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Peter Boriskin, Director of Product Management for ASSA ABLOY'S Commerical Electronic Access Control Products, indicates that he would like to describe the features and benefits of the SARGENT SE...


Tue, 2014-06-24 03:59 PM
Since the beginning of fiscal year 2014, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) has identified 585 victims of child sexual abuse and exploitation,...
Tue, 2014-06-24 09:04 AM

Michael Madsen

GSN parent company World Business Media has announced that Michael Madsen, the company’s first advertising director and longtime sales “MVP,” has been promoted from Associate Publisher to Publisher...
Mon, 2014-06-23 10:56 PM
More than 70 law enforcement officials from 21 countries gathered at Europol's headquarters in The Hague June 16 and 17 to coordinate investigations into the criminal exploitation of virtual...
Mon, 2014-06-23 05:10 AM
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has joined local officials in breaking ground for a new, $26 million air traffic control tower at Tucson International...
Mon, 2014-06-23 04:13 AM
After a week of heavy rains and rising waters in Iowa, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has made available $750,000 in emergency relief funds to assist with the cost of repairing damaged...
Fri, 2014-06-20 02:48 AM
The White House announced on Tuesday new plans to expand the preservation of marine areas in the Pacific Ocean in an effort to thwart overfishing and environmental damage. As part of the National...
Thu, 2014-06-19 04:53 AM
There is a growing terrorist threat to the United States from a rising number of Salafi-jihadist groups overseas, according to a new RAND Corporation study.Since 2010, there has been a 58 percent...
Wed, 2014-06-18 02:43 PM

Sen. Susan Collins

U.S. Senators Patty Murray (D-WA) and Susan Collins (R-ME), Chair and Ranking Member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee for Transportation, have introduced a bill that would authorize a new...
Wed, 2014-06-18 01:34 AM
According to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) preliminary report and docket, a driver’s confusion over the height of his truck load may have contributed to the collapse of a bridge on...
Tue, 2014-06-17 04:57 AM
The DHS has announced the creation of an inter-agency group to address the large influx of unaccompanied children entering the U.S. from Central America. The U.S. Border Patrol has said it has...
Mon, 2014-06-16 03:30 AM
More than 160 alien smugglers were arrested by special agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) during a monthlong initiative along the U.S...
Thu, 2014-06-12 03:29 AM
A group of some of the nation’s largest businesses has written a letter to lawmakers asking them to pass immigration reform. The group, which includes chief executives from companies including...

Company News

Sacramento Mayor Kevin M. Johnson will become the president of The United States Conference of Mayors (USCM). His inauguration ceremony will be held on April 16, 2014 at the Citizen Hotel in Sacramento, CA. Currently the vice president of the USCM, he will replace Scott Smith, mayor of Mesa, AZ, who left the leadership position to pursue the upcoming Arizona gubernatorial race. Mayor Johnson, the first African-American mayor of Sacramento, was elected in 2008; he is currently serving his second term.

Washington, D.C.-based Apprio, a provider of technology solutions, particularly for the health, defense, and homeland security markets, has announced it received a new contract with the DHS’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) worth as much as $20 million over five years. The base year of the contract totals $3.75 million, with an additional four option years.

The U.S. government’s STOPfakes roadshow will lead a campaign to help businesses prevent Intellectual Property theft activities such as counterfeiting merchandise. The roadshow will include speakers from a number of federal agencies such as the FBI, the U.S. Patent & Trade Office (USPTO), the Office of Intellectual Property Rights, and the World Intellectual Property Organization. Attendees may discuss their concerns directly with government officials during one-on-one consultations during the roadshow.

Penn State is celebrating the fifth anniversary of its online homeland security master’s degree program. In honor of the celebration, the university plans to update the program’s curriculum by working closely with the Homeland Security Advisory Council, which includes emergency management professionals and employees from the DHS, to develop new content. It currently has several new courses scheduled for upcoming semesters and it will also unveil an international program.

The DHS’s Science and Technology Directorate will use the Knowledge Management System (KMS) from Scottsdale, AZ-based EDGE Innovation Network to exchange information and discuss technical solutions to the department's capability gaps. The KMS is a technology portal provided by General Dynamics C4 Systems, also of Scottsdale, a leading technology partner with the EDGE Innovation Network.

The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) has created a new documentary series entitled, “I Am AFGE.” The series will include 15 mini-documentary videos that will discuss the experiences of members of the AFGE that work in various positions. The goal of the campaign is to provide more awareness to the general public regarding the rewards and challenges that government employees encounter.

