Archives: March, 2018

Doug Bedell — March 30, 2018, 2:22 pm

Bruce Schneier Warns About ‘Surveillance Capitalism’

Bruce Schneier lays it out for us and it’s scary and truly annoying – what Harvard Business School professor Shoshana Zuboff calls “surveillance capitalism” has been latched on to by Facebook and, says Schneier, “thousands of other companies that spy on and manipulate us for profit.” It’s far from the security we expect to have […]

Doug Bedell — March 28, 2018, 2:04 pm

Critical U.S. Facilities Subject to Cyberattacks; Do We Care?

We don’t mean to to “crying wolf,” just insuring that you’re mindful of how critical facilities in the U.S. have become, at least theoretically, subject to attack via the Internet. In Homeland Security is hereby alerting us to that possibility: “One curiosity of the cyber-age is that the American public seems relatively unconcerned by what, […]

Doug Bedell — March 26, 2018, 3:20 pm

‘Pass the Hat’ Is No Joke In Maintaining Cybesecurity

With cybersecurity a steadily growing concern, you’ll want to consider who has the prime responsibility for keeping up with security developments in your business. Depending on your organization’s size and scope, DarkReading notes, that could be one or more of seven executive title holders – from the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) to the Chief […]

Doug Bedell — March 24, 2018, 4:45 pm

Roadside Security: The Dilemma of Driverless Cars

A fatal accident in Tempe, Arizona, has clouded the prospects for self-driving cars, even though they may prove to be safer than driver-operated vehicles, The Security Ledger reports. “That’s one conclusion of security experts after 49-year-old Elaine Herzberg was struck and killed by a self-driving Uber Volvo XC90 SUV as she walked her bicycle across […]

Doug Bedell — March 21, 2018, 10:37 am

Outdated Operating Systems a Boon to Hackers

Everybody using computers, including manufacturers, needs to understand the risks of cybersecurity, notes the Threat Post blog, but not too many do, at least fully. Reference a speaker at Kaspersky Lab’s Security Analyst Summit earlier this month: “Dewan Chowdhury, founder of MalCrawler, said that many robotics that work as part of industrial systems on manufacturing […]

Doug Bedell — March 20, 2018, 10:27 am

Another Advisory on Protecting Against Email ‘Phishing’

Beware of attack by an email message, a tactic known as “phishing”. It’s seen as the “No. 1 cyber security security threat.” A survey by Clearswift of business decision makers and employees in the UK, US, Germany and Australia “ranked phishing emails as the top threat when asked what they saw as the biggest cybersecurity […]

Doug Bedell — March 16, 2018, 3:51 pm

Notes Taken on the Stoneman Douglas High School Shootings

Here’s a post on the Security Magazine blog by a father and his daughter, who attends Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, where a shooter caused terror and death recently. Shortly after the shootings, Oren Alter housed several of his daughter, Yuval’s, friends who could not get home immediately. Their wanted to talk about […]

Doug Bedell — March 14, 2018, 2:31 pm

For Fencing or Barriers, Security and Quality Go Hand-In-Hand

Here’s a mouthful, but a meaty one: The Advanced Perimeter Systems Security blog notes that effective perimeter security involves “3Qs” – Quality, Quotes and Questions. While theirs focus on fencing, they can also readily apply to PRO Barrier’s vehicle access control barriers at the entrance to securely fenced-in facilities. “When a customer knows that only […]

Doug Bedell — March 12, 2018, 4:24 pm

Web Service Providers Need to Be Using “HTTPS” – Here’s Why

For all of you concerned about computer security protocols (and we all should be) here, Naked Security advises, is something you should be doing: Pay heed to those mischievous letters at the top of a web page – HTTP or HTTPS. They’re not just pesky code, but advisories as to whether your web hosting company […]

Doug Bedell — March 9, 2018, 2:49 pm

U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security Observing Its 15th Anniversary

Seems like it was only yesterday, but the U.S. Department of Homeland Security is celebrating its 15th anniversary. The event was observed at a panel discussion with the four DHS secretaries: Tom Ridge, Michael Chertoff, John Kelly and the department’s current head, Kirstjen M. Nielsen. Listen in to some history here. Wikipedia says of DHS: […]