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Texas Legislators Introduce Bill to Restrict Purchasing Chinese Airport Equipment Due to Security Concerns

The legislation addresses the purchase of airport equipment, particularly passenger boarding bridges, from countries that are known for IP theft or national security threats.

Naval Air Station Security Guard Injured

Naval Air Station Security Guard Injured

An unidentified shooter has injured on security guard at Naval Air Station Corpus Christi, TX, today. It has been determined that the shooting is terrorism related, according to the FBI.

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Telethermography Devices: Current FDA Considerations

Adapting thermography machines to address COVID-19 issues qualifies them as medical devices, which can pose unique challenges for businesses that are unfamiliar with the FDA.

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Perimeter Security in Question At Texas Airport After Man's Death

Man on Austin runway killed as Southwest Airlines plane lands.

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Why Data Tokenization Could Be the Answer to Government Security Prayers

With growing number of breaches, there is a huge need for more advanced measures to protect public sector data.

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TSA Requires Security Officers to Wear Masks in Screening Areas to Prevent Coronavirus Spread

The agency plans to receive millions of masks in the next few weeks to distribute to employees, but most agents will wear surgical masks rather than the more expensive N95 respirators.

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DoD Issues Guidelines That Might Not Disqualify New Recruits Over COVID-19 Exposure

it is not known if the interim Pentagon policy would eventually extend to current military member who have been ill from the coronavirus while on duty.

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Anchorage Airport Open Again After Reported Bomb Threat Last Week

False report of bomb on cargo plane temporarily closes facility



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Security Guard Killed in Dispute Over Face Mask Policy in Michigan

Calvin Munerlyn, a guard at a Family Dollar store in Flint, was killed after telling two customers to leave the store for refusing to follow a governor’s order to wear face coverings in public.

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Trump Signs Executive Order to Secure Energy Infrastructure From Foreign Threats

The Energy Department will form a task force focused on identifying and banning equipment that pose national security risks.

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Cuomo: You Can’t Depend on China For PPE

The New York governor said that New York hospitals must prepare their own stockpiles of personal protective equipment.

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Drug Trade Struggling at the Border During COVID-19 Pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic led U.S. officials to close the Mexico border to nonessential travel, adding another hurdle for the cartels but possibly helping law enforcement.

DHS Funding Will Target Violence and Terrorism Prevention

The department has seen an uptick in online efforts to recruit terrorists and encourage radicalization, leading to the development of the grant program.

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Employee Safety Stressed by CBP New Orleans

The agency has taken a vigorous approach to protect border patrol and customs officers from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Glitch May Have Exposed Data of Thousands of Small Businesses Applying for Federal Relief Loans

Nearly 8,000 applicants to a Small Business Administration loan program may have had their data shown to other users filling out the application.

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Industry Groups Push For More Cybersecurity Funding In Future COVID-19 Stimulus Legislation

With high numbers of ransomware attacks and increased threats due to teleworking, advocacy groups want Congress to prioritize cybersecurity funds to local and state governments.

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New York State Responded to Cyber Attack on Government Servers Weeks Before Coronavirus Pandemic Hit

Officials handled an attack that disabled access to state agency databases just a few weeks before the state became the epicenter of the COVID-19 crisis.

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New Government Strategy for 5G Security Sets Stage for Domestic Rollout

Franco Zaro of Valid breaks down new government efforts to establish a 5G security strategy and public paranoia about the wireless infrastructure.

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TSA Faces Record-Low Numbers of Travelers, Coronavirus Outbreak Among Employees

More than 370 employees have tested positive for COVID-19 as TSA security screeners experience nearly empty airports due to the pandemic.

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Lawsuit Blocks Baltimore From Launching Surveillance Plane Program to Investigate Crimes

Activists and ACLU lawyers succeeded in stopping a six-month trial run of an aerial surveillance program funded by private philanthropists.

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FBI Warns Financial Institutions To Beware of Coronavirus-Related Scams

Business email compromise attacks continue to be effective, tricking victims into transferring funds to fraudulent accounts.

