Daily Report – 1/23/17

Top Stories
 
John F. Kelly confirmed as homeland security secretary – The Washington Post
The Senate confirmed John F. Kelly as secretary of homeland security on Friday, putting the blunt-spoken retired Marine general in charge of securing the nation’s borders, including construction of the controversial southwest border wall that was a centerpiece of President Trump’s campaign. (read more)
Global Security
Manchester United Hires Counter-Terrorism Manager (Manchester, England) – Security Magazine
European soccer club Manchester United has hired a full-time counter-terrorism manager. (read more)
Federal, State and Municipal Security
More grants to be offered for downtown Erie security cameras (Erie, Pa.) – GoErie.com
The Erie Downtown Partnership will once again make money available to boost security in downtown Erie. (read more)
 
Port of Port Angeles Wins Coast Guard Award for Top Security (Port Angeles, Wash.) – Security Magazine
The Port of Port Angeles in Port Angeles, Washington, has earned the top honor from the U.S. Coast Guard for having the “best of the best” security practices out of all U.S. small ports (49 employees or fewer). The Rear Admiral Richard E. Bennis Award recognizes the port’s achievements and contributions related to implementing Maritime Transportation Security Act practices, according to Peninsula Daily News. (read more)
 
Metal detectors installed at Riverside County HQ (Riverside, Calif.) – The Press Enterprise
Visitors to Riverside County’s headquarters will have to pass through metal detectors as part of a series of security upgrades made after the terror attack in San Bernardino. (read more)
 
Get real on new driver’s licenses – Lexington Herald
Opponents warn that REAL ID could lead to unconstitutional invasions of privacy, tracking of U.S. citizens by the United Nations and the mark of the beast as prophesied in the Book of Revelations. Opponents of what some say is a national ID card span the political spectrum from the American Civil Liberties Union to Take Back Kentucky. (read more)
Campus Security
New security system designed to keep threats out (Tampa, Fla.) – The Oracle
Over winter break, USF Facilities Planning and Management implemented a new safety system across campus to ensure the protection of students, faculty and staff on university grounds. (read more)
West Liberty school shooting rocks tight-knit community (West Liberty, Ohio) – Springfield News-Sun
A shooting in West Liberty-Salem High School on Friday morning left one student critically injured and a tight-knit, rural community where most families know each other badly shaken. (read more)
 
Transportation Security
Airport screening rules revamped for transgender travellers (Canada) – CBC News
The federal agency in charge of security at Canadian airports has changed its screening procedures to increase sensitivity and privacy for transgender travellers, but advocates worry the procedures could be problematic if staff aren’t properly trained in how to carry them out. (read more)
Biometrics
 
Facial recognition to replace passports at Australian airports – The Irish Times
A radical overhaul of security at Australia’s international airports is the first step towards the government’s goal of automating 90 per cent of air traveller processing by 2020. (read more)
Could your heartbeat be your next password? – CIO DIVE
Biometric authentication methods are gaining interest as traditional passwords become less and less effective. A study released last May found 52% of consumers prefer biometrics and other authentication methods over traditional usernames and passwords. Of the respondents that expressed an opinion, 80% said they believe biometric authentication is more secure than traditional usernames and passwords. (read more)
Home Security/Automation
 
Research shows continued growth in smart home market – Security Systems News
Approximately 26 percent of U.S. broadband households today now own a smart home device, up from 19 percent at the end of 2015, according to new Parks Associates’ research that was announced at its CONNECTIONS Summit at CES in January. (read more)
Worship Security
At least 32 Jewish Community Centers targeted in second wave of bomb threats – Homeland Security News Wire
At least 32 Jewish Community Centers across the United States were subjected to bomb threats on Wednesday, less than ten days after sixteen more JCCs were evacuated after similar threats. (read more)
Body Worn Cameras
Citizens raising funds for police body cameras (Enid, Okla.) – EnidNews.com
It was in the wake of protests following the shooting of a black man by police in Ferguson, Mo., that an Enid resident asked, “What if something similar happened here?” (read more)
Chillicothe police stop using body cams, buying new ones (Chillicothe, Ohio) – Chillicothe Gazette
Less than a year after the Chillicothe Police Department implemented body cameras, the department is preparing to spend over $250,000 in the next five years on new ones. (read more)
Security Industry
Razberi Survey Finds Video Costs, Quality and Reliability Are Top Surveillance Concerns – SDM
Razberi Technologies surveyed more than 100 security systems integrators and enterprise security leaders, discovering that when it comes to video surveillance systems, security professionals are most focused on maintaining quality at the right cost, simplifying management, and improving reliability. (read more)

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