Tag: security

Congressional Action on School Security in Bipartisan Measure

Congress is poised, as of this writing, to pass the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act (BSCA), the gun and school safety measure carefully negotiated over the last few weeks in response to the mass murders at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, a supermarket in Buffalo, N.Y, last month, and other incidents this year. While there […]

How Government Organizations Can Protect Their Physical Security Systems from Cyber Risk

It might seem ironic that a physical security solution designed to protect people and property can provide an entry point for cybercriminals. However, because these systems—video surveillance, access control, alarms, communications, and more—are increasingly connected to networks and IT infrastructure, they can be quite vulnerable. Nearly every day brings the news of another data breach […]

FTC Warns Congress About Use of AI to Combat ‘Online Harms’

The Federal Trade Commission issued a report to Congress warning about using artificial intelligence (AI) to combat online problems and urging policymakers to exercise “great caution” about relying on it as a policy solution. The FTC said the use of AI, particularly by big tech platforms and other companies, comes with limitations and problems of its own. […]

Upselling Security: Why It’s Problematic

Editor’s note: The views expressed in the following op-ed are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect those of Total Security Advisor. Earlier this month, over 26,000 infosecurity enthusiasts convened in San Francisco for a week of security-related product launches, trainings, expert presentations, and networking. Now in its 31st year, the annual RSA Conference […]

Smart Surveillance Cameras Bring Human Intelligence to the Workplace and Home

Historically, traditional cameras have only had video functionality, but did not have the capability to contextualize what they saw or recorded. That’s about to change. Computer vision (CV) uses artificial intelligence (AI) to convert video streams into meaningful information. Using technology to rethink a camera as an image sensor, backed by intelligence, is analogous to […]

The Great Cybersecurity Resignation? Stressed-Out Pros Consider Quitting

Nearly half (45%) of cybersecurity professionals have considered quitting the industry due to stress, with the primary issues being an unrelenting threat from ransomware and the expectations to always be on call or available, according to a new report. The Voice of SecOps Report, the third annual study from cybersecurity company Deep Instinct, analyzed feedback […]

How Political Campaign Hacking Undermines Democracy

Editor’s note: The views and opinions in the following article are the author’s and may not necessarily reflect those of Total Security Advisor. In a world that is already questioning the integrity of news, truth, and reality, the prevalence of cyberattacks and misinformation campaigns seems to be the final nail in the information coffin. From […]

Security, Law Enforcement Leaders Comment on Texas School Shooting

On May 24, an 18-year-old gunman shot and killed 19 children and two teachers at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. Law enforcement, including nearby U.S. Border Patrol agents, ultimately killed the mass shooter. The Uvalde massacre marks the deadliest U.S. school shooting since the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn., which claimed the lives […]

Why Security Dealers (and Homeowners) Should Combine Video Doorbells and Smart Locks

Video doorbells are a popular product, and for good reasons. One reason is that they let homeowners use their smartphone or tablet to see people or packages that are at the door, even if the homeowner is nowhere near the home. Here’s a personal example. Recently I was away on a 10-day cruise, and I […]

For a Stronger Human Firewall, Use Tough Love

It all started with a valentine. Earlier this year, my team and I aimed Cupid’s arrow at Businessolver employees to show them that—to borrow a phrase—there’s a thin line between love and bait: We orchestrated a phishing simulation via an email claiming to be from our CEO wishing them a happy Valentine’s Day. Was it […]