Daily Report – 9/28/16

Top Stories
Homeland chief: Homegrown attacks an increasing threat – KRQE.com
Bombings in New York and New Jersey – and a stabbing attack in Minnesota the same day – underscore that homegrown attacks inspired by violent extremists are as much a threat to the United States as those directed by terrorists, the nation’s Homeland Security chief says. (read more)
 
Time running out for states to issue ID cards to meet federal security law – USA Today
Time is running out for states to issue ID cards and driver’s licenses with new security features that satisfy a federal law requiring tamper-proof identification. (read more)
Federal, State and Municipal Security
Justice Dept. Top National Security Official to Leave Post – ABC News
The Justice Department’s top national security official is leaving his position next month, the department announced Tuesday. (read more)
 
A month later, Baltimore police surveillance program still shrouded in secrecy (Baltimore) –SecurityInfoWatch
A month after being revealed for the first time, the aerial surveillance program that the Baltimore Police Department has repeatedly insisted was never secret remains heavily shrouded from the public. (read more)
  
Waynesboro Council discusses possibility of putting security cameras downtown (Waynesboro, Pa.) –Your4State.com
In Waynesboro, Borough Council members are discussing the possibility of putting security cameras downtown.(read more)
 
Oakland Scrambles To Install Functional Park Surveillance Cameras (Oakland, Calif.) – CBS SF Bay Area
Two weeks after KPIX 5 revealed that surveillance cameras in Cesar Chavez Park in East Oakland have not been operational for years, the city of Oakland has promised to install a new surveillance system in the park. (read more)
 
Security improvements at Austin libraries (Austin, Texas) – KVUE.com
Security personnel with the City of Austin’s Library Department are conducting an incident evaluation after police say Hubert Justin Powell tried to kidnap two girls from the North Village Branch on Saturday. (read more)
 
Funding source for Wilkes-Barre camera system runs out in October (Wilkes-Barre, Pa.) – Times Leader
The former Hawkeye Security Solutions Inc. has one remaining steady source of funding, but it’s not likely the Wilkes-Barre Parking Authority will continue to pay the city when no one has been monitoring the camera surveillance system for months. (read more)
 
State Fair of Texas ‘One of the Safest Places in Dallas’ According to Dallas Police (Dallas) – NBCDFW.com
In light of recent attacks around the country and around the world, Dallas Area Rapid Transit and Dallas police are focused on creating a safe environment at the State Fair of Texas. (read more)
 
 
 
Campus Security
N.Y. School Districts Integrate Emergency Systems with Police (Nassau County, N.Y.) – Campus Safety
Officials in Nassau County, N.Y. announced security upgrades designed to tighten school districts’ relationship with local law enforcement agencies. (read more)
Crowder College inks pact with city to beef up campus security (Neosho, Mo.) – Neosho Daily News
Students, staff and visitors on the campus of Crowder College should be a little safer in coming weeks as beefed up security measures are scheduled to be introduced. (read more)
Southern Indiana schools call for increased security after social media threats (Clarksville, Ind.) – Fox59.com
Authorities in southern Indiana called for increased security at schools Wednesday after receiving threats on social media. (read more)
Ohio Senate considers bill to give schools funds for security (Ohio) – Stow Sentry
The state would provide districts with up to $100,000 annually to improve safety systems in their schools, under legislation being considered by the Ohio Senate. (read more)
 
 
Transportation Security
 
Airports Increasingly Invest in Security Technology – Security Magazine
Airports are placing a higher priority on IT investments for passenger and airport security with 50% rating it a high priority, up from 37% last year. According to the 2016 Airport IT Trends Survey, the annual study of IT trends within the global airport industry co-sponsored by SITA and Airports Council International (ACI), in association with Airline Business, for many airports, the investment focus has shifted to security in the wake of heightened regional tensions, some of which directly target air travel. While investment in passenger processing technology still ranks the number one priority for airports, it has dropped from 73% in 2015 to 59% this year as security rises in priority. (read more)
Beefing up security: BV Board votes to update bus bin cameras (Berryville, Ark.) – Carroll County News
The Berryville School Board voted to increase security for the district’s transportation building at its Monday meeting. (read more)
L.A. Metro OKs $82 million contract to add more security officers (Los Angeles) – Progressive Railroading
The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) late last week awarded an $82 million contract to RMI International Inc. to nearly double the number of contract security officers on its system. (read more)


 
 
Cyber Security
 
Ransomware: Coming To A Hospital Near You? – Dark Reading
For a long time, particularly in the hard-core hacker underground, the idea of attacking hospitals and other institutions of goodwill was completely unacceptable. The consensus in these communities was that these should be “no-go” areas, totally off-limits to cyberattacks. Such hacker idealism praises the taking from the rich and strong to give to the poor and vulnerable, and, of course, pocketing some loot for the effort. (read more)


Biometrics

 
Iris recognition technology comes of age – SecurityInfoWatch
Once seen as a solution for only a limited number of high-security installations, iris recognition products are quickly becoming one of the top methods of biometric identity verification for a variety of applications. The barriers that once stood in the way of their adoption, such as high deployment costs and throughput challenges, have now been addressed by many vendors, making the technology a viable solution for the access control needs of many end-users; however, while the acceptance of iris recognition continues to increase throughout the industry, the potential of the technology itself has only just begun to be unlocked. (read more)


 
 
Worship Security
 
German mosque, congress centre hit by explosions (Dresden, Germany) – SecurityInfoWatch
A mosque and an international congress centre in the German city of Dresden have been hit by two separate explosions, which police said on Tuesday could have been a xenophobic attack. (read more)


 
 
Body Cameras
 
Jim Kenyon: Body Cameras Help Police and Public – VN Valley News
Claremont cops don’t need to worry about touching off public unrest – a la Charlotte, N.C., last week – for not releasing video footage of the fatal shooting of 25-year-old Cody Lafont at his home early Sunday morning. (read more)
DOJ Awards $20 Million to Law Enforcement Body-Worn Camera Programs – Security Magazine
Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch announced awards totaling more than $20 million to 106 state, city, tribal and municipal law enforcement agencies to establish and enhance law enforcement body-worn camera programs across the U.S. (read more)


 
 
Security Industry
 
SIA Names Geoff Kohl as Director of Marketing – SecurityInfoWatch
The Security Industry Association (SIA) today announced the hire of Geoff Kohl as senior director of marketing. Kohl will be responsible for delivering strategic marketing direction to expand the awareness of SIA and its product and service offerings. (read more)
Leading Security Companies Increase Market Share, IHS Market Says – Security Sales & Integration
The market share of the top 15 security equipment and services companies accounted for 21.4% of the equipment and services market in 2014, growing to 23.1% in 2015, according to IHS Markit’s latest Physical Security Equipment and Services Report. (read more)

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