Monthly Archive: January 2017

sk© Security SAVER SALE firms told to improve firearms training

Many companies are doing only ‘touch and go’ exercises, says Stadam.

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PETALING JAYA: The Security Training and Development Association (Stadam) has urged security companies to review their standard operating procedures (SOP) in the training of guards who bear arms.

The call came in the wake of last Wednesday’s bank robbery attempt in Sungai Petani in which the suspect, an employee of a security company, allegedly wielded a revolver. A guard at the bank was injured.

Stadam president Khirudin Tajudin noted that the incident was only the latest of recent cases of abuse of firearms by security personnel.

He told FMT the occurrence of such incidents indicated a need for security companies to monitor their staff more closely.

“The case in Sungai Petani has caused alarm to many, especially since the suspect is from a security agency,” he said.

“Security companies have to review their SOP in the training of staff carrying firearms.”

He said the current standard of training in the industry was low and many firms were doing only “touch and go” exercises.

News reports about Wednesday’s case quoted police as saying the suspect is an army veteran now employed as a manager in a security firm. They said the gun he used belonged to his employer.

Khiruddin said security companies should conduct firearms training more frequently than they were currently doing.

“Training for firearms shouldn’t be carried out only once or twice in a year,” he said. “It should be done more frequently and the performance of the guards monitored regularly.”

He urged security firms to employ professional training managers and to conduct regular assessments of firearms training.

“Owners of security companies should themselves be qualified trainers,” he added.

He also said it was time for all security companies to come together to create a group indemnity insurance scheme.

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Senior Home sk© Security SAVER SALE Program Accepting Applications

Sheriff Jean Stanfield announced today that her department is now accepting applications to provide seniors FREE home security surveys and modifications.

“Seniors looking to make their homes more secure, can set-up an appointment with our professionally trained technicians who will conduct a security review and make recommendations based on their assessment,” said Sheriff Stanfield. “Door and window locks, peepholes, and smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are just some of the items that our technicians can install and instruct the senior on their use and operation.”

Other security/safety items that may be installed free of charge include reflective house numbers, lamp timers, power failure lights, and “med-info” packets which provide emergency responders with important medical information about the residents.

“The program is designed to increase residents’ knowledge and safety and make them feel less vulnerable and to educate them on how to not become a victim of crime,” explained Undersheriff Bryan Norcross.

“Crime prevention specialists are available to give home security workshops and presentations to clubs, churches, and various civic and community groups,” added Norcross. “These workshops provide seniors with the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the latest frauds and scams.”

“The program serves roughly 300 homes a year for seniors over age 60. To qualify, at least one person in the household must be 60 years of age or older,” concluded Sheriff Stanfield. “My department is committed to the safety and security of our senior citizens and we look forward to serving even more residents this year.”

Interested residents should call (609) 265-5796 to register. For additional information visit: http://nj-burlingtoncounty.civicplus.com/143/Home-Security-Inspections[1].

References

  1. ^ http://nj-burlingtoncounty.civicplus.com/143/Home-Security-Inspections (nj-burlingtoncounty.civicplus.com)

Details of 2.5m gamers ‘hacked on video game forums’

The details of more than 2.5 million gamers have been hacked after a cyber breach on two popular video games forums, it has been claimed.The XBOX360 ISO and PlayStation’s PSP ISO forum, both unofficial sites where players share links to download free a…

After shooting threats, School Board to consider more security at schools


Livi Stanford @DC_lstanford

 TAVARES – Lake County School Board member Stephanie Luke suggested Monday that the district review its security measures in light of two threats of violence at local schools in the past week.

“I just think that we need to make sure we are ready,” said Luke. “It has been brought back to the forefront with the threats that have been localized to Lake County.”

Umatilla High School increased police presence this week after someone scrawled a threat against the school on a bathroom wall. Just 75 out of 800 students showed up for class on Monday. No incidents occurred.

The threat at Umatilla High School comes two days after two teenagers were arrested on Jan. 26 in what authorities described as a plot to launch a mass shooting at The Villages Charter Middle School. The students, 13 and 14 years old, reportedly told fellow students of a plan to shoot all students wearing white shirts. The plot came apart when a high school student overheard some middle school students talking about it and reported it to authorities.

