Archives: May, 2018

Doug Bedell — May 25, 2018, 10:26 am

Answers For Memorial Day: Not Just Barbecues

From In Homeland Security comes a reminder of what Memorial Day is all about. “Why we should remember Memorial Day may be a strange question to contemplate. But as we approach this most solemn of all American holidays, far too many of us will think only of barbecues and the kickoff to summer. How many […]

Doug Bedell — May 23, 2018, 12:56 pm

Internet Routers May Have Been Hacked En Masse

Wired magazine reports that some home and small business routers have become infested with intrusive code and thus a security menace: “Home routers have become the rats to hackers’ bubonic plague: An easily infected, untreated and ubiquitous population in which dangerous digital attacks can spread. “Now security researchers are warning that one group of sophisticated […]

Doug Bedell — May 21, 2018, 3:21 pm

Tracking People Via the Location of Their Cell Phones

Anybody looking for you? Got a cellphone? Lisa Vaas on Naked Security reports how it’s now possible easily to “find the real-time location of nearly any US (cell)phone to as close as a few hundred yards.” Security blogger Brian Krebs broke this news earlier this month and it’s now being elaborated on somewhat. Krebs wrote […]

Doug Bedell — May 19, 2018, 11:13 am

Information Security Is Worth Some Specialized Learning

The DarkReading blog has a valuable series of posts on providing information security, a discipline that some organizations don’t understand or practice very well. It’s becoming all the more focal as cyber threats mount in these digital times. The series of slides is entitled “5 Ways to Better Use Data in Security.” It’s worth spending […]

Doug Bedell — May 16, 2018, 11:41 am

In Security and Elsewhere, A ‘Just Culture’ Is a Worthy Aim

A forthright announcement the other day by Twitter – that it had accidentally placed some user passwords in jeopardy – brought, no surprise, an uproar from the press and some users. The Securiosis blog uses this episode to spark a discussion of the need to adopt “just cultures” in organizations – that is, to understand […]

Doug Bedell — May 14, 2018, 10:53 am

First-Ever School Safety Security Report Issued

A school safety security report – the first ever – has been issued by Safe and Sound Schools, which was established after the Sandy Hook school shooting tragedy in Newtown, Conn., on December 14, 2013. “The report,” explains the Security Industry Association blog, illustrates several school safety issues, including a communication gap between educators and […]

Doug Bedell — May 12, 2018, 10:28 am

‘Tickets Please’: Flying in the Fraud-Smudged Skies

Experiencing the security of good business practice is getting harder to count on. You don’t have to read far to find that fraud in various forms, but often digital, is closing in, as in the instance of travel fraud, via airline tickets. Bruce Schneider directs us to an article on that subject. “Every day,” writes […]

Doug Bedell — May 10, 2018, 10:24 am

Community Banks Being Targeted by ‘Cyber Criminals’

Because community banks have vaults, does that make them safe from a new form of security risk – cybersecurity? No, warns the Security magazine blog. “Though banks have long been in the forefront of cybersecurity preparation,” write Seth P. Berman and Thomas J. Curry, “they continue to be top targets of cyber criminals. This can […]

Doug Bedell — May 7, 2018, 4:02 pm

Oh Dear, Heart Pacemakers, Too, Can Be Security Risks

Here’s where security gets really personal. The Naked Security blog reports that “The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) last month approved a firmware patch for pacemakers made by Abbott’s (formerly St Jude Medical) that are vulnerable to cybersecurity attacks and which are at risk of sudden battery loss.” Yes, “pacemakers are small devices used […]

Doug Bedell — May 5, 2018, 5:03 pm

Pentagon Deems Chinese-Made Smartphones a Security Risk

Here’s something of a change of focus in security matters. Who makes your smartphone? If its Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. or ZTE Corp., you’ll be interested to know that their phones have been removed from stores at U.S. military facilities. That’s because, In Homeland Security reports, these Chinese-made phones have been deemed by the Defense […]