Archives: December, 2014

Doug Bedell — December 31, 2014, 10:57 am

NSA Releases Privacy Audits

If you’ve been viewing the National Security Agency as possibly a threat to your privacy, the NSA itself doesn’t think so, and here it explains why, in the process of releasing internal privacy audits from 2001 to halfway through 2013. Meanwhile, all of us at PRO Barrier wish you a happy, secure 2015!

Doug Bedell — December 24, 2014, 12:09 pm

DHS Cautions Holiday Travelers Against Identity Theft

Comes another appreciated holiday-season advisory from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), this one on protecting against identity theft while traveling. (The first was on online security.) DHS’ Stop.Think.Connect campaign has a list of suggestions from password-protecting your digital devices to being wary of public WI-FI networks to protect your personal information while traveling. […]

Doug Bedell — December 22, 2014, 11:46 am

After Sony, Sage Security Advice From Bruce Schneier

Bruce Schneier adds much-needed perspective on the Sony security hack – No, he says, it wasn’t an act of terrorism or war. We don’t even know if it was sanctioned by the North Korean government. “In a world where everything happens online,” Schneier concludes, “including what we think of as ephemeral conversation, everything is potentially […]

Doug Bedell — December 19, 2014, 3:28 pm

Advisory (Again): Keep Your Security Software Updated

You’ve no doubt heard this warning before, but it bears repeating, repeatedly: Phil Muncaster on the InfoSecurity blog quotes “Bitdefender, a Romanian security vendor”: “It’s important to keep your security software updated. With so many zero-day threats, botnets, and new ransomware variants, the only way to stay safe is to install a reputable security solution […]

Doug Bedell — December 18, 2014, 10:53 am

Bio-Metrics Gaining For Computer Security

With the number of computer security breaches that have been occurring (2,644 in 2012 as an indicator, and that was before Target), enterprises are having to reconsider what makes for secure on-line consumer access. “Conducting business as usual will no longer suffice,” Security magazine advises. “To reassure and retain now-skittish consumers, any entity that engages […]

Doug Bedell — December 15, 2014, 12:07 pm

Schneier: Snowden’s Actions Boosted Intrusion Awareness

Bruce Schneier looks at the impact of Edward Snowden’s leaked National Security Agency documents last year and calculates that 706 million people worldwide have moved to protect their privacy on the Internet in response to Snowden’s revelations. Whether or not such actions have made any great difference in terms of deterring computer surveillance, Schneier adds, […]

Doug Bedell — December 10, 2014, 11:28 am

Microsoft, Adobe Issue Important Security Patches

Time to take time out to strengthen the security of your IT systems. Brian Krebs advises on a host of security updates for Microsoft’s Windows and Adobe’s Acrobat, Reader and Flash Player programs. “Four of the seven updates from Microsoft earned a ‘critical’ rating,” Krebs advises, “which means the patches on (stet) fix vulnerabilities that […]

Doug Bedell — December 5, 2014, 4:16 pm

Making Buildings Both Safe and Appealing to View

In these days of concern about terrorism, how do you make public buildings both safe and appealing to encounter? We’d suggest as one approach, of course, the aesthetic appearance of PRO Barrier’s anti-terrorism vehicle barriers. But Homeland Security Watch has a post by Justin M. Schumacher that takes a broader look at building aesthetics, on […]

Doug Bedell — December 3, 2014, 12:17 pm

Smartphones a New Security Frontier

As if security strategy wasn’t challenging enough, add smartphones to the mix. Yes, smartphones, Josh Sookman writes in a Security blog post, have emerged as “a new platform for physical security.” “The next wave of security products,” Sookman predicts, “will be driven by the myriad sensors, radios and input/output functionalities of smartphones. Beyond voice calling, […]

Doug Bedell — December 1, 2014, 11:53 am

DHS Security Advisory for the Holiday Shopping Season

Not only are the weeks before Christmas the year’s biggest shopping span, they’re also “the biggest weeks for online spammers and scammers,” the U.S. Department of Homeland Security warns. So, DHS provides what should by now be a refresher list of what it takes to remain safe from intrusion on the Internet and your computers. […]