Archives: April, 2018

Doug Bedell — April 30, 2018, 11:41 am

Digital Security a Clear-Sighted, ‘No Fooling’ Challenge

Business and personal computer networks, as well, have unique security challenges, making it unwise to select an off-the-shelf protection tool and say “My problem’s solved.” It’s more intimate, shall we say, than that. This advisory comes from Jack Hamm on the Dark Reading blog. Hamm suggests a more “personalized” approach to an organization’s digital security […]

Doug Bedell — April 27, 2018, 3:43 pm

Employee and Executive Security Need Express Consideration, Training

Companies need to consider whether they have thought through the question of security for their employees and executives and any events the organization holds, advises the Security Executive Council. Security doesn’t happen by itself, it requires express, candid consideration. SEC has some suggestions, all involving candid risk assessments: • Start with understanding the company culture […]

Doug Bedell — April 25, 2018, 12:07 pm

‘Botnets’ Aren’t for Trifling With: They Can Take Control

Time for a little computer security instruction: What is a botnet, and why does it matter? On, we’re advised that botnet is short for “‘robot network’, and also known as a zombie army, a group of computers infected with malicious pieces of software that put the computers under the command of remote operators without […]

Doug Bedell — April 20, 2018, 10:36 am

Cyber-Security-Safe In Your Home Office? Maybe Not

Not even a home office might be safe from cyber security attacks. This after a warning from the British and American governments about the proclivities of Russian hackers, including even home offices. As reported by Forbes, the warning came in a joint announcement from British intelligence, the National Security Council (NSC), the DHS and the […]

Doug Bedell — April 18, 2018, 12:14 pm

Digital Firms Becoming Aroused Over Cyber Attacks

The digital industry is becoming more unified and resolved to protect against cyber attacks, Lindsay O’Donnell on the Threat Post blog reports. At the 2018 RSA Conference in San Francisco April 16–20, “Where the world talks security”, Microsoft President Brad Smith declared in his keynote address that tech companies need to come together to “open […]

Doug Bedell — April 16, 2018, 1:13 pm

Brian Krebs: A Tax Season Security Warning

It’s not only whether you’re comfortable with your own digital security defenses. Mention your concern about digital security to your tax preparer and anyone else who gives you close-up financial advice and has access to your financial records. These “helper” pros need to be digitally secure too. What do they say about that? Brian Krebs, […]

Doug Bedell — April 13, 2018, 3:29 pm

DHS Conducts a Biennial Cyber Security Exercise

Here’s an account from the Department of Homeland Security on its conduct of “Cyber Storm VI: Testing the Nation’s Ability to Respond to a Cyber Incident”. DHS has a link to the Cyber Storm exercise series at The exercise “involved more than 1,000 members of the private industry, government and international partners who participated […]

Doug Bedell — April 11, 2018, 10:29 am

Bruce Schneier Promos the ‘Digital Security Exchange’

Bruce Schneier advises of the Digital Security Exchange, where he is on the advisory committee: “The DSX works to strengthen the digital resilience of U.S. civil society groups by improving their understanding and mitigation of online threats. “We do this by pairing civil society and social sector organizations with credible and trustworthy digital security experts […]

Doug Bedell — April 9, 2018, 11:58 am

‘Innocuous’ Web Questions Can Be Harmful

In this time of freshly dawning awareness of the security hazards of social media, Brian Krebs warns against responding to “data harvesting” questions on websites. “I’m willing to bet,” Krebs writes, “that a good percentage of regular readers here would never respond — honestly or otherwise — to such questionnaires (except perhaps to chide others […]

Doug Bedell — April 6, 2018, 1:21 pm

Healthcare, Too, Can Be Hit By Cyber Attacks

We’re not expressly endorsing the SecurityMetrics Health Network Portal, but it’s certainly noteworthy that the healthcare industry was hit by 23.7 percent of total cyber data breaches last year, as the SecurityMetrics blog notes. Healthcare IT News displays “The biggest healthcare breaches of 2017” in a click-along format here. As it’s been demonstrated repeatedly, no […]