Archives: April, 2020

Doug Bedell — April 29, 2020, 1:49 pm

Security Scams: Score One for AARP

AARP, the American Association of Retired Persons, is exposing an email extortion scam that can rattle the sensibilities of people old enough, indeed, to use email. “Extortion scammers,” AARP explains, “have a valuable scare tactic at their disposal: They show in their messages that they know a password you’ve used for online accounts. They claim […]

Doug Bedell — April 27, 2020, 12:42 pm

DHS Leading a Charge Against Cyber Exploitation of COVID-19

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is serving as a reference and prevention point for a lot of fraud and financial exploitation being prompted by the COVID-19 pandemic. “Throughout the crisis, transnational criminal organizations have attempted to profit from the shipping of prohibited medical supplies, personal protective equipment, and other products which claim to help […]

Doug Bedell — April 24, 2020, 12:58 pm

The Robots Are Coming – Down the Streets

A company in Ann Arbor, Mich., Refraction AI’s robot restaurant food delivery service, is using a small fleet of three-wheeled robots to deliver food to “a small group of beta customers within a 2-mile radius in downtown Ann Arbor.” Security InfoWatch quotes Refraction’s CEO, Matthew Johnson-Robertson, “This moment is a call to arms for robotics […]

Doug Bedell — April 22, 2020, 1:45 pm

Airlines Being Hit by the Covid-19 Pandemic

U.S. Airlines are, in effect, being grounded by the COVID-19 virus, In Public Safety reports. “The pandemic has been compared to 9/11 as far as a reduction in flights. Most airlines have reduced their flight schedules by 50 to 60 percent, depending on the month and the number of reservations.” While “the U.S. government has […]

Doug Bedell — April 20, 2020, 2:59 pm

No Short Shrift for Workplace Security

SecurityInforWatch warns of the dangers to employers in not considering workplace security a truly prevailing responsibility. “Most organizations in the United States do not have the luxury of employing a fulltime security professional to help them identify, manage and mitigate security risk. So, what typically happens?” InfoWatch writer Frank Pisciotta, CSC, president of Busimess Protection […]

Doug Bedell — April 17, 2020, 12:19 pm

Ready for Anything: DHS and FEMA

Look through a week in the life of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and you’ll understand more clearly how the COVID-19 pandemic is changing the scope of disaster response in America. Through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), DHS used to respond mainly to floods, hurricanes and other naturally occurring disasters. However COVID-19 originated, […]

Doug Bedell — April 15, 2020, 11:25 am

Exploiting, Even, the Coronavirus Pandemic

There’s always somebody who will take advantage of anything, warns the Hot for Security blog, even the Coronavirus pandemic. “Preying on the common desire to learn more about the signs and dangers, or even how to survive potential exposure to COVID-19,” the post reports, “cybercriminals have started sending phishing emails that promise exclusive information in […]

Doug Bedell — April 13, 2020, 4:40 pm

Learning From Home: A Webcast Security Opportunity

Should you be home office bound, Here’s a chance to join in a webinar, thanks to SecurityInfowatch, this Thursday, April 16, “A Conversation: How Embracing Modern IT Practices Can Enhance Your Physical Security Mission”. It’s necessary to register for the webcast in advance, up to broadcast time. Here’s a description of the upcoming Webcast: “Join […]

Doug Bedell — April 10, 2020, 3:22 pm

While We’re Not at Our Workplaces, More on Zoom

The remarkable videoconferencing service Zoom has been introduced to its own issues during the weeks offices have been shut down because of the COVID-19 outbreak. Here, SecurityInfoWatch reports on “a flaw in a feature marketed specifically as a way to make meetings more secure.” Oh dear. “Zoom said Wednesday (April 8) it had fixed a […]

Doug Bedell — April 8, 2020, 2:15 pm

Meet the ‘Chief Cybercrime Officer’

Get some background on the role of the Chief Cybercrime Officer from the Security blog. He or she is charged with “strengthening an organization’s cyber security capabilities”. “Recently the role (of the Chief Information Security Officer) has come under increasing scrutiny and with the rise of cyber crime and the sophistication of cyber attacks, it’s […]