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Vidisco received the Platinum Award in the “Best Explosives/ID/Contraband Detection” category of GSN’s 2013 Border Security Awards. The company has been focusing exclusively on portable X-ray systems...

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Sun, 2014-10-19 02:58 PM

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John S. Pistole, the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) longest serving administrator, has announced his retirement from public service, effective December 31, 2014, following more than...
Thu, 2014-10-16 03:58 PM
A federal grand jury in Seattle returned a second superseding indictment last week charging a Russian national with 11 additional counts and further detailing his alleged scheme to hack into...
Thu, 2014-10-16 01:28 PM
Monitoring of extremist Internet forums has uncovered a link between the Islamic State (ISIS) and the potentially life threatening virus, Ebola. The Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), a...
Tue, 2014-10-14 06:49 PM
Cybersecurity professionals from across the globe came together to compete in the World Finals of the Global CyberLympics held on September 29 2014 at ISACA’s EuroCACS/Information Security and Risk...
Tue, 2014-10-14 03:59 PM
Senior leaders from the U.S. Coast Guard and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have signed a Fleet Plan and Officer Exchange memorandum of understanding (MOU) at a ceremony...
Thu, 2014-10-09 07:50 PM
Flooding during high tides -- something that rarely occurred in the past -- is now common in some places and is projected to grow to the point that sections of coastal cities may flood so often they...
Thu, 2014-10-09 06:07 PM
Director James B. Comey has named Clifford Holly assistant director in charge of the Security Division at FBI Headquarters. Holly most recently served as deputy assistant director for the Training...
Thu, 2014-10-09 04:53 PM
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agriculture specialists (CBPAS) stationed at Honolulu seaport recently intercepted 11 Asian Gypsy Moth (AGM) egg masses on a ship from Taiwan. Each of these...
Wed, 2014-10-08 06:42 PM
FBI Director James B. Comey has named Donald Alway special agent in charge of the agency's Jackson (MS) Division. Alway most recently served as section chief for the Investigations and Operations...
Wed, 2014-10-08 06:01 PM
The first U.S. federal law enforcement app designed to seek the public's help with fugitive and unknown suspected child predators is now available for Android smartphones, and in Spanish for both...
Wed, 2014-10-08 05:06 PM
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Customs & Border Protection (CBP) this week will begin new layers of entry screening at five U...
Wed, 2014-10-08 02:19 PM
Cybersecurity breaches affect businesses large and small, and the annual cost of computer- and network-based crimes worldwide is estimated to be more than $400 billion, according to a report from...

Company News

Pasadena, CA-based Meridian Rapid Defense Group has announced that Mr. Dean F. Valentine has been appointed as president effective immediately. Valentine takes the top post as the defense specialists continue expansion worldwide.

The National Retail Federation (NRF) has issued a statement from President and CEO Matthew Shay in response to a White House announcement regarding data and payment security.

“We applaud the administration for taking proactive and positive steps by adopting PIN and chip technology for government-issued debit and credit cards, among other things.

New York-based American Express is boosting efforts to combat fraud with a new $10 million program aimed at driving U.S. small-merchant adoption of more secure check-out terminals. President Barack Obama announced American Express’ Small Merchant EMV Assistance Program during a press conference last week in Washington, D.C., urging members of the payments and retail industries to work together to educate and protect consumers and businesses.

Napco Security Technologies, Inc., Continental Access, Alarm Lock and Marks USA recently exhibited at the ASIS show at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, GA from September 29 to October 2, 2014 with over 20,000 security professionals from 80 countries in attendance. Napco featured products and solutions that meet and exceed the market demands for security, connectivity, locking and access control.

Nicholasville, KY-based Sargent and Greenleaf (S&G), a subsidiary of STANLEY Security and a manufacturer of high security locks and locking systems for safes, vaults and high-security cabinets, has appointed Brian Leary to Chief Operating Officer.

Millis, MA-based Kanguru has unveiled an advanced, global remote management application for secure USB storage devices with the release of Kanguru Remote Management Console (KRMC) Enterprise Version 6.0. KRMC provides administrators of enterprise-level organizations with the ability to effectively manage a wide range of critical security and usage issues such as password management, active security policy enforcement, remote lock and deletion to prevent costly data breaches, and much more.

