Archives: August, 2016

Doug Bedell — August 26, 2016, 2:03 pm

Smile, You’re On Somebody’s Camera

Video surveillance is becoming part of the growing security dimension of our digitally modern lives. SecurityInfoWatch advises that “The deployment of urban video surveillance is the fastest growing segment of the video world. The expansion in large metropolises to smaller burgs is unrelenting. In fact, former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg once said that Americans […]

Doug Bedell — August 24, 2016, 3:11 pm

On Guard Against Hackers

Securosis discusses the constant, and evidently growing, presence of hackers and spammers on the Internet, and perhaps your computers. We note this post not to be alarmist, but so that you’ll keep your guard up against anything that appears insecure, or aberrant, about your system.

Doug Bedell — August 22, 2016, 1:34 pm

‘Intelligence Certifications’ Becoming Expected

No, they’re not the result of IQ tests. More typically, intelligence certifications are issued by schools, the federal government and certain professional organizations to confirm capacity in intelligence and security reckoning. In Public Safety notes that “For those looking to recruit or hire intelligence personnel, finding ways to discriminate between candidates’ varying qualifications is a […]

Doug Bedell — August 18, 2016, 6:47 pm

Climate Change? Close Enough to Take Seriously

Coastal flooding, as in Louisiana, is starting to appear on security blogs as evidence, if not of climate change conclusively, what climate change will look like. Warning enough, we’d say. On Government Security News, columnist George Lane writes that “This is what climate change will look (like) in Louisiana.” He had just noted that: “The […]

Doug Bedell — August 17, 2016, 10:36 am

Security Now a Core Business Function

We continue on the theme of new settings and, thereby, challenges for security executives (just about everybody in an enterprise, really). SecurityInfoWatch provides us with “5 core rules for transforming the role of security.” They hinge, no surprise, on technology. “Advancements in technology,” the post reads, “are creating opportunities for security to make the necessary […]

Doug Bedell — August 15, 2016, 2:27 pm

FEMA Has a New ‘Weather the Storm’ App

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) agrees – “There’s an app for that.” We need to be secure in foul weather as well as fair, and FEMA is doing what it can technically to help with that. At the App Store, you’ll find “Weather the Storm,” the new FEMA app, which works on all smartphones. […]

Doug Bedell — August 12, 2016, 12:18 pm

The Latest Software–Equipped Cars May Not Be Secure

Cars billed as the latest and greatest and partially powered by software may have security vulnerabilities the automakers haven’t yet caught on to. That’s the word from The Security Ledger blog, which advises that such vulnerabilities are “unlikely to be resolved through after-the-fact security fixes,” according to an anaylsis by the firm IOActive. Check its […]

Doug Bedell — August 11, 2016, 2:11 pm

‘The Internet of Things’ Explained – and Expanded

The Internet of Things is becoming, and will increasingly become, a vast new factor of Internet connectivity, including for security purposes. Internet of Things? What’s that Security InfoWatch is introducing us to the Internet of Things by advising that “Consumers are purchasing more and more connected devices every year, which has led to increased demand […]

Doug Bedell — August 8, 2016, 3:06 pm

Trucks, Too, Can Be Targets of Electronic Hijackings

Bruce Schneier refers us to an article in Wired magazine on how big rig trucks could become a target for electronic hijackers, just as some newer car models have earned that dubious distinction. Being able electronically to hijack or disable a 33,000 pound over-the-road truck is pretty scary. Hackers don’t mind scaring people, though, whether […]

Doug Bedell — August 5, 2016, 2:36 pm

Online Risks of the Olympics, Opening Today

The Rio Olympics are not opening tonight with great advance publicity. From the Zika virus to water pollution, Rio hasn’t generated great coverage of late. But all this could change very much for the better once the athletes start performing. Security InfoWatch looks at how the Olympics may post another risk, to businesses from cyberspace. […]