Raytheon’s Cyber Products Group has announced the release of SureView Version 6.7 to aid federal agencies in complying with President Barack Obama's memorandum in November aimed at implementing an insider threat detection program to address national security threats while protecting privacy rights.

Dallas-based Jericho Systems Corp. has executed a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) contract with the DHS Science and Technology Directorate to use fine-grained access control policies and data labels to secure sensitive and personally identifiable data at DHS fusion centers. DHS fusion centers serve as clearinghouses through which federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial partners can collaborate and share threat-related information.

Commentary and Opinions

In recognition of the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, many take a look back at how a revitalized concern for national security spurred numerous initiatives to improve the nation’s defense system. A decade of technological innovation and policy evolution later, the U.S. has made great strides in securing U.S. borders. In retrospect, many of these changes are byproducts of lessons learned from the official 9/11 investigation.

Fortiter in re, suaviter in modo -- Be resolute in action, and gentle in manner

Since the events of 9/11, there have been increasing calls from the public -- as well as incentives from certain sectors of the government -- for science to “do something” to better define, predict, and in this way perhaps prevent terrorism and other violent social behavior.

The question of the optimum cloud scenario for use by the U.S. Government -- on-premise, public cloud, private cloud or hybrid architectures -- is becoming increasingly important.

As part of cost saving initiatives, and in accordance with a 25 Point Implementation Plan to Reform Federal Information Technology Management that includes a “Cloud First” policy, all agencies are now mandated to move some applications to the cloud. So, how are government CIOs and IT managers choosing the types of cloud services they will use, and for which pieces of their infrastructure?

As security directors, corporate executives and security companies, we have had the visualization of threats to our facilities described to us by the media during the past 10 years, primarily in the form of a terrorist from overseas.

Consider the statistics: There were 20 government system breaches by May 3, 2011, according to idtheftcenter.org. 80 percent of experience is never captured or reused, said clarabridge.com. 42 percent of professionals use inaccurate information, according to Accenture. And an IDC study in kmworld.com observed that 25 percent of our work already exists.


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According to Bobby Brown, VP for Homeland Security, Telephonics business units include a Maritime Surveillance unit, a Communications unit and an Integrated Surveillance Group, which produces a ground-based Advanced Radar System (ARSS), with 1,600 systems deployed globally.  In recent years, Telephonics has collaborated with Customs and Border Protection to develop a package called the Mobile Surveillance System (MSS) that includes ground radar, pan-tilt cameras and a C2 system, with 44 systems presently in CBP’s inventory.

Paul Mackler, President of Eagle Eye Expositions, expresses great satisfaction with exhibitor turn-out and quality of the sessions in the 2013 Expo. He gives a lot of credit for the event’s success to his Advisory Board, which included Jason P. Ahern and many other former high-ranking officials in CBP, DEA, ICE and other government agencies. Mackler also announces that the first annual U.S.- Canada Cross Border Conference will take place in Detroit, MI on September 12-13, to help advance the Beyond Border agreement signed by U.S.

Covia Labs received the award for “Best Interoperable First Responder Communications” in the 2012 Awards Program for its “Alert & Respond” software platform and application that provides voice/data interoperability across a variety of platforms ranging from smart phones to police and fire department radios, embedded devices and drones. The top two markets for the company, according to CEO David Kahn, are the military and public safety.

RedSeal Networks is both a Sponsor of the 2012 Awards Program and recipient of a Winner’s trophy in the IT Security Category of “Best Continuous Monitoring Solution”.

Vanguard Security Professionals has been a multiple Winner and Finalist in previous GSN Awards Programs and was named Winner in the 2012 category of “Best Intrusion Detection/Prevention Solution” and Finalist in the 2012 categories of “Best Identity Management Platform” and “Best Compliance/Vulnerability Assessment Solution.” Steven Ringelberg argues that new language is being used to describe the threat-scape, but many threats are the same as they have been for years.

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GammaTech Computer Corp., a manufacturer of notebook and tablet computers, has introduced the newest member to its line of cost-effecti...

Created to make metal detection quicker, easier and more reliable, Wizard Industries has released its new Security Wizard 4, a laser...

Reston, VA-based Input, which specializes in government business, has unveiled new research detailing adoption trends for cloud computing, virtualization, service-oriented archi...

Millis, MA-based Kanguru Solutions, a manufacturer of secure IT storage solutions, has announced the ad...