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HID Global is opening the door to a new era of security and convenience.  Powered by Seos technology, the HID Mobile Access solution delivers a more secure and convenient way to open doors and...


Wed, 2013-03-27 06:18 PM

Coast Guard personnel
examine TWIC reader

Following up its announcement on March 22 that owners of certain vessels and maritime facilities might be required to install electronic TWIC card readers under proposed new regulations, the U.S....
Wed, 2013-03-27 08:58 AM

Swap meet

A pair of Mexican nationals convicted of operating a large-scale counterfeit document mill and selling the phony cards at area swap meets will spend two to five years in prison for their efforts....
Sun, 2013-03-24 11:51 AM

TWIC card reader

The U.S. Coast Guard has proposed new rules that would require certain “high risk” vessels and maritime facilities to install electronic TWIC readers, which would require visitors to such ships and...
Fri, 2013-03-22 08:34 AM

Form I-94

In a move that U.S. Customs and Border Protection said would smooth entry into the U.S. and potentially save millions of dollars in processing costs, it formally submitted new rules that would...
Thu, 2013-03-21 08:32 AM

Phoenix Sky Harbor

TSA is defending itself against charges that its screeners at the Phoenix, AZ, airport “humiliated” a wounded U.S. veteran by asking that he remove his prosthetic legs.
Thu, 2013-03-21 08:03 AM

Omar Shafik

A former Islamist rap artist from Alabama and a training instructor/foreign fighter leader who hails from San Diego, but works for Al Shabaab in Somalia are worth $5 million each to the U.S....
Tue, 2013-03-19 03:58 PM
Tri-Ed, an independent security distributor, is continuing its comprehensive technology roadshow training program throughout 2013. Dealers and integrators can mark their calendars for these free one-...
Tue, 2013-03-19 08:17 AM

Rep. Frank Wolf

A Chinese man employed by NASA’s Langley research labs, was arrested on March 16 as he tried to board a jet for Beijing with a one-way ticket, allegedly trying to sneak sensitive unmanned drone...
Fri, 2013-03-15 12:17 PM
B.I.G. Enterprises, of Los Angeles, CA, has been named Platinum award winner (first place) in a 2013 border security awards program sponsored by Government Security News magazine. The winning product...
Thu, 2013-03-14 04:35 PM
Genetec, a provider of unified IP security solutions, announced on March 13 that Jackson (Mississippi) Police Department is using the AutoVu License Plate Recognition (LPR) solution to help its...
Mon, 2013-03-11 09:01 AM

Likeville, AZ

Border agents can’t conduct forensic searches of electronic devices like laptop computers, cell phones and camera memory sticks without a reasonable idea that criminal activity has occurred, said a...
Wed, 2013-03-06 04:53 PM
U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) is planning to award an operation and maintenance contract to MorphoTrust Inc., a unit of Safran, the only company with employees certified to...

Company News

New Orleans, LA-based, a provider of ID scanning software solutions, and a subsidiary of Wizz Systems, has announced the successful completion of IGT’s testing process for its ID scanning technology and M-280 flatbed scanner.’s solution successfully integrates with IGT’s Advantage Patron Management Casino Management System to automate the player enrollment process.
Farpointe Data, the access control industry's global partner of choice for premium RFID solutions, has announced that access control manufacturers and integrators can now provide their customers with a way to protect their card-based systems from skimming, eavesdropping and relay attacks.
New York, NY-based SuperCom, a provider of electronic intelligence solutions for e-Government, public safety, and mobile payments has announced its intent to acquire Prevision as part of its strategy to offer complimentary security products and solutions to its growing customer base.
Mclean, VA-based BAE Systems is launching a new Corporate Security Analysis service to assist companies with social risk monitoring and regional security analysis. The analysis-on-demand service optimizes open source and social media feeds to detect malicious or inadvertent leaks of sensitive information and intellectual property, potential insider threats, social engineering attempts, smear campaigns, and other issues of concern.
Novato, CA-based DriveSavers, a provider of recovery, eDiscovery,  and digital forensic solutions, has announced a partnership with GC Micro, an information technology firm with a competitive NASA Solutions for Enterprise-Wide Procurement (SEWP IV), government wide acquisition contract (GWAC).
The U.S. Department of the Navy has awarded Accenture Federal Services five task orders under an indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract to provide information technology support and training for the Navy Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system. Each task order has a one-year period of performance. The total value of all five task orders is $19.8 million.
Security-Net, Inc., a global provider of security system services, has announced that it voted to approve the membership of Bill Hogan as the Security-Net member representative for D/A Central in Oak Pak, MI.Hogan has served as president of D/A Central since 2013. The founder and Chief Executive Officer of Market Basket Rewards Inc., a comprehensive loyalty marketing and data analytics platform as a service for retailers, Hogan was hired to join D/A Central by Chief Executive Officer and Founder Dave Shelton.
Reston, VA-based NCI, a provider of information technology (IT) and professional services and solutions to U.S. Federal Government agencies, has announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Computech, a provider of agile and lean application software development and IT operations and maintenance.

Commentary and Opinions

Washington, March 18 – The National Retail Federation has presented Congress with practical, commonsense and achievable solutions to better protect consumers and help businesses prevent cyberattacks and data breaches.“We should not be satisfied with simply determining what to do after a data breach occurs,” NRF senior vice president for Government Relations David French said. “Instead, it is important to look at why such breaches occur and what the perpetrators get out of them so that we can find ways to reduce and prevent not only the breaches themselves but the follow-on harm.”
By Nimrod LuriaPolice and FBI are investigating defacement attacks on numerous North American websites in which attackers placed an ISIS flag banner on website home pages and played an Arabic song in the background, as reported by NBC News.The sites appear to have one thing in common: they are all built on the WordPress content management platform.
By Fraser ThomasLast week the US Congress began the process of making President Obama’s State of the Union address, where he focused on ways to secure the nation's businesses and infrastructure in cyberspace, a reality.On Wednesday two House members reintroduced a bill requiring companies to meet a specific set of data security standards when handling customers’ personal information.
By Michael D. HelmMost Americans do not know who Ali al-Marri is and it is my sincere hope that they never find out because of another horrendous attack. Nonetheless, it is extremely alarming that not only has our government released the convicted al-Qaeda operative from U.S. custody to Qatar, but that it has also gone largely unnoticed by the mainstream media.
National Association of Federal Credit Unions (NAFCU) President and CEO Dan Berger renewed the association’s push for national data security and breach notification standards for retailers amid news of a possible data breach at Chick-fil-A chain restaurants.

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Pan Kamal, VP of Marketing for Alert Enterprise, a security software company headquartered in Fremont, CA, explains in his opening remarks that he is going to describe Alert Enterprise’s award-winning unified solution for critical infrastructure protection. As Kamal points out, government and critical infrastructure agencies have recognized the dangers and have armed themselves to the teeth with network protection and cyber security tools on the IT security side, and have similarly armed themselves with perimeter protection tools on the physical security side.

E-Seek Inc, which designs and manufactures bar code readers for verifying drivers’ licenses, was platinum winner in GSN’s 2013 Border Security Awards in the category of “Best Identification Document Verification Solution”.  With barcodes now being used in drivers licenses issued by all 50 states, E-Seek produces desktop readers as well as a line of compact, portable and wireless readers that are widely used in law enforcement patrol cars, banks, casinos and hospitals.  In a major announcement at the Border Security Expo, Mr.

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.

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