only yesterday, but the U.S. Department of Homeland Security is celebrating its 15th anniversary. The event was observed at a panel discussion with the four DHS secretaries: Tom Ridge, Michael Chertoff, John Kelly and the department’s current head, Kirstjen M. Nielsen. Listen in to some history here. Wikipedia says of DHS: […]

Doug Bedell — March 7, 2018, 2:45 pm

U.S. Homeland Security Head Discusses Digital Terrorism

You can get first-hand insight into the challenge of deterring terrorism conducted via the Web and computer channels by tuning into U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen M. Nelson at the recent 2018 Degital Forum on Terrorism Prevention held in Silicon Valley. The department’s blog post includes a link to the discussion. “The all-day […]

Doug Bedell — January 15, 2018, 10:20 am

Online Schooling in Homeland Security Available Here…

Want to do some home schooling in security? You might consider earning an online degree or certificate for homeland security professionals from American Military University (AMU) in CharlesTown, West Virginia. “Our instructors,” AMU advises, “are practitioners, many with unparalleled experience safeguarding the nation as military, intelligence, emergency management, public safety and homeland security leaders. American […]

Doug Bedell — November 14, 2017, 8:41 pm

Cyber Security Alerts from the Dept. of Homeland Security

Connect with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on cyber security alerts, whether it be, in this instance, regarding North Korea, or other mischievous cyber activity. They call them U.S.–CERTs. “The North Korean government malicious cyber activity noted in these alerts is part of a long-term campaign of cyber-enabled operations that impact the U.S. […]

Doug Bedell — November 8, 2017, 2:50 pm

Aircraft-Sized Drones Are Flown By ‘Pilots’ Via Computers

Drones used to be little bigger in size than model airplanes. Not any longer. Military surveillance drones like the RQ-4 Global Hawk are unmanned security vehicles about as large as fighter planes. And enlisted airmen, DefenseTech advises, are lining up to fly them via on-the-ground computer controls. “‘This is an opportunity for active-duty airmen in […]

Doug Bedell — November 6, 2017, 10:50 am

Texas Church Latest Mass Shooting Scene

The dour security climate in the U.S. takes us now to a Texas church where, as SecurityInfoWatch reports, 26 worshippers were killed and and 20 more wounded. “As the gunman exited the church, a neighbor with a gun opened fire on him, forcing the attacker to drop his weapon and flee in his SUV. The […]