Archives: February, 2011

Doug Bedell — February 22, 2011, 3:58 pm

An App for Disasters

We’re indebted to Oregon Emergency Management for spreading the word on an app for disaster management  at the iTunes store – Disaster Readiness 2011. While the app was released originally last March, there’s an updated version for this year. For ninety-nine cents, you can arm your iPhone with instructions on dealing with everything from a […]

Doug Bedell — February 18, 2011, 2:34 pm

Egypt: ’18 Days That Shook The World’

This is a post on geopolitics, not site security as such. But it’s in response to the situation in Egypt, which represents an epic security concern for the Middle East and, indeed, for the rest of the world. Thus it’s for your weekend pondering. Security Debriefs, an astute blog on such matters, makes this prediction: […]

Doug Bedell — February 14, 2011, 5:41 pm

DHS Sec. Napolitano Sees U.S. Terror Risk High

We’re getting caught up with DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano’s assessment of the terrorist threat inside the U.S., and thought you might want to as well. That’s because, in some respects, Ms. Napolitano considers the homeland threat “at its most heightened state” since the 9/11 attacks nearly a decade ago. Foreign militant groups, the DHS secretary […]

Doug Bedell — February 7, 2011, 2:49 pm

Don’t Rely On Static Security Alone

Security by a written checklist alone isn’t enough, Kip Hawley, former administrator of the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) reminds us. Hawley referred to the deadly suicide bomber attack last month at a Moscow airport to note that written security regulations typically define minimum, not maximum, security practices and can be bypassed by terrorists using […]

Doug Bedell — February 3, 2011, 9:58 am

Principles Behind the Egyptian Upheaval

Stepping back from the site security scene to consider the stunning upheaval in the streets of Egypt, here’s a piece by Mark Chubb on the Homeland Security Watch blog on the “resilient revolution” there. Chubb notes “five metatrends” that he feels explain why, so far, the Egyptian upheaval is unfolding in a relatively orderly manner. […]