Archives: 'Homeland Security'

Doug Bedell — March 27, 2020, 3:06 pm

Because of the Virus, REAL ID Deadline Pushed Back a Year

The COVID-19 pandemic is impacting the Department of Homeland Security’s priorities in terms of the deadline for REAL ID drivers’ licenses. The deadline had been October 1st of this year – it’s now October 1, 2021, a year later. As Homeland Security explains it, “The REAL ID Act establishes minimum security standards for license issuance […]

Doug Bedell — March 25, 2020, 3:26 pm

How COVID-19 Got Launched on the World

Here, from In Homeland Security, is what led up to the COVID-19 pandemic, the better to understand where we are in today’s setting. “With practically the whole world facing an economic free-fall from the COVID-19 pandemic,” writes William Tucker, “it’s natural to inquire as to how all of this came to be. “Pinning down the […]

Doug Bedell — March 23, 2020, 3:51 pm

What Security Pros Need to Know About COVID-19

Security Magazine passes along from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) these guidelines for law enforcement and security officers on protection against COVID-19, the life-threatening virus • Recognize the signs and symptoms of COVID 19. • Protect yourself from exposure. • Maintain personal protection equipment at the ready. • If close contact is made with […]

Doug Bedell — March 20, 2020, 5:53 pm

Security Promptings During ‘Virus-Time’

Maintaining cybersecurity is likely to be challenging in the next few months, with so many Covid-19 pressures working against our normal routines, advises. So here are some suggestions: • Take stock of your current activities and focus on defending you key assets as best you can. That’s why you’ve been building a resilient organization, […]

Doug Bedell — March 18, 2020, 12:04 pm

Drones: A Big Role in Security’s Future

The more we learn about drones, the more we become impressed by their versatility as security guards. SecurityInfowatch is the latest source of information on their capability. Where we may be headed: “Will drones have an impact on the contract security personnel market? It’s probably not as unlikely as you may think.” “A key to […]

Doug Bedell — March 16, 2020, 1:42 pm

A Perverse Security Moment: Coronavirus Sets Us Apart

With coronavirus, we’re at a moment now – may it be a short one – when security means separation. In Homeland Security muses on that theme: “The threat of coronavirus is actually creating physical and emotional distance. It’s caused people to stockpile food and stay home. It’s caused employers to close offices, schools to cancel […]

Doug Bedell — March 9, 2020, 11:53 am

A Ranking Admiral at Sea on Cybersecurity

Admiral James Stavridis, the former Supreme Allied Commander of NATO, provides perspective on cybersecurity on the DarkReading website: “In cyber, we see the greatest mismatch between level of threat and level of preparations. In the physical world, we had a lot of threats. You know, Russia, Afghanistan, Libya, the Balkans, piracy — lots of threats, […]

Doug Bedell — March 2, 2020, 12:07 pm

Cyber Attacks Continuing Virtually Unabated

In terms of computer (“cyber”) security, the bad guys are still winning, Security reports. “Whether it’s a major metropolitan city’s computer networks being crippled by ransomware (Atlanta, Baltimore, New Orleans, etc.),” writes Joel Griffin on Infowatch “or the personal information of a hotel chain’s guests being pilfered in a massive data breach, the attacks […]

Doug Bedell — March 1, 2020, 9:18 am

Southwest Border Wall Still Going Slowly

President Trump’s wall along the southern U.S. border is still facing challenges despite additional funding, In HomeLand Security reports. $5.2 billion has been secured for the wall’s construction, and almost 100 miles have been built, but The Washington Post reports that “both replacement and new wall sections will probably require the installation of hundreds of […]

Doug Bedell — February 26, 2020, 3:12 pm

Security’s ‘Sixth Sense’: An Indispensable Asset

Security starts in places you might not think of at first blush. You’ve got to go back a few steps, months or years, to get the history of a setting. An example comes via, in the person of a school security professional who learned the hard way that “at the end of the day […]