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CentralSquare Names 30-Year Gov Tech Veteran David Zolet as Chief Executive Officer

Zolet brings decades of proven expertise to lead one of the largest public safety and public administration software companies

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Baltimore Approves Six-Month Aerial Surveillance Program To Address Violent Crime

Three private surveillance planes will take images of Baltimore neighborhoods to be used in criminal investigations, an effort that will be studied to see if it lowers the crime rate.

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Washington State Adopts Legislation Regulating, Restricting Facial Recognition Use

The law, which will go into effect next year, will require law enforcement to use facial recognition software only to investigate serious crimes and issue public accountability reports.

Department of Homeland Security Plans to Use Facial Recognition to Track Transnational Gang Activity

The request for proposals for a “gang intelligence application” reflect the agency’s growing ambitions in using facial recognition and other new tech to identify and arrest criminals.

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DHS Delays Real ID Deadline Until 2021 Due to Coronavirus Crisis

While the extension will provide another 18 months for Americans to obtain the new driver’s licenses, some officials believe the deadline will have to be extended again.

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Security Industry Groups Call For Alarm Response, Security Services to Be Classified as “Essential” During Coronavirus Pandemic

SIA, ESA and TMA have penned a letter to public safety officials calling for governments to exempt alarm response centers and companies that serve them from shelter-in-place orders.

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Justice Department Takes First Legal Action Against Coronavirus Scam Websites

A federal judge granted a temporary restraining order to have a website selling fake vaccine kits shut down immediately.

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Cyber Attack Hits Department of Health and Human Services Amid Government Coronavirus Response

HHS officials said no personal data was accessed and the attack was not successful. But it could be a sign of things to come during the coronavirus pandemic.

Attorney General Directs Department of Justice to Crack Down on Coronavirus Scammers, Cyber Criminals

In a memo to attorney’s offices across the country, William Barr said that federal law enforcement should prioritize investigating and prosecuting crimes related to the pandemic.

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Travelers Can Take Larger Bottles of Hand Sanitizer In Carry-On Luggage, TSA Announces

In response to the growing concerns around the spread of coronavirus in the U.S., the Transportation Security Administration said that passengers can bring hand sanitizer containers up to 12 ounces in size.

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ACLU Files Lawsuit Against DHS To Turn Over Records on Facial Recognition Use at Airports

After the DHS did not respond to a January request for documents on how it is deploying facial recognition, the ACLU is now seeking legal recourse.

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Trump Administration Preparing Executive Order to Ban Use of Foreign-Made Drones by Government Agencies

Chinese manufacturer DJI, which accounts for about 70 percent of the global drone market, stands to lose the most from a ban, which is based on national security concerns.

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Lawmakers Warn Cities to Stop Contracting Chinese Companies To Build Transit Systems

Despite concerns about Chinese manufacturers having access to U.S. transportation data, cities continue to move ahead with plans to partner with state-owned companies.

Despite Technical Issues, DHS Claims Victory on Super Tuesday With No Foreign Hacking Attempts

There was no significant increase in disinformation campaigns or hacking attempts like there were in 2016, according to top Homeland Security officials.

Galileo Delivers

ERDC enlisted the services of M3 Technology Group, an audio-visual integrator based in Nashville, Tennessee, to create a unique audio-visual experience not seen in other government facilities.

Policy Bill Includes Cyber Investments

Data on OTAs and prototypes. The House proposed an annual reporting requirement on how the Defense Department is using OTAs.

Reconsidering Used Equipment

Reconsidering Used Equipment

Once you have made the decision to install a security entrance, you may find that your search for a provider brings you to used turnstiles, revolving doors or portals for sale. Naturally, these tend to be cheaper than new products.

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Documents Reveal Why U.S. Military Publishes Malware Used by North Korean and Russian Hackers

CYBERCOM has created a Twitter account with thousands of followers to publicize malware samples it shares with cybersecurity companies. Internal documents explain that it’s part of a defensive (and offensive) strategy.

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Lawmakers Plan Bill That Would Endanger Tech Company Efforts to Implement Full Encryption

The legislation reflects growing frustration from the Justice Department about the encryption practices of tech companies, particularly when it comes to investigating child abuse or terrorist activity.

california state capitol

California’s Consumer Privacy Act Affects How Companies Will Store Data Nationwide

CCPA (officially called AB-375) incorporates some of the elements of GDPR and takes a broader view of private data and protecting PII. The storage, transportation, and management of sensitive consumer and company information have become critical issues for companies of all sizes to lock down and secure.

