Daily Report – 9/8/17

Top Stories
Border security could be key to saving Dreamers – Politico
Democrats and Republicans scrambling to protect Dreamers before a March deadline will almost certainly have to swallow tougher immigration measures in return. (read more)
 
Equifax security breach leaks personal info of 143 million US consumers – Engadget
One of the largest security breaches ever has come to light today as Equifax revealed attackers used an exploit on its website to access records for 143 million US citizens (for reference, the US has a population for 323 million or so, that’s about 44 percent). The oldest of the three major US credit bureaus, it maintains information on over 800 million people for credit and insurance reports, which is also a juicy target for anyone trying to steal data. Equifax says the breach lasted from mid-May through July 29th when it was detected. (read more)
Federal, State and Municipal Security
DHS announces vendors for border wall prototypes – CNN
The Department of Homeland Security announced Thursday which vendors have been selected to build some prototypes for President Donald Trump’s promised US-Mexico border wall, a step forward for the project after months of delays. (read more)
 
World’s Biggest Drone Maker Tries to Fix Security Flaw – Fortune
Chinese manufacturer DJI Technology, the world’s largest civilian drone maker, said on Wednesday it was hunting for security flaws in its flight-control software after coders found its apps could be “hot patched” to circumvent scrutiny by Apple and Alphabet. (read more)
 
Top government official: Murderers, rapists getting interim security clearances – The Hill
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)
 
County examines security at court, safety buildings (Miami County, Ohio) – Dayton Daily News
Miami County commissioners appointed a seven-member committee to “investigate and present plans and options for improved security” of county Safety Building and Courthouse downtown. (read more)
 
DHS S&T awards $8.6 Million for five mobile application security R&D projects – SecurityInfoWatch
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) has awarded funding to five research and development (R&D) projects that will enhance the secure use of mobile applications (apps) for the federal government. (read more)
 
U.S. Businesses Spend $2.66 to Combat Every Dollar of Fraud – Security Magazine
Every dollar of fraud to merchants and firms in the retail and financial services sector is estimated to cost $2.66 on average, said a new fraud report. (read more)
 
Pittsburgh Plans Upgrade, Expansion Of Surveillance System (Pittsburgh) – WESA.fm
Pittsburgh’s Public Safety Department plans to spend $5 million to upgrade and expand its citywide system of surveillance cameras. (read more)
 
Moraga residents dig deep, raise cash for surveillance cameras (Moraga, Calif.) – East Bay Times
Residents have raised enough money to buy surveillance cameras that will monitor the main routes in and out of town. (read more)
 
New York to be reimbursed for President Donald Trump’s security costs (New York) – ABC7NY.com
New York is getting nearly $26 million in federal funds to reimburse law enforcement agencies for costs associated with guarding President Donald Trump, his family and their Manhattan residence. (read more)
 
Trial to explore if Homeland Security ignored a potential breakthrough in efforts to block bioterrorism – Los Angeles Times
Four years ago, a top Homeland Security scientist reported a potential breakthrough in the government’s race to detect deadly pathogens spread by bioterrorists or nature – germs that could cause calamitous infections. (read more)
Campus Security
New security camera system now operating at Arroyo Grande High School (Arroyo Grande, Calif.) – KEYT.com
There’s a new eye in the sky at the home of the Eagles. It’s a state-of-the-art security camera system that is now operational at Arroyo Grande High School. (read more)
Transportation Security
Take a first-ever look at how LAX airport targets threats from airport workers (Los Angeles) – CNBC
Teams of undercover police officers fan out across Los Angeles International Airport targeting what they call the “insider threat.” (read more)
This Airport Is the First Airport in the World with Security Bins That Clean Themselves (Akron, Ohio) –Reader’s Digest
Airports aren’t exactly known for being the healthiest places. Once you’re onboard your flight, you’re stuck with 200 people breathing in recycled air (but your seat isn’t even the germiest place on a plane). But the airplane itself isn’t the only place you need to worry about germs. (read more)
Surveillance cameras coming to Cranford station due to bike thefts (Cranford, N.J.) – Union News Daily
Surveillance cameras will be installed at the Cranford Train Station in a collaborative effort between the Cranford Police Department, NJ Transit and NJ Transit Police following a recent marked increase in bicycle theft, Sgt. Ryan Greco told LocalSource on Aug. 29. (read more)
Flights To Israel Require Increased Security Measures – The Reykjavik Grapevine
Wow Air will begin flights to and from Tel Aviv, Israel on September 13. RÚV reports that Isavia, the company that manages Keflavík International Airport, is required to change their security measures as a result. (read more)
Biometrics
London police’s use of facial recognition falls flat on its face (London) – Naked Security
A “top-of-the-line” automated facial recognition (AFR) system trialled for the second year in a row at London’s Notting Hill Carnival couldn’t even tell the difference between a young woman and a balding man, according to a rights group worker invited to view it in action. (read more)
Security Industry
Jim DeVries Named President of ADT – Global Newswire
ADT, the leader in security and automation solutions for homes and businesses in North America, today announced that Jim DeVries has been named President. DeVries, who previously served as ADT’s Chief Operating Officer, will continue to report to ADT Chief Executive Officer, Tim Whall. (read more)

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