Daily Report – 3/1/17

Top Stories
Fear grows in Jewish community after 100 bomb threats at Jewish centers – CNN
Scary, alarming, disheartening, unprecedented. Those are just a few of the adjectives used to describe the recent widespread spate of bomb threats that have targeted Jewish community centers and schools in 33 states in the United States and two provinces in Canada. (read more)
 
Airports, legal volunteers prepare for new Trump travel ban – Chicago Tribune
Airport officials and civil rights lawyers around the country are getting ready for President Donald Trump’s new travel ban – mindful of the chaos that accompanied his initial executive order but hopeful the forthcoming version will be rolled out in a more orderly way. (read more)
Federal, State and Municipal Security
The Bright-Eyed Talking Doll That Just Might Be a Spy – The New York Times
Cayla is a blond, bright-eyed doll that chatters about horses and hobbies. She plays games and accurately answers questions about the world at large. She could also be eavesdropping on your child. (read more)
 
Homeland Security Puts Out Notice for Border Wall Design Pitches – NBC News
The Department of Homeland Security will solicit prototype pitches next month to fulfill President Donald Trump’s promise to build a border wall with Mexico. (read more)
 
Inside the dangerous and discreet world of marijuana security (Denver) – TheDenverChannel.com
Marijuana security is a relatively new and booming business that can have deadly consequences. (read more)
 
Upstate jail security improvements underway after 2016 escape (Union County, S.C.) – WSPA.com
Changes are underway at an Upstate jail after two escaped inmates launched a major manhunt in August of 2016. (read more)
 
City of Madison mandates business owners install surveillance cameras by week’s end (Madison, Miss.) – MS News Now
A new mandate says certain businesses in the city of Madison have to install surveillance cameras by the end of the week. (read more)
 
Sheriff calls for security checkpoints at court, safety buildings (Miami County, Ohio) – Dayton Daily News
Miami County Sheriff Dave Duchak asked county commissioners Tuesday, Feb. 28, to take a serious look at placing security checkpoints at the entrances to the Miami County Courthouse and Safety Building. (read more)
Campus Security
Columbus school’s search of student’s bag gets Ohio Supreme Court review (Columbus, Ohio) – SecurityInfoWatch
Invoking the goal of classroom safety, Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien contends that school employees have greater legal freedom than police to search students’ belongings. (read more)
21st Century Security: How Los Angeles Schools Benefit from Community-Oriented Policing (Los Angeles) – Security Today
The Los Angeles Unified School District is the largest independent school district. It also has the largest independent police force in the country, with 404 sworn officers, 101 school safety officers and 34 civilian support staff that work 24/7 to patrol schools that are spread out over 710 square miles and 26 cities. (read more)
 
June Jordan high school adds security camera after shooting (San Francisco) – San Francisco Examiner
The San Francisco Unified School District plans to bolster security at June Jordan School for Equity months after a shooting injured four students in the high school parking lot, according to district officials. (read more)
Transportation Security
TSA Officially Opens Modular Training Site At FLETC-Glynco – Homeland Security Today
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced it officially opened its new modular training campus at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC), providing students with access to the approximately 75,000-square-foot complex. (read more)
FOX 29 Investigates: SEPTA crime cameras (Philadelphia) – Fox29.com
Philadelphia and SEPTA police have a new game plan to track down criminals across the city within minutes of a crime occurring. Whether it’s a murder, a bank robbery, a shooting or a home invasion, some new tools are putting investigators on the trail of criminals in a matter of moments. (read more)
Security lapse at Port Authority airport (New Windsor, N.Y.) – NorthJersey.com
Security clearances, passwords to airport computers and confidential communications from federal security agencies were among documents compromised in a massive, year-long data exposure at Stewart International Airport discovered by a data security expert. (read more)
Metro-North Gets Green Light On $8M For New Security Cameras On All Trains (New York) – White Plains Daily Voice
Metro-North Commuter Railroad has gotten the go-ahead signal to spend close to $8 million on cameras for all of its M7 cars. (read more)
Winnipeg Transit considering multiple safety options for drivers (Winnipeg, Canada) – Winnipeg Free Press
Winnipeg Transit says it’s willing to consider all scenarios to improve driver and public safety on its buses. (read more)
Cyber Security
Why cybersecurity should be important to hospitals – Healthcare DIVE
The rise of digitization in healthcare, heavily fueled in the U.S. in recent years by incentives of the outgoing administration, has brought an unintended and treacherous side-effect: vulnerability to the increasingly rampant hacking of healthcare data. (read more)
Biometrics
DHS Makes Progress In Biometric Air Exit System, Reporting Overstays, But Challenges Remain – Homeland Security Today
Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has conducted four pilot programs to inform the development and implementation of a biometric exit capability to collect biometric data, such as fingerprints, from individuals exiting the United States. While CBP has made progress in testing biometric exit capabilities, “various longstanding planning, infrastructure and staffing challenges continue to affect CBP’s efforts to develop and implement a biometric exit system,” according to a new Government Accountability Office (GAO) audit report. (read more)
Home Security/Automation
 
Report: Home automation product revenues grew over 50 percent in 2016 – SecurityInfoWatch
According to a report published earlier this month by NPD Group, 2016 U.S. dollar sales of home automation products grew by 57 percent compared to 2015. The research firm said that security and monitoring products continue to lead the category as they made up over 60 percent of dollar share. (read more)
Worship Security
FBI putting ‘major assets’ into hunting down antisemitic attackers says SCN head – The Jewish Chronicle
The director of America’s version of CST, the Security Community Network (SCN), says that the country’s FBI is conducting “an aggressive investigation” into the wave of hoax bomb threats currently sweeping Jewish schools, synagogues and community centers.  (read more)
Body Worn Cameras
TASER International unveils first wireless holster to integrate with body cameras – Government Security News
TASER International (NASDAQ: TASR), the global leader in connected apps and devices for law enforcement, today announced the release of Axon Signal Sidearm. This is the first wireless sensor to alert Axon body cameras when a firearm is removed from an officer’s holster. Expanding on the company’s Axon Signal technology, which also works with TASER Smart Weapons and police cruisers, it will enable officers to be even more thoroughly covered by the Axon network in the line of duty. The Signal Sidearm will be available for purchase in Q3 2017. (read more)
Security Industry
Why security practitioners should care about intelligent LED lighting – SecurityIntoWatch
New intelligent LED lighting is a big deal for facility security for these reasons… (read more)

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