Archives: September, 2016

Doug Bedell — September 30, 2016, 11:52 am

Nasty Weather Coming, Along With Its Own Security Concerns

We don’t normally venture into weather forecasting, but dire atmospheric outlooks should be considered as site security concerns. So here’s one from Government Security News: “The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) recently revised its 2016 Atlantic hurricane outlook, calling for a higher likelihood of an above-normal season which often brings heavy rains and storms.” […]

Doug Bedell — September 26, 2016, 11:40 am

FEMA Offers Site Security Protection Manual

    The Federal Emergency Management (FEMA) provides guidance on protecting building sites from terrorist attacks in its manual, “Site and Urban Design for Security“. Chapters three through five are especially helpful on perimeter security protection. “A perimeter security design,” FEMA explains, “involves two main elements” – the perimeter barrier that prevents unauthorized vehicles and […]

Doug Bedell — September 23, 2016, 9:26 am

College Training in Cybersecurity

So where do you get training in cybersecurity or send your employees for training? Ericka Chickowski on Information Week’s Dark Reading blog runs through her listing of the “Top Colleges for Cybersecurity.” This isn’t an exclusive list, but it might give you an idea of what to look for when you’re considering academic training in […]

Doug Bedell — September 22, 2016, 9:07 am

Federal Cyber Security Incidents Soaring

Following up on our last post on cyber – or computer – security, here’s parallel word from In Homeland Security that the number of cyber incidents reported by federal agencies “jumped more than 1,300 percent, from 5,503 to 77,183, over the 10 years through fiscal 2015.” Here’s more in a quote from Gregory C. Wilshusen, […]

Doug Bedell — September 19, 2016, 12:13 pm

Growing Cyber Threat Requires Cyber Protection

SecurityInfoWatch provides a cogent, worrisome, picture of our “cyber physical world,” for that’s what our environment has become. “The physical environment,” notes an InfoWatch post, “has become saturated with computing and communication entities that interact among themselves, as well as with users. Virtually everything people interact with has – or will have very soon – […]

Doug Bedell — September 14, 2016, 11:12 am

Building Security Should Be High on Organizational Checklists

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is perhaps best know for its response to natural disasters. But FEMA is concerned with various aspects of security, including building vulnerability. Building (or facility) security may not be foremost among priorities during busy workdays, but it should be high up there. FEMA posts an extensive “Appendix A: Building Vulnerability […]

Doug Bedell — September 12, 2016, 6:43 pm

Another Security Threat: USB ‘Kill Sticks’

Security isn’t only required at fence lines and entryways, it also can be challenged by a device that fits easily into one’s pocket – a USB kill stick. Bruce Schneier sounds the alarm on the kill stick device, developed by a Hong Kong company. “It works like this:,” Schneier explains, “when the USB Kill stick […]

Doug Bedell — September 8, 2016, 10:06 am

Airport Workers Getting Emergency Training, at LAX For Now

Security often requires partnership, and it’s refreshing to see a labor-management partnership taking shape at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) that should enhance the safety of air travelers. Government Security News reports on a “groundbreaking partnership” between LAX and the Service Employees International Union-United Service Workers West “to train front-line airport service workers to respond […]

Doug Bedell — September 5, 2016, 11:12 am

Drones Have a Busy Future

It’s easier now to become a commercial drone pilot, so look for the use of drones to climb and cause new security concerns. Government Security News advises that “Small UAS (unmanned aerial systems) Rule…went into effect Monday, August 29, 2016 (and) simplifies the process of becoming a commercial drone pilot. Under the new regulations, commercial […]