Daily Report – 9/12/16

Top Stories
Thanks To Sept. 11 Security ‘Inertia,’ Restrictions Still Shape Public Spaces – NPR
In the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks, many beloved public spaces were abruptly closed or had their access severely restricted. At the time, the public generally resigned itself to the new restrictions as a necessary evil in a time of war. (read more)
 
Homeland Security Secretary Johnson: Prospect of another Orlando ‘keeps me up at night’ – The Washington Post
Fifteen years after the Sept. 11 attacks, America’s top homeland security official can’t say for sure whether the country is safer from terrorist attacks. (read more)
 
TSA boasts dramatic decline in airport wait times – USA Today
Hiring more Transportation Security Administration officers. Shifting airport and airline workers for non-security work at checkpoints such as moving bins. Improving technology at the checkpoints. (read more)
Federal, State and Municipal Security
On 9/11, different pictures of national security – Politico
CIA Director John Brennan and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes painted strikingly different pictures of America’s national security on the 15th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, with Brennan citing progress in the fight against the Islamic State and Nunes warning of a growing threat. (read more)
 
Security camera presence grows in Calgary, with 600 added over six years (Calgary, Canada) – Calgary Herald
When University of Calgary professor Tom Keenan used to meet with other researchers at conferences focused on surveillance, he and his peers would walk around counting the security cameras. (read more)
 
 
Campus Security
Ohio School District Upgrades Emergency Communication System (Liberty, Ohio) – Campus Safety
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)
Dept. of Ed, DOJ Release Campus Policing Recommendations – Campus Safety
The U.S. Departments of Education and Justice released on Thursday new tools that they says will improve school climates, ensure safety and support student achievement in our nation’s schools. (read more)
How NJ schools prepare and train for frequent bomb threats (New Jersey) – NJ1015.com
It’s not a question of if, but of how many. Officials expect bomb threats, swatting calls and evacuations to plague New Jersey’s schools all over again this year. (read more)
Team considers more security after shooting at York football game (New Castle, Del.) – The Sentinel
No students were hurt in a Friday night shooting outside of a William Penn High School home football game, but now the team is talking about adding more security to future games. (read more)
Shooting At UT Fraternity Party Injures A Security Guard (Austin) – WTAW.com
Officials say a security guard was injured in a shooting at a fraternity house near the University of Texas at Austin after a person who was asked to leave a party there returned and an altercation ensued. (read more)
 
 
 
Transportation Security
 
Sea-Tac Airport security forever changed by terror attacks (Seattle) – The Olympian
Most teens who graduated from high school this year don’t remember what air travel was like before Sept. 11, 2001. (read more)
 
3-D printed gun, other odd weapons confiscated by TSA in August – AJC.com
The Transportation Safety Administration found some weird things at airport security checkpoints in August. (read more)

Biometrics

 
Guess Who? The Game of Authentication – The C Suite
While we have all become used to facing a barrage of security questions whenever we wish to access our telephone banking or similar services, the frustration of forgetting the fifty-fourth letter of your secret password never lessens. Thankfully, the rise of voice biometrics promises to end the long game of Guess Who during those telephone based customer interactions. (read more)
 
 
 
Security Industry
Sciens Building Solutions Acquires Systems Integrator WSA Systems-Boca – Security Sales & Integration
Sciens Building Solutions has acquired Boca Raton, Fla.-based WSA Systems-Boca, a full-service systems integrator that provides security and fire/life-safety solutions and services. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. (read more)

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