In 2016 almost 1.1 billion identities were stolen globally. This number is up dramatically from a reported 563.8 million identities stolen in 2015. In addition, the same Symantec Internet Security Threat Report placed the United States at the top of the list for both the number of breaches by country (1,023) and the number of identities stolen by country.
New York State’s Division of Financial Security and other government entities around the globe have been monitoring this increased cybercriminal threat and determining means to help protect the private information of individuals as well as the information technology systems of regulated organizations.
New York State’s Division of Financial Security released new cybersecurity requirements (23 NYCRR 500), directly affecting the way that financial data is managed going forward. Applicable to financial services companies operating in New York State, these regulations declare that, on an annual basis, financial firms are required to prepare and submit a Certification of Compliance with the NY DFS Cybersecurity Regulations to the superintendent, commencing on February 15, 2018.
The scope of this legislation describes measures related to: cybersecurity programs and policy, personnel, resources and training, penetration testing and assessments, audit trails, access privileges, application security, third parties, NPI (Non Public Information) encryption, data retention, incident response and notification.
Among other requirements, this regulation dictates that companies declare any cyberattack to the superintendent within 72 hours. In the past, many companies chose to not disclose information related to these hacking exposures because much of their cost stems from damage to brand reputation and the necessary steps required to rebuild the trust of their clients post-attack.
Similar to the NY DFS proposal, the Federal Reserve Board (FSD), the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), and the FDIC issued an advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPR) on enhanced cyber risk management and resilience standards for large banking organizations. Additionally, the states of Vermont and Colorado have released laws pertaining to cybersecurity and the improved protection and monitoring of data.
Two technologies specifically called out in the new NYS DFS Cybersecurity requirements, Multi-factor Authentication (MFA) and Risk Based Authentication (RBA), are key methods of complying with regulation and defending against attacks.
Multi-factor authentication is defined as using at least two factors to authenticate a person, generally a combination of:
- “Something I Have” — this could be a hardware token, a mobile soft token, etc.
- “Something I Know” — like a PIN code, a password, and
- “Something I Am” — such as a fingerprint or face recognition.
With MFA, the two factors are fully independent from each other (i.e. the failure of one factor would not compromise the other one).
Risk based authentication is the capacity to detect anomalies or changes in the normal use patterns of a person as part of the authentication process, require additional verification if an anomaly is detected to avoid any breach.
It is more efficient to avoid hacking and cyber-attacks in the first place by focusing attention on the security of the applications being accessed, both externally and internally. To learn more about these regulations and how similar standards will impact you, visit www.hidglobal.com/iam.
HID FARGO Connect Cuts the Cord Between Printers and Dedicated PCs for a New Way to Create and Securely Issue IDs
AUSTIN, Texas, October 17, 2017 – HID Global, a worldwide leader in trusted identity solutions, today announced its cloud-based HID FARGO® Connect™ solution has won the 2017 Campus Safety Best Awards in the Access Control & Identity Management category. As the world’s first cloud-based card personalization and issuance solution, HID FARGO Connect untethers printers from dedicated computers to offer a new way to create, personalize and securely issue IDs and credentials.
“HID FARGO Connect addresses a growing market demand to simplify the management and delivery of IDs, especially for high-volume issuance requirements in environments with large populations,” said Craig Sandness, Vice President and Managing Director of Secure Issuance with HID Global. “This recognition underscores yet another solution from HID Global that powers trusted identities through an innovative approach to card personalization.”
HID FARGO Connect makes it possible to issue ID cards from anywhere and from any device via the web—all in a trusted environment that leverages the industry’s most secure cloud technologies with end-to-end encryption. Users can create new cards or issue replacements, encode data and manage print queues through a secure and trusted system.
The Campus Safety Magazine 2017 BEST award honors superior products and services for K-12 campuses, institutions of higher education and healthcare organizations.
