Archives: May, 2021

Doug Bedell — May 28, 2021, 11:33 am

Memorial Day’s Heartrending Message – Remembrance

Memorial Day always takes security to its ultimate dimension. As Wes O’Odonnell of American Military University points out this year, despite many folks taking Memorial Day as the start of summer, “The heroes I served with (as a young infantryman) wouldn’t want another wreath-laying ceremony. Sure, they would certainly want to be remembered, but why […]

Doug Bedell — May 26, 2021, 3:03 pm

• Cyberattacks Growing on Industrial Technology

Computer hackers are increasing their focus on attacking industrial control processes, a post on ZDNet advises. “While control process attacks may have once been viewed as complex due to access requirements,” the post advises, “the need for malware designed to compromise proprietary industrial technologies, or the task itself of disrupting a control process to create […]

Doug Bedell — May 24, 2021, 3:14 pm

• DHS Issues a National Terrorism Advisory on the ‘Heightened U.S. Threat Environment’

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security sees the U.S. as facing a “heightened threat environment” across the country and has issued a new National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS) Bulletin on the situation. It was issued on May 14 and is due to expire on August 13. In explaining its action, DHS fears that “Violent extremists […]

Doug Bedell — May 21, 2021, 12:32 pm

• Securing a Business Takes Training and Learning

A place to get serious about learning and training in cybersecurity is the State of Security site. Here’s why: “Organizations are increasingly faced with threats from sophisticated criminal organizations and nation-state actors. To mitigate the risks posed by cyber criminals, organizations must secure and protect their proprietary and sensitive information. They must also commit to […]

Doug Bedell — May 19, 2021, 12:07 pm

Apple’s Security Focus at the App Store

Graham Cluley on Hot for Security advises that Apple “rejected more than 215,000 iPhone apps for violating its privacy policies” last year at the App Store “As Apple describes (it),” Cluley writes, “a common reason why iOS apps are rejected from entering the store is because ‘they simply ask for more user data than they […]

Doug Bedell — May 17, 2021, 11:19 am

Energy Security: Embargoes and Sabotage Compared

Gregory Brew on the War on the Rocks site compares the Arab oil embargo of 1973-1974 to the cyber attack against the Colonial Pipeline along the East Coast. “Energy security,” he writes, “is frequently linked within American discourse to questions of supply — we’re secure as long as we can fill our tanks. The United […]

Doug Bedell — May 14, 2021, 1:50 pm

• Charging for Security Services, Including Guards’ Training and Equipment

Chris Anderson on the Silvertrac site discusses how to set hourly rates for security services. That starts by knowing a security firm’s operating costs “and using those as a baseline for building your rates upon”. Sounds pretty basic. But security is a specialized service and “security guard service rates vary widely”, depending largely on what’s […]

Doug Bedell — May 12, 2021, 8:02 am

Physical Security From a Stockholm Perspective

Memoori (small “m”) is a physical security company based in Stockholm, Sweden. It offers a report on “a best estimate of the global market for physical security products going forward to 2025 based on two scenarios. At this time, COVID-19 has been having second spikes in Q3/Q4 and several countries are experiencing rolling lockdowns. We […]

Doug Bedell — May 10, 2021, 10:07 am

• Bike Racks Advised as Pandemic Sales Soar and Thieves Abound

Look around and see if you find more bicycle riders on your streets. If so, consider installing a security bike rack, or two, at your place of business. It will be appreciated. That’s the advice from Reliance Foundry on another aspect of today’s pandemic world. “The emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in an unprecedented […]

Doug Bedell — May 7, 2021, 11:15 am

Tips on Passwords: Use Passphrases Instead

Writing on Computerworld, Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols passes along a suggestion for the infernal question of maintaining effective passwords – “Use passphrases instead of passwords A passphrase, such as ‘ILoveUNCbasketballin2021!’ is both easy to remember, and even though it contains real words, it’s relatively hard to crack.” Vaugh-Nichols also provides tips on creating passwords and using […]