Daily Report – 7/12/17

Top Stories
Trump administration restricts popular Russian security software – Politico
The Trump administration has discouraged government agencies from using a leading Russian cybersecurity firm’s software amid fears that the firm’s products could serve as a Trojan horse for the Kremlin’s hackers. (read more)
Federal, State and Municipal Security
FEC Could Allow Campaign Funds for Security – Roll Call
Lawmakers could soon use campaign contributions to for security, according to a draft advisory opinion released by the Federal Elections Commission. (read more)
 
Minnesota Capitol area needs $37 million in security upgrades, officials say (St. Paul, Minn.) – TwinCities.com
The buildings around the Minnesota Capitol need $37 million worth of security upgrades, and they need it soon, officials said Monday. (read more)
 
Less than half of global executives believe GDPR compliance is relevant to their business, NTT Security report finds – SecurityInfoWatch
Many global business decision makers are unaware of the implications of the forthcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), as well as other compliance regulations like PCI-DSS and ISO27001/2, with one in five admitting they do not know which regulations their organization is subject to. This is according to the 2017 Risk: Value report, commissioned by NTT Security, the specialized security company of NTT Group, which looks at attitudes to risk and the value of information security to the business. (read more)
 
Las Vegas testing smart tech to ‘make life better’ (Las Vegas) – SecurityInfoWatch
We’re a year into the Innovation District, a testing zone for technologies that could make Las Vegas run more productively. That translates to added conveniences, environmental safeguards and security enhancements, playing off the city’s motto: “Building community to make life better.” (read more)
 
Security cameras eyed to deter park vandalism (Chicago) – Chicago Tribune
Saying there has been a lot of “graffiti and disruption” in the parks recently, Hobart Parks Superintendent John Mitchell said Monday he wants to install security cameras in certain locations. (read more)
 
Orlando-area residents posed as DHS agents to get payments from victims (Seminole County, Fla.) – WESH.com
Authorities say six Orlando-area residents posed as Department of Homeland Security agents in a scheme to get victims to pay them money. (read more)
Campus Security
2 Women Sexually Battered in 2 Separate Incidents on Miramar College Campus: PD (San Diego) – NBC San Diego
Two women were sexually battered in two separate incidents on Miramar College’s campus, prompting local law enforcement officials to issue a safety warning. (read more)
Former Green Bay teacher demands action on school safety (Green Bay, Wis.) – Green Bay Press-Gazette
A former Washington Middle School teacher pressed the Green Bay School Board and district administrators Monday to address safety issues at the school. (read more)
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)
Transportation Security
Does the light rail feel unsafe? Phoenix, Mesa and Tempe spend to boost security (Arizona) – AZCentral.com
Light-rail riders concerned about their safety when using the system will soon see a boost in police presence across Phoenix, Mesa and Tempe. (read more)
Police chiefs, St. Louis County prosecutor meet on MetroLink security (St. Louis) – St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Law enforcement officials from St. Louis, St. Louis County and St. Clair County met with Metro transit representatives Tuesday to hash out details of their recently-announced joint task force to police MetroLink. (read more)
 
Extra security cameras installed at some MetroLink stops (St. Louis) – KMOV.com
The City of St. Louis is putting up extra surveillance cameras near several MetroLink stations. (read more)
 
Expect longer waits at airport security starting next year, report warns (Canada) – Report Canada
Security lines at Canadian airports could get worse without new funding, the agency in charge warns in its annual corporate plan. (read more)
Sea-Tac Airport testing robot program to help passengers get through security faster (Seattle) – KIRO7.com
Robots are being counted on to speed up security at Sea-Tac Airport. On Tuesday, Sea-Tac officials announced the pilot program, running in conjunction with the American Association of Airport Executives Innovation Forum. (read more)
Biometrics
RSA: Biometrics Are The Sweet Spot Between Convenience And Security – PYMNTS.com
Teach a man to phish and he’ll launch a phishing attempt every 30 seconds for the rest of his life. So what can businesses do to keep customers from biting, yet still provide a convenient platform for them to conduct digital payments and financial services? (read more)
Body Worn Cameras
California bill would make police body camera videos public (California) – Los Angeles Times
New legislation from a Bay Area assemblyman would dramatically expand public access to police body camera videos in California. (read more)
Security Industry
Low margins, decreased demand slow video technology market growth – SecurityInfoWatch
To paraphrase an old quote from Benjamin Franklin regarding death and taxes, there was a time in the recent past when the security industry could be certain of three things – death, taxes and double-digit growth in the security surveillance technology sector. While death and taxes are still a certainty, boundless growth in the video surveillance equipment market is not. (read more)
Red Hawk Acquires Tele-Tector to Widen Mid-Atlantic Footprint – Security Sales & Integration
Red Hawk Fire & Security has acquired security systems integrator Tele-Tector of Maryland (TTM). Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. (read more)

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