Daily Report – 6/12/17

Top Stories
Airport security lines may get longer ahead of the summer season as TSA tests tighter security – CNBC
Recently, a travel survey found that nearly 68 percent of flyers were satisfied with airport security, up from to around 65 percent satisfaction last year. However, a new policy change being weighed could make airport checkpoint security a bit longer – and may result in unhappier passengers. (read more)
 
Why terror suspects in Europe slip through security cracks – The Washington Post
About a year ago, police stopped a young man in the airport of Bologna, a town in northern Italy. Youssef Zaghba, an Italian citizen of Moroccan origin, had raised suspicions because he was to embark on a one-way ticket for Istanbul: They feared he was trying to reach Syria through Turkey to join a terror group. (read more)
Federal, State and Municipal Security
Pulse shooting: Florida strengthens oversight on security-related licenses (Florida) – USA Today
Since the Pulse nightclub mass shooting in Orlando, the state has taken steps to increase oversight of people with the same type of security-related licenses held by the gunman, Omar Mateen, a Florida official said. (read more)
Campus Security
How video cameras help improve classroom learning and campus safety – eSchool News
When Micah Watson, an 8-year-old with autism, came home with bruises, his parents suspected their son had been mistreated in a closet-sized “calm room” at Plano ISD’s Miller Elementary School. It took two years for the child’s mother, Bethany Watson, to finally see video from that day, which showed Micah being forced into a tiny padded room at the elementary school in Texas. The door was held shut while the child yelled, “No! No! Let me out now!” At one point the teacher egged Micah on with, “Kick me. You’ve already done it. I don’t care.”  The student was knocked to the ground in an attempt to remove his shoes. When the child begged to be let out, the teacher responded, “No.” (read more)
 
Mansfield schools to train for emergencies (Mansfield, Mass.) – The Sun Chronicle
Town public safety departments plan to work with school administrators and personnel next year to prepare emergency plans and conduct training to protect students and staff members at the town’s four school buildings. (read more)
Transportation Security
Grand Rapids airport opens new security checkpoint, part of $45M project (Grand Rapids, Mich.) – MLive.com
Many passengers traveling through Gerald R. Ford International Airport this week will walk through the newest piece of an ongoing $45 million renovation project. (read more)
 
Why Car Companies Are Hiring Computer Security Experts – The New York Times
It started about seven years ago. Iran’s top nuclear scientists were being assassinated in a string of similar attacks: Assailants on motorcycles were pulling up to their moving cars, attaching magnetic bombs and detonating them after the motorcyclists had fled the scene. (read more)
 
TriMet rider wants more security after a frightening encounter (Portland, Ore.) – KATU.com
Following the tragic MAX stabbing that left two men deceased and another seriously wounded, some TriMet riders say they still don’t feel safe – despite the added security. (read more)
Cyber Security
Illinois partnership looks to build trust in grid through cybersecurity research – Midwest Energy News
A team of researchers at a unique facility in downstate Illinois is working to answer questions around maintaining trust in the power grid, particularly when faced with cybersecurity threats. (read more)
Biometrics
Feds look to experimental light-field cameras to ID drivers at the border – The Verge
Facial recognition systems have made huge technological leaps in recent years – offering definitive identification in seconds, from as far as 350 meters away – but there’s one scenario where they still fall short: the car. Modern systems still struggle to identify faces through glass, particularly the slanted windshield of an automobile. Current systems at land borders in Hong Kong perform facial recognition through rolled-down windows, simply to avoid the confounding effect of the glass. (read more)
 
Memo: New York Called For Face Recognition Cameras At Bridges, Tunnels (New York) – Vocativ
The state of New York has privately asked surveillance companies to pitch a vast camera system that would scan and identify people who drive in and out of New York City, according to a December memo obtained by Vocativ. (read more)
Body Worn Cameras
Moonlighting San Francisco Officers Required To Wear Body Cameras (San Francisco) – CBS San Francisco
When police officers in America’s cities put on their uniforms and grab their weapons before moonlighting in security jobs at nightclubs, hospitals, and ballparks, there’s one piece of equipment they often leave behind – their body camera. (read more)
Security Industry
Security Executive Council welcomes four new experts – SecurityInfoWatch
The Security Executive Council (SEC) has recently welcomed four additional experts to its team. Responding to SEC’s current research on corporate security trends and requirements, this new group of leading professionals will contribute in important niche areas of expertise. Bob Hayes, SEC’s managing director states, “With our most recent recruitment of top talent, we have added experts with some experiences and knowledge unique to the security advisory industry.” The SEC provides a comprehensive array of advisory services and serves as a strategic partner to security executives who want to take their security programs to the next level. (read more)

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