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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...


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...
Tue, 2012-11-27 09:26 AM
One of the men involved in a huge identity theft ring that brokered stolen Puerto Rican Social Security cards, birth certificates and drivers’ licenses to customers on the mainland U.S. will spend...
Mon, 2012-11-26 08:42 AM

Alan Bersin

Former U.S. Customs and Border Protection commissioner Alan Bersin was elected to the executive committee of the international law enforcement organization Interpol on November 21. Bersin was elected...
Tue, 2012-11-20 10:45 AM

TSA Opt-out
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As the busiest travel season of the year approaches, the Transportation Security Agency is girding for another mass protest of its body scanning policies and technologies.
Mon, 2012-11-19 02:20 PM

SWAT team

A 19-year-old Alabama man was indicted for sending an entire town’s police force on a wild goose chase to the home of an online gaming rival in Texas. Stephen Sherwin Stepho of Tuscaloosa, AL, was...

Company News

BridgePoint Systems, a provider of smart-card readers and enrollment software for Physical Access Control Systems (PACs), on December 13 launched its new Crypto ID smart card. The new card sets a higher security standard for smart card usage in the facility access industry, said the company.

Honeywell announced on Dec. 8 that Scott Harkins has been appointed to lead Honeywell Security Group’s (HSG) products businesses in the Americas.

Gallagher announced on Dec. 7 that its security solution will be installed in Vattanac Capital Tower, Cambodia’s first high-rise building.

At nearly 184 meters high, the 39-story building will be the tallest building in Phnom Penh and the city’s most prestigious commercial address, ultimately providing a unique cultural presence in the capital city. Designed to meet the needs of Cambodia’s developing business community, the high-rise will include trading floors, offices, high-end retail and luxury serviced apartments.

Tyco International Ltd. announced on Dec. 6 that it has completed the acquisition of Visonic Ltd., a developer and manufacturer of electronic security systems and components, for approximately $100 million in cash. The acquisition was first announced on September 15.

HID Global, a secure identity supplier, announced on Nov. 16 that it has expanded its card personalization portfolio with the introduction of its FARGO HDP8500 industrial card printer/encoder, its highest capacity, rugged and most secure printing/encoding solution.

Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA), the agency that oversees airport operations for the city of Los Angeles, including Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) awarded a contract modification to Unisys to upgrade its access control and alarm monitoring system, used to identify the 45,000 airport employees, contractors, police and others who work at the organization's three airports.

LAWA awarded a contract to Unisys to operate and maintain the access control and alarm monitoring system in 2009.

Good Technology and ActivIdentity Corporation, part of HID Global, announced on Nov. 15 a strategic partnership to deliver an array of new government-strength, two-factor mobile authentication and credentialing solutions for the iOS and Android platforms.

Barix AG, a supplier of IP audio, control and monitoring, announced on Nov. 10 that Milestone Systems, a provider of open platform IP video management software, has integrated Barix Audio over IP device support with Milestone XProtect IP video management software (VMS). The collaboration enables bi-directional, high-quality voice and audio for XProtect deployments.

Commentary and Opinions

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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