Daily Report – 3/23/16

Top Stories
No specific threats to U.S. as authorities boost security nationwide – USA Today
U.S. authorities tightened security measures at transportation hubs and landmarks across the country Tuesday in the wake of Brussels’ deadly terror attacks even as they assured Americans they knew of no credible or specific threats. (read more)
Why still terror risk, after all that security money spent? – CNBC
Last holiday season, New York-based private investigator and security consultant Bill Stanton went to see Radio City Music Hall’s famed Christmas Spectacular show, which draws thousands of people every day to Manhattan’s already busy Midtown neighborhood. (read more)
Japan adds facial recognition to passport control system – BiometricUpdate.com
In an effort to tighten immigration control and security in advance of the Toyko 2020 Summer Olympics, the Japanese government will start using a facial recognition system at airports to strengthen its ability to catch terrorists and identify criminals or undesirables trying to sneak into the country. (read more)
Federal, State and Municipal Security
 
Police in Maryland didn’t follow Taser safety recommendations in hundreds of incidents (Maryland) – The Baltimore Sun
As two Montgomery County police officers slowly closed in with Tasers pointed, Anthony Howard retreated up a small step and backed himself against the front door of a townhome on a quiet cul-de-sac in the Washington suburb of Gaithersburg. (read more)
 
NCAA Final Four Security Concerns Arise After Brussels Attacks (Houston) – Fox Business
Authorities reiterated Tuesday that proper security measures are in place to protect college basketball fans preparing to attend next month’s NCAA Final Four championship event in Houston, Texas, hours after a series of terrorist bombings killed at least 31 people and wounded dozens more in Brussels, Belgium. (read more)
 
Mich. jail to get full-body scanner for inmates (Macomb County, Mich.) – SecurityInfoWatch
Macomb County jailers will get a new look at inmates coming into the lockup — through a full-body scanner — in an effort to cut down on drugs, weapons and other contraband entering the Mt. Clemens facility. (read more)
 
Video Surveillance Pilot Program to Be Launched at Calif. State Prison (Susanville, Calif.) – Security Sales & Integration
The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) is launching a new video surveillance pilot that could eventually be used at all state prisons and facilities. (read more)
 
Europe On High Security Alert In Wake Of Brussels Terror Attacks On Zaventem Airport And Maelbeek Metro – SourceSecurity.com
Heightened security is the watchword throughout Europe and around the world after today’s dual terror attacks in Brussels. Two explosions at Brussels’ Zaventem airport took at least 11 lives and injured dozens more. About an hour later, a third bomb killed an additional 20 and caused scores more injuries at the Maelbeek Metro station, just 100 meters (about 300 feet) from the headquarters of the European Union. (Casualty numbers are changing as the story unfolds.) (read more)
 
Despite Improvements, Audit Finds Safety Gaps In Washington Prisons (Washington) – KUOW.org
Officer Jayme Biendl was murdered by an inmate in the chapel at the Monroe Correctional Complex in 2011. Her death spawned a major prison safety initiative in Washington. (read more)


 
 
 
Campus Security
VA School Administrators To Start Wearing Body Cameras (Halifax County, Va.) – Lex18.com
Body cameras have become common place among law enforcement, but, in a couple of weeks they will be on principals and assistant principals at Halifax County High School and middle school. (read more)
 
Texas hospital drops police security at all facilities (Kilgore, Texas) – SecurityInfoWatch
As of midnight Friday evening the Kilgore Police Department will not be providing security at the Good Shepherd Medical Center Emergency Room in Kilgore, the News Herald has learned. (read more)
 
Salt Lake City PD and School District Agree to Revise Student Discipline Practices (Salt Lake City) – Campus Safety
The Salt Lake City Police Department and the Salt Lake City School District will make broad changes in how they treat students of color and engage in school disciplinary issues under settlements announced last week by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). (read more)
Three DISD schools skipped lockdown drills after district pledged to do better, NBC5 reports (Dallas) – The Dallas Morning News
After an NBC5 investigation found D-FW area school districts skipping security drills, several districts pledged to do better. But some schools have still failed to conduct lockdown drills required either by their district or recommended by the state. (read more)
Transportation Security
 
More Beefed Up Airport Security As Warning For Int’l Travelers Issued (Texas) – CBS DFW
Expect extra security if you’re flying out of North Texas this morning. (read more)
 
Brussels subway bombing highlights challenge of rail security in U.S. – USA Today
With a goal of moving massive amounts of people rapidly and cheaply, mass transit systems have long resisted adopting airport-style security at subways, trains and buses, but the terror attack in a downtown Brussels metro station lays bare huge vulnerabilities in transit systems in the U.S. and worldwide. (read more)
Study: Drones pose minimal risk to commercial airliners – SecurityInfoWatch
Birds running afoul of airplanes is nothing new to aviators, but these animals may hold the key to predicting the risk small unmanned aircraft pose to the commercial airspace. (read more)
Major US airports, transit systems ramp up security after Brussels attacks – Fox News
Hours after deadly explosions ripped through the Brussels airport and a subway station in the city on Tuesday, officials in major U.S. cities including New York City and Los Angeles announced they were ramping up security at airports and transit systems. (read more)
Security plan for Twin Cities metro transit (Minneapolis) – KARE11.com
It’s not uncommon to see screening devices and body scanners at the airport. But people using the Metro Transit Light Rail won’t find those devices at any stop. (read more)
 
 
 
Biometrics
 
Fingerprint sensors, facial recognition and biometric surveillance to propel biometrics market to US$30 billion by 2021, says ABI Research – DigiTimes
The global biometrics market will reach more than US$30 billion by 2021, marking an impressive 118% increase from 2015, according to ABI Research. Consumer electronics, particularly smartphones, continue to boost the biometrics market, with embedded fingerprint sensors anticipated to reach two billion shipments by 2021 at a 40% CAGR. (read more)
 
Security experts: Research 1 in 5 employees would sell passwords – InformationSecurityBuzz.com
Research finding issued by SailPoint Technologies with its annual Market Pulse Survey – included findings that… (read more)
 
 
Home Security/Automation
 
Connected Home Security System Market to Grow Significantly Through 2020, Forecast Finds – Security Sales & Integration
The global connected home security system market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 48.06% during the period 2016-2020. (read more)
 
 
 
Security Industry
 
Lawsuit Alleging Tyco Integrated Security at Fault in Massive Pharmaceutical Heist Gets Underway – Security Sales & Integration
Opening arguments were held Monday in a civil lawsuit that alleges Tyco Integrated Security inadequately protected computer data that enabled thieves to use detailed security schematics to break into a pharmaceutical warehouse and steal more than $60 million of drugs in 2010. (read more)
 
Ecolink Intelligent Technology signs exclusive distribution agreement with Interlogix – SecurityInfoWatch
Universal Electronics Inc., the worldwide leader in sensing and control technologies for the smart home, announced today that Ecolink Intelligent Technology, Inc., its wholly owned subsidiary, has entered into an agreement with Interlogix, which operates as UTC Fire & Security Americas Corporation, Inc. Interlogix is a part of UTC Climate, Controls & Security, a unit of United Technologies Corporation. Through this agreement Ecolink security sensors will be available exclusively through all Interlogix sales channels within the residential and commercial security segment. (read more)

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