Archives: March, 2019

Doug Bedell — March 22, 2019, 2:17 pm

Leading In a Crisis – Security Requires Empathy

Here’s a post on a situation in which security was lacking, big time, and what a leader did when things went terribly awry. Something always to keep in mind: however bad things are, don’t make them worse. In Homeland Security reports on the response of New Zealand’s prime minister, Jacinda Arden, to two shooting attacks, […]

Doug Bedell — March 20, 2019, 9:00 am

Passwords and Biometrics: Which Are Safer In the Long Run?

Here’s where we’re headed in terms of computer security, according to a Security Infowatch post: Instead of alpha-numeric passwords eight to 12 digits long, we’ll have cameras peering from our screens to certify that the face peering from them matches the fingerprints provided. A moment later, we’ll have access to our system. No chance of […]

Doug Bedell — March 18, 2019, 4:41 pm

Security and a Vexing Question of U.S. Army Readiness

On Homeland 411, a post on how the U.S. Army is facing, or not, the challenge of rapid expansion, should that be necessary, is a challenging bit of national security analysis. “Where prior generations of U.S. Army leaders were routinely expected to grow and deploy the Army over the course of months, the modern U.S. […]

Doug Bedell — March 15, 2019, 12:53 pm

New Zealand, Too, a Stage for Terrorism

The reach of terrorism ends who knows where, when you consider that Christchurch, New Zealand, has just been struck by terror attacks on two mosques there, with 49 killed and scores more injured. This hard-to-take information comes on In Homeland Security, in a Washington Post story by Isaac Stanley-Becker, who notes that “Portions of the […]

Doug Bedell — March 13, 2019, 8:54 am

Schneier: ‘Privacy Still Not Facebook’s Highest Priority’

Bruce Schneier discusses whether Facebook is feckless over privacy. It’s hardly a close call. “Facebook users have limited control over how their data is shared with other Facebook users and almost no control over how it is shared with Facebook’s advertisers, which are the company’s real customers… “The company could give people better control over […]

Doug Bedell — March 11, 2019, 3:08 pm

Security Drills Aren’t Second Nature, but They Should Be

We hold fire drills and worry about readiness for nasty weather, but do we hold security drills? Not readily or often, if at all, Security magazine notes in a post by A.Benjamin Mannes. Good point. “I am often left puzzled by how many organizations go to great lengths to assess their vulnerabilities and create plans […]

Doug Bedell — March 9, 2019, 9:23 am

Ultimate Security? Marines Look Into ‘Wiring’ Battlefields

Military.com advises that the Marine Corps Systems Command is looking into whether battlefields could be “wired” for “transmitting large amounts of voice, video and data.” “The adage ‘move, shoot, communicate’ hasn’t changed, but how we communicate is rapidly changing,” says Major Eric Holmes, project officer. “Given the rapid pace of innovation in technology, the Marine […]

Doug Bedell — March 6, 2019, 9:30 pm

Stick-With-It Zeal Missing In Data Security Moves

Security Info Watch puts it starkly: “Data breaches at organizations both large and small have become so common in recent years that the mantra among cybersecurity professionals is that it’s not a matter of if but rather when you business will be victimized.” The difference from the past, as this threat grew, is that “92 […]

Doug Bedell — March 4, 2019, 7:36 pm

First Responders Face Risks Requiring a Fair Response

Stresses encountered by firemen, policemen and other first responders to emergencies may cause psychological as well as physical injuries. A post on In Public Safety notes that, due to such injuries, “responders may be unable to function as they did prior to the traumatic event and may need to retire altogether from their profession.” That’s […]

Doug Bedell — March 1, 2019, 4:14 pm

A Need to Be Clear About Drug Smuggling Routes

One of the biggest security issues of the day – if not the biggest – is President Trump’s asserted need for a wall, or even a fence, on the southern border to stop human trafficking and drug smuggling there. Yet, a Sylvia Longmire column on InHomeland Security is entitled “Why Border Fencing Won’t Stop the […]