Archives: October, 2013

Doug Bedell — October 30, 2013, 10:26 am

Terrorist Attacks Were at a Record High Worldwide in 2012

There was a record high number of terrorist attacks worldwide in 2012 – 8,500 involving nearly 15,500 deaths – according a report by the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) obtained by CNN. And a new high is expected fort 2013. Part of the 2012 increase may be due […]

Doug Bedell — October 29, 2013, 1:01 pm

Security Managers Advancing In Corporate Standing

An IBM study shows that corporate security managers are gaining status in their organizations because of a host of business challenges. The study’s findings, Security Dark Reading advises, reveal that “a constantly evolving threat landscape, emerging technologies and budgetary restraints are requiring security leaders to play a more active role in communicating with C-suite leaders […]

Doug Bedell — October 25, 2013, 10:17 am

Schneier: It’s a Surveillance World

It’s a surveillance world, writes Bruce Schneier. After discussing corporate and government monitoring capabilities, his essay on “The Trajectories of Government and Corporate Surveillance” notes that: “The result of all this is we’re now living in a world where both corporations and governments have us all under pretty much constant surveillance.” Does that make you […]

Doug Bedell — October 23, 2013, 1:11 pm

Terrorism Basically Unpredictable, But Can’t Be Discounted

A terrorist attack is basically impossible to predict, says the Risk Management Monitor, but, even so, the risk of loss from attacks at sensitive installations can’t be dismissed. A specific property’s risks can be assessed, and should be, even though an attack can’t be predicted. This is an extension to a baleful extreme of the […]

Doug Bedell — October 21, 2013, 1:26 pm

Jeh Johnson Nominated as Homeland Security Secretary

President Obama on Friday nominated Jeh Johnson, of New York, to replace Janet Napolitano as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. (Jeh is pronounced “Jay”.) Johnson served from 2009 to 2012 as the Defense Department’s top lawyer and, says The New York Daily News, “was one of the legal architects of the President’s […]

Doug Bedell — October 18, 2013, 7:52 am

Security Cameras That Trigger a Response

When video cameras are being considered, there’s an important difference between security and mere surveillance. A SightLogix post notes that “video security is all about actively detecting intruders as soon as they enter a secured area, while video surveillance generally means passively recording events for future use.” That’s because, the post explains, “most cameras go […]

Doug Bedell — October 16, 2013, 3:53 pm

Cyber-security Needs Young Recruits

Anyone in the cyber-security field who has been having trouble hiring young recruits maybe ought to turn to high school teachers and guidance counsellors with this plea: “Tell them about us.” Government Security News reports on a survey indicating that “82 percent of U.S. ‘millennials’ (youngsters born between 1979 and 1994) say no high school […]

Doug Bedell — October 14, 2013, 10:51 am

Security Alert: Electrical Grid Attacks in Arkansas

Arkansas might not be where you’d expect a terrorist surge, but that’s the point of security alertness wherever you’re located. In Arkansas, National Terror Alert reports, the FBI is investigating three attacks on the state’s electrical grid in recent weeks. The latest came on Sunday when more than 10,000 people were blacked out. Two power […]

Doug Bedell — October 10, 2013, 10:35 am

‘Hockey Saves’ Gains Fans Serving Ft. Benning Soldiers

This post has nothing directly to do with site security, but we want to acknowledge and applaud the sensitivity behind Hockey Saves, a movement that is providing free ice time and equipment to soldiers at Fort Benning, Ga. Providing soldiers in training with an outlet for anxieties is an outstanding recognition of their service. “There’s […]

Doug Bedell — October 8, 2013, 10:04 am

Security Pros’ Kinship With Hackers

Here’s a short, engaging essay on Network Security Blog by “Martin,” who is evidently a security professional writing about what it takes to be good at his trade. Even, or maybe especially, hackers warrant his admiration, “as a subgroup of who tends to embrace the chaos more than the more corporate professional.” In other words, […]