AlliedBarton Security Services, www.AlliedBarton.com, a major provider of trained security personnel, has announced the appointment of Caress Kennedy, vice president/general manager, New York/New Jersey region, AlliedBarton, to the Workforce Investment Board of the City of New York.

Santa Clara, CA-based McAfee, part of Intel Security, has announced the latest release of McAfee Next Generation Firewall, which now seamlessly integrates with several key McAfee solutions and technologies, offering businesses and government agencies an ever-expanding ecosystem of threat defenses. Important new integrations with the McAfee Security Connected framework provide McAfee Next Generation Firewall customers with layered protection against the latest threats and evasions, along with improved workflows and operational efficiencies.

Commentary and Opinions

The Javelin Strategy & Research’s 2014 Identity Fraud Study revealed that 13.1 million Americans became victims of identity theft last year. This startling statistic underscores the determination of malicious actors to access sensitive data. Despite the rise in exploits, vital aspects of security -- such as encryption -- has tended to slip through the cracks.

The possibility of governments collecting and analyzing personal data changed dramatically after the enactment of The Patriot Act in 2001. The public outcry following WikiLeaks and the NSA PRISM program has kept controversial data collection methods in the headlines over the past few years. The legality of this type of data collection is still in question.

When it comes to cybersecurity, boldface security organizations can seem just as susceptible to hacks as anyone else. For example, NATO suffered over 2,500 significant cyber attacks in 2012 alone. Security experts believe that the number of sophisticated offensives against NATO is likely to increase over the coming years.

We’re almost through hurricane season, and so far we’ve been lucky: none of the hurricanes or tropical storms have caused significant damage. Even so, we’re not out of the woods yet. Researchers at Colorado State University predicted the 2014 hurricane season would see three storms making landfall, and one will be a Category 3 or higher.

Active shooter, suicide by cop, ambush by homegrown terrorism -- these real-life scenarios require different types of officer response, but the resulting stress on the officer generates the same physical and psychological results during the incident. The question Meggitt Training Systems asked is, “Can this stress be recreated within a simulated environment?” The answer is yes.

 

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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.

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.

John Szczygiel describes Brivo, Winner of the 2012 Award for “Best Integrated System for HSPD-12/FIPS 201 Compliance” for the second year in a row, as a cloud company that provides hosted subscriber services in the physical access control domain. The company’s “CloudPass” product has been established as a government community cloud, specifically for federal government agencies that want to take their physical access control and PAC into a cloud configuration. Brivo also offers a cloud transition service to clients that have on-premise servers and want to make the transition.

John D. Clark, Sr. and the Whitestone Group, which he founded in 2000, returned to the GSN Awards Dinner in 2012 to pick up their second trophy in two years, this time for the “Best Facility Security/Force Protection Service.” The Whitestone Group’s A-list of clients includes NASA, DoD, USDA, VA, DHS, Social Security Administration, U.S. Coast Guard, Army, Air Force and the Department of Interior, which has just approved a new 5-year facility security contract for the Hoover Dam.

Vumii, the Atlanta, GA manufacturer of thermal imaging and illuminated IR cameras, was awarded a Winner’s trophy for “Best Thermal/Night Vision/Infrared Cameras” at the 2012 awards dinner. Primary markets for the cameras, according to President and CEO Randall Foster, are facilities with large, outdoor perimeters to protect, such as airports, seaports, utilities, government sites and military bases.

New Products

Atlanta, GA-based Rapiscan Systems, a supplier of security inspection systems, has announced at the 60th Annual ASI...

Tampa, FL-based Digital Watchdog, a provider of digital recorders, surveillance cameras and related management software, will be demon...

Silicon Valley, CA-based AlertEnterprise, a provider of security convergence software, has announced that it has won the ASIS Accol...

Hikvision USA, a North American provider of cutting-edge video surveillance products and solutions, has announced a collaboration with Smartvue Corporation, an enterprise cloud...

North Canton, OH-based Diebold, a provider of innovative self-service technology, security systems, and related services,...