Archives: 'Homeland Security'

Doug Bedell — June 13, 2017, 10:03 am

New York City’s Security Setting

PRO Barrier Engineer Rich Lawrence provides a PDF copy of the Spring, 2017 issue of Security Director, published by ASIS International’s New York City chapter. Get caught up on how New York is meeting its security needs – a comprehensive run-through.

Doug Bedell — June 2, 2017, 11:13 am

Homeland Security Issues Semiannual Report to Congress

Government Security News advises that the Department of Homeland Security has published its Semiannual Report to Congress, and that GSN is publishing selections of its key topics. Such topics include Securing Cyberspace and Information Technology Assets, Secret Service challenges, Evaluatiion of SHS’ Information Security Program and Security Controls for the Transportation Security Administration.

Doug Bedell — May 13, 2017, 9:54 am

U.S. Beefing Up Cybersecurity Defenses

Thanks to an executive order from President Donald Trump, the U.S. is strengthening its cybersecurity defenses. Government Security News advises that: “James Carder, the chief information security officer for LogRhythm, said the executive order encompasses many of the recommendations his firm makes to its clients. In particular, Carder, who has nearly 20 years of experience […]

Doug Bedell — April 26, 2017, 2:20 pm

Premonitions from the Past – A ‘Cyber 9-11’ Looming?

DarkReading provides a scary look at the security scene before the 9-11 attacks and today. “Former CIA Director George Tenet’s statement less than two months before 9-11 that ‘the system was blinking red’”, writes Paul Kurtz, “is eerily familiar to our current threat environment in cyberspace. We have a preponderance of reporting on adversaries but […]

Doug Bedell — April 24, 2017, 4:03 pm

These Digital Footprints Can Identify Criminals

Another few steps ahead in the security arena: Government Security News reports that the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office in Rocky Mount, Va., has become the first law enforcement agency in the Western Hemisphere that can cull digital evidence from footsteps, that is, their imprints. “Local Franklin County business EVIDENT,” GSN advises, “has partnered with the […]

Doug Bedell — January 2, 2017, 3:37 pm

13 Page-FBI-DHS Report Analyzes Alleged Russian Election Hacking

Here’s the report that’s stirred all the fuss over whether the Russians sponsored cyber attacks on the U.S. presidential election process. The 13-page report report was released last week by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Homeland Security. According to Threat Post site that’s posted the document, “The 13-page report (PDF) said […]

Doug Bedell — December 21, 2016, 4:40 pm

Counterfeit Passports: A Troubling Security Concern

Here’s another security concern: counterfeit passports. The Homeland Security blog reports that “The trade in fake passports or other forms of government-issued identification continues today, in spite of government attempts to create more sophisticated official documents.” At a time when the U.S. is especially concerned with the security of its borders, counterfeiters are making it […]

Doug Bedell — October 31, 2016, 3:40 pm

Norfolk Southern Provides a ‘Safety Train’ on Its Rails

Credit the Norfolk Southern railroad for coming up with a training program to protect the security of the communities its trains pass through. When trains carrying hazardous materials derail, it’s vital for local first responders to know how to respond effectively. Thus, Norfolk Southern’s “safety train” has been traveling its routes to introduce first responders […]

Doug Bedell — October 28, 2016, 1:35 pm

DHS Connects With Its Industry Partners

Continuing its outreach to security industry partners, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) held a Strategic Industry Conversation event earlier this month “to discuss program topics that span multiple DHS Offices and Components and impact the DHS Unity of Effort initiative.” Soraya Correa, DHS Chief Procurement Officer, blogs about the the DHS/industry partnership on the […]

Doug Bedell — October 20, 2016, 3:13 pm

DHS Carrying Out a Plan to ‘Prevent Violent Extremism in the U.S.’

If you’re tuned into the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), you probably know it has an Office of Community Partnerships that is carrying out the “Strategic Implementation Plan to Empower Local Partners to Prevent Violent Extremism in the United States”. (Wow, that’s a mouthful, both in language and, doubtless, implementation.) The plan, first issued […]