Archives: February, 2021

Doug Bedell — February 26, 2021, 11:34 am

Alternatives for Security Access Control

The website discusses trends in the protection of industrial and public sector perimeter boundaries. “When it comes to investing in modernizing the protection of these sites,” the post notes, “only in the last few years have innovative new systems and products been introduced. “For this reason the IA/PP (intruder alarm and perimeter protection) business […]

Doug Bedell — February 24, 2021, 12:08 pm

Increasingly, Traffic Flows From Desktops These Days

Transportation and logistics are key issues as the world population keeps growing and computer-powered management – artificial intelligence – is becoming critical to keeping traffic moving efficiently, Dr. Kandis Boyd Wyatt of American Military University advises. “To address these global transportation concerns,” Dr. Wyatt writes, “more companies are using artificial intelligence (AI). Artificial intelligence has […]

Doug Bedell — February 22, 2021, 8:50 pm

For 2020: An Advisory on Extremism in the U.S.

Fewer deaths but more terrorist plots and attacks in 2020 (through November anyway): that was the nature of extremism in the United States for the year, the Homeland Security Digital Library advises. Based on information from the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), “there was a significant decrease in deaths by domestic extremists, with 2020 having the lowest […]

Doug Bedell — February 19, 2021, 5:30 pm

For Pandemic Security, A New Classroom Reality

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is passing along guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on reopening schools safely during the COVID-19 pandemic. “K–12 schools,” says the CDC, “should be the last settings to close after all other mitigation measures in the community have been employed, and the first to reopen when […]

Doug Bedell — February 17, 2021, 12:01 pm

Supply Chain Security Risks Need to be Recognized and Countered

Maintaining cybersecurity in a business supply chain is a vexing challenge, the Clearswift blog notes. “Over the last few years,” the post reads, “many organizations have worked hard to improve their cyber defenses and are increasingly ‘harder targets’. However, for these well-defended organizations, now the greatest weaknesses in their defenses are their suppliers, who are […]

Doug Bedell — February 15, 2021, 3:35 pm

New York City Council Seeks More Police Accountability

In the movement for greater police accountability, Claire Meyer in Today in Security reports that the New York City Council has “announced a slate of legislation aimed at reshaping the New York Police Department (NYPD)”. She cites a ProPublica report that “The proposed changes include the police commissioner being stripped of final say over disciplining […]

Doug Bedell — February 12, 2021, 5:56 pm

Protected by an Invisible Security Film, These Windows Won’t Break

Another innovation in physical security, from the Security 101 site: Security window film. “Security film consists of one or more layers of polyester film,” writer Corey Tyriver explains. They are then overlaid together with potent sealants. The end result is a film ranging in thickness from about 4 millimeters to 15 millimeters or even more. […]

Doug Bedell — February 10, 2021, 9:48 am

Computer Intrusions: How a Hacker Attack on on a Water Treatment Plant Was Blocked

A computer hacker tried to add “potentially lethal levels” of sodium hydroxide – commonly known as lye – to a water treatment plant in Oldsmar, Fla., recently but was blocked by an alert employee, reports. “According to multiple published reports,” Infowatch advises, “the hacker was able to carry out the attack by compromising a […]

Doug Bedell — February 8, 2021, 2:39 pm

Police/Community Relations in a Brighter Spotlight

Relationships between police departments and the communities they serve have become the focus of increasingly expressed concerns, notes Najia Lodin in the Homeland Security Digital Library. “Though there is no clear path on how to address police reform,” Lodin writes, “the Citizens Crime Commission of New York City suggests a series of foundational changes that […]

Doug Bedell — February 5, 2021, 1:07 pm

Emails Seen as a Steadily Growing Security Threat

Bradley Barth on the SC Media blog reports on the “relentless, incoming streams of suspicious emails” that have become a prominent cybersecurity risk. “Researchers at email security firm Avanan,” Barth advises, “claim to have authored the ‘first comprehensive research study’ that quantifies the amount of time security operations center (SOC) employees spend preventing, responding to, […]