Archives: August, 2020

Doug Bedell — August 31, 2020, 10:45 am

Diversity in Police Force Hiring a Builder of Trust

With greater attention being given to how well law enforcement fits the communities it serves, In Public Safety offers a post on diversity in police force hiring. “One of the most important initiatives to ensure that law enforcement is fully capable of serving the community is by insisting on diversity within the department,” Dr. Jarrod […]

Doug Bedell — August 28, 2020, 11:03 am

Learning From a Pandemic Security Go-Round

Here, from the site, is some of what’s been learned from the remote workforce experience during 2020’s coronavirus pandemic. It begins under a less-than-cheery headline: “One-Fifth of Organizations Have Experienced a Security Breach Due to Their Remote Workforce”. “In short, when the pandemic struck and businesses shifted to working remotely, cybersecurity was definitely not […]

Doug Bedell — August 26, 2020, 11:28 am

‘Fake News’ Aimed at Harassing U.S. Troops With Bogus Reports

 It’s getting so that you need to treat social media posts with a grain of doubt, maybe more than a few. In Homeland Security reports on how the U.S. military is countering fake social media posts “aimed to sow discord about U.S. troops’ presence in Europe and elsewhere. “…And it’s not just fake news about […]

Doug Bedell — August 24, 2020, 1:14 pm

Bollards as Partners With Vehicle Access Control Barriers

A post promotes bollards as partners with vehicle access control barriers. A reference incident involved “a Mercedes-Benz SUV (that) crashed into another vehicle and ricocheted through the lobby of Atlanta’s Piedmont Hospital’s emergency room in June (2020). One person died and four were hurt.” Bollards, or fixed standing posts, can protect settings like hospital […]

Doug Bedell — August 21, 2020, 11:46 am

To Counter ‘Fake News’, Read With a Questioning Mind

In Homeland Security reports on how fake news stories, often originating in Russia, “are a massive problem in the U.S. and other democracies. Fake news stories that originate in Russia — often on highly divisive and partisan topics — have made their way into Americans’ social media feeds.” “And it’s not just fake news about […]

Doug Bedell — August 19, 2020, 11:14 am

‘Fake News’ Could Promote Power Blackouts

Social media could be a terrorist weapon, the Plos One blog advises. It provides the hypothetical example of an electric power blackout resulting from “fake discount notifications encouraging consumers to shift their consumption into the peak-demand period. “Using Greater London as a case study,” the post notes, “we show that such disinformation can indeed lead […]

Doug Bedell — August 17, 2020, 11:55 am

‘Dear Old Golden Rule Days’…Schools Face Security Threats

Security is going to K-12 schools, Byron V. Acohido advises on The Last Watchdog blog. “Parents have long held a special duty to protect their school-aged children from bad actors on the Internet,” Acohido writes. “Now COVID-19 has dramaticlly and permanently expanded that parental responsibility, as well as extended it to ill-prepared school officials in […]

Doug Bedell — August 14, 2020, 11:42 am

A Briefing on the Top Techniques Used by Electronic Hackers

It sounds endearing. But, advises the KnowBe4 website, “Social engineering is the art of manipulating, influencing, or deceiving you in order to gain control over your computer system or iphone. The hacker might use the phone, email, snail mail or direct contact to gain illegal access. Phishing, spear phishing, and CEO Fraud are all examples.” […]

Doug Bedell — August 12, 2020, 10:35 am

Policing Not a One Size Fits All Endeavor

Writing on In Public Safety, Nicole Cain notes that policing is a locally based security function, and not to be politicized around abstractions. “While law enforcement must evolve and adapt to societal shifts and federally mandated guidelines,” she notes, “ultimately law enforcement is a local issue. Police organizations should serve their community’s needs, adopt their […]

Doug Bedell — August 11, 2020, 12:11 pm

Identity Management a Special Covid-19 Concern in Hospitals

Security magazine has a web discussion of identity management in health care, which focuses on approaches to managing security access in hospitals, especially in this year era of COVID-19. “The onset of COVID-19,” reads the post by Brooke Grigsby, “has introduced new challenges related to patient monitoring, reducing the spread of infection and maintaining a […]