Virginia Adopts Cybersecurity Framework To Get Everyone Speaking Same Language

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe declared Thursday that Virginia is the first state to adopt the National Initiative for Cyber Security Education (NICE) Framework, developed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, in an official capacity. The latest version of the framework —also known as NIST Special Publication 800-181— was published earlier this month with the intention of providing a “common, constant lexicon” for a fast-growing industry in which everyone seems to have a different name for the same thing.

U.S. Court Rules That Phone Passcodes Are Protected by the 5th Amendment, but Fingerprints Aren’t

A Circuit Court judge in Virginia has ruled that fingerprints are not protected by the Fifth Amendment, a decision that has clear privacy implications for fingerprint-protected devices like newer iPhones and iPads. According to Judge Steven C. Fucci, while a criminal defendant can’t be compelled to hand over a passcode to police officers for the purpose of unlocking a cellular device, law enforcement officials can compel a defendant to give up a fingerprint.

CNL Software Opens Office in Ashburn, Virginia, US

CNL Software, a world leader in Physical Security Information Management (PSIM) software, is pleased to announce the further development of US operations with the centralization of its IPSecurityCenter™ PSIM sales, delivery and training services to a new office in Ashburn, Virginia, US.

Hanover Restaurant Not Guilty For Security Cameras In Bathroom

The owner of Mechanicsville, Virginia’s Calabash Seafood Restaurant and Midway Lounge is off the hook after being charged for installing surveillance cameras in the men’s bathroom. A judge found the owner, Dennis Smith, not guilty of unlawful videotaping. Smith has long maintained that he installed the cameras to stop repeated vandalism in the restroom. Smith […]

G4S Technology Awarded $12M In Contracts With Virginia Department Of Transportation

G4S Technology, an award-winning security and communications integrator, has been awarded contracts by the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) to provide fiber optic infrastructure, ITS equipment, and services along a 13-mile stretch of I64W near Waynesborough, Virginia. Under the terms of the contracts, G4S Technology will provide electronic messaging signs designed to keep travellers informed […]

UPDATE: Mechanicsville Restaurant Owner Arrested For Security Cameras In Bathroom

MECHANICSVILLE, VA (WWBT) – The owner of a Mechanicsville restaurant is facing charges for having security cameras in the bathroom. Dennis Smith, 54, owns the Calabash Seafood Restaurant and Midway Lounge. Smith was arrested Wednesday, and charged with one count of unlawful videotaping. Smith says he’s dealt with repeated, expensive vandalism in the mens’ bathrooms of his restaurant. He says the cameras are legal, since they weren’t angled towards anyone’s private areas. However, Smith got backlash from some customers over privacy rights. Investigators seem to agree, after an investigation, and now charges. Cameras in bathrooms are legal in Virginia, according to NBC 12 legal analyst Steve Benjamin, as long as no one’s private areas are recorded. The owner’s wife says the cameras have been moved into the hallway of the restaurant. Smith is awaiting trial in Hanover County Circuit Court. Get the latest from NBC12’s Kelly Avellino on Facebook and Twitter . Copyright 2013 WWBT NBC12 .  All rights reserved.

30 Local Schools Among 459 Statewide To Get $6 Million In Safety Grants

BY ZACHARY REID Richmond Times-Dispatch A total of 30 schools in 11 central Virginia districts were among 459 schools statewide awarded $6 million in security equipment grants, Gov. Bob McDonnell announced Tuesday. The local schools, including Richmond’s Armstrong High and a host of others in suburban counties and outlying cities, will receive $761,506 in grants […]