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Former acting CBP director named to Converus Advisory Board

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LEHI, UT June 29, 2017 Jayson Ahern, an expert in homeland and border security management, is the newest member of the Converus Advisory Board. As a 33-year law enforcement professional and the former acting head of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) at the Department of Homeland Security, Ahern was responsible for securing, managing and controlling our nation's borders.

"Converus has done a remarkable job of creating technology that can help the U.S. government meet today's difficult challenges in keeping our homeland secure and safe from internal and external threats," said Ahern. "EyeDetect would be a powerful, effective tool that will streamline the vetting process for U.S. federal agencies. It's one of the most impressive credibility assessment tools I've ever seen."

Ahern is currently a principal and head of security services at The Chertoff Group, a Washington, D.C.-based global advisory firm focused on security and risk management. He advises clients on a broad range of issues, including homeland and border security management, global commerce and supply chain security, critical infrastructure protection, and strategic planning and implementation. 

"There are significant vetting-related challenges within the federal government that EyeDetect can address immediately. Some agencies are backlogged for months due to existing vetting processes while other agencies are foregoing periodic monitoring due to cost and insufficient vetting resources. For example, agencies like CBP and ICE are looking to hire 5,000 to 10,000 additional agents," said Converus President and CEO Todd Mickelsen. "EyeDetect is the only credibility assessment technology that can help the federal government quickly, accurately and cost-effectively vet a large group of people."

Mickelsen says EyeDetect — the only lie detection technology that accurately detects deception in 30 minutes by analyzing eye and other behaviors — is ideal for screening immigrants and refugees, as well as federal government employees and contractors, because the automated test is unbiased, accurate and nonintrusive.

Ahern joins existing Converus Advisory Board members and credibility assessment experts Don Krapohl, Charles Honts, Ph.D. and Darryl Bullens, as well as deception detection expert and bestselling author Pamela Meyer.

Visit www.converus.com.

As portion of Trump's travel ban takes effect, both sides claim victory in SCOTUS decision to hear case

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By Steve Bittenbender
Editor, Government Security News

As a portion of President Trump’s travel ban went into effect Thursday evening, both supporters and critics of it said they could claim a victory in the ongoing legal battle over the president’s executive order.

As of 8 pm ET Thursday night­­, foreign nationals from six Middle Eastern and African countries who were outside of the United States and had no connection inside the country would be barred, temporarily, from entering.

That action was allowed after the Supreme Court on Monday announced it would review the entire order, which calls for a 90-day ban from accepting travelers from Sudan, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia and Yemen. The justices will hear the case in October.

“Protection officers are trained and prepared to professionally process in accordance with the laws of the United States persons with valid visas who present themselves for entry,” the statement said. “We expect no disruptions to service.”

The order was a cornerstone of Trump’s campaign platform on national security. He signed his first executive order calling for a temporary ban in his first week in office. After federal courts upheld a restraining order on the ban, Trump issued a revised order in March that was still met with legal challenges.

Federal courts also upheld restraining orders against the revised ban, which removed Iraq from the list of banned countries and allowed entry to residents from the other six nations who held valid visas or met other requirements.

That’s why the Supreme Court’s decision was seen as a victory by some of Trump’s most ardent supporters.

“This is a major blow to anti-Trump activist judges on the lower courts,” Judicial Watch said in a statement earlier this week. “And it is a big victory for our nation’s security, President Trump, and the rule of the law. In light of today’s strong ruling, the Trump administration should consider additional steps to keep terrorists out of the United States.”

Trump went on Twitter after the justices’ decision, saying it was a “Great day for America’s future Security and Safety.”

However, the ACLU, whose lawyers have filed suit against the bans, said the Supreme Court’s decision would severely restrict the number of people truly affected by the ban. If a non-visa holder has a connection to the United States, they will be allowed entry. That could mean a spouse or family member, or it could mean an organization. For example, if a Libyan student who did not have a visa earned acceptance to a U.S. college, they would not be denied entry during the 90-day ban.

