Archives: October, 2018

Doug Bedell — October 22, 2018, 11:31 am

Armed Security Officers Should Be Considered for Schools

Writing on the Security blog, Tony Brownyard notes that school administrators may be feeling frustrated over difficulties they’re having in finding insurance for armed security officers in their school(s). One course Brownyard urges is hiring an off-duty or former law enforcement officer for security in a school setting. “Because law enforcement personnel receive extensive screening […]

Doug Bedell — October 20, 2018, 5:22 pm

Smartphone Voting About To Begin in West Virginia

  Oh my, West Virginia is breaking security ground that we could all fall through. But progress is progress, if indeed, it is. “Next month,” advises Politico,  “West Virginia will become the first state to deploy a smartphone app in a general election, allowing hundreds of overseas residents and members of the military stationed abroad […]

Doug Bedell — October 17, 2018, 3:11 pm

‘Terror Threat Snapshot’ Updated by House Committee

It isn’t pleasant reading or viewing, but In Homeland Security’s “October Terror Threat Snapshot: Homegrown Terror Cases in 30 States” makes for direly informative reading. The post, you’ll find, discusses the monthly Terror Threat Snapshot report of the House Committee on Homeland Security, with a link thereto. “The snapshot,” it advises,  “focuses on recent homegrown Jihadist cases in America […]

Doug Bedell — October 15, 2018, 4:24 pm

U.S. Public Utilities Wary Of Cyber Attacks

One of the ultimate security threats, notes In Homeland Security, is a cyber attack on U.S. public utilities. “In Connecticut, utilities have reported days in which they detected and deterred more than a million probes to their operating systems, many from foreign actors. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen on Oct. 2 referred to Russia-linked hacking as an […]

Doug Bedell — October 12, 2018, 2:44 pm

Though Not a Firefighter, You May Have Had Stressful Security Experiences Too

Not everyone in the security realm has had the high-stress experiences of firefighters. Yet, responsibility for the security of any facility along with a couple of breaches can produce post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The In Public Safety blog discusses post-traumatic stress as experienced by firefighters. It’s worth some of your time at least to become […]

Doug Bedell — October 10, 2018, 1:22 pm

DOD Grappling With Cyber Security Concerns

Even the U.S. military has growing cybersecurity concerns. Bruce Schneier quotes from a summary of a U.S. Government Accounting Office report, “Weapons Systems Cyber Security: DOD Just Beginning to Grapple with Scale of Vulnerabilities”: “Although GAO and others have warned of cyber risks for decades, until recently, DOD did not prioritize weapon systems cybersecurity. Finally, […]

Doug Bedell — October 8, 2018, 4:33 pm

Department of Homeland Security Sounding Staunch on Cyber Security

The Department of Homeland Security doesn’t sound cowed by threats to cyber security from a global technology supply chain. Here’s a statement thereon from the DHS press secretary: “The Department of Homeland Security is aware of the media reports of a technology supply chain compromise. Like our partners in the UK, the National Cyber Security […]

Doug Bedell — October 6, 2018, 4:16 pm

Employees Can Be Their Own Worst Security Risks

With our workplaces becoming increasingly digital, the challenge of keeping them secure arises. Why? Security magazine explains that, in a survey, “digitally savvy respondents disclosed taking greater risks with data and information security.” What’s familiar doesn’t necessarily need to be protected, seemed to be the surprising reality. “Ironically, digital-savvy respondents disclosed taking greater risks with […]

Doug Bedell — October 3, 2018, 10:50 am

October: National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month at the Department of Homeland Security. In an interview with The Washington Post, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen M. Nielson discusses such timely topics as the efforts to secure U.S. election systems and to combat other threats in cyberspace. Get caught up with federal concerns and actions in these areas […]

Doug Bedell — October 1, 2018, 11:48 am

U.S. Goes On a Cyber Security Offensive

The U.S., reports In Homeland Security, is going on the cybersecurity offensive. Welcome to the world of cyber rattling. The White House and the Defense Department have each issued policy papers on cyber policy. “As National Security Adviser John Bolton put it to reporters just before the release of the DoD paper, ‘For any nation […]