Archives: 'Security Threats'

Doug Bedell — January 20, 2020, 11:08 am

Getting Ready: FBI Gears Up for the 2020 Presidential Election

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is getting ready for another presidential election season, with security concerns foremost in mind. Danny Bradbury on the Naked Security blog reports that “This year is shaping up to be the most challenging yet when it comes to election security. In 2020, cyberattacks against the US election will be […]

Doug Bedell — January 17, 2020, 1:28 pm

Not Much Chance of a Draft Again – Ever

Wes O’Donnell on the In Homeland Security blog ponders the chances of a military draft being reinstated someday and considers them virtually non-existent. “WW3Draft” became a top social media trending item after President Trump directed the killing of Qasem Solemani, the head of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps-Quds Force. And the website of the Selective […]

Doug Bedell — January 15, 2020, 11:16 am

What Makes a Whistleblower?

What’s involved in the role of a whistleblower? Frustration first, then resolve to see a nasty situation through – these, advises Erik Kleinsmith of American University and a onetime whistleblower himself – are key elements in going public with a revelation of tawdry doings. Posting on In Homeland Security, Kleinsmith explains that, in deciding whether […]

Doug Bedell — January 13, 2020, 1:25 pm

Holy Hackers, Looks Like They’re Having Fun!

Here, on Securityweekly.com, is a nifty profile of computer hackers. Looks like a jolly bunch of folks, no? Call that a definition of hacking instead. Hacking is… Paul Asadoorian of Security Weekly lists 14 elements in a definition of hackers. We might as well quit commenting on this subject. There’s nothing more to be said […]

Doug Bedell — January 10, 2020, 12:52 pm

Iran Suspected of a Hacking Surge

Alertness remains a necessity in protecting websites from hackers, Silviu Stahie advises on the Hot for Security website. “If the latest reports are to be believed,” he warns, “Iran-backed hackers are probing U.S. critical infrastructure by using password-spraying attacks, looking for weakness and human laziness.” He continues: “It’s no surprise, that, following the conflict between […]

Doug Bedell — January 8, 2020, 11:36 am

What a Whistleblower Needs to Know

Erik Kleinsmith of American Military University discusses what a whistleblower does, along with his own experience of being one, on the In Public Safety blog. It’s not something you do casually. “The single most powerful armament the whistleblower has” he odvises, “is his credibility. After all, it is your word against the status quo, your […]

Doug Bedell — January 6, 2020, 4:42 pm

How the U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security Sees the Iranian Threat

On Saturday, Jan. 4, Acting U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Chad F. Wolf issued a National Terrorism Advisory System Bulletin “pertaining to the changing threat landscape following the successful U.S.-led airstrike in Iraq that eliminated Qaseem Soleimani, the head of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps-Quds Force, a U.S.-designated Foreign Terrorist Organization.” “At this time we […]

Doug Bedell — January 3, 2020, 1:16 pm

Focused on the Web, Don’t Overlook Physical Access Control

With a growing focus on cyber, or computer, security in 2020, don’t overlook the risks of physical security as well, Vidya Muthukrishnan advises on The Last Watchdog blog. (We’d include the control of vehicle access to sensitive locations too_) “Traditional examples of physical security,” Ms. Muthukrishnan notes, “include junction boxes, feeder pillars, and CCTV security […]

Doug Bedell — January 2, 2020, 11:21 am

Southern Border Security Wall Proceeding Slowly

In Homeland Security provides an update on the southern border wall – it isn’t going all that well. “To date, the White House has been able to obtain several billion dollars in DoD money, redirected from counterdrug and maintenance programs. However, the ability of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to use these funds was […]

Doug Bedell — December 30, 2019, 4:52 pm

A Dire Web Security Outlook for 2020

SecurityInformationWatch.com provides predictions of what security on the Internet will be like in 2020 – worse than ever. “We will see an increase in attacks on IoT devices, including smart home devices, home automation systems and more. We might see new forms of IoT financial cybercrime, building on first-generation IoT attacks on ATMs and their […]