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Alta Tactical SmartBalloon Persistent Low Altitude Surveillance System Unveiled At Southwest Border Security Week
MCALLEN, TEXAS (PRWEB As the need to monitor and secure America’s borders intensifies, Coral Gables, Florida-based Altametry, Inc., unveils its new ALTA Tactical SmartBalloon™ system at the 2016 Southwest Border Security Week conference at the Casa De Palmas Renaissance hotel from March 30 to April 1. ALTA Systems™ are created to provide cost efficient Persistent Low Altitude Surveillance™ (PLAS) capabilities to law enforcement, public safety, and homeland security agencies by day or night.
Each ALTA Tactical SmartBalloon™ system is composed of a micro-sized tethered aerostat PLAS™ platform designed to be highly portable and provide sustained surveillance for extended mission sets across a wide variety of terrain and environments. Altametry has partnered with conference sponsor BluTek Solutions to showcase the ALTA BatVu and ALTA TriVu SmartBalloons™ at the Texas event.
“The mission to secure America’s borders has been catapulted into the spotlight of the national security agenda,” says Dr. Bertrand Dano, Chief Scientist for Altametry. “ALTA Tactical SmartBalloons™ provide operators the capability to conduct effective Persistent Low Altitude Surveillance™ coverage by day or night in targeted areas requiring fixed aerial monitoring for extended durations.”
The ALTA TriVu is a daytime and low-light system offering PLAS™ through three separate high definition cameras operating at various focal lengths. The TriVu system provides full audio and video recording of the targeted area, as well as a live, encrypted data feed sent to command and control units. The ALTA BatVu is a nighttime system boasting FLIR thermal imaging capabilities accompanied by two low light, high definition cameras recording audio/video and also allowing for an encrypted data feed to ground commanders.
“There is extensive demand for cutting-edge aerial surveillance systems like ALTA by law enforcement agencies throughout the world,” states Dennis Weiner, President, BluTek Solutions. “We are excited to introduce the ALTA Tactical SmartBalloon™ system into the marketplace as a well-built, cost effective, and American made solution for providing Persistent Low Altitude Surveillance™.”
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Transporation’s Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) today announced that it is accepting applications for $25 million in competitive grant funding available to railroads, suppliers, and state and local governments for Positive Train Control (PTC) implementation. The funding is part of the 2016 Consolidated Appropriations Act that funds the U.S. Department of Transportation.
“Positive train control is a long overdue technology that prevents accidents and saves lives,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “These funds will help us get closer to implementing PTC, and I encourage applications that can make these limited dollars go as far as possible.”
Applications will be accepted until May 19, 2016, and FRA will give preference to projects that would provide the greatest level of public safety benefits. As part of the President’s Fiscal Year 2017 budget proposal, FRA requested $1.25 billion to assist commuter and short line railroads with implementing PTC.
PTC prevents certain train-to-train collisions, over-speed derailments, incursions into established work zone limits, and trains going to the wrong tracks because a switch was left in the wrong position. In 2008, Congress mandated PTC implementation on certain railroad main lines where railroads transport poisonous-by-inhalation hazardous (PIH) or toxic-by-inhalation hazardous (TIH) materials, or any line where a railroad provides regularly scheduled passenger service. Last October, Congress extended the original deadline from December 31, 2015 to at least December 31, 2018.
“Any Congressional funding and investment to make Positive Train Control active on our nation’s railroad network is a worthwhile investment,” said FRA Administrator Sarah E. Feinberg. “But it will take even more significant funding to achieve this important, life-saving goal. We look forward to working with Congress to find these resources and encourage railroads to submit strong applications.”
PHOENIX, Ariz. – PureTech Systems®, an Arizona-based geospatial video analytics company, today announced the issuance of a patent by the United States Patent Office - US Patent 9,292,743 "Background Modeling for Fixed, Mobile, And Step-And-Stare Video Camera."
Within the field of video analytics, “background modeling” refers to the ability to understand normal movement that may occur in a scene, such as vegetation movement, lighting changes, flowing water or even the passing of a subway train. Having a keen understanding of the changing background, allows for more accurate target detection, and more importantly, a reduction in false alarms. One significant claim of the new patent is that no assumption about the nature of the background is required. The software and/or installer does not need to concern themsleves with the type of scene for which the algorithm will be utilized.
