Archives: March, 2020

Doug Bedell — March 30, 2020, 3:31 pm

A ‘Fraud Storm’ Is About to Hit, a Former FBI Specialist Warns

Let’s hope he’s wrong, but Frank Figluzzi, on, is predicting that a troop of fraudsters is ready to exploit the coronavirus, and security professionals need to protect against them. “Never let a perfectly good crisis go to waste; that’s the mantra of many a skilled con artist,” Figluzzi, a former assistant director for counterintelligence […]

Doug Bedell — March 27, 2020, 3:06 pm

Because of the Virus, REAL ID Deadline Pushed Back a Year

The COVID-19 pandemic is impacting the Department of Homeland Security’s priorities in terms of the deadline for REAL ID drivers’ licenses. The deadline had been October 1st of this year – it’s now October 1, 2021, a year later. As Homeland Security explains it, “The REAL ID Act establishes minimum security standards for license issuance […]

Doug Bedell — March 25, 2020, 3:26 pm

How COVID-19 Got Launched on the World

Here, from In Homeland Security, is what led up to the COVID-19 pandemic, the better to understand where we are in today’s setting. “With practically the whole world facing an economic free-fall from the COVID-19 pandemic,” writes William Tucker, “it’s natural to inquire as to how all of this came to be. “Pinning down the […]

Doug Bedell — March 23, 2020, 3:51 pm

What Security Pros Need to Know About COVID-19

Security Magazine passes along from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) these guidelines for law enforcement and security officers on protection against COVID-19, the life-threatening virus • Recognize the signs and symptoms of COVID 19. • Protect yourself from exposure. • Maintain personal protection equipment at the ready. • If close contact is made with […]

Doug Bedell — March 20, 2020, 5:53 pm

Security Promptings During ‘Virus-Time’

Maintaining cybersecurity is likely to be challenging in the next few months, with so many Covid-19 pressures working against our normal routines, advises. So here are some suggestions: • Take stock of your current activities and focus on defending you key assets as best you can. That’s why you’ve been building a resilient organization, […]

Doug Bedell — March 18, 2020, 12:04 pm

Drones: A Big Role in Security’s Future

The more we learn about drones, the more we become impressed by their versatility as security guards. SecurityInfowatch is the latest source of information on their capability. Where we may be headed: “Will drones have an impact on the contract security personnel market? It’s probably not as unlikely as you may think.” “A key to […]

Doug Bedell — March 16, 2020, 1:42 pm

A Perverse Security Moment: Coronavirus Sets Us Apart

With coronavirus, we’re at a moment now – may it be a short one – when security means separation. In Homeland Security muses on that theme: “The threat of coronavirus is actually creating physical and emotional distance. It’s caused people to stockpile food and stay home. It’s caused employers to close offices, schools to cancel […]

Doug Bedell — March 13, 2020, 12:37 pm

SIA Provides a Virus-Response Post of Special Value

The Security Industry Association blog provides “a selection of public informational resources that anyone can access to prepare for this public health emergency (COVID-19 virus)”. You can find guidance from the Centers for Disease Control, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Society for Human Resource Management, this one on Creating a Telework Program. The […]

Doug Bedell — March 11, 2020, 3:50 pm

Apple iPhones Soon to be Opening Doors

Open a presumably locked door with your smart phone? explains how Apple will soon be making that possible via the upcoming release of a new iPhone 11. “It has been nearly a decade since HID Global launched a pilot program to validate how mobile access control using Near Field Communication (NFC)-enabled smartphones can enable […]

Doug Bedell — March 9, 2020, 11:53 am

A Ranking Admiral at Sea on Cybersecurity

Admiral James Stavridis, the former Supreme Allied Commander of NATO, provides perspective on cybersecurity on the DarkReading website: “In cyber, we see the greatest mismatch between level of threat and level of preparations. In the physical world, we had a lot of threats. You know, Russia, Afghanistan, Libya, the Balkans, piracy — lots of threats, […]