Archives: August, 2019

Doug Bedell — August 30, 2019, 1:16 pm

Suicides Plague the U.S. Air Force

The U.S. Air Force, Homeland Security advises, has a suicide crisis. The post is written by Wes O’Donnell, a veteran of the U.S. Army and Air Force,1997-2007. “Since 2010, almost 1,000 airmen have committed suicide,” he writes. “As of August 1, 78 airmen have killed themselves, up from 50 at the same time last year. […]

Doug Bedell — August 28, 2019, 11:41 am

Reflections of a Security Professional on the Walmart Shootings

A writer for Security Magazine (a law enforcement and private security professional) appraises the August 3rd shootings at a Walmart store in El Paso, Texas, to suggest what went wrong. “There is no evidence,” he writes, “that there was an off-duty law enforcement officer or armed, professional security officer on duty at Walmart. There should […]

Doug Bedell — August 26, 2019, 2:32 pm

Heed This: It’s Increasingly Dangerous Out on the Web

Here’s a treatise, via ThreatPost, on how “fraudsters are using social media to spam, steal information, spread propaganda and execute social=engineering campaigns.” Indeed, the web is becoming a rollicking setting for harm, should one be unaware of the hazards of surfing on an inviting computer screen. “From an overall digital fraud perspective,” ThreatPost advises, “Arkose […]

Doug Bedell — August 23, 2019, 6:31 pm

Seamless Access Control Coming Into View

Here’s a peek into the future of secure access control: SecurityInfowatch advises that “a newly formed coalition of manufacturers is aiming to keep the communications technology embedded in access control moving forward. “For adoption of Ultra-Wideband (UWB) we need two things: one is a compelling value proposition for the end customers and second is a […]

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, […]