Archives: March, 2021

Doug Bedell — March 31, 2021, 11:49 am

Consider Working for DHS In Meeting Its National Security Needs

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has a “Help Wanted” sign out. DHS is “seeking hundreds of qualified individuals to fill critical positions in law enforcement, such as criminal investigators, deportation officers, Customs and Border Protection officers, Border Patrol agents, special agents, physical security specialists, and police officers. We will also be filling other critical […]

Doug Bedell — March 29, 2021, 1:43 pm

U.S. Lagging in Rankings of Security and Happiness

The United States of America isn’t where we like to think we are in terms of feelings of security and happiness, and it isn’t just COVID-19 that has brought about the balance. For the fourth year in a row, Finland has been named the happiest country in the world in the World Happiness Report 2021. […]

Doug Bedell — March 26, 2021, 11:39 am

Picking Up Warning Signs of Workplace Violence

The site turns our attention to the possibility of violence in workplaces, chiefly arising from irregular patterns of employee activity. Could there be behaviors signaling disregard of others’ safety? The post lists two dozen factors that might be signs of hostility developing toward other workers, going beyond “temper tantrums”. They include simmering or uncontrollable […]

Doug Bedell — March 24, 2021, 10:54 am

Britain Reverses Its Stance on Reducing Nuclear Weapons

Great Britain has reversed itself on the size of its nuclear weapons stockpile in favor of increasing its available warheads. Hans Kristensen on a Federation of American Scientists blog notes that “The decision makes Britain the first Western nuclear-armed state to increase its nuclear weapons stockpile since the end of the Cold War. In terms […]

Doug Bedell — March 22, 2021, 10:43 am

2020: A Bummer Year for Internet Crime, the FBI Reports

2020 was a tarnished year for internet crimes, the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) advises. The year racked up a record number of 781,790 internet crime complaints received by the bureau. “The highest number of complaints received (241,342) by far were related to phishing/pharming/vishing/smishing scams, which are “[t]he use of unsolicited email, text messages, […]

Doug Bedell — March 19, 2021, 10:42 am

Security Becoming a ‘Cloud’ Service as Well as a Physical One

Security services provided over the Internet are becoming known as cloud services, not just physical ones, the memoori blog advises. Two key abbreviations are VSaaS (Video Surveillance as a Service) and ACaaS (Access Control as a Service). “Existing owners of video surveillance and access control systems who will need to upgrade their operations in the […]

Doug Bedell — March 17, 2021, 12:33 pm

Security While Keeping Given Settings Attractive

Combining security with aesthetics is the subject of a post by Reliance Foundry – “A Complete Guide to Attractive Security Perimeters”. “An ugly solid iron wall between the road and your building is not the only option,” Reliance advises. “A fence creates the feeling of living in a bunker and can drag complexity and interest […]

Doug Bedell — March 15, 2021, 11:28 am

Keeping a Record of Security Precautions

Wrapping corporate security into a packet of summary information is the aim of the Silvertrac company of San Luis Obispo, CA. They call them Security Summary reports. Here’s what a Silvertrac report includes: “• Routine, preventative measures taken. This includes all the property tours, positive contacts, supervisor visits, on-site training, and anything else your team […]

Doug Bedell — March 12, 2021, 10:23 am

Preparing for Springtime Disaster Events

Springtime can be q challenging time for weather events. The Edge blog of American Military University notes that “many tornadoes and floods occur in the spring”. So AMU provides some pointers for communities on being prepared for adverse weather events. • “Fire Departments Should Lead Preparation Efforts in Communities – By the nature of most […]

Doug Bedell — March 10, 2021, 2:54 pm

150,000 Security Cameras Reportedly Breached in a ‘Fun-Seeking’ Hack

Here’s an especially big one posted on Naked Security – a hack of 150,000 cameras that were being monitored on behalf of clients by camera surveillance company Verkada, as reported by Bloomberg news. “According to Bloomberg, one of the hacking crew, Tillie Kottmann, claimed to have broken into cloud-based camera surveillance company Verkada and accessed […]