U.S. Sen. Cory Booker, a New Jersey Democrat, said the Trump Administration plan to block even those who have a relationship with someone in the United States “defies common sense” and is too restrictive.

Booker also took exception with the focus on Muslims in the ban, and the lawyers fighting the order said the order was an attack on a specific religion.

“We are confident that when the court reviews this unconstitutional order this fall, it will strike it down once and for all, and vindicate both our fundamental commitment to religious neutrality and the responsibility of the courts to serve as an independent check on the exercise of presidential power,” said Cody Wofsy and Skadden Fellow in an article on the ACLU’s Web site.

Trulioo extends its global identity verification footprint into Thailand

Transforming the identity verification system in Thailand is a welcome move, as burgeoning digital banking services continue to gain momentum, which has inevitably heightened awareness surrounding cyber security.

“Having a financial ecosystem that’s powered by robust regulatory compliance systems is essential to shaping Thailand’s hold as one of the most technologically advanced countries in Southeast Asia,” said Stephen Ufford, CEO of Trulioo. “Expanding GlobalGateway’s identity verification coverage to include citizens of Thailand helps to establish a layer of trust online, enabling faster and more secure transactions, while also safeguarding Thailand’s strengthening economy.”

Digital identification systems have gained traction in Thailand – largely driven by the national e-payment system and the proliferation of fintech services. Fintech’s are simulating innovation across Thailand’s financial services industry as well as adjacent industries, including commerce, healthcare and even education.

“By integrating our global solution to customer onboarding processes, our clients have access to over four billion verifiable identities worldwide in a matter of seconds, allowing them the ability to greatly expand their business footprint,” said Ufford.

This extended coverage will also help further Trulioo’s mission to provide cross-border Know Your Customer (KYC) and Anti-Money Laundering (AML)-compliant identity verification for every individual on every corner of the globe.

About Trulioo

Trulioo is a global ID verification company that provides advanced analytics from traditional and alternative data sources to instantly verify identities online. The company’s mission is to solve global problems associated with verifying identities online by powering fraud prevention and compliance systems for customers worldwide, in an effort to increase trust and safety online. Trulioo’s bank-grade electronic identity verification (eIDV) platform, GlobalGateway, enables businesses to perform frictionless identity verification for more than 4 billion people in over 60 countries via more than 200 data sources – the widest coverage in the market. GlobalGateway helps businesses comply with Anti-Money Laundering (AML) and Know Your Customer (KYC) identity verification needs and provides a reliable and trustworthy way for businesses to evaluate new and existing users through one single API. With the recent addition of ID Document Verification to GlobalGateway, which analyzes, verifies and authenticates 3,500 different types of identity documents from nearly every country in the world, Trulioo is the only provider in the market to offer eIDV, AML watchlist screening, and ID Document Verification through a single integration. For more information visit http://www.trulioo.com.

Securiport analytics help Senegalese investigators end Sri Lankan human trafficking network

NOTE: This article has been updated to correct the location of the investigation.

June 15 2017 According to media reports,  The Criminal Investigations Division (DIC) of Senegal prevented a network of international migrant trafficking to Europe via the African nations of Gambia and Senegal due to Securiport LLC’s innovative identification technologies.

Sri Lankan businessman, K. Shree Tharan, 41 years old, was the head of the illegal network, and had enlisted several compatriots wishing to migrate to Europe by charging them an enormous amount before sending them to Senegal.

Those captured trying to emigrate will be handed over once to authorities in Banjul before being sent back to Dakar.

While this plot had succeeded in Sri Lanka, the operation was exposed by the DIC who infiltrated the network by aborting the journey of two Sri Lankans, arrested on May 27, at Dakar airport, with fake Malaysian passports. It was reported by the Interpol system that the passports were declared stolen or lost.

