Archives: December, 2013

Doug Bedell — December 27, 2013, 11:14 am

The Pentagon’s New ‘Hear-It-All’ Radio Gear

Wow! The Pentagon isn’t missing much, if anything, on its new radio compatibility gear. Supposedly, advises Danger Room, DRAPA, the Pentagon’s research arm, has “cracked the radio incompatibility problem once and for all.” Just hope a commercial version of the new MAINGATE gear arrives on the security scene sooner than later. “The system,” Danger Room […]

Doug Bedell — December 23, 2013, 1:41 pm

Schools Not Learning All Their Security Lessons?

When a school intrusion occurs, it’s virtually a reflex for other schools to turn to enhanced electronic security, but that may not be enough to assure safety should new incidents arise. As the School Security blog notes, enhanced crisis training, updated crisis plans and regularly occurring drills are “other more critical aspects of school safety” […]

Doug Bedell — December 20, 2013, 1:00 pm

Requirements Sought to Disable Stolen Smartphones

Sophos’ Naked Security reports on pressures to add readily functional “kill switches” to smartphones – that is, remote-controlled security switches that can easily disable lost or stolen phones. A California senator and a district attorney there are hoping to make their state the first to require smartphone manufacturers to provide such a feature. Believe it […]

Doug Bedell — December 18, 2013, 12:17 pm

Johnson Confirmed as Homeland Security Chief

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has a new director. The Senate Monday confirmed Jeh Johnson as secretary of Homeland Security to succeed Janet Napolitano, who resigned earlier this year to head the University of California system. The Senate vote to approve Johnson as her successor was 78-to-16. Johnson, notes Government Security News, has a […]

Doug Bedell — December 16, 2013, 12:33 pm

White House Continuing Unified Electronic Oversight

The Associated Press reports that the the Obama administration “will continue the National Security Agency’s surveillance programs and cyber command operations under the direction of a single military commander…The administration had considered splitting oversight of the two sensitive national security programs amid revelations about its surveillance programs sweeping phone and Internet data inside the U.S. […]

Doug Bedell — December 13, 2013, 2:10 pm

Schneier: ‘Airports Safe Because Plots Are Hard to Organize’

Bruce Schneier has bad news/good news reflections on airport security. The bad: It’s still not hard to evade airport security if someone sets out to do so. The good: There “are very few actual terrorists, and plots are much more difficult to execute than the tactics of the attack itself.” These are Schneier’s well-considered views. […]

Doug Bedell — December 11, 2013, 12:51 pm

Terrorism Omens Rising

Two otherwise combative congresspeople agree that the risks of terrorist attacks are growing, not ebbing, along with pressures on U.S. intelligence agencies to deter attacks. Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Michigan) and Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-California). Homeland Security Watch picks up from their recent interview on CNN’s “State of the Union” program. “So the pressure on our […]

Doug Bedell — December 9, 2013, 1:18 pm

Utilities, Oil Refineries Big on Perimeter Security

Electric utilities and oil refineries are projected to have the biggest growth globally in perimeter security requirements, reports Government Security News. The global market size for perimeter sensors and video in utilities and oil refineries in 2014 is estimated at $160 million. The reasons are complex and linked to the technology involved. Yet, “Overall, critical […]

Doug Bedell — December 6, 2013, 12:14 pm

Appraising the Iranian Talks

Never mind that it’s been a dozen years or so that the U.S. last talked seriously with Iran, people who don’t like the U.S.-Iranian relationship will find fault with it. Yet the recent short-term agreement between the West and Iran seems an important step toward a less strident relationship between the us and them. Homeland […]

Doug Bedell — December 4, 2013, 12:35 pm

DHS Urges: ‘See Something, Say Something’

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is renewing its “If You See Something, Say Something” security campaign in cooperation with communities and shopping centers in New Hampshire. As a security keynote, though, the “See/Say” advisory is good, and important, anywhere. Actions or appearances outside familiar, normal bounds are worth alerting whomever might have the […]