Archives: 'Security Threats'

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 — April 2, 2020, 3:15 pm

Watch Out: Biological Threats and U.S. National Security

Biological threats aren’t new – in 1757 there was a smallpox epidemic during the French and Indian War – but COVID-19 is rewriting our current understanding of national security, a post on In Homeland Security notes. “For intelligence and national security analysts,” the post notes, “understanding the impacts of this disease requires us to look […]

Doug Bedell — March 30, 2020, 3:31 pm

A ‘Fraud Storm’ Is About to Hit, a Former FBI Specialist Warns

Let’s hope he’s wrong, but Frank Figluzzi, on, is predicting that a troop of fraudsters is ready to exploit the coronavirus, and security professionals need to protect against them. “Never let a perfectly good crisis go to waste; that’s the mantra of many a skilled con artist,” Figluzzi, a former assistant director for counterintelligence […]

Doug Bedell — March 27, 2020, 3:06 pm

Because of the Virus, REAL ID Deadline Pushed Back a Year

The COVID-19 pandemic is impacting the Department of Homeland Security’s priorities in terms of the deadline for REAL ID drivers’ licenses. The deadline had been October 1st of this year – it’s now October 1, 2021, a year later. As Homeland Security explains it, “The REAL ID Act establishes minimum security standards for license issuance […]

Doug Bedell — March 25, 2020, 3:26 pm

How COVID-19 Got Launched on the World

Here, from In Homeland Security, is what led up to the COVID-19 pandemic, the better to understand where we are in today’s setting. “With practically the whole world facing an economic free-fall from the COVID-19 pandemic,” writes William Tucker, “it’s natural to inquire as to how all of this came to be. “Pinning down the […]

Doug Bedell — March 23, 2020, 3:51 pm

What Security Pros Need to Know About COVID-19

Security Magazine passes along from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) these guidelines for law enforcement and security officers on protection against COVID-19, the life-threatening virus • Recognize the signs and symptoms of COVID 19. • Protect yourself from exposure. • Maintain personal protection equipment at the ready. • If close contact is made with […]

Doug Bedell — March 20, 2020, 5:53 pm

Security Promptings During ‘Virus-Time’

Maintaining cybersecurity is likely to be challenging in the next few months, with so many Covid-19 pressures working against our normal routines, advises. So here are some suggestions: • Take stock of your current activities and focus on defending you key assets as best you can. That’s why you’ve been building a resilient organization, […]

Doug Bedell — March 13, 2020, 12:37 pm

SIA Provides a Virus-Response Post of Special Value

The Security Industry Association blog provides “a selection of public informational resources that anyone can access to prepare for this public health emergency (COVID-19 virus)”. You can find guidance from the Centers for Disease Control, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Society for Human Resource Management, this one on Creating a Telework Program. The […]

Doug Bedell — March 9, 2020, 11:53 am

A Ranking Admiral at Sea on Cybersecurity

Admiral James Stavridis, the former Supreme Allied Commander of NATO, provides perspective on cybersecurity on the DarkReading website: “In cyber, we see the greatest mismatch between level of threat and level of preparations. In the physical world, we had a lot of threats. You know, Russia, Afghanistan, Libya, the Balkans, piracy — lots of threats, […]

Doug Bedell — March 6, 2020, 9:54 am

Protecting Web Browsers from Security Abuse

Brian Krebs of KrebsOnSecurity provides information on why it’s a good idea to limit the number of extensions added to a web browser – they can increase the possibility of intrusion by hackers. “Last week, KrebsOnSecurity reported to health insurance provider Blue Shield of California that its web site was flagged by multiple security products […]