Sunday, June 4, 2017

Maine Security Weekly Newsletter - 20170604

Travis Mills. Watch an inspiring video about a retired Army staff sergeant who hails from Maine. Mills is a quadruple amputee who has recovered from his wounds in Afghanistan. He now has a movie and book in progress. (May 2017).

Workplace Safety Classes. The Maine Department of Labor is offering safety classes for the workplace in June. Read more in an article by on the topic published May 30, 2017.

Ready for Hurricanes? The season for hurricanes in Maine - when we do see them - is late summer and early fall. But it is never too early to get ready. According to the State of Maine, hurricane season starts on June 2nd!

Security Industry Associations Support Educational Institutions. A recent article in Security Sales & Integration (June 1, 2017) provides information on how security institutions like the Electronic Security Association (ESA) and Security Industry Association (SIA) are providing info to educational institutions on how to secure their campuses and facilities. Read "How to Use Industry Associations as a Resource in the Education Vertical".

How Quickly Do Companies Detect Cyberattackers? A report from the Aberdeen Group that was sponsored by McAfee (computer security software company) says that it took an average of 38 days to detect attackers responsible for data breaches. Read "Most Companies Take More Than a Month to Detect Cyberattackers", Security Management Online, June 2, 2017.

Target Practice with an Axe. So there are quite a few recreational hobbies out there to keep one busy. One that is quite different than the others is the art of axe throwing. Read "Grab an Ax and Join the Latest Trend in Target Practice", Maine Today, May 15, 2017.

New Cybersecurity Firm in Maine. "Launch Security" is a new security firm in Portland, Maine that provides cybersecurity services to small businesses. Read more in "Launch Security looks for cybersecurity to take off", Security Systems News, May 31, 2017.

Protecting the Country's Electrical Grid. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has released a 50-page report on protecting U.S. critical infrastructure from cyberattacks. Read "What The U.S. Government Can Do to Protect The Grid", Security Management Online, June 1, 2017.

Maine's Deputy Sheriff of the Year for 2016. Deputy Clayton Jordan of Whitefield was recognized for his long career in Maine law enforcement dating back to the early 1970s. Read more in "Lincoln County Sheriff recognized before Maine Senate", Boothbay Register, June 1, 2017.

K-9s in Maine. Nick McCrea, staff writer for the Bangor Daily News, tells us "Why more police departments in Maine are recruiting dogs to their ranks" in a May 31st news article.

Flying and Facial Recognition. It was only a matter of time. A news report says that JetBlue will institute a pilot program where it will use biometrics technology at Boston's Logan Airport to test a self-boarding process where paper tickets are replaced with facial recognition scans. Read more in "JetBlue to Test Self-Boarding Program Using Facial Recognition", Security Sales, June 1, 2017.

Bear Alert! Northern New England's bear population is now out of hibernation and is searching for food. The bears may be coming for your bird feeder or garbage. In 2016 there were a total of 719 complaints of nuisance bears - highest in Maine since 2007. Read more in "With bears on rise, Maine, NH hope to limit human conflicts",, May 29, 2017.

The Two Cultures of Hacking. Most security professionals look at the hacking environment from a defensive standpoint. But one report says we should look at the problem from the hacker's perspective. Read "Hacking Culture", Security Management Online, June 1, 2017.

ASIS International White Paper on School Bus Security. The ASIS School Safety and Security Council has published a report on School Bus Safety. Read more about the paper here. (ASIS International, June 2, 2017).

Museum Security. Every big city has one or more museums. There are a large number of museums in Maine secured by Maine security firms. Read a recent article about museum security in "Secure the Perimeters", Security Today, June 1, 2017.

Maine's Inmates Need Jobs, Not Prison - Says ME's Gov. Maine's Governor LePage is flipping the political scene on its head with his recent advocacy of shorter prison terms for some of the prisoners found in Maine jails. Read "Maine's Governor Wants Inmates to Fill Jobs, Not Prison Beds", The New York Times, June 1, 2017.

Boat Safety - Paddling Deaths. This is the time of year where we see a rise in boat safety incidents. Read more in "Rise in paddling deaths spurs Coast Guard to ramp up safety efforts", Bangor Daily News,  May 31, 2017.

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