Archives: April, 2019

Doug Bedell — April 29, 2019, 6:59 am

As Threats Grow, Cybersecurity Needs More Pros

Cybersecurity professionals need help, there aren’t enough of them. That’s the word on SecurityInfowatch.com. “We absolutely need more cybersecurity professionals that are trained properly and can protect our world,” says National Security Agency Director Harry Coker Jr. “Nationally, we’re experiencing a 12-year high in the cybersecurity expertise gap, and it’s not because we’re producing fewer […]

Doug Bedell — April 26, 2019, 3:14 pm

Pertinent Security Questions: Re the Army’s Role and Size

Should the U.S. Army be needed in a national crisis, how rapidly could it be deployed or expanded? This is a security question that’s highly pertinent to the nation’s well-being. Homeland 411 provides a discussion of the Army’s overall readiness. “Over the past four decades,” it finds, “the Army has produced little innovation in its […]

Doug Bedell — April 24, 2019, 9:44 am

Security Officers Aren’t Stand Around Guards Any Longer

Gone are the days when security officers served simply as guards at banks and other sensitive places. Mark Folmer on SecurityInfowatch.com notes that security officers are now involved with technology and the additional reach that internet-based communication provides. “Security officers no longer simply act as ‘watch guards’ — their responsibilities are shifting and as security […]

Doug Bedell — April 22, 2019, 11:26 am

Social Media a Security Threat If Not Used Carefully In Business

For businesses using social media, as many now do, here’s a primer from DarkReading on “Tips to Protect Your Business Against Social Media Mistakes.” Avoid being casual in the use of social media for business. “It’s clear that many employees cannot always dedicate the time needed to properly manage corporate accounts. This is where mistakes […]

Doug Bedell — April 19, 2019, 9:14 am

Tensions Remain Constant Over Trust In the Internet

In Homeland Security provides a snapshot of how “a group of government-backed hackers have taken over chunks of the Domain Name System (DNS), a crucial part of the Web’s infrastructure that’s often been compared to the phone book of the internet… “The researchers said it was one of the scarier attacks they’d seen, as it […]

Doug Bedell — April 17, 2019, 9:29 am

Bruce Schneier’s New Book on Internet Security Perils

You can’t spend much time on a computer anymore without recognizing that the possibilities for intrusion, even actual meddling, are growing. Digital security is an ever-increasing challenge. Bruce Schneier, bless him, has published a new book, “Click Here to Kill Everybody,” on internet perils. “Schneier explores the risks and security implications of our new, hyper-connected […]

Doug Bedell — April 15, 2019, 7:01 pm

Mental Resilience Needed for Security Heroics

We seem to be encountering a lot of information, and concern, for a possibly overlooked aspect of security preparedness – the spiritual and mental readiness to respond effectively. Technical skills are important, surely. “But where were the drills to make sure my firefighters were taking care of themselves?” Eric Brenneman asks. He’s a contributor to […]

Doug Bedell — April 12, 2019, 2:28 pm

More on a Big Security Subject: Police Officer Stress

Here’s further treatment of an important security subject: police officer stress, again from the In Public Safety blog. We tend to think that police officers hold all the cards, yet we’re advised that “Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) occurs as a result of experiencing traumatic events, which are part of the job in policing. According to […]

Doug Bedell — April 10, 2019, 9:23 am

Protecting Corporate Data from Cyber Attack

Businesses, advises Clearswift.com, need to train employees to protect the data they have access to from hackers and other security intruders. “A well-trained employee should be able to answer the three data security questions, ‘What’, ‘Where’ and ‘How’: “• What data is considered valuable to the business (and therefore to cybercriminals)? “• Where is this […]

Doug Bedell — April 8, 2019, 10:34 am

A Reality of the Job Market: Police Officers Getting Harder to Recruit

It’s getting harder to recruit a new policeman. Dr. Jarrod Sadulski, faculty Member, Criminal Justice, American University, writes on In Public Safety that “governments are having more difficulty filling police positions than any other category of government personnel.” In this context, “high-ranking police supervisors and administrators play an important role in strengthening officer commitment. When […]