Archives: December, 2018

Doug Bedell — December 31, 2018, 3:56 pm

Video Surveillance Discussed as a ‘Re-Emerging’ Security Tool

If effective video surveillance is a security aim of yours, here, from, is a set of predictions on the technology for 2019 from a panel of experts “In the video surveillance market,” the presentation begins,  “it could be said that analytics are getting their shot at an industry reboot.  Having overpromised and under-delivered a decade ago, […]

Doug Bedell — December 21, 2018, 1:22 pm

China, Too, Hosting Computer Hackers, State/DHS Say

  Much of the computer hacking attention of late has gone to Russia, but China has been in the digital fray too, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security advises. “Since at least 2014, Chinese cyber actors associated with the Chinese Ministry of State Security have hacked multiple U.S. and global managed service and cloud providers. […]

Doug Bedell — December 19, 2018, 1:23 pm

Vexing Security Delays on the Southwestern Border

For all the concern over protecting the U.S. southwestern border, Homeland 411 advises that the intent to hire “thousands of Border Patrol and other agents…has come up extremely short… “As of October 1, 2018 – 10 months into the contract – Customs and Border Protection has paid Accenture approximately $13.6 million for startup costs, security requirements, […]

Doug Bedell — December 17, 2018, 4:43 pm

At Any Time of Year, But Especially the Holidays, Vigilance Is In Order

  It’s certainly not in the holiday spirit, but security is a realistic business – so, In Homeland Security posts a “December Terror Threat Snapshot: Vigilance for the Holidays”. “In the midst of the holiday season,” notes Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas), chairman of the U.S. House Homeland Security Committee, “we must remain even more vigilant as jihadists […]

Doug Bedell — December 14, 2018, 3:15 pm

Bogus Bomb Threat Emails Cause Internet Consternation

  On his blog, Graham Cluley discusses the bogus bomb threats that were sent via emails on December 13 to “scores of colleges, businesses, hospitals and courthouses” in the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand and perhaps other places that “demanded a Bitcoin payment be made by the end of the working day”. This is a gruesome, […]

Doug Bedell — December 12, 2018, 1:26 pm

The Status of Security Robots

SecurityInfoWatch updates the status of security robots – like drones, they’re coming along. “ recently reached out to senior leaders at three security robotics firms, including Dr. Travis Deyle, CEO and Co-Founder of Cobalt Robotics, Stacy Dean Stephens, EVP and Chief Client Officer at Knightscope, and Steve Reinharz, the Founder and CEO of Robotic Assistance […]

Doug Bedell — December 10, 2018, 3:51 pm

Marijuana Creating a New Security Market

There’s a new security frontier – the evolving cannabis retail market. You’d realize that if you’d attended the MJBizCon National Marijuana Business Conference & Expo 2018 in Las Vegas last month, Security Infowatch advises. “Billed as the largest business event in the cannabis industry, it rivaled the ISC West show in the number of booths and […]

Doug Bedell — December 7, 2018, 12:42 pm

U.S. Heads Into Space as the Next Security Sector

The next security frontier will be space operations, advises President Donald Trump’s proposal to create a Space Force will likely cost billions, but Navy Secretary Richard V. Spencer pledged his support Thursday for an organization dedicated to space operations. “We will have to wait and see how the Congress actually vets it out. … But on a fundamental […]

Doug Bedell — December 5, 2018, 4:32 pm

Senate Asserts American Opposition to Yemen War, a War Powers Milestone

Congress has taken a “critical step toward reasserting its war-powers control,” In Homeland Security reports.  Last week, by a vote of 63 to 37, ” the Senate advanced a resolution introduced by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) that would end U.S. support for Saudi Arabia’s devastation of Yemen.” “The fighting in Yemen, ostensibly a proxy war between Saudi […]

Doug Bedell — December 4, 2018, 10:39 pm

U.S. Faces ‘Immense’ Global Security Challenges

  “Never in recent memory,” writes John Ubaldi on In Homeland Security,  “has the United States faced so many immense global challenges. But are we prepared for what confronts us today? Furthermore, is America’s preeminent global military advantage declining and opening an opportunity for others to overtake us?” These are truly sobering words. But Ubaldi […]