Daily Report – 2/8/17

Top Stories
House GOP leaders want more security at town halls amid Obamacare protests – CNN
House Speaker Paul Ryan and top House GOP leaders are urging rank-and-file members to increase security after several unruly town hall meetings dominated by Obamacare protests, including one that involved a member needing a police escort. (read more)
 
ACLU: Spotting terrorists by behavior at airports doesn’t work – USA Today
The Transportation Security Administration program to spot suspected terrorists based on deceptive behavior among travelers is unreliable and raises questions about racial and religious bias, according to a report from the American Civil Liberties Union based on documents in TSA files. (read more)
Federal, State and Municipal Security
Engineers Build Bat Bot, Robot Drone That Mimics Bat Flight – sUASNews
Bats have long captured the imaginations of scientists and engineers with their unrivalled agility, but their complex wing motions pose significant technological challenges for those seeking to recreate their flight in a robot. The key flight mechanisms of bats now have been recreated with unprecedented fidelity in the Bat Bot-a self-contained robotic bat with soft, articulated wings, developed by researchers at Caltech and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). (read more)
 
Chicago police deploy gunshot detection technology to curb shootings (Chicago) – SecurityInfoWatch
Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Police Department commanders on Friday touted advances in technology that could help officers pinpoint gunfire instantly, part of their newest efforts to combat gun violence plaguing the city. (read more)
 
Security Ready for Patriots’ Fifth Victory Parade (Boston) – Security Today
Boston will celebrate yet another Patriots’ victory with a parade that will cause street closures, heavy traffic and tight security. (read more)
 
Folly Beach pier gets ‘an extra set of eyes’ in the form of new surveillance cameras (Folly Beach, S.C.) – The Post and Courier
New surveillance cameras are keeping watch at the pier, partly to catch those angling for the wrong sort of fish. (read more)
Campus Security
School Bullying Linked to Lower Academic Achievement – Security Magazine
A study that tracked hundreds of children from kindergarten through high school found that chronic or increasing levels of bullying were related to lower academic achievement, a dislike of school and low confidence by students in their own academic abilities, according to research published by the American Psychological Association. (read more)
Today’s times call for school security drills to become an annual event, lawmaker (Pennsylvania) – PennLive.com
These days, it’s rare for a school year to go by without hearing of a violent act happening on school ground somewhere in this nation so a Pennsylvania lawmaker wants to be sure students and teachers are practiced in how they should respond in the event one happens in their building. (read more)
Camera curbs drug activity near Paterson school (Paterson, N.J.) – NorthJersey.com
The Police Department’s recent placement of a portable surveillance camera near School 6 seems to have curtailed the open-air drug transactions that routinely take place within view of children playing in the school yard, officials said. (read more)
UC Berkeley Police Under Fire for ‘Hands-Off’ Response to Violent Anti-Milo Yiannopoulos Protest (Berkeley, Calif.) – NBC Los Angeles
University of California, Berkeley police took a hands-off approach to protesters on the campus last week when violent rioters caused chaos by overtaking a largely peaceful protest against a controversial speaker, but that response by campus officers is being questioned amid widening political polarization and increasingly hostile demonstrators. (read more)
 
School Security Officer Says Start Young to Stop Violence (Little Rock, Ark.) – ArkansasMatters.com
Bennie Bowers is the Director of Safety and Security for the Pulaski County Special School District (PCSSD). He spent 25 years with the Michigan State Police. (read more)
Transportation Security
House report slams major security gaps at airports – CNN
A new congressional report says the systems in place to vet the nearly one million people who work within US airports are insufficient. (read more)
Expansion of TSA PreCheck Is Good for US Travelers and Security – The Daily Signal
This week, the Transportation Security Administration’s PreCheck program expanded to include 11 new domestic and foreign airlines. (read more)
Cyber Security
Ransomware soars in 2016, while malware declines – Computer World
A global cyberthreat report released Tuesday found that 2016 was a mixed bag: malware was down slightly, but ransomware attacks soared, up 167 times the number recorded in 2015. (read more)
Biometrics
Report: Global biometrics market revenue to reach $15.1B by 2025 –  SecurityInfoWatch
According to a new report from Tractica, the biometrics market has reached a tipping point as the desires of organizations across the spectrum to better authenticate or identify users now matches users’ distaste for knowledge-based systems (i.e. password and challenge questions). As a result, biometric solutions are working their way into consumer, industrial and government systems at an increasing rate. (read more)
Home Security/Automation
 
IHS: Professionally monitored smart homes to exceed traditional security systems in 2023 – SecurityInfoWatch
There’s no denying the advent of smart home technology has forever changed the landscape of the residential security industry. Now, according to a new report from IHS Markit, it seems that smart home systems stand poised to supplant the traditional burglar and fire alarm panels of old. (read more)
 
 
Worship Security
Toronto mosques can tap into federal security funding in wake of Quebec shootings (Toronto) – CBC News
It’s will take time to rebuild a sense of security – both the emotional and the physical – for those who attend prayers at the thousands of mosques across this country. (read more)
Security Industry
Allied Universal, Clery Center Form Partnership to Advance Campus Security – Security Sales & Integration
Allied Universal is partnering with the Clery Center to develop video-based training tools for public safety and security professionals on campuses across the United States. The roll-call training program is scheduled to be released during National Campus Safety Awareness Month in September. (read more)

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