Daily Report – 12/12/16

Top Stories
Citing ‘grave threats’ to security, Republicans join effort to investigate Russian interference – Daily Kos
Saying that cyberattacks by foreign governments pose “grave threats” to U.S. national security, the senators’ statement said: “This cannot become a partisan issue. The stakes are too high for our country.” (read more)
Schumer Calls On Homeland Security To Check Transit Employees Against Terror Watch Lists – ABC7NY.com
Federal homeland security officials should move faster to require rail and transit agencies across the nation to screen their employees using federal terrorism watch lists, U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer said. (read more)

Global Security

Moscow to test facial recognition system for second time – Russia Beyond the Headlines
In 2017 Moscow’s authorities will launch the second stage of testing the facial recognition system for the city’s video surveillance cameras, according to head of the Moscow city administration’s department of information technologies Artyom Yermolayev. The results of the experiment’s first stage showed that for now it is too costly to use such technology. (read more)
Federal, State and Municipal Security
Georgia wants to know if feds behind probe of voter database (Georgia) – SecurityInfoWatch
Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp has asked federal officials to explain what appears to be an attempt by the U.S. Homeland Security Department to breach the state’s voter registration database. (read more)
Downtown Canton gets policing boost during holiday season (Canton, Ohio) – CantonRep.com
The Canton Police Department began bolstering foot patrols on Small Business Saturday, Nov. 26, and they’ll continue until the New Year. (read more)
Campus Security
Duke University increases security following 2 attacks (Durham, N.C.) – WRAL.com
Two recent attacks around Duke University have moved school officials to beef up security and warn students to be on the lookout. (read more)
State grant helps Catholic school improve security (Hagerstown, Md.) – Herald-Mail Media
St. Mary Catholic School will use money from a state grant announced recently to install four new security cameras, according to school officials. (read more)
OSHA Considers Federal Healthcare Workplace Violence Standard – Security Magazine
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is considering a federal standard to prevent workplace violence in healthcare. (read more)
Swastika incidents strike suburban NY college anew (Garden City, N.Y.) – Jewish Telegraphic Agency
Police on Long Island are investigating several acts of vandalism, including the scrawling of swastikas, at a community college in the New York suburb. (read more)
Transportation Security
Md. sheriff decides against placing exterior cameras on school buses (Harford, Md.) – SecurityInfoWatch
The Harford County Sheriff’s Office will not pursue installing exterior safety cameras on school buses, after a review of the proposed program by Sheriff Jeffrey Gahler and members of the county’s Traffic Safety Advisory Board. (read more)

Utility Security
Grid security insights for 2017: Pressure mounts to prevent physical attacks – CSO
‘Tis the season for predictions! As we close out 2016 and look forward to 2017, it seems appropriate to pause a moment and provide some grid security predictions for the new year. Predictions based on trends, insight, and understanding can arm security programs with the knowledge needed to test policies, exercise physical protection systems, and allocate corporate funds for resources. Physical security anxieties for the power grid are not going away anytime soon, so let’s start to “read the writing on the walls” and get ahead of this critical topic. (read more)

Body Worn Cameras

Washington Co. Sheriff Seeks Comment On Body Camera Plan (Minneapolis) – CBS Minnesota
The Washington County Sheriff’s Office says it’s seeking comment from the public on its plan to put body cameras on officers. (read more)

Security Industry
3M to Sell Identity Management Business to Gemalto for $850M – Security Sales & Integration
3M announced it has entered into agreements to sell the identity management business within its Traffic Safety and Security Division to Gemalto for $850 million. (read more)

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