Archives: 'Security Threats'

Doug Bedell — December 11, 2019, 12:17 pm

Background on Whistleblowing, a Protected Security Role

What does a “whistleblower” risk by providing information to government agencies? The standing of whistleblowers is explained in a post on In Homeland Security by David E. Hubler. “Who is a whistleblower?” it begins, “Should a whistleblower remain anonymous? Are their actions legal or illegal?” The current House impeachment proceeding against President Donald Trump was […]

Doug Bedell — December 9, 2019, 1:09 pm

Tune-In to Today’s Risk Realities

On his Security website, Bruce Schneier refers us to a spot-on, in-person talk on risk assessment by Andy Ellis, the chief security officer of Akamai. From an earlier post of his own on assessing risk, Schneier notes all too appropriately that “The problem is our brains are intuitively suited to the sorts of risk management […]

Doug Bedell — December 6, 2019, 10:44 am

Armed or Not? Most Security Officers Don’t Carry Guns

The Protection Circle blog turns to a subject that arises occasionally: Should security officers be armed? “The fact of the matter,” says the writer, “is that the vast majority of security officers are unarmed. This applies to facility and campus security, houses of worship security, corporate security, event security, travel security, executive protection, covert protection […]

Doug Bedell — December 4, 2019, 11:38 am

Hackers Getting a ‘Second Wind’…

Computer hackers have been on a roll, so successful in 2019 that, Security Infowatch reports, they’ll “look to build on the success they’ve reaped thus far from ransomware, phishing and other schemes with new and varied approaches to cyber fraud in 2020.” So the digital new year may not be such a happy one. Infowatch […]

Doug Bedell — November 27, 2019, 9:54 am

Watch Out, Even, When You See .gov on the Web

Be wary, even, of a .gov domain name, Brian Krebs advises. “It’s way too easy to get a .gov domain name,” he writes. “Earlier this month, KrebsOnSecurity received an email from a researcher who said he got a .gov domain simply by filling out and emailing an online form, grabbing some letterhead off the homepage […]

Doug Bedell — November 25, 2019, 4:57 pm

Can Russia Be Forsaking the Internet?

Russia is apparently challenging the concept that the internet is a worldwide, freely accessible, computer communication network. John E. Dunn on the Naked Security blog reports that “Earlier this month, the country (Russia) passed a controversial new ‘sovereign internet’ law that requires the country’s ISPs (internet service providers) to set up deep packet inspection of […]

Doug Bedell — November 22, 2019, 2:45 pm

‘Converged’ Security is the Ticket Now

Think it’s enough to focus on cybersecurity, or physical security or operational security alone? Not so, says Will Wise Security blog. “As threats evolve and bad actors become more intelligent, and with the goal of being proactive vs. reactive, the need for a robust, comprehensive, converged security strategy is paramount.” One-person shops probably knew this […]

Doug Bedell — November 15, 2019, 1:13 pm

How the U.S. Secret Service Is Responding to School Violence

There have been at least 30 shooting attacks at schools in 2019. Prompted by the latest one this week in Los Angeles County, the U.S. Secret Service is calling attention to its “Operational Guide for Preventing Targeted School Violence”, issued in July of last year. It’s something for school officials and parents alike to rally […]

Doug Bedell — November 8, 2019, 2:28 pm

Hospitals Hit by Cyberattacks, With Some Dire Results

Do all you can to protect your computer(s) from cyber attacks – no one is safe from such digital intrusions – including hospitals, with some dire results. The DarkReading blog reports that “hospital cyberattacks have been linked to an increase in heart attack mortality.” The evidence comes from researchers at Vanderbilt University’s Owen Graduate School […]

Doug Bedell — November 4, 2019, 11:27 am

Eyewitness Testimony Not Necessarily Reliable

The testimony of an eyewitness may not necessarily be a reliable security indicator, Dr. Jade Pumphrey of American Military University advises in a post on In Public Safety. The problem may be as much with the questioners as those being questioned. “During an investigation,” the post advises, “eyewitnesses may have several interactions with law enforcement. […]