School Board members are expected to have a shade meeting about security, meaning it will not be public because of issues related to security, according to School Board Chairman Marc Dodd.

Dodd said he agreed there needed to be discussions on security.

“Over the last few years we have seen a rise in school incidents across the country, which is definitely concerning,” he said. “Seeing a couple threats close to home does elevate that and make it personal. It is smart to talk about it.”’

School Board member Kristi Burns said it is always important to have such discussions, not necessarily because of the recent incidents.

“I don’t think we have reviewed the policy in some time,” she said, adding it is integral to have policies that match best practices in how to diffuse an active shooter situation at a school.

Sherri Owens, spokeswoman for Lake County Schools, said the district has 23 deputies and two Mount Dora police officers primarily assigned to the high school and middle schools.

“They provide assistance to the elementary schools as well,” she said. “In addition, a commander and lieutenant are assigned to the unit along with a sergeant and corporal on the north end, a sergeant and corporal on the south end, and a K-9 unit.”

Lake County Sheriff’s spokesman Lt. John Herrell said there would be an increased presence at Umatilla High School today.

“I don’t know it is going to be the level it was yesterday,” he said.

Herrell said the LCSO takes all incidents, such as the threat reported at Umatilla High School, seriously.

“With each encounter we will respond appropriately,” he said. “It will depend upon the facts and circumstances of each individual case. We would love to put a stop to this nonsense where kids do this stuff to get attention and disrupt school functions. What we would really like is for parents to have serious conversations with their child about the seriousness of the consequences of their actions.”

Herrell added if the School Board reached out with a specific concern about security, the LCSO would be more than willing to work with them.

How Trump’s War on Climate Policy Threatens National sk© Security SAVER SALE

Donald Trump’s attempts to halt any kind of U.S. action on climate change are already facing a stern test from millions of people like you who know climate action is essential to any kind of livable future. But they could face even more opposition in the form of military and national security programs designed to address climate impacts.

National security advisers have warned since 2004 that climate change is a “threat multiplier” whose impacts could vastly eclipse terrorism. These concerns have increasingly worked their way into U.S. national security strategies, like those spelled out in the Department of Defense’s 2010 and 2014 Quadrennial Defense Review reports, State’s Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (2015) — which describes climate change as “a top priority” — and the White House’s 2015 National Security Strategy.[1][2][3][4][5]

Somehow, Trump missed the memo.

After calling climate change “bullshit” and a “hoax” in recent years, Trump’s administration of fossil fuel CEOs and climate deniers is following through by dismantling virtually every government climate program it can find. That includes crippling the Environmental Protection Agency “in almost every form,” withdrawing from global commitments included in the Paris Climate Agreement, and ordering a review of all current and pending international multilateral treaties. [6][7][8][9][10][11][12]

At his confirmation hearing, former Exxon CEO and current Secretary of State nominee Rex Tillerson made it clear that his State Department would shift from prioritizing climate change and human rights towards an obsessive focus on “Islamic terrorism.” And Exxon is certain to benefit from lifting sanctions on Russia (where it’s been trying to drill for oil for years), as well as the weakening of programs designed to address fossil fuel-related corruption. [13][14]

Then there’s Trump’s CIA director Mike Pompeo — a former Kansas Representative who once called President Obama’s climate action efforts “perverse” — who has already stated in front of the Senate that climate change will not be a focus of the U.S. intelligence community under his lead. [15]

These moves represent a drastic change in course that has experts concerned.

In September, national security experts at the Climate and Security Advisory Group (CSAG) recommended comprehensive actions the next president should take to address the security risks of climate change. The Trump administration has not responded or even acknowledged the report. Instead, its foreign policy revolves obsessively around Islamic terrorism, effectively cutting any “wasteful” federal spending on climate change and clean energy.[16][17][18]

It’s unclear how Congressional overseers like John McCain (head of the Senate Armed Services Committee) will view this radical shift in priorities, particularly given multiple testimonies before the Senate to how climate change will put U.S. troops abroad at greater risk. But if the Republican-controlled Congress doesn’t take up the question, it won’t be the first time that they have bowed to fossil fuel industry bullies and chosen ideology over national security. [19][20]

In 2015, House Republicans instructed the CIA and the Pentagon to stop talking about climate change. Both Pompeo and Tillerson dodged questions on climate and national security from Democratic Senators during committee hearings earlier this month. [21]

Pentagon officials, meanwhile, have become increasingly vocal about the effects of climate change, even while on active duty.

