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Tue, 2013-11-19 08:32 PM
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director Alejandro Mayorkas announced on November 18 an enhancement to the E-Verify program that will help combat identity fraud by...
Tue, 2013-11-19 06:01 PM
Contrary to language in regulations it issued in 2009, the Coast Guard has now determined that a Transportation Worker Identification Credential, or TWIC card, cannot be considered as sufficient...
Sun, 2013-11-17 07:00 PM

Triggerfish T4H
Remotely Operated
Vehicle

Using their Triggerfish T4H Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) from Deep Ocean Engineering, Inc., the Carter County, TN, emergency and rescue squad located and retrieved a fisherman from Roane Mountain...
Thu, 2013-11-14 04:24 PM

LPR system
by Vigilant

Vigilant Solutions announced on November 14 that the Hollywood (Florida) Police Department used a license plate recognition system by Vigilant Solutions to bring two interstate fugitives to...
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...

Company News

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.

Mountain View, CA-based NCP engineering has announced that it has appointed Patrick Oliver Graf as its new CEO. Previously general manager, he now leads the remote access VPN provider’s overall vision for ongoing growth and development.

Commentary and Opinions

Like every new technology marching its way through the hype cycle, cloud computing has fallen prey to unscrupulous marketers. Their basic crime is to borrow the language, but not the substance, of technological innovation, and mis-apply it to their own products in a cynical bid to fool the public.

During my entire 23-year career as a police officer, I never dealt specifically with an individual who admitted they were a victim of human trafficking. 

That doesn’t mean that human trafficking isn’t a problem, or that it doesn’t happen in the United States every day. On the contrary, the 2011 U.S. Department of State Trafficking in Persons Report estimates that 17,500 individuals are trafficked into the U.S. each year. 

Many security equipment projects go out to bid in order to help ensure fair pricing for security equipment buyers. Sometimes an RFP/RFQ is generated to solicit bids or quotes on a project. These RFPs and RFQs may come from a professional security consulting engineer or simply from an end-user looking to get the best bang for his buck.

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.

 

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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.

White Papers

ADT

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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