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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...


Thu, 2013-03-28 07:43 AM
Wounded U.S. armed forces members are now eligible for the Transportation Security Administration’s pre-approved Pre Check expedited screening at airport security checkpoints across the country. The...
Wed, 2013-03-27 06:18 PM

Coast Guard personnel
examine TWIC reader

Following up its announcement on March 22 that owners of certain vessels and maritime facilities might be required to install electronic TWIC card readers under proposed new regulations, the U.S....
Wed, 2013-03-27 08:58 AM

Swap meet

A pair of Mexican nationals convicted of operating a large-scale counterfeit document mill and selling the phony cards at area swap meets will spend two to five years in prison for their efforts....
Sun, 2013-03-24 11:51 AM

TWIC card reader

The U.S. Coast Guard has proposed new rules that would require certain “high risk” vessels and maritime facilities to install electronic TWIC readers, which would require visitors to such ships and...
Fri, 2013-03-22 08:34 AM

Form I-94

In a move that U.S. Customs and Border Protection said would smooth entry into the U.S. and potentially save millions of dollars in processing costs, it formally submitted new rules that would...
Thu, 2013-03-21 08:32 AM

Phoenix Sky Harbor

TSA is defending itself against charges that its screeners at the Phoenix, AZ, airport “humiliated” a wounded U.S. veteran by asking that he remove his prosthetic legs.
Thu, 2013-03-21 08:03 AM

Omar Shafik

A former Islamist rap artist from Alabama and a training instructor/foreign fighter leader who hails from San Diego, but works for Al Shabaab in Somalia are worth $5 million each to the U.S....
Tue, 2013-03-19 03:58 PM
Tri-Ed, an independent security distributor, is continuing its comprehensive technology roadshow training program throughout 2013. Dealers and integrators can mark their calendars for these free one-...
Tue, 2013-03-19 08:17 AM

Rep. Frank Wolf

A Chinese man employed by NASA’s Langley research labs, was arrested on March 16 as he tried to board a jet for Beijing with a one-way ticket, allegedly trying to sneak sensitive unmanned drone...
Fri, 2013-03-15 12:17 PM
B.I.G. Enterprises, of Los Angeles, CA, has been named Platinum award winner (first place) in a 2013 border security awards program sponsored by Government Security News magazine. The winning product...
Thu, 2013-03-14 04:35 PM
Genetec, a provider of unified IP security solutions, announced on March 13 that Jackson (Mississippi) Police Department is using the AutoVu License Plate Recognition (LPR) solution to help its...
Mon, 2013-03-11 09:01 AM

Likeville, AZ

Border agents can’t conduct forensic searches of electronic devices like laptop computers, cell phones and camera memory sticks without a reasonable idea that criminal activity has occurred, said a...

Company News

Willow Grove, PA-based NMS Labs has added the IntegenX RapidHIT System for rapid human DNA identification. Rapid DNA technology is making waves in the criminal justice field by providing DNA results in as little as 90 minutes. With this technology, NMS Labs will be able to offer DNA testing with unprecedented speed to provide crucial leads to active ongoing criminal investigations. The RapidHIT technology is a less expensive and a faster alternative to traditional DNA testing methods currently available to law enforcement and other investigators.
New York, NY-based Kroll, a provider of risk mitigation and response solutions, has announced that Arturo Mendez has joined the firm as a senior director in Kroll’s Security Risk Management practice.
Portland, OR-based Tripwire, Inc., a provider of advanced threat, security, and compliance solutions has announced a technology integration with Palo Alto Networks that provides mutual customers with unique detection and protection against zero-day exploits and advanced persistent threats.
Irvine, CA-based Cylance, a provider of threat detection and prevention cybersecurity, has released a report detailing coordinated attacks by hackers based in Iran on more than 50 targets in 16 countries around the globe. Victim organizations were found in a variety of critical industries, with most attacks on airlines and airports, energy, oil and gas, telecommunications companies, government agencies and universities.
Boulder, CO-based LogRhythm, the security intelligence company, has announced that Todd Headley, the former chief financial officer of Sourcefire, has been appointed to the LogRhythm board of directors. Headley brings a wealth of expertise in information security to the LogRhythm board, where he will help guide the company during a period of rapid growth and increased customer adoption of LogRhythm’s next generation Security Intelligence and Analytics platform.
Portland, OR-based Tripwire, Inc., a provider of advanced threat, security and compliance solutions, has announced the results of a consumer survey conducted by One Poll and Dimensional Research on holiday shopping security practices. The survey evaluated online cybersecurity awareness of 2,011 consumers from the U.S. and U.K., and revealed that more than 40 percent believe emails from “trusted brands” are safe to click, and nearly a quarter of respondents (24 percent) anticipate doing at least part of their holiday shopping while at work.
Digital security vendor TrustPipe has emerged from stealth mode to release TrustXP, a lightweight downloadable application that provides a significant breakthrough in security for Windows XP, helping make it virtually hack-proof. The company also announced a reseller agreement with NCR’s Telecom and Technology business, a global leader in consumer transaction technologies, through which NCR will globally distribute and manage implementations of TrustXP.
Winnipeg, Canada-based Seccuris, a provider of cybersecurity consulting and managed services, has partnered with organizations working diligently to solve the rise of cyber threats and a shortage of qualified security professionals. The organizations include Sisler High School in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, and the Government of Manitoba.

Commentary and Opinions

Washington, March 18 – The National Retail Federation has presented Congress with practical, commonsense and achievable solutions to better protect consumers and help businesses prevent cyberattacks and data breaches.“We should not be satisfied with simply determining what to do after a data breach occurs,” NRF senior vice president for Government Relations David French said. “Instead, it is important to look at why such breaches occur and what the perpetrators get out of them so that we can find ways to reduce and prevent not only the breaches themselves but the follow-on harm.”
By Nimrod LuriaPolice and FBI are investigating defacement attacks on numerous North American websites in which attackers placed an ISIS flag banner on website home pages and played an Arabic song in the background, as reported by NBC News.The sites appear to have one thing in common: they are all built on the WordPress content management platform.
By Fraser ThomasLast week the US Congress began the process of making President Obama’s State of the Union address, where he focused on ways to secure the nation's businesses and infrastructure in cyberspace, a reality.On Wednesday two House members reintroduced a bill requiring companies to meet a specific set of data security standards when handling customers’ personal information.
By Michael D. HelmMost Americans do not know who Ali al-Marri is and it is my sincere hope that they never find out because of another horrendous attack. Nonetheless, it is extremely alarming that not only has our government released the convicted al-Qaeda operative from U.S. custody to Qatar, but that it has also gone largely unnoticed by the mainstream media.
National Association of Federal Credit Unions (NAFCU) President and CEO Dan Berger renewed the association’s push for national data security and breach notification standards for retailers amid news of a possible data breach at Chick-fil-A chain restaurants.

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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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