Archives: 'IT Security'

Doug Bedell — August 3, 2017, 8:43 am

Mobile Employees Can Pose Cyber Security Risks

Many business offices are functioning as though they don’t have walls, the Clearswift cyber security blog notes. That’s because their increasingly mobile employees are using portable computers, iPads and cellphones for business purposes. And those mobile devices may not be as secure as their office counterparts. So how do we insure the security of out-of-office […]

Doug Bedell — July 31, 2017, 1:32 pm

Caught on the ‘Dark Web’ by Carelessness Over Passwords

The ‘Dark Web’ is defined as the part of the World Wide Web “that is only accessible by means of special software, allowing users and website operators to remain anonymous or untraceable.” That is, if the scamers use their passwords correctly. Naked Security reports on some digital predators in the Netherlands who found their sites […]

Doug Bedell — July 28, 2017, 11:02 am

Security’s Realities, Both Physical and Digital

On the Security blog, Kevin Coleman, a security authority and visionary, identifies “the top five drivers of current approaches and strategies for security.” They are both physical and digital. For PRO Barrier, whose expertise is primarily in entrance and perimeter security, the most pertinent of Coleman’s concerns is “obsolete/inadequate physical and digital perimeter protection capabilities.” […]

Doug Bedell — July 26, 2017, 4:02 pm

A Computer Mouse Can Be a Pesky Devil Indeed

More and more, the threats being talked about on security blogs these days concern cyber security and the increasing ease with which unprotected computer systems can be breached. There’s Yossi Appleboum on SecurityInfoWatch for instance. He’s the Co-SEO Sepio Systems, “a pioneer in securing organizations against attacks via rogue hardware systems.” For example, “It may […]

Doug Bedell — July 24, 2017, 3:36 pm

U.S. Secret Service Charges Five With Credit Card Fraud

The U.S. Secret Service doesn’t just protect the President, it catches credit card fraudsters too. So advises the Dept. of Homeland Security’s blog, in reporting that the Secret Service has arrested five men for their involvement in “a sophisticated credit card and identity theft scheme.” The five have been accused of “operating a series of […]

Doug Bedell — July 22, 2017, 9:55 am

A Cybersecurity Canon for Anxious Security Pros

With the pace of cybersecurity concerns steadily increasing, TaoSecurity offers a library of “Essential reading for the Security Professional”. The cybersecurity volumes listed were published from 2014 forward and cover topics from Cyber Law & Policy to Risk & Compliance. Collectively, they’re dubbed The Cybersecurity Cannon. They’re not just for summer, but year-round, reading – […]

Doug Bedell — July 14, 2017, 1:29 pm

Recruiting Cybersecurity Pros a Growing Challenge

Knowing how to detect and deter cybersecurity intruders is an increasingly sought-after skill. Ericka Chickowski on the DarkReading site advises that “by 2022 there will be a global shortfall of cybersecurity workers of 1.8 million people.” Ms. Chickowski adds that “A lot of the issue comes down to the fact that there aren’t enough candidates […]

Doug Bedell — July 10, 2017, 12:20 pm

Oracle, Too, Is Hard-Pressed by Hackers

What’s involved in keeping up with computer security threats? A lot, and the challenge of besting hackers is getting ever more unnerving. That’s the impression one gets from reading the post “Oracle is patched into a software crisis” on Security InfoWatch. “You don’t have to be a news junkie,” John Matthew Holt observes on InfoWatch, […]

Doug Bedell — June 30, 2017, 12:57 pm

Police Using New ‘Situational Awareness’ Body Cameras

From Mississippi via Government Security News comes word that police use of body cameras is expanding from clip-on push-button cameras to automatic situational awareness cameras that “turn on automatically in key situations and communicate with other officers and supervisors”. “Both the BodyWorn camera and the Rocket IoT, singularly or in conjunction,” the Government Security post […]

Doug Bedell — June 28, 2017, 2:28 pm

Girl Scouts USA to Offer Cyber Security Merit Badges

Talk about being relevant to our digital times. Reuters reports that the Girl Scouts of the USA will be offering 18 cyber security merit badges starting in September 2018. “The education program, which aims to reach as many as 1.8 million Girl Scouts in kindergarten through sixth grade,” Reuters adds, “is being developed in a […]