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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, 2012-11-27 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
policy poster

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...
Mon, 2012-11-19 11:26 AM

I-9 form

Twenty companies in Connecticut and Maine face federal fines after U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) investigations and I-9 audits turned up irregularities in their employment records....
Mon, 2012-11-19 09:00 AM
A former prosecutor and a clerk in Colombia’s office of attorney general have been arrested for allegedly selling sensitive information about U.S. narcotics prosecutions in New York. The two...
Fri, 2012-11-16 10:10 AM
Members of Canada’s expedited, pre-approved passenger security clearance system are now eligible to participate in TSA's Pre Check pre-clearance program.  Canadian citizens traveling...
Tue, 2012-11-13 09:24 AM
Ships traveling between the U.S. and Canada and the ports that serve them can present attractive targets to terrorists, but the vessels and facilities present a difficult environment to execute an...
Mon, 2012-11-12 08:14 AM

AFGE/TSA officials
sign agreement

Transportation Security Administration workers voted to ratify their first-ever collective bargaining agreement with the agency on Nov. 9. The agreement between the American Federation of Government...
Thu, 2012-11-08 04:49 PM
In spite of unfortunate business interruptions caused by power outages, flooding, loss of Internet services and other damages inflicted on the Northeastern part of the country by Hurricane Sandy,...
Wed, 2012-11-07 08:45 AM
A two-day criminal alien enforcement sweep by Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) netted 31 criminal aliens, immigration fugitives and immigration violators in the greater Chicago area in...
Wed, 2012-11-07 08:26 AM

Intercontinental Hotel

The purported leader of the Haqqani Network’s suicide operations, Qari Zakir, has been singled out by the U.S. State Department and the United Nations on their lists of global terrorists, blocking...

Company News

SimplexGrinnell, a Tyco International company, is highlighting the capabilities of its Simplex 4100ES (eServices) fire alarm system, emphasizing how the new platform’s serviceability features can improve operational efficiency and lower life-cycle costs.

The 4100ES system has been built with the needs of engineers, contractors, facility managers and building owners in mind, says a news release issued by the company on June 12.

Honeywell released on June 6 a new technology platform for its popular Total Connect service that allows home and business owners to remotely manage their security systems and view live video, via PCs, smartphones, tablets and other Web-enabled devices.

When it comes to sniffing for explosives and drugs, the first image that comes into the minds of many folks is a facsimile of Rin Tin Tin. The sniffer that will be announced the week of May 16 by a Wilmington, MA, maker of security sensing devices, though, will have more science than snout.

Mapping out zones where mobile phones are persona non grata can be essential in some secure facilities such as research labs, military bases and correctional facilities. The question, though, is how can those zones be policed?

Some organizations use jamming systems, which blocks the wireless signal to the phone, but that can be an expensive solution. Varitronics, of Metuchen, NJ, has another idea. It's a compact cell phone monitoring device called the WatchHound.

Mobile identity solution provider MaxID Pty Ltd said on May 9 it had won a 1,000 unit sale in South Africa.

According to MaxID, the undisclosed customer bought 1,000 of the company’s iDL500 MaxID Pty Ltd is a wholly owned company of MaxID Corp, a leading provider of mobile identity solutions.

Cross Match Technologies, Inc., a global provider of biometric identity solutions, announced on May 9 that John Hinmon has joined the company as vice president of marketing, with additional responsibilities relating to the company’s mergers and acquisitions activities.

Bexar County’s Pre-Trial Services and Sheriff’s Office selected electronic monitoring technology and solutions from G4S Justice Services, LLC (G4S), a provider of advanced monitoring services.

The county seat of San Antonio, TX, Bexar County is the 19th most populous county in the nation, with a population of 1,714,773, according to the 2010 census.

Software House, part of Tyco Security Products, announced on April 27 the integration of C•CURE 9000 with HID Global’s EDGE family of IP-based access control solutions. This integration demonstrates the mutual commitment of HID Global and Software House to providing open platform offerings that give customers more options for integrated solutions, said Software House in a news release it issued on April 27.

Commentary and Opinions

Every day citizens put their faith and trust in the decisions that government programs make about identities (security clearances, border crossings, benefits and credentials). However, these decisions may not be as trustworthy as you think, because they are often not based upon current and validated information. This lack of information awareness has been accentuated by the onset of Big Data (the dramatic increase in data volumes, sources, types and velocity), which increases the risk of an undetected change in a person’s identity profile.

An important deadline is fast approaching for federal, state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies. Starting September 30, 2014, the FBI will require advanced authentication for anyone accessing its criminal justice information (CJIS) system to keep highly sensitive law enforcement data from falling into the wrong hands. 

It is possible to forecast the types of warfare that one’s terrorist adversary is likely to conduct, whether as an organized group or as “lone wolf” operatives. Such a forecasting capability is especially crucial when complete information about one’s terrorist adversary is lacking. This is important because several recent high visibility terrorist attacks could have been pre-empted and thwarted if the intelligence and law enforcement agencies that were tracking these groups and operatives had possessed such a forecasting capability.


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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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