Archives: May, 2019

Doug Bedell — May 31, 2019, 2:28 pm

Dire Developments at the Southern Border, as Tariffs on Mexico Loom

The situation at the U.S. southern border is dire. For information on just how dire – in both humanitarian and security terms – here’s the text of a background press briefing officials of the Department of Homeland Security and the White House held on the evening of May 30. “Over the past 21 days, an […]

Doug Bedell — May 29, 2019, 9:50 am

Slowing Down Vehicles at Parking Areas Helps Security provides pointers on providing adequate security for vehicle parking areas. “When planning security features for a new or existing parking lot or garage,” the post reads, “the first consideration is the level of security required for that particular facility. A parking garage for a foreign embassy or federal courthouse will require far more serious […]

Doug Bedell — May 24, 2019, 2:52 pm

Computer Data Breaches Leave Us Yearning for Digital Security

Security Infowatch notes that there’s a “patchwork of state data breach notification statutes, as well as federal laws” that are supposed to promote the security of documents housed on computers. Yet “massive data breaches have gotten more common in the years since these statutes were enacted.” The “constant drumbeat” of news about about hacking “has […]

Doug Bedell — May 22, 2019, 2:31 pm

‘Security’ Rates the Same Priority as ‘Compliance’

It’s not just a word game when “security” gets overridden by “compliance” in the minds of top corporate executives,” a Security magazine writer notes. “Compliance” has an ever-present priority, while “security” has more of a “maybe” ring to it, not that that should matter. “Every year,” the Security magazine writer notes, “corporations visit policies and […]

Doug Bedell — May 20, 2019, 12:02 pm

Watch Out: Social Media Breaches Weaken Web Security

Here’s a look at what happens, and why, when Facebook gets its dander up enough to shut down accounts “being used to spread fake news and influence political discourse in a number of nations,(in this case) mostly in Africa, but also in Latin America and Southeast Asia. “Before the ban, Archimedes Group was running 65 […]

Doug Bedell — May 17, 2019, 10:44 am

Email Security: Practice It As a Speciality Of Its Own

Here, from Securosis, is background on email security – “…email-borne attacks are still a scourge on pretty much every enterprise. That doesn’t mean the industry hasn’t made progress – it’s just that between new attacker tactics and the eternal fallibility of humans clicking on things, we’re arguably in about the same place we’ve been all […]

Doug Bedell — May 15, 2019, 12:33 pm

Drones Being Used In High-Tech Southern Border Crossings

Drones equipped with thermal cameras or night vision capabilities are being used as security “look-outs” by migrants seeking to cross the U.S.-Mexico border illegally, In Homeland Security reports. In one instance, in mid-April, “a Border Patrol agent was monitoring the border at night using an infrared camera when he observed a small airborne object traveling […]

Doug Bedell — May 13, 2019, 10:31 am

Royal Canadian Navy Gets Right With Wi-Fi

Oh, the security dilemmas the military can get into. Take, for example, the Royal Canadian Navy. It recognizes that it won’t be recruiting sailors if they can’t bring their cell phones along. So, advises, in designing future ships, Canadian leaders are putting internet connection high on the list. “We have sailors who’ve grown up […]

Doug Bedell — May 10, 2019, 10:46 am

Honor First Responders for the Stresses They Bear

Stresses from career engagement as military veterans or first responders can be deadly. The toll of veteran suicides is better known, but “another group is quietly struggling with its own suicide epidemic: First responders.” That’s the dire insight presented in a post on In Public Safety. “According to a study by the Ruderman Family Foundation, […]

Doug Bedell — May 8, 2019, 1:17 pm

Take Cyber Security Risks for Businesses Seriously

We post a lot about cyber security threats, but here’s an especially important one – cyber security training for the staff of a business, those who have to recognize the possibility that an attack is occurring in the first place. advises: “As a starting point, employers need to work to create an environment that […]