Daily Report – 2/14/18

Top Stories
U.S. intelligence boss says security clearances are ‘broken’ – Chicago Tribune
The U.S. government’s system of security clearances for top officials is “broken” and must be completely overhauled, the Trump administration’s intelligence chief told The Associated Press, as questions swirl about how a top White House aide kept his access to highly sensitive information and the president despite accusations of domestic violence. (read more)
 
Vanessa Trump, Obama’s D.C. office receive envelopes with suspicious white powder (Washington, D.C.) –Homeland Security News Wire
The suspicious letter which was sent to Vanessa Trump, the wife of Donald Trump Jr., was postmarked from Boston and contained corn starch, law enforcement officials told CNN. (read more)
 
1 hospitalized after shooting outside NSA Headquarters; suspect in custody (Fort Mead, Md.) – MyFox8.com
One person has been hospitalized after a shooting near the National Security Agency Headquarters in Maryland. (read more)
 
 

Global Security

The Pope needs much better security – Washington Examiner
I just saw this video from Jan. 20, in which a fan was able to grab Pope Francis. (read more)
 
Melbourne Hospital Staff To Get Stab-Proof Vests (Melbourne, Australia) – HIT.com.au
Stab-proof vests and duress alarms are being rolled out across Victorian hospitals to try and protect staff from violent patients. (read more)
Federal, State and Municipal Security
IBM Security survey finds users value “security” over “convenience”- Boing Boing
IBM Security’s 2018 survey of 4,000 adults worldwide found that for the first time in the history of their research, the majority of users say that they’d take extra steps in the name of “security” even if it meant that their usage would be less “convenient.” (read more)
 
South Mountain towers: Security and safety top concerns for 28 broadcast towers (Phoenix) – ABC15.com
It’s a glow that’s seen for miles around the Valley as the towers atop South Mountain shine bright overnight and stand out tall during the day. (read more)
 
Personal surveillance cameras to be allowed in Quebec’s long-term care homes (Quebec, Canada) – CBC News
Beginning March 7, residents of publicly funded long-term care institutions in Quebec will have the right to install surveillance equipment in their rooms to prevent mistreatment. (read more)
Transportation Security
New security screening procedures take effect at Rapid City Regional Airport (Rapid City, S.D.) – Rapid City Journal
Passengers departing Rapid City Regional Airport should prepare for stronger carry-on baggage security screening procedures, which started Tuesday. (read more)
 
Security Screenings Tighten at Charlottesville-Albemarle Airport (Charlottesville, Va.) – NBC29.com
It’s not just lotion bottles and big laptops anymore. Travelers flying out of Charlottesville-Albemarle Airport will now have to unpack more items from their bags at security. (read more)
Biometrics
Why facial recognition software has trouble recognizing people of color – Marketplace
Facial recognition software has made huge advancements in accuracy, but it has a long way to go – specifically when it comes to recognizing people of color. Commercially available software can tell the gender of a person using a photograph. But according to researcher Joy Buolamwini, of the MIT Media Lab, that software is correct 99 percent of the time when it’s looking at a white male and less than half as accurate when looking at a darker-skinned female. Marketplace Tech host Molly Wood spoke with Buolamwini about her research and the human biases that creep into machine learning. The following is an edited transcript of their conversation. (read more)
Home Security/Automation
This Modern-Day PERS Solution Utilizes Google Home – Security Sales & Integration
Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) 2018 attracted more than 80,000 attendees to this year’s event, which claims to be the biggest pro A/V show in the world. (read more)
 
Tech Junkie Review: ConBroV T33 Tiny Security Camera – KDVR.com
The home security camera options are endless these days!  Nest, Logitech and a ga-zillion other companies sell wi-fi cameras.  Many of them are awesome but they often need to be plugged into power and require wi-fi for a cloud connection.  A tiny new camera from ConBroV offers something entirely different. (read more)
Security Industry
 
SIA announces security project management resources at ISC West 2018 – SecurityInfoWatch
Project managers attending ISC West 2018 in Las Vegas on April have multiple opportunities to enhance their knowledge and skills in the security industry with education and information provided by the Security Industry Association (SIA). (read more)
 
This robot surveillance ball can roll on any terrain – it can even swim – Insider
This is Guardbot, a surveillance robot that’s able to manoeuvre on any terrain, even having the ability to swim. The device comes in a variety of sizes, ranging from as small as 5 inches to a model that is 7ft in diameter. (read more)
 
As break-ins soar, Palo Alto startup starts selling security camera for cars – San Francisco Chronicle
Ben Smith is all too familiar with car break-ins, especially from his time in San Francisco’s Mission District. Last month, he tried a new type of dashboard camera that made him, at least temporarily, feel a little more secure. (read more)

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