Archives: January, 2011

Doug Bedell — January 27, 2011, 6:41 pm

Color-Coded Terrorism Alerts Being Retired

The U.S. terror alert system has become more specific, and the color-coded terror-alert guide adopted in the Bush administration is fast becoming history. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announced today that a new alerting system will recommend actions to be taken against specific security threats, and that the color coded alerts will be […]

Doug Bedell — January 25, 2011, 10:52 am

Breaching Tamper-Evident Seals

Bruce Schneier, playful guy that he is, provides a post on how tamper-evident seals can be bypassed. He’s actually passing us along to a paper and slide presentation by Jamie Schwettmann and Eric Michaud of I11 Industries with the thoroughly engaging title, “How To Steal a Nuclear Bomb, Without Voiding Your Xbox Warranty.” The authors […]

Doug Bedell — January 17, 2011, 12:45 pm

Help With Emergency Communications

Here’s a primer on emergency communications systems from the National Terror Alert blog, which has no connection with government agencies.  We’re providing the link because it’s getting confusing out there – what with cell phones, citizens band radios, personal communicators and various radio services – and you might appreciate some assistance in sorting it all […]

Doug Bedell — January 13, 2011, 1:28 pm

Security? There’s An App For That

We don’t know if this has any more than curiosity value to folks in the security business,  but there’s now a security app for idle iPhones. Leave your iPhone on your desk overnight and, if you’re lucky, or unlucky, actually, it will record pictures of the intruder rifling your files. Security Cam is available in […]

Doug Bedell — January 12, 2011, 4:09 pm

New Faces on the D.C. Security Scene

With a new year and a new Congress, homeland security issues have a new setting in Washington. Here, Rich Cooper, of the Security Debrief blog, provides a helpful rundown of some of the new congressional leaders who will be shaping security policies. Peter King,  John Mica, Hal Rogers, Robert Aderholt, Mac Thornberry, Michael McCaul and […]

Doug Bedell — January 4, 2011, 10:52 am

Terrorist Threats Can Occur Anywhere

Think any locale is immune to threats of terrorism? How about Denmark, home of  Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tales. On December 29, five men were arrested as suspects in the alleged planning of an attack on the offices of Jyllands-Posten, the newspaper that angered Muslims in 2005  by printing caraicatuares of the Prophet Mohammed. One […]