Archives: February, 2015

Doug Bedell — February 25, 2015, 3:57 pm

Almost Here: A Tiny Explosives Detector that Works Like a Smoke Alarm

Detection of the presence of explosives could be falling to a device not much larger than a postage stamp. Wired reports that GE Global Research, is developing an explosive detector in the form of a “tiny RFID tag that activates only when it detects certain explosives or oxidizing agents. In effect, it could replace gigantic […]

Doug Bedell — February 24, 2015, 12:25 pm

Security Has ‘False Economies,’ Too

Here’s a post from Security Dreamer on a subtlety worth paying attention to: the difference between “finding the best deal” and “solving the problem most cost-effectively.” Going for the lowest price, in security as almost anywhere else, isn’t always smart. There’s a link to a whole webinar for the wary that discusses the differences. (Graphics […]

Doug Bedell — February 20, 2015, 12:32 pm

Catching On To How $1 Billion Was Stolen From Banks

Government Security News has enough details on how hackers stole “up to $1 billion from about 100 international banks over the past two years” to alert other organizations on how to promote Internet security. “On average,” says the report, “each bank robbery took between two and four months, from infecting the first computer at the […]

Doug Bedell — February 18, 2015, 1:28 pm

For a Safer Internet

Technical folks recently observed Safer Internet Day. A post on the Safe & Savvy site notes that, while the Internet is a blessing, “There are so many ways we could screw it up.” Truly. It’s well worth monitoring the Internet’s fortunes and security developments there. Safe & Savvy offers a source for doing just that […]

Doug Bedell — February 16, 2015, 10:08 am

Passwords Aren’t for Show, But Security

Bruce Schneier is too nice a guy to say straight out that having a common password, like “Mustang,” is dumb. Ford Motor Co., too, is both touting its sports car, and warning that “Mustang” should be strengthened as a password and, like Schneier, offering suggestions on how to do that. Which all comes down to […]

Doug Bedell — February 13, 2015, 12:05 pm

Cohesive Border Protection Depends Partly on Funding

Here’s a post by Richard Gil Kerlikowski, Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, on how budget uncertainty has been impacting border security, something that everybody wants. There must be a better way to sort our such matters politically, something else that lots of people want.

Doug Bedell — February 11, 2015, 4:11 pm

When a Business Suffers a Cyber Attack, Call Homeland Security

Cybersecurity is becoming a steadily growing concern for all of us – businesses and individuals alike. It’s gone beyond the shield of anti-virus software alone. In a Wall Street Journal interview, Howard Schmidt, co-founder of Ridge-Schmidt Cyber LLC and a former presidential cybersecurity adviser, offers protective advice to all concerned, starting with who to call. […]

Doug Bedell — February 9, 2015, 10:17 am

Drones: A Feared Security Risk

Drones aren’t toys only. Maybe you never thought that anyway, but, as this Wired post explains, government security planners have been mindful of the risks of drones for a long time. Security officials are becoming so antsy about drones that DJI, a China-based maker of consumer drones, updated its drones’ firmware to create a 1.5 […]

Doug Bedell — February 4, 2015, 12:42 pm

CNN Finds a Potential Airport Security Vulnerability

CNN advises that there’s a security gap at many on the nation’s airports, one involving employees of the airports themselves. “The vast majority of airport employees with direct access to the tarmac and airplanes do not go through any daily security screening,” CNN reported on Feb. 3. “Only two of the country’s major airports have […]

Doug Bedell — February 2, 2015, 11:20 am

Weather Satellites Have Rescue Value, Too

Weather satellites launched and positioned by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) can have a safety and rescue function too. In 2014, NOAA’s weather satellites “helped save 240 people from potentially life-threatening situations throughout the U.S. and its surrounding waters,” the agency says. Government Security News advises that NOAA’s satellites have the ability to […]