There’s a lot going on in the world of physical risk and vulnerability; it’s nearly impossible to keep up with the latest news and developments. We’ll keep you informed with the best content to keep your organization safe and secure. Check out the top news and headlines from the past month.
From L.A. Taco: Security cameras installed by Union Pacific seem to have stopped the thieves that were targeting freight trains nearly overnight. Over the last several months, thieves have been stealing packages from trains in L.A., littering the tracks with boxes and packing materials. Early in March, cameras and a loudspeaker were installed. According to L.A. Taco, the streaming video from the cameras is viewed by personnel at a command center in Long Beach, with Artificial Intelligence highlighting the movement of people on the tracks, focusing on suspicious or unauthorized persons and vehicles in restricted areas. At that point, a loudspeaker tells the violator they’ve been spotted and are being recorded. Thefts dropped quickly and the tracks now appear clear of debris.
Our take: This is a perfect example of how security measures can deter attacks simply by being in place. Before the thefts, it was reported that Union Pacific reduced its human security presence on the tracks. Without security personnel, criminals were free to do as they pleased. However, by replacing officers with cameras and speakers, the company has reduced its costs, reduced theft, and reduced potential harm to human officers
From TMZ: Earlier this month Dreamworks co-founder Jeffery Katzenberg became a guinea pig of sorts, starring in a video for SXSW showing how hackers take advantage of vulnerable and/or unsophisticated users and steal vital, personal info. His devices were hacked by Rachel Tobac, CEO of SocialProof Security; she was able to swipe his emails, contacts, photos ... even his ID and passport.
Our take: Social engineering attacks are a real danger to everyone: Katzenberg claims at the beginning of the video that he keeps a low-profile online and doesn’t believe he’s a good target. Nevertheless, Tobac is easily able to hack him by pretending to be an associate and convincing him to open a malicious link. Tobac will be joining us to discuss social engineering and how to detect and stop attacks at 11:30 am ET, on March 31, 2022. Sign up for the webinar here.
From SecurityInfowatch: ISC West gave security professionals a chance to network and check out the newest advances in security technology this past month. Some of the most advanced technologies included cameras with AI-driven analytics, and drones capable of long-haul delivery, surveillance and mapping, and drones equipped to break glass and enter buildings.
Our take: We were thrilled to be back at in-person events this month at ISC West and it’s no surprise that AI and drones dominated the show. We feel that cameras with facial and vehicle recognition technology will soon be the norm. We also believe that our industry has only scratched the surface of what’s possible with drones.
From ABC News: All lanes of U.S. 23 in Fenton, Michigan temporarily were closed March 16 after a major natural gas explosion in a transmission line threw dirt and debris onto the freeway. Michigan State Police say the explosion happened just north of Center Road in Livingston County's Tyrone Township. No injuries were reported from the blast and the leaking gas did not catch fire.
Our take: Although the natural gas explosion in Fenton appears to have been an accident, the incident shows how important it is to ensure that our utilities are up to date and secure. So much of our energy infrastructure is aging; an attack on an older pipeline could potentially cause much more harm.
Justice Department announces civil settlement in cases arising from 2018 school shooting in Parkland, Florida
From the Department of Justice: On March 16, the Department of Justice announced that it had settled the 40 civil cases arising out of the February 2018 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. The settlement resolves all of the cases for $127.5 million. The parties have been in litigation since late 2018, when the survivors of the shooting, and the families of 16 people killed, sued the government for damages.
Our take: We believe that this settlement will set new precedents for active shooter cases; now that the government is paying a settlement, police departments and other law enforcement will be obligated to take any tip suggesting a shooting may happen seriously. This has the potential to change the way law enforcement investigates active shooter incidents before they even occur.
March Top Security Grants
First Responders-Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Support Services Act Grant: The purpose of this program is to provide resources to first responders and members of other key community sectors at the state, tribal, and other government levels to train, carry and administer Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act) approved drugs and devices for emergency reversal of known or suspected opioid overdose. Recipients will be expected to establish processes, protocols, and mechanisms for: (1) referral to appropriate treatment and recovery support services, and (2) safety around fentanyl, carfentanil, and other dangerous licit and illicit drugs. The population of focus are: 1) populations disproportionately impacted (relative to national averages) by opioid use as evidenced by high rates of opioid and other drug-related overdose, 2) primary treatment admissions, and 3) overdose rates. Applicant organizations must also demonstrate that their population of focus is underserved as demonstrated by a lack of accessibility to treatment providers, emergency medical services, and recovery and other psychosocial support services. Grant closes: April 5, 2022
Targeted Capacity Expansion: Special Projects: The purpose of the program is to implement targeted strategies for the provision of substance use disorder (SUD) or co-occurring disorder (COD) harm reduction, treatment, and/or recovery support services to support an under-resourced population or unmet need identified by the community. The applicant will identify the specific need or population it seeks to support through the provision of evidence-based SUD or COD harm reduction, treatment, and/or recovery support services. Diversity, equity, and inclusion must be integrated in the provision of services and activities throughout the project, for example, when conducting eligibility assessments, outreach, and engagement or developing policies.. Grant closes: April 4, 2022
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