Archives: August, 2019

Doug Bedell — August 21, 2019, 12:27 pm

Banding Together to Be Safe on the Web

What it takes to be as safe as possible in computer security: ZDNet reports on how “Intel, IBM. Google, Microsoft, and others are joining a new security-focused industry group.” “Some of the biggest names in the cloud and hardware ecosystem have agreed to join a new industry group focused on promoting safe computing practices.” Yes, […]

Doug Bedell — August 20, 2019, 9:37 am

DHS’ Role in Hometown Security

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) functions as a Department of Hometown Security when it comes to protecting the American people where they live. That, indeed, is its most important mission. “As part of this mission,” its website explains, “DHS fosters collaboration between the private sector and the public sector to mitigate risk and […]

Doug Bedell — August 16, 2019, 10:29 am

Looking for a Tech Job? Hone Your Cybersecurity Skills

There’s a booming market for people with cybersecurity skills and not enough of them, Security Infowatch advises. “The growing cyberattack surface, ongoing regulations and requirements, and the endless onslaught of digital threats have necessitated more adept personnel than ever before, yet the security skills chasm is only widening. Recent estimates, according to (ISC)², place the […]

Doug Bedell — August 14, 2019, 1:30 pm

‘Bullet-Resistant’ Backpacks Giving Retailers Pause

In all the turmoil, real and fear-induced, resulting from recent mass shooting incidents, the In Homeland Security blog notes that self-styled security companies are offering “protective” items like “bullet-resistant backpacks for children in time for the back-to-school shopping season.” Understandably, though, “some parents question the motives behind such companies.” “The only people enjoying it are […]

Doug Bedell — August 12, 2019, 11:58 am

Psychological Clues Can Signal Mass Casualty Risks

Unusual activities or psychological problems can be clues that potential shooters have “a propensity toward violence” that calls for prompt intervention, Dr. Jarrod Sadulski, of American Military University, advises on In Homeland Security. “The tragedies that occurred in the El Paso and Dayton, Ohio, shootings bring to light the inherent danger within our society, involving […]

Doug Bedell — August 9, 2019, 12:24 pm

Workplace Security Training: ‘Learning to Swim from a Textbook’

Security awareness training isn’t provided enough, or effectively enough, in workplaces, Omer Taran argues on SecurityInfowatch.com. “Security awareness training has existed for decades — yet in all that time, it seems as if it hasn’t reached the level of effectiveness we hoped for,” Taran writes. “…Anywhere from 35-80% of security breaches start with employee involvement, […]

Doug Bedell — August 7, 2019, 4:36 pm

U.S. Homeland Security Giving Priority to ‘Mass Attacks in Public Spaces’

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security recently released its annual report on Mass Attacks in Public Spaces (MAPS). It’s for 2018 but, sadly, it already appears there will be a horrendous version foe 2019. “Mass attacks – whether inspired by hateful ideologies, grievances or any other motivating factor – shatter the feeling of safety that […]

Doug Bedell — August 5, 2019, 12:26 pm

Ambulance Teams Get Relief Via a New Medical Model

Pressure on ambulance companies is being lowered by a new style of medical care, the Community Paramedicine Model, the In Public Safety blog reports. “The Community Paramedicine Model is similar to that used by the Visiting Nurse Association”, the post advises. “Many patients will call 911 for transportation to the nearest hospital emergency department because […]

Doug Bedell — August 2, 2019, 9:55 am

You Won’t Fly Without a ‘Real ID’ Beginning Oct. 2020

The clock is ticking on whether would-be U.S. air travelers will be able to leave the ground if, beginning October 1, 2020, they don’t “present a REAL ID-compliant driver’s license, or another acceptable form of identification, to fly within the United States.” Via its Transportation Security Administration (TSA), The Department of Homeland Security “has launched […]