Daily Report – 6/24/16

Top Stories
Federal Judge Strikes Down Security Buffer Zone for GOP Convention (Cleveland) – The Washington Free Beacon
A federal judge found unconstitutional a heightened-security area proposed to surround the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio on Thursday, saying the 3.5 square mile “event zone” unfairly restricted free speech. (read more)
 
7 Ways the Music Business Can Guard Against Another Orlando Tragedy: Security Experts Weigh In – Billboard
Bataclan. Irving Plaza. Christina Grimmie. Pulse. In the wake of four music-venue shooting incidents that claimed the lives of 140 people in seven months, security experts weigh in on the measures needed that go far beyond hiring “the biggest, meanest-looking guys.” (read more)
Unsecured Cameras Create Privacy Threat Across U.S. – SDM
Protection 1 analyzed approximately 6,000 open security cameras across the U.S. and found a disconcerting number of unsecured cameras, creating a significant privacy threat. (read more)
Federal, State and Municipal Security
New York City heightens security for Sunday’s gay pride parade (New York) – Thomson Reuters Foundation News
New York City police will send more officers to safeguard Sunday’s annual gay pride parade, boosting security at the event that is expected to attract more than 1.6 million spectators just days after the June 12 mass shooting in Orlando, city officials said on Thursday. (read more)
 
Facing hostility, firefighters in rural Oregon raising money for body cameras (Grants Pass, Ore.) – The Seattle Times
A few weeks ago, Wolf Creek fire Chief Steve Scruggs says, a man walked up to a firefighter and spit beer on her while she and an engine crew waited for law enforcement before going to a call. (read more)
 
Facebook Founder Takes Low-tech Approach to Security – Voice of America
While posing for a photo to mark 500 million Instagram users, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg inadvertently showed off a couple of security measures he takes. (read more)
 
Pot shop slaying has industry concerned about security (Denver) – The Cannabist
Cameras are everywhere in a pot shop, from the parking lot to the front door to the warehouses where the plant is packaged. (read more)
 
San Bernardino County’s $5.5B budget provides $10M for heightened security (San Bernardino, Calif.) –SecurityInfoWatch
San Bernardino County Supervisors recently passed a $5.5 billion budget that includes more than $10 million to improve security for county employees and an additional $40 million primarily for mental health treatment, while continuing to pad the rainy day fund. (read more)
 
Los Angeles Police Department to Become Largest Force With Officers Wearing Body Cameras (Los Angeles) –Security Sales & Integration
The Los Angeles Police Department will equip 7,000 officers with body cameras by the end of 2017 after the Los Angeles City Council unanimously approved a $69.6 million plan. (read more)
 
APD using mobile surveillance cameras to crack down on summer crime (Albuquerque, N.M.) – KRQE.com
As the temperatures rise, so does the crime. It’s a trend the Albuquerque Police Department says it sees every year, and teens play a part in it. (read more)
 
Housing Authority to install cameras at Plymouth site with HUD funding (County of Luzerne, Pa.) – The Citizen’s Voice
When fire damaged a building at a county-owned housing complex in Exeter earlier this year, housing authority staff turned to security cameras to learn more about the incident. (read more)
 
Piecemeal Transparency (Arcata, Calif.) – North Coast Journal of Politics, People and Art
When Arcata police officers Matthew O’Donovan and Don Arminio pulled into the Shell gas station on the corner of 14th and G streets at about 6:45 p.m. on May 17, the cameras in their patrol cars were rolling. Under a cloudless early evening sky, the cameras caught everything that reportedly followed: The suspect, 26-year-old Joshua Hoffman, drinking from an open container in the parking lot, Hoffman aggressively swinging a metal cane over his head as officers approached, the officers commanding him to stop and, ultimately, Arminio shooting Hoffman four times when the San Diego man charged in his direction. (read more)
 
Opp Housing Authority gets $250K security grant (Covington County, Ala.) – Andalusia Star News
The Housing Authority of Opp was awarded a $250,000 grant this week. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded $5 million in grants to 24 public housing authorities in an effort to keep public housing residents safe and secure. (read more)
New security measures: Metal detectors at all eight gates for first time in State Fair history (West Allis, Wis.) –Fox6Now.com
There will be big changes as it relates to security at the 2016 Wisconsin State Fair. For the first time in history, there will be metal detectors at all eight admission gates at Wisconsin State Fair Park. (read more)
 
 
Campus Security
IAHSS Announces New Certifications, Manual for Healthcare Security Officers – Campus Safety
The International Association for Healthcare Security and Safety recently launched two new certification exams and a new edition to its training manual for healthcare security officers. (read more)
 
Finally, New Surveillance System For Sonora High (Sonora, Calif.) – MyMotherLode.com
With a contract now approved a much-anticipated upgrade to a local high school’s long-outdated security camera system is scheduled in the coming weeks. (read more)
 
 
 
Transportation Security
 
Columbus Wins Smart City Challenge (Columbus, Ohio) – Security Magazine
Columbus, Ohio has won the US Department of Transportation’s Smart City Challenge. (read more)
How the 1% Pays to Skip TSA Security Lines (New Jersey) – Time
During a summer when the rest of us are spending hours in airport security lines and sometimes missing flights, the 1% are skipping to the front and the airlines are happy to help them. (read more)


 

Cyber Security

 
What’s being done to improve security for the Internet-of-Things? – Macworld
We’ve all heard by now that the internet of things is inherently insecure and personal data related devices handle could end up in the hands of wrongdoers. One could assume some security measures could be set in place to prevent that from happening. (read more)


 
 
Biometrics
 
Consumers Say In-Store Facial Recognition is ‘Creepy’ – Security Magazine
According to a survey of shopper’s habits, consumers are creeped out when retailers use technologies like facial recognition to identify them. (read more)
DHS calls on industry to share solutions for the biometric exit program – BiometricUpdate.com
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has issued a Request for Information (RFI) to share solutions in support for U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) Biometric Exit Program. (read more)


 
 
Security Industry
 
Icontrol Networks sold to Comcast and Alarm.com – SecurityInfoWatch
Following weeks of speculation, connected home security platform provider Icontrol Networks on Thursday confirmed it is being acquired by Comcast and Alarm.com. Comcast is buying the Austin, Texas-based company’s “Converge” software platform, which it currently uses to power its Xfinity Home touchscreen panel and back-end servers; while Alarm.com will acquire Icontrol’s Connect and Piper business units. (read more)
 
Independent Survey Shows Mass Notification Growing as Critical Tool for Organizations of All Sizes – CNA Finance
MIR3®, Inc., the premier provider of Intelligent Notification (IN™) and response software for business operations, announced today the results of an independent survey on emergency mass notification systems (EMNS). The survey, conducted by Disaster Resource GUIDE (DR GUIDE) and sponsored by MIR3, clearly indicates that mass notification technology has become mission-critical for a broad array of businesses, agencies and institutions. (read more)
 
DHS to accept video proposals – Federal Times
Doing business with the Homeland Security Department could mean getting the cameras rolling. (read more)

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