Archives: November, 2020

Doug Bedell — November 30, 2020, 12:18 pm

Need Vehicles for a Security Company? Tips on What’s Best

The Thinkcurity blog considers the question of what classes of vehicles are best for use by physical security companies. Writer Korey McGuiness suggests that, in addition to design, you consider the Cost-per-day – that is, Depreciation + Fuel + Maintenance + Interest + Taxes/Fees divided by the Number of Operating Hours per Day. McGuiness comes […]

Doug Bedell — November 27, 2020, 11:55 am

Police Officers Harder to Recruit Among the Generations

Generational changes in outlook are making it harder to recruit police officers and to meet community security needs, Dr. Nicole Cain of American Military University advises on Here’s a refresher on the generations: “Although not an exact science, many researchers agree that the Baby Boomer generation describes people born from 1946 through 1964; Generation […]

Doug Bedell — November 25, 2020, 12:05 pm

Cuba-born Alejandro Mayorkas Named as Head of Homeland Security

Cuba-born Alejandro Mayorkas has been named by President-elect Joe Biden as the new secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, reports. “Mayorkas, who was born in Havana, attended the University of California, Berkeley,” Infowatch advises, “and began working for the government as an assistant United States attorney in the Central District of California, […]

Doug Bedell — November 23, 2020, 10:13 am

Security Window Film Provides Smashing Protection

An aspect of security you may not have considered: protecting your windows with security window film. Corey Tyriver on the Security 101 site advises that “Security film consists of one or more layers of polyester film. They are then overlaid together with potent sealants. The end result is a film ranging in thickness from about […]

Doug Bedell — November 20, 2020, 12:27 pm

Materials for Safeguarding Home-Based Computers

Remote working from home has been ushered in by the Covid-19 pandemic and will likely continue when the virus is licked. But it has computer security perils that workers-from-home need to be mindful of. The KowBe4 website provides training materials on working securely from home and offers a kickoff caution – “93% of employees are […]

Doug Bedell — November 18, 2020, 11:51 am

For Security Awareness, Chart Your Community’s Crime Rate

For doing security planning on a community level, here’s a website with crime statistics for all 50 states and the District of Columbia – not just the states but the communities within them.

Doug Bedell — November 16, 2020, 3:40 pm

‘Data Exfiltration’ a Security Term for Learning In a Computerized World

“Data exfiltration” is a mouthful term. But explains why it’s an increasingly pertinent one. In short, it’s the stealing of information by computer hacking. “Data can be sensitive information about customers and employees, financial or strategic information, product designs or intellectual property, or any data that could undermine an organization’s market competitiveness,” Clearswift notes. […]

Doug Bedell — November 13, 2020, 2:11 pm

‘Security Robots’ Coming Into Military Use Patrolling Perimeters

Security officers are likely to be having company in the near future, in the “person” of four-legged robots walking at their side. Tony Mixon on reports that Ghost Robotics held a demonstration recently at Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida of a security robot “walking” alongside a security sergeant on his rounds. It looked […]

Doug Bedell — November 11, 2020, 11:40 am

Password Creation a Security Skill In Itself

Here’s a short, but very helpful, treatise on effective computer passwords from Curtis Franklin Jr. on the Dark Reading blog – 6 Ways Passwords Fail Basic Security Tests. “Humans”, Franklin writes, “are good at some things, like eating too many potato chips or getting annoying songs stuck in their heads. They’re not so good at […]

Doug Bedell — November 9, 2020, 11:44 am

From Signs to Barriers, Maintaining Traffic Safety

A Canadian firm, Reliance Foundry, provides a web treatise on highway traffic control devices. “Excellent traffic control,” Reliance explains, “is important from circulation to signage. Thankfully, most facilities manage slower speeds than those on public roads and highways, which lowers risk. On the other hand, people and cars may be more likely to share the […]