TSA Plans For Hiring and Overtime Freeze Ahead of Spring Break Travel Season

TSA Plans For Hiring and Overtime Freeze Ahead of Spring Break Travel Season

The agency faces pressure to cut costs in the face of a pay increase for federal workers, but DHS officials say they will expand hiring after the freeze ends in April.

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Cincinnati Police Become First City To Install Body Cameras With Live-Streaming Capability

Police officials hope that the new software will allow them to better handle crisis situations in real time and speed up the filing of police reports.

Washington State Senate Adopts Legislation To Regulate Facial Recognition Statewide

While a senate bill would largely ban government agencies from using facial recognition for ongoing surveillance, other legislators are pushing for a full moratorium on the software.

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Pentagon, FBI Release Report on New Malware Attributed to North Korean Hackers

The new trend of public disclosures by government agencies about cybersecurity threats has led to the latest report about North Korea’s newly developed malware used to spy and steal data.

maine capitol

Maine Legislators Working On Bill To Make Law Enforcement Use of Surveillance Tech More Transparent

Law enforcement in Maine have cited a 2013 law stating they are not required to disclose if they are using facial recognition or cellphone signal interceptors. Two lawmakers hope to change that.

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MIT Study Finds That Mobile Voting App Could Pose Cybersecurity Issues For Voters

Tech company Voatz is fighting back against research critical of its security protections, stating that researchers used an outdated version of the app and never examined Voatz servers.

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New Senate Bill Would Place Moratorium on Federal Use of Facial Recognition

Two Democratic senators want to temporarily pause the government’s use of facial recognition technology while a commission develops regulations.

Orthodox Jews in New York City

After Rise in Anti-Semitic Incidents, New York City Adds Cameras and Officers in Jewish Communities

The increase in video surveillance has not come without criticism, but many Jewish leaders are supporting the increased security efforts.

south dakota capitol

South Dakota Lawmakers Decline to Pass Legislation Regulating Police Body Cameras

The state is only one of a few not to have a statewide law regulating how police body camera footage is maintained and released to the public.

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House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Expresses Opposition To Moratorium on Facial Recognition

At a Thursday hearing, Rep. Bennie Thompson said he is not on a “moratorium route” but supports regulation of the software, which has been found to have accuracy issues for people of color.

McAfee: Lack of Verified Election Websites Could Pose Cybersecurity Issues For 2020 Election

McAfee’s survey of 13 states considered “critical” in the presidential election found that 83 percent lacked .GOV validation, which verifies websites as being run by official local governments.

iowa judicial branch

Security Testers Charged With Breaking Into Iowa Courthouses Cleared Of All Criminal Charges

The two men, who worked for Coalfire Labs, were caught up in a miscommunication between local law enforcement and the Iowa judicial branch, which hired the security firm to conduct testing.

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TSA Breaks Record For Highest Number of Firearms Detected at Airport Checkpoints

In 2019, TSA officers detected 4,432 firearms in carry-on baggage or on passengers, breaking the record set in 2018.

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Federal Institute Releases Guidelines For How To Respond To Ransomware Attacks

The report, prepared by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, tested a variety of cybersecurity solutions in different IT environments to find out which methods were most effective in fighting ransomware.

white house

Coalition Pressures Government Agency To Recommend Ban on Government Use of Facial Recognition

Over 40 groups sent a letter to the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board on Monday asking the agency to recommend that the executive branch put a moratorium on facial recognition.

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Technology Companies Sign On To Offer Free or Discounted Cybersecurity Services to Campaigns

Seventeen companies, including Microsoft and Cloudflare, are offering security assistance to federal campaigns that often cannot afford the services themselves.

gun retailer

New Security, Video Surveillance Requirements For Illinois Gun Dealers Go Into Effect

The regulations originally required gun retailers to have a backup of all video surveillance feeds, but has since been changed.

maryland state house

Ransomware Possession Would Become A Crime In Maryland Under Proposed Legislation

Lawmakers are trying to deter would-be hackers from carrying out cyber attacks that have paralyzed companies, hospital systems and local governments, including Baltimore’s city government.

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