Archives: 'Security Threats'

Doug Bedell — December 10, 2018, 3:51 pm

Marijuana Creating a New Security Market

There’s a new security frontier – the evolving cannabis retail market. You’d realize that if you’d attended the MJBizCon National Marijuana Business Conference & Expo 2018 in Las Vegas last month, Security Infowatch advises. “Billed as the largest business event in the cannabis industry, it rivaled the ISC West show in the number of booths and […]

Doug Bedell — December 7, 2018, 12:42 pm

U.S. Heads Into Space as the Next Security Sector

The next security frontier will be space operations, advises President Donald Trump’s proposal to create a Space Force will likely cost billions, but Navy Secretary Richard V. Spencer pledged his support Thursday for an organization dedicated to space operations. “We will have to wait and see how the Congress actually vets it out. … But on a fundamental […]

Doug Bedell — December 5, 2018, 4:32 pm

Senate Asserts American Opposition to Yemen War, a War Powers Milestone

Congress has taken a “critical step toward reasserting its war-powers control,” In Homeland Security reports.  Last week, by a vote of 63 to 37, ” the Senate advanced a resolution introduced by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) that would end U.S. support for Saudi Arabia’s devastation of Yemen.” “The fighting in Yemen, ostensibly a proxy war between Saudi […]

Doug Bedell — December 4, 2018, 10:39 pm

U.S. Faces ‘Immense’ Global Security Challenges

“Never in recent memory,” writes John Ubaldi on In Homeland Security,  “has the United States faced so many immense global challenges. But are we prepared for what confronts us today? Furthermore, is America’s preeminent global military advantage declining and opening an opportunity for others to overtake us?” These are truly sobering words. But Ubaldi argues […]

Doug Bedell — November 30, 2018, 3:22 pm

Mandatory Overtime a Burden On Police and Security Officers

Police and other security officers faced with mandatory overtime duties are risking burnout of their abilities and private lives, advises a post on In Public Safety by Dr. Michael Pittaro of American Military University. “Mandatory overtime,” he writes, “only adds to an already overworked, burned out, and stressed out workforce. Stress not only impacts the individual officer, but […]

Doug Bedell — November 29, 2018, 12:08 pm

‘Spear-Fishing’ Can Make E-Mail Messages a Security Peril

Here’s a geeky-sounding term it’s important to know about for the security of internet, e-mail and other computer-driven functions – spear-phishing. Tom Chapman, who advises is a former Navy intelligence officer now serving as director of cyber operations at cybersecurity firm Edgewave,  writes that “Spear-phishing, like phishing, involves emailing a malicious link or file. […]

Doug Bedell — November 26, 2018, 11:22 am

Postal Service Caught Napping on Internet Security

The U.S. Postal service has been caught acting a bit too casually about computer and Internet security. Security blogger Brian Krebs advises that the postal service let a tip about a flaw in its computer-based Informed Visibility mail tracking service go uncorrected for more than a year until Krebs was contacted about it. “In addition to […]

Doug Bedell — November 21, 2018, 11:48 am

Retail Theft a Steadily Growing Security Challenge

Security is taking on heightened meaning in retail stores where, according to Security InfoWatch, losses from organized retail crime (ORC) “‘have reached an all-time high’  with losses averaging $777,877 per $1 billion in sales, which is up 7 percent from last year’s record of $726,351. Additionally, 92 percent of companies surveyed reported that they had been […]

Doug Bedell — November 19, 2018, 1:52 pm

‘Behavioral Analysis’ – An FBI Criminal, Security Discipline

This may sound a little nerdy, but, advises In Public Safety, the FBI is providing guidance in behavorial analysis as part of coping with terrorists and other security threats. The bureau’s Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU) consists of three separate units: Counterterrorism/threat assessment,  Crimes against adults and Crimes against children. “In addition to helping investigators solve […]

Doug Bedell — November 16, 2018, 11:39 am

‘Black Friday’ Sales Rush Is Haunted On Line, Too

Going to stay home or at the office during this year’s Black Friday sales binge and do your shopping online? Beware. Tara Seals on the Threat Post blog advises that “cyberattackers have geared up to victimize them (you).” “As the Black Friday post-Thanksgiving buying bonanza looms, in all of its door-busting and elbow-throwing glory, many […]