Archives: 'Homeland Security'

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 […]

Doug Bedell — September 27, 2019, 10:51 am

Emergency Responders: ‘Pick Your Command Vehicles Carefully’

Something emergency response pros probably already know, but Dr. Randall W. Hanifen, a fire department shift captain, adds his take on incident command vehicles for emphasis. On the In Public Safety blog, Dr. Hanifen advises “Make sure your incident command vehicle meets your needs.” An incident commander works from a command vehicle. “Several types of […]

Doug Bedell — September 25, 2019, 1:51 pm

Veterans Being Exploited by Computer Hackers on a Fake Site

How reckless computer hackers can seem! The Threatpost blog reports on how “a known threat actor, Tortoiseshell, is targeting U.S. military veterans with a fake veteran hiring website that hosts malware.” Go there and you’ll be prompted to download an app “which in turn downloads malware that deploys malicious spyware and other tools onto victims’ […]

Doug Bedell — September 23, 2019, 4:08 pm

Security: A Discipline We’ve All Got to Take Seriously

We find this theme arising with increasing frequency: From the Security Magazine blog – “The government cannot do for organizations that which they will not do for themselves.” And it’s underlined. Yes, security is a discipline, one that needs to start with anyone responsible for the safety of others and the safekeeping of property. When […]

Doug Bedell — September 20, 2019, 4:42 pm

Busy Times at the Department of Homeland Security

In broad strokes, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has outlined a new “Strategic Framework for Combating Terrorism and Targeted Violence”. “Today, the United States faces an evolving threat environment, and a threat of terrorism and targeted violence within our borders that is more diverse than at any time since the 9/11 attacks,” said […]

Doug Bedell — September 18, 2019, 11:50 am

The State of our World: Increasingly Less Secure

The security outlook for the world’s future isn’t all that encouraging, advises a new report from the American Enterprise Institute (AEI). “The report defines the authoritarian-corruption nexus as ‘the growing convergence of licit and illicit state and non-state actors that facilitates and launders the profits of illegal activity, reinforcing the strength and survival of authoritarian […]

Doug Bedell — September 9, 2019, 11:10 am

Biometric Security Has Its Weaknesses Too

Do you think biometrics – the use of fingerprints and other body-based identification techniques – provides foolproof security? Think again. That’s the word from DarkReading in its post “7 Breaches & Hacks that Throw Shade on Biometric Security.” “Stolen fingerprint, fake hands, voice synthetization, and other nefarious techniques show biometrics has plenty of challenges,” the […]

Doug Bedell — September 6, 2019, 1:36 pm

DHS Guidance on Protecting ‘Soft Targets and Crowded Places’

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has made a specialty out of strategies for reducing risks at Soft Targets and Crowded Places (ST-CPs). “ST-CPs do not have to be buildings and can include open spaces such as parks and pedestrian malls,” DHS advises. “Preventing attacks against ST-CPs and reducing impacts of attacks that do occur […]