Archives: 'Security Trends'

Doug Bedell — December 13, 2019, 12:48 pm

The Whistleblower Law ‘Needs Tightening’

Whistleblowers are protected by federal law. Yes, but the law could do with tightening, says a post on In Homeland Security. The current federal law protecting whistleblowers – the Intelligence Witness Protection Act – has been in effect since 1998. It doesn’t, however, protect whistleblowers against retaliation or criminal charges. The law “provides a secure […]

Doug Bedell — December 11, 2019, 12:17 pm

Background on Whistleblowing, a Protected Security Role

What does a “whistleblower” risk by providing information to government agencies? The standing of whistleblowers is explained in a post on In Homeland Security by David E. Hubler. “Who is a whistleblower?” it begins, “Should a whistleblower remain anonymous? Are their actions legal or illegal?” The current House impeachment proceeding against President Donald Trump was […]

Doug Bedell — December 6, 2019, 10:44 am

Armed or Not? Most Security Officers Don’t Carry Guns

The Protection Circle blog turns to a subject that arises occasionally: Should security officers be armed? “The fact of the matter,” says the writer, “is that the vast majority of security officers are unarmed. This applies to facility and campus security, houses of worship security, corporate security, event security, travel security, executive protection, covert protection […]

Doug Bedell — December 2, 2019, 11:00 am

…Health Care Records Sickeningly Accessible for Computer Hackers

The Internet appears to be turning unhealthy for growing numbers of unsuspecting healthcare providers and users. ThreatPost reports that “October experienced a 44.44 percent month-over-month increase in healthcare data breaches, resulting in 661,830 healthcare records exposed or stolen during the month. A security blight is occurring. “The three most notable breaches of the month, according […]

Doug Bedell — November 29, 2019, 1:53 pm

Scammers Introducing a Web ‘Netflix’ Ploy

Here’s how scammers of Netflix and other sites can make your financial life miserable, as explained by the NakedSecurity blog. “For the most part, this email is disarmingly simple, and therefore surprisingly believable, for all that it’s given away by typos, grammatical mistakes and orthographic errors. “It’s not overly dramatic, it’s not threatening, and it’s […]

Doug Bedell — November 25, 2019, 4:57 pm

Can Russia Be Forsaking the Internet?

Russia is apparently challenging the concept that the internet is a worldwide, freely accessible, computer communication network. John E. Dunn on the Naked Security blog reports that “Earlier this month, the country (Russia) passed a controversial new ‘sovereign internet’ law that requires the country’s ISPs (internet service providers) to set up deep packet inspection of […]

Doug Bedell — November 22, 2019, 2:45 pm

‘Converged’ Security is the Ticket Now

Think it’s enough to focus on cybersecurity, or physical security or operational security alone? Not so, says Will Wise Security blog. “As threats evolve and bad actors become more intelligent, and with the goal of being proactive vs. reactive, the need for a robust, comprehensive, converged security strategy is paramount.” One-person shops probably knew this […]

Doug Bedell — November 20, 2019, 12:00 pm

A New Book on Today’s Security World

In Homeland Security advises of a new book on intelligence gathering and security matters – “Intelligence Operations, Understanding Data, Tools, People and Processes”. It’s described as a worthy successor to Allen Dulles’ “The Craft of Intelligence” of 60 years ago. “If Dulles’ book could be considered a primer on what the super-secretive Central Intelligence Agency […]

Doug Bedell — November 15, 2019, 1:13 pm

How the U.S. Secret Service Is Responding to School Violence

There have been at least 30 shooting attacks at schools in 2019. Prompted by the latest one this week in Los Angeles County, the U.S. Secret Service is calling attention to its “Operational Guide for Preventing Targeted School Violence”, issued in July of last year. It’s something for school officials and parents alike to rally […]

Doug Bedell — November 13, 2019, 10:48 pm

World Sales of Security Products Are Strong, With a ‘China Challenge’

The global market for physical security products is strong, advises SecurityInfoWatch. Strong, but unbalanced. “Western manufacturers have competed better against Chinese competition this year, but they still have little possibility of penetrating the Chinese public sector business. China is by far the largest single market, probably accounting for 35% to 40% of world demand for […]