Navy Admiral Samuel Locklear said in 2013 that climate change “is probably the most likely thing that is going to happen … that will cripple the security environment, probably more likely than the other scenarios we all often talk about.”[22]

More importantly, the U.S. military has invested billions already in adjusting to these threats, and emerged as a leader in methods to adapt to climate impacts. These include the Navy’s “Great Green Fleet”, the Army’s “Net Zero” initiatives, the Marine Corps’ 10X10 campaign, the Air Force’s 2010 Energy Plan, and the roll-out of microgrids and other technologies that have the potential to save the country billions while protecting military operations from terrorist and cyber attacks. [23][24][25][26][27][28]

These programs and the recognition of climate threats are embedded deeply enough in the nation’s defense strategies that they could stall Trump’s climate-denying blitzkrieg. It’s a strange feeling for Greenpeace to find ourselves on the same side of an issue as the Department of Defense, but these are strange times.

Senior research specialist Charlie Cray also contributed to this post.  [29]

References

  1. ^ terrorism (www.theguardian.com)
  2. ^ 2010 (www.comw.org)
  3. ^ 2014 (archive.defense.gov)
  4. ^ Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (www.state.gov)
  5. ^ National Security Strategy (obamawhitehouse.archives.gov)
  6. ^ bullshit (twitter.com)
  7. ^ hoax (twitter.com)
  8. ^ fossil fuel CEOs (www.greenpeace.org)
  9. ^ climate deniers (www.greenpeace.org)
  10. ^ form (www.nytimes.com)
  11. ^ Paris Climate Agreement (www.usnews.com)
  12. ^ international multilateral treaties (www.nytimes.com)
  13. ^ prioritizing climate change (www.state.gov)
  14. ^ benefit (www.washingtonpost.com)
  15. ^ perverse (www.motherjones.com)
  16. ^ recommended (climateandsecurity.files.wordpress.com)
  17. ^ wasteful (www.bna.com)
  18. ^ climate change (www.politico.com)
  19. ^ testimonies (www.foreign.senate.gov)
  20. ^ bowed to fossil fuel industry (www.washingtonpost.com)
  21. ^ climate change (news.vice.com)
  22. ^ all often talk about (fusiondotnet.files.wordpress.com)
  23. ^ leader (climateandsecurity.files.wordpress.com)
  24. ^ Great Green Fleet (greenfleet.dodlive.mil)
  25. ^ “Net Zero” initiatives (fusiondotnet.files.wordpress.com)
  26. ^ 10X10 campaign (www.prnewswire.com)
  27. ^ Energy Plan (fusiondotnet.files.wordpress.com)
  28. ^ microgrids (www.greentechmedia.com)
  29. ^ Charlie Cray (www.greenpeace.org)

Homeland sk© Security SAVER SALE head says order is ‘not a ban on Muslims,’ promises to carry it out ‘humanely’

Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly denied a report that he was blindsided by the executive order. (Loree Lewis/TMN)

WASHINGTON – Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said Tuesday that President Donald Trump’s executive order suspending travel from seven majority Muslim countries and temporarily halting the refugee resettlement program is neither a ban on travel nor on Muslims.

Speaking at a news conference from DHS headquarters, Kelly said that the pause will allow the department time to review the visa vetting system. Over the next 30 days, the DHS will assess strengths and weaknesses of the U.S. immigration system and then give foreign partners 60 days to comply with any new requirements.

