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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...


Fri, 2011-09-16 08:57 AM

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Immigration agents arrested two men in Los Angeles in connection with an ongoing investigation into one of the largest asylum cases ever uncovered in the city. Agents from Immigration and Customs...
Fri, 2011-09-16 07:56 AM

Paso Del Norte

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers have begun work on a new biometric/RFID identification system at a border crossing station near El Paso, TX. The system the agency is installing at...
Thu, 2011-09-15 06:55 AM
Groups from the Louisiana seafood and other industries have moved to block changes to the H2-B visa foreign worker labor policies that would increase wages for the workers on Sept. 30.
Wed, 2011-09-14 08:15 AM

Wilmington, NC

Another mid-level manager in a violent North Carolina-based cell of document forgers was sentenced to three and a half years in jail, said Immigration and Customs Enforcement on Sept. 13. Juan Arroyo...
Wed, 2011-09-14 07:24 AM

Newark Liberty

A TSA agent wasn’t behind an alleged security checkpoint scam at Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey, said the agency on Sept. 13. A Sept. 11 report in the New York Post sports column...
Tue, 2011-09-13 07:39 AM

TTP member

Three Pakistani citizens have pleaded to trying to smuggle a member of the Pakistan Taliban into the U.S. from Ecuador guilty after they were caught in a U.S. government sting operation.
Mon, 2011-09-12 06:22 AM

Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX)

Two U.S. House leaders called for a national E-Verify law as California’s legislature approved a bill that would allow businesses to opt out of the federal program that compares information from an...
Sun, 2011-09-11 07:24 PM
As the weekend marking the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks drew to a close, only minor incidents at a few airports seemed to be the only security concerns to materialize after alarm was raised...
Fri, 2011-09-09 11:02 AM

U.S. soldiers
seize documents
in Iraq

The recent stirrings within the intelligence community that have led to fears of another possible terrorist attack in New York City or Washington, DC, on September 11th supposedly originated in...
Fri, 2011-09-09 07:39 AM

ICE's Morton, FLETC's Patrick

A new, dedicated $2.5 million facility to train customs and border agents in immigration and customs law officially opened for students at one of the agency’s training centers in Georgia on Sept. 7....
Fri, 2011-09-09 06:27 AM

D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier

Law enforcement and local government agencies in Washington D.C. said they were stepping up detection efforts in the face of a “serious, credible, but unconfirmed” terror threat.
Wed, 2011-09-07 03:40 PM
The Transportation Security Administration will buy hundreds more Advanced Imaging Technology scanners under an existing contract with L-3 Communications, said TSA Administrator John Pistole on Sept...

Company News

Keri Systems, Inc. has released its V-Track Vehicle ID System, an RFID product designed to automatically identify vehicles for such applications as gated community access control, parking lot access and fleet management. LRT-10 Transponders are placed in the vehicle's windshield and can be activated at distances up to 30 feet by the EX-10 Exciter antenna and read by the RXR-10 receiver from up to 100 feet away, allowing for simple and flexible installation that in most cases does not require trenching.
Integrated systems will account for more than 70 percent of the total security systems installation and maintenance market in Europe by 2013, according to a new study from IMS Research, of Wellingborough, England. The research, which measured the potential market for integrated security systems, also identified integration with heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) and building automation systems as a key trend for the future.  
IndigoVision’s IP Video technology is at the heart of a new “Data Warehousing” and surveillance system for the City of Calgary, Canada. Data streams from different city operations are integrated into a centralized Oracle database. This powerful tool allows the city authority to analyze an amazing array of data.
Each year, more than 1,100 commercial airlines spend more than 307,000 hours compiling and transmitting to U.S. Customs and Border Protection biographical information about more than 184 million airline passengers and crew members, at a total cost to the airlines of nearly $68.4 million. In addition, an estimated 460,000 private aircraft pilots provide similar biographical information – including full name, date of birth, gender, citizenship, passport number, expiration date, country of issuance, etc. – to CBP, a huge paperwork burden that consumes about 115,000 hours each year.
Time-expiring visitor badges change color to prevent reuse and to eliminate the need for employees to collect them from visitors who have left a facility.  Since their invention almost 30 years ago, these expiring badges have always required multiple pieces to activate the color-changing process. This is a problem because the person issuing the badge doesn’t always assemble all the pieces properly (too little time or training). As a result, a  visitor’s badge sometimes is activated, and sometimes it is not.
L-1 Identity Solutions, a provider of identity solutions and services has introduced the HIIDE system that meets a wide range of U.S. and non-U.S. customer needs for identification, verification and enrollment.
Integrated Biometrics, of Greenville, SC, welcomed Kristie Romer, a sales veteran within the biometrics industry and emerging global business markets, to its team as Vice President of Sales - The Americas.Kristie Romer brings to Integrated Biometrics extensive experience in launching new products and developing strategic relationships within the security marketplace. As VP of Sales, she will focus her expertise on broadening distribution channels and expanding overall market presence. 
SimplexGrinnell, based in Boca Raton, FL, which makes fire and life-safety systems, has entered into an agreement under the U.S. General Services Administration’s (GSA) Mentor-Protégé Program with Emergency Planning Management, Inc. (EPM), based in Stafford, VA, a certified 8(a) service-disabled, veteran-owned general contractor that specializes in fire, life safety and critical infrastructure protection.

Commentary and Opinions

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.
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.

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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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