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GSN announces finalists in 2013 awards competition

Government Security News has announced its 2013 Homeland Security Awards finalists, and in some cases preemptive winners, in three different broad awards categories: Vendors of IT security products and solutions; Vendors of physical security products and solutions; and noteworthy achievements of federal, state, county and municipal government agencies.

According to Adrian Courtenay, managing partner of Government Security News, there was a strong turnout as usual in the IT security group, with the most hotly contested categories turning out to be “Best Compliance/Vulnerability Assessment Solutions,” “Best Endpoint Security Solution,” “Best Privileged Access Management Solution,” “Best Continuous Monitoring Solution” and “Best Security Incident/Event Management (SIEM).”

In the vendors of physical security awards, Courtenay indicated that the three categories with the stiffest competition were “Best Integrated System for HSPD-12 FIPS 201,” “Best Mass Notification Systems” and “Best Network IP Cameras,” the latter of which produced an all-star line-up of finalists, including Aventura Technologies, AXIS Communications, Hood Tech, Panasonic and Sony Electronics Security Equipment.”

In the government agency categories, the judges indicated that they found it difficult to evaluate federal, state and local entries -- or entries from different agencies and departments -- against each other. Thus, the judges recommended that a system of Platinum, Gold and Silver awards be adopted, rather than having one winner and multiple finalists named in each category. This recommendation was accepted by GSN, according to Courtenay, who added that the three most sought after awards in the government categories were “Most Notable Maritime/Seaport Program,” “Most Notable Municipal/County Security Program” and “Most Notable Federal Government Security Program.”

Matt Johnson, a cyber security and intelligence expert who recently became chief technical officer of Palo Alto-based information assurance and public Cloud company, Guardtime, served as judge of the IT security awards, while Scott Greiper, CEO of Secure Strategy Group LLC of New York City and Washington, DC, and Paul Goldenberg, president of strategic advisory, consulting and risk management firm Cardinal Point Strategies, partnered in judging the physical security government awards.

Sponsors of the awards program, BRS Labs, Cardinal Point Strategies, Objectivity and Vanguard Integrity Professionals, were also thanked by Courtenay for their generosity in making the 2013 program possible.

The finalists in the GSN 2013 Homeland Security Awards program are as follows:

VENDORS OF IT SECURITY PRODUCTS AND SOLUTIONS

Best Anti-Malware Solution

AhnLab

Invincea

Shape Security

Sourcefire

ThreatTrack Security

Best Identity Management Platform

RSA SecurID 

Vanguard Integrity Professionals

Best Compliance/Vulnerability Assessment Solution

Agiliance

Hewlett Packard

RSA Archer eGRC

Skybox Alert

Vanguard Integrity Professionals

Best Data Security/Loss Management Solution

RSA DLP

Imation

FreeWave Technology

Best Email Security and Integrity Solution

Preemptive Winner: Encryptics

Best Endpoint Security Solution

Apricorn

Belkin Business

Guidance Software

Invincea

RSA ECAT

Best Forensic Software

Basis Technology

nPulse Technologies

RSA Silver Tail

Best Big Data Analytic Solution

Agiliance

Blue Coat Systems

Narus

Splunk

Best Intrusion Detection/Prevention Solution

Preemptive Winner: Sourcefire

Best Network Security/Enterprise Firewall

Preemptive Winner: Forescout

Best Privileged Access Management Solution

Cyber Ark

Lieberman Software

RSA Aveksa

Xceedium

Best Continuous Monitoring Solution

Agiliance

Cyber Ark

Firemon

Forescout

Redseal

Best Security Incident/Event Management (SIEM)

Event Tracker

LogRhythm

RSA Security Analytics

Solar Winds

VENDORS OF PHYSICAL SECURITY PRODUCTS AND SOLUTIONS

Best Biometric Identification System

Ingersoll Rand Security Technology

Stanley Security

Best Integrated System for HSPD-12 FIPS 201

Brivo

Eid Passport

HID Global

Galaxy Control

Gallagher

Quantum Secure

Best Smart Card Solution

Preemptive Winner: Wave Systems

Best Platform for Physical/Logical Access

Granite State Manufacturing/Tamper Proof Global Systems

Quantum Secure

Best Interoperable First Responder Solutions

Sielox, LLC

Safety Alert Aps

Best Mass Notification Systems

AtHoc

Desktop Alert (for U.S. Air National Guard)

Everbridge

LRAD

Best Regional or National Public Safety Communications

Preemptive Winner: Desktop Alert

Best Explosives Detection Solution

Implant Sciences

FLIR (Fidox3) 

MSA Security

Rapiscan

Best Chemical Detection Solution

FLIR (Griffin 824)

FLIR (Fido2)

Best Long Range Detection Products

Preemptive Winner: CohuHD

Best Nuclear/Radiation Detection Products