Archives: March, 2018

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: […]

Doug Bedell — March 7, 2018, 2:45 pm

U.S. Homeland Security Head Discusses Digital Terrorism

You can get first-hand insight into the challenge of deterring terrorism conducted via the Web and computer channels by tuning into U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen M. Nelson at the recent 2018 Degital Forum on Terrorism Prevention held in Silicon Valley. The department’s blog post includes a link to the discussion. “The all-day […]

Doug Bedell — March 6, 2018, 3:27 pm

Preparing for ‘The Worst’ So It Won’t Be Catastrophic

In security terms, there’s nothing like thinking about and preparing for the worst that can happen so that it won’t happen. Thus the Security Executive Council provides a primer on protection against anything from kidnapping to supply chain disruptions. “A tabletop exercise.” it advises, “should be designed in line with your company’s culture, business processes […]

Doug Bedell — March 2, 2018, 12:30 pm

Scanning for Personal Security Data on Computers

Stay a few steps ahead of data security disrupters/thieves by using a data scanner like PIIscan (personally identifiable information) is advice to be found on the Security Metrics blog. It’s troubling that we need to keep suggesting computer security mechanisms, but that’s the nature of today’s sometimes intrusive digital world. “Personally Identifiable Information (PII),” says […]