Archives: 'Electronic Security'

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 […]

Doug Bedell — August 6, 2018, 2:29 pm

Two Drones Foiled In Attack Against Venezuelan President

Security against drone attacks was tested in Venezuela on August 6. The two drones involved lost, and Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, the target of the attacks, won. This from Security InfoWatch. “The plot was foiled, in part, by equipment designed to jam radio signals…. “Six suspects were in custody in connection with the Saturday attack, […]

Doug Bedell — August 1, 2018, 3:04 pm

Data Stored ‘In the Cloud’ – Where’s That? It’s Vital to Know

In computer security, people get confused over the term “Cloud”, such as in storing information safely in “the Cloud”. Adnan Raja discusses the subject of Cloud security in a post on the securitymetrics blog. The Cloud is a term for online storage of backup information, as provided by Google, Apple, Amazon, IBM or lesser known […]

Doug Bedell — July 16, 2018, 12:30 pm

Cybersecurity Breaches in 2018 – ‘So Far’

Following up on Briefs’ last post on cyber crime, here, from Wired magazine, are “The Worst Cybersecurity Breaches of 2018 So Far”. Wired’s warning: “Corporate security isn’t getting better fast enough, critical infrastructure security hangs in the balance, and state-backed hackers from around the world are getting bolder and more sophisticated.” The examples range from […]

Doug Bedell — July 13, 2018, 11:15 pm

Cyber Crime: A Gas Pump Acting ‘On Its Own’

Barrier Briefs has been noting how cyber-based crime is increasing, along with the need for security vigilance. Here’s an example, provided by Bruce Schneier on his security blog. “Police in Detroit,” Schneier writes, “are looking for two suspects who allegedly managed to hack a gas pump and steal over 600 gallons of gasoline, valued at […]

Doug Bedell — July 11, 2018, 1:31 pm

Digital Insiders Can Be As Disruptive As Outsiders

Perish the thought, but the reality is that security disruptions – digital disasters – can be caused by insiders in an organization as well as faceless hackers. As proof, DarkReading.com discusses “The 6 Worst Insider Attacks of 2018 – So Far” in which “stalkers, fraudsters, saboteurs, and all nature of malicious insiders have put the […]

Doug Bedell — July 5, 2018, 2:25 pm

No Doubting It: Enterprises Need a Cybersecurity Plan

Computer hackers with access – granted or created – to a business file can do great harm to the business involved. A security truism these days? Of course. But Joe Granitto on Security InfoWatch follows up with practical suggestions on protecting your data. “Defending your operations and reputation,” he writes, “requires a holistic cybersecurity plan, […]

Doug Bedell — June 29, 2018, 3:20 pm

Stopping and Thinking in a Pell-Mell Digital Time

The security sector has been steadily changing over the past decade. While controls over physical entry, such as barriers, remain essential, security has become a digital enterprise, too, with the threats coming from “out there,” that is the Internet. A blog post by SIA, the Security Industry Association, is helpful in grasping the new context. […]

Doug Bedell — June 25, 2018, 4:19 pm

Computer Password Protection: A New Digital Art Form

Computer passwords, those that provide reasonably assured protection, are becoming an art form, as this post by John E. Dunn on the naked security blog indicates. Here, Dunn is touting a new tool by Microsoft – if you’re a Premium 1 account customer of Microsoft’s Azure AD cloud service or Windows Server Active Directory – […]