Archives: June, 2020

Doug Bedell — June 29, 2020, 3:26 pm

A Security Blog Advises of China’s Capability ‘To Melt U.S. Power Grid’

Here’s a troubling report from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, via InHomelandSecurity.com, that “China has a ‘First-Strike’ Capability To Melt U.S. Power Grid With Electromagnetic Pulse Weapon.” The post advises that “The key takeaway, according to Dr. Peter Pry, executive director of the department’s EMP task force, is that China now has super-EMP weapons, […]

Doug Bedell — June 26, 2020, 10:21 am

Collectively, It’s Been Some Year – First Responders Worn Thin

The COVID-19 pandemic, civil disturbances still going on, a severe hurricane season likely, and a likely resurgence of COVID-19 – how much stress, an In Public Safety blogger asks, can first responders, especially, take? “The COVID-19 pandemic and its wide-ranging effects is a disaster event that most first responders have never experienced during their careers. […]

Doug Bedell — June 24, 2020, 12:35 pm

Digital Hazards of Working From Home – Hackers at the Ready

Think it’s safe to work from home? Maybe so, but precautions have to be taken against digital intruders. SecurityInfowatch makes this observation: “Many users have been surprised at how easy it is to work from home and keep in touch with colleagues and clients via applications like Zoom and Skype. “But many cybersecurity experts have […]

Doug Bedell — June 22, 2020, 2:29 pm

Like Web ‘Phishers’; They Could Be Costly…

The NoticeBored.com blog provides an update on trends in “phishing” attacks on possibly unsuspecting computer users. Phishing, a web security concern, occurs when an intruder “disguises oneself as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication”. “Sometimes,” advises the writer, “I notice spear phishing where the phishers appear to have done a bit of research, crafting […]

Doug Bedell — June 19, 2020, 10:43 am

…Computer Hackers Are Constant Foes

Be ever mindful of the possibility that your website or credit card are being hacked by intruders seeking your personal data, Tara Seals advises on ThreatPost.com. “A new version of the IcedID banking trojan has debuted” she writes, “that notably embraces steganography – the practice of hiding code within images – in order to stealthily […]

Doug Bedell — June 17, 2020, 2:18 pm

Security Always Key In ‘Working From Home’ Trend

Another take on the Covid-19-prompted working from home trend, this from the InsiderPro blog: “Does moving more of the workforce permanently remote require remediation in the months to come? “The crisis has ‘appropriately proven to many executives they can run their companies from home,’ Davis says. Former Gartner analyst and global growth evangelist for Salesforce, […]

Doug Bedell — June 15, 2020, 9:47 pm

Corporate Security a Concern During COVID-19 Disruptions

Maintaining information security during this period of virus-induced layoffs or working from home is a challenging proposition, the DarkReading blog advises. Joan Goodchild offers “10 Tips for Maintaining Information Security During Layoffs” or, we’d add, working from a home office. Check them out directly. The advice amounts to a handbook on good security governance in […]

Doug Bedell — June 12, 2020, 7:14 pm

Cloud Computing Becoming a Security Necessity

With more office workers and others working from home – so-called remote workers – new cybersecurity threats arise for their employers, Security Infowatch notes. so they’re learning about basing their computer operations in the cloud – “cloud computing”. “In the past, companies traditionally relied upon an on-premise business model that required face-to-face interactions, Steve Lasky […]

Doug Bedell — June 10, 2020, 10:11 am

Microsoft Hustling to Keep Windows Secure

Brian Krebs advises that Microsoft continues to hustle to keep its Windows operating system secure. On June 9, “Microsoft released software patches to plug at least 129 security holes in its Windows operating systems and supported software, by some accounts a record number of fixes in one go for the software giant,” Krebs advises. He […]

Doug Bedell — June 8, 2020, 5:51 pm

Hackers Are Off to the Presidential Election Races

In security terms, the 2020 presidential election in November figures to be a raucous brawl. Iran and China have already been targeting the Trump a/or Biden campaigns, the Ars Technica blog advises. “State-backed hackers from Iran and China recently targeted the presidential campaigns of Republican President Donald Trump and Democrat Joe Biden, a Google threat […]