Daily Report – 8/31/16

Top Stories
Safeguarding Smart Card Access Systems from Attack – Sourceable
While hackers will constantly seek to exploit the vulnerabilities in building security systems, it’s relatively easy to safeguard contactless smart card systems from attack as long as building owners and managers remain well apprised about the best practices currently available. (read more)
How to Stay Safe at the Airport – The New York Times
False reports of gunfire at Los Angeles International Airport on Aug. 28 caused panic among travelers, led to the evacuation of the airport and resulted in more than 250 flight delays. A similar incident occurred two weeks earlier at Kennedy International Airport in New York. While there was no real active shooter in either case, the fear that fliers had during these episodes is very real. (read more)
 
Global Security
 
Can ISIS Attacks Be Stopped? Public Security in Age of Madness – NBC News
Kinetic energy is calculated as an expression of mass and velocity. (read more)
 
 
 
Federal, State and Municipal Security
Is smart clothing the future of connected technology? – SecurityInfoWatch
Remember Marty McFly’s auto-adjusting and auto-drying jacket on Back to the Future Part II? (read more)
 
Baltimore Police Conduct Aerial Surveillance Flights to Test Sophisticated Cameras (Baltimore) – Security Sales & Integration
For most of the past eight months, the Baltimore Police Department has piloted a single-engine Cessna equipped with video surveillance cameras to investigate all sorts of crimes, flying above the city for as many as 10 hours a day unbeknownst to the public, according to Bloomberg Businessweek. (read more)
 
Chicago to Install 500 Sensors in of ‘Array of Things’ Project (Chicago) – Security Magazine
The City of Chicago is teaming up with the University of Chicago in a multi-million dollar effort to improve quality of life in the city. According to a Fox 32 News report, dozens of sensors are being installed around the city to gather information on an urban scale, part of a project city leaders are calling “The Array of Things.”(read more)
 
Kaw Point Park adds more security cameras with hopes that it will help reduce vandalism (Chicago) –Fox4KC.com
A popular metro park is taking steps to deal with recent vandalism. (read more)
 
State Legislators Plan $1.5 Million-Dollar Security System (Anchorage, Alaska) – YourAlaskaLink.com
The State Legislature is vying to update its current surveillance cameras, and has circulated proposal requests for a fresh system, according to published reports. (read more)
 
Quebec officer fired for using surveillance cameras to spy on sexual encounters (Quebec) – Montreal Gazette
A high-ranking officer with the Sûreté du Québec was dismissed after using a security camera to spy on the sexual encounters of clients in two hotels near the National Assembly in Quebec City. (read more)
 
Supervisors look to courthouse security (Ottumwa, Iowa) – Ottumwa Courier
The Wapello County Board of Supervisors on Monday approved the purchase and installation of surveillance cameras for Wapello County Courthouse. The cameras are expected to make the courthouse a safer place, protecting employees and citizens as well as the county’s physical assets. (read more)
With Beefed-Up Security, Raleigh USDA Office To Reopen (Raleigh, N.C.) – ABC11.com
The Agriculture Department will reopen some offices Wednesday after an unspecified email threat Tuesday forced the closure of six offices in five states, including the Raleigh offices on Bland Road and on NC State’s campus. (read more)
 
 
Campus Security
New security measures announced for PSU Game Day (University Park, Pa.) – WeAreCentralPA.com
The Penn State football team opens its 130th campaign on Saturday, Sept. 3, hosting Kent State for a 3:30 p.m. kickoff in Beaver Stadium. The Nittany Lions own a 106-21-2 record all-time in season openers and will be opening the season at home for the first time since 2012, having started the last three seasons in MetLife Stadium (2013 vs. Syracuse), in Dublin, Ireland (2014 vs. UCF) and at Temple last year. (read more)
School District Security System Incorporates 2-Way Communication With Police (Liberty, Ohio) – Security Sales & Integration
A security system that includes two-way dispatch communication with police installed by Liberty Local Schools will enable officers to respond more quickly to a crisis on campus, Liberty Police Chief Richard Tisone says. (read more)
Texas Tech Monitors Players’ Social Media with Fake Girl Accounts (Lubbock, Texas) – Campus Safety
A coach at Texas Tech University admitted to monitoring his players’ social media activity by creating fake accounts of girls. (read more)
State launches school security initiative (Idaho) – Post Register
Idaho first lady Lori Otter unveiled a new security initiative Tuesday for the Gem State’s public schools. (read more)
Pickens County Schools replacing substandard security equipment (Pickens County, S.C.) – Greenville Online
The all-seeing eye of the Pickens County School District’s security camera system keeps watch over more than 16,000 students every day, scanning the schools and their grounds incessantly, even when no one is in sight. (read more)
New parking hours aims to increase safety on campus (Fresno, Calif.) – The Collegian
Beginning immediately, Fresno State students with green parking passes will be able to park in yellow faculty/staff lots after 6 p.m. without getting ticketed. (read more)
Student threatens high school, security increased, OPS district says (Omaha, Neb.) – KETV.com
Northwest High School administration sent a letter to parents Wednesday morning after violent threats were reportedly made by a student, Omaha Public Schools officials say. (read more)
 
 
 
Transportation Security
 
Calif. transit agency installing security cameras at all stations to deter vandalism (California) –SecurityInfoWatch
Metrolink plans to install surveillance cameras at all its stations, including those in Ventura County, in response to some of its ticket vending machines being vandalized. (read more)
 
Bellevue school district adds cameras to school buses (Bellevue, Neb.) – KETV.com
Drivers passing school buses in Bellevue should make sure they’re following the rules because the district has installed cameras to catch motorists breaking the law. The results are astounding. (read more)


 

Utility Security

 
Energy Sector and Domestic Economy are Especially Vulnerable to Cyber Attacks – EnvironmentalLeader.com
Electricity is the lifeblood of the global economy. And it is especially the thing that energizes the American economy, now that the US leads the world in oil and shale gas production, and is on well on its way to expanding its use of renewable energy. What could threaten such advances? (read more)
 
 
Security Industry
 
AlliedBarton Merges With Universal Services of America, Forms Allied Universal – SDM
AlliedBarton Security Services and Universal Services of America finalized the merger to form Allied Universal, a security services and solutions company. The new organization, with more than 140,000 employees, is the largest security services company in North America, the company reported. (read more)
Princeton Identity Launches As New Biometric Technology Venture From SRI International –SourceSecurity.com
Princeton Identity Inc., formerly a line of business of SRI International marketed under the SRI Identity brand, launched operation as an independent company. Princeton Identity will continue to build on SRI’s successful legacy of delivering biometric technologies for a wide range of government and commercial applications, as well as for mainstream physical identity access management (PIAM) applications. (read more)

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