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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, 2013-02-06 11:23 AM

Artist rendering of
Royal Princess

SISCO's A-PASS 6 patent-pending wireless mobile life safety and security access control system has been chosen to be installed on the new Royal Princess. The Royal Princess is the first of two 1082-...
Tue, 2013-02-05 08:58 AM

Washington Dulles

Mismatches between identity documents and biometric scans gave away two men hoping to enter the U.S. illegally on flights into Washington Dulles International Airport the week of Jan. 28. In two...
Mon, 2013-02-04 10:26 AM
Border Patrol apprehensions of attempted illegal border crossers decreased in fiscal 2012, totaling nearly 365,000 nationwide, according to a recent Customs and Border Protection report, down almost...
Fri, 2013-02-01 11:37 AM
Most GSN readers are familiar with HSPD-12, the 2004 Homeland Security Presidential Directive that mandated a standard for secure and reliable forms of identification issued by the federal government...
Wed, 2013-01-30 12:07 PM

John Skowronski

Quantum Secure, a provider of enterprise software that manages and streamlines security identities, compliance and analytics across disparate physical security systems, has appointed John Skowronski...
Wed, 2013-01-30 08:07 AM

Sen. Marco Rubio

Key Republican Senate and House leaders have signaled caution in the push for an overhaul of immigration laws, citing the need for more border enforcement as reforms are crafted. A bi-partisan group...
Tue, 2013-01-29 03:39 PM

President Obama

President Obama said the nation is closer than it ever has been to reforming its flawed immigration policy and vowed to introduce legislation himself if emerging bi-partisan efforts on Capitol Hill...
Mon, 2013-01-28 01:42 PM

Whitetail, MT

The Port of Whitetail, MT, permanently closed on Jan. 25 and U.S. Customs and Border Protection is working to direct traffic in the area to other nearby border crossings. Although the port was...
Mon, 2013-01-28 12:44 PM

Obama signs 23 executive actions
related to gun control on Jan. 16

As President Obama’s 23 recent executive actions related to gun control begin to work their way through the federal bureaucracy, three specific proposed revisions to the National Instant Criminal...
Mon, 2013-01-28 08:50 AM

John Kiriakou

Former CIA officer John Kiriakou, who had portrayed himself as a whistle-blower on the agency’s use of waterboarding, but had also leaked the name of a covert agent to a journalist, was sentenced to...
Mon, 2013-01-28 07:47 AM

Sens. Charles Schumer

Eight senators from both sides of the political aisle released their sweeping vision of comprehensive immigration reform on Jan. 28. The “Gang of Eight” group, composed of Sens. Charles Schumer (D-NY...
Fri, 2013-01-25 12:05 PM
GSN likes to attend investor conferences in Manhattan -- where corporate CEO’s pitch their wares to the finance executives who can bankroll their growth plans -- to learn about the latest security-...

Company News

Port Townsend, WA-based Intellicheck Mobilisa, a provider of identity solutions and wireless security systems, has appointed William H. Roof, Ph.D. to chief operating officer, a newly created position, effective August 11. Roof previously served as the company’s senior vice president and chief scientist from May 2009 to April 2011.

Indianapolis, IN-based STANLEY Security has announced that Joshua Jackson, director - Global Product Integration, has been elected as vice chairman of the Physical Security Interoperability Alliance (PSIA). Jackson will join new Chairman, Mohammad Soleimani, CTO and executive vice president of Kastle Systems, to help develop specifications for enabling standards-based sharing of digital data and intelligence throughout the physical security and enterprise ecosystems.

Port Townsend, WA-based Intellicheck Mobilisa, a provider of identity solutions and wireless security systems, has been awarded a contract to provide two of its TWIC Plus IM2620 identification card readers to the Port of Cleveland in Ohio.

The contract is for a web-hosted TWIC reading system, similar to the one the company recently provided to the Port of Portland in Oregon. The readers will provide TWIC card authentication for reporting purposes to keep track of which personnel are entering the facility at specific times.

Boulder, CO-based LogRhythm, a security intelligence company, has released a new analytics suite that monitors honeypots to track would-be attackers, enabling customers to analyze nefarious tactics and generate targeted threat intelligence that facilitates an ongoing adaptive defense posture. The new Honeypot Security Analytics Suite is the latest in a series of innovations from LogRhythm Labs designed to expedite the detection, prioritization and response to advanced cyber threats.

A study by EMA Research found that organizations using security analytics and threat analytics are nearly two times as confident of detecting security issues and 90 percent report reduced false alerts compared to those not using these tools. The study titled The Evolution of Data Driven Security investigated how security and IT practitioners at all levels and in a variety of industries are managing the ever increasing data volumes and diversity.

Intellicheck Mobilisa, a provider of identity solutions and wireless security systems, has expanded its agreement with a major U.S. supermarket chain to provide driver’s license scanners for kiosks operated as part of the chain’s customer rewards program. The Company’s ID Check software is used to transfer customers’ names and addresses from their driver’s licenses to fill out an application for a fuel savings card.

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has awarded MorphoTrust USA (Safran) a contract to provide Credential Authentication Technology (E-CAT) for U.S. airports. The $85 million contract ceiling covers seven years and will allow TSA travel document checkers to scan passenger credentials at the checkpoint versus the current visual inspection.

Port Townsend, WA-based Intellicheck Mobilisa, a provider of solutions and wireless security systems, has been awarded a $333K contract to provide 33 IM2610 Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) Plus portable hand held readers to the Washington State Ferries, operated by the Washington State Department of Transportation.

Commentary and Opinions

With more than 10 million purported attempts to break into Pentagon systems and servers each day, it was not surprising when the White House confirmed that individuals thought to be working for the Russian government attempted to hack its servers.

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.


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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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