After the brain behind the operation was apprehended, and with the search of his apartment in Dakar, several more Sri Lankan passports were uncovered. The defendants were referred yesterday to the Dakar public prosecutor's office, for an association of criminals, usurpation of identity, and smuggling of migrants.

Securiport provides proprietary security solutions to governments in need. With state-of-the-art airport security, Securiport stems the flow of criminals and terrorists across borders by maximizing the usage of the most sophisticated predictive analytics tools, and big data, to keep airport passengers, and the world, safe.

About Securiport

Securiport LLC is a global leader in the design and implementation of civil aviation security, biometric screening, immigration control, and threat assessment systems. Headquartered in Washington, DC, USA, Securiport partners with governments from around the world. Securiport’s Civil Aviation and Immigration Security Services, a comprehensive security product that performs secure biometric recognition of travelers at immigration posts, provides proprietary systems for the identification of potential security risks, criminal activity, and disease prevention. Learn more at http://www.securiport.com.

Why are the immigration courts so backlogged? Government findings may surprise you.

Anyone familiar with the immigration system knows that the immigration courts have an enormous backlog which has persisted—and grown—for more than a decade. As of April 2017, the immigration court backlog topped 585,930 cases, more than double the pending cases in fiscal year (FY) 2006 (212,000).

The immigration court backlog means that many people wait years to have their cases resolved. According to a June 2017 report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO), the average time a case remains pending with the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR)—the office within the Department of Justice that adjudicates immigration cases—has increased. In FY 2006, cases took an average of 198 days to complete; now the average is 650 days.

For years government officials, external stakeholders, and others have attributed the growing backlog to staffing shortages, lack of resources, and changing priorities. GAO’s recent analysis affirms some of these problems, but found that average case completion times increased—from 43 days in FY 2006 to 286 days in FY 2015—even though the number of immigration judges increased by 17 percent in the last decade.

So what’s making cases take longer in immigration court, and contributing to the backlog?

In part, judges are taking more time to complete cases, especially as new hires get up to speed. Respondents to GAO’s investigation most commonly cited a lack of adequate staff as a cause of the backlog, but “immigration judges from five of the six courts [GAO] contacted also stated that they do not have sufficient time to conduct administrative tasks, such as case-related legal research or staying updated on changes to immigration law.”

Indeed, over the 10-year period, judges issued 54 percent more case continuances, or a temporary postponement of case proceedings, on their own volition—due to unplanned leave or insufficient time to complete a hearing, for example. Immigration judges may also grant a continuance to allow respondents time to obtain legal representation— since immigrants do not receive government-provided counsel— which demonstrably shortens the length of a case.

There is concern that the backlog may only worsen under the current administration. In order to carry out President Trump’s directives to ramp up immigration enforcement and deportations, the Justice Department has started relocating immigration judges. But transferring judges—many of whom have been reassigned to detention centers—for the purpose of speeding up immigration cases has alarmed immigration experts, who fear case delays will increase in immigration judges’ usual courts, adding to the backlog.

While the directives were not analyzed in GAO’s review, the report’s focus on systemic issues exacerbating the backlog makes the plans to shuffle judges to new courts all the more concerning.

GAO made 11 recommendations in the following areas that would “better position EOIR to address its case backlog and help improve the agency’s overall effectiveness and efficiency in carrying out its important mission.” The recommendations included implementing better workplace planning and hiring practices; building an electronic filing system with oversight and management mechanisms; video-teleconferencing (VTC) assessments to ensure neutral outcomes; and creating efficient management practices and comprehensive performance measures for all cases.

While some of these issues are being addressed—such as implementing a plan to streamline hiring—GAO found that the efforts EOIR cited do not fully address the concerns outlined in the report. In particular, EOIR is lacking comprehensive technological capabilities, data on VTC hearings, performance assessments, and short- and long-term plans for staffing needs created by the 39 percent of retirement-eligible immigration judges.

