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  1. The University of West Florida is launching a new degree program in direct response to increased workforce demand in STEM fields. Beginning in Fall 2019, UWF will offer a Master of Science in Cybersecurity. 

  2. I was in law enforcement prior to the term ‘Active Shooter’ became an accepted way to describe someone bent on hurting people, and before Columbine forever changed how police will respond to acts of mass violence.

  3. Cyber Center of Excellence recently commissioned the San Diego Economic Development Corporation (EDC) to conduct a study on the current state of the cybersecurity industry in San Diego.

  4. BetterCloud released its first insider threats report: “State of Insider Threats in the Digital Workplace 2019.” The report found that 91 percent of IT and security professionals surveyed feel vulnerable to insider threats, and 75 percent believe the biggest risks lie in cloud applications like popular file storage and email solutions such as Google Drive, Gmail, Dropbox and more. 

  5. U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) hosted a Change of Command Ceremony to formally instate Donald R. Kusser, formerly Assistant Port Director, Tactical Operations, of the LA/Long Beach Seaport, as Port Director for the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). 

  6. The Security Industry Association (SIA) has selected Mark McCourt as the recipient of the 2018 Sandy Jones Volunteer of the Year Award, which recognizes SIA volunteers who have made tireless efforts to expand SIA’s programs and services. SIA will present McCourt with the award at The Advance, SIA’s annual membership meeting, during ISC West.

  7. The Security Industry Association (SIA), the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) at the University of Southern Mississippi (USM) and ISC West are partnering to provide education on the critical issue of stadium security at ISC West 2019, occurring April 9-12 at the Sands Expo Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.

  8. What is a required to create a customer-centric culture in your security enterprise?

  9. Manage building security on-the-go.

  10. To encourage more women to join the industry, (ISC)² and the Center for Cyber Safety and Education are offering scholarships to women pursuing degrees in the field of cybersecurity.

  11. With global demand for security services forecast to increase 6.9 percent annually, security companies are facing the need to adapt to rapidly changing customer requirements, demographics and technology landscapes. 

  12. Honking, squeaking brakes and bumper-to-bumper traffic are common problems in many of America’s congested cities. Frustrated drivers can get agitated quickly, and their aggressive driving habits like speeding, rapid acceleration and braking can lower gas mileage by as much as 40 percent, costing them as much as $477 per year in additional fuel consumption.

  13. Patriarchs have a strong influence on the level of radicalization and recruitment of family members.

  14. The Citizen's Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice released a report that reveals the world's 50 most dangerous cities. 

  15. U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and U.S. Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23) introduced bicameral legislation to implement instant universal background checks for the sale of gun ammunition.

  16. A medical marijuana dispensary in Acton will reopen, five weeks after being closed for security and labeling violations.

  17. Ethisphere announced the designation of 128 honorees representing 21 countries and 50 industries as the 2019 World’s Most Ethical Companies. The list includes 16 first-time honorees and eight organizations that have been named to the list every year since 2007.

  18. nCipher Security announces new research that exposes Americans’ lack of trust about personal data security, their leading concerns in this area and what organizations can do to gain their confidence at a time when breaches and cyberattacks are on the rise. 

  19. First Advantage released the results of its “2019 Top Screening Trends & Insights” State of the Industry report. After surveying enterprise customers and cross-referencing their responses with aggregated data from more than 66 million annual global searches, First Advantage was able to identify the key trends driving the employment background screening industry.

  20. As consumers become increasingly comfortable using biometrics to unlock devices and log into accounts, there is a growing interest in bringing this technology to physical payment cards to provide simple-to-use multifactor authentication for in-store transactions. The Secure Technology Alliance released an introductory resource for those interested in better understanding the business case, impact and considerations for providing fingerprint-based biometric payment cards.

  21. A subway operator in Shenzhen, China is testing facial recognition software to pay for entry.
  • Avigilon, a Motorola Solutions company, will showcase its advanced video, artificial intelligence, video analytics, access control and cloud solutions.

  • Viakoo, the only provider of a proactive solution to automate surveillance and access control system verification and compliance for the security industry, has a new product specifically designed to address this issue, tailored for organizations that are not yet ready to commit to a fully automated update management system.

  • Key enhancements for OnSSI’s Ocularis v5.7 VMS include a new recorded video backup feature that provides additional copies of the recorded video data that can be saved to another location on the system, at no additional cost.

  • Sielox’s AnyWare is now available in two sizes: an 8 door system and an increased capacity up to 40 doors.