Archives: 'Business Risk Planning'

Doug Bedell — February 19, 2018, 11:34 am

Tax Preparers and Payers: Be Mindful of Banking Hackers

It’s the income tax season and Brian Krebs writes about “identity thieves who specialize in tax refund fraud” – another form of security challenge. They’re hackers. They hunt through bank accounts looking for large deposits from the Internal Revenue Service from tax refunds. In the Oklahoma City area, says an official of the Oklahoma Bankers […]

Doug Bedell — February 6, 2018, 5:18 pm

Small Business People: You’re Increasingly Under Cyber Attack

Small businesses across the U.S. are increasingly finding themselves the victims of cyber crimes, reports Security Info Watch. “Small businesses across the country,” says the Info Watch post, “are finding that they have suddenly emerged as potential targets of both nefarious solo hackers looking to steal personal information or engage in ransomware scenarios, as well […]

Doug Bedell — February 2, 2018, 4:36 pm

Guards or Not? A Pertinent Security Choice

Let’s take a look, courtesy of Security InfoWatch, at the human side of security. We’re using talking about security hardware or techniques. Here’s discussion of whether protection should be provided by in-house people or contracted to outsiders. “On the surface,” says InfoWatch, “it would seem like the decision to outsource security to a third party […]

Doug Bedell — January 31, 2018, 3:51 pm

‘Security’ Often Isn’t Secure Enough

Security isn’t always simply security. You have to consider what you’re possibly securing against, as well as what you’re doing about it. “Depending on how you arrived at the list of your services,” advises the Security Executive Council, “the issue may be you are only providing discrete security services and not an overall comprehensive security […]

Doug Bedell — January 21, 2018, 10:55 am

Security ‘Rings’ Enable Internal Protection

To be sure you’re as protected as you need to be, think of site security in phases, working inward. There’s the perimeter (fencing), access spaces (vehicle barriers and personnel checks), door locks and, inside, computer and other electronic protections. SecurityInfoWatch lays all this out nicely, noting that “The concept that is commonly referred to as […]

Doug Bedell — January 18, 2018, 12:16 pm

Over There, On the Wall, Is ‘Security’ for the Taking

Whoops! The head of security for the World Cup soccer games inadvertently demonstrated how easy it is to be complacent about digital security, at the risk of being scored upon. Sophos Ltd.’s Naked Security blog runs a photo of Luiz Dorea standing in front of a video wall at the “state-of-the-art” security center for the […]

Doug Bedell — January 13, 2018, 3:12 pm

Facial Recognition Catching on as a Means of Security Scanning

Bruce Schneier leads us to a report that facial scans are growing as the security feature of choice in a growing number of retail settings. As an example, CEO John Miller of the California hamburger chain Caliburger says “Our goal for 2018 is to replace credit card swipes with face-based payments. Facial recognition is part […]

Doug Bedell — January 2, 2018, 4:18 pm

Staying Out of CyberSecurity’s ‘Upside Down’

On DarkReading, Carol Clark describes the alternative reality of cybersecurity turned upside down, describing it as “an alternative reality where none of us wants to be.” That’s because a breach “stops business, costs millions, and can have an incalculable impact on current and future customers.” Whether a cybersecurity breach is this catastrophic or not, it’s […]

Doug Bedell — December 29, 2017, 3:15 pm

Steps for Responding to Cybersecurity Attacks in 2018

Wish we could be ending 2017 on a more upbeat note, but cyber security is a key challege of our times. And the Clearswift blog in the UK responds with a scenario for dealing with attacks that it considers all too likely in 2018. “Preparing for the inevitable will make the situation significantly less damaging […]

Doug Bedell — December 27, 2017, 1:31 pm

Fast-Evolving CyberSecurity Threats for 2018

Taking another look at what may be in store for cybersecurity safety in the new year (it’s fashionable, obviously, at this point in Earth’s travels) Security InfoWatch joins the chorus. Then it advises us that “the threat is advancing quicker than we can keep up and the threats change faster than our idea of risk.” […]