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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...


Fri, 2012-12-21 08:47 AM
Over a dozen states currently meet the Department of Homeland Security’s REAL ID national identity standards, while the remaining states that don’t currently comply will get extensions to do so come...
Thu, 2012-12-20 09:08 AM

Seized cash

A child’s purse and hidden compartments figured into the seizure of tens of thousands of dollars in unreported cash in three separate incidents at border crossings near El Paso, TX, in December. U.S...
Wed, 2012-12-19 11:03 AM

Asylum application

Federal law enforcement agents on Dec. 18 arrested 26 people, including six lawyers, alleging that they helped concoct lies for would-be immigrants who claimed religious or political persecution in...
Wed, 2012-12-19 08:51 AM

Operation Bear III

Separate criminal alien enforcement actions in two southern states the week of Dec. 10 produced 107 arrests of criminal aliens, immigration law violators, and immigration fugitives in south Texas and...
Mon, 2012-12-17 10:30 AM

Los Angeles
International Airport

During the week of Dec. 10, ICE and CBP surged customs enforcement agents into key west coast cargo shipping and mail centers in a stepped-up enforcement actions against shipments of counterfeit...
Thu, 2012-12-13 09:33 AM
Three Mexican men face federal immigration charges after they were arrested in Phoenix, AZ, for allegedly running a drop house, as well as brutalizing and terrorizing the illegal aliens they were...
Wed, 2012-12-12 09:03 AM

FBI headquarters

Federal agents arrested two men on Dec. 11 as they prepared to travel to north Africa to wage violent jihad. Randy Wilson, also known as Rasheed Wilson, 25 was arrested the morning of Dec. 11 in...
Tue, 2012-12-11 03:26 PM
European banking giant HSBC will forfeit $1.256 billion under a prosecution agreement it signed with the U.S. Justice Department for failing to put protections in place to stem money laundering by...
Tue, 2012-12-11 09:16 AM
Thirty-one convicted criminal aliens, immigration fugitives and immigration violators were arrested by ICE enforcement officers during a two-day-long operation in the Chicago area.
Mon, 2012-12-10 04:07 PM

Michael Jackson,
CEO of VidSys

It has become conventional wisdom that Physical Security Information Management (PSIM) systems have become more and more capable in recent years, by developing the ability to ingest and make sense of...
Mon, 2012-12-10 12:17 PM

Blue Water Bridge

The Canadian government expanded its trusted traders’ expedited border crossing pilot program to another site on Dec. 7. Patricia Davidson, Member of Parliament for Sarnia-Lambton, on behalf of...
Fri, 2012-12-07 12:46 PM
Twenty-one businesses in Puerto Rico, including one of the island’s leading telecommunications carriers and some of its biggest retailers, took part in the largest signing ceremony ever for ICE's...

Company News

SoBran, Inc. was awarded a $1 million contract to provide on-site storage, warehousing management and support services for the Naval Station at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, including the Naval Hospital and Joint Task Force.

The company said the current contract value is $1 million and the period of performance is three years if all options are exercised.

New York-based JetBlue airlines broke ground on Oct. 1 on an extension to its home at John F. Kennedy's Terminal 5 that includes space for expanded U.S. customs operations.

The facility, set to open in early 2015, includes six international arrivals gates – three new and three converted from Terminal 5 - and an International Arrivals Hall with full U.S. Custom and Federal Inspection Services (FIS) to deliver what the company said will be a seamless travel experience for customers arriving from international flights on JetBlue and select partner airlines.

Extreme Networks, Inc. introduced on Sept. 24 an Ethernet-based physical security network solution designed to help reduce installation, operational costs and truck rolls, and simplify operations associated with networked physical security systems, including integrated alarms, IP surveillance cameras, door locks and related elements.  

Blue Bell, PA-based Unisys has been awarded a task order by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Targeting and Analysis Systems Program Office (TASPO) to develop, operate and manage systems used for risk assessments of people and cargo entering the U.S. on a daily basis.

Kaba ADS Americas, a manufacturer of access control and data system solutions, has introduced its new Time Key data capture terminal to its intelligence-based product line. Time Key is a versatile integrated time & attendance and physical access control product, says the company. By combining the two, Time Key allows users to share a single user base for administration.

Automatic Systems, a manufacturer of pedestrian security entrance control and vehicle access control equipment, announced the launch of its partnership with Tonali SpA (Tonali) of Italy, and a new line of security doors.

In an effort to help more young people understand and apply for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), the New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG) parked its new Mobile Legal Help Center outside Newtown High School in Elmhurst, Queens, for the first two afternoons of the new school year on Sept. 6 and 7.

Genetec, a provider of unified IP security solutions, announced on August 28 a number of strategic hires and changes that have been made to the organization in recent quarters to further position the business for growth. 

Stephan Kaiser, who was previously Genetec's North American director of sales, will now head the company’s license plate recognition segment to help support increased global demand for Genetec's AutoVu product line.

Commentary and Opinions

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.

When newspapers, popular magazines, and cable news channels run stories on public safety security and video surveillance, their knee-jerk reaction is too often a clever reference to “Big Brother” and an implication that something dangerous and sinister is happening.

You approach the scene, taking the first steps to determining what happened and how to prevent it in the future. Following your training, you secure the area, conduct a scan of the scene, take photos to maintain a permanent record of the scene as you found it, and begin collecting and evaluating physical evidence.

With new technologies -- such as virtualization, cloud computing and mobility -- come new threats to IT systems. The sophistication of those threats -- both internal and external -- has become a major concern for the federal government. In fact, cyber security is among the top priorities for the White House and Congress as evidenced by recent legislation and initiatives aimed at protecting sensitive data and intelligence, including health and personally identifiable information.

In our increasingly digital world, our nation’s information security is just as important as its physical security. With President Obama declaring that cyber threats are “one of the most serious economic and national security challenges we face as a nation,” all areas of government are under increasing pressure to develop a proactive and comprehensive IT defense strategy.


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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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