Archives: 'Homeland Security'

Doug Bedell — October 6, 2021, 11:41 am

More on Cyber Security Job Openings: Young People Sorely Needed

There’s a massive need for cybersecurity professionals, Wes O’Donnell of American Military University advises: “According to a report by Cybersecurity Ventures, there will be a staggering 3.5 million unfilled cyber positions by the end of 2021!” “This means that cybersecurity engineers who possess the right certifications and education can command top salaries at any company […]

Doug Bedell — September 27, 2021, 11:39 am

Defending U.S. Elections from Manipulation, Cyber and Otherwise

Three seemingly unlikely compilers – the International Republican Institute, the National Democratic Institute and the Stanford Internet Observatory – have joined together to produce a playbook entitled “Combating Information Manipulation: A Playbook for Elections and Beyond“. The playbook “guides readers to understand information manipulation and presents steps to identify, respond, and build resilience against it. […]

Doug Bedell — September 24, 2021, 12:46 pm

Keep Cool and Win a DHS Prize If You Help Others Do the Same

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security considers climate change a threat to national security, so much so that it is launching a contest to find ways to keep people cool in overheated settings – total cash prizes offered: $195,000. It’s the DHS “Cooling Solutions Challenge”. “Protecting the public from heat-related illness and death during extreme […]

Doug Bedell — September 15, 2021, 11:21 am

U.S. ‘Raising the Ante’ Against Cyberattacks

The Biden administration is raising the ante against foreign-based cyber attackers, the Associated Press reports in a post on “In an interview Sept. 14 with The Associated Press, Gen. Paul Nakasone broadly described ‘an intense focus’ by government specialists to better find and share information about cyberattacks and ‘impose costs when necessary.’ Those costs […]

Doug Bedell — September 13, 2021, 11:45 am

TSA Stiffens Mask Mandate for Airline Travel

The Department of Homeland Security’s Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is stiffening its mask requirements for airline travel. “The federal mask mandate for transportation, which was implemented by TSA on February 2, 2021, will remain in effect until January 18, 2022. “The new range of penalties, which take effect Friday, September 10, 2021, will be $500-$1000 […]

Doug Bedell — September 8, 2021, 1:41 pm

Setting Up a Cybersecurity Operations Center

For larger-size organizations, the pressures of keeping ahead of cybersecurity challenges might suggest setting up a Security Operations Center. The GBHackers on Security site shows how that can be done “Today’s Cyber security operations center (CSOC),” Balaji N writes, “should have everything it needs to mount a competent defense of the ever-changing information technology (IT) […]

Doug Bedell — September 3, 2021, 1:13 pm

Covid Vaccine Booster Shots on Hold for a Full Review

Covid-19 vaccine booster shots, at least for the Moderna Inc. and Johnson & Johnson vaccines, are likely to be pushed back somewhat, The Wall Street Journal reports. “The Food and Drug Administration needs more time to collect and assess the data on safety and efficacy,” federal health officials are advising. “Centers for Disease Control and […]

Doug Bedell — September 1, 2021, 1:06 pm

Remembering 9/11: U.S. Homeland Security Digital Library Offers Password-Accessible Materials

As we near the 20th anniversary of 9/11, the U.S. Homeland Security Digital Library is offering “20 Years After 9/11: A Selection of Webinars“. It’s a means of revisiting the origins of the war on terror in 2001. “To commemorate 9/11,” the post begins, “HSDL has selected upcoming webinars from various research centers and think […]

Doug Bedell — August 30, 2021, 11:42 am

Origins of COVID-19 Being Explored by U.S. Intelligence Agencies

The U.S.intelligence community (IC) has assessed the origins of COVID-19 and reached these tentative conclusions: • “Four IC elements and the National Intelligence Council assess with low confidence that the initial SARS-CoV-2 infection was most likely caused by natural exposure to an animal infected with it or a close progenitor virus—a virus that probably would […]

Doug Bedell — August 27, 2021, 2:20 pm

Google, Microsoft, Others Investing Big Cybersecurity Bucks

The HackerNews reports that Google and Microsoft “are pledging to invest a total of $30 billion in cybersecurity advancements over the next five years, as the U.S. government partners with private sector companies to address threats facing the country in the wake of a string of sophisticated malicious cyber activity targeting critical infrastructure, laying bare […]