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Backwater Guards Indicted

Posted by Bill on December 6, 2008

blackwater-logoOnce again Blackwater security comes under scrutiny.  The Washington Post reports that five Blackwater security guards were indicted by a federal grand jury for a September 2007 shooting incident in which 17 Iraqi citizens were killed.  The guards worked as security contractors for the US State Department.

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Bill Lowrance
www.lowrancelaw.com

www.informationinsightsinc.com

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Warnings About Facebook

Posted by Bill on September 28, 2008

From the Washington Post: Brian Krebs Security Article

Fake Facebook ‘Add Friends’ E-Mail Adds Malware

Social networking sites like Facebook and MySpacegive scam artists and virus writers new ways to package tried-but-true tricks. The latest example of this making the rounds is an e-mail that appears to be an invitation from Facebook to add a friend: A recipient who opens an attached image to take a look at their new friend instead opens the door for hackers to compromise his PC.

Better watch out for phony Facebook mail.  As usual, do not open and attachment.

Bill Lowrance

President PIAVA www.piava.org

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Surveillance Cameras-DC 5000 NYC 3000 Chicago 6000

Posted by Bill on May 1, 2008

 Smile because soon everywhere you travel, even through airports, you will be under surveillance.  Washington, DC, announced today implementation, Read Surveillance Camera Story, of an around the clock monitered camera surveillance system (up to 5000 cameras).  The camera feed will go to the central office of the DC Homeland Security to be monitored by people.  Of course, no one knows who will be monitoring, when, how or what.  Will some errant monitor peek into your apartment window?  There are serious concerns by some DC Council members about lack of planning, security and privacy.

The story points out that NYC and Chicago have 3000 and 6000 cameras, respectively, out there monitoring activity.  Right now most security cameras are pointed to public areas in various parts of the cities.  Will cameras soon be placed in residential neighborhoods?  Personally, I do not want one on my street.

Bill Lowrance

President PIAVA

 

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DHS Contracts?

Posted by Bill on April 18, 2008

Congressman Bennie Thompson, D-MS, is chair of the House Committee on Homeland Security.  Congressman Thompson is publishing a newsletter on information for contracting opportunities with DHS.

He states:

In this edition of the newsletter, you will find information on existing opportunities with the Department,
the Small Business Innovation Research Program (SBIR), and the Homeland Security Advanced Research Projects Agency (HSARPA).

 

I began this newsletter to alleviate the gap that exists between the need for information about opportunities available at the Department and the ability to locate and disseminate that information in a timely and user-friendly manner.  Similarly, my experience has taught me that the gap between need and ability also affects businesses in their quest to interact with the Department. A small business owner may have a concept for a product that will address an important homeland security need, but lack the resources necessary to bring
the product on-line. A large company may not have developed the original concept, but may possess the resources necessary to transform a prototype into an available product. The gap between concept and production can be bridged by providing each party with the type of information they need to create a product that fills a critical need.

This newsletter is intended to bridge the gaps that keep information unavailable, sidelines worthwhile businesses, discourages full participation, and permits vulnerabilities to continue.

DHS Newsletter April 08

DHS Newsletter March 08

Thanks to bespacific for this tip.

Bill Lowrance

President PIAVA

Information Insights, Inc. McLean, VA

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Have Skype Vonnage? Security Issues

Posted by Bill on March 16, 2008

internt.jpg Think about it. You have e-mail, IM, VOIP, like Skype, Vonnage.  Who is listening or monitoring your conversations? Most of us would say “No one monitors my communications because I am not saying or communicating anyone wants to know about.”

Well, some businesses or others may have communications that should remain private.  Some security experts recommend that you maintain a land line telephone for better security rather than using a VOIP like Skype, Vonnage or others.  VOIP, e-mail and IMs are subject to intercepts.  Here are two articles outlining security features and who and how can intercept your communications. 

VOIP News
Top Security Threats-2008

Bill Lowrance

President PIAVA

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Administrative Software Tools You Need

Posted by Bill on January 23, 2008

tool  PIAVA Tool Guy says two things to help you be more productive and secure: 

Metadata removal from you documents–a swell tool Metadata Removal

And you know all the emails you get and people put there signature information at the bottom consisting of name, address, phone etc.  Now you can capture that and put it straight into Outlook or some other contacts information program.  It will also put meetings on your calendar.  You really need this.  anagram

About anagram:  anagram™ technology puts you in control of your desktop information. With anagram™ you can reduce keystrokes, eliminate re-typing errors, and act on e-mails, web sites and documents faster than ever before. Without re-typing, anagram™ instantly creates new contacts in your contact list from any text on your screen, including email signatures, web directories, and search results. anagram™ also adds appointments to your calendar from online scheduling and emails you’ve received.

Bill Lowrance

President PIAVA

Information Insights Inc.

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Blackwater Security–Lawyer2Lawyer Talk on Blackwater Legal Liability

Posted by Bill on December 18, 2007

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Legal Talk Network provides “lawyerly” discussions on various topics.  Today, they discuss status of government contractors especially, today, Blackwater Security issues.  Interesting listening if you can endure the usual advertising etc.

Blackwater Worldwide is the largest private security firm protecting U.S. diplomats in Iraq and they face a number of allegations including the shooting deaths of 17 Iraqi civilians.  J. Craig Williams, Orange County, CA, attorney, MIPTC, hosts legal expert discussion.  They discuss investigation of Blackwater, the legal issues of security contracting, and the future of contractors like Blackwater. See  Lawyer2Lawyer

Bill Lowrance

President PIAVA

president@piava.org

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NCISS–Investigators Respond To Pretext Indictment

Posted by Bill on December 8, 2007

The National Council of Investigation & Security Services (NCISS), a national organization representing the investigation industry, a very good group too, responded in a press release to the recent pretexting indictment of private investigators:

The National Council of Investigation and Security Services condemns the theft of private, protected personal information from government agencies.  An indictment was recently brought against a number of individuals who are alleged to have obtained records from the Social Security Administration and Internal Revenue Service without consent.  If the allegations are true, then strict enforcement is certainly appropriate.

The alleged actions of this small group of people are not representative of the many licensed private investigators who work every day to fight fraud, locate witnesses and support the US system of justice.

Licensed private investigators conduct lawful inquiries for attorneys, insurance companies and other legitimate clients using traditional investigative tools.  It is never acceptable for anyone to impersonate an actual individual to obtain that individual’s confidential information.

See Press Release

If you are in the investigation or security industry, join NCISS.  They represent your interests in Washington, DC.

I agree,

 Bill Lowrance

President PIAVA

president@piava.org

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