Daily Report – 12/13/17

Top Stories
New York Today: Can the City Prevent Terror Attacks? (New York) – The New York Times
It’s becoming a familiar procedure in New York: Prosecutors file charges against an accused terrorist with local ties days, or even hours, after an attack. (read more)
Federal, State and Municipal Security
DHS assisting with election security in Alabama (Montgomery, Ala.) – CNN
The Department of Homeland Security has agents on the ground in Montgomery to assist with election security in the Alabama special election, a senior department official said Tuesday. (read more)
 
Sacramento Adds Security Cameras To South Natomas Park (Sacramento) – CBS Sacramento
A popular Sacramento playground and rose garden will be getting new surveillance cameras after complaints of criminal activity. (read more)
 
Metal detectors at Foo Fighters concert signal new era for security at MetraPark (Billings, Mont.) – Billings Gazette
About 7,500 Foo Fighters concertgoers filed through metal detectors at MetraPark on Saturday, ushering in a new level of security. (read more)
 
Nonprofit plans to expand crime camera network in New Orleans (New Orleans) – SecurityInfoWatch
City officials aren’t the only ones working to beef up their network of crime cameras on the streets of New Orleans. (read more)
 
DHS Establishes Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction Office – Security Magazine
Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen announced the establishment of the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction (CWMD) Office. (read more)
 
Westgate Hotel testing firearm-detecting security system (Las Vegas) – News3LV.com
Chances are the next time you enter the Westgate Hotel in Las Vegas, you will have passed through a state of the art security system; one that can determine if you are a potential threat. (read more)
 
Charlotte to install security systems at every fire department (Charlotte, N.C.) – WCNC.com
Over the past two years, several thefts have been reported from fire stations across the Charlotte area. (read more)
 
New Year’s Eve security tightened after botched NYC bomb attack (New York) – Sky News
Security preparations for New Year’s Eve celebrations in New York’s Times Square will be altered following a botched suicide bombing in a subway tunnel, the city’s counterterrorism chief has said. (read more)
 
Robots are being used to shoo away homeless people in San Francisco (San Francisco) – Quartz
The San Francisco branch the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) has been ordered by the city to stop using a robot to patrol the sidewalks outside its office, the San Francisco Business Times reported Dec. 8. (read more)
Campus Security
Sandy Hook shooting anniversary: How schools have changed security – NBC News
Buzzers for the front door. Security cameras. Bulletproof glass.. (read more)
Horry County Schools to add security officers to elementary schools (Horry County, S.C.) – WMBFNews.com
The Horry County school district will add security officers to the district’s elementary schools. (read more)
Transportation Security
Security, New Technology Protecting Travelers (Dallas) – WFAA.com
DART riders will see more police, more security and there will be more vigilance at bus and train stations. (read more)
 
Should there be more security at rail stations? – NJ.com
In the aftermath of Monday’s terrorist attack at the Port Authority Bus Terminal, U.S. Sen. Cory Booker are calling for more security at rail stations. (read more)
 
Home Security/Automation
Smart-home tech might help older adults live independently longer – SecurityInfoWatch
For an octogenarian with arthritic knees, a voice-controlled light switch could ease the pain of having to stand and walk just to illuminate a room. (read more)
Security Industry
UL: Collaborative effort needed to harden security devices against cyber-attacks – SecurityInfoWatch
For all of the potential benefits touted by industry pundits about the Internet of Things (IoT) and what it will mean for end-users in terms of future capabilities they could reap from their security systems, there remain significant concerns about the ability to secure these devices and systems from malicious actors. Following the distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks that were launched against domain service provider Dyn and the website of cybersecurity journalist Brian Krebs last year as part of the Mirai botnet, it was revealed that many of the devices used in the attack were actually unsecured surveillance cameras and DVRs, which reinforced the role that security equipment manufacturers, installers and even end-users have to play in protecting these systems from hackers. (read more)

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