Archives: December, 2020

Doug Bedell — December 30, 2020, 1:03 pm

Also How It’s Been: ‘2020 – A Transformational Year in Cybersecurity’

The Clearswift blog lays it out: 2020 has been a rough year for cybersecurity. “Some years are more difficult than others and 2020 has to be right up there with the most challenging we have ever seen. That applies to the wider world just as much as it does to cybersecurity but there can be […]

Doug Bedell — December 28, 2020, 12:12 pm

‘How 2020 Has Changed Guarding’ – Analyzing The Year’s Security Trends

As 2020 slips away, here’s a report from Thinkcurity on security trends during an especially challenging year. “There is no doubt that the collective events of 2020 have changed the way we conduct our daily lives. For security firms, this ‘new normal’ has transformed how we approach operations and the people, processes, and technologies that […]

Doug Bedell — December 23, 2020, 9:02 am

DHS Warns U.S. Businesses on Dealings With China

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is warning American businesses of risks  associated with firms linked to the People’s Republic of China (PRC). “The PRC presents a grave threat to the data security of the U.S. government and U.S. businesses,” DHS says in a statement. “It has both the intent and ability to covertly access […]

Doug Bedell — December 21, 2020, 12:53 pm

Forecasting the Market for Physical Security Products

memoori, a smart building research company (that spells its name in lower case), offers its forecast for access control, video surveillance and other security markets through 2025 based on two scenarios – with and without the COVID-19 pandemic. With the virus, and soon a vaccine to combat it, memoori anticipates a situation in which “global […]

Doug Bedell — December 18, 2020, 1:02 pm

Russian Hackers Pose a Challenge for the New Biden Administration

Here, from the Threat Post blog, is background on the “ever-widening SolarWinds-driven cyberattack that has impacted rafts of federal agencies and tech targets.” Microsoft has become the latest victim and “Its president, Brad Smith, warned late Thursday to expect many more victims to come to light as investigations continue.” Russian hackers are believed to be […]

Doug Bedell — December 16, 2020, 1:38 pm

Climate Change a ‘Big Subject’ Setting for Security Strategies

Climate change is a much-mentioned but little-understood reality of our times. From the Homeland Security Digital Library (HSDL) comes this post: “Climate Change & Health: Assessing State Preparedness”. Here’s a summary: “The findings show that no state is perfect, and more needs to be done to combat climate change. The authors stress the need for […]

Doug Bedell — December 14, 2020, 9:14 am

Crash Testing at Penn State and PRO Barrier Alike

Crash testing is at the core of vehicle barrier design – at both, for example, PRO Barrier Engineering and the Penn State College of Engineering. At Penn State, the Larson Institute’s Test Track Facility “is one of the few university-owned crash testing facilities in the United States.”

Doug Bedell — December 11, 2020, 11:55 am

Cyber Security: Introduction to an Increasingly Timely Subject

For those of us interested in cyber – essentially computer – security, Juliana De Groot’s post on Data Insider, the Digital Guardian blog, “What is Cyber Security? Definition, Best Practices & More” sets the stage nicely. Ms. De Groot begins with a definition: “Cyber security refers to the body of technologies, processes, and practices designed […]

Doug Bedell — December 9, 2020, 3:59 pm

DHS Provides Guidance on Drones for Law Enforcement

If you’d like to be introduced to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Digital Library, here’s how to do it, especially if you’d like to be flying without leaving your desk. DHS has posted guidance on “Implementing Drone Programs for Law Enforcement”. There’s eight steps of guidance on “the process for planning and implementing drone […]

Doug Bedell — December 8, 2020, 12:41 pm

Property Walks Give a Sense of Security Challenges

Chris Anderson of the Silvertrac Software company explains the benefit of property walks in winning private security contracts. “Much like routine, on-site guard tours you run for existing contracts, property walks give you and your team the most hands-on knowledge of what’s going on at a property. It does way more than any sit-down conversation […]