Archives: April, 2010

Doug Bedell — April 26, 2010, 2:17 pm

Guns Painted to Look Like Toys

If somebody as expert in security matters as Bruce Schneier wasn’t aware that guns painted to look like toys are a concern, maybe others who should be similarly aware are like Bruce, who writes, “Last weekend I was in New York, and saw posters on the subways warning people about real guns painted to look […]

Doug Bedell — April 22, 2010, 10:49 am

Guards, Fences vs. Computer Intruders

Organizations can have guards at the gate, electronic ¬†fencing and video monitoring systems as security safeguards. Yet it’s all too possible for intruders to vault over such “perimeter” defenses via computers. For example, Chris Hills on his SecurityInfoWatch blog warns of the threat of “social engineering,” which he defines as “the idea of impersonating, masquerading […]

Doug Bedell — April 15, 2010, 10:06 am

Consider Forming a Security ‘Community of Practice’

Security officials might want to check out the Department of Homeland Security’s First Responder Communities of Practice social network site. The site is an online collaboration area for the emergency preparedness and response community. ¬†It currently has communities for disaster response and first responder organizations, not for security as such. But from the nature of […]

Doug Bedell — April 3, 2010, 2:07 pm

Drills Are Worth the Trouble

Emergency drills maybe can get too big and showy, but they are a vital means of preparing for disaster response. Hence, we’re not exactly cheering the news that the Obama administration has canceled a Las Vegas drill because casino and business interests felt it would frighten away tourists and “unacceptably harm” the region’s economy. The […]