Archives: 'Homeland Security'

Doug Bedell — October 20, 2018, 5:22 pm

Smartphone Voting About To Begin in West Virginia

  Oh my, West Virginia is breaking security ground that we could all fall through. But progress is progress, if indeed, it is. “Next month,” advises Politico,  “West Virginia will become the first state to deploy a smartphone app in a general election, allowing hundreds of overseas residents and members of the military stationed abroad […]

Doug Bedell — October 17, 2018, 3:11 pm

‘Terror Threat Snapshot’ Updated by House Committee

It isn’t pleasant reading or viewing, but In Homeland Security’s “October Terror Threat Snapshot: Homegrown Terror Cases in 30 States” makes for direly informative reading. The post, you’ll find, discusses the monthly Terror Threat Snapshot report of the House Committee on Homeland Security, with a link thereto. “The snapshot,” it advises,  “focuses on recent homegrown Jihadist cases in America […]

Doug Bedell — October 15, 2018, 4:24 pm

U.S. Public Utilities Wary Of Cyber Attacks

One of the ultimate security threats, notes In Homeland Security, is a cyber attack on U.S. public utilities. “In Connecticut, utilities have reported days in which they detected and deterred more than a million probes to their operating systems, many from foreign actors. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen on Oct. 2 referred to Russia-linked hacking as an […]

Doug Bedell — October 10, 2018, 1:22 pm

DOD Grappling With Cyber Security Concerns

Even the U.S. military has growing cybersecurity concerns. Bruce Schneier quotes from a summary of a U.S. Government Accounting Office report, “Weapons Systems Cyber Security: DOD Just Beginning to Grapple with Scale of Vulnerabilities”: “Although GAO and others have warned of cyber risks for decades, until recently, DOD did not prioritize weapon systems cybersecurity. Finally, […]

Doug Bedell — October 8, 2018, 4:33 pm

Department of Homeland Security Sounding Staunch on Cyber Security

The Department of Homeland Security doesn’t sound cowed by threats to cyber security from a global technology supply chain. Here’s a statement thereon from the DHS press secretary: “The Department of Homeland Security is aware of the media reports of a technology supply chain compromise. Like our partners in the UK, the National Cyber Security […]

Doug Bedell — October 3, 2018, 10:50 am

October: National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month at the Department of Homeland Security. In an interview with The Washington Post, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen M. Nielson discusses such timely topics as the efforts to secure U.S. election systems and to combat other threats in cyberspace. Get caught up with federal concerns and actions in these areas […]

Doug Bedell — September 21, 2018, 3:04 pm

‘Soft’ Communication Skills Seen Lacking In Police Training

What an oversight! With all the adverse attention that police-community relations have been generating, you’d think that police training in the “soft” people skills of interpersonal communication would be high on the security agenda. Not so, advises the In Public Safety site. “Unfortunately, soft skills are largely lacking and overlooked within the criminal justice profession, […]

Doug Bedell — September 19, 2018, 3:08 pm

When Courtesy Conflicts With Security, and Doors Lose Out

A Security Magazine blog makes the appropriate point that “Not every incident of unauthorized access is a criminal break-in – some of the most common types spring from common courtesy, like holding the door for a colleague.” Holding a door open? Yes, it’s called tailgating and occurs “when one or more people follow an authorized […]

Doug Bedell — September 10, 2018, 2:41 pm

Everlasting Chimes In The Wind Become A 9/11 Memorial In Pa.

The 17th anniversary of the September 11th attacks is being observed at the location of one of them – the Flight 93 National Memorial Site at Shanksville, Pa. – with the dedication of a wind chimes tower. It will have 40 aluminum chimes for the 40 people who were killed in the crash of a […]

Doug Bedell — September 5, 2018, 2:12 pm

DHS Secretary Nielsen: “17 Years After 9/11, the Threat Horizon Darkens”

We are approaching the 17th possibly fateful anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. Fateful because as Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen notes in a September 5th address, “We are witnessing historic changes across the entire threat landscape. We can see the winds blowing and hear the thunder drawing closer once again.” She calls for a “Resilience […]