Archives: October, 2016

Doug Bedell — October 31, 2016, 3:40 pm

Norfolk Southern Provides a ‘Safety Train’ on Its Rails

Credit the Norfolk Southern railroad for coming up with a training program to protect the security of the communities its trains pass through. When trains carrying hazardous materials derail, it’s vital for local first responders to know how to respond effectively. Thus, Norfolk Southern’s “safety train” has been traveling its routes to introduce first responders […]

Doug Bedell — October 28, 2016, 1:35 pm

DHS Connects With Its Industry Partners

Continuing its outreach to security industry partners, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) held a Strategic Industry Conversation event earlier this month “to discuss program topics that span multiple DHS Offices and Components and impact the DHS Unity of Effort initiative.” Soraya Correa, DHS Chief Procurement Officer, blogs about the the DHS/industry partnership on the […]

Doug Bedell — October 26, 2016, 10:15 pm

‘A Thorny Problem:’ ISIS Using Drones

Something else to be concerned about in defending a security perimeter: off-the-shelf drones. As in, for example, ISIS using drones in Iraq rigged to drop small explosive charges in its defense of Mosul. They’re also using drones as artillery spotters, DefenseTech reports. “It’s a pretty thorny problem” and “we expect to see more of this” […]

Doug Bedell — October 24, 2016, 9:03 am

No Longer ‘Trick or Treat,’ Cyber Crime Is Booming

Computer hacking, notes the Safe & Savy blog, has grown from “trick or treating” to a cyber crime “industry”. “There’s a whole structure there that’s needed,” F-Secure’s ‘Cyber Gandalf’ Andy Patel told ITPRO. “An individual can’t just go in and do this now’ it’s not a one man job…there are companies.” “The cyber crime ‘industry’ […]

Doug Bedell — October 22, 2016, 11:31 am

Krebs on Friday’s Internet Attack

Here’s Brian Krebs, who’s been in the throes of Internet service disruptions himself, blogging on Friday’s massive Internet service attack. “Earlier today,” Krebs writes, “cyber criminals began training their attack cannons on Dyn, an Internet infrastructure company that provides critical technology services to some of the Internet’s top destinations. The attack began creating problems for […]

Doug Bedell — October 20, 2016, 3:13 pm

DHS Carrying Out a Plan to ‘Prevent Violent Extremism in the U.S.’

If you’re tuned into the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), you probably know it has an Office of Community Partnerships that is carrying out the “Strategic Implementation Plan to Empower Local Partners to Prevent Violent Extremism in the United States”. (Wow, that’s a mouthful, both in language and, doubtless, implementation.) The plan, first issued […]

Doug Bedell — October 18, 2016, 3:41 pm

Vulnerability Awareness Key to Security, Safety

“Emphasis on hazards instead of vulnerability is a major error among scholars and practitioners,” says an amazing infographic on “Trends in Emergency Management,” posted on the site.

Doug Bedell — October 12, 2016, 3:13 pm

‘Active Shooter’ Readiness Requires Workplace Training

Yes, it’s unthinkable. But it’s happening at an increasing rate – “it” being active shooter incidents either at businesses or K-12 schools and colleges. SecurityInfoWatch has been keeping a watchful eye on trends in school and workplace violence. Watchfulness is, after all, the linchpin of site security. So active threat training is recommended, even though […]

Doug Bedell — October 10, 2016, 12:07 pm

U.S. Military Needs to be ‘Cool’ to Attract Cyber Recruits

It used to be that you had only to be compliant and enterprising to succeed in U.S. military ranks. Now it helps to be “cool” as well. U.S. security, the DefenseTech blog explains, is based increasingly on cyber security and technology. “The military,” says writer Richard Sisk, quoting a defense panel, “should consider setting up […]

Doug Bedell — October 7, 2016, 2:34 pm

Security Risks to the Presidential Election Discussed

Here’s the clearest discussion we’ve seen about security threats to voting in the U.S. presidential election. Homeland Security Today reports that 21 states have contacted the Department of Homeland Security about concerns over possible cyber vulnerability their voting systems. “These challenges aren’t just in the future – they are here today,” says Homeland Security Secretary […]