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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...


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...
Thu, 2011-10-06 09:54 AM

Morses Line border crossing

U.S. Customs and Border Protection has begun procedures to close the oldest border crossing on the northern border, saying the facility would require significant and expensive changes to keep it open...
Tue, 2011-10-04 05:49 PM
Government Security News has announced finalists and preemptive winners in all three broad categories of its 2011 Homeland Security Awards Program – Vendors of IT Security Products and Solutions,...
Tue, 2011-10-04 09:06 AM

GPS tracking device

As the Supreme Court prepares cases for the coming year, privacy groups told it to block evidence gathered by government and law enforcement through the warrantless use of global positioning systems...
Tue, 2011-10-04 07:56 AM

TSA's John Pistole

The TSA is set to test new voluntary passenger screening procedures and identification technology that can detect fake or altered identification documents at selected airports around the country. The...
Mon, 2011-10-03 04:44 PM
TSA has awarded a $79 million contract to BAE Systems Information Solutions, of Herndon, VA, to design, manufacture, test and deliver a credential authentication technology and boarding pass scanning...
Mon, 2011-10-03 02:05 PM
Following the receipt of a record number of entries from vendor companies and government agencies in this year’s annual Homeland Security Awards program, Government Security News has announced that...
Fri, 2011-09-30 02:31 PM

Bosch's 9412G
control panel

The U.S. Secret Service plans to hire an 8(a)-qualified systems integrator to install intrusion detection systems, closed circuit television, access control systems and “any additional security...
Thu, 2011-09-29 09:24 AM
A pilot program to collect biometric data from temporary workers leaving the U.S. from two border points in Arizona -- which Customs and Border Protection has been running for nearly two years -- has...
Thu, 2011-09-29 07:39 AM

Operation Cross Check

Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s seven-day national "Cross Check" operation involving almost 2,000 agents from two dozen field offices across the county led to the arrest of more than 2,900...

Company News

The Secure Worker Access Consortium (SWAC) announced on Feb. 14 the deployment of AssureID by AssureTec Technologies, Inc., of Manchester, NH, to instantly authenticate the identification documents SWAC applicants present when enrolling for membership at a SWAC processing center.
The Ralph Carr Judicial Center in Denver, CO, which is on track for completion in the Spring of 2013, has selected AMAG Technology’s Symmetry Homeland V7 Security Management System.
The National Nuclear Security Administration said Sandia Site Office Manager Patty Wagner will retire on Feb. 3 after 31 years of federal service. As Sandia Site Office manager, NNSA said Wagner was responsible for overseeing the $2.5 billion contract for Sandia National Laboratories and ensuring the safe and secure operations of the laboratories.
Applied DNA Sciences, Inc. (APDN), a provider of DNA-based security, announced on Jan. 13 that its SigNature DNA anti-crime technology has played a key role in the dismantling of a major drug ring in the United Kingdom, where 11 drug cartel members were sentenced to a total of 31 years in prison. A massive police operation, conducted over a period of three years, resulted in seizures totaling more than $400,000 worth of cocaine, heroin and cannabis, along with the equivaqlent of nearly $75,000 in cash.
Kantech, part of Tyco Security Products, announced on Jan. 12 the release of EntraPass v5.01 security software, which has been designed to help customers keep up with their changing access control security needs whether they are managing one building or multiple sites from a network.
Alarm Lock’s keypad-less standalone access control lock, the Trilogy PL3000, is a big hit on the Block Island ferries. The Block Island Ferry/ Interstate Navigation Company has operated year-round ferry service to Block Island for more than 75 years. After numerous attempts to increase security measures with competitive locks that failed in less than a year, former Block Island Police Chief William McCombe, who is currently director of security for Interstate Navigation, has found exactly what he was seeking. 
AMAG Technology, a provider of converged access control, IP video and intrusion management, announced on Jan. 9 the appointment of Chris Earleywine as its new vice president of sales. In his new role, Earleywine will manage AMAG’s team of regional sales managers and sales engineers and implement sales strategies to promote company growth, assist customers and uphold AMAG’s philosophy of exceptional customer service, says a company news release. Earleywine reports to Matt Barnette, senior vice president of sales and marketing.
Codebench, Inc., a provider of TWIC / HSPD-12 / FIPS-201 authentication and physical access control middleware, announced on Jan. 2 that it has released a new SDK called IDSync, the first solution of its kind to provide a standardized Web services interface for automated provisioning and de-provisioning of users and credentials into virtually any supported physical access control system (PACS).

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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