Archives: December, 2015

Doug Bedell — December 30, 2015, 10:25 am

Top Security Events of 2015

Security InfoWatch posts a review of “the biggest security stories of 2015”. “From mass shootings and terrorist attacks to large-scale mergers and acquisitions,” it leads off, “there were myriad stories that grabbed headlines this year which will forever alter the landscape of the security market.” What would you add to or remove from the list?

Doug Bedell — December 28, 2015, 12:57 pm

Cyber Security: Avoid ‘Back Doors’

  Be on the alert against security “back doors”. That’s the advice of Apple CEO Tim Cook, who’s approach is that cyber security is security, plain and simple. It shouldn’t be messed with, even if a “brief” security breach isn’t intended. They seldom, if ever, are. Yet they can end up being built into cyber […]

Doug Bedell — December 24, 2015, 10:17 am

Tides of Our Times in Latin America

We at PRO Barrier Engineering wish you a Merry Christmas! We add this post, however, to note that it apparently won’t be such a merry holiday season for illegal immigrants into the U.S. According to Homeland Security Watch, referencing The Washington Post, “The Department of Homeland Security has begun preparing for a series of raids […]

Doug Bedell — December 21, 2015, 11:06 am

New Cybersecurity Act Becoming Law

Congress is passing a new cybersecurity law – the Cybersecurity Act of 2015. Cybersecurity is a worthy, necessary cause during this age of spam. Yet this initial explanation of the new law by Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D–MS) seems a bit daunting. “The Cybersecurity Act of 2015 has the potential to usher in a new […]

Doug Bedell — December 18, 2015, 12:40 pm

Police Uneasy Over Using Body Cameras

Security InfoWatch reports that a “first-of-its-kind” study by researchers associated with Florida Atlantic University shows a degree of ambivalence among law enforcement officers about the use of body cameras on-duty. On one hand, “50 percent (of police leadership) support the use of body-worn cameras in their agencies.” On the other, “almost 60 percent agree or […]

Doug Bedell — December 16, 2015, 1:32 pm

Two Big School Districts Make Different Security Choices

Wow, what a choice to have to make in security terms! New York’s school district received a threatening message and decided not to call off school. Yet the Los Angeles schools got a similar message and closed for the day. The nation’s two biggest school districts took opposite actions. A CNN post looks at which […]

Doug Bedell — December 14, 2015, 12:09 pm

An Article, With Video, on Preventing Terrorism

The Center for Aggression Management has an hour-long video which, as it warns, “requires a time investment,” but, the center adds, “is well worth your investment!” Maybe so, for the video purports to explain “how to actually identify and prevent the next terrorist from acting.” Prediction, or anticipation, is one of the most daunting aspects […]

Doug Bedell — December 10, 2015, 12:18 pm

Well Worth Understanding: The Nature of Risks

It’s good to be as specific as possible when considering security precautions for a business or its related facilities – like the nature of risks it may be exposed to. In a post entitled “Risk is a river,” Philip J. Palin on Homeland Security Watch discusses risks under the headings of Natural Risk (rain, snow, […]

Doug Bedell — December 7, 2015, 12:05 pm

‘See Something, Say Something’ Vital in Stopping Terrorism

William Tucker on In Homeland Security makes the point that as the two San Bernardino terrorists went about converting their home into an arsenal, someone in the neighborhood, either a resident or shopkeeper, may well have noticed that something suspicious was occurring. Who needs supplies for building multiple improvised explosive devices unless they’re involved in […]

Doug Bedell — December 4, 2015, 11:24 am

Amazon’s Drones: A Portent for Site Security?

While we’ve got to cheer Amazon’s ingenuity in developing a drone to drop off its packages within 15 miles, we’re also wondering what drone technology does for site security – endangers it, it would seem. “While it doesn’t have a name,” In Homeland Security notes, “the new drone will be one of many designs that […]