Archives: November, 2010

Doug Bedell — November 18, 2010, 2:37 pm

Terrorism ‘Tips’ Cascading In

Slate provides an interesting, not to say worrisome, rundown on the number of tips federal officials receive on possible terrorist threats daily. It’s an astounding 8,000 to 10,000 “pieces of information” a day, says National Counterterrorism Center director Michael Leiter. Information about 40 supposed plots against the U.S. or its allies also comes in daily. Almost […]

Doug Bedell — November 16, 2010, 11:16 am

Passing Along Insights on Passwords

Bruce Schneier discusses passwords and how often they should be changed. How often should that be? Schneier says it depends on what a password is used for. The more people have to change their passwords, the more likely they are to choose ones that are easy-to-remember – and easy-to-guess. Credentials with biometrics can diminish the […]

Doug Bedell — November 10, 2010, 9:13 pm

Help Walter Reed’s Wounded Soldiers Call Home for the Holidays

Wounded soldiers at Washington’s Walter Reed Army Medical Center receive quality care and are given medical equipment like wheel chairs and scooters free. But it turns out they have to pay for their phone calls home. Since 2007, the Central Pa. Chapter of ASIS International has been working to change that situation during the holiday […]

Doug Bedell — November 3, 2010, 3:36 pm

Meet Bruce Schneier – On a Penn State Stage

Here’s a “personal” introduction to security guru Bruce Schneier, as close to him as most of us will get. He gave a TED talk last month at Pennsylvania State University on making security tradeoffs, and this is the YouTube version. A 21-minute rendition of what’s normally an hour-long presentation, it’s nice to see and hear […]

Doug Bedell — November 1, 2010, 12:20 pm

TSA Now Clearing Boarding Passes

It shouldn’t cause a hassle, but today (Nov. 1) the Transportatiion Security Administration (TSA) starts checking airline passenger data against government watch-lists for domestic and international flights, fully implementing the Secure Flight program. Nov. 1 marks the end of a year-long grace period the airlines had to clear out reservations made prior to Secure Flight’s […]