Daily Report – 10/26/16

Top Stories
Dyn attack shows ‘dark side’ of tech dependence – SecurityInfoWatch
When Denis Goulet heard about the cyberattack on Dyn Friday morning, the first thing he did was log onto the state website to make sure it was up and running. It was. (read more)
 
Some U.S. schools cancel classes for Election Day, fearing violence (Falmouth, Maine) – Syracuse.com
Rigged elections. Vigilante observers. Angry voters. The claims, threats and passions surrounding the presidential race have led communities around the U.S. to move polling places out of schools or cancel classes on Election Day. (read more)
Federal, State and Municipal Security
Will Taser-equipped drones patrol our skies? – SecurityInfoWatch
It’s a bird. It’s a plane. It’s a … drone strapped with a stun gun. Taser, the Arizona-based company known for the non-lethal electrical weapons of the same name, reportedly is considering mounting those devices on drones, allowing the machines to zap suspects from the sky. (read more)
 
Columbus expanding crime safety camera program (Columbus, Ohio) – ABC6OnYourSide.com
More crime surveillance cameras will soon be installed on the streets of Columbus. (read more)
 
La Crosse police rolling out security camera network to area businesses (La Crosse, Wis.) – 1410WIZM.com
There are hopes that a new police security camera project will expand in La Crosse. So far, it’s just 360 Real Estate Solutions that’s signed on to Project Blue Light. (read more)
 
Cameras installed at Cocoa Housing Authority (Brevard County, Fla.) – WFTV.com
After months of planning, the Cocoa Housing Authority will install dozens of cameras around its 327-apartment community. (read more)
 
 
Campus Security
Legislature OKs using tax for school security, technology (Michigan) – News-Review
The Michigan Legislature has voted to let schools use special local taxes to upgrades their security and technology. (read more)
 
Pearland ISD School bond includes $12M for campus security (Pearland, Texas) – Chron.com
Campus security has become a prime concern for school officials throughout the United States in the wake of tragedies such as the 1999 Columbine shooting. As a result, many districts are now adding security vestibules as a first line of defense to control access to campuses. Such is the thinking at Pearland ISD where a secured lobby featuring bullet resistant glass at all campuses is among the projects included in a proposed $220 million school bond proposal set to come before Pearland voters on Nov. 8. (read more)
Hospital employees attacked, victim says; Baptist Medical Center beefing up security (San Antonio) –News4SA.com
A downtown hospital is beefing up security after several close calls involving employee safety in and around Baptist Medical Center. (read more)
 
 
 
Transportation Security
 
TSA’s ‘Airport Of The Future’ Includes More Biometrics And ‘Intelligence-Driven’ Procedures – Nextgov
This week, the Transportation Security Administration released its ambitious strategy to create what the agency describes as the “airport of the future.” (read more)
L.A. Metro Board Approves Security Enhancements On Transit System (Los Angeles) – Mass Transit
As part of its strategy on enhancing security and rider experience on the transit system, the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) Board of Directors has approved a contract to nearly double the amount of contract security officers to deter crime and disorder on the bus and rail system. (read more)
Don’t text and drive: AI-enhanced speed cameras can catch people on their phones and notify the authorities – DailyMail.com         
People who text and drive may want to think twice, as there could soon be more than the police on their case.(read more)
Flying with guns? TSA gives tips for hassle-free travel – The Commercial Appeal
The TSA offered gun owners tips for properly packing heat on commercial airline flights Tuesday. (read more)


 

Biometrics

 
Could 3D Printed Fingerprints Help Criminals Break Through Security? MSU Researchers Demonstrate It’s Possible – 3DPrint.com
The digital revolution has created a whole host of new problems involving identity theft. With so much of our personal information stored online, we’re all vulnerable to the risk of hackers breaking through and stealing our identifying details, no matter how strong our passwords. I know multiple people who have had their credit card information stolen from card readers, as well. It’s not just the internet that poses new threats, though – 3D printing can also serve as a weapon in the hands of crafty criminals. (read more)
 
 
 
Retail Security
 
ORC continues to plague retailers at increasing rates – SecurityInfoWatch
For years, loss prevention professionals have voiced concerns about combatting the growing problem of organized retail crime (ORC) syndicates, which systematically steal a wide variety of merchandise from retailers both large and small across the country. And while merchants have formed various groups dedicated to fighting ORC and even managed to get legislation passed in more than half of the nation’s state legislatures to help curb the onslaught, losses attributed to ORC have continued to mount. What’s more troubling, it seems that thieves have honed their craft to greater perfection within the past year, pilfering even greater amounts of goods from brick-and-mortar stores. (read more)


 
 
 
Body Worn Cameras
 
City Of Williamsburg City Council Votes To Approve Funding For Updated WPD Equipment (Williamsburg, Va.) – The Flat Hat
The City of Williamsburg’s City Council approved the request from the Williamsburg Police Department to purchase body-worn cameras in their meeting Thursday, Oct. 13. With the approval of the purchase, the WPD will equip its patrol officers with body-worn cameras in six to eight weeks. (read more)
University Heights to buy police body-worn cameras, monitors for city hall complex (University Heights, Ohio) – Cleveland.com
City Council dealt with three issues concerning police at its meeting Oct. 19, including legislation that will lead to the purchase of more body-worn cameras for officers. (read more)
Study: Officers with body cameras less likely to use force (Tampa, Fla.) – Fox13News.com
When and where Tampa police should use their body-worn cameras was the topic of discussion at Tuesday night’s Citizens Review Board Meeting. Board members got a demonstration from officers, revealing the pros and cons of the cameras. (read more)
 
 
 
Security Industry
 
FTC Chooses AMAG Technology’s Symmetry Homeland Security System – SDM
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has selected AMAG Technology and its Symmetry Homeland Access Control System to secure its headquarter building, office of the executive director.  AMAG Technology is a security solution provider specializing in access control, intrusion detection, video management, policy-based identity solutions and visitor management. (read more)
Dahua Says Cybersecurity Report Diminishes Its Role in Massive DDoS Attack – Security Sales & Integration
Dahua released a statement this week to address claims its video surveillance products were implicated in widespread distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks in September. (read more)
 

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