Daily Report – 1/15/18

Top Stories
Drones keep entering no-fly zones over Washington, raising security concerns (Washington, D.C.) – The Washington Post
Over a career that has taken him to Afghanistan and Iraq, Col. Patrick Duggan has seen the lethal power of drones. Now, as a base commander in the nation’s capital, he is worried that frequent illegal flights buzzing over Washington could pose a threat. (read more)
Federal, State and Municipal Security
Security for Trump’s border wall prototypes cost sheriff nearly $900,000 (San Diego) – The San Diego Union Tribune
The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department incurred nearly $900,000 of added costs to provide patrols and security during the month-long construction of eight border wall prototypes by the federal government on Otay Mesa, records show. (read more)
 
White Marsh Mall bathroom cam sheds light on rise of security camera use (Baltimore) – Baltimore Sun
Security specialists urged people to be vigilant about hidden cameras after Baltimore County Police on Thursday arrested a man they say secretly filmed people in a family bathroom at White Marsh Mall. (read more)
 
Detect illicit drone video filming – Homeland Security News Wire
Researchers have demonstrated the first technique to detect a drone camera illicitly capturing video. Their study addresses increasing concerns about the proliferation of drone use for personal and business applications and how it is impinging on privacy and safety. (read more)
 
Balloon-borne infrasound sensor array detects explosions – Homeland Security News Wire
Infrasound is sound of very low frequencies, below 20 hertz, which is lower than humans can hear. African elephants produce infrasound for long-distance communication at around 15 hertz. For comparison, a bumblebee’s buzz is typically 150 hertz and humans hear in the range of 20 to 20,000 hertz. Infrasound is important because it’s one of the verification technologies the U.S. and the international community use to monitor explosions, including those caused by nuclear tests. Traditionally, infrasound is detected by ground-based sensor arrays, which don’t cover the open ocean and can be muddled by other noises, such as the wind. Sandia Lab scientists is using sheets of plastic, packing tape, some string, a little charcoal dust, and a white shoebox-size box to build a solar-powered hot air balloon for detecting infrasound. (read more)
 
Hotels revise room security measures in wake of Las Vegas shooting – CBS News
In response to the deadly Las Vegas shooting massacre in October, tighter security measures at some hotels will allow staff to enter guest rooms for just about any reason. (read more)
 
First group of protesters welcome new security changes at Capitol (Austin, Texas) – KXAN.com
Chanting echoed across the Texas Capitol as a group of Iranian-Americans gathered there and demanded peace. (read more)
Campus Security
DHMC Makes Adjustments to Security Following Fatal Shooting (Lebanon, N.H.) – Valley News
Officials at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center are making changes to security, communication during emergencies, and education and training of employees following the fatal shooting of a patient last September. (read more)
Monroe Co. middle school students get extra security following online threats (Monroe County, Ohio ) –WTOL.com
Monroe Schools are planning for extra security at Jefferson Middle School on Monday following threats made online. (read more)
School district to roll out stringent sign-in system (Santa Fe, N.M. ) – Santa Fe New Mexican
For years, visitors and volunteers entering most public schools in Santa Fe only had to write their names on a front-desk registry. (read more)
Rock Creek High School improves security for students (Bokchito, Okla..) – KXII.com
Parents and students at Rock Creek High School have noticed changes to their facility. (read more)
VA Hospitals Could Be Left Vulnerable to Violence: Watchdog Report – Military.com
The Department of Veterans Affairs isn’t following certain security standards at its hospitals and clinics that are required of all federal buildings, potentially putting patients and visitors at risk, the Government Accountability Office concluded in a report released Thursday. (read more)
Transportation Security
Airport Security: What to Expect in 2018 – Security Magazine
Airport security is a huge topic within the security industry, mostly because it is always changing. Airport screening and facility security is evolving with changes in our technology and is becoming broader to protect against and prevent a mass amount of possible threats. (read more)
Home Security/Automation
Want to Install You Own Home Security System? Here Are the Options You’ll See Soon – Consumer Reports
Companies large and small are jumping into the DIY home security market with a dizzying array of new models. At CES 2018, we’ve seen new DIY security systems, more affordable security cameras, combination security camera light fixtures, new video doorbells-a category that didn’t really exist five years ago-and even new home security apps that crowdsource surveillance from your neighbors. (read more)
Body Worn Cameras
Emmett Twp. police implementing new body cams with live feeds (Emmett Township, Mich.) – WWMT.com
The Emmett Township Public Safety Department is implementing new body cameras that allows the department to watch live feeds and see multiple angles in real time. (read more)
Security Industry
Physical security industry comes together to tackle cyber threats – SecurityInfoWatch
Cybersecurity is the top-of-mind issue in the security industry today. From manufacturers, systems integrators to end-users, it is the one topic that everyone seems to have on their mind as each strives to ensure that video surveillance, access control and other systems are not compromised or used as entry points into larger corporate networks. Those concerns are only reinforced by the multitude of vulnerabilities that have been discovered and reported in various products in recent years as well as the various high-profile attacks, such as the Mirai botnet, which leveraged thousands of unsecured IP cameras to launch distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks. (read more)

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