Archives: February, 2019

Doug Bedell — February 27, 2019, 2:32 pm

When Budgets Are Tight, Security Deserves Priority

There’s a possibility, writes Karen Trigg on Security InfoWatch, that tight budgets in an enterprise can be harming its security status – something like skimping on fire safety standards. The post is written in a British setting, but the insights come down to taking security very seriously, as a top priority. “This can include assessing […]

Doug Bedell — February 25, 2019, 3:47 pm

Digital Hijacker Stirs Things Up in Tampa, Florida

Here’s an instance from the sick side of sanity to indicate why it’s important to keep social media accounts as secure as possible: NakedSecurity reports that the mayor of Tampa, Florida, had his Twitter account hijacked recently by an intruder who posted bomb threats and child sex abuse material on it. “Mayor Bob Buckhorn’s account […]

Doug Bedell — February 22, 2019, 9:57 pm

A Valid Security Claim: 9/11 Victims’ Funding

We don’t want to sound mercenary, and we’re sure the victims of the 9/11/2001 attacks don’t either, but there’s a question of due compensation for those injured on that horrendous day that ought to be recognized. In Homeland Security, via the Associated Press, reports that the September 11th Victims Compensation Fund is running out of […]

Doug Bedell — February 20, 2019, 4:01 pm

A Job Market In Search of Young Security Pros

Spread the word – the security market needs new workers. In a survey conducted by Security Business magazine, “73 percent of companies surveyed said that employee recruitment and retention was one of the top threats to their business.” “Industry-wide,” a Security InfoWatch post continued, “experienced and seasoned technicians are aging, with some wanting to retire […]

Doug Bedell — February 18, 2019, 4:29 pm

Maintain Security: Don’t Take the Bait In a Phishing Attack

The ClearSwift blog is looking out for users of Microsoft Office 365, of whom there are many, on how to protect from having their software compromised by hackers. It advises that “The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has recently published an advisory report that explores the ways MO365 can be compromised by malicious parties, explaining […]

Doug Bedell — February 15, 2019, 4:11 pm

Here’s a Self-Sailing Ship to Roam the Seas Without a Crew

We’ve been hearing about self-driving cars, but how about a self-sailing ship? Yep, there must be security benefits, certainly savings in crew costs, from the story of the Sea Hunter, a 132-foot-long self-driving ship that sailed between San Diego and Peal Harbor last month, as reported by the Defense Tech blog. The Sea Hunter, an […]

Doug Bedell — February 13, 2019, 11:52 am

Schneier: ‘Cyber Insurance Can Be a Vexing Market’

Bruce Schneier advises that cyber insurance is becoming a big, and problematic, factor as hacker intrusions on the Internet grow. ” First, the scope of cyber risks vastly exceeds available coverage, as cyber perils cut across most areas of commercial insurance in an unprecedented manner: direct losses to policyholders and third-party claims (clients, customers, etc.); […]

Doug Bedell — February 11, 2019, 5:40 pm

Security Information Officers Subject to Burnout

Protecting the security and validity of computer-based information is becoming an ever more stressful role, a post by Marc French on the Security magazine blog advises. “Having been a CISO now for a few years,” French writes, “I can relate to the occasional challenges. Late nights/weekends, internal stress, board presentations, breaches, media… the list goes […]

Doug Bedell — February 8, 2019, 3:43 pm

Meet Your Friendly Hackers – Why Alertness Matters

Here’s how computer security is being menaced by hackers, in a nutshell. Want to know, for example, the difference between phishing ane spear phishing. It’s here in this SecurityInfowatch post. The opening paragraph removes much of the mystique that’s enveloped hackers. Here’s who they typically are:: “While popular culture might lead you to believe that […]

Doug Bedell — February 6, 2019, 3:51 pm

Communication’s Security Role

Communication is the heartbeat of human activity, including that of security practitioners. Three writers of an In Public Safety post explain how this plays out daily, especially since 9/11. “In the aftermath of the attacks on September 11, 2001, local law enforcement agencies in the United States were thrust into counterterrorism and intelligence-gathering roles—responsibilities they […]