The shortcomings further demonstrate the GAO’s conclusion that EOIR is lacking critical management, accountability, and performance evaluation systems. These mechanisms are essential for EOIR and oversight bodies, such as Congress, to accurately assess the immigration courts and ensure that EOIR is achieving its mission, which includes timely adjudication of all cases.

EOIR should take the GAO’s recommendations seriously and work to implement solutions—the fates of hundreds of thousands of people literally depend on it.

Photo by Jeffrey Beall

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Milestone fuels the coming business video revolution

Milestone Systems, the globally leading open platform company in networked video management software (VMS), has released XProtect Essential+ as a free entry product to the company’s portfolio.

“XProtect Essential+ is a game changer for our open platform community. Essential+ allows anyone to start right. Any user can now benefit from the power of add-on solutions from our partners,” says Bjørn Skou Eilertsen, Chief Technical Officer, Milestone Systems.

“Developers can use our rich programming environment now to create tomorrow’s add-on solutions to XProtect. They can install Essential+ and get our Software Development Kit for free. Add cameras and you are good to go. It’s that simple to start developing solutions for this rapidly growing business segment.”    

Developers benefit from true open platform
By including the Milestone open platform programming environment in the free Essential+, Milestone is handing over the keys to future innovation to developers. The software and SDK can be downloaded at no cost from the Milestone website. Documentation, eLearning courses and an online developer forum are just some of the resources to which open platform software developers gain free access.

XProtect VMS products are built on Microsoft and other industry standards, so any Microsoft-certified developer can start developing value-adding business video solutions right away.

Milestone also offers marketing support for developers, as solutions can be entered in the online Milestone Solution Finder that showcases the integrations to a global audience. The Milestone alliance partner team also offers certification of solutions with testing and documentation. 

Users gain from top-end features
Making XProtect Essential+ a free offering gives thousands of new users the chance to take advantage of Milestone’s award-winning software for use in businesses, organizations and at home. XProtect Essential+ is designed to provide a professional-grade security experience as a stand-alone video business solution. Users have access to their system from anywhere via three easy-to-use clients.

Highlights of the free XProtect Essential+ 2017 R2:

  • Supports up to 8 cameras from more than 6,000 supported devices. This enables the user to freely pick and mix the perfect camera models and brands for their needs.
     

  • All Milestone clients are supported with full functionality: XProtect Smart Client, XProtect Web Client and Milestone Mobile. 
     

  • The software supports hardware acceleration: processor-intensive video decoding can be offloaded to the graphics card. This can save up to 80% in processing power.
     

  • The full Milestone programming environment (MIP SDK and advanced rules engine) are supported. This includes metadata handling for advanced analytics. 
     

  • Upon installation, the users of the free XProtect Essential+ will gain access to the Milestone online support community dedicated to XProtect Essential+ at no cost.
     

XProtect Essential+ can easily be upgraded to XProtect Express+ or other advanced XProtect products if the need arises for extra functionality for interconnecting systems, encrypting video recordings or simply more advanced features.

XProtect 2017 R2 Essential+ is available for download now.

Watch the launch video here.

Securonix CEO Sachin Nayyar is named an EY Entrepreneur of The Year Finalist

EY has announced that Securonix CEO Sachin Nayyar is a finalist for the 2017 Entrepreneur of The Year Award in the Southwest region. The EY awards program recognizes entrepreneurs who are excelling in areas such as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities.

Nayyar is a renowned thought leader in the areas of risk, regulation, compliance, and identity and access management. He pioneered the use of user and entity behavior analytics (UEBA) for cybersecurity when he co-founded Securonix in 2008. Securonix products couple the latest advances in big data security analytics with machine learning to predict, detect and respond to advanced cyber threats, insider threats and fraud in real-time.

