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Thu, 2013-12-12 05:08 PM
TSA is gathering market research information from small businesses that can provide databases and reporting mechanisms that can monitor the movements of railcars carrying toxic inhalation hazards and...
Sun, 2013-12-08 06:06 PM

London Gateway

Marine terminal operator DP World is constructing London Gateway, the UK’s first major deep-sea container port this century, as part of a development that will include the largest logistics park in...
Sat, 2013-12-07 06:20 PM
The U.S. Secret Service has indicated that it plans to negotiate sole source contracts with one commercial company and one state government in order to gain access to their proprietary databases. In...
Fri, 2013-12-06 04:53 PM
As facial recognition technology moves into the commercial marketplace, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) has laid out a schedule of public meetings in which...
Thu, 2013-12-05 03:45 PM

Chuck Brooks

Government Security News is pleased to announce the winners of its GSN 2013 Homeland Security Awards program, which were selected from hundreds of nominations submitted by leading vendors of IT and...
Wed, 2013-12-04 05:08 PM
TSA announced on December 4 that it will charge a fee of $85 per individual to participate for five years in the Pre[check] trusted traveler program, which will enable cleared passengers to move...
Sun, 2013-12-01 01:25 PM
TSA’s blogger, Bob Burns, offered a few travel tips on November 26 for passengers moving around the country during the holiday season, particularly those who are counting on expedited screening...
Thu, 2013-11-28 07:42 PM
The U.S. Secret Service has announced that it plans to procure on a sole source basis several legal and law enforcement databases from Reed Elsevier, Inc., which does business as LexisNexis. The...
Tue, 2013-11-26 04:27 PM
More than twice as many non-immigrant travelers to the United States each year are applying for their visas or travel authorizations via an online electronic system, rather than filling out paper...
Mon, 2013-11-25 04:52 PM

VA Medical Center
in Durham, NC

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has decided to stick with Sonitrol, which is already providing its physical access control systems at the VA Medical Center’s main campus in Durham, NC, as it...
Fri, 2013-11-22 01:47 PM

Bill Solms

Wave Systems Corp., which has recently become a sponsor of the Government Security News 2013 homeland security awards program, brings a unique approach to the challenge of authenticating a user to a...
Wed, 2013-11-20 07:16 PM
CBP has announced that one million people have been given the designation of a ‘trusted traveler’ through the Global Entry program. The program, which was launched five years ago, provides arriving...

Company News

New York-based Divide, maker of secure, usable and accessible BYOD (bring your own device) containers, has announced a partnership with immixGroup to help the federal government deploy BYOD programs. ImmixGroup, of McLean, VA, helps technology companies do business with the government. Using immixGroup's expertise with government IT procurement, Divide products will be available for purchase by government agencies through multiple contract vehicles.

Eid Passport, which specializes in high-assurance identity management solutions, added 12 facilities to the RAPIDGate Program footprint and enhanced 10 RAPIDGate facilities with the RAPID-RCx Program during 2013. These additions mark more than 150 RAPIDGate installations worldwide, further advancing Eid Passport’s position as the largest commercial provider of DoD vendor credentials.

The 12 additional facilities now utilizing the RAPIDGate solution are:

Dublin-based Allegion, a global provider of security products and solutions, has announced that it has become a member of the Samsung Solutions Exchange, which helps Samsung customers by creating mobile solutions on a large portfolio of enterprise-grade Samsung mobile devices. The company’s aptiQmobile, a web-based credential management system, allows near field communication (NFC)-enabled Samsung smart phone customers to use their devices just like card-based ID badges for access control and other applications.

Fort Lauderdale, FL-based Citrix has announced new security and feature enhancements to the Citrix XenMobile solution. The changes will help organizations in highly regulated industries, such as government agencies, to embrace device choice, improve productivity with quick access to more apps, and provide support for Microsoft Lync online meetings and other communication environments without sacrificing security, control, and user experience, the company says.

WidePoint Corp., a McLean, VA based IT solutions firm, has launched a new ePassport Certificate Management and Validation program in its package of PIVotal ID Managed Validation Services. The technology incorporates Ozone ePassport technology from the Mount Airey Group, an IT security firm in Fairfax, VA. The package is designed to allow government officials to quickly scan and verify passport information without purchasing and installing a significant amount of infrastructure.

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.

New York-based Clear has introduced its fingerprint/iris biometric technology, meant to identify travelers and speed them through airport security, to Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH). In just a few weeks, hundreds of Houston travelers have signed up to use Clear’s solution with a three-month free trial, according to the company. After inserting a ClearCard into a Clear kiosk at participating airports, the machine verifies traveler’s identity by scanning retinas or fingerprints. Once confirmed, members can skip the security line to be physically screened.

The Transportation Security Administration has opened an office in Newark, NJ where applicants for its popular PreCheck expedited screening program can go to have their fingerprints and other information taken.

The office at 532 Raymond Blvd., between Brill and Richard streets, is the first location in Northern New Jersey where applicants can go following completion of an online application.

Commentary and Opinions

By Todd Musselman and Al Kinney

The value of a robust identity management system has long been recognized; however, the actual development and implementation of an effective identity management system have proven to be more difficult tasks. This challenge has grown more complex as various solutions have emerged and matured, and has become more urgent as threats continue to grow in sophistication.

The time has come to re-think embassy security. The Department of State recently called for a “more serious and sustained commitment from Congress” to address security deficiencies at high-risk posts around the world, in the wake of last year's attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, which resulted in the death of four people, including U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens.   

The cost of healthcare in the U.S. continues to soar year after year. The problem is not a result of idleness or the lack of technology, but of not addressing the core problem of patient identity.

Like every new technology marching its way through the hype cycle, cloud computing has fallen prey to unscrupulous marketers. Their basic crime is to borrow the language, but not the substance, of technological innovation, and mis-apply it to their own products in a cynical bid to fool the public.

During my entire 23-year career as a police officer, I never dealt specifically with an individual who admitted they were a victim of human trafficking. 

That doesn’t mean that human trafficking isn’t a problem, or that it doesn’t happen in the United States every day. On the contrary, the 2011 U.S. Department of State Trafficking in Persons Report estimates that 17,500 individuals are trafficked into the U.S. each year. 

 

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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.

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.

Jody Mack provides a thumbnail description of Vanguard Integrity Professionals, a Sponsor of the 2012 GSN Awards Program as well as a Winner in the 2012 IT security category of “Best Intrusion Detection/Prevention Solution” and 2012 Finalist in the categories of “Best ID Management Platform” and “Best Compliance/Vulnerability Assessment Solution”, not to mention a multiple Winner and Finalist in prior GSN Awards Programs.

Xceedium Corporation garnered its second GSN awards trophy for the entry of its Xsuite solution in the “Best Privileged Access Management” category of the 2012 Awards Program.  Ken Ammon, Chief Strategist for the company, describes how privileged access management has become increasingly important as physical and logical access have merged, and the government, through HSPD-12, has required that the PIV smart card, historically used for physical access now must be used for logical access as well.

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.

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ADT

This white paper highlights a successful pilot HSPD-12 compliant visitor management project undertaken by a U.S. federal government agency, which successfully meets the objectives of Federal Identity, Credential, andAccess Management (FICAM) Road map use case 4.9 for how agencies should perform credentialing and validation of visitors to federal facilities.

 

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