Daily Report – 5/5/17

Top Stories
MLB reviews security at all parks after Fenway racial slurs – Fox Sports
Major League Baseball is reviewing its security protocols in all 30 stadiums after Orioles outfielder Adam Jones complained of fans shouting racial slurs in Boston this week and other black players reacted by saying it’s a common reality when playing in several cities. (read more)
DHS warns Congress of security threats to phones – The Hill
The Department of Homeland Security has sent Congress a study warning of security threats to mobile devices used by the federal government. (read more)
Global Security
Security guards to protect Dutch ATMs from explosion thefts (Netherlands) – BBC News
A bank in the Netherlands is employing security guards to protect its ATMs from being blown up by thieves. (read more)
 
Microsoft, IBM Could Be Subject to New Chinese Security Reviews (China) – The Street
Starting June 1 China will begin implementing security reviews on foreign and domestic technology suppliers, in conjunction with the country’s new cybersecurity law directed at tightening state control over technology and information, the Wall Street Journal reports. (read more)
 
MEPs call for EU rules on private security companies – European Parliament News
Foreign Affairs Committee and Defense Sub-Committee MEPs advocate EU-wide rules on private security companies (PSCs). The use of private contractors must be limited to logistical support and the protection of installations and only EU-based PSCs should be contracted for protection tasks abroad, say MEPs. (read more)
 
Russia’s hacking, disinformation efforts aim to influence German, French elections – Homeland Security News Wire
Russian government hackers and disinformation specialists were successful in their hacking and disinformation campaign in the run-up to the November 2016 election in the United States. “I think one of the lessons that the Russians may have drawn from this is that this works,” FBI director James Comey told lawmakers on Tuesday. German and French intelligence services agree with Comey. They say they have detected an intensification of Russian hacking and disinformation efforts in the run-up of the second round of France’s presidential election – to be held this coming Sunday – and Germany’s federal election, to be held in September. In both Francde and Germany, Russia’s campaign aims to strengthen populist, far-right, ultra-nationalist, and anti-American politicians and parties. (read more)
Federal, State and Municipal Security
Proposed ordinance would require Chicago hotels to provide panic buttons to some workers (Chicago) – SecurityInfoWatch
Panic buttons for hotel staff? Employees working alone in Chicago hotels would have to be issued panic buttons to warn security of harassment or sexual assault as part of a new proposed ordinance aldermen hope will give housekeepers an added feeling of safety if they encounter potentially dangerous situations in guests’ rooms. (read more)
 
BPD considers future of aerial surveillance program (Baltimore) – WBALTV.com
Baltimore police are still considering how to move forward with a controversial aerial surveillance program publicly revealed in August. (read more)
 
Housing authority looking at installing cameras in Halifax neighbourhood (Toronto) – Toronto Metro
Privacy experts are raising concerns over a proposal to install surveillance cameras in a Halifax neighbourhood that saw a string of violent crimes. (read more)
 
Following fire captain arrest, fire stations get new security cameras (Las Vegas) – Inside Higher Ed
A system of security cameras will be installed at all 20 Las Vegas Fire & Rescue stations. (read more)
 
Marquette County Courthouse to increase security (Marquette, Mich.) – UpperMichigansSource.com
The Marquette County Courthouse is in the process of increasing their security. The court staff have been asking for increased security for years, especially those who work after hours. Security will be increased in stages with these first measures being used as a test. (read more)
Campus Security
Campus Security Coalition Creates Grant Program to Help Deploy Security Technology, Services (St. Louis) – Security Sales & Integration
Campus Security Coalition, a new networking group focused on sharing ideas and spearheading discussion about security and safety at schools nationwide, unveiled its 2017 School Security Grant Program. (read more)
 
Flyer encourages high school students to ‘fight on sight’ (Memphis, Tenn.) – WMCActionNews5
A flyer encouraging fighting at one Memphis high school has parents up in arms. (read more)
Tulsa Public Schools Eliminates 55 Positions (Tulsa, Okla.) – KRMG.com
More than 20 jobs are the Tulsa Public School chopping block Thursday night. Many of them are police and campus safety positions. District leaders recommended cutting 13 officers among other positions. The proposed cuts would save the district $26 million dollars. All Oklahoma schools are out of options due to severe education funding cuts from the capitol. A meeting was held Thursday night to discuss the proposal. (read more)
Transportation Security
United passenger dragging prompts aviation security overhaul in Chicago (Chicago) – USA Today
Security officers who dragged a passenger off a United Airlines flight broke from standard procedures and failed to give travelers the respect they deserve, the head of the Chicago Department of Aviation told a Senate panel Thursday. (read more)
TSA Issues Security Warning About Truck-Ramming Threat – NewsOn6.com
The Transportation Security Administration has issued a new security alert warning the nation’s trucking companies and their drivers about the use of stolen trucks as low-tech methods of attack. (read more)
Security Industry
Best Buy partners with Vivint to launch smart home service – SecurityInfoWatch
Electronics retailer Best Buy on Thursday announced that it has entered into a partnership with home security and automation provider Vivint to launch a new smart home service dubbed, “Best Buy Smart Home powered by Vivint.” (read more)
 
PSA Security acquires USAV and CI Edge – Security Systems News
PSA Security Network, a global electronic security cooperative, announced this week that it has acquired USAV, a close-knit team of professional audio-visual (ProAV) integrators. USAV’s affiliate CI Edge, a buying group designed to support middle market commercial technology integrators, was also acquired as part of the transaction. (read more)

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