Archives: August, 2018

Doug Bedell — August 31, 2018, 2:42 pm

Facial Recognition Technology Catches an Airport Imposter

For the first time ever, a new facial recognition system at Washington’s Dulles International Airport has identified a man seeking to use a bogus passport that looked genuine. In Homeland Security advises that “the new facial recognition system detected that the man’s face and the photo in the passport were not an exact match. During […]

Doug Bedell — August 29, 2018, 3:51 pm

Homeland Security Now a College Major Distinct From Policing

There’s a diversity of choices now for college students with a developing interest in homeland security as a career. A post on the In Public Safety site notes that “Many fields require a bachelor’s degree, but do not require a major in a certain field of study. “For example”, it notes, “a police department may […]

Doug Bedell — August 27, 2018, 3:08 pm

DHS Acts: Getting Caught Up On Securing U.S. Elections

The U.S. should be in a better position to protect the security of our elections than we were in 2016. Now we’ve got the Department of Homeland Security, the FBI, Facebook and Microsoft holding a briefing for the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) and the National Association of State Election Directors (NASED) on […]

Doug Bedell — August 24, 2018, 2:34 pm

School Security Strategies Are Front and Center Again

School’s been out and is in again, and there is, sadly, the continuing question of school security. Security InfoWatch discusses how fear is affecting the stakeholder groups in schools everywhere, with no assured solutions in sight. “Heated discussions involving topics ranging from the installation of metal detectors and the need to improve mental health services […]

Doug Bedell — August 22, 2018, 1:11 pm

Engrossing Security Reading on Observing People

Here’s some security-centered reading on “Inductive Observation – Watching & Understanding People.” It’s fascinating, but not easily summarized. So set it aside for when you have time to read it closely. It’s on the Protection Circle site.

Doug Bedell — August 20, 2018, 11:57 am

Criminal Justice vs. Homeland Security: Two Paths of Study

Want to strengthen your personal security capacities? Get a degree. But which one? There are degrees in both criminal justice and homeland security. The In Homeland Security blog seeks to explain the difference. “For example,” it notes, “a police department may have a requirement that an officer have a bachelor’s degree but will usually not […]

Doug Bedell — August 17, 2018, 1:55 pm

Medical Devices May Not Be As Secure As You Would Think

The Security Ledger site advises that security flaws need more attention from medical device makers than they’ve often been getting. “The security of medical devices figured prominently at last week’s Black Hat, B-Sides and DEF CON hacking conferences in Las Vegas (August 2018). In one of the more news-worthy demonstrations, researchers Billy Rios and Jonathan […]

Doug Bedell — August 15, 2018, 12:17 pm

LA Subways Adding Body Scanners to Ride Securely

Security and privacy are coming increasingly into conflict, but security, no surprise, is winning. Witness the new body scanners that are being installed on the Los Angeles’ subway, the first such installation in the U.S In Homeland Security reports that “The machines scan for metallic and non-metallic objects on a person’s body, can detect suspicious […]

Doug Bedell — August 14, 2018, 3:25 pm

U.S. Homeland Security Has a Neat Video Testing Awareness

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has placed a clever video, “Take the Challenge”, on its home page. It’s intended to test our powers of observation and awareness. What, you say, I’ll never been in a threatening situation? That’s the whole point, we can never assume never when it comes to security. Thanks DHS!

Doug Bedell — August 10, 2018, 2:32 pm

Airport Security May, or May Not, Change, Bruce Schneier Writes

Bruce Schneier discusses airport security, in the wake of a report that the Transportation Security Administration is considering eliminating security at U.S. airports that fly only smaller planes – 60 seats or fewer. “Passengers connecting to larger planes would clear security at their destinations.” If this sounds like a cockamamie approach to airport security, Schneier […]