Archives: 'Security Trends'

Doug Bedell — June 19, 2019, 11:53 am

Responding To Police Officer Morale Problems

The security of communities depends heavily on the presence of police officers but “many police agencies,” notes In Public Safety, are experiencing a major shortage of officers. “In the United States, the total number of sworn police officers has dropped by about 23,000 men and women since 2013, according to a National Public Radio report.” […]

Doug Bedell — June 17, 2019, 8:11 am

Images Are Now a Source of Computer Security Attacks

The Clearswift blog explains how PDF files have become computer security risks. “Any sensitive or confidential document can be readily copied into a PDF and sent out of the organization without being detected.” The Clearswift post explains how this risk develops. It’s fairly intricate, but well worth understanding. “A new generation of threats is emerging […]

Doug Bedell — June 15, 2019, 1:24 pm

Summertime Is a Season for Scamming

The DarkReading blog has devoted itself to “6 Security Scams Set to Sweep This Summer”. They’re worth reading about and being mindful of during the hazy, lazy days of summer, when scammers, at least, are neither hazy nor lazy. There are threats connected with travel security, political events, summertime employment, “free” Wi-Fi connections, and credit […]

Doug Bedell — June 12, 2019, 11:36 am

Airport Security Staffing Could Prove Vexing for Travelers

Airport security lines could be getting longer, and the Transportation Security Administration officers who keep them moving aren’t happy about the situation, advises In Homeland Security. “Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officials expect a 4.5 percent increase in airline passengers in fiscal 2020 but have requested only a 2.5 percent staffing increase over the current 46,000 […]

Doug Bedell — June 10, 2019, 1:12 pm

Volunteerism’s Decline Threatens Community Security

Before recruitment comes retention in building a dependable community workforce, for example volunteer firefighters. This may sound like a truism, but the In Public Safety blog advises us to be mindful of the decline in volunteerism that’s been going on “for the last couple of decades and is expected to worsen as fewer people volunteer […]

Doug Bedell — June 6, 2019, 8:21 am

Tips on Starting a Security Blog

Ami Tobin, proprietor of the Protection Circle blog, has a helpful post on “Tips and Suggestions for Security Writers”. If you’ve ever considered starting a security blog, Tobin’s post might be called “must reading”. He starts by recommending a blogging platform – WordPress is his platform of choice. (Barrier Briefs is done in WordPress too.) […]

Doug Bedell — June 3, 2019, 4:07 pm

Watch Out for ‘Post Truth’ Security Thinking

In Homeland Security explains how the U.S. can be afflicted with “post-truth” thinking. The term is defined by the Oxford Dictionary as: “Relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.” “Look backwards – almost a decade,” the post explains, “– […]

Doug Bedell — May 24, 2019, 2:52 pm

Computer Data Breaches Leave Us Yearning for Digital Security

Security Infowatch notes that there’s a “patchwork of state data breach notification statutes, as well as federal laws” that are supposed to promote the security of documents housed on computers. Yet “massive data breaches have gotten more common in the years since these statutes were enacted.” The “constant drumbeat” of news about about hacking “has […]

Doug Bedell — May 20, 2019, 12:02 pm

Watch Out: Social Media Breaches Weaken Web Security

Here’s a look at what happens, and why, when Facebook gets its dander up enough to shut down accounts “being used to spread fake news and influence political discourse in a number of nations,(in this case) mostly in Africa, but also in latin America and Southeast Asia. “Before the ban, Archimedes Group was running 65 […]

Doug Bedell — May 17, 2019, 10:44 am

Email Security: Practice It As a Speciality Of Its Own

Here, from Securosis, is background on email security – “…email-borne attacks are still a scourge on pretty much every enterprise. That doesn’t mean the industry hasn’t made progress – it’s just that between new attacker tactics and the eternal fallibility of humans clicking on things, we’re arguably in about the same place we’ve been all […]