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Kansas man charged with fatally shooting bar security guard

EUDORA, Kan. (AP) A 36-year-old man has been charged with fatally shooting a security guard outside a northeast Kansas bar after a fight. The Lawrence Journal-World (http://bit.ly/2ti4FVc[1] ) reports that Danny Queen, of Eudora, is charged with first-degree murder in the death of 32-year-old Bo Matthew Hopson and two counts of attempted first-degree murder. Queen appeared via video feed from the jail, and his bond was set at $1 million. Eudora Police Chief Bill Edwards said the shooting happened early Saturday at the D-Dubs Bar after another bar employee asked Queen to leave. Queen’s birthday had been Friday. Edwards said Queen then got into a fight with someone outside the bar and shot Hopson when he went to check on the situation.

Queen was restrained after his gun jammed. Hopson died Sunday during surgery.

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Information from: Lawrence (Kan.) Journal-World, http://www.ljworld.com[2]

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Banks in central Ohio also face unrelenting cyberthreats

Mark Williams The Columbus Dispatch @BizMarkWilliams

The cyberthreats that Heartland BancCorp faces on a daily basis are relentless. Every day, the bank gets 10,000 to 12,000 emails, 75 percent of which are junk and include malware and other cyberthreats to the bank’s computer system that could be costly to the Gahanna-based bank should they be successful.

“The sheer volume is what causes systems to a lot of times overload with data,” CEO G. Scott McComb said of the email. Staff members have to know what’s safe to open and what could be problematic.

“You have to have strong policies in places” to combat what he calls “an ongoing battle.”

A report released last week by United Kingdom research and consulting company Ovum documents the degree to which financial institutions are being overwhelmed by cyberthreats. The survey of bank security chiefs across North America, Europe and Asia found that a third of the institutions deal with more than 200,000 threats a day. It is so bad that 73 percent say they are now running more than 25 cybersecurity tools, and 9 percent are using more than 100. The most common threats are attempts to gain access to customer accounts, he said. Others seek to damage computer systems, McComb said.

There are so many threats, it’s difficult for banks to sort the critical threats from those that aren’t.

“Each new malware or attack style throws up a new challenge that can only be addressed by deploying yet another new security tool,” the report said. “However, the resulting complexity is itself a security risk, as security … teams spend their time patching holes, racing against time to close security gaps. Security silos also raise the potential of cybercriminals locating a weak point in the infrastructure they can use to infiltrate an enterprise.”

The result is too much for banks to cope with, even at banks with large security teams, Rich Baich, chief information security officer at Wells Fargo, told American Banker, a trade publication, last week. Adding more people isn’t the solution, he said.

“Volumes of alerts will continue to climb until organizations implement the appropriate technology and overlay them with operational innovations that allow the organization to rapidly sift through the mountains of data to find the actionable alerts,” he said. No organization can do the necessary analysis on 200,000 threats a day, Raj Samani, chief technology officer of security software firm McAfee, told American Banker.

“It’s far too much to deal with in a practical fashion. A number of these events will simply be ignored,” he said. The report suggests that banks need to automate the threat-collection process so alerts can be grouped by the events they relate to and security analysts can quickly scan these groups to prioritize the most critical issues.

“The alert overload situation is bad enough in itself, but the problem is compounded by the fact that the majority of these alerts are not unique,” the report. “Nearly half of those surveyed said that only one in five alerts is unique.”

The cost to keep Heartland out of danger is high and growing, McComb said. Heartland spends about $200,000 a year on security monitoring, he said. That includes costs for staff, consultants and computer software. The cost for smaller banks is one reason these banks are deciding to put themselves up for sale, said James Thurston, spokesman for the Ohio Bankers League.

“They key is to have monitoring systems in place that can report these kinds of things,” he said. “This can be an expensive thing.”

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G-Tec security guards to trial body-worn cameras in Wagga

G-Tec guards will sport body-worn cameras and load bearing vests.

G-Tec Security Guards To Trial Body-worn Cameras In Wagga

A camera similar to the ones that will be used by G-Tec staff. WAGGA security guards will trial body-worn cameras and load bearing vests in a radical attempt to curb the city s rampant rate of crime. G-Tec s latest scheme will see staff issued with uniform-mounted filming devices in the coming weeks, allowing them to capture live footage of assaults, thefts, vandalism and burglaries.

Company director Tim Lewry claims it will also aid guards in prosecutions should they be abused on the job.

We are slowly going to roll these units out across the full team if testing goes well, he said.

If they’re (lawbreakers) dealt with, we ll have a recording of them and make it that much easier for the police and courts.

We re working hard to make sure we don t overstep any legalities and we re really trying to move the security industry up in people s eyes.

We need to be in the 21st century.

Official data collected by the Australian Hotels Association (AHA) shows a security guard is assaulted or threatened in NSW each day. It comes after the security company s bold proposal to have personnel sweep Wagga s suburbs in sentry guards after dark seemingly collapsed. Their bid to operate a sentry vehicle throughout Glenfield Park was crippled by a lacklustre sign-up rate.

However, an anti-crime stalwart has rallied behind the firm s latest idea.

Wagga Neighbourhood Watch founder David Abbott a former security guard has first-hand experience of the violence those in the industry face.

Mr Abbott has been physically assaulted in the line of duty and watched a family friend have his jaw shattered before his eyes.

He has welcomed Mr Lewry s decision to adopt body-worn cameras.

I think it’s a great idea to use these cameras and I honestly think all security guards should have them, he said.

I know with Tim and the guys at G-Tec, they re responding to alarms and there s always that element of risk.

It would serve as a deterrent as well as a way to help the police prosecute these people. G-Tec will issue written letters to clients in the coming weeks advising of the brand new body-worn camera initiative. Mr Lewry said the footage will also be monitored internally to ensure guards perform their duties to the best of their abilities.