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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, 2012-12-07 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...
Tue, 2012-12-04 11:37 AM

FBI Aldawsari
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Two private company managers’ gut instincts spurred the 2011 FBI investigation and arrest of a former Texas Tech university student who planned to cause mayhem and carnage with powerful home-made...
Fri, 2012-11-30 12:46 PM
Government Security News announced winners in 42 different homeland security categories, showering accolades on top achievements by IT and physical security companies, and by federal, state and local...
Fri, 2012-11-30 11:34 AM

CBP's Aguilar

The U.S. and Taiwan agreed to recognize each other's supply chain security standards in an agreement signed on Nov. 26. The American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) and the Taipei Economic and Cultural...
Fri, 2012-11-30 09:30 AM

Sen. Lieberman

A Portland, Maine man will spend six years in prison for mailing threatening letter to the chairmen of the House and Senate homeland security committees between 2010 and 2011. Michael R. Thomas, 52,...
Fri, 2012-11-30 08:27 AM

GSN Awards 2012

Hundreds of the best of the homeland security community’s federal, state and municipal government officials, government contractors, systems integrators, IT vendors and physical security product and...
Thu, 2012-11-29 09:02 AM

TSA checkpoint

A blog post on the Huffington Post news site questioning The Transportation Security Administration’s handling of its Pre Check passenger pre-approval program drew a strong response from the agency...
Thu, 2012-11-29 08:40 AM


The U.S. moved to revoke the passport of American-born Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) leader Anwar al-Awlaki’s passport six months before the cleric was killed in a drone strike in Yemen in...
Tue, 2012-11-27 10:26 AM
Even though the Transportation Security Administration has multiple ways to receive passenger complaints about its operations, it lacks a single agency-wide policy to foster those complaints through...

Company News

Stanley Security Solutions, a provider of integrated security solutions for institutional, commercial and industrial businesses and organizations, announced on August 16 that Chris Casazza has been appointed president of Stanley Mechanical Solutions.

In his new position with Stanley, Casazza is responsible for leading the entire Stanley Mechanical Solutions business.

Kantech, part of Tyco Security Products, has unveiled Intevo, an integrated security platform that unites access control, IP video and intrusion in a compact and scalable solution.

Intevo is an easy-to-deploy integrated security platform, designed to be up-and-running in minimal time. Intevo is simple to configure and includes a customized dashboard for easy system management, says a news release issued by Tyco Security Products on Aug. 14.

Austin, TX-based Gemalto has been awarded a second consecutive five-year contract by the Government Printing Office (GPO) to deliver ICAO-compliant electronic eCovers and secure pre-personalization services.

GPO will supply the complete electronic passport book and related services to The Department of State for issuance to U.S. citizens, said the company. International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) is the global standards agency that regulates air transportation and border-crossing procedures.

Automatic Systems, a manufacturer of pedestrian security entrance control and vehicle gates and barriers, announced on August 9 that its SmartLane optical portals have passed 10 million cycles in use at their North American production facility.

Reagan National Airport and Dulles International Airport near Washington D.C. are the 41st and 42nd airports to join SecurityPoint’s network of secure checkpoint trays.  The new system was set to be installed at both airports by July 26, 2012.

Alternative advertising firm SecurityPoint Media, in conjunction with JCDecaux, the world's largest out of home advertising company, are implementing the SecureTray systems.

CREONE AB, of Sweden, which manufactures and integrates revolutionary key and value management systems, is currently in an expansion phase. Founded in 1979, whose products are sold to 25 countries with more than 6,000 clients, CREONE’s production facility and company headquarters are located in Tranås and Stocklom in Sweden.

The ASSA ABLOY Mobile Innovation Showroom (MIS) is back on the road and beginning the official countdown to ASIS 2012. Currently with more than 70,000 miles traveled to more than 100 cities across the country, the truck features more than 100 products in a 750-square-foot showroom.  

Honeywell’s newest addition to its line of Vindicator security technology takes high-end security capabilities typically used at critical infrastructure sites, such as military bases, and adapts them for use at commercial and industrial facilities.

The new Vindicator Standard Edition (SE) security platform is ideal for high-end commercial sites, including airports, corrections facilities and utilities.

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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