“This analysis is long overdue and strongly supported by the department’s career intelligence officials,” Kelly said of the immigration review. “… This is not a ban on Muslims… Religious liberty is one of our most important values… As my predecessor, Secretary [Jeh] Johnson liked to say, it is easier to play defense on the 50-yard-line than it is on the one-yard-line. By preventing terrorists from entering our country, we can stop terror attacks from striking the homeland. We cannot gamble with American lives.”

Kelly said that the executive order Trump signed on Friday is not the temporary “total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States” that the president promised on the campaign trail, before changing his tune to advocate for “extreme vetting.”[1]

Trump’s executive order suspended the entire U.S. program for admitting refugees for 120 days while authorities review the admissions process, and barred citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States for 90 days –on national-security grounds. It also indefinitely barred the resettlement of Syrian refugees.

Trump’s order created chaos in airports across the world, as permanent lawful green-card residents and visa holders were turned away from travel to the United States and detained in U.S. airports. Kelly announced Sunday that he deemed letting green- card holders into the country to be in the national interest, after Trump had initially directed that they be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Congressional Democrats and some Republicans have criticized the order and its rollout.

“Regrettably, the rollout was confusing, but on a go-forward basis, I’m confident that Secretary Kelly is going to make sure that this is done correctly,” House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said at a separate news conference Tuesday.

Kelly said that he knew that the executive order was in the pipeline by the day before its signing, and had seen two drafts of it. He denied that he’d learned about it “on an airplane,” as The New York Times reported. “It wasn’t a surprise it was coming, and then we implemented it,” Kelly said, referencing that Trump had said while campaigning that he wanted to implement an “extreme vetting” procedure.[2]

“I knew he was going to sign an order about a year and a half, two years before he became president-elect,” Kelly said.

Late Monday, Trump fired acting attorney general Sally Yates[3] after she refused to defend the sweeping restrictions. In a statement, the White House Office of the Press Secretary said Yates had “betrayed” the Justice Department.

Another DHS official said at the news conference that 872 refugees are being admitted to the United States this week because of hardship concerns, despite the ban.

Kelly said that the DHS will continue to execute the order “professionally, humanely, and in accordance with the law.” He said officials are complying with a court order protecting some visa holders from deportation, despite reports that some border agents have not followed it.

Of the 1.7 billion Muslims who live on this planet, the vast majority of them have… access to the United States,” Kelly said. “And, a relatively small number right now are being held up for a period of time… Some of those countries that are currently on the list may not be taken off the list any time soon… Ultimately, though, we’d like to see all of those countries taken off the list.”

References

  1. ^ “total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States” (www.donaldjtrump.com)
  2. ^ reported (mobile.nytimes.com)
  3. ^ Trump fired acting attorney general Sally Yates (www.talkmedianews.com)

Trading Review: Technical Survey on Shares of Magal sk© Security SAVER SALE Systems Ltd. (MAGS)

In terms of moving averages for Magal Security Systems Ltd. (MAGS), the 200-day is currently at 5.04, the 50-day is 5.76, and the 7-day is resting at 6.72. The moving average is a popular investing tool among traders. Moving averages can be used to help filter out the day to day noise created by other factors. MA’s may be used to identify uptrends or downtrends, and they can be a prominent indicator for detecting a change in momentum for a particular stock. Many traders will use moving averages for different periods of time in conjunction with other indicators to help gauge future stock price action.

Some traders may find the Williams Percent Range or Williams %R as a useful technical indicator. Presently, Magal Security Systems Ltd. (MAGS)’s Williams Percent Range or 14 day Williams %R is resting at -27.44. Values can range from 0 to -100. A reading between -80 to -100 may be typically viewed as strong oversold territory. A value between 0 to -20 would represent a strong overbought condition. As a momentum indicator, the Williams R% may be used with other technicals to help define a specific trend.

When completing stock analysis, investors and traders may opt to review other technical levels. Magal Security Systems Ltd. (MAGS) currently has a 14-day Commodity Channel Index (CCI) of 117.32. Investors and traders may use this indicator to help spot price reversals, price extremes, and the strength of a trend. Many investors will use the CCI in conjunction with other indicators when evaluating a trade. The CCI may be used to spot if a stock is entering overbought (+100) and oversold (-100) territory.

