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HID Global is opening the door to a new era of security and convenience.  Powered by Seos technology, the HID Mobile Access solution delivers a more secure and convenient way to open doors and...


Wed, 2013-01-30 08:07 AM

Sen. Marco Rubio

Key Republican Senate and House leaders have signaled caution in the push for an overhaul of immigration laws, citing the need for more border enforcement as reforms are crafted. A bi-partisan group...
Tue, 2013-01-29 03:39 PM

President Obama

President Obama said the nation is closer than it ever has been to reforming its flawed immigration policy and vowed to introduce legislation himself if emerging bi-partisan efforts on Capitol Hill...
Mon, 2013-01-28 01:42 PM

Whitetail, MT

The Port of Whitetail, MT, permanently closed on Jan. 25 and U.S. Customs and Border Protection is working to direct traffic in the area to other nearby border crossings. Although the port was...
Mon, 2013-01-28 12:44 PM

Obama signs 23 executive actions
related to gun control on Jan. 16

As President Obama’s 23 recent executive actions related to gun control begin to work their way through the federal bureaucracy, three specific proposed revisions to the National Instant Criminal...
Mon, 2013-01-28 08:50 AM

John Kiriakou

Former CIA officer John Kiriakou, who had portrayed himself as a whistle-blower on the agency’s use of waterboarding, but had also leaked the name of a covert agent to a journalist, was sentenced to...
Mon, 2013-01-28 07:47 AM

Sens. Charles Schumer

Eight senators from both sides of the political aisle released their sweeping vision of comprehensive immigration reform on Jan. 28. The “Gang of Eight” group, composed of Sens. Charles Schumer (D-NY...
Fri, 2013-01-25 12:05 PM
GSN likes to attend investor conferences in Manhattan -- where corporate CEO’s pitch their wares to the finance executives who can bankroll their growth plans -- to learn about the latest security-...
Fri, 2013-01-25 08:54 AM


Fiscal 2012 was one for the record books for Immigration and Customs Enforcement in south Texas, with more than 2,000 convictions for illegally re-entering the U.S. after previous deportations....
Fri, 2013-01-25 07:28 AM
A New Mexico man was arrested for making counterfeit Secret Service and Federal Air Marshal credentials and planning to sell them. A federal grand jury in Albuquerque, NM, indicted Richard Stack, 70...
Thu, 2013-01-24 09:20 AM

Rodriguez, Chavez

Two transportation security officers (TSOs) at San Jose International Airport helped police capture five people who were suspected of a stabbing murder in the city as they apparently tried to board...
Thu, 2013-01-24 08:54 AM

R-1 visa

A religious leader from India, who founded a local Hare Krishna temple in Milwaukee, WI, was sentenced to more than three years in prison in connection with a religious visa fraud scheme that...
Wed, 2013-01-23 07:54 AM

President Obama

The White House said comprehensive immigration reform is an issue that can bring together political parties and improve the U.S. economy, but declined to provide a specific timetable for its upcoming...

Company News

Hauppauge, NY-based-Voxx International has announced a $3 million strategic investment in EyeLock, a market leader in iris-based identity authentication solutions. The investment follows the recently announced strategic partnership for VOXX Electronics to leverage its distribution channels in North America and Europe to deliver EyeLock's newest solution myris.

With mobile devices permeating all areas of identity authentication and verification -- for both governmental and commercial applications -- Access IS, of Reading, England, has responded with the next generation of its proven OEM OCR (optical character recognition) engine.

Port Townsend, WA-based Intellicheck Mobilisa, a provider of identity solutions and wireless security systems, has launched a new law enforcement smartphone app called Fugitive Finder. The app is now available in the Apple App Store for credentialed law enforcement officers for a $49 monthly subscription. Fugitive Finder is not available to the general public, but is available to the more than one million law enforcement personnel in the U.S.

Magal Security Systems, Ltd has announced that it has entered into a $6.4 million turnkey contract with the Kenyan Airport Authority to secure critical areas in Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Nairobi, Kenya. The project includes multiple surveillance and access control technologies, integrated by Fortis4G -- an advanced PSIM (Physical Security Information Management) system. The project is expected to be completed in the first half of 2015.

Billerica, MA-based MorphoTrust USA, a provider of identity solutions and services, has announced the opening of several new enrollment centers to serve customers applying for the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) TSA PreCheck program.

Hawthorne, NY-based HOB, a provider of remote access solutions, has announced Help On Demand (HOD) will join HOB’s partner program as a Gold-level Partner. HOB maintains an extensive partner program, designed to make its solutions widely available and to integrate the solutions into other IT companies’ product lines.

The Security Industry Association (SIA), a Silver Spring, MD based trade association for electronic and physical security companies, will host a luncheon on May 8, 2014 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. to discuss the agenda at the upcoming 2014 SIA Government Summit.

Waltham, MA-based Raytheon Company has announced a new version of SureView, which includes new policy support features that enhance product capability for continuous monitoring and network auditing against insider threat and privileged user abuse.

Commentary and Opinions

From September until January, Monday evenings find living rooms across America filled with armchair quarterbacks. During pre-game shows and post-game analyses, experts and amateurs alike discuss the retreat and progress of their favorite teams. Even fantasy leagues abound to test players’ strategic and tactical prowess on the gridiron.

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.


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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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