Archives: September, 2019

Doug Bedell — September 30, 2019, 10:25 am

Facing a Future Filled With Cyber Security Risks

Both the nation’s, and its citizens’, cyber security outlook is being greatly complicated by the advent of quantum computing, which enables hostile parties to harvest data via the Internet. Be they individuals or hostile nations, the Dark Reading blog advises, the threat is real. “We’re developing smart cars and smart cities. and it’s all connected […]

Doug Bedell — September 27, 2019, 10:51 am

Emergency Responders: ‘Pick Your Command Vehicles Carefully’

Something emergency response pros probably already know, but Dr. Randall W. Hanifen, a fire department shift captain, adds his take on incident command vehicles for emphasis. On the In Public Safety blog, Dr. Hanifen advises “Make sure your incident command vehicle meets your needs.” An incident commander works from a command vehicle. “Several types of […]

Doug Bedell — September 25, 2019, 1:51 pm

Veterans Being Exploited by Computer Hackers on a Fake Site

How reckless computer hackers can seem! The Threatpost blog reports on how “a known threat actor, Tortoiseshell, is targeting U.S. military veterans with a fake veteran hiring website that hosts malware.” Go there and you’ll be prompted to download an app “which in turn downloads malware that deploys malicious spyware and other tools onto victims’ […]

Doug Bedell — September 23, 2019, 4:08 pm

Security: A Discipline We’ve All Got to Take Seriously

We find this theme arising with increasing frequency: From the Security Magazine blog – “The government cannot do for organizations that which they will not do for themselves.” And it’s underlined. Yes, security is a discipline, one that needs to start with anyone responsible for the safety of others and the safekeeping of property. When […]

Doug Bedell — September 20, 2019, 4:42 pm

Busy Times at the Department of Homeland Security

In broad strokes, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has outlined a new “Strategic Framework for Combating Terrorism and Targeted Violence”. “Today, the United States faces an evolving threat environment, and a threat of terrorism and targeted violence within our borders that is more diverse than at any time since the 9/11 attacks,” said […]

Doug Bedell — September 18, 2019, 11:50 am

The State of our World: Increasingly Less Secure

The security outlook for the world’s future isn’t all that encouraging, advises a new report from the American Enterprise Institute (AEI). “The report defines the authoritarian-corruption nexus as ‘the growing convergence of licit and illicit state and non-state actors that facilitates and launders the profits of illegal activity, reinforcing the strength and survival of authoritarian […]

Doug Bedell — September 16, 2019, 11:06 am

There’s No Overstating It: Cyber Attacks Are Growing

Cybersecurity may be a business concern, but, warns Security Infowatch, “very few companies have taken the threats seriously.” “People play Russian roulette with their business decisions all day,” says Dave Tyson, Senior Vice President of Apollo Information Systems, who also formerly served as President of ASIS International. “Cybercrime is more profitable than the drug trade.” […]

Doug Bedell — September 13, 2019, 11:17 am

Good Enterprise Security Has Many Aspects

We do this occasionally – pass along tips on what’s involved in a complete security program for an enterprise. These are from from DarkReading – “Taking a Fresh Look at Security Ops: 10 Tips”. Security is a team effort, by no means once and done. It involves, notes the post, executive support, strategy, an understanding […]

Doug Bedell — September 11, 2019, 10:51 am

On the Internet, the FBI Breaks Into the Fraudulent Email Racket

The FBI is on to the threat of fraudulent emails intended to pry money from unknowing people. “Federal authorities,” reports ThreatPost, “have arrested 281 people and seized nearly $3.7 million in a coordinated effort between multiple agencies to disrupt a massive email-fraud scheme.” “Perpetrators of a global business email compromise (BEC) scheme” ThreatPost adds, “were […]

Doug Bedell — September 9, 2019, 11:10 am

Biometric Security Has Its Weaknesses Too

Do you think biometrics – the use of fingerprints and other body-based identification techniques – provides foolproof security? Think again. That’s the word from DarkReading in its post “7 Breaches & Hacks that Throw Shade on Biometric Security.” “Stolen fingerprint, fake hands, voice synthetization, and other nefarious techniques show biometrics has plenty of challenges,” the […]