Archives: September, 2019

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 […]

Doug Bedell — September 6, 2019, 1:36 pm

DHS Guidance on Protecting ‘Soft Targets and Crowded Places’

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has made a specialty out of strategies for reducing risks at Soft Targets and Crowded Places (ST-CPs). “ST-CPs do not have to be buildings and can include open spaces such as parks and pedestrian malls,” DHS advises. “Preventing attacks against ST-CPs and reducing impacts of attacks that do occur […]

Doug Bedell — September 4, 2019, 9:38 am

School Districts Increasingly the Target of Hacker Attacks

Computer hackers have been turning to educational institutions and school systems to enter and disturb, SecurityInfowatch advises. “Educational institutions have become one of the top ten lists of preferred hacking targets,” the post notes, “joining the ranks of popular targets like finance (Capital One, Equifax), retail (Target), manufacturing and transportation. As a sector known for […]