Archives: August, 2014

Doug Bedell — August 29, 2014, 10:25 am

A World of Mounting Threats

Feeling uneasy in a world beset by security threats? Welcome to the worriers – the worrying is justified. Philip J. Palin discusses on Homeland Security Watch the vexation of a reality beset by random threats.  “Is there an epidemiology of evil?,” he asks, after listing todays depredations, both natural and man-made. “Is there a target-zero? Some […]

Doug Bedell — August 27, 2014, 3:23 pm

Security With a Green Thumb

The folks at Advanced Perimeter Systems drove into their site recently and decided there was something missing – greenery! Yes, security protection needs to be effective, but it doesn’t need to be stark and lifeless. A little landscaping can help make well-protected sites livable as well. “We knew where we could plant in such a way […]

Doug Bedell — August 25, 2014, 10:52 am

Photo IDs Aren’t Assuredly Reliable

From Bruce Schneier, here’s something to remember if you rely on checking photo IDs as a security routine. Human perceptions are, of course, pretty much universal, but here’s the result of a test of face-matching passport checks in Australia. It was done by the Universities of Aberdeen, York and New South Wales to check the […]

Doug Bedell — August 22, 2014, 9:04 am

UPS Stores Hit by Hackers, Too

UPS Stores are having their own stressful moments in terms of hacking attacks and potential security headaches for customers. Naked Security reports that “Data breaches at 51 UPS Stores in two dozen U.S. states have put as many as 100,000 customers at risk of identity theft and credit card fraud, after malware was found on the […]

Doug Bedell — August 20, 2014, 11:14 am

What a Full-Bodied Security System Involves

From the Miller School of Medicine at the University of Miami Health System comes one of the most comprehensive listings of security precautions, both physical and environmental, that we’ve seen. Appropriately, the list begins with the physical security perimeter and extends all the way down to “secure disposal or re-use of property.” Scan the Miller […]

Doug Bedell — August 18, 2014, 1:33 pm

An App for What?

There’s a new, well-intended app out that could, however, do with some second thoughts. It’s called Hero911 and is intended, says Homeland Security Watch, “to reduce law enforcement response time to active shooting incidents at schools.” Schools work with local police to set up use of the app.  But in practice, Homeland Security Watch wonders, […]

Doug Bedell — August 15, 2014, 10:21 am

An Infographic Providing Keys to Computer Security

The best way to keep on top of electronic security threats is to follow reports on what’s been harassing computer systems. That may seem self-evident, but an infographic on Information Week’s Dark Reading blog shows how to “Get Smart About Threat Intelligence.” Study the display for a while and you’ll  find you have lots of sophisticated company in […]

Doug Bedell — August 13, 2014, 10:51 am

Too Fat for National Security

This hasn’t to do with physical security, unless you consider that the availability of physically fit people is important to any security system. And the reality for America is that too many of its people are, to put it bluntly, obese. Homeland Security Watch (HSW) considers the fitness threat to U.S. interests. “Some people (e.g., several hundred […]

Doug Bedell — August 11, 2014, 10:53 am

There’s an App for Security Against Crime

AlertID and the National Crime Prevention Council have partnered to create a smartphone app – McGruff Mobile – that advises of crime threats  in your neighborhood. (The council is home to McGruff the Crime Dog himself.) Available for iPhone and Android, the app provides alerts from trustworthy sources as well as law enforcement bulletins, severe weather and hazardous […]

Doug Bedell — August 8, 2014, 10:37 am

More Than One Leaker

Bruce Schneier figures that the U.S. intelligence community has not one leaker – Edward Snowden – but three of them. Schneier thinks there’s a source in Germany as well as one at the National Terrorist Screening Database (NTSD). Incidentally, CNN says that the cities with the most names on the NTSD list are New York, Dearborn (MI), Houston, San […]