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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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Wed, 2014-10-22 08:38 PM
Due to a computer malfunction, Government Security News was not able to send out the Airport, Seaport, Rail, and Border Security weekly newsletter on time on Wednesday. We’re therefore sending it out...
Wed, 2014-10-22 05:35 PM
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced Tuesday that travellers from three West African Ebola-affected countries will now be required to enter the U.S. at just five airports. Travelers...
Wed, 2014-10-22 04:18 PM

Akba Jihad Jordan

Akba Jihad Jordan, 22, of Raleigh, NC, has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists. Jordan and co-defendant Avin Marsalis Brown, 21, also of Raleigh, were arrested on...
Tue, 2014-10-21 07:35 PM
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Mexico's Tax Administration Service (SAT) signed a mutual recognition arrangement last week that allows stronger collaboration between CBP's Customs-Trade...
Tue, 2014-10-21 06:03 PM
Last week, the U.S. Secret Service Lima Resident Office supported the Peruvian National Police (PNP) in an operation in San Juan De Lurigancho, Lima. The operation resulted in the arrest of Jose...
Tue, 2014-10-21 04:08 PM
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) will provide specialized diagnostic equipment to help Sierra Leone in its efforts to combat an ongoing Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak, IAEA Director...
Tue, 2014-10-21 02:50 PM

Dr. Robert Griffin 

Dr. Reginald Brothers, Department of Homeland Security Under Secretary for Science and Technology, has announced the appointment of Dr. Robert Griffin as the Science and Technology Directorate’s (S...
Tue, 2014-10-21 01:43 PM
The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has launched a redesigned official website, www.ICE.gov, that is optimized for desktop computers, as well as mobile and tablet devices. It features...
Mon, 2014-10-20 05:01 PM

Eric Birnbaum

Director James B. Comey has named Eric S. Birnbaum special agent in charge (SAC) of the San Diego division. Birnbaum most recently served as SAC of the Administrative Division in the Los Angeles...
Sun, 2014-10-19 02:58 PM

John Pistole

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...

Company News

Senstar, a manufacturer of perimeter intrusion detection systems (PIDS) is strengthening its commitment to the Canadian market by expanding its integrated security solutions offering and marketing it to customers across the country. Complementing the security products it has manufactured and sold around the world for over 30 years, Senstar now provides a wide range of third party products and services, end-to-end project installation and on-going support.

Pasadena, CA-based Tetra Tech, a provider of consulting, engineering, program management, construction management, and technical services, has announced it has been awarded a five-year, $76 million contract with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 4 to provide technical and advisory services to the Superfund Technical Assessment and Response Team (START IV).

Atlanta, GA-based LexisNexis Risk Solutions has released a study spotlighting why industries collect, store, and use PII (personal identification information) and what impact this makes on identity verification and consumer behavior.

Rockville, MD-based Ultra Electronics, 3eTI, a cyber-technology company with products and systems that secure critical infrastructure and improve operational efficiency, has announced its newly enhanced CyberFence product suite that secures endpoints both within a local area network and those remotely connected via a wide area network.

Herndon, VA-based ViON Corporation, a provider of the design, delivery and maintenance of mission critical IT infrastructure solutions, has announced that it will provide storage managed services to the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), under a contract that could extend the relationship between ViON and the USPTO for seven years. The USPTO contract has an estimated value of $139 million.

Framingham, MA-based IDC Government Insights has launched the U.S. Digital Government Innovation and Transformation (DGIT) Strategies advisory service, designed to inform and support Federal government executives by identifying technology trends and disruptive technologies, innovative new programs based upon these technologies, and the successful deployment of technology in the context of policy and organizational challenges.

Atlanta, GA-based LexisNexis Risk Solutions has announced the company has been certified by the U.S. government-approved Trust Framework Provider, SAFE-BioPharma Association. This certification means that identity credentials can be trusted and used at known levels of assurance by U.S. federal agencies, such as the Department of Veterans Affairs, National Institutes of Health and Food and Drug Administration.

CNL Software, a provider of physical security information management (PSIM) software, has announced the appointment of Colin Gallick as a non-executive main board director. Gallick will work closely with the board to achieve its growth ambitions; he brings more than 30 years of “C” level sales, marketing and general management experience within the software industry.

Commentary and Opinions

As we enter into the new fiscal year, three trends are going to be on the minds of every IT leader in Washington, D.C. And -- no big surprise -- they all revolve around Big Data. Those three crucial initiatives that will top the government enterprise priority list in 2015 are application rationalization, virtualization and cyber security.

With security awareness, threat assessment, and risk analysis extending into new areas like international traveler health screening, vigilance at the doors of elementary schools, and intensified subway passenger safety, it’s important for government security professionals everywhere to keep their knowledge and credentials continuously up-to-date.

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.

 

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Recent Videos

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...

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