Daily Report – 1/25/17

Top Stories
Hacker to Trump: Fix your security settings on Twitter – CNN
According to a man who identifies himself online as WauchulaGhost, the president, vice president, and first lady are more vulnerable to hackers because of a basic Twitter security setting they’re not using. (read more)
Federal, State and Municipal Security
Terror threat level ‘elevated’ in Texas (Texas) – SecurityInfoWatch
The current terrorism threat level in Texas is “elevated” as the result of potential danger from international terror organizations like ISIS and narcotics-trafficking Mexican cartels, according to the just released 2017 Texas Public Safety Threat Overview. (read more)
 
Kirstjen Nielsen Named DHS Chief of Staff – Security Magazine
Kirstjen Nielsen will serve as the DHS new chief of staff. Nielsen previously served for six years as a senior fellow and member of the Resilience Task Force at the George Washington Unviersity’s (GWU) Center for Cyber and Homeland Security. She also served as president of Sunesis Consulting and president of the Homeland Security and Private Sector Preparedness practice at Civitas Group. She also has experience working with the White House; former President George W. Bush enlisted her services as a special assistant to the president for prevention, preparedness, and response on the White House Homeland Security Council. (read more)
 
Seattle City councilmember wants federal surveillance cameras removed (Seattle) – KomoNews.com
A Seattle City councilmember is fighting to have surveillance cameras monitored by the federal government removed. (read more)
 
Greenfield councilor calls for security cameras on the common (Greenfield, Mass.) – The Recorder
A town councilor has drafted a resolution calling for security cameras on the Town Common after the creche put up annually by the Keep Christ in Christmas Committee was vandalized for at least the third year in a row. (read more)
 
Eastlink Centre planning security, safety changes (Charlottetown, Canada) – DailyHeraldTribune.com
The Eastlink Centre is planning to improve security in 2017 by making changes to access points to the centre so that security cameras capture each person coming in. (read more)
 
Rock County Courthouse May See Security Upgrades (Janesville, Wis.) – Beloit Daily News
The Rock County Courthouse could be seeing significant security upgrades over the next year plus. (read more)
 
Downtown cameras give Naperville cops ‘better pictures to work with’ (Naperville, Ill.) – Daily Herald
Five parts of downtown Naperville are now under the watchful eye of a dozen new surveillance cameras. (read more)
Campus Security
School security gun bill passes House (Virginia) – NBC12.com
School security officers could carry firearms in schools under a bill passed Tuesday by the House of Delegates. (read more)
Atlanta mayor announces more security cameras for cluster of colleges (Atlanta) – CBS46.com
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed announced Tuesday the addition of 35 security cameras and five license plate readers in southwest Atlanta in an effort to protect students and staff members at the city’s historically black colleges from crime. (read more)
Conn. Officials Look to Protect Students from Immigration Raids (Connecticut) – Campus Safety
Education officials in New Haven, Connecticut, are preparing for possible changes to immigration policies under President Donald Trump. (read more)
Ill. College Receives Severe Weather Certification (Monmouth, Ill.) – Campus Safety
Monmouth College received StormReady recognition from the National Weather Service last week, letting the college community know the campus is prepared to respond to severe weather. (read more)
Students hopeful security cameras will make AUC safer (Atlanta) – MyAJC.com
Atlanta University Center students were hopeful new security measures unveiled Tuesday will improve safety. (read more)
 
Bill would allow concealed-carry permits on Colo. school grounds (Colorado) – The Daily Sentinel
School district workers would be able to carry concealed handguns on school grounds under a bill that won approval in a Senate committee on Tuesday. (read more)
 
Students have mixed feelings on if fingerprint upgrade increases security (Atlanta) – The Signal
The library has thrown away its old card swipe machines and upgraded to state of the art fingerprint scanners, with a big portion of the Atlanta campus student body not yet on board. (read more)
Transportation Security
Hawaii installs cameras, GPS on school buses (Honolulu) – WAVY.com
If your child rides the school bus, you should know about new features aimed at keeping them safe. (read more)
Biometrics
Report: Biometric Smartphone Market Rising Dramatically, 10-Fold Increase in 2 Years – Security Sales & Integration
The quarterly average price of a biometric smartphone decreased from $849 in Q1 2013 to $276 in Q4 2016, according to mobile market research firm Acuity Market Intelligence. There are now 120 sub-$150 models on the market at an average price of $116, up from just 28 a year ago at an average price of $127. (read more)
Go From Airport Curb to Cabin in a Flash of Your Eye – Yahoo! Finance
Clear, the biometric screening firm long hobbled by a limited network, is landing in several major U.S. airports soon, including New York’s LaGuardia, marking the start of an era that could radically accelerate your trip from curb to cabin. But there are some bumps to smooth out first. (read more)
Home Security/Automation
CES 2017: Will Consumer Electronics Transform The Physical Security Industry? – SourceSecurity.com
Consumer electronics are closely related to physical security. For one thing, electronics consumers increasingly see security as one of the functions they want their smart home systems to perform. We have heard the Internet of Things (IoT) buzzword in our market, and it is also a major force in the changing consumer electronics arena. (read more)
Security Industry
IHS: Global access control market to grow by nearly 7 percent in 2017 – SecurityInfoWatch
According to a new report from IHS Markit, the global access control market will grow by 6.8 percent in 2017 and exceed $4.2 billion. The market research firm said that access control would continue to play a larger role in enterprise applications as a result of deeper integrations with video surveillance, business processes and Internet of Things (IoT) devices. (read more)

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