Archives: 'Homeland Security'

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 […]

Doug Bedell — November 3, 2017, 9:06 am

N.Y. Bike Path Attack: ‘Softer’ Targets Coming Into Vogue

Now it’s a peaceable bicycle path in New York City that became the scene of a deadly terror attack. Is no setting safe? Probably not – that’s, at least, what we need to assume. “Tuesday’s attack,” writes Walter Smith on Security InfoWatch, “is an unfortunate but poignant side-effect of responsible government resource prioritization; increasing means […]

Doug Bedell — October 13, 2017, 2:50 pm

Uncovering Security Realities at the Las Vegas Scene

Much as we’d like to put behind us the massacre at the Mandalay Bay hotel in Las Vegas, there is much to be learned from an actual security crisis. And one, argues Tom M. Conley, on the Security magazine blog that amounted to “a catastrophic security failure.” (Conley is the President and CEO of the […]

Doug Bedell — October 6, 2017, 2:17 pm

Las Vegas Massacre Becomes a New Security Threshold

Quoting experts, Joel Griffin on the Security InfoWatch blog thinks the Las Vegas shooting massacre “will likely serve as a game-changing incident for the security industry.” From hotel front desks and room service staffs to stadiums and open-air venues, the question will consistently become, “Are we sure we’re secure. Do we realize what could happen […]

Doug Bedell — September 29, 2017, 3:38 pm

12th Homeland Security Week Conference Coming Up

The 12th annual Homeland Security Week conference will be held Oct. 24-27 in Washington, the Homeland Security blog advises. “The conference brings together some of the country’s top subject matter experts in fields related to national security, intelligence, counterterrorism, border security, biometrics, cybersecurity and many more industries.” Here’s more about the conference, which was begun […]

Doug Bedell — September 25, 2017, 11:07 am

Drone Collides With Army Helicopter over New York City

Drones, it seems, are getting reckless. At least one did, anyway, over New York City. An Army helicopter collided with a drone while the helicopter was patrolling over New York. The helicopter, explains the DefenseTech blog, was part of the security detail for the U.N. General Assembly meeting that started this month. “The collision damaged […]

Doug Bedell — September 20, 2017, 6:34 pm

Lurking In Security Readiness: The Human Factor

People want to be helpful but that, Taylor Armerding on the Naked Security blog notes, can make the human factor a big part of security challenges. Some pertinent factors cited by Armerding: “• Attackers take advantage of the general tendency of people to want to be helpful. “• People are trained to be compliant with […]

Doug Bedell — September 5, 2017, 11:03 am

Drones Becoming Border Jumpers Too

Drones, as we’ve noted before, are becoming an increasing security risk. Here, in a post on Homeland Security, we find smugglers using the new, larger size drones to fly drugs across the U.S.–Mexico border. “Most commercial drones are relatively small and somewhat fragile—meaning that they can’t carry much more than a camera just so they […]