Archives: June, 2016

Doug Bedell — June 29, 2016, 1:08 pm

What About the Security Implications of Brexit?

The British electorate’s vote to leave the European Union “could have profound foreign policy consequences, weakening the web of Western institutions and alliances that have helped guarantee international peace, stability, and security for the 70 years since the end of World War II,” a writer for Government Security News notes. “‘Brexit’ has no direct effect […]

Doug Bedell — June 27, 2016, 12:07 pm

‘Brexit’ Has Cybersecurity Implications As Well

Wouldn’t you know that, among many other ramifications, the British vote to leave the European Common Market will likely have cybersecurity ones as well. Not immediately, because the Brexit process is expected to take two years, but an information security impact nonetheless. The Security Ledger blog is starting to wrestle with the cyber side of […]

Doug Bedell — June 23, 2016, 9:10 am

DHS Offers ‘Hometown Security’ Assistance

The Department of Homeland Security is promoting a Hometown Security initiative “created to share tools and resources for small and medium size businesses as well as people who organize public gatherings that extremists may consider appealing and easily accessible targets.” DHS’ Protective Security Advisor program “consists of approximately 100 advisors around the country that support […]

Doug Bedell — June 21, 2016, 11:24 am

‘White Hat’ Hackers Win Pentagon Bounties

The Defense Department picked 250 “white hat” hackers, the good guys, to challenge the Pentagon’s computer defenses and compete for cash awards. DefenseTech reports that 138 vulnerabilities eligible for bounties were found. The awards total $150,000 while “a full-blown cyber audit would have cost at least $1 million,” Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said this month. […]

Doug Bedell — June 17, 2016, 10:08 am

Insights Into Computer Spam

Frazzled by computer spam, and wondering where it comes from? Here’s a KrebsOnSecurity post that gives some insight into that. It reports on an FBI raid on the San Diego, CA, home of an alleged spammer with the capability of “sending a million emails in under 15 minutes from various domains and Internet addresses.” Be […]

Doug Bedell — June 15, 2016, 11:58 am

Crisis Plans Often Don’t Exist

All too often, crisis management plans are lacking,the Institute of Crisis Management advises. And “No industry is immune to a crisis.” That’s another form of a security issue.

Doug Bedell — June 13, 2016, 7:41 am

Corporate Events Can Post Security Risks

Corporate meetings and events are places for internal information exchange that can also become targets for external eavesdropping, Security Magazine warns. “Competition is at an all-time high and with so much at stake, some organizations and even nation-states are engaged in corporate espionage to find out what the competition is planning,” Security warns. “Education is […]

Doug Bedell — June 8, 2016, 4:30 pm

Hawks vs. Drones – The Birds Win!

We’ve been mindful of the possible security risks represented by small drones, like the ‘Cicada’ drone we noted this past April. Now we can advise that Dutch police haven’t only been concerned about drones, they’re doing something about them – with the help of trained hawks. Yes, trained birds of prey as drone-killers. Check out […]

Doug Bedell — June 6, 2016, 8:07 am

Dawn of An Epic Security Era

Security magazine offers an advisory on the security implications of “an era of technological advancement that will be far greater than any we have experienced in history” – the currently dawning future. “Nearly every organization,” Security’s blogger advises, “will be required to assess, evaluate and create strategic plans for how they propose to take advantage […]

Doug Bedell — June 2, 2016, 2:46 pm

Delete Your Info When You’re No Longer Active on an Internet Site

In Homeland Security offers an ever-timely reminder for Internet users, especially those with real-life security concerns (just about everybody). “Delete the online accounts you don’t use anymore – right now,” is its highly pertinent urging. Why? Well, for example, as many as 360 million MySpace accounts (remember that service?) were offered “for sale” recently on […]