Archives: April, 2021

Doug Bedell — April 30, 2021, 11:28 am

• U.S. Department of Homeland Security Is Hiring Via Webinars

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is hiring for its diversified law enforcement workforce, and will be holding webinars on career opportunities throughout May and June. “As part of this commitment, DHS is seeking hundreds of qualified individuals to fill critical positions in law enforcement, such as criminal investigators, deportation officers, Customs and Border Protection […]

Doug Bedell — April 28, 2021, 1:18 pm

• Timely Discoveries: Information Sources on Computer Security

Welcome to an instant library of books on computer security, which was assembled for World Book and Copyright Day on April 23rd. We’re about a week late in discovering this mini-library with titles like “Tribe of Hackers” and “The Perfect Weapon” on The State of Security website. We also note that The New Yorker magazine […]

Doug Bedell — April 26, 2021, 12:20 pm

• FEMA Serves Up a Disaster Response Website for the U.S., Including COVID-19

FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, has a handy website for checking into responses to current disasters in the U.S., including the response to COVID-19. Go to and you’re invited to “Search Your Location” by entering your city and state, or ZIP code. You’ll be asked to “Find the most relevant information by searching […]

Doug Bedell — April 23, 2021, 7:51 am

Digital ‘Smart Locks’ Gaining Fans Over Keys discusses the appeal of a digital smart lock on your front or back door – locks that can be opened via your cell phone rather than a key. “Simplicity can take many forms in a smart lock. But each of these simplicity-enhancing features and benefits can be a key factor in selling these devices […]

Doug Bedell — April 21, 2021, 11:17 am

Electronic Security Products Figure in Biden’s Infrastructure Package

A congressional tussle appears in store for President Biden to win passage of his proposed $2 trillion infrastructure and jobs package, SecurityInfoWatch advises. “All indications point to a highly partisan battle as this bill is set to move through Congress,” the post notes.”The Republican’s view of what constitutes infrastructure and what Democrat lawmakers are proposing […]

Doug Bedell — April 19, 2021, 2:50 pm

E-Mails Can Be Costly, the FBI Warns

Believe it or not, Graham Cluley reports on the State of Security site, email scams “caused over $1.8 billion worth of losses to businesses last year”. And overall, “The newly-published annual cybercrime report from the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) reveals that it had received a record number of complaints and claims of financial […]

Doug Bedell — April 16, 2021, 1:15 pm

Veterans’ Posts Being Hit Hard By the COVID Pandemic

A 90-year-old Korean War veteran is ruing the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic om the Veterans of Foreign Wars post in New Bedford, Mass. American Military University reports that its hall has been closed and sold to a church. “The economic shutdown is what killed us,” says Paul Guilbeault, who has overseen the post’s finances […]

Doug Bedell — April 15, 2021, 10:33 am

A Priority Need: Training Cybersecurity Staffers

Security Week’s Gordon Lawson discusses the challenges of finding and hiring employees skilled at heading off cybersecurity attacks on enterprises. “Most companies,” he notes, “typically invest in just one area – technology. However, this primary focus on technology, at the expense of training staff and establishing clearly defined processes and procedures, has largely proven ineffective […]

Doug Bedell — April 12, 2021, 3:43 pm

Bully For These Bollards!

The Reliance Foundry website is displaying a bully good variation in bollards – Crash-rated gnomes! Rather than having gnomes simply guarding gardens, Reliance, in British Columbia, Canada, is introducing them as bollards able to block intruding vehicles anywhere! They’re calling them “Permanent pixie protectors, tested for toughness”. These Reliance Foundry bollards are sure to draw […]

Doug Bedell — April 9, 2021, 2:00 pm

U.S. and Russia Continue Nuclear Weapons Compliance

The Federation of American Scientists (FAS) reported last month that China is apparently expanding its ballistic missle capacity. Not good news. Now FAS advises that Russia and the United States are continuing to limit their offensive nuclear forces. That’s better news, though hardly disarmament. As to the U.S. and Russia, FAS notes that “The latest […]