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Thu, 2013-11-14 03:57 PM

William Solms

Wave Systems Corp. has announced that William Solms, the company’s vice president of North American sales, has been appointed by the board of directors as CEO, replacing Steven Sprague. Solms will be...
Tue, 2013-11-12 11:00 PM

U.S.-Mexico border

On October 30, agents from the U.S. Border Patrol encountered a 37-year-old man in a canyon near Imperial Beach, CA. It was determined that he had crossed the border illegally with several other...
Tue, 2013-11-12 10:46 PM
Telos Identity Management Solutions, LLC  has been selected by the Denver International Airport to provide Designated Aviation Channeling (DAC) services for processing employee and contractor...
Mon, 2013-11-11 03:59 PM
The Homeland Security Investigations (HIS) unit of DHS is gathering information from prospective vendors who could perform deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) tests on samples collected from various...
Thu, 2013-11-07 10:53 PM

Severn Bridge connects
England and South Wales

An access control solution from Access Control Technology (ACT) is being used on the main crossing points between England and South Wales.  The two bridge crossings are the (suspension) Severn...
Tue, 2013-11-05 02:30 PM
Government Security News has announced its 2013 Homeland Security Awards finalists, and in some cases preemptive winners, in three different broad awards categories: Vendors of IT security products...
Mon, 2013-11-04 05:14 PM

U.S. Courthouse
in Minneapolis, MN

The Federal Protective Service (FPS) intends to hire security guards to protect federal offices and facilities throughout the States of Minnesota and Wisconsin, and plans to issue a formal...
Fri, 2013-11-01 07:14 PM
The Coalition for a Secure Driver’s License, a national crime prevention charity based in Washington, DC, on October 30 released a new whitepaper that recommends changes to improve security in...
Thu, 2013-10-31 05:45 PM

Pueblo Viejo
gold mine in
Dominican Republic

Diebold, Incorporated is helping secure one of the largest gold mines in the world. Operated by Pueblo Viejo Dominicana Corp., the Pueblo Viejo mine, located in the Dominican Republic, has...
Fri, 2013-10-25 11:36 AM
The U.S. State Department’s bureau of information resource management (IRM) is looking for market research information from potential vendors who could supply a commercial off-the-shelf (COTS)...
Wed, 2013-10-23 05:57 PM
Hillsboro, OR-based Eid Passport, a provider of high-assurance identity management solutions, has announced that it has achieved cross-certification with the Federal Bridge Certification Authority (...
Wed, 2013-10-23 01:37 PM

LPR system from
Vigiliant Solutions

Good police work and license plate reader (LPR) data from Vigilant Solutions recently enabled the Cobb County (Georgia) Police Department to identify and bring to justice two suspects in the homicide...

Company News

Eden Prairie, MN-based IdentiSys Inc., a sales and service integrator of identification, card issuance, emergency response, customer line management and access control security systems, has announced the acquisition of Photo I.D. Systems & Supplies, Inc., located in Cincinnati, OH.

Since 2009, the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) has required U.S. and Canadian travelers, including members of the Cattaragus/Allegany Territories Seneca Nation of Indians, to present a passport or other WHTI-approved document that denotes identity and citizenship when entering the U.S. at land or sea borders while traveling within the western hemisphere. A result of the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004, the goal of WHTI is to facilitate entry while strengthening U.S. border security.

Oakbrook Terrace, IL-based VASCO Data Security International, a provider of authentication, digital signatures, and identity management, has announced that it has executed an agreement to acquire Risk IDS, a provider of risk-based authentication solutions to the global banking community.

Port Townsend, WA-based Intellicheck Mobilisa, a provider of identity solutions and wireless security systems, has obtained a U.S. patent for a system that allows users to compare information contained on two or more IDs.

Hauppauge, NY-based-Voxx International has announced a $3 million strategic investment in EyeLock, a market leader in iris-based identity authentication solutions. The investment follows the recently announced strategic partnership for VOXX Electronics to leverage its distribution channels in North America and Europe to deliver EyeLock's newest solution myris.

With mobile devices permeating all areas of identity authentication and verification -- for both governmental and commercial applications -- Access IS, of Reading, England, has responded with the next generation of its proven OEM OCR (optical character recognition) engine.

Port Townsend, WA-based Intellicheck Mobilisa, a provider of identity solutions and wireless security systems, has launched a new law enforcement smartphone app called Fugitive Finder. The app is now available in the Apple App Store for credentialed law enforcement officers for a $49 monthly subscription. Fugitive Finder is not available to the general public, but is available to the more than one million law enforcement personnel in the U.S.

Magal Security Systems, Ltd has announced that it has entered into a $6.4 million turnkey contract with the Kenyan Airport Authority to secure critical areas in Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Nairobi, Kenya. The project includes multiple surveillance and access control technologies, integrated by Fortis4G -- an advanced PSIM (Physical Security Information Management) system. The project is expected to be completed in the first half of 2015.

Commentary and Opinions

While travelling through TSA lines at an airport, I often wonder how to make the process more efficient. TSA obviously has thought about this, too. Online pre-screening for frequent travelers and advanced imaging technology have been added to their repertoire to ease the screening process. Both advances are technological and both aim to increase efficiency and decrease human contact. Technology and humans cannot be on divergent paths in the homeland security and law enforcement arenas. They must work together.

In 2007, I said the following when referring to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) policy on container security: “Perhaps, the dumbest policy, model, or standard of all is the sealed-door standard.”

Five years later, despite technological advances and use by the private sector and military, CBP is still focused on container “doors” as a security measure. CBP has still not developed an alternative.

In 1992, the FBI established its Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) division. It is the largest division of the FBI and it provides state, local, and federal law enforcement and criminal justice agencies with access to centralized information, such as fingerprint identification records, criminal histories and sex offender registrations. Due to the extreme sensitivity of this information, the agency has mandated enhanced security measures to protect access to it.

President Obama’s proposed budget highlights the critical role that IT plays in making government work better for citizens and business. The budget encourages the wider use of technology to enhance efficiencies in delivering needed services, while cutting the IT budget over several years.

U.S. Chief Information Officer Steven VanRoekel titled his accompanying IT budget priorities, Doing More with Less. In this era of fiscal austerity, key strategic activities are essential to achieving this vision:

In January, the European Commission proposed a comprehensive reform of the EU’s 1995 Data Protection Directive to strengthen consumer privacy laws and harmonize privacy regulations and enforcement across EU member states. While the EU proposal has many useful recommendations, it falls short in a number of areas. Specifically, it adds new regulations that will negatively impact the Internet economy, limits the potential for future innovation and imposes excessive burdens on organizations.

 

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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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This white paper highlights a successful pilot HSPD-12 compliant visitor management project undertaken by a U.S. federal government agency, which successfully meets the objectives of Federal Identity, Credential, andAccess Management (FICAM) Road map use case 4.9 for how agencies should perform credentialing and validation of visitors to federal facilities.

 

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