Archives: June, 2014

Doug Bedell — June 27, 2014, 11:17 am

Contrasting Approaches to Computer Security

The Naked Security blog discusses the contrasting approaches being taken to computer security in Europe and China. In Europe, it’s a collaborative effort; in China it’s a chilling one. The post includes a fascinating “heat map” that shows the origin of hacking attacks, seemingly in real time. We don’t understand that, but, as Naked Security says, […]

Doug Bedell — June 24, 2014, 10:16 am

DHS’ 2014 Quadrennial Security Report Gets a Rave Review

It’s a government report, and how gripping can that be? Plenty, Christopher Bellavita, of Homeland Security Watch, says of the Department of Homeland Security’s Second Quadrennial Homeland Security Review, just issued. After three hours, he was only at page 68 of the 103-page report. “It’s not that I’m an especially slow reader,” Bellavita says of […]

Doug Bedell — June 10, 2014, 9:49 am

‘Einstein’ to Monitor Federal Computers Against Hacking

If the federal government can do this in the interest of computer security, so presumably can other large organizations. The feds, Information Week reports, are deploying Einstein 3, continuous monitoring and mitigation software, across their networks “to free up the time and brain power of human IT personnel to work on the most pressing and dangerous online […]

Doug Bedell — , 9:32 am

A Tribute to Two Downed Police Officers, and All the Others, Too

Here, from Homeland Security Watch, is a poem, “The Final Inspection,” offered in tribute to the two Las Vegas police officers who were shot and killed last Sunday while eating lunch in a pizza shop. The post notes that, last year, “one police officer died in the line of duty every 86 hours.”

Doug Bedell — June 9, 2014, 9:28 am

Security Overall Isn’t Adequate, Executives Acknowledge

Sure, security is important, but Steve Hunt on the SecurityDreamer blog makes the point that organizations aren’t doing enough to insure its adequacy. Even security executives, he’s found, acknowledge that that their own corporate information is at greater risk than it should be. He credits Edward Snowden’s whistleblowing for heightening the awareness of inadequate security. “This surveillance and spying […]

Doug Bedell — June 6, 2014, 10:31 am

Relive the Normandy Invasion – 70 Years Ago Today

Here’s a great way to observe today’s 70th anniversary of the D-Day invasion of Normandy, the beginning of the end of World War II in Europe. Nova’s two-hour TV documentary, “D-Day’s Sunken Secrets,” can be viewed on Nova’s website and is a renewed tribute to the determination, vision and courage of so many allied personnel that […]

Doug Bedell — June 4, 2014, 12:24 pm

Schneier Reflects on ‘Heartbleed’, and the Next Likely Hacker Attack

Bruce Schneier discusses the human side of Heartbleed, the virus that attacked security software recently and sent the world’s computer users hastening to remove it. Will it happen again? Schneier reflects. Yes, he predicts, but maybe the next intrusion won’t be as hard to deal with as Heartbleed was. Schneier’s post is a helpful account of […]

Doug Bedell — June 2, 2014, 10:39 am

Public Safety Gaining a Regional Focus

Regionalization is growing, or perhaps the better word is spreading, as an approach to insuring public safety. American City & County advises: “We’re beginning to see more and more public safety agencies regionalize by uniting across their geographical boundaries to share resources and become more efficient.” An example is the Northern Tier Regional Communications Project involving 10 […]