Technical Security

Working in the Mobile Surveillance Field

Posted on November 30, 2016 at 2:45 pm

Mobile surveillance is an essential function, helping to keep the country safe and secure. Without it, many threats would be able to penetrate our defenses and national security could be compromised. There are opportunities for people who are keen to work in this field within organisations like the police, MI5 and the army, but they can be incredibly competitive. The bottom line is that many people want to work in this field, however roles will be limited, as only the very best candidates will be good enough. Here are some of the important things to know about working in mobile surveillance:

  • You will need to be well-versed in technology. Your role may include the use of vehicle-mounted surveillance systems as well as more covert mobile devices, depending on the nature of the information you need to collect. It may be necessary that you are educated to degree level to have a competitive edge over other job candidates.
  • Discretion is essential. This is important with any role in the armed forces or security services, but due to the nature of a role in surveillance, you will have to be completely reliable and tactful at all times.
  • People will be relying on you, so you’ll need to be the kind of person who can handle pressure and work in incredibly tense situations. You may also be required to work in hostile environments, so it’s not a job for the fainthearted.
  • Good communication will be important. You will need to get clear messages to people and convey news about your findings. This is an essential skill that your colleagues will rely on.

Mobile surveillance is highly important for national security and requires a certain kind of person to be successful at it. If you think you’ve got the skills, this could be the right job for you.

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Having a website security breach protocol

Posted on July 27, 2016 at 8:35 am

If you are in charge of running a business that has a website then you should have some sort of plan laid out of what to do should your website come under attack and get hacked.

Unfortunately hacking happens more and more now and so many website owners are leaving themselves open to these types of attacks. Firstly you need to ensure that your website is up to date in terms of the software that you use, the servers it is hosted on etc. Your programmer should try to eliminate any possible hacks that can be done through valuable code.

If you do become victim to a website attack you need to take action immediately. If the hack is directing traffic somewhere else or collecting sensitive data, you should shut the site down immediately. If content within your site has been tampered then this needs to be removed and investigated to find out how they compromised the site.

 

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The Importance of Having Backup Generators

Posted on December 23, 2015 at 1:29 pm

A lot of buildings require backup generators in addition to access to the electrical grid because they have a lot of important and energy intensive systems in place that need a constant flow of energy. I’m talking here about hospitals, datacentres, office buildings, food storage facilities and others, but it is also important for a lot of places where security is of paramount importance, receive a constant flow of energy so that no lapse in the security systems’ effectiveness occurs.

During attempted thefts or acts of vandalism, one of the most effective strategies at the disposal of criminals is to disconnect a building from the supply of electricity. If the building they’re robbing doesn’t have a backup supply, this means that surveillance systems will go down, alarm systems, some locking mechanisms and a lot of other systems could also go offline. To avoid this potentiality for abuse, the only real solution is to have a back up generator or battery in the building to overcome this gap in protection.

 

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Good Key Management Strategies

Posted on December 20, 2014 at 5:31 pm

It is very common to get caught up with things such as key lengths, cipher modes and encryption algorithms when dealing with encryption as a whole. Most people might think that such things aren’t important. However, they can be critical depending on the specific task you are carrying out. Data encryption systems contains three key components. These are usually located on the same hardware in a basic encryption system. In the SMB and the enterprise, the components are split out for security, reliability, compliance and management.

Components of any data encryption system:

Data
This refers to the object(s) that are to be encrypted. The complexity and security of the system as a whole is usually affected by the payload’s nature, its location or where it is located.

Encryption engine
This is the component that carries out the actual encryption and decryption operations. (more…)

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