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Thu, 2014-11-27 02:26 AM
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U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) recently announced the selection of a new CBP airport director for George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH).Charles Perez, a 28-year CBP veteran, assumed...
Tue, 2014-11-25 01:52 PM
The National Security Agency (NSA) has announced the public release of its new technology that automates data flows among multiple computer networks, even when data formats and protocols differ. The...
Mon, 2014-11-24 06:15 PM
According to statistics collected by the FBI, 76 law enforcement officers were killed in line-of-duty incidents in 2013. Of these, 27 officers died as a result of felonious acts, and 49 officers died...
Thu, 2014-11-20 04:20 PM
As in previous years, the Government Security News Homeland Security Awards was divided into three broad categories of entries: Best Vendors of IT Security Products and Solutions; Best...
Thu, 2014-11-20 04:09 PM
Last week, U.S. Rep. Curt Clawson (R-FL), a member of the Committee on Homeland Security, introduced H.R. 5712, the “DHS Private Sector Office Engagement Act,” aimed at improving private sector...
Thu, 2014-11-20 02:54 PM
On Wednesday, Secret Service Acting Director Joseph P. Clancy testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary on a variety of issues and addressed ongoing efforts to...
Tue, 2014-11-18 02:43 PM
With judging of this year’s Homeland Security Awards entries nearing completion, Government Security News has announced that the roster of 2014 Winners and Finalists will be posted on the GSN website...
Sun, 2014-11-16 05:39 PM
A Georgia man who purchased stolen credit card data and other personal information through an identity theft and credit card fraud ring known as “Carder.su” was sentenced Wednesday to 115 months in...
Wed, 2014-11-12 03:31 PM
As the result of the ongoing partnership with the Department of Defense, the Transportation Security Administration has extended TSA Pre-check expedited screening benefits to students of four U.S....
Tue, 2014-11-11 06:41 PM
A moment of silence was observed around the country this morning. During these precious minutes, families, neighbors, and friends remembered those who are serving and have served our nation. This...
Tue, 2014-11-11 01:51 PM
November 11, 2014 -- As Veterans’ Day approaches, I have a couple of thoughts. First, I’m thankful for all of the sacrifices our Veterans have made, that in so many ways it is difficult for many to...

Company News

The San Diego, CA-based Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC), a nonprofit organization dedicated to the understanding of identity theft and related issues since 1999, has announced that its call center will now be available to help victims toll-free, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The round-the-clock assistance is supported by IDT911 (IDentity Theft 911), a provider of data risk management, breach response, resolution and education services.

Waltham, MA-based CounterTack, a pioneer in delivering real-time endpoint threat detection, context and visibility around targeted attacks, has announced its partnership with SAVANTURE, a security services (SaaS) and managed security service provider (MSSP). SAVANTURE will be joining the CounterTack CyberPath Partner Program.

St. Louis, MO-based Belden Inc., a provider of signal transmission solutions for mission-critical applications, has announced it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Tripwire for $710 million in cash. Tripwire, a provider of advanced threat, security and compliance solutions, will bring an important element to Belden’s portfolio. Together, the companies will work to deliver the next generation of cybersecurity solutions that can be deployed across enterprise, industrial, and broadcast markets.

Vancouver, British Columbia-based Viscount Systems, a provider of IT-based security access control software and services, has announced that it has appointed Scott Sieracki as its new vice president of Sales effective immediately. Sieracki, who reports directly to Viscount President and CEO Dennis Raefield, will drive new opportunities for growth and development for the company specifically in the commercial marketplace.

The final results of the Global Cybersecurity Index (GCI) have been officially announced at ITU Telecom World 2014 taking place in Doha, Qatar. The GCI ranked the U.S. as the country with the highest national cybersecurity commitment, followed by Canada in second place. Jointly in third position are Australia, Malaysia, and Oman.

The Alexandria, VA-based SPECTRUM Group (TSG) is pleased to announce that retired Coast Guard Rear Admiral James C. Van Sice has joined the firm. Admiral Van Sice’s impressive background in both the public and private sector makes him a valuable addition to TSG.

Admiral Van Sice’s extensive knowledge of Coast Guard aviation logistics and training systems will be an important asset to any Homeland Security-focused clients looking to expand their business through the Coast Guard.

As part of a $40M sustainment program, the U.S. Air Force has selected ISSE Services, LLC to provide comprehensive cybersecurity information assurance, engineering and logistics support for the Remote Visual Assessment (RVA) video surveillance system. The RVA system guards the nation’s intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) sites.

Baton Rouge, LA-based TraceSecurity, a pioneer in cloud-based IT Governance, Risk, and Compliance (GRC) management solutions, and Rapid7, a provider of security analytics software and services, has announced an integration partnership that teams the market-leading strengths of each company and enables mutual customers to leverage Rapid7’s vulnerability management data when deploying their information security and compliance programs using TraceSecurity’s TraceCSO.

Commentary and Opinions

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.

Governor Jerry Brown (D-CA) has signed urgently needed legislation aimed at increasing safety and services -- and decreasing violence and assaults -- in California’s five state hospitals, according to the Safety Now Coalition, a coalition of workers in California's Department of Mental Health Hospitals.

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.

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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Pan Kamal, VP of Marketing for Alert Enterprise, a security software company headquartered in Fremont, CA, explains in his opening remarks that he is going to describe Alert Enterprise’s award-winning unified solution for critical infrastructure protection. As Kamal points out, government and critical infrastructure agencies have recognized the dangers and have armed themselves to the teeth with network protection and cyber security tools on the IT security side, and have similarly armed themselves with perimeter protection tools on the physical security side.

E-Seek Inc, which designs and manufactures bar code readers for verifying drivers’ licenses, was platinum winner in GSN’s 2013 Border Security Awards in the category of “Best Identification Document Verification Solution”.  With barcodes now being used in drivers licenses issued by all 50 states, E-Seek produces desktop readers as well as a line of compact, portable and wireless readers that are widely used in law enforcement patrol cars, banks, casinos and hospitals.  In a major announcement at the Border Security Expo, Mr.

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.

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