Daily Report – 8/17/16

Top Stories
What former D.C. police chief Cathy Lanier will do as NFL security chief – The Washington Post
D.C. Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier announced Tuesday she is resigning after 10 years on the job to become the head of security for the National Football League. But what, exactly, does that job entail? (read more)
Federal, State and Municipal Security
State Fair tightening security at gates, elsewhere for 2016 (St. Paul, Minn.) – Star Tribune
The Minnesota State Fair is stepping up security. In a year marked by terrorist attacks, civil unrest and heightened safety concerns worldwide, a beefed-up security force will be stationed at each of the 11 gates to search through the bags, backpacks and coolers of the hundreds of thousands of people attending the Great Minnesota Get-Together, which runs Aug. 25 through Labor Day. (read more)
West Palm Beach promises new surveillance cameras will fix broken system (West Palm Beach, Fla.) –SecurityInfoWatch
When dozens of shootings erupted north of downtown last summer, the question arose: Why wasn’t the city able to identify the shooters when it had hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of security cameras in the high-crime zone? (read more)
Atl. Police Request Access to Private Surveillance Cameras (Brookhaven, Ga.) – Campus Safety
The Brookhaven Police Department in Georgia is asking residents and businesses to provide the department with access to footage captured on their video surveillance cameras. (read more)
Could a private security force help with 16th Street Mall crime? (Denver) – 9News.com
Business leaders and police will unveil a private security force Wednesday morning as a way to improve safety at Denver’s No. 1 tourist attraction. (read more)
B.C. mulls security cameras to solve Highway 1 bunny problem (British Columbia, Canada) – Vancouver Island CTV News
The highway bunnies are back. And this time, the province says it will take steps to stop those who abandon the critters along the Trans-Canada Highway at the Helmcken overpass. (read more)
Campus Security
EVSC strengthens security following Summer gang-related shootings (Evansville, Ind.) – WAVE3.com
The Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation is taking extra precautions after several recent gang-related shootings in Evansville. (read more)
Added security coming to Nashville elementary for 4th graders in portables (Nashville) – WKRN.com
Madison parents are concerned about the safety of their fourth grade students at Gateway Elementary School. (read more)
Police say campus is safe community (Champaign, Ill.) – IllinoisHomepage.net
As parents drop their students off on the U of I campus, should they worry about their safety? (read more)
Mission school board approves extra security for elementary schools (Mission, Texas) – ValleyCentral.com
To ensure ultimate safety, the Mission Consolidated Independent School District board of trustees voted this week to increase the number of officers at each of their elementary schools. (read more)
Transportation Security
Worthless Airport Security Exposed At JFK After ‘Shooter’ Turned Out To Be Nothing (New York) – Foxtrot Alpha
The idea of all the security we put up with at airports-the lines, the scanners, the bullshit-is so that when there’s an attack, we’ll all be orderly protected. On Sunday night at JFK Airport, we found out how wrong that is. Cheering for Usain Bolt at the Olympics appears to have been mistaken for gunfire and complete chaos ensued. (read more)
Treating TSA agents better might reduce airports’ long lines – SecurityInfoWatch
The starting pay is about $34,000 a year with no automatic pay raises based on tenure. They are on the front line in the battle against terrorism but don’t carry a gun. Their employer is routinely the punchline of jokes on late-night television shows. (read more)
Airport awarded grant for security upgrade (Moline, Ill.) – Quad-City Times
The Quad-City International Airport has been awarded a $900,000 federal grant to complete an ongoing security upgrade project. (read more)
Record number of guns seized at U.S. airports – The Columbian
Transportation security officials say they seized a record-breaking number of firearms – 78 – last week in carry-on bags at airports around the country. (read more)
Bay Area Transit’s Suspicious Activity Reporting App Causes Racial Profiling, Privacy Concerns (San Francisco) – Government Technology
The San Francisco East Bay’s largest bus operator on Friday announced the release of a smartphone app that allows riders to more easily report suspicious or disruptive behavior, but civil rights groups are worried the tool will lead to more racial profiling and less privacy, not a safer ride. (read more)

Lawsuit warns of Russian ‘back door’ into U.S. fingerprint systems – SecurityInfoWatch
The company that supplies fingerprint-identification systems to the FBI, the Defense Department and driver’s-license agencies in most U.S. states is based in France and describes its technology as French in origin. (read more)
Americans Prefer a ‘Password’ Over a Fingerprint – Security Magazine
Biometric security checks such as voice, facial or eye recognition are still not favored by the vast majority of Americans despite the technologies’ ability to make it easier to access online services. (read more)

Home Security/Automation
61% of Americans Fear Their Home Security Cameras Will Be Hacked – Security Sales & Integration
When it comes to hacking, most Americans fear their home security cameras being compromised the most, along with the hacking of their cars. (read more)
Smart Home Growth Remains Promising Among Security Companies – SDM
An initially bright smart home future has been tempered by several hindrances, according to an IHS Markit study, but growth particularly in the security industry remains promising. (read more)


Worship Security

Bowling Green church goers rethink security measures (Bowling Green, Ky.) – WBKO.com
Bowling Green church goers are carrying a heavy heart over the Sunday Hillvue Heights church stabbing. (read more)

Utility Security
Grid Security A Hot Topic for Lawmakers – Capital News Service
Thousands of state lawmakers and staff at a national conference in Chicago on issues facing states got an earful on the security of the electric grid, , and as Mike Vasilinda tells us, utilities admit they know less about the issue than they should. (read more)

Security Industry
Report: Honeywell Nears $3B Deal to Acquire JDA Software Group – Security Sales & Integration
Honeywell International is close to acquiring JDA Software Group in a deal valued at around $3 billion, according to The Wall Street Journal. (read more)

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