Daily Report – 12/6/17

Top Stories
Senate confirms Kirstjen Nielsen, a top White House aide, to lead Homeland Security – The Washington Post
The U.S. Senate voted Tuesday to confirm Kirstjen M. Nielsen as the next secretary of the Department Homeland Security, installing a close confidant of White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly to lead the federal agency responsible for carrying out many of President Trump’s most ambitious domestic policy plans. (read more)
 
US embassies warned to boost security ahead of possible Jerusalem announcement: report – The Hill
The State Department is reportedly warning U.S. embassies around the world to tighten security ahead of a possible announcement on the recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital by President Trump on Wednesday. (read more)

 
Global Security
London security alert ends as package ruled non-suspicious (London) – Reuters
London police said an item that had prompted a security alert in the financial district of the city on Tuesday morning was non-suspicious, after authorities had closed St Paul’s underground station as a precaution. (read more)
Federal, State and Municipal Security
Prosecutor’s office builds database of security cameras to help track violent suspects (Cleveland) – Fox8.com
Investigators and prosecutors are working on a way to gather clues before crimes even happen. That means knowing where to look to find crimes caught on camera. (read more)
 
The Deadly Relationship Between Mass Shootings and Domestic Violence – Security Magazine
The sentinel challenge today for both Security Professionals and Crime Prevention Professionals is to develop strategies and procedures to prevent the next mass shooting. Indeed “Active Shooter” and “Run-Hide-Fight” classes have become a cottage industry in the security-law enforcement-crime prevention professions. As we move ahead to address what appears at times to be an insurmountable problem, we need to include and focus on one reality that is absent in far too many trainings and classes. There is a very large elephant in the room that is seldom mentioned or acknowledged. This is the huge and tragic correlation between mass shootings and domestic-family violence. (read more)
 
Surveillance Rooms at Las Vegas Casinos Often Lightly Staffed – Casino.org
For anyone who wants to cheat or steal at a major casino, the biggest deterrent isn’t the staff on the gaming floor, but rather the all-seeing eyes of the countless security cameras being monitored by surveillance staff. (read more)
Campus Security
Midland High students develop app for campus safety (Midland, Mich.) – Midland Daily News
Midland is known as the City of Modern Explorers and four Midland High School students are definitely upholding that tradition. (read more)
Police-in-schools was an effective program worth keeping (Toronto) – TheStar.com
Here is today’s lesson from the Toronto District School Board. Ignore the majority of voices surveyed, disregard the TDSB statement of missions and values about safety and community relationships, don’t wait around for planned research, forget the heavy lifting and take the easy way out. It might be funny if it was a Cheech and Chong laugh track. But alas, it isn’t. I’m talking about the TDSB decision to cancel an effective community based police-in-schools program. (read more)
Detectives looking for 2 suspects after 2 students shot outside Graham high school (Graham, Wash.) –KOMONews.com
Pierce County Sheriff’s detectives have arrested a 17-year-old boy and are still looking for two more suspects after two students were shot outside Graham-Kapowsin High School on Tuesday afternoon. (read more)
State Hospital requires security for renovations (Oahu, Hawaii) – KITV.com
New fallout tonight from a high-profile escape from the Hawaii State Hospital. (read more)
Transportation Security
Tougher security measures may be slowing international travel to the U.S., study says – Los Angeles Times
International travel to the U.S., once a surging source of revenues for hotels, airlines and tourist destinations, is cooling off, raising concerns from leaders in the travel industry that strict security measures are scaring off visitors. (read more)
 
TSA: 15 guns found at RIC security checkpoints this year (Richmond, Va.) – NBC12.com
Fifteen guns have been found going through the security checkpoints at Richmond International Airport this year, which is eight more than last year, according to Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officials. (read more)
 
St. Louis County police reprimand 11 officers in investigation into blocked security cameras at MetroLink offices (St. Louis) – SecurityInfoWatch
Eleven St. Louis County police officers assigned to patrol MetroLink were issued written reprimands — some for loitering in Metro security offices and others for covering security cameras in the offices. (read more)
 
City promotes safety of new ART security officers on billboard (Albuquerque, N.M.) – KRQE.com
“We’ve got your back,” that’s the slogan on a new billboard along I-25 heading south, promoting the city’s 13 Albuquerque Rapid security officers. (read more)

How to breeze through airport security this holiday season (Canada) – The Globe and Mail
1. Keep presents unwrapped. This is one of the main rules the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) wants travellers to follow this time of year. If items have to be inspected, you don’t want your expert ribbon work going to waste. (read more)
TSA tightens security ahead of holiday travel (Colonie, N.Y.) – News10.com
Thousands of Americans plan on traveling this holiday season, and airport security is tighter than ever. (read more)
Cyber Security
5 computer security facts that surprise most people – CSO
The five statements below are the causes behind a lot of computer security risk and exploits. If you understand them well enough today, you will be ahead of your peers. (read more)
 
Biometrics
Software verifies someone’s identity by their DNA in minutes – Homeland Security News Wire
In the science-fiction movie “Gattaca,” visitors only clear security if a blood test and readout of their genetic profile matches the sample on file. Now, cheap DNA sequencers and custom software could make real-time DNA-authentication a reality. (read more)


Worship Security
God and guns: Texas pastors undergo security training a month after Sutherland Springs massacre (Plano, Texas) – Desert News
Shooting holes in a “paper bad guy” during target practice? That’s easy. (read more)
Security Industry
ASIS International rebrands annual event as the ‘Global Security Exchange’ – SecurityInfoWatch
For Ron Rosenbaum, ASIS International’s chief global marketing and business development officer, the decision to change the name of its annual security conference was a natural progression of where the association is moving. (read more)
Aiphone announces emergency station tower enhancements – SecurityInfoWatch
Aiphone Corp., the leading international manufacturer of intercom and entry security products, today announced enhancements to its emergency enclosure products. Towers and wall boxes now feature built-in UL Listed electrical boxes to easily satisfy local electrical codes. (read more)

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