Archives: April, 2017

Doug Bedell — April 26, 2017, 2:20 pm

Premonitions from the Past – A ‘Cyber 9-11’ Looming?

DarkReading provides a scary look at the security scene before the 9-11 attacks and today. “Former CIA Director George Tenet’s statement less than two months before 9-11 that ‘the system was blinking red’”, writes Paul Kurtz, “is eerily familiar to our current threat environment in cyberspace. We have a preponderance of reporting on adversaries but […]

Doug Bedell — April 24, 2017, 4:03 pm

These Digital Footprints Can Identify Criminals

Another few steps ahead in the security arena: Government Security News reports that the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office in Rocky Mount, Va., has become the first law enforcement agency in the Western Hemisphere that can cull digital evidence from footsteps, that is, their imprints. “Local Franklin County business EVIDENT,” GSN advises, “has partnered with the […]

Doug Bedell — April 21, 2017, 10:34 pm

Robots Marching In…

New pieces of security gear continue to arrive on the scene – security robots. Briefs noted the arrival of security robots (along with drones and virtual reality) in a post last February, and they keep coming on. The Security Magazine blog has the International Federation of Robots (IFR) projecting that “the number/use of industrial robots […]

Doug Bedell — April 19, 2017, 9:02 am

Pittsburgh Prepares for Smog, a Summer Security Concern

While this post is afield from perimeter security, it’s a great example of being prepared for adversity, a basic security tenet. Government Security News reports on an “emergency preparedness resilience workshop” by the City of Pittsburgh, the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health and Intermedix on the subject of . . . smog. […]

Doug Bedell — April 14, 2017, 2:12 pm

Catching On to Corporate Security Risks

It takes some wading to get to the point, but Security InfoWatch has a post on a just-concluded event held by the Security Executive Council, its Next Generation Security Leader sessions. Conglomerations of executive leadership in organizations – top executives and boards of directors – are recognizing that security challenges, digital or otherwise, are becoming […]

Doug Bedell — April 12, 2017, 11:35 am

Tech Support Scams Threaten Computer Security

Bruce Schnier refers us to a paper on technical support scams, in which “cyber criminals attempt to convince users that their machines are infected with malware and are in need of their technical support. In this process, the victims are asked to provide scammers with remote access to their machines, who will then ‘diagnose the […]

Doug Bedell — April 11, 2017, 2:29 pm

In Dallas, A Whole Emergency System Was Hacked

Think it’s only individual computer users who need to worry about possible hacking into their affairs? Not so – last week, advises the Security Ledger, “Unidentified hackers set off all 156 of the City of Dallas’s civilian defense sirens late Friday evening and early Saturday morning, disrupting sleep for hundreds of thousands of residents. The […]

Doug Bedell — April 7, 2017, 1:36 pm

Perimeters to the Point

A lighter post to end the week, on variations of “perimeter” security. The word, perimeter, has a variety of meanings, as the Advanced Perimeter Systems blog notes. There’s the Neptun Deep Perimeter on the continental shelf of the Black Sea. And shots from the perimeter line on a basketball court. Not to mention the Perimeter […]

Doug Bedell — April 4, 2017, 8:39 pm

Now the Wealthy, At Least, Can Buy Cyber Insurance

How much wealthy people appreciate it, we don’t know. But they are better able, or even simply eligible, to buy insurance against computer security attacks than other folks. The Security Ledger website advises that “Insurance giant AIG announced Monday (April 3) that it has started offering cyber insurance to protect individuals and families from ransomware […]

Doug Bedell — April 3, 2017, 11:52 am

Catching on to ATM Credit Card Skimming

Brian Krebs is a good security writer to visit regularly. Here, he advises on the danger of credit card skimming devices on ATM machines. It’s an increasingly hazardous world, or at least one in which to be regularly watchful!