Archives: 'Security Trends'

Doug Bedell — June 18, 2018, 10:49 am

Apple Updating 911 Emergency Calls With HELO System

We’re not huckstering for Apple, but the tech giant will be including a feature in its new iOS 12 software to be released later this year that “will automatically share your location with emergency responders, so they know exactly where to find you,” if, of course, you need them. This according to Tom’s Guide, a […]

Doug Bedell — June 11, 2018, 10:34 am

U.S. DHS Develops a Plan for Soft Targets and Crowded Places

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is getting personal in its approach to protecting people. DHS has released a “Soft Target and Crowded Places Security Plan Overview” that “describes how the Department is working to enhance and organize its efforts around the security and resilience of soft targets and crowded places across the United States.” […]

Doug Bedell — June 8, 2018, 7:26 am

National Guard’s Presence at the Mexican Border Not Unique to Trump

Homeland 411 provides a snapshot of the National Guard’s deployment to the U.S.–Mexican border, which isn’t unique to President Donald Trump. “In recent years,” writes Chrisopher Pawdzik, “Guard border deployment hasn’t necessarily become commonplace, but it’s also not unusual. From mid-2006 to mid-2008, President George W. Bush deployed about 6,000 National Guard troops to secure […]

Doug Bedell — June 4, 2018, 3:13 pm

Shoplifting a Huge Security Problem at Retail Stores

Here’s a security problem that you don’t hear much about but is a bane for retailers – shoplifting. Security InfoWatch reports that “According to the 30th Annual Retail Theft Survey conducted by Jack L. Hayes International, more than 432,000 shoplifters and dishonest employees were apprehended in 2017 by just 21 large retailers who recovered over […]

Doug Bedell — June 1, 2018, 10:47 am

Locksmiths Are Good Security Writers, Too

Where better to find a treatise on the basics of site security than the United Locksmith blog, Lock Blog? Here Lock Blog offers, “10 Things You Need to Consider About Perimeter Security.” Get the basics, from Locks to Access Control, in nicely condensed descriptions with Key Takeaways for each of the 10 items. Locksmiths need […]

Doug Bedell — May 30, 2018, 11:39 am

Social Media’s Links to Violence: Read Your Screens Warily

Risk seems to be closing in around us in security terms: Now the Security magazine blog is warning of “6 Links Between Social Media and Violence You Haven’t Thought About”. On its perverse side, social media posting is being linked to mental health, righteous indignation, long -term relationships, fixation and even attack planning. Says Security: […]

Doug Bedell — May 21, 2018, 3:21 pm

Tracking People Via the Location of Their Cell Phones

Anybody looking for you? Got a cellphone? Lisa Vaas on Naked Security reports how it’s now possible easily to “find the real-time location of nearly any US (cell)phone to as close as a few hundred yards.” Security blogger Brian Krebs broke this news earlier this month and it’s now being elaborated on somewhat. Krebs wrote […]

Doug Bedell — May 16, 2018, 11:41 am

In Security and Elsewhere, A ‘Just Culture’ Is a Worthy Aim

A forthright announcement the other day by Twitter – that it had accidentally placed some user passwords in jeopardy – brought, no surprise, an uproar from the press and some users. The Securiosis blog uses this episode to spark a discussion of the need to adopt “just cultures” in organizations – that is, to understand […]

Doug Bedell — May 14, 2018, 10:53 am

First-Ever School Safety Security Report Issued

A school safety security report – the first ever – has been issued by Safe and Sound Schools, which was established after the Sandy Hook school shooting tragedy in Newtown, Conn., on December 14, 2013. “The report,” explains the Security Industry Association blog, illustrates several school safety issues, including a communication gap between educators and […]

Doug Bedell — May 12, 2018, 10:28 am

‘Tickets Please’: Flying in the Fraud-Smudged Skies

Experiencing the security of good business practice is getting harder to count on. You don’t have to read far to find that fraud in various forms, but often digital, is closing in, as in the instance of travel fraud, via airline tickets. Bruce Schneider directs us to an article on that subject. “Every day,” writes […]