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Peter Boriskin, Director of Product Management for ASSA ABLOY'S Commerical Electronic Access Control Products, indicates that he would like to describe the features and benefits of the SARGENT SE...


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Immigration officials arrested 136 criminal aliens in two separate enforcement operations in Kentucky and Michigan in the early days of January. In a two-day operation centering around Lexington, KY...
Mon, 2013-01-14 12:19 PM
The Department of Interior’s U.S. Geological Survey is planning to award a sole source contract to Security Install Solutions, Inc., of Denver, CO, to expand the current Physical Access Control...
Thu, 2013-01-10 01:51 PM

The White House’s
Richard Reed,
a top honoree

White House’s Reed, a top honoree, says emergency response depends on community Richard Reed, Deputy Assistant to President Obama for Homeland Security, told hundreds of attendees at GSN’s awards...
Thu, 2013-01-10 12:19 PM

Old Boundary, WA

Boundary, Washington has a new modernized land port of entry . The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) opened the new land border port on Jan. 9 with funding from the American Recovery and...
Thu, 2013-01-10 09:16 AM

Tucson sector

The Border Patrol’s 2012-2016 strategic plan to secure the border with Mexico lacks specific timelines the agency needs to effectively manage its work, according to a new report from the Government...
Wed, 2013-01-09 10:41 AM
The U.S. State Department wants to continue a program known as Smart Traveler Enrollment Program, or STEP, under which it enables approximately one million U.S. citizens traveling abroad to register...
Wed, 2013-01-09 09:00 AM
A new common monetary value threshold for expedited customs treatments is now being assessed by the U.S. and Canadian governments, which both countries say will speed cross-border trade. The new rule...
Wed, 2013-01-09 08:31 AM
An Albanian man who lived in Brooklyn, NY, will spend 15 years behind bars for his support of violent jihadists in Pakistan’s tribal area and attempting to travel there to wage violent jihad. Agron...
Tue, 2013-01-08 10:13 AM

Denis Hebert,
CEO of HID Global

HID Global, a leader in secure identity solutions, announced on Jan. 8 that it has acquired Codebench, a supplier of physical security identity management solutions, particularly for the government...
Mon, 2013-01-07 02:23 PM
In an effort to reduce the risk of identity theft, the Internal Revenue Service has proposed new regulations which would allow certain companies and organizations to issue statements to individual...
Mon, 2013-01-07 08:43 AM

Laredo, TX
border crossing

A Brazilian man has pleaded guilty for his role in an operation that smuggled undocumented immigrants from India into the U.S., through Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean.
Fri, 2013-01-04 06:05 PM
Access Control as a Service (ACaaS) offers additional revenue and end-user penetration opportunities that traditional access control solutions do not, according to a recent study published by IMS...

Company News

Significantly expanding its ability to provide secure ID solutions to government, HID Global has announced the acquisition of IdenTrust, Inc., a provider of solutions for globally interoperable digital identities that can authenticate, encrypt, and create electronic signatures for every type of transaction activity where proof of identity is essential.

West Falls Church, VA-based Northrop Grumman has signed an agreement with CA Technologies, of Islandia, NY, to provide its customers with secure, cost-effective cloud-based identity and access management services in the fields of health care, civil government, and state and local markets.

Intellicheck Mobilisa of Port Townsend, WA, a major supplier of identity solutions and wireless security systems, has obtained a U.S. patent for a technology that reads the information encoded on an ID card, authenticates and displays the bearer’s birthdate and also displays a sample reference image of the ID just scanned to assist in the authentication process.

Ultra Electronics ID, of Weymouth, U.K., has released new proximity access cards designed to work seamlessly with other legacy access card systems. UltraSecure credentials let organizations quickly replace most existing proximity cards regardless of their make and model, according to the company.

Datacard Group of Minnetonka, MN, a major producer of secure ID and card personalization solutions, has announced the successful purchase of Entrust, Inc., a highly respected provider of identity-based security solutions based in Dallas, TX. The merged company will employ nearly 2000 professionals.

VideoTronix, Incorporated, a systems integrator that does business as VTI Security, announced on December 17 that Bryan Viau has been promoted to chief operating officer, effective September 1, 2013.  

Brivo Systems LLC, a supplier of cloud applications for security management, has announced that as of October 30, 2013, its pre-cloud end-to-end physical access control system with high assurance readers and certificate path validation software has been approved as a fully-compliant FICAM solution by the General Services Administration (GSA). 

Brivo Systems LLC, a supplier of cloud applications for security management, announced on November 20 the appointment of Todd Harrington as its new regional sales manager for the Mid-Atlantic territory, as well as for key federal accounts. Harrington assumed his new responsibilities on November 18. 

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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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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