Archives: 'Electronic Security'

Doug Bedell — February 15, 2019, 4:11 pm

Here’s a Self-Sailing Ship to Roam the Seas Without a Crew

We’ve been hearing about self-driving cars, but how about a self-sailing ship? Yep, there must be security benefits, certainly savings in crew costs, from the story of the Sea Hunter, a 132-foot-long self-driving ship that sailed between San Diego and Peal Harbor last month, as reported by the Defense Tech blog. The Sea Hunter, an […]

Doug Bedell — February 13, 2019, 11:52 am

Schneier: ‘Cyber Insurance Can Be a Vexing Market’

Bruce Schneier advises that cyber insurance is becoming a big, and problematic, factor as hacker intrusions on the Internet grow. ” First, the scope of cyber risks vastly exceeds available coverage, as cyber perils cut across most areas of commercial insurance in an unprecedented manner: direct losses to policyholders and third-party claims (clients, customers, etc.); […]

Doug Bedell — February 11, 2019, 5:40 pm

Security Information Officers Subject to Burnout

Protecting the security and validity of computer-based information is becoming an ever more stressful role, a post by Marc French on the Security magazine blog advises. “Having been a CISO now for a few years,” French writes, “I can relate to the occasional challenges. Late nights/weekends, internal stress, board presentations, breaches, media… the list goes […]

Doug Bedell — February 8, 2019, 3:43 pm

Meet Your Friendly Hackers – Why Alertness Matters

Here’s how computer security is being menaced by hackers, in a nutshell. Want to know, for example, the difference between phishing ane spear phishing. It’s here in this SecurityInfowatch post. The opening paragraph removes much of the mystique that’s enveloped hackers. Here’s who they typically are:: “While popular culture might lead you to believe that […]

Doug Bedell — February 1, 2019, 2:13 pm

Digital ‘Hitmen’ the Bane of Internet Security

Bryan Krebs fills us in on how Internet attacks on unknowing computer users – digital security cave-ins, if you will – can be accomplished. They’re called “attack-for-hire” services. The more we know about such on-line predators, the better chance we have of avoiding them. Krebs starts by discussing Webstresser, which appears to have been based […]

Doug Bedell — January 16, 2019, 1:21 pm

Privacy Concerns Too Often Overlooked In Business Settings

Security pros, the DarkReading blog advises, need to become familiar with ways in which mistakes in the handling of digital information – such as email – “can lead to some dangerous privacy snafus.” The post lists seven ways in which this can happen: 1) “Accidental emails”, 2) Misdirected corporate emails, 3) Unauthorized people in an […]

Doug Bedell — January 9, 2019, 4:48 pm

Computer Passwords Seen As Passing Away, Though Slowly

Believe it or not, Security Infowatch reports that computer passwords are on their way out, all be it slowly. “Passwords as we know them – a string of letters, numbers and special characters suffer a dwindling shelf life” So, what’s going to replace them? The post lists biometrics, blockchain and digital IDs and artificial intelligence-enabled […]

Doug Bedell — January 7, 2019, 1:34 pm

Digital Pressures Growing; Security Harder to Maintain

It’s becoming increasingly challenging to be a business executive in today’s cyber-driven economy, Security magazine advises. “Executives are “most concerned about digital readiness (and) talent management in 2019.” This is especially so with firms that are competing against “born digital” rivals. As seen by  executives, here are the top 10 risks in today’s business settings: Existing […]

Doug Bedell — December 31, 2018, 3:56 pm

Video Surveillance Discussed as a ‘Re-Emerging’ Security Tool

If effective video surveillance is a security aim of yours, here, from, is a set of predictions on the technology for 2019 from a panel of experts “In the video surveillance market,” the presentation begins,  “it could be said that analytics are getting their shot at an industry reboot.  Having overpromised and under-delivered a decade ago, […]

Doug Bedell — December 21, 2018, 1:22 pm

China, Too, Hosting Computer Hackers, State/DHS Say

Much of the computer hacking attention of late has gone to Russia, but China has been in the digital fray too, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security advises. “Since at least 2014, Chinese cyber actors associated with the Chinese Ministry of State Security have hacked multiple U.S. and global managed service and cloud providers. These […]