Archives: January, 2020

Doug Bedell — January 29, 2020, 12:45 pm

Helpful Tips for ‘Keeping Security Secure’

From Tim Howard, CSSM, on the Security blog, here are “a few simple measures” for keeping security secure: • Practice need-to-know. Only share security-related information with those who need to know. • Practice compartmentalization. For larger security entities, do not permit everyone to know everything about the operation. • Employ the use of Non-disclosure Statements. […]

Doug Bedell — January 27, 2020, 1:06 pm

U.S. Homeland Security Closing in on ‘Real IDs’ for Flying

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is closing in on a deadline of October 1, 2020 for Americans to have the REAL ID-compliant drivers’ licenses that will be required then for domestic airline travel. Over 95 million Americans already have them. the U.S. Department of Homeland Security notes. “While it is the states that are […]

Doug Bedell — January 24, 2020, 11:07 am

Church Security Needs to Be Taken Seriously, Not Casually

Church security gets little formal attention, but it should, advises Tony Kooser on the Security website. “First,” Kooser, President of Full Armor Strategic Solutions, writes, “where does a church find their security applicants? Most church security teams are comprised predominantly of volunteers. While it is possible to attract members with some form of experience, the […]

Doug Bedell — January 22, 2020, 12:24 pm

PRO Barrier Introduces a Multi-Purpose Portable Barrier

PRO Barrier has a new portable barrier, the PB-12, for use anywhere. You can see it here. The PB-12 can be readily deployed to control traffic at parades, construction sites, VIP appearances, military bases, farmers markets and street fairs. The new barrier is manually operated; it doesn’t require electric power or conventional hydraulic systems. When […]

Doug Bedell — January 20, 2020, 11:08 am

Getting Ready: FBI Gears Up for the 2020 Presidential Election

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is getting ready for another presidential election season, with security concerns foremost in mind. Danny Bradbury on the Naked Security blog reports that “This year is shaping up to be the most challenging yet when it comes to election security. In 2020, cyberattacks against the US election will be […]

Doug Bedell — January 17, 2020, 1:28 pm

Not Much Chance of a Draft Again – Ever

Wes O’Donnell on the In Homeland Security blog ponders the chances of a military draft being reinstated someday and considers them virtually non-existent. “WW3Draft” became a top social media trending item after President Trump directed the killing of Qasem Solemani, the head of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps-Quds Force. And the website of the Selective […]

Doug Bedell — January 15, 2020, 11:16 am

What Makes a Whistleblower?

What’s involved in the role of a whistleblower? Frustration first, then resolve to see a nasty situation through – these, advises Erik Kleinsmith of American University and a onetime whistleblower himself – are key elements in going public with a revelation of tawdry doings. Posting on In Homeland Security, Kleinsmith explains that, in deciding whether […]

Doug Bedell — January 13, 2020, 1:25 pm

Holy Hackers, Looks Like They’re Having Fun!

Here, on, is a nifty profile of computer hackers. Looks like a jolly bunch of folks, no? Call that a definition of hacking instead. Hacking is… Paul Asadoorian of Security Weekly lists 14 elements in a definition of hackers. We might as well quit commenting on this subject. There’s nothing more to be said […]

Doug Bedell — January 10, 2020, 12:52 pm

Iran Suspected of a Hacking Surge

Alertness remains a necessity in protecting websites from hackers, Silviu Stahie advises on the Hot for Security website. “If the latest reports are to be believed,” he warns, “Iran-backed hackers are probing U.S. critical infrastructure by using password-spraying attacks, looking for weakness and human laziness.” He continues: “It’s no surprise, that, following the conflict between […]

Doug Bedell — January 8, 2020, 11:36 am

What a Whistleblower Needs to Know

Erik Kleinsmith of American Military University discusses what a whistleblower does, along with his own experience of being one, on the In Public Safety blog. It’s not something you do casually. “The single most powerful armament the whistleblower has” he odvises, “is his credibility. After all, it is your word against the status quo, your […]