More specifically, the pixel-based multimodal background model makes no assumption about the number of modes or functional forms of the underlying distributions while exploiting radiometric information along with gradient magnitude and orientation through one, or a host, of such models to adapt to backgrounds that change with multitude of periodicities over the same or different regions of the scene while remaining geospatial-aware.
An additional, and perhaps more important, aspect of the patent is that it lends itself to deployment on PTZs, and video cameras mounted on mobile platforms including, ground vehicles (trucks, trains, AGVs-Automated Guided Vehicles), waterborne vessels and aerial platforms (including AGVs, aerostats). The act of steering a PTZ camera, or the movement of a vehicle or platform on which a camera is mounted, results in a constantly moving background, for which this patent applies. In the same manner as the patent provides claims for a fixed scene with a changing background, it also applies to background movement induced by changing the position of the camera.
“PureTech Systems continues to be a pioneer in the development of new capability in the field of video analytics,” notes Larry Bowe, president of PureTech Systems. “As the demand for intelligent video increases, so does the complexity of the scenes and the variety of methods and platforms used to collect video data,” furthers Bowe. “These new market demands require continued research and development; which PureTech Systems continues to pursue.”
The patent, granted on March 22, 2016, has application across multiple markets, including perimeter security, defense, geo-intelligence/GEOINT applications, border, military, retail, transportation, manufacturing and consumer.
Port2Port Maritime Security and Neptune Maritime Security, two of the leading global maritime security risk management providers, announced today that they have agreed to merge. The combined group will provide significant scale and service advantages to the shipping and offshore industries, as well as
improving the global reach of both companies.
The merger follows an extensive strategic evaluation process between both companies, where key areas such as operational capability, logistics and quality of service were carefully examined to ensure consistent and enhanced service for existing and new clients.
Andrew Varney, Managing Director of Port2Port said, "This merger is demonstrably positive progress for the maritime security sector, which sees two prolific risk management companies of similar DNA and a shared commitment to standards coming together for the tangible benefit of their respective clients. Both Neptune and Port2Port have worked extremely hard to develop robust, respected and credible services for the shipping and offshore industries. Consolidation within our industry is inevitable and necessary. Therefore, we took the view that a mature and forward thinking but commercially informed approach was required to remain competitive and ensure the highest service standards in what is still a very challenging global market.”
Port2Port and Neptune have now successfully delivered well in excess of 3000 armed transits in the Eastern HRA. Since its creation in 2009, Neptune was at the forefront of regulation and legislation in the maritime security domain, taking a leading role in the creation of the industry standard ISO PAS 28007. Both companies were involved in the pilot scheme as the standard was introduced. Port2Port has established itself as one of the few companies able to provide effective and legally compliant services in the Gulf of Guinea and West Africa. Port2Port and Neptune both provide a range of specialist risk management consultancy and training advisory services to our shipping and marine offshore client base.
Carl Sykes, Managing Director, Neptune, said, “Since inception in 2011, Port2Port Maritime has built a robust and highly capable maritime security business, and I am extremely pleased that we have agreed to combine the resources and vast experience of both companies. We view the merger of Port2Port and Neptune as an extremely positive and dynamic step, enabling a greater scope of service provision and global coverage. We remain committed to protecting the shipping, marine and offshore industries and providing a first class service to our clients.”
Both companies are working closely to ensure that this transition is managed compliantly and safely, ensuring continuity of service with increased efficiencies and economies of scale for all clients. Port2Port and Neptune are both certified to international, globally recognised standards and fully licensed by the UK Government.
About Neptune Maritime Security: NEPTUNE is an international risk management and maritime security company providing specialist security services, risk consultancy and training solutions for the safety, protection and well being of individuals, assets and organisations. As a British owned company with our principal office located in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and management support office in the United Kingdom (UK), we are well placed to support our clients’ needs within the Middle East, Africa and Asia regions, maintaining our ability to manage operational risk in other global areas.
