Access Control | Identification

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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, 2011-10-19 08:38 AM
A man working for the Chinese government admitted to stealing trade secrets from two American agricultural industry giants and passing them on to researchers in China to develop competing products....
Wed, 2011-10-19 07:57 AM

Ali Noorani

Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s announcement of record numbers of deported criminal aliens shows the immigration system in the U.S. is broken and costly, said an immigration reform group. In...
Wed, 2011-10-19 07:31 AM

AZ State Road 85

U.S. border agents seized a cache of weapons and communications gear over the weekend of Oct. 15-16 along the Arizona border.
Tue, 2011-10-18 02:04 PM

ICE Director John Morton

Immigration and Customs Enforcement claimed on Oct. 18 that it “removed” almost 400,000 people in the U.S. illegally during fiscal 2011. The agency announced its year-end removal numbers in a...
Mon, 2011-10-17 03:28 PM

Naco, AZ

A man charged in the mid-1990’s for his part in a huge conspiracy to smuggle tons of cocaine into Arizona from Mexico by tunneling under the border has been sentenced to more than 11 years in prison...
Mon, 2011-10-17 07:38 AM
U.S. Customs and Border Protection has partnered with a major freight forwarders association to promote the use of the agency’s automated trade processing system and said it will decommission an...
Fri, 2011-10-14 08:38 AM

Ahmed Adil Abdallat

A former Immigration and Customs Enforcement officer in El Paso, TX admitted on Oct. 13 to stealing between $70,000 and $120,000 in agency travel funds, as well as misusing his diplomatic passport on...
Thu, 2011-10-13 09:10 AM

Syrian protestors

Federal prosecutors alleged that a Leesburg, VA man, acted as an agent of the Syrian government and gathered information on Syrians in the U.S. who were protesting the country’s regime. The officials...
Wed, 2011-10-12 10:48 AM

Janet Napolitano

As once-growing budgets at the Department of Homeland Security shrink, the need for more efficient, but less-costly technology and services has become critical, said current and former agency leaders...
Tue, 2011-10-11 03:30 PM

Talahassee Regional

ADT Commercial, a systems integrator, and the City of Tallahassee, FL, announced on October 4 the installation of high-tech security systems to help protect the Tallahassee Regional Airport. The...
Fri, 2011-10-07 09:55 AM

Peace Arch crossing, Blaine, WA

A Bellingham, WA man has been accused of selling maps of the northern U.S. border that reveal the locations of surveillance cameras and sensors to  a person he thought was a drug smuggler....
Thu, 2011-10-06 10:15 AM

Abu Du’a

The U.S. State Department has put a $10 million bounty on the leader of Al Qaeda in Iraq (AQI) leader, Ibrahim Qaeda Awwad Ibrahim Ali al-Badri, and identified him as a Specially Designated Global...

Company News

JTG, Inc. announced on July 1 the appointment of Ahmed Shehata to be its new president. Shehata will lead JTG as it works to expand its current government services practice and grow in the international and commercial markets.  
AMAG Technology, an access control, IP video and intrusion management (IDS) solution provider, has relocated its Arlington, VA, training and innovation center to the Tyson’s Corner portion of McLean, VA. The new facility includes a fully-equipped and more modern, robust and comfortable learning environment for Symmetry students, a high-tech innovation center that showcases AMAG’s latest Symmetry Security Management (SMS) product portfolio and home to AMAG’s government systems team.
Samsung Techwin America has unveiled the company’s newly-constructed executive briefing center at its U.S. headquarters in Ridgefield Park, NJ. 
Subsystem Technologies, Inc. has acquired Alapko, Inc., a provider of technology solutions and program support to the Intelligence Community. Alapko will be a wholly owned subsidiary of Subsystems. Terms of the acquisition were not made public.
Software House, part of Tyco, has announced that it has attained the U.S. Government’s Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) 197 validation for its complete iSTAR physical access controller family, including iSTAR Edge, iSTAR Pro, iSTAR eX, and soon-to-be-released iSTAR Ultra.     
Security-Net, a provider of security integration services, announced on June 10 that Advantech Inc., a regional security systems integrator headquartered in Dover, DE, has joined Security-Net as its 20th member. 
The CyberLock family of access control products allows users to track and control access throughout a facility. The audit trail provided by the lock and key helps water utilities meet Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) security guidelines aimed at protecting watersheds and sources of drinking water.
HID Global, a supplier of secure identity solutions, announced on Msay 15 that Rob Haslam has joined the company as vice president of government ID solutions.

Commentary and Opinions

By John HarrisWith the 1998 implementation of the Government Paperwork Elimination Act, the United States government made clear its intentions to become more efficient and save taxpayer dollars by reducing its dependence on paper documents.
By Steve SpatigWith reports of widespread data breaches in the global spotlight, data center managers are under increasing pressure by regulatory bodies to ensure that access to restricted information is protected. Cyber security remains a number one priority, but in many cases, data breaches occur because an employee is given temporary physical access to that data in some way. Within the data center environment, preventing unauthorized physical access to sensitive government data is crucial.
By Kirk Spring As we’ve seen by recently reported hacks of healthcare networks, security breaches are becoming commonplace. Attacks on secure networks can come from internal or external sources. “Breach prevention” is no longer a workable strategy.

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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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