Archives: March, 2014

Doug Bedell — March 28, 2014, 11:53 am

Human Awareness a Critical Security Backup

Down toward the bottom of a Government Security News post on the link between physical security and cybersecurity is a critical reminder: Be aware of what’s occurring in your surroundings. We can all become so familiar with workplace settings that we take them for granted, and that’s unfortunate. “People should have a certain level of […]

Doug Bedell — March 26, 2014, 10:15 am

Homeland Security Reading Lists

Want to do some security reading? Homeland Security Watch advises that the Center for Homeland Defense and Security website at the Naval Postgraduate School & The U.S. Department of Homeland Security “keeps track of the books used in its master’s degree program. The list is updated each time a new course begins.” Here’s a link […]

Doug Bedell — March 24, 2014, 11:03 am

A Couple of Founders on Internet Security

Mark Zuckerberg picked up the phone the other day to complain to a contact in Washington, D.C. – President Barack O’Bama – on concerns he has over the U.S. Government’s surveillance of Internet traffic. The Facebook founder called the President in the same week that Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the web’s creator, called for people to […]

Doug Bedell — March 21, 2014, 12:14 pm

Al-Qaeda Urges Car-Bombing

Motor vehicles being used as weapons is, of course, a reason for considering effective vehicle access barriers, but it’s also a measure of the sometimes nasty temper of our times. New York City Police Commissioner Bill Bratton wants al-Qaeda to know that the NYPD “will continue to stay focused” on thwarting lone-wolf car bombers, this […]

Doug Bedell — March 19, 2014, 12:20 pm

Blog Contends ‘Target Didn’t Act Soon Enough’

Seriously, eternal (that is, daily) vigilance is the price of IT security. The Naked Security blog has a post on how Target stores learned that lesson the hard way in last year’s compromise of its credit and debit card numbers. Target evidently failed to heed warnings by now former employees, federal law enforcement officers and […]

Doug Bedell — March 17, 2014, 11:00 am

Which Side of a Fence Post is the ‘Business’ Side?

What side of a fence post does the wire go on? You’ve probably never thought much about that. But if you’re a cattle raiser, it’s an existential question. Yes, security has its byways, urban or rural. Here illustrates one of them.

Doug Bedell — March 14, 2014, 11:07 am

9/11 from Space

Amid all the horrific coverage of 9/11, we now have video of the attack on the Twin Towers taken from space, from a space station that was orbiting at the time, to be specific. To see that plume of smoke from such a height is freshly disquieting. There’s nothing to be done about it but […]

Doug Bedell — March 12, 2014, 9:39 am

IT Threat Management Going Bonkers

Belated as we are in catching up with the IT security scene at last month’s RSA Conference trade show, we’re struck by how the threat management theme stood out there. “Threats here. Threats there. Threats everywhere,” seemed to be the vendors’ theme. There’s a spending spree going on around threat management these days, Security Dreamer […]

Doug Bedell — March 10, 2014, 10:06 am

Phony Writing that Passed for Academic Output

Bet you thought that some of those academic papers you’ve been attempting to read were gibberish. Well, maybe some of them actually were. Bruce Schneier cites a Nature report that the publishers Springer and, heaven forbid, IEEE, are removing more than 120 papers from their subscription services. That’s after a French researcher “discovered that the […]

Doug Bedell — March 6, 2014, 1:42 pm

PRO Barrier’s Arrestor Hailed in NFIB Video

The breakthrough design of PRO Barrier’s Arrestor barrier is illustrated in a video posted by the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), in which a 15,000-ton truck traveling at 50 miles and hour is stopped dead by an Arrestor’s elastic bands. There was no “breakthrough,” by the truck itself. It imploded upon hitting the aesthetically-pleasing […]