About Port2Port: Port2Port Maritime Security Ltd. is a fully accredited, licensed and compliant global Maritime Security Risk Management Company specialising in the delivery of maritime protection services to the international shipping and offshore industries. The company has its Head Office in Manchester with regional offices in Dubai, India and Singapore.
PORTLAND – Residents of Portland and Southwest Washington will be able to apply to the Transportation Security Administration’s popular TSA Pre✓® application program inside the Portland International Airport (PDX) terminal from April 11 to 22, where officials will host a temporary application center.
The airport is a convenient location to apply to the program. The temporary application center will be pre-security and does not require the applicant to be a ticketed passenger.
Travelers need only to make an appointment online and complete their application in-person or as a walk-in at the application center. The application center will be located at the south end of baggage claim area past carousel 2 and will be open from 8 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Walk-ins are also welcome.
This application process allows U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents to apply directly to TSA Pre✓® – an expedited screening program that allows travelers to leave on their shoes, light outerwear and belt, keep their laptop in its case and their 3-1-1 compliant liquids/gels bag in a carry-on, in select TSA airport checkpoint screening lanes. More than 160 airports are participating in TSA Pre✓® nationwide and 13 airlines participate in the program including Alaska Airlines, Allegiant Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Hawaiian Airlines, JetBlue Airways, One Jet, Southwest Airlines, Sun Country, United Airlines, WestJet, Virgin America and Air Canada.
To participate in this application opportunity, travelers should make an appointment online and pre-apply at tsa.gov/tsa-precheck/apply. Select the application center located at 7000 NE Airport Way, Portland, Oregon 97218-1009.
It typically only takes 10 minutes to pre-apply. At the bottom of the screen, applicants can select an appointment time using the drop down menu to choose a date and/or time.
Applicants will need to bring documentation proving identity and citizenship status. The application fee is $85 and is good for five years. It can be paid at the time of your appointment by credit card, money order, company check, or certified/cashier’s check. Cash and personal checks are not accepted. Fingerprints also are required during the in-person application session.
After completing the application process, successful applicants will receive a Known Traveler Number (KTN) via U.S. mail within a few weeks that is valid for five years. The applicant should enter the provided KTN in the “Known Traveler Number” field when booking airline reservations. The KTN also can be added when booking reservations online via a participating airline website, via phone call to the airline reservation center, or with the travel management company making reservations. Additionally, the KTN can be entered in participating airline frequent flyer profiles, where it will be stored for future reservations.
SINGAPORE /PRNewswire/ - Zecotek Photonics Inc. (TSX-V: ZMS; Frankfurt: W1I.F, OTCPK: ZMSPF), a developer of leading-edge photonics technologies for industrial, healthcare and scientific markets, is pleased to announce that it has received preliminary orders for its patented Lutetium Fine Silicate (LFS) scintillation crystals from major OEMs developing radiation monitoring and detection devices. The LFS crystals will be tested in devices used in homeland security and border protection and safety, specifically border security, land crossings, airports, harbours and strategic government buildings.
"Our LFS scintillation crystals are once again being considered as an important component in the radiation detection market due to their superior attributes," said Dr. A.F. Zerrouk, Chairman, President, and CEO of Zecotek Photonics Inc. "LFS crystals are ideal at detecting small amounts of radiation due to their unique combination of characteristics: high energy resolution, low background noise, high light yield and short decay time. We are working with our strategic partners to capture this meaningful opportunity, and expect the requirement for LFS crystals to grow substantially."
World events such as the Fukushima disaster, growing security threats worldwide, increased security budgets of port authorities, the aviation industry, sporting events, and the growing threat of nuclear terrorism have contributed to the significant growth of the overall radiation safety market. Experts have published that the market for instruments specifically designed to measure radiation is estimated to grow to US$3.5 billion by 2022.
