Archives: August, 2021

Doug Bedell — August 30, 2021, 11:42 am

Origins of COVID-19 Being Explored by U.S. Intelligence Agencies

The U.S.intelligence community (IC) has assessed the origins of COVID-19 and reached these tentative conclusions: • “Four IC elements and the National Intelligence Council assess with low confidence that the initial SARS-CoV-2 infection was most likely caused by natural exposure to an animal infected with it or a close progenitor virus—a virus that probably would […]

Doug Bedell — August 27, 2021, 2:20 pm

Google, Microsoft, Others Investing Big Cybersecurity Bucks

The HackerNews reports that Google and Microsoft “are pledging to invest a total of $30 billion in cybersecurity advancements over the next five years, as the U.S. government partners with private sector companies to address threats facing the country in the wake of a string of sophisticated malicious cyber activity targeting critical infrastructure, laying bare […]

Doug Bedell — August 25, 2021, 4:00 pm

May the Capitol Police Never be Overwhelmed Again

We need to be continually reminded of the chaotic state of the U.S. Capitol grounds on January 6, 2021 to keep realizing that such thuggery can, indeed, happen. Claire Meyer on Today in Security contributes to that unceasing effort. “According to the Associated Press,” Meyer writes, “the inspector general’s report found that most of the […]

Doug Bedell — August 23, 2021, 4:22 pm

Security ‘Bookmarks’: Afghanistan and South Vietnam Compared

Ilan Fuchs, Ph.D., on the American Military University EDGE blog, discusses the fall of Saigon, South Vietnam and, 46 years later, Kabul, Afghanistan. “One point that has been on my mind”, he writes, “has to do with how events such as the fall of Kabul have affected how the U.S. is now perceived around all […]

Doug Bedell — August 20, 2021, 8:26 am

Hospitals, Too, Can Experience Cyber-attacks

Sarah Coble on the Infosecurity magazine blog reports that hospitals in West Virginia and Ohio, part of the Memorial Health System group, were hit by a cyber-attack earlier this month (August, 2021). The disruption forced the medical centers “to divert patients to other care providers and work from paper records.” “Threat actors targeted Memorial Health […]

Doug Bedell — August 18, 2021, 4:20 pm

Verifying Security Guards Are Where They Say They Are

More from Silvertrac, a guide for promoting site security: “Pros & Cons of Using GPS (Global Positioning System) for Security Guard Tracking” “Security guard tracking is an important piece of effective guard management,” a Silvertrac post advises, “but without other processes in place, it will only tell part of the story.” “If an angry client […]

Doug Bedell — August 16, 2021, 9:44 am

The ‘New Normal’ as Football Fans Return to College Stadiums

Steve Lasky at SecurityInfowatch reports on the return of football fans to college stadiums “As the NCAA college football season prepares for its new season,” Lasky advises, “there is an air of optimism that the COVID menace has been vanquished enough to allow for full stadiums and normality in the locker room for all collegiate […]

Doug Bedell — August 13, 2021, 3:35 pm

Tensions High Again as 20th Anniversary of 9/11 Approaches

With the situation in Afghanistan looking pretty dire, the U.S, Department of Homeland Security “has issued a new National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS) Bulletin regarding the current threat environment across the United States. “The Homeland continues to face a diverse and challenging threat environment leading up to and following the 20th Anniversary of the September […]

Doug Bedell — August 11, 2021, 10:22 am

Passwords or Passphrases? Which are Preferable?

Brandon Lee on the IT Security Guru site discusses “What characteristics make up an effective password policy?” Lee comes down for using passphrases instead of passwords. “Passphrases,” he explains, “offer many benefits over traditional passwords. These benefits include easier to remember than passwords with special characters. They are much longer and stronger passwords that can […]

Doug Bedell — August 9, 2021, 2:22 pm

Funny Fences: ‘Security Challenges’ that Aren’t Such at All

Words that don’t go well together include “good enough” and “security”. Daniel Miessler deals with them in a post on his blog, “The Strange World of ‘Good Enough’ Fencing”. “So I was walking around earlier today near a construction site,” he writes, “and saw all the different fences that were keeping people out of the […]