Archives: 'Security Trends'

Doug Bedell — July 31, 2020, 11:50 am

Online Safety a Big Concern in Remote Learning

To the extent that remote learning will be practiced in the new school year, educators, parents and students have to do some quick learning about cybersecurity, The Last Watchdog blog advises. “Overnight, those in charge must learn how to operate all of our elementary, junior high and high schools as if they were digital-native startups,” […]

Doug Bedell — July 27, 2020, 11:21 am

Preparing For a Career in Cybersecurity

Krebs on Security discusses what it takes to have a cybersecurity career. It’s challenging but, like most desirable skills, attainable with study and experience. “Granted, most people who have just graduated with a degree lack practical experience. But happily, a somewhat unique aspect of cybersecurity is that one can gain a fair degree of mastery […]

Doug Bedell — July 24, 2020, 12:50 pm

A Security Rub: We’re All Masked Now

It’s not so easy during the COVID-19 pandemic to identify people by full facial recognition – practically everybody is wearing masks. The Security Industry Association discusses what that means in a blog post.”Skeptics say that the adjustments will not be simple.” “While companies are adjusting their facial recognition systems in response to virus countermeasures, they […]

Doug Bedell — July 17, 2020, 10:02 am

U.S. Army Helps Fight the Coronavirus Pandemic

The U.S. Army has been going to war to respond to the coronavirus crisis, Military.com reports. “Soldiers have built hospitals, supported hospital staff, helped deliver food and managed nursing homes since the president declared a national emergency in March as COVID-19 cases began sweeping across the country, now killing more than 137,000 Americans… “The Army […]

Doug Bedell — July 15, 2020, 11:12 am

For Computer Security, Read About RATS and Zombies

Read up on how computers can become infected by stealthy intruders, in this instance RATS, or remote access Trojans, courtesy of Paul Ducklin on the Naked Security blog. Zombie is another name for RAT. “Indeed, the name RAT was originally coined as a metaphor that referred as much to the criminals that deployed the malware […]

Doug Bedell — July 6, 2020, 1:43 pm

Be Advised of Scammers Posing as ‘Contact Tracers’

Scammers seeking to capitalize on coronavirus contact tracing are about as brazen as trouble makers can get, Dr. Jarrod Sadulski on the InPublicSafety blog advises. “As the coronavirus pandemic evolved,” he reports, “local health departments have been very proactive in contact tracing. Intended to slow the spread of the coronavirus, contact tracing involves identifying other […]

Doug Bedell — July 3, 2020, 8:49 am

Making Airline Travel Safe From COVID-19

Three federal agencies – the Department of Transportation, Homeland Security and Health and Human Services – have issued joint guidance “for airlines and airports to mitigate the public health risks of Coronavirus”. It’s called “Runway to Recovery,” and is aimed at “facilitating safe air travel”. “The guidelines call for public health measures to be implemented […]

Doug Bedell — July 1, 2020, 1:58 pm

What to Celebrate on a ‘Turned Off’ Fourth of July

With parades, fireworks and other highly anticipated Fourth of July activities possibly turned off during this virus-plagued year, what’s left by way of celebrating the nation’s birthday anniversary? Wes O’Donnell, managing editor of In Military, InCyberDefense and In Space News, advises on InHomelandSecurity.com that “This Independence Day, we celebrate the idea of America”. So sit […]

Doug Bedell — June 26, 2020, 10:21 am

Collectively, It’s Been Some Year – First Responders Worn Thin

The COVID-19 pandemic, civil disturbances still going on, a severe hurricane season likely, and a likely resurgence of COVID-19 – how much stress, an In Public Safety blogger asks, can first responders, especially, take? “The COVID-19 pandemic and its wide-ranging effects is a disaster event that most first responders have never experienced during their careers. […]

Doug Bedell — June 24, 2020, 12:35 pm

Digital Hazards of Working From Home – Hackers at the Ready

Think it’s safe to work from home? Maybe so, but precautions have to be taken against digital intruders. SecurityInfowatch makes this observation: “Many users have been surprised at how easy it is to work from home and keep in touch with colleagues and clients via applications like Zoom and Skype. “But many cybersecurity experts have […]