Daily Report — 12/21/16

Top Stories
Assassin of Turkey’s Russian ambassador refused security check before ambushing event – NY Daily News
The off-duty police officer who assassinated Russia’s ambassador to Turkey refused to go through an X-ray security check before the shooting – but was let into the event anyway, according to a report.. (read more)
 
After Berlin attack, Europe ponders new security protections for holiday markets – The Washington Post
When a massive truck plowed through crowds at a Berlin Christmas market Monday night – killing at least 12 in what German authorities are now calling a likely terrorist attack – the incident immediately raised questions over security in a Europe where militant-driven bloodshed has become a fact of life. (read more)
 
New French Quarter security draft proposal could cost $25 million (New Orleans) – WLOX.com
The French Quarter drives the city’s economic engine, but it also creates security concerns. (read more)
Federal, State and Municipal Security
Trump could set new precedent with private security force – The Christian Science Monitor
President-elect Donald Trump is breaking with tradition yet again, this time by retaining his own private security force. (read more)
 
At the Southern Border, a Do-It-Yourself Tack on Security – The New York Times
His radio crackled. “Can you hear it?” a veteran Army soldier named Tim Foley asked one weekend afternoon while traversing the remote trails off the remote community of Sasabe, a dot along a busy drug-smuggling corridor in southern Arizona. (read more)
 
US Cities Increase Security After Incidents in Berlin and Ankara – ABC News
Cities across the U.S. are heightening security after a series of deadly incidents abroad, including an attack in Berlin, where a truck plowed into a crowd at a busy Christmas market. (read more)
 
Super Bowl security is team effort in Houston (Houston) – SecurityInfoWatch
When an expected 1million people descend on Houston for 10 days of Super Bowl concerts, contests and championship football, they will be protected — and watched — by a security operation built on secrecy, technology and the combined efforts of dozens of agencies. (read more)
 
Brawl at Arrowhead Stadium puts spotlight on fan safety at NFL venues (Kansas City, Mo.) – SecurityInfoWatch
The cellphone video of a brawl Dec. 8 at Arrowhead Stadium had everything: Chiefs fans and Raiders fans, swearing and shoving, punches flying and bodies cascading down several rows of seats. (read more)
 
Senator seeks DHS headquarters funding beyond continuing resolution levels – Federal News Radio
The Department of Homeland Security’s long-awaited new headquarters won’t be completed until at least 2021, but one of the project’s biggest champions in the Senate has urged Congress to hold up its end of the bargain once the current continuing resolution expires. (read more)
 
New jail security system bids still over budget (Waterloo, Iowa) – The Courier
Plans to replace a failing security system at the Black Hawk County Jail will cost more than expected. (read more)
California tries to thwart prison cellphone smuggling (California) – Indiana Gazette.com
California is installing nearly 1,000 sophisticated metal detectors, scanners and secret security cameras at its prisons in its latest attempt to thwart the smuggling of cellphones, thousands of which continue to flood the prisons despite previous efforts. (read more)
 
 
Campus Security
Athens, Ala. school officials mulling districtwide camera system (Athens, Ala.) – SecurityInfoWatch
Athens City Schools’ classrooms could soon be under the watchful eye of a camera system as district officials consider safety improvements. (read more)
Guns and Tasers Have No Place in Hospitals – Scientific American
The Polk County Sheriff’s Office plans to train faculty at a local private university in law enforcement tactics and will consider them “special deputies” with the goal of stopping an active shooter. (read more)
 
Transportation Security
One of TSA’s weirdest finds of the year was at the SLO County airport – The Tribune
The Transportation Security Administration recently announced its Top 10 Most Unusual Finds for 2016, and a bizarre item discovered at the San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport cracked the list. (read more)
 
 
Cyber Security
 
Ransomware became one of the top threats to enterprises this year – Computer World
On Feb. 5, employees at Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center in Los Angeles, Calif., started having network access problems that prevented electronic communications. Over the next few days, they learned that the hospital was the victim of a ransomware attack that encrypted files on multiple computers. (read more)


Home Security/Automation
 
Companies beef up security against next smart home hack – CNBC
After a hack attack blindsided major websites around the world this year, companies are exploring ways to better protect valuable data from connected devices. (



Worship Security

 
Tallahassee temple beefs up security after anonymous letters (Tallahassee, Fla.) – Tallahassee Democrat
Shomrei Torah has beefed up security after three letters brimming with hate-filled rhetoric were delivered to the Jewish synagogue that is home to approximately 100 families. (read more)
Security Industry
Commentary: Video surveillance innovation driving security industry growth, investor interest – Security Systems News
Over the past year, the security industry has continued to grow and draw significant interest from investors, due in part to the noteworthy gains of one technology in particular: video surveillance. (read more)
The Top 10 Biggest Security Mergers & Acquisitions of 2016- Security Sales & Integration
The electronic security industry witnessed another year in which mammoth mergers and acquisitions continued to consolidate a highly fragmented marketplace across all sectors, including manufacturers, distributors and installing security contractors. (read more)
Stanley to Sell Majority of Its Lock Businesses to dormakaba for $725M- Security Sales & Integration
Stanley Black & Decker (NYSE: SWK) has entered into a definitive agreement to sell the majority of its mechanical security businesses to dormakaba for $725 million in cash. The sale includes the commercial hardware brands of BEST Access, phi Precision and GMT, which together represented last 12 months (LTM) revenues and EBITDA of approximately $270 million and $52 million, respectively. (read more)

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