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Tue, 2013-02-05 08:58 AM

Washington Dulles

Mismatches between identity documents and biometric scans gave away two men hoping to enter the U.S. illegally on flights into Washington Dulles International Airport the week of Jan. 28. In two...
Mon, 2013-02-04 10:26 AM
Border Patrol apprehensions of attempted illegal border crossers decreased in fiscal 2012, totaling nearly 365,000 nationwide, according to a recent Customs and Border Protection report, down almost...
Fri, 2013-02-01 11:37 AM
Most GSN readers are familiar with HSPD-12, the 2004 Homeland Security Presidential Directive that mandated a standard for secure and reliable forms of identification issued by the federal government...
Wed, 2013-01-30 12:07 PM

John Skowronski

Quantum Secure, a provider of enterprise software that manages and streamlines security identities, compliance and analytics across disparate physical security systems, has appointed John Skowronski...
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....

Company News

San Carlos, CA-based MarkLogic Corporation, a provider of Enterprise NoSQL database platforms, has announced the availability of the MarkLogic Enterprise NoSQL database on Amazon Web Services (AWS) GovCloud (US). AWS GovCloud (US) is designed to allow U.S. government agencies and contractors to move more sensitive workloads into the cloud by addressing their specific regulatory and compliance requirements.

Alexandria, VA-based Mobile Work Exchange, a public-private partnership focused on demonstrating the value of mobility and telework, has announced the results of a new study, “Mobility Progress Report: Are Federal Agencies Passing the Test?”, which explores agency outcomes thus far from OMB’s Digital Government Strategy and the Telework Enhancement Act of 2010.

Global Elite Group (GEG) has expanded its access control tool Secure Swipe, an easily deployed and portable hand-held unit utilizing a bar code, magnetic strip and RFID reader at all access points. As a portable access control system, SecureSwipe is a truly mobile access control system that also serves as a guard tour device.

Maple Lawn, MD-based AirPatrol Corporation, a location-based mobile device security developer, has announced it has joined Good Technology’s partner ecosystem to provide organizations with the ability to automatically change security policies on mobile devices based on contextual inputs such as the device’s location and owner.

Eden Prairie, MN-based IdentiSys Inc., a sales and service integrator of identification, card issuance, emergency response, customer line management and access control security systems, has announced the acquisition of Photo I.D. Systems & Supplies, Inc., located in Cincinnati, OH.

Since 2009, the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) has required U.S. and Canadian travelers, including members of the Cattaragus/Allegany Territories Seneca Nation of Indians, to present a passport or other WHTI-approved document that denotes identity and citizenship when entering the U.S. at land or sea borders while traveling within the western hemisphere. A result of the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004, the goal of WHTI is to facilitate entry while strengthening U.S. border security.

Oakbrook Terrace, IL-based VASCO Data Security International, a provider of authentication, digital signatures, and identity management, has announced that it has executed an agreement to acquire Risk IDS, a provider of risk-based authentication solutions to the global banking community.

Port Townsend, WA-based Intellicheck Mobilisa, a provider of identity solutions and wireless security systems, has obtained a U.S. patent for a system that allows users to compare information contained on two or more IDs.

Commentary and Opinions

With more than 10 million purported attempts to break into Pentagon systems and servers each day, it was not surprising when the White House confirmed that individuals thought to be working for the Russian government attempted to hack its servers.

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.


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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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