Daily Report – 9/6/17

Top Stories
Irma, Harvey reveal ‘massive national security risks’ – CNBC
Even as emergency management officials in Texas scramble to rebuild after Hurricane Harvey, they acknowledge that they were unprepared for the scope and strength of the storm, which was made more severe by the effects of climate change. (read more)
 
Plan security to survive a disaster – SecurityInfoWatch
Security doesn’t have the luxury of shutting down in the midst of a crisis. Yet in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, it may be days or weeks before some Texas building facility or security directors can physically access their organization. That’s why it’s always wise to be prepared before a natural or man-made disaster strikes. (read more)
 
Hackers Gain ‘Switch-Flipping’ Access To Us Power Grid Control Systems – Wired
In an era of hacker attacks on critical infrastructure, even a run-of-the-mill malware infection on an electric utility’s network is enough to raise alarm bells. But the latest collection of power grid penetrations went far deeper: Security firm Symantec is warning that a series of recent hacker attacks not only compromised energy companies in the US and Europe but also resulted in the intruders gaining hands-on access to power grid operations-enough control that they could have induced blackouts on American soil at will. (read more)
Federal, State and Municipal Security
California Supreme Court decision could end secrecy over police capture of license plate images (California) – Los Angeles Times
The California Supreme Court decided Thursday that data from millions of vehicle license plate images collected by the Los Angeles police and sheriff’s departments are not confidential investigative records that can be kept from public disclosure. (read more)
 
D.C. Wants Residents To Help Train Computers In Preventing Traffic Deaths (Washington, D.C.) – DCist
D.C. transportation officials are asking the public to help train computers to recognize where crashes are likely happen in order to prevent traffic-related deaths and injuries in the future. (read more)
 
Disney Research Team Comes Up with A Better Form of Video Surveillance – Tech Digg
The world at large knows Disney as the family-friendly cultural behemoth that is responsible for almost single-handedly putting animated films on the map. While people are also aware that Disney is the most successful production company in history, few realize just how big the company is, and the vast areas of work the company is actively involved in. (read more)
 
Webb County gets funding to bolster border security (Webb County, Texas) – LMTOnline.com
Congressman Henry Cuellar announced that Webb County has received $3.35 million in federal funds from the Department of Homeland Security’s Stonegarden program to support local law enforcement for equipment and overtime pay. (read more)
 
Disney Research Team Comes Up with A Better Form of Video Surveillance – Tech Digg
The world at large knows Disney as the family-friendly cultural behemoth that is responsible for almost single-handedly putting animated films on the map. While people are also aware that Disney is the most successful production company in history, few realize just how big the company is, and the vast areas of work the company is actively involved in. (read more)
 
San Francisco could become first local government to use open-source voting system (San Francisco) – SecurityInfoWatch
San Francisco has taken a tentative step toward deciding on whether it will become the first local government in the country to run its voting machines on open-source software. (read more)
 
Beach at Doster Well Park reopens with surveillance cameras (Prattville, Ala.) – Montgomery Advertiser
The beach area around Doster Well Park has been reopened. (read more)
 
Luzerne County eying security cameras (Luzerne County, Pa.) – Times Leader
Luzerne County’s administration is shopping for more than 160 security cameras to monitor and record people in and around several county buildings, but the purchase has not been budgeted. (read more)
Campus Security
Rahm vows $80M for CPS security costs – with no citywide tax hike (Chicago) – Chicago Sun Times
Mayor Rahm Emanuel agreed Tuesday to cover up to $80 million in security costs for the Chicago Public Schools and predicted that he could assume that annual burden “without a citywide tax increase.” (read more)
 
Madison School District hires security chief on contractor basis (Madison, Wis.) – Wisconsin State Journal
As the Madison School District begins a new school year Tuesday, former Madison police captain Joe Balles will lead efforts to help keep the district’s 50 schools safe. (read more)
 
NCS4 Opens New Research, Training, and Operations Center  (Hattiesburg, Miss.) – Security Magazine
The University of Southern Mississippi’s National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) had opened its Sport Security Research, Training and Operations Center at the National Sport Security Laboratory (NSSL) for addressing sport safety and security risks and threats. (read more)
Utah Hospital, Police Change Protocol Following Nurse’s Arrest (Salt Lake City, Utah) – Campus Safety
The University of Utah Hospital and the Salt Lake City Police Department have implemented policy changes after video footage released last week showed a nurse being arrested after she wouldn’t let a detective draw blood from an unconscious patient. (read more)
School liaison officers providing more than just security and law enforcement (Stevens Point, Wis.) –WSAW.com
Most kids head back to school Tuesday, many will be greeted by a school liaison officer who are not only there to keep them safe, but to help in other ways as well. (read more)
 
Hospital restores full security after nurse nearly strangled (Montreal, Canada) – Montreal Gazette
Hospital officials are restoring overnight security in the emergency room of the Montreal General until further notice after a nurse was nearly strangled by a psychiatric patient early Saturday morning. (read more)
Police defend response to TSU campus shooting (Nashville, Tenn.) – WSMV.com
Tennessee State University did not cancel classes or lock down the campus after a former student was shot on Monday morning. (read more)
Transportation Security
Victim of Brutal BART Slashing Attack Says Station Security Is Lacking (Oakland, Calif.) – CBS SF Bay Area
Carlos Perez struggles to sleep these days – the scar on his neck reminds him of what happened on BART seven weeks ago. (read more)
BART Awarded, Grateful for $8.7M in Federal Security Funds (San Francisco) – Mass Transit
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has awarded Bay Area Rapid Transit $8,798,769 for two security projects after a competitive selection process. BART received the highest award amount in California and the fifth highest in the country, and as such is extraordinarily grateful to the California congressional delegation, especially Congressman Eric Swalwell and Leader Nancy Pelosi, and to the Department of Homeland Security for backing security projects at BART year after year. BART also thanks former DHS Secretary John Kelly and acting DHS Secretary Elaine Duke for their role in securing these funds. (read more)
Body Worn Cameras
Fayetteville PD Purchasing 129 Body Cameras (Fayetteville, Ark.) – NWAHomePage.com
Fayetteville City Council voted Tuesday for the purchase of 129 body cameras for the police department. Police said it’s part of the force’s commitment to transparency. (read more)
Security Industry
Johnson Controls Adds Smart Card Integration to C*CURE 9000 – Security Sales & Integration
Johnson Controls introduces the latest versions of its C*CURE 9000 security and event management platform from Software House, which now features smart card encoding by integrating with two new smart card technologies. (read more)
Las Vegas McCarran Airport Upgrades to 360-Deg. Cameras – SDM
According to an article in the Las Vegas Sun, McCarran Airport will be enhancing its security operations with a new video surveillance system that will replace PTZ cameras with 360-deg. cameras. (read more)
 
Body-worn Cameras: Crime Prevention Tool, Or Threat To Privacy? –  SourceSecurity.com
Despite the increasing popularity of body-worn cameras, the technology has its detractors. For example, this month, Big Brother Watch, a British civil liberties and privacy organization, is raising new questions about the effectiveness of body-worn cameras. Specifically, Big Brother Watch found that 32 of the 45 police forces that have adopted body-cams in the United Kingdom were “unable to say” how often the footage was used in courts. To be clear, being “unable to say” doesn’t equate to the cameras not being useful, and using video as evidence in court is just one of the possible ways the cameras could be beneficial. (read more)

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