Archives: February, 2022

Doug Bedell — February 28, 2022, 12:08 pm

Intelligence Sources Vital in the Ukraine Security Crisis

Intelligence sources are key to managing a security crisis like Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. U.S. and British spies have apparently been doing pretty well in that regard, though we won’t know any details “until the relevant documents are declassified decades from now,” Calder Walton on the War on the Rocks site advises. “Cold War archives […]

Doug Bedell — February 23, 2022, 11:09 am

Planning for Security – 10 Key Steps

Having a plan for business (or personal) security and sticking with it, SecurityInfowatch reminds us, is a critical need. “The importance of having a plan of attack to address and mitigate risks and threats that your firm may experience from time to time cannot be underestimated,” Brian W. Lynch writes. “Rolling the dice, handling threats […]

Doug Bedell — February 21, 2022, 4:02 pm

U.S. Agency Offering a Free Cybersecurity Catalogue

Via a member agency, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has been stepping up its effort to counter criminals attacking business and home computers. The GBHackers on Security site reports that “The U.S. cybersecurity agency, CISA, has recently compiled a list of Free Cyber Security Tools and services for organizations through which they can efficiently […]

Doug Bedell — February 18, 2022, 11:18 am

What’s Been Facing School Superintendents

A post on the RAND blog advises that public school superintendents stressed during the pandemic years are likely to be leaving their jobs earlier than originally planned. “It’s not hard to see why. “Superintendents are leading organizations under immense pressure. In addition to all the school-level staffing pressures, superintendents have been playing whack-a-mole with COVID-related […]

Doug Bedell — February 16, 2022, 11:52 am

Police Use of No-Knock Warrants Called Into Question

Richard Dahl on the FindLaw website discusses the use of no-knock warrants by police officers. “Police obtained the warrant to apprehend Locke’s 17-year-old cousin, Mekhi Speed, who is accused of killing 38-year-old Otis Elder in January. Investigators tracked Speed and other suspects to a Minneapolis apartment and secured the no-knock warrant to enter it. “Locke […]

Doug Bedell — February 14, 2022, 11:13 am

Building Trust in a Virtual World

Trust – the critical element in attaining security. Nicholas Hawton and Shahrokh Shakerian discuss building trust in virtual environments when communication occurs over screens. “The virtual environment offers unique opportunities and challenges when it comes to building trust, from the challenges in handling the technologies involved in using the various platforms to the issues involving […]

Doug Bedell — February 12, 2022, 3:32 pm

DHS Providing Super Bowl Security, Indeed!

Fans attending the Super Bowl game at SoFi Stadium in California tomorrow (Feb. 13) who may be having qualms about being among the 100,000 or so who will be on hand, rest assured. First, you’ll be required to wear a protective Covid-19 mask unless you’re eating or drinking. But the Department of Homeland Security and […]

Doug Bedell — February 9, 2022, 1:10 pm

Protecting Sensitive Data: A Checklist

Sitting down to a computer at home or at work can be scary. You could be faced with compromised data. For support, Clearswift offers a “Sensitive Data Protection Checklist“: “1. Using encryption Encryption takes information and converts it into alternative information. It is one of the most powerful tools in cybersecurity as it ensures no […]

Doug Bedell — February 7, 2022, 9:39 am

Home Work Isn’t Necessarily Secure Work

“Work from home has become work from anywhere,” Stan Wisserman observes on Security Infowatch, “essentially making companies borderless.” And that has obvious implications for working securely in a firm’s best interests. “Prior to lockdowns, organizations were easily able to track cyber threats and protect their employees’ devices, as they were almost all working from the […]

Doug Bedell — February 4, 2022, 1:08 pm

DHS Creates a Cyber Safety Review Board

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has established a Cyber Safety Review Board (CSRB) to “bring together government and industry leaders to elevate our nation’s cybersecurity”. Prompted by President Biden, the board will function to improve the nation’s cybersecurity. “At the President’s direction,” said Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas, “DHS is establishing the […]