Daily Report – 11/18/16

Top Stories
Holiday Season Could Be Target for Terrorists, DHS Says – ABC News
U.S. officials issued a somber warning today that the coming holiday season could mean “opportunities for violent extremists” to strike, especially as terrorist groups are squeezed abroad. (read more)
 
FBI hate-crime report sees 67 percent surge in attacks on Muslims – SecurityInfoWatch
The FBI on Monday released its annual tally of hate crimes, with numbers that confirmed the fears of Muslim advocacy groups: a 67 percent jump in offenses against Muslims in 2015. (read more)
 
Report: Surveillance cameras most dangerous IoT devices in enterprise – CSO
Networked security cameras are the most likely to have vulnerabilities when it comes to securing Internet of Things devices in the enterprise, according to a new report by Zscaler. (read more)
 
NYPD boosts security for Thanksgiving parade after threat (New York) – WANE.com
The New York Police Department plans to beef up security for next week’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade after a recent edition of a magazine published by the Islamic State called the event an “excellent target.” (read more)
Federal, State and Municipal Security
New York Makes Massive Public Investment in Drones (New York) – GovTech
The state of New York is pouring big money into making its central territory an international draw for unmanned aerial system (UAS) innovation. (read more)
 
FBI Signs Key Contract For Social Media Surveillance – The Daily Caller
The FBI has reportedly reached an agreement with a data analysis company to acquire information pertaining to people’s social media content. (read more)
 
East Texas police utilize security cameras (Longview, Texas) – KLTV.com
Security video footage is something East Texas law enforcement seeks more of to help capture criminals and fugitives. (read more)
 
More Than 1 in 4 Employers Do Not Conduct Background Checks of New Employees – Security Magazine
According to a CareerBuilder survey, 75 percent of employers said they have hired the wrong person for a position, and of those who had a bad hire affect their business in the last year, one bad hire costs them nearly $17,000 on average. And while most employers (72 percent) background check every new employee before they are hired, more than 1 in 4 (28 percent) do not. (read more)
 
Lansing amps up security for Silver Bells in the City (Lansing, MIch.) – Fox47News.com
The warmer weather means this year’s Silver Bells could see a record crowd, that has organizers adding more security to make sure everyone stays safe. (read more)
 
 
Campus Security
Tips to Stay Prepared for the Active Shooter Threat – Campus Safety
Compared with other instances of violence, active shooter threats are exceedingly rare in schools and hospitals.(read more)
 
Caught on camera (Pullman, Wash.) – The Daily Evergreen
Though the cameras on the streets of Greek Row are often perceived as signs of “Big Brother,” police say their main focus is public safety. (read more)
 
Thomasville schools get security upgrades (Thomasville, Ga.) – WALB.com
Teachers in Thomasville came back from fall break to an early holiday gift, all of their classrooms have been upgraded with new security and teaching technology. (read more)
 
Hospital officials discuss tighter security measures (Milledgeville, Ga.) – The Union-Recorder
It’s a growing problem at many hospitals across America: Those with mental and other psychological disorders are injuring nurses and other members of the medical staff. (read more)
 
 
Transportation Security
 
Security Incident Prompted Concern About Metrorail Safety (Miami) – NBC Miami
It was June 15, 2016 at 5:23 p.m. Metrorail car 187 was an express train heading south toward Dadeland. (read more)
‘Terrorists could work their way into an airport like a virus’, warns UN security advisor – SBS
The fatal Brussels terror attack eight months ago prompted already nervous airport managers across the globe to re-examine their own security systems. (read more)
FAA tests drone-detection technology at Denver International Airport – Airport-Technology.com
The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), along with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), is testing drone-detection technology near Denver International Airport. (read more)


 
 
Cyber Security
 
Congress exploring security guidelines for internet-connected devices – WPXI.com
Billions of fitness trackers, medical implants, surveillance cameras, home appliances, thermostats, baby monitors and computers in automobiles  are connected as part of a rapidly expanding “internet of things.” (read more)
 
 
Home Security/Automation
 
Z-Wave smart-home gadgets announce new IoT security standards – CNet
Less than a month ago, hackers took control of an ocean of unsecured connected home devices, then essentially crashed the entire internet by using them to flood the web’s largest internet management company with bogus traffic. Now, the makers of smart gadgets that communicate using Z-Wave are ratcheting up their security standards to help reassure consumers that their products don’t come with glaring vulnerabilities. (read more)
New tech in residential security: Drones? – Security Systems News
Sunflower Labs is working on smart lights that have sensors built-in to talk with an autonomous drone that will then fly to take a video of any suspicious activity. (read more)
Growth In DIY Home Security Is Big Business – TPR.org
A huge market is developing in the world of Do-It-Yourself security. What was once professionally installed and found mostly in upscale housing has gone mainstream with a series of low cost, app-based home surveillance products. And the growth is exploding across the country with Texas consumers as some of the biggest buyers. (read more)
 
Security Industry
 
More than a bodyguard: Executive protection pros dispel misconceptions – SecurityInfoWatch
One of the most critical but often misunderstood aspects of any large corporate risk mitigation strategy is executive protection. High-level executives often serve as the public face of their respective organizations, thus making them a target of scorn and even physical intimidation. But while many people think of executive protection professionals as simply musclebound bodyguards who shepherd high-profile individuals from one place to another, the reality is that it takes a lot more than a physically imposing frame and a firearm to be able to adequately protect someone and their family. (read more)
Samsung Buys Harman in its Biggest Acquisition Ever, No Word on AMX – Security Sales & Integration
Samsung Electronics (KSE) is making its biggest acquisition ever, paying $112 per share – the equivalent of about $8 billion – for Harman International (NYSE: HAR), a leader in connected cars, consumer audio, pro audio, audio/video distribution and IoT technologies for building automation and the smart home. (read more)
Panoramic Cameras Are Everywhere, But It Started With Arecont Vision – SourceSecurity.com
Arecont Vision created the category of multi-sensor panoramic cameras back in 2006. Now the market is taking off, and many manufacturers now offer panoramic cameras. I recently spoke with Jeff Whitney, Arecont Vision’s Director of Marketing, on the current market for panoramic cameras, and also about some other hot topics – from cybersecurity to making the installer’s job easier. (read more)

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