Daily Report – 7/19/17

Top Stories
London’s Grenfell Tower blaze shines a spotlight on high-rise fire safety – SecurityInfoWatch
Terrifying images from London remain fresh in many minds: Flames rapidly consuming the exterior of the 24-story Grenfell Tower while trapped residents frantically cried out for help from the upper floors, and firefighters physically and emotionally exhausted from the intense battle and loss of life they confronted. (read more)
 
From cosplay weapon checks to crowd control, a look at Comic-Con 2017 security (San Diego) – SecurityInfoWatch
What if the entire population of Pomona (and a few of their friends) decided to take a trip to San Diego for a few days? (read more)
 
DC security robot quits job by drowning itself in a fountain (Washington, D.C.) – CNBC
I’m sorry to inform you that perhaps some robots are taking this whole “be more human” thing a bit too far. I’ve seen people make jokes about jumping into a river or out of a window when they feel distressed, but one DC-based security robot appears to have interpreted this on a literal level. (read more)
Global Security
‘Fake security’ at UK festivals under investigation – BBC
A security firm is under investigation for allegedly supplying cloned badges to unlicensed stewards at UK festivals this summer. (read more)
Federal, State and Municipal Security
Thieves Used Infrared to Pull Data from ATM ‘Insert Skimmers’ (Oklahoma City, Okla.) – Krebs On Security
A greater number of ATM skimming incidents now involve so-called “insert skimmers,” wafer-thin fraud devices made to fit snugly and invisibly inside a cash machine’s card acceptance slot. New evidence suggests that at least some of these insert skimmers – which record card data and store it on a tiny embedded flash drive  – are equipped with technology allowing them to transmit stolen card data wirelessly via infrared, the same communications technology that powers a TV remote control. (read more)
 
Congress members to Trump administration: Give us money for presidential security – Sun Sentinel
South Florida’s congressional delegation is urging the Trump administration to get moving on providing federal reimbursement to local governments that incur extraordinary security expenses from presidential visits. (read more)
 
Proposed surveillance guidelines take shape in Palo Alto, Calif. (Palo Alto, Calif.) – SecurityInfoWatch
An ordinance proposed by some Palo Alto city leaders that would require public vetting of existing and future surveillance technology is gaining momentum. (read more)
 
FBI to parents: Beware, your kid’s smart toy could be a security risk – ZD Net
The FBI has warned parents that internet-connected toys could pose privacy and “contact concerns” for children. (read more)
 
Crime Stoppers’ goal: County-wide security cameras (Marshall County, Iowa) – Times-Republican
In less than two years, Marshall County Crime Stoppers has helped take a number of criminals off the streets, with anonymous tips resulting in several arrests of high-profile crimes. (read more)
 
City to use surveillance cameras in war on graffiti, illegal dumping (Chicago) – Chicago Sun Times
Surveillance cameras used to discourage Chicago motorists from speeding and running red lights also will be put to work to deter “nuisance crimes” like graffiti and fly dumping. (read more)
Campus Security
Grant to fund research on Nebraska rural school safety (Nebraska) – KLKNTV.com
A nearly $646,000 federal grant will pay for research into how law enforcement works with rural schools across Nebraska on safety and emergency preparedness. (read more)
What Others Say: Don’t roll back campus safety protections – Online Athens
On behalf of college women whose reports of sexual violence were long disregarded, we call on U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos not to roll back valuable federal protections. (read more)
Transportation Security
More security for U.S.-bound flights (Canada) – MSN
Flying to the United States may take a while longer as of today due to enhanced security measures affecting flights to the U.S. (read more)
Home Security/Automation
Flaw in home security system lets hackers remotely activate alarms – ZD Net
It turns out that a so-called smart home security system isn’t so smart — or even that secure. (read more)
Utility Security
Could aging N.J. nuclear power plant be target for cybersecurity attack? (Lacey, N.J.) – NJ.com
Computer hackers, not content with mucking around with U.S. commerce and elections, have trained their sights on nuclear power plants, prompting questions about cyber security at Oyster Creek. (read more)
Body Worn Cameras
Police body cams will soon use AI to find missing people – Engadget
Motorola Solutions — not to be confused with smartphone maker Motorola — is adding machine learning to its surveillance equipment used by law enforcement personnel. Cops in Chicago’s Waukegan police department are already suiting up with the company’s Si500 body cams. But those same cameras could soon pack AI that could help officers identify objects and missing people. A prototype device is in the works with Neurala, a deep learning startup that recently integrated its software with drones to track poachers in Africa. (read more)
Deputies Getting Body-Worn Cameras; Supervisors OK $1.1M Outlay (San Diego) – Times of San Diego
The San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to spend more than $1.1 million to outfit sheriff’s deputies with body-worn cameras. (read more)
Security Industry
The Power of the Franchise – SecurityInfoWatch
Everyone has dreamed of being the boss, but starting a business is fraught with challenges – there is money at risk, new skills to learn and long hours. The barriers to breaking into the security integration business are even higher than most, with an immediate need for employees, facilities, inventory, equipment, vehicles, licensing and insurance. Add in competition from well-known national and regional integrators, and these roadblocks tend to keep the idea of becoming your own boss a dream. (read more)
Report: Demand for PIAM systems expected to grow substantially – SecurityInfoWatch
According to a new report from IHS Markit, physical identity access management (PIAM) systems are expected to see a significant uptick in demand over the next several years and could even begin to pose a threat to more traditional access control equipment manufacturers. (read more)
ASIS 2017 Invites International Visitors To Join Global Network Of Security Professionals – SourceSecurity.com
An expanding outreach and programming targeted especially to international visitors are among the ways ASIS International is seeking to attract more global attendance than ever to its 63rd Annual Seminar and Exhibits, which will take place between 25-28 September in Dallas, Texas. (read more)

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