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Company News

Tysons Corner, VA-based Preferred Systems Solutions (PSS), a provider of Information Technology (IT) infrastructure, software development, enterprise resource planning, and financial consulting services to government, has announced the appointment of Fred Funk to their executive management team as senior vice president, National Security Group.

Leading software firm NICE Systems (NICE) has launched a video surveillance program, NICE Suspect Search, which claims to be able to reduce the time it takes to locate and track persons of interests through surveillance cameras. NICE Security Group’s Executive Vice President Chris Wooten states that the program aims to solve “the burden of processing all of the data [that] has limited the value of the video footage, [which is the] major pain point for [its] customers."

L-3 Corporation’s Applied Optics Center (AOC) recently completed the coating of a large optic for the 6.5 m MMT (Multiple Mirror Telescope). Located on the site of the Fred Lawrence Whipple Observatory, the MMT is one of the world’s largest astronomical telescopes, located on top of the 8,530-high Mount Hopkins, south of Tucson, AZ.

Gallagher will showcase its portfolio of integrated access control, intrusion detection, and perimeter protection solutions at the ASIS International security exhibition in Atlanta, running from Sept. 29 through Oct. 2, 2014. This will mark Gallagher's first appearance at a major exhibition in the U.S. since the company was awarded approved supplier status for its Personal Identity Verification (PIV) Solution.

Frisco, TX-based Sheplers, a multi-channel western-wear retailer, has determined that their payment systems suffered a security breach in which hackers gained access to their systems and some of their customers’ payment card information was exposed. With the assistance of a leading computer security firm, Sheplers is continuing the investigation into the incident, and are cooperating with law enforcement in their efforts to find the criminals responsible.

Buffalo Grove, IL-based Siemens Industry designed Desigo Mass Notification, a new, fully integrated multi-modal communication system that can be used in a single building or across a large campus for communicating a series of emergency and non-emergency messages. Combining varied message delivery methods, from visual warnings to audible alerts, creates a multi-layered communication approach and increases the likelihood of recipients responding appropriately and effectively to life safety events.

Boston, MA-based Wealth Management Systems (WMSI) has announced that Doug Perkins has joined the firm as information security officer. An industry veteran with extensive experience in software development, project management, quality assurance, and operations and information security, Perkins is assuming responsibility for the design and future development of WMSI’s enterprise-wide information security strategies and policies. Mr. Perkins reports to BJ Ralston, WMSI’s chief compliance officer, and is based in WMSI’s Boston Office.

Princeton, NJ-based IXP Corporation, a public safety and emergency response provider that has partnered with Johns Hopkins University (JHU) for the past 10 years, has announced an innovation that raises campus security to the next level.

Commentary and Opinions

Unfortunately, none of us has any trouble imagining a security breach. Breaches are so frequent these days, so fast and so clever, that seemingly out of nowhere we could find critical infrastructure threatened, networks at risk, markets in danger.

The District of Columbia Council uncovered a serious homeland security flaw this week that should raise red flags for mayors and town managers around the country. In the nation's capitol, local transportation officials aren't conducting oversight over CSX and the goods it transports through the city. Similarly, officials are unfamiliar with the rail carrier's security policies. DC transportation officials, as traditionally classified by the federal government, aren't rail stakeholders with a need to know this information.

Editor’s note: In this article Denise Rucker Krepp, former Special Counsel to DOT General Counsel, Senior Counsel on the House Homeland Security Committee, and author of the 9/11 Act rail provisions, gives state, local officials a simple piece of advice regarding NDAs they signed with railroad companies regarding transportation of Bakken crude oil: Tear them up. They’re against the law.

Meeting the performance needs of the next generation of radar systems that will be deployed by the military is spurring the development of more efficient and sensitive hardware components to go along with the rapid advances in signal processing techniques and bandwidth.

The military uses radar for many purposes, including guiding missiles to targets, directing the firing of weapon systems, and providing long-distance surveillance and navigation information.

Car theft is a fruitful field of opportunity for today’s criminals as they seek new and innovative ways for gaining quick profits. Recent reports indicate that prior to committing theft, organized car-theft gangs are doing their homework. They are targeting specific car rental facilities, conducting exhaustive site-studies of the facilities to identify vulnerabilities that will make their job easier.

 

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Dubhe Beinhorn describes AtHoc, Inc, winner of GSN’s 2012 award for “Best Mass Notification Solutions,” as a company that operates in one sector only: critical communications for crisis management. But it is in this business in a big way, with 50% of the U.S. federal government using the AtHoc System, including U.S. Navy and U.S. Air Force, both on an enterprise level, the U.S. Patent Office and TSA.

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.

TeleCommunication Systems (TCS), which entered its “Commercial Mobile Alerts System” in the 2012 Awards Program, was named a Finalist in the “Best Mass Notification Systems” category.

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Hikvision USA, a multiple award-winning North American provider of video surveillance solutions, has partnered with St. Louis, MO-ba...

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