Archives: November, 2019

Doug Bedell — November 29, 2019, 1:53 pm

Scammers Introducing a Web ‘Netflix’ Ploy

Here’s how scammers of Netflix and other sites can make your financial life miserable, as explained by the NakedSecurity blog. “For the most part, this email is disarmingly simple, and therefore surprisingly believable, for all that it’s given away by typos, grammatical mistakes and orthographic errors. “It’s not overly dramatic, it’s not threatening, and it’s […]

Doug Bedell — November 27, 2019, 9:54 am

Watch Out, Even, When You See .gov on the Web

Be wary, even, of a .gov domain name, Brian Krebs advises. “It’s way too easy to get a .gov domain name,” he writes. “Earlier this month, KrebsOnSecurity received an email from a researcher who said he got a .gov domain simply by filling out and emailing an online form, grabbing some letterhead off the homepage […]

Doug Bedell — November 25, 2019, 4:57 pm

Can Russia Be Forsaking the Internet?

Russia is apparently challenging the concept that the internet is a worldwide, freely accessible, computer communication network. John E. Dunn on the Naked Security blog reports that “Earlier this month, the country (Russia) passed a controversial new ‘sovereign internet’ law that requires the country’s ISPs (internet service providers) to set up deep packet inspection of […]

Doug Bedell — November 22, 2019, 2:45 pm

‘Converged’ Security is the Ticket Now

Think it’s enough to focus on cybersecurity, or physical security or operational security alone? Not so, says Will Wise Security blog. “As threats evolve and bad actors become more intelligent, and with the goal of being proactive vs. reactive, the need for a robust, comprehensive, converged security strategy is paramount.” One-person shops probably knew this […]

Doug Bedell — November 20, 2019, 12:00 pm

A New Book on Today’s Security World

In Homeland Security advises of a new book on intelligence gathering and security matters – “Intelligence Operations, Understanding Data, Tools, People and Processes”. It’s described as a worthy successor to Allen Dulles’ “The Craft of Intelligence” of 60 years ago. “If Dulles’ book could be considered a primer on what the super-secretive Central Intelligence Agency […]

Doug Bedell — November 15, 2019, 1:13 pm

How the U.S. Secret Service Is Responding to School Violence

There have been at least 30 shooting attacks at schools in 2019. Prompted by the latest one this week in Los Angeles County, the U.S. Secret Service is calling attention to its “Operational Guide for Preventing Targeted School Violence”, issued in July of last year. It’s something for school officials and parents alike to rally […]

Doug Bedell — November 13, 2019, 10:48 pm

World Sales of Security Products Are Strong, With a ‘China Challenge’

The global market for physical security products is strong, advises SecurityInfoWatch. Strong, but unbalanced. “Western manufacturers have competed better against Chinese competition this year, but they still have little possibility of penetrating the Chinese public sector business. China is by far the largest single market, probably accounting for 35% to 40% of world demand for […]

Doug Bedell — November 11, 2019, 1:17 pm

Veterans Insure that Our ‘Mundane’ World Remains Secure

On Veterans Day, it’s appropriate to note the differences between the military and civilian worlds and the challenges veterans face in moving from one to the other. Leischen Steiter notes on the In Public Safety blog that the transition isn’t always easy. ““One of the biggest challenges I faced was learning and accepting that I […]

Doug Bedell — November 8, 2019, 2:28 pm

Hospitals Hit by Cyberattacks, With Some Dire Results

Do all you can to protect your computer(s) from cyber attacks – no one is safe from such digital intrusions – including hospitals, with some dire results. The DarkReading blog reports that “hospital cyberattacks have been linked to an increase in heart attack mortality.” The evidence comes from researchers at Vanderbilt University’s Owen Graduate School […]

Doug Bedell — November 6, 2019, 12:54 pm

‘Lifelong Learning’ Has Special Security Relevance

One key security tool is lifelong learning about how security challenges keep changing and evolving. That’s the pertinent word from the ASIS International 2019 conference on “Why Lifelong Learning is Vital in the Field of Security and Threat Management”. Learning shouldn’t end when you reach a certain point in your career,” explains Dr. Nicole Drumhiller, […]