Today, Securonix is the security analytics market leader and the fastest growing enterprise security analytics solution provider. One in three Fortune 100 financial services companies are now Securonix customers. One third of Fortune 500 companies across industries use Securonix. The Global 2000 and mid-market companies are dramatically improving their security posture with Securonix cloud and co-managed services.

"I'm honored to be recognized by the EY Entrepreneur of The Year Awards," said Nayyar. "Securonix is revolutionizing information security management with advanced security analytics solutions that are proven to be the most effective at rapidly mitigating threats.  We'll continue to challenge the status quo, disrupt the market with innovations that solve core security challenges, and support every customer with the exceptional service they have come to expect from us."

Entrepreneur of The Year®, founded by EY, is the world's most prestigious business awards program for entrepreneurs.  Finalists are chosen by an independent panel of judges including entrepreneurs and prominent leaders from business, finance, and the local community. The program encourages entrepreneurial activity among those with potential and recognizes the contribution of people who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement. As the first and only truly global awards program of its kind, Entrepreneur of The Year celebrates those who are building and leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses, recognizing them through regional, national and global awards programs in over 145 cities and more than 60 countries.

Regional award winners are eligible for consideration for the Entrepreneur of The Year National competition.  Award winners in several national categories, including the Entrepreneur of The Year National Overall Award winner, will be announced at the Entrepreneur of The Year National Awards Gala in Palm Springs, California, on November 18, 2017. The awards are the culminating event of the Strategic Growth Forum, the nation's most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies.

About Securonix
Securonix radically transforms enterprise security with actionable intelligence. Our purpose-built security analytics platforms mine, enrich, analyze, score and visualize data into actionable intelligence on the highest risk threats to organizations. Using signature-less anomaly detection techniques, Securonix detects data security, insider threat and fraud attacks automatically and accurately. Visit www.securonix.com.

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LRAD® Corporation Announces $1.7 Million in Public Safety Orders for Southeast Asia

LRAD Corporation (NASDAQ: LRAD), the world’s leading provider of acoustic hailing devices (“AHDs”) and advanced mass notification systems, today announced two public safety orders totaling $1.7 million from law enforcement agencies in Southeast Asia. The first order totals over $1.3 million and is comprised of LRAD 450XL systems and accessories.  The second is a $368,000 LRAD 100X and LRAD 300X accessories add-on to the $1.6 million order previously announced on March 8, 2017. Both orders are scheduled to ship this fiscal year.

 “In public safety situations, LRAD systems provide law enforcement personnel the critical capability to clearly communicate to individuals and crowds over background noise and at extended distances,” noted Richard S. Danforth, Chief Executive Officer of LRAD Corporation. “LRAD systems are being used around the world in a wide variety of public safety applications to warn, notify, inform, direct, determine intent, resolve uncertain situations, and save lives.”

 Low profile, lightweight and designed for temporary or fixed mounting on tripods, small vessels and vehicles, the LRAD 450XL is the industry’s loudest, most intelligible AHD for its size and weight. The LRAD 450XL utilizes LRAD’s proprietary XL driver technology to generate the audio output of a unit almost twice its size and weight, and with the exceptional clarity and intelligibility featured in all LRAD systems. Click here for more information on the LRAD 450XL.

 About LRAD Corporation

Using advanced technology and superior voice intelligibility, LRAD Corporation’s proprietary Long Range Acoustic Devices® and revolutionary ONE VOICE® mass notification systems are designed to enable users to safely hail and warn, inform and direct, prevent misunderstandings, determine intent, establish large safety zones, resolve uncertain situations, and save lives. LRAD systems are in service in more than 70 countries around the world in diverse applications including mass notification and public address, fixed and mobile defense deployments, homeland, border, critical infrastructure, maritime, oil & gas, and port security, public safety, law enforcement and emergency responder communications, asset protection, and wildlife control and preservation. For more information, please visit www.lrad.com.

