Archives: October, 2021

Doug Bedell — October 29, 2021, 3:04 pm

Especially During a Pandemic, Mail May Include Security Risks

If you’re in business, especially during a pandemic, the security of your incoming mail may need attention, Steve Lasky advises on “In a time of a pandemic, economic uncertainties and social unrest,” Lasky writes, “organizational threats to the mailroom may come in many different forms. Former and current employees looking to settle a score […]

Doug Bedell — October 27, 2021, 4:12 pm

Schools Finding that ‘Returning to Normal’ Can Include Abnormal Emotions

COVID-19 may be having unfortunate effects, even as we return more to normal living and schooling, Claire Meyer reports in a post on the Today in Security site. “The social isolation triggered by hybrid or remote schooling during the COVID-19 pandemic could be spurring behavioral problems and violence among students as they return to in-person […]

Doug Bedell — October 25, 2021, 1:11 pm

A Good Place to Begin on Computer Protection

Sean Gallagher on the Ars Technica site discusses “Securing your digital life, part one: The basics”. It’s a good introductory course to computer protection. “The key to protecting your digital life,” he advises, “is to make it as expensive and impractical as possible for someone bent on mischief to steal the things most important to […]

Doug Bedell — October 22, 2021, 1:19 pm

2020’s Toll: Law Enforcement Officers Killed or Assaulted

Law enforcement is taxing work. The FBI’s Data on Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted, continually being updated for 2020, is evidence enough of that. “Data for 2020 shows a total of 60,105 law enforcement officers assaulted while performing their duties; an increase of 4,071 from the 56,034 assaults reported in 2019. * Of the […]

Doug Bedell — October 20, 2021, 12:52 pm

Privacy and License Plates – When Values Clash

Saira Hussain and Adam Schwartz of the Electronic Frontier Foundation report on a controversy in Marin County, California, in which they allege that automated license plate readers (ALPRs) used by the sheriff there violate motorists’ privacy rights “Last week, EFF filed a new lawsuit on behalf of three immigrant rights activists against Sheriff Bob Doyle […]

Doug Bedell — October 18, 2021, 3:14 pm

Learning What Goes Into Winning Federal Grants

Looking toward the federal government as a source of grant money? Well, the Security Industry Association (SIA) “is launching the first-ever industry training program designed to help security businesses take advantage of government funding opportunities.” The SIA website explains: “From identifying applicable grant programs and completing application forms to managing grant awards and ensuring compliance […]

Doug Bedell — October 15, 2021, 12:58 pm

Homeland Security Sees Reacting to Climate Changes as Part of U.S. National Resilience

The U.S Department of Homeland Security sees reacting to climate changes as part of its national security planning. “Our world is facing a climate crisis that poses existential threats and demands urgent action. We must act now,” said Secretary Alejandro N. Mayorkas. “The DHS Climate Action Plan outlines how our Department will remain mission-resilient to […]

Doug Bedell — October 13, 2021, 8:03 am

Google to the Rescue: Creates a ‘Cybersecurity Action Team’

Acting against cybersecurity threats, Google has created a Cybersecurity Action Team with “the singular mission of supporting the security and digital transformation of governments, critical infrastructure, enterprises, and small businesses.” “In pursuit of this mission,” Google explains, “the team will provide services in four key areas: strategic advisory, trust and compliance, security customer and solutions […]

Doug Bedell — October 11, 2021, 2:00 pm

Computer Threats Keep Growing in an Internet-Fueled World

Cyber criminals keep upping the stakes in security challenges of businesses that are ill-equipped to contend with them, the ITProPortol site advises. “Modern cybercriminals engage in all sorts of malicious activities, from four-dimensional ransomware attacks (ransomware in the back-end, DDoS in the front-end, data theft and intimidation), to cloud-based cryptomining, business email compromise and various […]

Doug Bedell — October 8, 2021, 3:37 pm

Reasons for Being ‘Cybersmart’ on Your Computers

American Military University’s Edge blog notes that “October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month – an initiative created to raise our nation’s knowledge of the vital role that cybersecurity plays in keeping Americans safe and secure online.. “In the early days of the digital age,” the post continues, “cybersecurity was an optional part of a company’s infrastructure […]