Archives: November, 2018

Doug Bedell — November 30, 2018, 3:22 pm

Mandatory Overtime a Burden On Police and Security Officers

Police and other security officers faced with mandatory overtime duties are risking burnout of their abilities and private lives, advises a post on In Public Safety by Dr. Michael Pittaro of American Military University. “Mandatory overtime,” he writes, “only adds to an already overworked, burned out, and stressed out workforce. Stress not only impacts the individual officer, but […]

Doug Bedell — November 29, 2018, 12:08 pm

‘Spear-Fishing’ Can Make E-Mail Messages a Security Peril

Here’s a geeky-sounding term it’s important to know about for the security of internet, e-mail and other computer-driven functions – spear-phishing. Tom Chapman, who TechCrunch.com advises is a former Navy intelligence officer now serving as director of cyber operations at cybersecurity firm Edgewave,  writes that “Spear-phishing, like phishing, involves emailing a malicious link or file. […]

Doug Bedell — November 26, 2018, 11:22 am

Postal Service Caught Napping on Internet Security

The U.S. Postal service has been caught acting a bit too casually about computer and Internet security. Security blogger Brian Krebs advises that the postal service let a tip about a flaw in its computer-based Informed Visibility mail tracking service go uncorrected for more than a year until Krebs was contacted about it. “In addition to […]

Doug Bedell — November 23, 2018, 1:05 pm

For Safety’s Sake, Police Officer Became a Chaplain

Police chaplains – yes, there are many – help officers focus on the value of their work and the care that must be taken to do it well. They are security underwriters. Police chaplains, In Public Safety, advises “are instrumental in helping officers revitalize their spiritual side, and those who are trauma-informed can identify stress and trauma […]

Doug Bedell — November 21, 2018, 11:48 am

Retail Theft a Steadily Growing Security Challenge

Security is taking on heightened meaning in retail stores where, according to Security InfoWatch, losses from organized retail crime (ORC) “‘have reached an all-time high’  with losses averaging $777,877 per $1 billion in sales, which is up 7 percent from last year’s record of $726,351. Additionally, 92 percent of companies surveyed reported that they had been […]

Doug Bedell — November 19, 2018, 1:52 pm

‘Behavioral Analysis’ – An FBI Criminal, Security Discipline

This may sound a little nerdy, but, advises In Public Safety, the FBI is providing guidance in behavorial analysis as part of coping with terrorists and other security threats. The bureau’s Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU) consists of three separate units: Counterterrorism/threat assessment,  Crimes against adults and Crimes against children. “In addition to helping investigators solve […]

Doug Bedell — November 16, 2018, 11:39 am

‘Black Friday’ Sales Rush Is Haunted On Line, Too

Going to stay home or at the office during this year’s Black Friday sales binge and do your shopping online? Beware. Tara Seals on the Threat Post blog advises that “cyberattackers have geared up to victimize them (you).” “As the Black Friday post-Thanksgiving buying bonanza looms, in all of its door-busting and elbow-throwing glory, many […]

Doug Bedell — November 14, 2018, 12:51 pm

U.S. Cybersecurity Focusing on the Dept. of Homeland Security

The nation’s cybersecurity defenses appear to be coming to a focus in the Department of Homeland Security,  a press release from DHS indicates. “On November 13,” the release reads,  “the United States House of Representatives voted unanimously to pass legislation creating the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). […]

Doug Bedell — November 12, 2018, 11:49 am

Security a Timesless, Yet Ever-Changing, Discipline

Physical and cyber security call for pretty much the same practices, though on different scales. At heart, they involve the same management disciplines, as a post on Ingram Micro Advisor from earlier this year indicates. The post lists the core disciplines as: • Establish layers of physical security. •Make the most of third-party integrations. • […]

Doug Bedell — November 9, 2018, 11:26 am

Firemen Are Becoming Security Responders Too

U.S. firemen are preparing themselves for doing more than responding to fires. How about “hazardous materials response, technical rescue and first response to terrorist events and mass casualty incidents”? Such duties include training and responding to security threats in a fire department’s locale. A post on In Public Safety advises that “U.S. government agencies and communities […]