Daily Report – 8/23/17

Top Stories
Members resign from White House council on infrastructure security – The Hill
Several members of yet another of President Trump’s advisory council have decided to quit, the White House confirmed Tuesday. (read more)
 
Are ‘Vapor Wake’ Dogs the Future of Concert Security? – Rolling Stone
For years, the idea of bomb-sniffing dogs has been pretty straightforward: A trained canine walks up and down rows of people, sniffing every person in a crowd to suss out any bomb-making material or explosive devices. But the floppy-eared Labradors posted at recent Metallica, Pearl Jam, Taylor Swift and Bon Jovi concerts have been trained to do something different. They don’t sniff people; they sniff the air. (read more)
Global Security
Australia Plans More Barriers in Public Spaces After Attacks in Spain (Australia) – The New York Times
A few days after the vehicle attacks in Spain that killed 14 people, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull of Australia has unveiled a counterterrorism strategy to protect crowded public spaces. (read more)
 
European Cities Add Barriers to Thwart Vehicle Attacks – The New York Times
Even before the attacks last week in Spain, European cities were installing barriers to protect pedestrians after a series of attacks using cars, vans and trucks. (read more)
Federal, State and Municipal Security
NCS4 Partners with INTERPOL for New Sports Security Course – WDAM.com
In 2016, the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL) signed a cooperation agreement with The University of Southern Mississippi’s National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4). The synergy of INTERPOL’s international reach and policing expertise combined with NCS4’s academic research and sports safety and security expertise will strengthen law enforcement capacity in sport safety and security throughout the world. (read more)
 
Special events demand strategic security planning – SecurityInfoWatch
High-profile events have always been viewed as high-value targets for potentially malicious acts, making heightened security measures standard operating procedure at large venues around the world. This is particularly applicable for major sporting, entertainment and public events, which can put a huge strain on already tight security budgets. (read more)
 
Future Federal Access Control Systems Will Demand Complex Skill Sets – Security Sales & Integration
The success of future federal access control systems for government agencies will depend a lot on the systems integrators equipped to handle those jobs, experts agreed during a panel at the SIA GovSummit, held June 29 at The Liaison Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. (read more)
 
Stamford, CT Will Fine for Texting and Walking (Stamford, Conn.) – Security Magazine
Stamford, Connecticut, may become the second U.S. city to fine people for texting and walking. (read more)
 
$2M grant program to bolster Tennessee courthouse security (Nashville) – WREG.com
A $2 million grant program aims to improve security at courthouses across Tennessee. (read more)
Campus Security
Quebec to invest $23 million to fight sexual violence on campuses (Quebec, Canada) – Montreal Gazette
The Quebec government has committed $23 million over five years to counter sexual violence in post-secondary institutions. (read more)
After Duke incident, rival UNC considers whether to remove Confederate statue (North Carolina) – The Washington Post
In the wake of deadly unrest in Charlottesville, activists at rivals Duke University and the University of North Carolina seemed to race toward a goal far removed from the basketball court: taking down their respective statues of Confederate soldiers. (read more)
Transportation Security
Airports concerned with millions in security cuts that would help pay for border wall – ABC15.com
Airport security is now entangled in the debate about how to pay for President Trump’s border wall. (read more)
MSP airport to close security checkpoint 3 weeks to make way for automated lanes (Minneapolis) –TwinCities.com
The Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport has partially shut down one of two main security checkpoints for upgrades, but airport officials do not expect a significant impact on wait times. (read more)
Miami-Dade getting hundreds of touch-screen internet kiosks (Miami) – Miami Today
With fewer and fewer residents using public transit, Miami-Dade is pulling out all the stops to add riders. (read more)
Cyber Security
Popular robots are dangerously easy to hack, says cyber security firm – The Indian Express
Some of the most popular industrial and consumer robots are dangerously easy to hack and could be turned into bugging devices or weapons, IOActive Inc. said. The Seattle-based cybersecurity firm found major security flaws in industrial models sold by Universal Robots, a division of U.S. technology company Teradyne Inc. It also cited issues with consumer robots Pepper and NAO, which are manufactured by Japan’s Softbank Group Corp., and the Alpha 1 and Alpha 2 made by China-based UBTech Robotics. (read more)
Body Worn Cameras
Jersey City Plans To Roll Out New Cellphone-Based Police Body Cams (Jersey City, N.J.) – CBS New York
Jersey City police are giving body cams a try after a first attempt three years ago did not go very well. (read more)
Security Industry
The guy who gave us Netscape is at it again – USA Today
Jim Clark is looking for a six-peat. Five times before, the legendary entrepreneur started a successful tech company. Silicon Graphics. Netscape. WebMD. MyCFO. Shutterfly. And he’s convinced No. 6, CommandScape, is another winner. (read more)
Falling Prices Temper Global Video Surveillance Revenues in 2016 – SDM
According to a report by Jon Cropley, principal analyst for video surveillance at IHS Markit, the world market for professional video surveillance equipment grew by 3.9 percent in 2016. While this is a higher rate of growth than in 2015 (1.9 percent), it is still low by historical standards, IHS reported. (read more)

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