Daily Report – 9/26/16

Top Stories
Uber to use driver selfies to enhance security – USA Today
Uber rolled out a new feature Friday that requires some drivers to confirm their identities via a selfie photo before each shift. (read more)
 
Congress Wants the TSA to Help Secure Amtrak and Buses – Bloomberg
The U.S. Transportation Security Administration is one of those federal agencies that tends to inspire intense reactions among the traveling public. It’s a bureaucracy that interacts with millions of passengers each day, requiring their shoes, jackets, laptops-and time. (read more)
 
Nassau Police brace for biggest security challenge in decades (Hempstead, N.Y.) – Long Island Report
A cooperative effort between Campus Public safety, Nassau County Police Department, and the Secret Service will safeguard the presidential debate on Monday, September 26, at Hofstra University. At the time of the 2012 debate Nassau County PD acknowledged putting 400 officers as security for the event. But, perhaps understandably, this year these agencies prefer to keep their security measures under wraps until after the debate. (read more)
Federal, State and Municipal Security
Homeland Security Chair: ‘Good Chance’ Mall Shooting is Islamic Terror (Burlington, Wash.) – Breitbart
Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX), chair of the House Committee on Homeland Security, told Fox News’ Maria Bartiromo on Sunday morning that “there’s a good chance” Friday’s mass shooting at mall in Washington “could be” Islamic terrorism. (read more)
 
A Walking Tour Of New York’s Massive Surveillance Network – The Intercept
Earlier this month, on the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, the lower tip of Manhattan was thronged with soldiers in uniform, firefighters marching with photos of lost friends pinned to their backpacks, and tourists bumbling around the new mall at the World Trade Center. Firetrucks and police cars ringed Zuccotti Park and white ribbons adorned the iron fence around the churchyard on Broadway. Trash cans were closed up, with signs announcing “temporary security lockdown.” (read more)
 
‘See something, say something’ plays critical role in thwarting bombings – Courier-Post
They were not spies. They were not soldiers. But three times in the last three days, observant citizens disrupted a possible terror attack. (read more)
 
 
Campus Security
Universities ask Florida to spend more on mental health, campus security (Florida) – SecurityInfoWatch
After the Florida Legislature failed to act on similar budget requests for this year, state university officials are once again asking for money to increase staffing levels and beef up resources for campus police forces and student counseling centers at Florida’s 12 public universities. (read more)
School leaders working to expand, improve security cameras in Prince George’s Co. (Prince George County, Md.) – WTOP.com
Following accusations of student abuse aboard school buses, Prince George’s County public school leaders say they’re working to make the web of security cameras bigger and better. (read more)
 
 
Transportation Security
 
San Jose International’s new security fence gets high-tech cameras and sensors (San Jose, Calif.) – Silicon Valley Business Journal
The new perimeter fencing installed around Mineta San Jose International Airport earlier this month will now go high tech with $8.1 million worth of “cameras and sensor-type equipment,” spokeswoman Rosemary Barnes said late Friday. (read more)
Could airports ban travellers’ families and friends for security? – TTG
Speaking at a World Routes 2016 Strategy Summit panel session considering the state of the industry in Chengdu, China, Malaysia Airlines chief executive Peter Bellew said he had observed the practice first hand in northern Ireland in the last century when terrorism was a major problem. (read more)


 
 
Cyber Security
 
Schumer seeks federal plan to protect 911 systems from cyber attacks – SecurityInfoWatch
U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer on Wednesday called on the federal government to develop a technology plan to protect 911 call centers from cyber attacks in the wake of a study showing that the nation’s 911 systems could be brought down with relative ease. (read more)
How to keep terrifying medical device hacks from becoming reality – Network World
While some of the scariest IoT hacks envisioned – those involving hijacked medical devices such as pacemakers and insulin pumps – have yet to surface in the real world, those in the medical and IT security fields are not letting down their guard. They’ve seen enough ransomware and other attacks on healthcare outfits of late to know they are major cyberattack targets. (read more)


 
 
Biometrics
 
Yahoo email hack: Are biometrics the answer to a safer online world? Not yet, says expert – CBC News
Yahoo admits that 500 million of its email accounts were compromised in 2014. (read more)
 
 
Security Industry
 
‘Unmanned Security Expo’ to Take Flight at ISC West – Security Sales & Integration
ISC West has introduced plans for the all-new Unmanned Security Expo to be held at ISC West, April 5-7, 2017, at the Sands Expo in Las Vegas. The inaugural event is sponsored by the Security Industry Association (SIA), and will focus on aerial drones and ground robotics for security applications. (read more)

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