Archives: 'Security Threats'

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 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 6, 2019, 3:51 pm

Communication’s Security Role

Communication is the heartbeat of human activity, including that of security practitioners. Three writers of an In Public Safety post explain how this plays out daily, especially since 9/11. “In the aftermath of the attacks on September 11, 2001, local law enforcement agencies in the United States were thrust into counterterrorism and intelligence-gathering roles—responsibilities they […]

Doug Bedell — February 4, 2019, 12:14 pm

Dwindling Police Recruits Leave Communities Less Secure

Community security requires an adequate police presence, whether on foot or readily available by telephone and vehicle. Yet, In Public Safety advises, policing is actually “a profession in crisis”. “Recruiting and retaining qualified police officers,” writes Nicole Cain, a faculty member in criminal justice at American Military University, “is one of the greatest challenges facing […]

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 31, 2019, 4:05 pm

Security Considerations Important for Busy Entrances

Entrances come, or should anyway, in security packages. SecurityInfowatch discusses varieties of buildings and the security challenges they pose. “For facilities, buildings or areas that require the highest level of security, intrusion prevention is of greatest priority. Examples of this include data centers, vital records storage buildings, or any facility that requires compliance with government […]

Doug Bedell — January 28, 2019, 11:45 am

Illegal Aliens Arrive Mostly by Air or Sea

There are pros and cons to declaring a national security emergency, as President Trump is threatening to do, over the situation along the nation’s southwest border. A post on In Homeland Security notes that “most illegal entrants arrive by air or by sea.” “Border patrol apprehension numbers,” the post continues, “also do not support the […]

Doug Bedell — January 23, 2019, 3:44 pm

Keeping Up With an Ultimate Security Challenge – a Missile Attack

On an ultimate security issue, defense of the U.S. homeland against an incoming missile attack, President Trump seems up to any such challenge. Homeland 411 reports on six changes in the nation’s missile defense strategy that the president announced in an address at the Pentagon on Jan. 17. “All over, foreign adversaries, competitors, and rogue […]

Doug Bedell — January 22, 2019, 3:33 pm

Partial Federal Shutdown Hurting Security Contractors

Security contractors aren’t impervious to the effects of a lengthy federal government shutdown, a partial one or not. That’s the word from Security Infowatch. “The security industry is starting to feel real effects from the government shutdown, particularly for companies doing business with the federal government, or on federally-funded projects,” explains Jake Parker, Director of […]