The Average Directional Index or ADX is often considered to be an important tool for technical trading or investing. The ADX is a technical indicator developed by J. Welles Wilder used to determine the strength of a trend. The ADX is often used along with the Plus Directional Indicator (+DI) and Minus Directional Indicator (-DI) to identify the direction of the trend. Presently, the 14-day ADX for Magal Security Systems Ltd. (MAGS) is resting at 36.88. Generally speaking, an ADX value from 0-25 would indicate an absent or weak trend. A value of 25-50 would indicate a strong trend. A value of 50-75 would signal a very strong trend, and a value of 75-100 would indicate an extremely strong trend.

Traders may also be paying close attention to RSI levels on shares of Magal Security Systems Ltd. (MAGS). The current 14-day RSI is presently sitting at 66.47, the 7-day is 67.98, and the 3-day is67.44. The RSI, or Relative Strength Index is a popular oscillating indicator among traders and investors. The RSI operates in a range-bound area with values between 0 and 100. When the RSI line moves up, the stock may be experiencing strength. The opposite is the case when the RSI line is heading lower. Different time periods may be used when using the RSI indicator. The RSI may be more volatile using a shorter period of time. Many traders keep an eye on the 30 and 70 marks on the RSI scale. A move above 70 is widely considered to show the stock as overbought, and a move below 30 would indicate that the stock may be oversold. Traders may use these levels to help identify stock price reversals.

Trump’s draft cybersecurity order raises policy questions


President Trump is expected to sign an executive order today on cybersecurity that will commission a review of the federal government’s capabilities and defenses, similar to reviews ordered by Obama when he took office and again last year[1].

A draft of the order, obtained by the Washington Post[2], summarizes review measures Trump wants federal agencies to take and raises more questions about his policy on cybersecurity than it answers.

Although the document offers a definition of critical infrastructure, it does not mention voting systems and it’s unclear if the new administration will honor former Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson’s classification of election systems as critical infrastructure[3]. Trump questioned intelligence community reports that the Russian government ordered hacking campaigns designed to influence the outcome of the election, and has alternately claimed[4] that the election that landed him in office was not tampered with or claimed[5] that 3 million people voted illegally.

The order also does not contain clues about whether the Trump administration will attempt to regulate private internet companies on cybersecurity issues or take a more hands-off approach. During the campaign season, Trump backed the FBI in its battle with Apple over creating a backdoor to its own devices. But the draft order does not address encryption, merely noting, “The Internet is a vital national resource.”

A lingering question left over from the Obama administration also goes unanswered in Trump’s first significant action on cybersecurity: What should the norms of escalation in cyberspace be? Obama was criticized for doing too little, too late when he sanctioned[6] Russian officials and businesses in December, but the former president cautioned[7] that he did not want to trigger an “arms race.” The State Department and the United Nations have been working to develop rules of engagement, and it remains uncertain what position Trump will take on the question.

Trump’s order will give the Department of Defense 60 days to conduct a review of national security systems for vulnerabilities and 60 days for the Department of Homeland security to review “protection of the most critical civilian Federal Government, public, and private sector infrastructure.” The Director of National Intelligence will conduct a review of cyber adversaries — it will be interesting to see the role Russia plays in this report — and the Department of Commerce will review its efforts to encourage businesses to adopt better cybersecurity practices.

The draft executive order does not assign a role to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Lawfare notes[8]. The FBI assumed significant cybersecurity responsibilities under the Obama administration. “Perhaps this is an omission that will be corrected in a later draft,” Lawfare writes. “However, if the FBI remains absent from this EO, they will be the agency with the most to lose out of this process.”

Featured Image: Andrew Harrer/Getty Images

References

  1. ^ last year (obamawhitehouse.archives.gov)
  2. ^ Washington Post (apps.washingtonpost.com)
  3. ^ classification of election systems as critical infrastructure (techcrunch.com)
  4. ^ claimed (www.aljazeera.com)
  5. ^ claimed (www.washingtonpost.com)
  6. ^ sanctioned (techcrunch.com)
  7. ^ cautioned (techcrunch.com)
  8. ^ Lawfare notes (www.lawfareblog.com)