Archives: June, 2018

Doug Bedell — June 29, 2018, 3:20 pm

Stopping and Thinking in a Pell-Mell Digital Time

The security sector has been steadily changing over the past decade. While controls over physical entry, such as barriers, remain essential, security has become a digital enterprise, too, with the threats coming from “out there,” that is the Internet. A blog post by SIA, the Security Industry Association, is helpful in grasping the new context. […]

Doug Bedell — June 26, 2018, 8:58 pm

Tasers, Pepper Spray No Shield Against Bullets in Target Settings

With the best of intentions, SecurityInfoWatch has a post discussing how schools and businesses are turning to “non-lethal solutions for active shooter mitigation.” That’s all very well, but a shooter with a gun has it over anyone else in terms of range. The shooter can stand-off in a deadly manner, protected by a distance advantage […]

Doug Bedell — June 25, 2018, 4:19 pm

Computer Password Protection: A New Digital Art Form

Computer passwords, those that provide reasonably assured protection, are becoming an art form, as this post by John E. Dunn on the naked security blog indicates. Here, Dunn is touting a new tool by Microsoft – if you’re a Premium 1 account customer of Microsoft’s Azure AD cloud service or Windows Server Active Directory – […]

Doug Bedell — June 22, 2018, 11:24 am

Where Are Your Cyber Vexations Coming From?

Who’s the biggest provider of unwelcome spam e-mail messages these days? If you say China, our experience has been that it used to be China, but now is the “Russian Federation”, by far, although we’ve been falling behind in sorting through our spam messages. Yet, interestingly enough, the Homeland 411 blog is saying that China […]

Doug Bedell — June 21, 2018, 9:47 am

Precautions for Security In Your Pocket, or Pocketbook

We’ve written a lot about security risks from intruders or desktop computers. But, IDG/Panasonic warn, there are also intrusion risks on your belt or in your pocket, zipcase or pocketbook – that is, from cell phones and other mobile devices. “As the dependence on mobile devices and data captured from the field increases,” the post […]

Doug Bedell — June 18, 2018, 10:49 am

Apple Updating 911 Emergency Calls With HELO System

We’re not huckstering for Apple, but the tech giant will be including a feature in its new iOS 12 software to be released later this year that “will automatically share your location with emergency responders, so they know exactly where to find you,” if, of course, you need them. This according to Tom’s Guide, a […]

Doug Bedell — June 15, 2018, 1:38 pm

DHS Offers New Training – On Countering Internet Terrorists

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is giving its anti-terrorist training a digital turn with a new online training course, “Countering Terrorists Exploitation of Social Media and the Internet.” DHS advises that the “online 90-minute training is designed to educate startup companies and social media companies about how terrorists may seek to exploit their platforms. […]

Doug Bedell — June 13, 2018, 3:28 pm

Living Safely and Securely Takes 10 Steps to Everything

If you want to live and work securely, and are serious about those aims, we invite you to Johnathan Bancroft’s Security magazine post on “10 Hotel Safety Tips from a Former Intelligence Officer”. Bancroft is truly security conscious, just follow behind him as he checks into a hotel. He requests “a room between the second […]

Doug Bedell — June 11, 2018, 10:34 am

U.S. DHS Develops a Plan for Soft Targets and Crowded Places

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is getting personal in its approach to protecting people. DHS has released a “Soft Target and Crowded Places Security Plan Overview” that “describes how the Department is working to enhance and organize its efforts around the security and resilience of soft targets and crowded places across the United States.” […]

Doug Bedell — June 8, 2018, 7:26 am

National Guard’s Presence at the Mexican Border Not Unique to Trump

Homeland 411 provides a snapshot of the National Guard’s deployment to the U.S.–Mexican border, which isn’t unique to President Donald Trump. “In recent years,” writes Chrisopher Pawdzik, “Guard border deployment hasn’t necessarily become commonplace, but it’s also not unusual. From mid-2006 to mid-2008, President George W. Bush deployed about 6,000 National Guard troops to secure […]