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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...
Fri, 2012-12-07 09:23 AM

DHS detention facility

The Department of Homeland Security formally moved on Dec. 6 to fulfill a presidential order to develop standards aimed at protecting people housed in government detention facilities from sexual...
Fri, 2012-12-07 08:52 AM

TSA checkpoint

The program that has seen 16 airports around the nation move to private screeners at security checkpoints in lieu of TSA agents needs better guidance and a formal process to measure performance...
Wed, 2012-12-05 08:46 AM
A U.S. deputy marshal faces federal charges for allegedly disclosing the identity of an undercover Homeland Security Investigations officer to his father, who was a suspected drug dealer at the time.
Tue, 2012-12-04 02:23 PM

Amistad dam

A modernized U.S. border inspection station on the Rio Grande will open on December 11 to replace a 1960’s era facility near Del Rio, Texas. The new inspection facility at the Amistad Dam replaces an...

Company News

The Secure Worker Access Consortium (SWAC) announced on Feb. 14 the deployment of AssureID by AssureTec Technologies, Inc., of Manchester, NH, to instantly authenticate the identification documents SWAC applicants present when enrolling for membership at a SWAC processing center.

The Ralph Carr Judicial Center in Denver, CO, which is on track for completion in the Spring of 2013, has selected AMAG Technology’s Symmetry Homeland V7 Security Management System.

The National Nuclear Security Administration said Sandia Site Office Manager Patty Wagner will retire on Feb. 3 after 31 years of federal service.

As Sandia Site Office manager, NNSA said Wagner was responsible for overseeing the $2.5 billion contract for Sandia National Laboratories and ensuring the safe and secure operations of the laboratories.

Applied DNA Sciences, Inc. (APDN), a provider of DNA-based security, announced on Jan. 13 that its SigNature DNA anti-crime technology has played a key role in the dismantling of a major drug ring in the United Kingdom, where 11 drug cartel members were sentenced to a total of 31 years in prison.

A massive police operation, conducted over a period of three years, resulted in seizures totaling more than $400,000 worth of cocaine, heroin and cannabis, along with the equivaqlent of nearly $75,000 in cash.

Kantech, part of Tyco Security Products, announced on Jan. 12 the release of EntraPass v5.01 security software, which has been designed to help customers keep up with their changing access control security needs whether they are managing one building or multiple sites from a network.

Alarm Lock’s keypad-less standalone access control lock, the Trilogy PL3000, is a big hit on the Block Island ferries. The Block Island Ferry/ Interstate Navigation Company has operated year-round ferry service to Block Island for more than 75 years. After numerous attempts to increase security measures with competitive locks that failed in less than a year, former Block Island Police Chief William McCombe, who is currently director of security for Interstate Navigation, has found exactly what he was seeking. 

AMAG Technology, a provider of converged access control, IP video and intrusion management, announced on Jan. 9 the appointment of Chris Earleywine as its new vice president of sales.

In his new role, Earleywine will manage AMAG’s team of regional sales managers and sales engineers and implement sales strategies to promote company growth, assist customers and uphold AMAG’s philosophy of exceptional customer service, says a company news release. Earleywine reports to Matt Barnette, senior vice president of sales and marketing.

Codebench, Inc., a provider of TWIC / HSPD-12 / FIPS-201 authentication and physical access control middleware, announced on Jan. 2 that it has released a new SDK called IDSync, the first solution of its kind to provide a standardized Web services interface for automated provisioning and de-provisioning of users and credentials into virtually any supported physical access control system (PACS).

Commentary and Opinions

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.

According to former 9/11 Commission counsel and CEO of the Secure Identity and Biometrics Association (SIBA) Janice Kephart, there is no further reason for Congress to delay implementing biometric exit legislation at airports and seaports.

“The science is there, and proof is in the 16 nations that have fully implemented best-in-class biometrics that speed travel and virtually eliminate fraud, most of them in the past couple of years. Passage of a biometric exit bill -- and full deployment by DHS -- is both cost-effective and feasible now.

As you may be aware, the Department of Defense Information Assurance Certification and Accreditation Process, better known as DIACAP, regulates the implementation of risk management for information systems. What you may not know is that not all DIACAP certifications are created equal. Understanding this accreditation process, how the certification is achieved and what it signifies -- or working with an integration specialist who has this expertise -- will help your agency make the best possible decision in choosing an access control or other security solution.


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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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