Daily Report – 12/29/17

Top Stories
Army and Homeland Security prepping teachers for the gunman at the door – Fox News
The U.S. Army and the Department of Homeland Security have created a computer-based simulator that trains teachers on how best to react in an active-shooter situation. (read more)
 
In Wake of Attacks, Tighter Security for Times Square on New Year’s Eve (New York) – The New York Times
With a gunman raining bullets down on a crowd of Las Vegas concertgoers in October, police officers who rushed into the hotel where he was holed up struggled at first to figure out what floor he was on. (read more)
Federal, State and Municipal Security
Rose Bowl security high as 90K fans expected at game (Pasadena, Calif.) – WSBTV.com
While the Georgia Bulldogs enjoy and participate in the first official events of this year’s Rose Bowl, there are a lot of preparations going on about 40 miles away at the stadium in Pasadena. (read more)
 
California Druggie Duo Used a Drone to Deliver Contraband, Police Say (Riverside, Calif.) – Security Sales & Integration
How’s this for getting a jump on commercial drone deliveries: A probationer and his girlfriend were hit with felony charges for allegedly dealing drugs from a residence here using an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to deliver the contraband to customers. (read more)
 
Chicopee to install more cameras at city entrances and parks (Chicopee, Mass.) – MassLive.com
Surveillance cameras have helped solve crimes in several hot spots in the downtown area and the city will now expand on that to add 28 new cameras in key areas throughout the city. (read more)
 
Disney Removes ‘Do Not Disturb’ Signs, Adds New Security Measures – Popculture.com
Disney resorts are removing the “Do Not Disturb” signs from hotel rooms, and replacing them with signs that read “Room Occupied” instead. The new signs will allow staff members to enter a room at any time, and many believe it’s a direct response to the slew of mass shootings this year. (read more)
 
‘Security needs to be upped’: Tenants fear for safety at troubled Church-Wellesley apartment complex (Toronto, Canada) – CBC News
A slew of break-ins and squatters in the stairwells at an apartment complex in Toronto’s Church and Wellesley neighbourhood has residents saying they no longer feel safe in their homes. (read more)
 
2 Romanians charged with hacking DC surveillance cams in ransomware scheme (Washington, D.C.) – CBS News
Federal authorities on Thursday charged a pair of Romanian nationals with hacking more than 100 Washington, D.C. police department computers and surveillance cameras, just days before President Donald Trump’s inauguration. (read more)
Transportation Security
A look at security changes coming to DIA in 2018 (Denver) – Coloradoan
A project to revamp the Denver International Airport begins in the New Year, and as security measures change, so will the security checkpoints. (read more)
Cyber Security
What is cyber security? How to build a cyber security strategy – CSO
Cyber security is the practice of ensuring the integrity, confidentiality and availability (ICA) of information. It represents the ability to defend against and recover from accidents like hard drive failures or power outages, and from attacks by adversaries. The latter includes everyone from script kiddies to hackers and criminal groups capable of executing advanced persistent threats (APTs), and they pose serious threats to the enterprise. Business continuity and disaster recovery planning are every bit as critical to cyber security as application and network security. (read more)
Biometrics
Russian Hackers Could Potentially Be Stealing Your Biometric Data – Security Sales & Integration
Fingerprint analysis software used by the FBI, TSA and thousands of other U.S. law enforcement agencies could potentially give backdoor access to sensitive biometric information on millions of Americans to Russian hackers, according to a report by BuzzFeed. (read more)
Security Industry
Why Security Industry Companies Need To Adapt To Retain Skilled Personnel – SecurityInformed.com
A downside of our thriving economic times is a shortage of skilled personnel to work in the physical security marketplace. Strong economic growth translates into a low unemployment rate, and greater competition among employers to attract the best talent. (read more)
Amazon buys smart camera and doorbell startup Blink – The Verge
Amazon’s smart home ambitions continue to expand today with the acquisition of Blink, a startup behind battery-powered connected cameras and doorbells. Blink started out with a Kickstarter campaign in 2014 and launched its promised smart camera at the beginning of 2016. (read more)

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