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A Note from Subject Matter, Expert Advisor and Thought Leader Chuck Brooks

Dear Friends and Colleagues, please see my updated consulting and advisory profile below and attached:

Topics of expertise include Cybersecurity & Homeland Security, Emerging Technologies such as Smart Cities, Artificial Intelligence,  Quantum Computing, Big Data,   Internet of Thing, Government Relations,  Marketing and Branding: “How to do business in Washington DC”

Chuck was recently named by LinkedIn as a “Top Person you should be following on Tech issues” out of 500 million members, and has won the “Cybersecurity Marketer of the Year” at the Cybersecurity Excellence Awards from in both 2016 and 2017.

At Government Security News, we are pleased to mention that Chuck has been the Chief Judge for the Government Security News annual Homeland Security Awards for four years.

Chuck also serves as Chairman of CompTIA’s New and Emerging Technology Committee, and serves on Boards to several prominent public and private companies and organizations. He is a subject Matter Expert to The Homeland Defense and Security Information Analysis Center (HDIAC), a Department of Defense (DoD) sponsored organization through the Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC). He is a former Technology Partnership Advisor to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Chuck has served in government at the Department of Homeland Security at the Science & Technology Directorate, at VOA, and also for 7 years on the Hill as a Senior Advisor to the late Senator Arlen Specter. He is also former Adjunct Faculty at Johns Hopkins University, and received his MA in International Relations from the University of Chicago. Chuck is widely published on the subjects of innovation, public/private partnerships, emerging technologies, and issues of homeland security and cybersecurity.

 Chuck’s Specialized Consulting Services cover: Digital Influencer outreach (Social Media, Public Relations), Corporate Blogging, Business Development, Strategic Marketing, expertise in doing business with Fedeal, State and Local Government, as well as a Cheat Sheet for the C-suite and participating in Federal News Radio Interviiews.

 Most recently, Chuck received a letter from Commander Darren W. McDew, General, USAF, who wrote:

Please accept my personal thanks for your participation in the USTRANSCOM Senior Leader Cyber Security Roundtable. The discussions throughout the day were thought-provoking and insightful. Based on this event, we will be able to more clearly identify, assess and mitigate risk to our joint war fighting mission.

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Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta International Airport debuts new terminal with Vision-Box biometric control solution

The Vision-Box state-of-the-art biometric border control solution consists of 32 vb i-match™ Automated Border Control eGates for eligible Indonesian nationals self-service border clearance and 10 vb e-pass™ portable biometric suitcases for enhanced mobility in passenger clearance. Additionally, it includes 32 individual fingerprint and passport scanners to expedite the processing of foreign travelers at manual counters. The integrated Automated Border Control solution provides higher accuracy in passenger identity verification at the border, while increasing airport security and passenger processing capacity.

The ABC solution is considered a centerpiece of the Indonesian government’s plan to develop new economic opportunities. It is designed to ease the strain on the country’s transportation, tourism, and aviation industries, while increasing its commercial appeal.   

Completion of the 3rd terminal, as well as renovations to Terminals 1 and 2, allows CGK to increase its passenger traffic significantly. By the end of 2017, the airport is slated to reach a targeted 61 million annual passengers. This is a remarkable 84% increase from its current 33 million annual passenger capacity. Already serving passengers since August 2016, Terminal 3 will reach its full capacity of 25 million yearly passengers once completed in 2017. 

For Jean-François Lennon, Vice President for Global Business Development & Sales at Vision-Box, “This next-generation Border Control solution is designed to provide the airport, the travelers and border control authority with a modern, secure, hassle-free solution, and improve efficiency and airport capacity. Our platform unleashes all the benefits of an innovative self-service immigration clearing process, supporting the future growth in passenger traffic. It adds capacity to the airport’s infrastructure without the need to expand its architecture footprint, thus providing a flexible solution for airport stakeholders during peak seasons and times. We are delighted to have been selected to deliver this digital transformation program for the Indonesian border, in collaboration with PT Jaya Teknik, our local partner.”

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