Archives: 'Disaster Response'

Doug Bedell — April 4, 2020, 2:49 pm

Learning About Using Zoom

Zoom is an amazing web conferencing tool whose use has been truly zooming since people have been using it for social distancing at home instead of going to their offices to avoid the virus risk. Yet that means Zoom’s security risks must be known and avoided, Paul Ducklin advises in a NakedSecurity blog post. “Zoom […]

Doug Bedell — July 12, 2017, 11:46 am

Virginia Linking First-Responders In a Wireless Network

Virginia, Government Security News reports, is the first state to work with FirstNet and AT&T “to deliver a wireless broadband network to the Commonwealth’s public safety community.” “FirstNet and AT&T will build, operate and maintain a highly secure wireless broadband communications network for Virginia’s public safety community at no cost to the state for the […]

Doug Bedell — March 29, 2017, 11:50 am

Attacked? Your Customers Will Have Concerns – So Apologize

So, what if you what if you get hit by a cyber attack that disables your service to customers for a while and might prompt concerns about their web security? To the rescue comes LT PR in Portland, OR, with “5 Ways to Respond Like a PR Pro During a Data Breach or Cyberattack.” Now […]

Doug Bedell — October 3, 2016, 6:33 pm

Employees May Not Feel Well-Trained for Emergencies When Employers Think They Are

Polling has its limits in accurate findings, but it’s worth considering the difference between workers and managers/supervisors on how ready employees are to handle an emergency. Government Security News advises that, “according to a National Safety Council poll, 34 percent of workers in the United States do not feel well trained in emergency practices, including […]

Doug Bedell — September 30, 2016, 11:52 am

Nasty Weather Coming, Along With Its Own Security Concerns

We don’t normally venture into weather forecasting, but dire atmospheric outlooks should be considered as site security concerns. So here’s one from Government Security News: “The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) recently revised its 2016 Atlantic hurricane outlook, calling for a higher likelihood of an above-normal season which often brings heavy rains and storms.” […]

Doug Bedell — August 18, 2016, 6:47 pm

Climate Change? Close Enough to Take Seriously

Coastal flooding, as in Louisiana, is starting to appear on security blogs as evidence, if not of climate change conclusively, what climate change will look like. Warning enough, we’d say. On Government Security News, columnist George Lane writes that “This is what climate change will look (like) in Louisiana.” He had just noted that: “The […]

Doug Bedell — June 15, 2016, 11:58 am

Crisis Plans Often Don’t Exist

All too often, crisis management plans are lacking,the Institute of Crisis Management advises. And “No industry is immune to a crisis.” That’s another form of a security issue.

Doug Bedell — November 2, 2015, 12:02 pm

Add Earthquake Awareness To Your Security List

Especially if you’re on the West Coast, knowledge of earthquake preparedness and response is an advisable security measure. In that regard Government Security News provides notice of two “Earthquake Business Preparedness Summits” this week in Dublin and San Francisco. Experts, one of whom will be U.S. Geological Survey Seismologist David Schwartz, “will discuss the response […]

Doug Bedell — July 8, 2015, 10:02 am

DHS Establishing New ‘Centers of Excellence’

Government Security News advises that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security is spending millions – $9 million this year alone – on establishing three new Centers of Excellence around coastal resilience, managing risks to critical infrastructure and on border security, trade and immigration research. Part of the anticipated benefit will be in establishing greater long-term […]

Doug Bedell — May 18, 2015, 10:43 am

Homeland Security Notes: EMS Responders Are Medical Heroes

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is paying rightful tribute to the nation’s emergency medical responders during Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week, adding an appropriate personal note: “We believe strongly in the balance of work and family life,” says Dr. Kathryn Brinsfield, Assistant Secretary for Health Affairs and DHS Chief Medical Officer, “and encourage all […]