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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...

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Tue, 2013-07-30 11:52 AM
The Treasury Department’s Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP) is planning to award a contract to a HUBZONE small business to provide security guard services at its Western Currency Facility in...
Tue, 2013-07-30 10:38 AM
Secure Strategy Group, a specialized strategic advisory and banking practice based in New York City, has released the first of a series of monthly reports, entitled, The Small Cap Homeland Security...
Mon, 2013-07-29 02:36 PM

A USCIS interview

It appears that the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) unit of DHS wants its interviewers to become more adept at distinguishing between “truth and deception in situations where the...
Thu, 2013-07-25 02:42 PM
Perhaps as intrigued as the rest of the IT world with the promise of “Big Data,” DHS has issued a request for information to industry to gather ideas on how Big Data might be able to help the...
Mon, 2013-07-15 12:08 PM
The Federal Protective Service, a unit of DHS, has decided to extend by six months a contract it currently has with Alante Security Group, Inc., of Westbury, NY, to protect a group of federal...
Fri, 2013-07-12 06:38 PM
MVM, Inc., of Ashburn, VA, has won a contract worth about $66 million to provide protective security officers at federally owned and leased facilities throughout Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin...
Thu, 2013-07-11 05:07 PM

FEMA's Mt. Weather
facility in Virginia

The Mount Weather Emergency Operations Center, in Mt. Weather, VA, which is owned and operated by FEMA, is thought to be a possible site where Washington, DC-based government VIPs might seek refuge...
Thu, 2013-07-11 03:46 PM
Government Security News, which was recently revealed by Web site analytics service Alexa.com to have the highest ranking Web site of six major homeland security publications in terms of visitor...
Wed, 2013-07-10 04:04 PM
TSA has decided that it wants to extend a guard services contract it has with Omniplex World Services, of Chantilly, VA, for approximately six months, while it completes its ongoing competitive...
Wed, 2013-07-10 02:39 PM
The folks at ICE who oversee the enforcement removal operations (ERO) for detained immigrants -- and the agency’s health service corps -- want to find a small business that can administer about 200,...
Mon, 2013-07-08 05:51 PM

NASA's neutral
buoyancy lab

The NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston, TX, is sounding a lot like an out-of-work job candidate trying to impress a potential employer with its wide range of technical capabilities that it swears...
Fri, 2013-07-05 05:57 PM
The Federal Protective Service (FPS) has awarded a contract worth more than $11.5 million to an 8(a) small business, Reema Consulting Service, Inc., of Gaithersburg, MD, to provide a wide range of...

Company News

Global Security & Intelligence Strategies (GSIS), a Washington, D.C. based intelligence and security consulting firm, has become a strategic partner with the Government Technology & Services Coalition (GTSC). GSIS will collaborate with the GTSC’s membership to help the public sector gain more operational capabilities through security and intelligence consulting and strategy.

Salient Federal Solutions, of Fairfax, VA, a leading provider of information technology, training, engineering, and intelligence analytical services to agencies in the intelligence, defense, homeland security, cyber security, and federal civilian markets, has appointed Carlos Fernandes as director of the company’s Cyber Security Center of Excellence (CSCoE).

SJ Software Development Group has engineered a security solution for instant messaging (IM) programs that’s both easy to deploy and very hard for hackers to crack, according to the company. SJ IM is available for Windows, Mac OS X and iOS. The solution can benefit government agencies, corporations, and individuals.

Delay Beach, FL-based PositiveID Corporation, a developer of biological detection and diagnostic solutions, has announced the publication of a report on the current market opportunities for its homeland security and medical diagnostics technologies.

Intellicheck Mobilisa has released a new software product, MexiScan, for authenticating Mexican driver’s licenses and IDs.

MexiScan lets banks, retailers, and hotel chains scan IDs issued from Mexico, helping them in areas including filling out credit card and store loyalty club applications, checking in guests, and verifying age. The product is similar to Intellicheck Mobilisa’s ID Check software that enables organizations to verify U.S. and Canadian driver’s licenses and IDs.

Significantly expanding its ability to provide secure ID solutions to government, HID Global has announced the acquisition of IdenTrust, Inc., a provider of solutions for globally interoperable digital identities that can authenticate, encrypt, and create electronic signatures for every type of transaction activity where proof of identity is essential.

Exacq Technologies, an Indianapolis-based company that creates Video Management System (VMS) solutions for security purposes, has released its new ExaqVision Enterprise System Manager (ESM). The ESM is a browser-based system designed to monitor the health status of all of the cameras and servers on the network.

Palo Alto, CA-based Skyfence Networks has announced the Skyfence Cloud Gateway, which protects cloud applications from account hijacking, insider attacks, and data theft. Skyfence integrates threat prevention, activity monitoring, and compliance management to secure and prevent data theft on any cloud application, the company says.

Commentary and Opinions

Network security is complex enough for any organization -- and not just because hacker groups like Anonymous and LulzSec are increasingly more active, and the attacks are more sophisticated and widespread. But because, in today’s environment of cost reductions and budget cuts, information security’s more has to be done consistently with less.

“We Got Him!” was the headline. “What’s next?” is the question now asked by many Americans, days after Osama Bin Laden’s demise. There are a number of simple things that we can do to help protect against terrorism. Some, like “See Something, Say Something,” have become ingrained in our national psyche. Perhaps less obvious is the imperative to guard against counterfeit goods. The connection may not be immediately apparent, but it is real and serious.

Recent events in the Arab world have dramatized how multiple digital channels -- including text messaging, e-mail and social networks -- have become a powerful medium for collective human activity. This multi-channel communications presents a serious challenge for government agencies charged with tracking political developments in the region, however, because the content that that these agencies need to analyze is so fragmented, across so many disparate sources.

Ten years ago, law enforcement at the local, state and federal levels was, at best, only strongly suited for dealing with jurisdictional criminal behavior. Even though criminals do not respect jurisdictional boundaries, the culture was still territorial. The concept of “information-sharing” was not top-of- mind with most officers.

In a recent article, Government Security News proclaimed that the Homeland Security Department had awarded billions in contracts for “inherently governmental” work. But, in fact, that is not what DHS reported. Unfortunately, the article treated “inherently governmental” functions and positions that are considered “closely associated with inherently governmental” or “critical” as if they were all synonymous. But they are not.

This is a mistake that is all too common and has led to both confusion and, in some cases, misplaced concern.

 

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