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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, 2013-01-04 09:29 AM

Boquillas, Mexico

A new border crossing is set to open in the Big Bend National Big Bend National Park in Texas in the coming days. On Dec. 21, Customs and Border Protection said the Department of Homeland Security’s...
Wed, 2013-01-02 10:46 AM
The Department of Homeland Security published a final rule to establish a process to allow certain individuals to apply for a provisional unlawful presence waiver before they depart the U.S. to...
Fri, 2012-12-28 04:17 PM
The State Department is gathering information from potential vendors who could supply card stock for the department’s credit card-sized Passport Cards and Border Crossing Cards, as well as radio...
Mon, 2012-12-24 09:14 AM

Roma, TX POE

A biometric check of a woman at the Roma, TX, border checkpoint by Customs and Border agents led to the discovery of two children missing from Missouri. CBP officers at the Roma Port of Entry...
Mon, 2012-12-24 09:00 AM
Immigration and Customs Enforcement set out new policy guidance on Dec. 21 which focuses on illegal immigrants convicted of serious crimes or who are facing serious charges, which could also...
Fri, 2012-12-21 11:14 AM
One of the leaders of a human smuggling network that brought illegal south Asian and African immigrants through Central America to the U.S. was deported on Dec. 20. The Guatemalan national, Orlando...
Fri, 2012-12-21 09:03 AM

TSA checkpoint

TSA’s Pre Check pre-approved, trusted traveler program is now in 35 airports nationwide, said the agency. John Wayne Airport (SNA) in Orange County, CA, became the mile-marker facility on Dec. 19,...
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...

Company News

SoundView Research recently published an updated report on Viscount Systems, Inc., a developer and manufacturer of IT-based solutions for physical security systems. 

Robyn Broadway has joined Secura Key as Midwest regional sales manager, responsible for supporting and building upon all access control related sales in the Midwest for the company. Secura Key is a global supplier of access control security products. 

Software House, in conjunction with HID Global, announced on October 30 that their combined end-to-end physical access control system with high assurance readers and validation software has been approved as a fully-compliant FICAM solution by the General Services Administration (GSA). 

Gallagher's unique, integrated approach to access control will be showcased at the Higher Education Expo in London on October 17. In conjunction with security experts, Assa Abloy, Gallagher will use the event to demonstrate the key features, benefits and attributes of its renowned V7.10 Command Centre system, alongside Assa Abloy's advanced Aperio product range. 

Juniper Networks, a network innovator, announced on October 14 that it has partnered with Thursby Software to enable government agencies to use smartcard authentication on Apple iOS devices. 

Universal Protection Service, a division of Universal Services of America and one of the largest providers of security services in the U.S., announced on October 11 that it has acquired Carney Security Service, Inc.

For more than 30 years, Carney Security Service, Inc. has been offering a full range of building and personal security services for many of the most distinguished clientele and prestigious facilities located across the New York metropolitan area.

Synaptics Inc., of San Jose, CA, a supplier of human interface solutions, announced on October 9 that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Validity Sensors, Inc., also of San Jose, a provider of biometric fingerprint authentication solutions for smartphones, tablets and notebook PCs.

HID Global, a supplier of secure identity solutions, announced on September 30 that it has expanded its pivCLASS product portfolio with an extensive family of credential authentication solutions that enables customers to comply with government physical access control mandates.   

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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