Friday, November 5, 2010

Gunman In Florida Hospital Shooting Found Dead

A man who fired shots in Palm Bay, Fla. Hospital has been found dead after barricading himself alone for several hours. The incident began around 2:20 p.m. today, and the gunman barricaded himself alone inside an office near the cafeteria for several hours, Palm Bay, Fla. police said. No injuries were reported at the hospital.
Police said the man pointed the gun at people, made threats and fired shots, but never shot anyone. Police said the man is a former employee of the hospital who was recently let go.

The emergency room was placed on lockdown, and SWAT teams and a crisis negotiation team were called to the hospital. "We have security procedures in place. We drill on this constantly. Security officers know what to do and followed policies," hospital spokesman Elliot Cohen said. He said the shots were not fired near patient rooms, and all patients and employees were accounted for after the shooting.


Thursday, November 4, 2010

Rogers to Enter Home Monitoring Market

Rogers Communications is shooting for a new level of connectivity with customers, aiming at having a hand in everything from security to adjusting the thermostat, with their plans to enter the home monitoring market early next year.

President and chief executive officer Nadir Mohamed said that the company was beginning to test what will be known as the Rogers Smart Home Monitoring system. &#8220;It will allow you to access the news, sports or local traffic all via your home security panel as you walk in the door,&#8221; said Mohamed, during a presentation to the Economic Club of Canada at the Sutton Place Hotel.

The goal is to offer an interactive touch screen security system inside the home â€" that would have some resemblance to an iPhone or iPad â€" that would be connected to customer&#8217;s mobile devices. &#8220;Whatever you see on a panel you can actually see on your BlackBerry or iPhone or laptop,&#8221; and can remotely configure or adjust settings on things like lights and temperature, said Mohamed, during questions with reporters. It will also be able to offer alerts on breaks-ins or when children arrive home and will eventually expand to manage all systems inside the home, he said.

The company said the system will be &#8220;supported by dedicated, customer service and response teams that are specially trained in home monitoring and security.&#8221; Rogers plans to start within their existing footprint and will start testing the product on &#8220;friends and family&#8221; with plans to roll the system out to consumers by early 2011.


Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Google Pays Cash to Hackers for Finding Web Security Flaws

For security researchers who find flaws in Internet services like Gmail, Blogger and YouTube, Google will reward $500 or more per bug. Vulnerabilities that are "severe or unusually clever" pay up to $3,133.70. Optionally, benevolent hackers can also donate their rewards to charity, in which case Google will match the winnings at its discretion.

Bug-hunting researchers will also be credited on Google s security page.

To keep Web services running smoothly, Google is excluding bugs caused by denial of service attacks and search optimization tricks. Technologies recently acquired by Google are also off-limits.

In the future, Google said it may expand the program to client applications such as Android, Picasa and Google desktop.


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Tuesday, November 2, 2010

NJ Requires Schools to Hold Two Security Drills Per Year

New legislation in New Jersey requires all public, private and charter schools hold at least one security drill and one fire drill every month they are open.

General Assembly Bill 3002 requires students to be locked in their classrooms, to keep away from windows and doors and, in some cases, take cover under their desks during such drills.

It requires schools to hold a minimum of two of each of the following types of security drills each year: active shooter, bomb threat, lockdown and evacuation for something other than fire â€" such as a chemical or biological scare.

Administrators and police would respond differently to someone with a weapon in the hallways as opposed to a bomb threat. The key, legislators said, is to practice several situations so panic doesn&#8217;t spread.