Daily Report – 3/29/17

Top Stories
Westinghouse a ‘concern’ for U.S. and potential national security: US official – CNBC
The possible bankruptcy of U.S. nuclear developer Westinghouse Electric is a “concern”
for the Trump administration and is a potential national security issue, an official of the U.S. administration told Reuters on Tuesday. (read more)
 
Top national news organizations increase security for employees – Politico
Some national news organizations have recently increased their security for employees as tensions continue to run hot toward the media. In recent months, the Washington Post has increased security at its downtown D.C. HQ, with both more security at the door and more security guards walking around the newsroom during the day. In the past few weeks, McClatchy Newspapers’ DC bureau has begun requiring employees to swipe their key cards to access their floor in their downtown D.C. building (which also houses the WSJ) — they also have locked the doors to get into the newsroom once people reach their floor, according to a source familiar with the building. (read more)
 
Government Accountability Office will review Mar-a-Lago security procedures (Palm Beach, Fla.) – The Hill
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) will review how President Trump secures classified information when he visits his Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach, Fla., according to a Tuesday Reuters report. (read more)
Federal, State and Municipal Security
Lack of security footage hampers Ohio nightclub shooting probe (Cincinnati, Ohio) – Reuters
Ohio police have made no arrests yet in a fatal weekend shooting in a Cincinnati nightclub, in part because there was no security video footage available to investigators despite a history of violence at the venue, authorities said on Monday. (read more)
 
Heads up: Heavy security planned for Final Four festivities around the Valley (Glendale, Ariz.) – ABC15.com
The brackets are set and the Final Four is coming to the Valley of the Sun this week. (read more)
24-hour security detail to be stationed at Municipal Auditorium (New Orleans) – WWLTV.com
The City is taking steps to secure the now vacant Municipal Auditorium, 1201 St. Peter Street. (read more)
 
Security officials say they can’t afford to monitor who comes and goes at Mar-a-Lago (Palm Beach, Fla.) – The Week
The Secret Service does not have “the time or money” to keep a record of who attends the president’s Mar-a-Lago club, Politico reports being told by former officials. Additionally, when first lady Melania Trump and Trump’s son, Barron, are staying at Mar-a-Lago, there are no weapons or background checks, allowing unscreened visitors to get within view of the presidential family for the price of a $300 ticket. (read more)
 
Growing number of surveillance cameras being used to fight crime in D.C. (Washington, D.C.) – WJLA.com
If you look closely at a number of Capitol Hill row houses you will see cameras looking back. (read more)
 
County beefs up security after fire dept. break-ins (Forsyth County, Ga.) – Forsyth Herald
The county is taking action in response to a string of break-ins at Forsyth County fire stations while firefighters were on a call. (read more)
 
City departments request more security (Knoxville, Tenn.) – Knoxville News Sentinel
Public Works Director David Brace didn’t have many new budget requests for Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero and her staff during last week’s budget briefings, but he and the department heads under him emphasized their one wish list item: new security cameras. (read more)
Campus Security
Montgomery County Public Schools Reviewing Security of Schools After Rape of 14-Year-Old Girl (Montgomery County, Md.) – NBC Washington
After the rape of a 14-year-old girl allegedly by two other students in a Rockville High School bathroom, Montgomery County Public Schools will review the security of all 25 of its high schools. (read more)
Metro school security director says proactive approach needed to combat escalating number of threats (Kansas City, Mo.) – Fox4KC.com
Threats like the one at Oak Park High School Monday are all too common at districts across the metro – prompting security experts to reassess their plans and responses. (read more)
A look at UT security changes almost a year after student’s murder (Austin, Texas)  – KXAN.com
Monday marks one year since University of Texas freshman Haruka Weiser was murdered on campus. (read more)
Transportation Security
TSA Increases Security With More Full Pat-Downs – CBS St. Louis
Uproar over the pat down of a special needs boy at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport prompted one KMOX listener to reach out. (read more)
Biometrics
 
British Airways Starts Scanning Faces to Enable Faster Boarding (London) – Bloomberg
British Airways is rolling out technology that will allow passengers to go through boarding gates at its main London Heathrow Airport hub using facial recognition. (read more)
Wells Fargo Unveils Cardless ATMs – Security Magazine
Wells Fargo & Company has initiated cardless technology at 13,000 ATMs that will allow customers to use ATMs without physical debit cards. (read more)
Home Security/Automation
Smartphone Satisfaction Higher as Customer Homes Become More Connected, J.D. Power Finds – J.D. Power
Customer satisfaction is much higher among smartphone owners who use their device to operate other connected home services such as smart thermostats and smart appliances, according to the J.D. Power 2017 Full-Service Smartphone Satisfaction StudySM released today. (read more)
Worship Security
Brooklyn: stronger security measures during Pesach (New York) – IsraelNationalNews.com
Community activists and heads of the Hashomrim neighborhood watch group in New York met over the last few days with NYPD officers to coordinate the security procedures for Jewish centers and in particular for synagogues during the upcoming Passover (Pesach) holiday. (read more)
Islamic Society of Wichita increases security (Wichita, Kan.) – KWCH.com
Additional security measures will be added at the Islamic Society of Wichita later this week. (read more)
Body Worn Cameras
Marion County deputies now wearing body cameras (Marion County, Mo.) – Hannibal Courier-Post
Marion County Sheriff Jimmy Shinn does not own a crystal ball, but he has a good idea of what the future holds in regards to the use of body cameras by members of law enforcement. Consequently Shinn recently purchased over a dozen of the devices for his personnel. (read more)
Security Industry
6 questions to ask your vendors at ISC West 2017 – SecurityInfoWatch
There are several educational sessions at this year’s ISC West conference that focus on or include discussion on TCO – Total Cost of Ownership, something I get specific about in my educational session at 12:30 PM on Thursday, April 6th.  TCO factors are evolving as product and system capabilities advance, and there is a growing realization that the cybersecurity profile of deployed systems is an increasingly important TCO factor. (read more)
Comcast Business Unveils SmartOffice Video Surveillance Solution for Businesses – SDM
Comcast Business announced the availability of SmartOffice, a video surveillance solution designed to improve efficiency for small and medium sized businesses (SMBs) through advanced monitoring. (read more)

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