Morning Security Brief: Arrest Records, Maritime Cybersecurity, Maricopa County Immigration, and More

By Carlton Purvis


►Almost a third of Americans have been arrested for a crime, according to researchers studying data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth, a survey administered by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. “Criminal justice experts said the 30.2 percent figure was especially notable at a time when employers, aided by the Internet, routinely conduct criminal background checks on job candidates,” the New York Times reports. “This estimate provides a real sense that the proportion of people who have criminal history records is sizable and perhaps much larger than most people would expect,” said criminologist Shawn Bushway of the State University at Albany, whose research on the study appears in the journal Pediatrics.

Maritime cybersecurity awareness is currently low, to non-existent, according to the first EU report on maritime cybersecurity. The report discusses cybersecurity challenges to maritime activities, highlights trends, examines existing initiatives, and offers recommendations to address the risks. “This report positions maritime cyber security as a logical and crucial next step in the global protection efforts of ICT infrastructure,” said European Network and Information Security Agency Executive Director Udo Helmbrecht.

►The Department of Homeland Security will take over screening inmates for immigration violations in Maricopa County, Arizona. Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s access to DHS databases for screening was revoked last week after the Justice Department announced that they had found evidence that Arpaio unfairly targeted Latino residents. Fifty DHS agents will take the place of county officers who had the task, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

►In other news, the board of managers at a New York hospital has approved $20,000 in security upgrades in the wake of a shooting last month. Massena Memorial Hospital plans to add new surveillance cameras, software, lock down buttons, and pendants staff can use to contact police directly. The hospital is also considering hiring additional security guards. ♦ Stealing copper isn’t just illegal, police warn, it’s also dangerous. Surveillance cameras in Miami-Dade caught on tape a man who fell two stories from an elementary school roof while trying to steal copper. He broke his back when he landed and could only crawl on his stomach, pushing his bolt cutters in front of him. ♦ And Panasonic Corp., Samsung Electronics., SanDisk Corp., Sony Corp., and Toshiba Corp. on Monday joined forces to create a new technology to protect content on flash memory cards while making it usable on a wide range of devices.



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