Archives: 'Electronic Security'

Doug Bedell — October 20, 2018, 5:22 pm

Smartphone Voting About To Begin in West Virginia

  Oh my, West Virginia is breaking security ground that we could all fall through. But progress is progress, if indeed, it is. “Next month,” advises Politico,  “West Virginia will become the first state to deploy a smartphone app in a general election, allowing hundreds of overseas residents and members of the military stationed abroad […]

Doug Bedell — October 8, 2018, 4:33 pm

Department of Homeland Security Sounding Staunch on Cyber Security

The Department of Homeland Security doesn’t sound cowed by threats to cyber security from a global technology supply chain. Here’s a statement thereon from the DHS press secretary: “The Department of Homeland Security is aware of the media reports of a technology supply chain compromise. Like our partners in the UK, the National Cyber Security […]

Doug Bedell — October 1, 2018, 11:48 am

U.S. Goes On a Cyber Security Offensive

The U.S., reports In Homeland Security, is going on the cybersecurity offensive. Welcome to the world of cyber rattling. The White House and the Defense Department have each issued policy papers on cyber policy. “As National Security Adviser John Bolton put it to reporters just before the release of the DoD paper, ‘For any nation […]

Doug Bedell — September 28, 2018, 3:44 pm

Facebook Hit By Another Security Breach

Facebook has been hit with another Internet security breach. Naked Security reports that 50 million Facebook accounts were affected when attackers “exploited a vulnerability in Facebook’s ‘View As’ feature to steal access tokens, which are the keys that allow you to stay logged into Facebook so you don’t need to re-enter your password every time […]

Doug Bedell — September 24, 2018, 12:46 pm

‘Red Teams’ and ‘Blue Teams’ For Insuring Digital Security

We haven’t talked much about strategies to defeat computer intruders and strengthen digital security: Here’s a big one: Form a Red Team. A Red Team is defined by Kelly Sheridan on the DarkReading blog as “A group of people within an organization responsible for, well, attacking it. Their goal is to act like the adversary […]

Doug Bedell — September 19, 2018, 3:08 pm

When Courtesy Conflicts With Security, and Doors Lose Out

A Security Magazine blog makes the appropriate point that “Not every incident of unauthorized access is a criminal break-in – some of the most common types spring from common courtesy, like holding the door for a colleague.” Holding a door open? Yes, it’s called tailgating and occurs “when one or more people follow an authorized […]

Doug Bedell — September 12, 2018, 2:12 pm

Little Applied From the Equifax Computer Data Breach

Geez, it’s been a year since the huge data breach at Equifax and, Security InfoWatch advises, there’s been little learned and applied from that computer hacking disaster. “More than 147 million people in the U.S. had personal and financial data stolen ranging from Social Security and driver’s license numbers to credit card information and birth […]

Doug Bedell — August 31, 2018, 2:42 pm

Facial Recognition Technology Catches an Airport Imposter

For the first time ever, a new facial recognition system at Washington’s Dulles International Airport has identified a man seeking to use a bogus passport that looked genuine. In Homeland Security advises that “the new facial recognition system detected that the man’s face and the photo in the passport were not an exact match. During […]

Doug Bedell — August 17, 2018, 1:55 pm

Medical Devices May Not Be As Secure As You Would Think

The Security Ledger site advises that security flaws need more attention from medical device makers than they’ve often been getting. “The security of medical devices figured prominently at last week’s Black Hat, B-Sides and DEF CON hacking conferences in Las Vegas (August 2018). In one of the more news-worthy demonstrations, researchers Billy Rios and Jonathan […]

Doug Bedell — August 15, 2018, 12:17 pm

LA Subways Adding Body Scanners to Ride Securely

Security and privacy are coming increasingly into conflict, but security, no surprise, is winning. Witness the new body scanners that are being installed on the Los Angeles’ subway, the first such installation in the U.S In Homeland Security reports that “The machines scan for metallic and non-metallic objects on a person’s body, can detect suspicious […]