Archives: December, 2019

Doug Bedell — December 30, 2019, 4:52 pm

A Dire Web Security Outlook for 2020 provides predictions of what security on the Internet will be like in 2020 – worse than ever. “We will see an increase in attacks on IoT devices, including smart home devices, home automation systems and more. We might see new forms of IoT financial cybercrime, building on first-generation IoT attacks on ATMs and their […]

Doug Bedell — December 27, 2019, 1:23 pm

Who’s at the Door? Check Via a Video Doorbell

Security protection can be provided by gadgets, one of which is a video doorbell for your home or office. When the doorbell rings, check who’s out there on your smartphone or computer. Read up on the “Best video doorbells of 2020” at this site.

Doug Bedell — December 23, 2019, 4:18 pm

Know Your Organization – What Hackers Might Want to Hit

Know your organization. What are your most valuable online assets? Know these things and you can better plan to protect them. That’s today’s message from, and it’s a timely one. “It is critical,” writes Dr. Kevin Harris, of American Military University, “that leaders determine what organizational assets are the most valuable and thus what […]

Doug Bedell — December 20, 2019, 10:57 am

Video Surveillance a Huge Security Market

View the worldwide market for security products almost at a glance on the Memoori site –”the New 2019 Definitive Resource for Access Control, Intruder Alarm/Perimeter Protection & Video Surveillance Market Research”. Whew! You don’t often see a market laid out like this in most of its elements. “This report,” says Memoori, “is a detailed analysis […]

Doug Bedell — December 18, 2019, 10:37 am

2019 Was a Record Year for Security Hacking on the Web

It’s been an unrelentingly seedy year on the Internet in terms of the total number of security breaches of resident websites, the DarkReading blog advises. “Over 7.9 billion (with a “b”) data records were exposed in the first nine months of this year alone from a total of 5,183 breaches, according to Risk Based Security […]

Doug Bedell — December 16, 2019, 9:09 am

Threats to the Security of Public Transportation

Public transportation could become a security threat – it is already in three metropolitan centers on three continents, advises. ” In Hong Kong, Barcelona, and Santiago, Chile, protesters all focused demonstrations – and sometimes violent attacks – against public train stations and networks,” Ben West advises on InfoWatch. “In some cases, violent individuals smashed […]

Doug Bedell — December 13, 2019, 12:48 pm

The Whistleblower Law ‘Needs Tightening’

Whistleblowers are protected by federal law. Yes, but the law could do with tightening, says a post on In Homeland Security. The current federal law protecting whistleblowers – the Intelligence Witness Protection Act – has been in effect since 1998. It doesn’t, however, protect whistleblowers against retaliation or criminal charges. The law “provides a secure […]

Doug Bedell — December 11, 2019, 12:17 pm

Background on Whistleblowing, a Protected Security Role

What does a “whistleblower” risk by providing information to government agencies? The standing of whistleblowers is explained in a post on In Homeland Security by David E. Hubler. “Who is a whistleblower?” it begins, “Should a whistleblower remain anonymous? Are their actions legal or illegal?” The current House impeachment proceeding against President Donald Trump was […]

Doug Bedell — December 9, 2019, 1:09 pm

Tune-In to Today’s Risk Realities

On his Security website, Bruce Schneier refers us to a spot-on, in-person talk on risk assessment by Andy Ellis, the chief security officer of Akamai. From an earlier post of his own on assessing risk, Schneier notes all too appropriately that “The problem is our brains are intuitively suited to the sorts of risk management […]

Doug Bedell — December 6, 2019, 10:44 am

Armed or Not? Most Security Officers Don’t Carry Guns

The Protection Circle blog turns to a subject that arises occasionally: Should security officers be armed? “The fact of the matter,” says the writer, “is that the vast majority of security officers are unarmed. This applies to facility and campus security, houses of worship security, corporate security, event security, travel security, executive protection, covert protection […]