Daily Report – 4/5/17

Top Stories
What makes mass transit so great is exactly what makes it so vulnerable to attack – Quartz
Commuters around the world would be understandably rattled by the deadly blast by a homemade device on a subway car in St. Petersburg, Russia. (read more)
 
Laptop ban neglects key security standards – CNN
There’s something simultaneously familiar and disturbing about CNN’s exclusive reporting that terrorist organizations are trying to plant explosives in computers and other electronic devices for potential detonation on airplanes. As also reported by CNN, US counterterrorism agencies believe that terrorist groups have gotten hold of security equipment to test these new concealed explosives. (read more)
 
Electronics ban at foreign airports could expand – CNN
The ban on electronic devices on board some direct flights to the United States could expand to include more airports and devices, the Department of Homeland Security said Tuesday. (read more)
Federal, State and Municipal Security
Questions abound about placement, security of material under I-85 bridge (Atlanta) – 11ALIVE.com
Although there’s been major progress in the days after I-85 collapsed Thursday, questions remain about how that flammable material ended up under the bridge, and why it wasn’t more secure. (read more)
 
Gillette Stadium becomes first New England venue to receive Homeland Security Safety Act Certification (Foxborough, Mass.) – Patriots.com
Gillette Stadium, home of the National Football League’s New England Patriots and Major League Soccer’s New England Revolution, has achieved Safety Act designation and certification, the highest level of protection awarded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. (read more)
Connecticut considering weaponizing drones (Connecticut) – Fox5NY.com
Connecticut lawmakers are considering whether the state should become the first in the country to allow police to use drones outfitted with deadly weapons, a proposal immediately met with concern by civil rights and liberties advocates. (read more)
 
Senate passes security bill named for Judge Kocurek (Texas) – My Statesman
The Texas Senate on Tuesday approved legislation to improve security for courthouses and judges that was named for state District Judge Julie Kocurek, who survived a 2015 assassination attempt in the driveway of her West Austin home. (read more)
 
Florida Sheriffs Challenge Department of Homeland Security (Florida) – WLRN.org
At a press conference in Orlando Tuesday afternoon, members of the Florida Sheriffs Association said the Department of Homeland Security is asking them to detain people without probable cause. (read more)
 
Security increases, tourists visit ahead of Chinese president arrival (Palm Beach, Fla.) – PalmBeachPost.com
Security officials are preparing for the Chinese president’s Thursday arrival at the Eau Palm Beach Resort and Spa and have installed barriers along A1A and East Ocean Avenue. (read more)
Campus Security
Security upgrades a high priority in Helena school bond (Helena, Mont.) – Independent Record
In the event of a safety threat, a Helena school would be able to lock all its doors at the push of a button. (read more)
Cyber Security
California Looks To Compel IOT Security (California) – Hackaday
There is a bill going through committee in the state of California which, if passed, would require a minimum level of security for Internet of Things devices and then some. California SB 327 Information privacy: connected devices in its original form calls for connected device manufacturers to secure their devices, protect the information they collect or store, indicate when they are collecting it, get user approval before doing so, and be proactive in informing users of security updates… (read more)
Home Security/Automation
This Security System ‘Sees’ Radio Waves To Keep An Eye On Your House – Forbes
The Aura home security system takes advantage of the pervasive wireless radio waves surrounding us. The system, which consists of a hub and a device that plugs into the wall, uses radio waves to detect movement. (read more)
 
Worship Security
Local, National Pols Press Security Funding (New York) – The New York Jewish Week
The New York City Council is calling for the inclusion of a $50 million security grant for community centers and cultural institutions at risk of being targeted for hate crimes. (read more)
Body Worn Cameras
Chico police begin wearing body cams (Chico, Calif.) – ChicoER
Chico police officers on Saturday began wearing body cameras, Police Chief Mike O’Brien said, a development that comes less than a month after two officers fatally shot a Chico man. (read more)
Security Industry
6 Security Standouts Inducted into SSI Industry Hall of Fame – Security Sales & Integration
Security Sales & Integration hosted its annual SSI Industry Hall of Fame induction ceremony Tuesday evening here at the Sands Expo & Convention Center. (read more)

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