A scintillation detection system consists of scintillation crystals, photo detectors, an electric signal and processing electronics. The systems can be made quite large and are widely used in radiation detection, assay of radioactive materials and physics research because they can be made inexpensively with good quantum efficiency. Furthermore, the device can measure both the intensity and the energy of incident radiation. The scintillation crystals generate photons (light) in response to incident radiation. A sensitive photo detector converts the light to an electrical signal.
Zecotek's LFS scintillation crystals are ideal for the application of radiation detection because they have higher spectroscopic resolution and a decay constant that is 10 times faster and more accurate than competing crystals. Zecotek is working closely with OEMs to develop detection devices for various application and with its strategic partnerships it is ready to handle any sudden increase in crystals production.
City of Industry, CA – HikvisionÒ USA, the North American leader in innovative, award-winning IP video surveillance and CCTV products, has provided a state-of-the art surveillance solution to Colorado’s Greenwood Village Police Department for use in its crime lab. This solution, which incorporates Video Content Analysis (VCA) as well as 360° fisheye technology, allows the Greenwood Village police to protect forensic evidence from external threats as well as improve employee accountability and monitor departmental procedure.
The Greenwood Village Police Department’s crime lab is a vital facility inside which evidence from crime scenes is stored, including firearms, narcotics, and cash. The primary goals for the video surveillance solution were to integrate VCA into the critical areas of the crime lab to boost employee accountability, while creating new security capabilities as well.
“We had a system before but it was very archaic and outdated. There was no recording capability except for live viewing by the dispatch center. It couldn’t detect motion and was in limited areas,” remarked Commander Joe Gutsgell, division commander of the Greenwood Village Police Department’s Investigations Unit.
Safe Systems Inc. in Louisville, Colorado, provided their technical expertise when installing the crime lab’s new video surveillance system. They chose Hikvision products due to Hikvision’s reliable performance, excellent customer support, and cost-effective product line. Hikvision’s 6 MP fisheye camera (DS-2CD6362-IV) allows for broad yet precise coverage of the evidence room. The fisheye is designed to capture images from every corner of a particular location and eliminate blind spots: a helpful, cost-effective solution for small, indoor spaces like this one. One camera takes on the job of what required three or more fixed cameras in the past.
“We’re taking advantage of the 360° fisheye to look at three doors simultaneously: the exterior door, an interior door to another part of the office, and the evidence room,” explained Mark Overland, senior safety and life security consultant of Safe Systems Inc.
Hikvision’s 1.3 MP mini dome cameras (DS-2CD2512F-IS-2.8MM) stand guard in the room where highly sensitive property confiscated by police is stored, and in the vehicle processing room, where Commander Gutsgell’s team collects evidence from vehicles involved in investigations. Recorded video of this room also provides forensic accountability for the department’s procedural integrity. Hikvision’s professional series 16-channel NVR (DS-9616NI-ST) rounds out the solution. This high-performing, 48 TB recorder offers the ability to add cameras to the system as needed in the future. VCA features such as motion detection further maximize storage efficiency, reducing saved data when it isn’t needed.
All said and done, Greenwood Village Police Department’s crime lab is making good use of a comprehensive surveillance system with features that will serve them well for many years down the road.
“Hikvision works to bolster the natural relationship between the security industry and law enforcement officials,” commented Jeffrey He, president of Hikvision USA and Hikvision Canada. “We create products and solutions that help make these officials’ jobs easier and more efficient, allowing them to maximize their resources. We are proud to support the Greenwood Village Police Department in their tireless efforts to protect their community.”
To read a detailed case study about the Hikvision solution in use by the Greenwood Village police, visit http://overseas.hikvision.com/us/SuccessStoryDetail_19_i7646.html. To learn more about Hikvision’s cutting edge video surveillance solutions, visit Hikvision’s booth at ISC West, #14059, in Las Vegas, April 6-8.
