Archives: November, 2021

Doug Bedell — November 29, 2021, 11:46 am

Security Incident Reports: Keep Them Plain-Spoken

Offering security guard tips, Casey Evans on the Silvertrqc site advises that incident reports should kept clearcut. “Remember,” he says, “the basics.” “The Who: Who were the individuals involved? Were you able to collect contact information or a visual description of the persons involved? Make “sure you remain courteous and objective when describing others. “The […]

Doug Bedell — November 26, 2021, 1:30 pm

‘Flash Mobs’ Sack Stores in Other Than a Holiday Spirit

Flash mob, flash rob – whatever you call it, it’s astounding how, as Today in Security reports, in Walnut Creek, California, “Approximately 80 people perpetrated a coordinated attack on a Nordstrom department store just before it closed at 9:00 p.m. A reporter from the local NBC affiliate saw dozens of people swarm the store, armed […]

Doug Bedell — November 24, 2021, 1:41 pm

Radar Might Be Advisable for Secure Perimeter Fencing

For securing critically important areas, a barbed wire-topped fence may not be enough, advises. Radar might be added to insure redundancy. Where perimeter protection is essential – as at utilities and airports – “it is imperative to deploy multiple best-in-class sensors to improve detection times and deliver real-time, dynamic situational awareness to security personnel. […]

Doug Bedell — November 17, 2021, 1:10 pm

‘Truth Decay’ a Threat to National Security

From the Homeland Security Digital Library comes an advisory from the Rand Corporation on the decay of truth in news reporting. That’s important because national security depends on an accurate shared understanding of daily events worldwide. Rand focuses on “Tracking news manipulation by state actors”. “The world,” it explains, “is experiencing a crisis related to […]

Doug Bedell — November 15, 2021, 9:04 am

Dept. of Homeland Security Seeking to Recruit ‘World-Class Cyber Talent’

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has announced “a new personnel system that will enable DHS to more effectively recruit, develop, and retain our Nation’s top cybersecurity professionals” – the Cybersecurity Talent Management System (CTMS). Its aim is “to recruit and retain world-class cyber talent”. “The DHS Cybersecurity Talent Management System fundamentally re-imagines how the […]

Doug Bedell — November 12, 2021, 3:02 pm

Significant New Funding Likely for Cybersecurity Programs

The Security Industry Association (SIA) provides a rundown of what the recently passed, and about to be signed by President Biden, $1.2 trillion infrastructure package “means for security and life safety companies”. There will be $39 billion for public transit, $66 billion for passenger and freight rail, $25 billion for airports, $17 billion for port […]

Doug Bedell — November 10, 2021, 2:49 pm

A Pro’s Recommendation for Maintaining Passwords

Elie Bursztein offers “10 easy steps for staying online.” His “most important rule for being safe online is to choose a different hard-to-guess password for each website you use”. For that, unless you choose to keep your own list of passwords, Burzstein recommends 1password. “The most important rule for being safe online is to choose […]

Doug Bedell — November 8, 2021, 4:57 pm

Combating Cyberattacks at Small to Midsize Businesses

Small to midsize businesses can be especially challenged by cyberattacks. Here are four tips from John Roman on the Dark Reading blog on combatting cyber attacks. 1. Educate Yourself. “Business owners often think, ‘It won’t happen to me,’ when in reality, it’s not a matter of if a cyberattack will happen, but when.” 2. Adopt […]

Doug Bedell — November 5, 2021, 11:39 am

Cybercrime Explodes During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Cybercrime, the memoori site advises, “is up 600% during the COVID-19 pandemic. That staggering statistic from a 2021 PurpleSec report includes all forms of cybercrime, from theft or embezzlement to data hacking and destruction. The rise of cybercrime is expected to cost companies around the world $10.5 trillion annually by 2025, growing from just $3 […]

Doug Bedell — November 3, 2021, 12:22 pm

Is the U.S. Navy Sinking? A Warning

Seth Cropsey and Harry Halem on the War on the Rocks site advise us that the U.S. Navy “is hobbled by questionable training, a shortage of personnel, and a general unpreparedness to fight and prevail in a war.” That assessment is arrived at by referring to an advisory from Admiral W.K.Lescher, Vice Chief of Naval […]