Archives: January, 2021

Doug Bedell — January 29, 2021, 2:44 pm

When Schools Are Closed: Students’ Mental Health Becomes a Dire Concern

It’s almost too dire to accept as an aspect of pandemic reality, but it’s occurring: When schools are closed, there’s an increase in student hopelessness and even suicides. The ASIS International blog reports, for example, that “In Clark County, Nevada, a spate of student suicides pushed the fifth largest school district in the United States […]

Doug Bedell — January 27, 2021, 2:42 pm

An Anxious Security Setting for America

The Wall Street Journal reports that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has issued one of its infrequent national terrorism alerts, warning that “violent domestic extremists could attack in the coming weeks, emboldened by the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol.” “DHS, in an alert issued on January 27, said violent extremists opposed to […]

Doug Bedell — January 25, 2021, 11:14 am

In Place Now: A National Plan Against COVID-19

The Biden Administration has a COVID-19 response plan, something the U.S. has been lacking. From the Homeland Security Digital Library: “The National Strategy is organized into seven main sections, each representing one the the seven critical goals of the plan: “Goal One: Restore trust with the American people “Goal Two: Mount a safe, effective, equitable […]

Doug Bedell — January 22, 2021, 12:59 pm

Scammers Lurking Around Coronavirus Vaccines

Scammers seem to take advantage of every opportunity for security challenges – now American Military University advises that it’s one involving coronavirus vaccines. “Currently,” Dr. Jarrod Sadulski writes, “there are limited quantities of the vaccine and a strong demand. For those who are eligible to receive the vaccine, an appointment is often necessary to get […]

Doug Bedell — January 20, 2021, 2:19 pm

Background on Metal Detectors, an Early Security Tool

Metal detectors are relied on at airports and for “catching people attempting to carry guns, knives and other metal-based weapons into schools, courthouses, sporting venues and other indoor and outdoor locations,” the Security 101 blog advises. But hardly anyone knows that Alexnder Graham Bell, of telephone fame, developed “the first working metal detector in 1881 […]

Doug Bedell — January 18, 2021, 1:00 pm

Aiming to Keep the Skies Friendly: A New FAA Resort

The skies don’t seem so friendly on airliners when unruly passengers start making a fuss. And the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration is cracking down on them. The Today in Security blog reports that “The FAA will pursue legal action against unruly passengers, potentially fining them up to $35,000 and seeking imprisonment. Also, deviating from previous […]

Doug Bedell — January 15, 2021, 3:54 pm

Caution: Mailing Lists May Be Offered by Scammers

What mailing lists are you on? Are they all legitimate, or do you get a queasy feeling about a couple of them? The Security Industry Association advises that you be wary of come-ons for mailing lists. “In recent years,” SIA explains, “we have seen an increase in the prevalence of scams and the fraudulent business […]

Doug Bedell — January 13, 2021, 1:23 pm

2020’s Virus and Violence – It’s All Linked Together

On In Public Safety, Dr. Jarrod Sadulski of American Military University links it all together: “Sadly, 2020 was the deadliest year in United States history, primarily due to the coronavirus pandemic. The year also included unprecedented civil unrest following the police shooting deaths of several Black Americans, massive job losses, and varying personal restrictions due […]

Doug Bedell — January 11, 2021, 11:57 pm

Now a Doorbell You Don’t Have to Touch – Just Stand There

For security in the time of the Coronavirus, how about a doorbell you don’t have to touch? Just stand there and it rings. SecurityInfowatch advises that “The touchless doorbell eliminates the need to physically press a button – anyone coming to the front door simply stands on a doormat placed at a safe distance to […]

Doug Bedell — January 8, 2021, 12:06 pm

More on Cybersecurity (Desktop) Perils

The Infosec website provides “predictions of the trends and events that will impact the cybersecurity landscape in 2021”. It’s good to be mindful of the ways in which desktop security (computers) can be threatened. While this is a promotional website for Infosec, it’s helpful to know how computers can be attacked: Ransomware, Cryptocurrency, Crimeware-as-a-service, Cyberbullying, […]