Hikvision is the world’s leading supplier of video surveillance solutions. Featuring the industry’s strongest R&D workforce, Hikvision designs, develops, and manufactures standard- and high-definition cameras, including a variety of IP cameras, analog cameras, and cameras featuring the latest in high-definition analog technology. Hikvision’s product suite also includes digital video servers, hybrid and standalone DVRs, NVRs, and other elements of sophisticated security systems for both indoor and outdoor use.
Alex Asnovich, Director of Marketing
Hikvision USA Inc.
Technavio Announces Top Five Vendors in the Global Armored Vehicles Automatic Fire Extinguishing Systems Market from 2016 to 2020
LONDON --Technavio has announced the top five leading vendors in their recent global armored vehicles automatic fire extinguishing systems (AFES) market report. This research report also lists four other prominent vendors that are expected to impact the market during the forecast period.
Competitive vendor landscape
The global armored vehicles AFES market is highly competitive with vendors competing based on cost, reliability, quality, and aftermarket services. Therefore, to survive and succeed in such a highly competitive environment, it is crucial for the vendors to provide cost-effective and high-quality services. Vendors have to focus on maintaining a global presence, in-house manufacturing capabilities, product offerings, investment in R&D, and a strong client base to gain an edge over competitors.
According to Abhay Singh, a lead analyst at Technavio for defense, “The competition in this market is expected to rise over the next four years with the increase in product extensions, technological innovations, and increase in the number of M&A. International players may grow progressively during the projected period by acquiring smaller players.”
Top five armored vehicles AFES market vendors
Bulldog Direct Protective Systems
Bulldog Direct Protective Systems (Bulldog) was founded in 1998 and is headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, US. The company manufactures and markets bullet-resistant products that are used in applications in the homes, offices, and vehicles. The company, along with its diverse product portfolio, provides fire suppression systems primarily under Automatic Halon 1211, for armored, fire, police, and passenger vehicles. This system is triggered when its sensors detect fire. Bulldog also provides custom design services for its customers.
The company has been supplying armored vehicles and customized bulletproofs cars to the military and peacekeeping agencies since its inception in 1998.
Firetrace Aerospace was founded in 2003 and is headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona, US. The company manufactures and sells wheeled vehicles and aviation fire protection systems globally. It operates as a subsidiary of a UK-based health and safety technology provider, Halma.
The company provides fire suppression systems for the armored vehicles that are deployed in combat missions. It supplies fuel tank fire suppression systems (Fire Panel) to the US military, the US Marine Corps (USMC), and their allied forces for the deployment armored combat vehicles. The Fire Panel is designed to fit in the combat vehicles' fuel tanks during the design phase or in-theater phases.
Kidde Deugra was founded in 1958 and is headquartered in Ratingen, Germany. The company provides fire protection systems for armored vehicles and non-military vehicles, as well as for the aviation industry.
The company offers fire protection solutions at two different points in the vehicle. It provides fire-extinguishing systems in the engine room, as well as installs the fire suppression systems for protecting crew's quarters in the armored vehicles. Its fire detection system sends alarms to the control unit of the engine room for automatic fire fighting process. In this process, the linear sensors or point detectors serve as a fire detection agent.
N2 Towers was founded in 2002 and is headquartered in Belleville, Ontario, Canada. The company manufactures and sells inert gas generators (IGG) explosion and fire suppression systems that are used in many industries, including telecommunications and IT, transportation, oil and gas, mining, aviation, military armored vehicles, and medical facilities.
The company supplies automatic fire detection systems and generator explosion suppression systems for installation in military armored vehicles. These systems are installed either as a retrofit-type assembly or as new supplemental systems to ensure enhanced and sustainable protection for onboard military personnel.
Spectrex was incorporated in 1981 and is headquartered in Cedar Grove, New Jersey, US. The company manufactures and markets flame and open path gas detectors globally. The company provides automatic fire detection and suppression systems for the army and marine armored vehicles primarily in the US. It provides its products to different industries including oil and gas, chemical and petrochemicals, pipelines, power, automotive, mining, aviation, pharmaceuticals, and defense. Since September 2015, the company has been operating as a subsidiary of Emerson, a US-based technology and engineering services provider.
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