Archives: June, 2021

Doug Bedell — June 30, 2021, 11:35 am

Working from Home or ‘A Secure Sandbox’; Which Is the Better Alternative?

Gordon Lawson on the Security Week site muses on the hazards and safeguards involved in cybersecurity work from home. “Now that operations are returning to normal — or the New Normal, which is bound to include a big segment of remote work—security needs to adjust to a number of workers who will continue to work […]

Doug Bedell — June 28, 2021, 12:33 pm

With Power Failures, West Coast Heat Becoming a Safety Concern

It’s hot enough in the East on these summer days, but on the West Coast heat is becoming a public safety concern. Today, advises The Today in Security site, forecasters predict that a hot wind will send temperatures in Seattle even higher—as high as 111 degrees, The Seattle Times reported. Portland is expected to reach […]

Doug Bedell — June 25, 2021, 12:38 pm

Getting Up to Speed on Cyber Security Challenges

While cyberterrorism ranks high as a threat to U.S. security, the War on the Rocks blog advises that “the professional military education system faces several challenges in how it teaches future leaders practicing the profession of arms in the cyber domain. “Cyber strategy programs are inconsistent across the services,” the post notes, “are often under […]

Doug Bedell — June 23, 2021, 4:02 pm

Rising Tide of Violence Pressures Security Professionals

Mike Hodges on the Proactive Security blog writes that “Violent crime is rising sharply across the United States, and the trend upward is showing no real sign of abatement. In 2020, homicides rose 30% in large cities, and the trend is continuing this year with an additional 24% increase in the number of murders year […]

Doug Bedell — June 21, 2021, 5:01 pm

Special Events Require Special Security Readiness

Event security, notes the Silvertrac blog,” has special requirements. “Special event planning,” the post begins, “is a massive undertaking. There is a laundry list of unique requirements & components that must come together in order for any event to be considered successful. But one of the most important aspects of any large-scale event is contracting […]

Doug Bedell — June 19, 2021, 8:36 am

Biden Makes It Clear: Domestic Terrorism’s ‘A Stain on Our Soul’

In releasing his strategy against terrorism, President Biden declared that “Domestic terrorism is a stain on the soul of our nation, and a threat to our democracy – we need to confront its rise head-on.” With memories of the January 6 attack on the capitol still vivid, Biden on June 15 released the first-ever National […]

Doug Bedell — June 16, 2021, 10:33 am

Security Incident Reports for Safe Keeping

When a security breach occurs, describing it accurately and preserving a record of it are vital. That, note John Cowling and Dr. Steve Albrect on SecurityInfowatch.com, is the function of a security incident report. “Let’s start by defining the ‘professional security incident report’ as ‘a document created by an investigative process that captures the scene […]

Doug Bedell — June 14, 2021, 11:27 am

Gun Violence in the U.S. a Continuing Dire Trend

Associated Press had some bleak news this morning: Gun violence continues seemingly unabated: “While U.S. shootings and homicides rose in 2020, many hoped that the spike was due to the unique conditions—pandemic-related stress, a rise in gun ownership, racial tensions, a debate over policing—and once stressors dissipated, so would the higher rates of violence. But […]

Doug Bedell — June 11, 2021, 8:37 am

Cybersecurity: The Washington Post Leads the Charge

Incidents like the Colonial Pipeline and JBS ransomware attacks have prompted The Washington Post to form a Cybersecurity Network against them. “The Network,” the newspaper advises, “is a group of high-level digital security experts from across government, the private sector and security research community invited by The Washington Post to vote in surveys on the […]

Doug Bedell — June 9, 2021, 9:05 am

A Glimpse Into the World of Digital Hackers and Defenders

Byron V. Acohido on his The Last Watchdog site gives a sense of the growing battles between hackers and defenders in the Internet security world. “Many of the high-profile breaches making headlines today,” he writes, “are the by-product of hackers pounding away at Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) until they find a crease that gets them […]