Archives: 'Business Risk Planning'

Doug Bedell — April 22, 2019, 11:26 am

Social Media a Security Threat If Not Used Carefully In Business

For businesses using social media, as many now do, here’s a primer from DarkReading on “Tips to Protect Your Business Against Social Media Mistakes.” Avoid being casual in the use of social media for business. “It’s clear that many employees cannot always dedicate the time needed to properly manage corporate accounts. This is where mistakes […]

Doug Bedell — April 17, 2019, 9:29 am

Bruce Schneier’s New Book on Internet Security Perils

You can’t spend much time on a computer anymore without recognizing that the possibilities for intrusion, even actual meddling, are growing. Digital security is an ever-increasing challenge. Bruce Schneier, bless him, has published a new book, “Click Here to Kill Everybody,” on internet perils. “Schneier explores the risks and security implications of our new, hyper-connected […]

Doug Bedell — April 15, 2019, 7:01 pm

Mental Resilience Needed for Security Heroics

We seem to be encountering a lot of information, and concern, for a possibly overlooked aspect of security preparedness – the spiritual and mental readiness to respond effectively. Technical skills are important, surely. “But where were the drills to make sure my firefighters were taking care of themselves?” Eric Brenneman asks. He’s a contributor to […]

Doug Bedell — April 10, 2019, 9:23 am

Protecting Corporate Data from Cyber Attack

Businesses, advises Clearswift.com, need to train employees to protect the data they have access to from hackers and other security intruders. “A well-trained employee should be able to answer the three data security questions, ‘What’, ‘Where’ and ‘How’: “• What data is considered valuable to the business (and therefore to cybercriminals)? “• Where is this […]

Doug Bedell — April 8, 2019, 10:34 am

A Reality of the Job Market: Police Officers Getting Harder to Recruit

It’s getting harder to recruit a new policeman. Dr. Jarrod Sadulski, faculty Member, Criminal Justice, American University, writes on In Public Safety that “governments are having more difficulty filling police positions than any other category of government personnel.” In this context, “high-ranking police supervisors and administrators play an important role in strengthening officer commitment. When […]

Doug Bedell — April 5, 2019, 9:10 am

President Trump Issues an Order on Being Prepared for an EMP (If That’s Even Possible)

There’s no denying the importance of a security action taken by President Trump – an executive order he’s issued on preparing America to survive an electromagnetic pulse (EMP). In Homeland Security notes that EMPs “are not a new concern” – just one so menacing that it’s hard to know how to begin describing one that […]

Doug Bedell — March 29, 2019, 1:06 pm

Hackers Are Waging Digital War Against Businesses

Hackers, Security InfoWatch advises, are getting to the core of our access control systems and we’re only beginning to fight back. “They typically start with hardware, such as wireless components or system controllers, which will give them access to specific computers. Then, those computers may give them access to both the target’s external and internal […]

Doug Bedell — March 27, 2019, 4:25 pm

Emails, Too, Can Pose Security Risks

Time to give email its place in the security spotlight, thanks to SophosLabs. The email accounts of friends and business associates can be compromised. Samples of what’s possible are included on the Sophos post – along with advice on what to do if you’re uneasy about your incoming email. Don’t take anything digital for granted, […]

Doug Bedell — March 25, 2019, 9:07 pm

Security Begins By Understanding the Scope of the Challenge

If you’ve got a business, you need someone responsible for its physical and data security. If the business is large enough, that would be a Chief Security Officer, or CSO. Aspects of a CSO’s job are discussed in a Security Infowatch post. “As security programs become more comprehensive and technically advanced, “Infowatch notes, “so do […]

Doug Bedell — March 20, 2019, 9:00 am

Passwords and Biometrics: Which Are Safer In the Long Run?

Here’s where we’re headed in terms of computer security, according to a Security Infowatch post: Instead of alpha-numeric passwords eight to 12 digits long, we’ll have cameras peering from our screens to certify that the face peering from them matches the fingerprints provided. A moment later, we’ll have access to our system. No chance of […]