Archives: May, 2013

Doug Bedell — May 30, 2013, 9:50 am

The Jester’s a Cyber Object Figure

The Newsweek (now Web only) story on “the Jester,” a Batman-like cyber warrior, and other computer hackers promises to be fascinating reading. But it’s also a reminder of how subject the Web can be to mischief by intruders far less high-minded than the Jester. Read it to keep abreast of what the spammers may be […]

Doug Bedell — May 28, 2013, 9:16 am

Authorized Response Matters

Our heart almost went out to all the first responders who deployed themselves to help out in the aftermath of the Moore, Okla., tornado two weeks ago. Then we were appropriately reminded by a Fire Chief post that self-deployment can cause problems that disaster managers don’t need. The right skills can come at the wrong […]

Doug Bedell — May 23, 2013, 9:49 am

We’re All Being ‘Watched’ on the Internet

Here’s a chilling explanation by Bruce Schneier on how the Internet is being used as a massive surveillance mechanism, and how that likely will become more pronounced in the years ahead. “Will you know any of this?,” Schneier ponders. “Will your friends? It depends. Lots of these devices have, and will have, privacy settings. But […]

Doug Bedell — May 20, 2013, 10:52 am

Fighting Al-Qaeda Could Last Much Longer

Michael Sheehan, the Pentagon’s chief of irregular warfare, caused some consternation at a U.S. Senate hearing recently by stating, when asked, that the war on terrorism – that is, against Al-Qaeda – could last “at least 10 to 20 years” from now. While other U.S. officials have said that Al-Qaeda is greatly battered, Sheehan, assistant […]

Doug Bedell — May 17, 2013, 7:58 am

Prediction: ‘Active’ Hurricane Season About to Start

Accuweather is predicting an active hurricane season with three U.S. landfalls, one less than last year. The hurricane season begins June 1st. A concern about this year’s hurricane season is the vulnerability of East Coast areas that were hit last year by Hurricane Sandy. By contrast, Florida residents are said to be feeling “overdue” for […]

Doug Bedell — May 15, 2013, 11:58 am

Security Lessons from the Boston Bombings

Jack Thomas Tomarchio is a former official of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and currently a board member of the sightlogix outdoor video company. Here, he reviews what’s being learned in security/technology terms about the Boston bombings. “Well certainly,” he says, ” that (video surveillance) was a huge game changer for law enforcement. The […]

Doug Bedell — May 13, 2013, 10:06 am

‘ASIS 2013’ Coming Up in September – in Chicago

Here’s a program announcement for the 59th annual ASIS Seminar and Exhibits September 24-27 in Chicago. ASIS meetings are a premier place for getting, and staying, connected with  the security industry. ASIS says Information on this year’s sessions will be available in June.

Doug Bedell — May 10, 2013, 11:45 am

‘Flying Cameras’ Over a University Campus

A Pro Barrier colleague notes, not without some privacy misgivings, one of the latest approaches to camera security – flying “eyes in the sky”.  Instead of, or along with, fixed cameras, the University of Alabama Huntsville (UAH) campus is testing unmanned aerial vehicles – UAVs – as “eyes in the sky” to spot campus security […]

Doug Bedell — May 8, 2013, 10:14 am

Attuned to Facility Security at DHS’ ‘Collaboration Community’

Here’s a place that people interested in the security of business or government facilities probably ought to be – the Homeland Security Department’s Collaboration Community.  You need to register for IdeaScale to get there, but Homeland Security’s description of the service makes it sound like a Web suggestion and response box. “DHS,” the site notes, […]

Doug Bedell — May 6, 2013, 10:22 am

‘World Risk Day’ Coming Up Soon

In case you haven’t noticed, May 14 is the second annual “World Risk Day,” according to the Risk Management Monitor blog. Both concepts, the day and the blog, are creations of Risk Management magazine, and helpful ones at that. “World Risk Day is open to anyone who wants to learn how taking smarter risks can […]