Archives: June, 2019

Doug Bedell — June 28, 2019, 11:42 am

Keyless Locks Can Pose a Security RiskToo

It looks appealing to have a door lock that doesn’t open with a key, but beware of keyless smart locks, advises ThreatPost. “Ultraloq is a Bluetooth fingerprint and touchscreen door lock sold for about $200.” ThreatPost reports. “It allows a user to use either fingerprints or a PIN for local access to a building. Ultraloq […]

Doug Bedell — June 26, 2019, 12:02 pm

Security Enhanced By Academic Learning

Eric W. Adams on In Public Safety reports on how choosing the right set of instructors and coursework added to his is proficiency in security, in his case intelligence work. “In one of my early graduate classes, INTL501 Strategic Intelligence,” Adams explains, “the professor focused on strategic intelligence analysis and assessments of nation states around […]

Doug Bedell — June 24, 2019, 12:31 pm

Considering School Security ‘Guardian’ Programs

Here, on SecurityMagazine.com, is a discussion of creating armed school Guardian programs. They take the complexities of school protection tactics a notch further. “Not unlike the rational utilized by other states who choose to implement a Guardian program, the Florida Senate Bill analysis states that,’…The bill improves school security measures by expanding school district options […]

Doug Bedell — June 21, 2019, 8:40 pm

Security’s Dilemma: When It Works, Nothing Happens

Security magazine makes a perplexing point: When security works, nothing happens. “Security executives have to be constant evangelists when it comes to preserving operational effectiveness. As most C-suite executives think in traditional budgetary mindsets, it’s hard to demonstrate the effectiveness of security when investments result in nothing happening. In the meantime, most executives think in […]

Doug Bedell — June 19, 2019, 11:53 am

Responding To Police Officer Morale Problems

The security of communities depends heavily on the presence of police officers but “many police agencies,” notes In Public Safety, are experiencing a major shortage of officers. “In the United States, the total number of sworn police officers has dropped by about 23,000 men and women since 2013, according to a National Public Radio report.” […]

Doug Bedell — June 17, 2019, 8:11 am

Images Are Now a Source of Computer Security Attacks

The Clearswift blog explains how PDF files have become computer security risks. “Any sensitive or confidential document can be readily copied into a PDF and sent out of the organization without being detected.” The Clearswift post explains how this risk develops. It’s fairly intricate, but well worth understanding. “A new generation of threats is emerging […]

Doug Bedell — June 15, 2019, 1:24 pm

Summertime Is a Season for Scamming

The DarkReading blog has devoted itself to “6 Security Scams Set to Sweep This Summer”. They’re worth reading about and being mindful of during the hazy, lazy days of summer, when scammers, at least, are neither hazy nor lazy. There are threats connected with travel security, political events, summertime employment, “free” Wi-Fi connections, and credit […]

Doug Bedell — June 12, 2019, 11:36 am

Airport Security Staffing Could Prove Vexing for Travelers

Airport security lines could be getting longer, and the Transportation Security Administration officers who keep them moving aren’t happy about the situation, advises In Homeland Security. “Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officials expect a 4.5 percent increase in airline passengers in fiscal 2020 but have requested only a 2.5 percent staffing increase over the current 46,000 […]

Doug Bedell — June 10, 2019, 1:12 pm

Volunteerism’s Decline Threatens Community Security

Before recruitment comes retention in building a dependable community workforce, for example volunteer firefighters. This may sound like a truism, but the In Public Safety blog advises us to be mindful of the decline in volunteerism that’s been going on “for the last couple of decades and is expected to worsen as fewer people volunteer […]

Doug Bedell — June 6, 2019, 8:21 am

Tips on Starting a Security Blog

Ami Tobin, proprietor of the Protection Circle blog, has a helpful post on “Tips and Suggestions for Security Writers”. If you’ve ever considered starting a security blog, Tobin’s post might be called “must reading”. He starts by recommending a blogging platform – WordPress is his platform of choice. (Barrier Briefs is done in WordPress too.) […]