Daily Report – 5/18/16

Top Stories
TSA to add staff, but O’Hare tells passengers to arrive 3 hours before flight (Chicago) – Chicago Tribune
With marathon security lines causing thousands of U.S. airline passengers to miss flights, the Transportation Security Administration plans to hire nearly 800 new officers this month and pay for more part-time workers and overtime. (read more)
Terror stalks commuters, as database of foiled attempts to attack transit reveal – Santa Fe New Mexican
Until the bombings in March that killed 35 people in Brussels, there hadn’t been a terror attack with mass casualties on a transportation hub in a western nation in a decade. (read more)
Global Security
Brazil’s defense minister: Olympics are huge security risk – New York Post
Brazil’s own interim defense minister has ripped the security preparations for the Rio Olympics, which begin in less than three months. (read more)
Federal, State and Municipal Security
Want a Federal Security Clearance? Your Facebook May Be Reviewed – NBC News
If you ever want access to government secrets, maybe think twice before you tweet. (read more)
 
Canadian border presents its own security concerns – WCAX.com
The U.S. — Mexico border has been a topic of much debate this election season, but should our national attention be more focused toward our neighbors to the north? (read more)
 
Report Shows Murders are up in Many U.S. Cities – Security Magazine
Homicides across dozens of U.S. cities increased by nine percent over the first three months of 2016 compared to the same period last year. (read more)
 
FBI hid microphones for secret warrantless surveillance near California courthouses (California) – Network World
What the – ! Well, the FBI is back to the same old shady surveillance tricks, shady if you believe the Fourth Amendment still means something. (read more)
 
NYPD, Other Departments Hold Active Shooter Drill in Brooklyn (Brooklyn, N.Y.) – ABC7NY.com
The NYPD and FDNY staged a drill Sunday morning to simulate a scenario of an active shooting on a school campus. (read more)
 
 
Campus Security
Orange schools tighten building-access security (Orange County, Fla.) – Orlando Sentinel
The Orange County school district has tightened security after discovering that thousands of people who aren’t current employees or vendors could have had access to school campuses and other district buildings. (read more)
 
Grants Pass students react to having undercover officers on campus (Grants Pass, Ore.) – KOBI5.com
Cutting off a threat before it even reaches campus – that’s the idea behind the new School Marshal program in Grants Pass. Beginning Monday morning, students were joined on each school’s campus by an undercover retired police officer. (read more)
 
Poway Unified security breach: Information of 36,000 students mistakenly released (Poway, Calif.) – CBS8.com
Parents expressed their anger Monday after the Poway Unified School District mistakenly released sensitive personal information of more than 36,000 students. (read more)
 
Hospital workers control fire at Wesley Medical Center (Wichita, Kan.) – KWCH.com
The Wichita Fire Department confirms the fire at Wesley Medical Center’s main campus is under control. Fire officials say a generator caught fire on the third floor of the hospital, above the emergency room. (read more)
NYPD Allegedly Covering Up Number Of Deadly Weapons Students Bring At School; Nearly 2000 Weapons Confiscated (New York) – Parent Herald
The New York Police Department is accused of hiding the real number of deadly weapons confiscated from students at school. Nearly 2000 weapons confiscated from pupils are reportedly covered up by the NYPD to bring their crime statistics into a positive light. (read more)
 
 
 
Transportation Security
 
TSA Pens 10-Point Plan to Counter Long Lines Through Airport Security – Security Sales & Integration
Facing increasingly longer lines at airport security, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has come up with a 10-point plan to keep passengers moving without compromising the security checkpoints. (read more)
Random Shootings Along Calif. Highway Could Bring Surveillance Cameras (Pittsburg, Calif.) – Security Sales & Integration
A series of random shootings here have Pittsburg City Council considering the installation of video surveillance cameras along Highway 4. City Council will vote on Monday whether to adopt the surveillance equipment, which could cost $100,000. (read more)
Tips to avoid (or at least endure) long airport security lines – WTOP.com
As the Transportation Security Administration apologizes to hundreds of airline passengers who have missed flights this week due to staggeringly long security screening lines, some fliers fear the worst is yet to come. (read more)


Cyber Security
China Quietly Targets U.S. Tech Companies in Security Reviews – The New York Times
Chinese authorities are quietly scrutinizing technology products sold in China by Apple and other big foreign companies, focusing on whether they pose potential security threats to the country and its consumers and opening up a new front in an already tense relationship with Washington over digital security. (read more)
 
 
 
Utility Security
 
Electric grid security is a serious – but fixable – issue (Texas) – TribTalk
In 2004, a blue ribbon congressional commission made clear the existential threat of an electromagnetic pulse to the United States. After the 84th legislative session, Lt. Governor Dan Patrick issued an interim charge for the Texas Senate to evaluate the security of the Texas electric grid. (read more)

Biometrics


Sacramento sheriff expands facial recognition program (Sacramento) – ABC10.com
The Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department has been quietly testing facial recognition technology over the past year. (read more)
Japanese firm introduces privacy visor that confuses facial recognition software – BiometricUpdate.com
According to a report in Inverse, Japan’s Nissey Corp. is set to release a privacy visor that the company claims will scramble digital facial recognition software. (read more)
 
 
Security Industry
 
Lessons learned from Tyco’s victory in Eli Lilly drug heist lawsuit – SecurityInfoWatch
It’s believed to be the single largest pharmaceutical theft in U.S. history.  The loss has been pegged at over $42 million. (Some say as high as $78 million.) Following a recent three-week jury trial, a federal jury in Miami found that industry giants Tyco and ADT were not legally liable for the theft at a Eli Lilly warehouse where the security providers installed, serviced and monitored an alarm system. The verdict ended years of litigation by the pharmaceutical company’s insurer seeking recovery for the loss. It’s a fascinating case at multiple levels and provides a number of important lessons for electronic security providers. Before delving into the broader implications of the case for the security industry, let’s take a quick look at the facts surrounding it, which I’ve culled from news reports and papers filed by the parties and the court in the litigation. (read more)
 
Tyco Security Products Acquires ID And Access Management Developers Innometriks – SourceSecurity.com
Tyco Security Products has announced that it has acquired substantially all of the assets of Innometriks and 2DogsStudios, developers of high assurance readers, software and mobile solutions for FIPS-201 (Federal Information Processing Standard) smart card credentials. (read more)

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