Archives: 'Security Trends'

Doug Bedell — November 21, 2017, 10:59 am

Network Penetration Testing Well Worth Considering

George Mateaki on the Security Metrics blog explains penetration testing – Network Penetration Testing 101 – and why it’s advisable for businesses to confirm the security of their workaday environments.` “Penetration testing, in general,” Mateaki explains, “is a type of ‘ethical certified hacking’ during which a pen tester will attempt to enter and exploit your […]

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 10, 2017, 2:23 pm

‘Contactless Access Control’ Becoming an Industry Priority

At whatever level, from doorways to lengthy perimeters, access control is becoming an ever-more pressing security need for enterprises. That was clear from a recent discussion at a Security Industry Association conference in New York reported on by SecurityInfoWatch. “I don’t think we are just five years away from total contactless entry. I think it […]

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 — November 1, 2017, 11:31 am

DHS Busy With Cybersecurity Concerns, Including Wi-Fi

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security had a busy time, among other things, looking out for the security of critical information networks during October, which, as it happened, was National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. “On October 16,” advises Jeanette Manfra of DHS, “our partners at the Software Engineering Institute’s CERT Division reported to DHS that researchers […]

Doug Bedell — October 31, 2017, 6:54 am

Organizations: ‘Know Thyselves’ in Insuring Cyber Security

Knowing where cyber-attacks are coming from is a big part of defending against any that may be aimed at your enterprise. A truism? Yes and no, we gather from a Clearswift post, “3 ways to protect your organization against the insider threat”. “Our latest research reveals that the extended enterprise (employees, customers, suppliers and ex-employees) […]

Doug Bedell — October 26, 2017, 12:15 pm

Robots Shielding U.S. Troops from Battlefield Perils

This, from In Homeland Security, isn’t exactly a post relating to perimeter security, but it’s a fascinating explanation of how U.S. Army troops are being protected from battlefield threats by robots. Yes, robots. “The Army is buying hundreds of ground robots that could bolster the way soldiers respond to nuclear, biological and chemical threats. “More […]

Doug Bedell — October 18, 2017, 11:06 am

October: ‘National Cyber Security Awareness Month’

The Department of Homeland Security advises that October is “National Cyber Security Awareness Month”. That makes it a good time to provide a renewed list of cybersecurity safety tips. They come down to be alert, be updated, and love those passwords! Seriously, cybersecurity is requiring increasing attention, and will continue to do so.