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Fri, 2011-07-22 09:37 AM
TSA awarded on July 18 a $469,000 contract to Aware, Inc., of Bedford, MA, to provide two components of the electronic system TSA uses to transmit fingerprint application data to and from the FBI and...
Wed, 2011-07-20 11:45 AM

ATR image

TSA is set to begin installing new software on some of its airport scanners that renders images of passengers’ bodies into a generic outline instead of the detailed personal images that many...
Wed, 2011-07-20 09:35 AM

Cabeza Prieta wilderness

Customs and Border Protection agents have been busy in the last few days rescuing people from the intense desert heat in the southern Arizona borderlands.The agency said there were six separate...
Tue, 2011-07-19 02:06 PM

Ghulam Nabi Fai

Federal charges have been brought against two men, who U.S. government officials said, have been working to influence U.S. policy on Kashmir for more than 20 years, while secretly on the payroll of...
Mon, 2011-07-18 03:11 PM

Bill Conner

Dallas-based Entrust, Inc., a leading supplier of identity-based solutions for government agencies and global 1000 commercial enterprises, has become a sponsor of the 2011 Government Security News...
Mon, 2011-07-18 08:59 AM
Accenture has been selected by the Ministry of Internal Affairs in The Netherlands to design and deliver Automated Border Control Systems (ABCS) at Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam. The new systems will...
Mon, 2011-07-18 07:28 AM

Smugglers' craft

A number of small boats being used to smuggle humans and drugs into California have been intercepted in the last month, according to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, showing that...
Fri, 2011-07-15 08:58 AM

Hartsfield-Jackson International

The Transportation Security Administration wants to speed up its pre-flight identity screening process through a pilot program at several U.S. airports beginning this fall.TSA Administrator John...
Thu, 2011-07-14 01:01 PM

Pasadena Refining Systems

Codebench, Inc., a provider of TWIC / HSPD-12 / FIPS-201 authentication and physical access control middleware, announced on July 13 that Pasadena Refining Systems, Inc., a subsidiary of Petrobras...
Thu, 2011-07-14 09:07 AM

Rep. Peter King (R-NY)

As the scandal over alleged telephone records hacking and illegal wire taps by newspaper reporters in the U.K. grows, U.S. lawmakers and policy groups have demanded official investigations of whether...
Wed, 2011-07-13 08:45 AM

Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX)

A group of House Republicans, lead by the Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, introduced a bill on July 12 that would strip the Obama administration’s ability to use prosecutorial discretion...
Tue, 2011-07-12 06:19 PM

Mica: list of
problems growing

Standards for guarding against someone sneaking explosives on a plane in the United States have been slow to come by, according to a report released July 12 by the U.S. Government Accountability...

Company News

Framingham, MA-based IDC Government Insights has launched the U.S. Digital Government Innovation and Transformation (DGIT) Strategies advisory service, designed to inform and support Federal government executives by identifying technology trends and disruptive technologies, innovative new programs based upon these technologies, and the successful deployment of technology in the context of policy and organizational challenges.

Atlanta, GA-based LexisNexis Risk Solutions has announced the company has been certified by the U.S. government-approved Trust Framework Provider, SAFE-BioPharma Association. This certification means that identity credentials can be trusted and used at known levels of assurance by U.S. federal agencies, such as the Department of Veterans Affairs, National Institutes of Health and Food and Drug Administration.

The National Retail Federation (NRF) has issued a statement from President and CEO Matthew Shay in response to a White House announcement regarding data and payment security.

“We applaud the administration for taking proactive and positive steps by adopting PIN and chip technology for government-issued debit and credit cards, among other things.

New York-based American Express is boosting efforts to combat fraud with a new $10 million program aimed at driving U.S. small-merchant adoption of more secure check-out terminals. President Barack Obama announced American Express’ Small Merchant EMV Assistance Program during a press conference last week in Washington, D.C., urging members of the payments and retail industries to work together to educate and protect consumers and businesses.

Napco Security Technologies, Inc., Continental Access, Alarm Lock and Marks USA recently exhibited at the ASIS show at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, GA from September 29 to October 2, 2014 with over 20,000 security professionals from 80 countries in attendance. Napco featured products and solutions that meet and exceed the market demands for security, connectivity, locking and access control.

Nicholasville, KY-based Sargent and Greenleaf (S&G), a subsidiary of STANLEY Security and a manufacturer of high security locks and locking systems for safes, vaults and high-security cabinets, has appointed Brian Leary to Chief Operating Officer.

Millis, MA-based Kanguru has unveiled an advanced, global remote management application for secure USB storage devices with the release of Kanguru Remote Management Console (KRMC) Enterprise Version 6.0. KRMC provides administrators of enterprise-level organizations with the ability to effectively manage a wide range of critical security and usage issues such as password management, active security policy enforcement, remote lock and deletion to prevent costly data breaches, and much more.

AlliedBarton Security Services, www.AlliedBarton.com, a major provider of trained security personnel, has announced the appointment of Caress Kennedy, vice president/general manager, New York/New Jersey region, AlliedBarton, to the Workforce Investment Board of the City of New York.

Commentary and Opinions

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.

The Javelin Strategy & Research’s 2014 Identity Fraud Study revealed that 13.1 million Americans became victims of identity theft last year. This startling statistic underscores the determination of malicious actors to access sensitive data. Despite the rise in exploits, vital aspects of security -- such as encryption -- has tended to slip through the cracks.

The possibility of governments collecting and analyzing personal data changed dramatically after the enactment of The Patriot Act in 2001. The public outcry following WikiLeaks and the NSA PRISM program has kept controversial data collection methods in the headlines over the past few years. The legality of this type of data collection is still in question.

When it comes to cybersecurity, boldface security organizations can seem just as susceptible to hacks as anyone else. For example, NATO suffered over 2,500 significant cyber attacks in 2012 alone. Security experts believe that the number of sophisticated offensives against NATO is likely to increase over the coming years.

Governor Jerry Brown (D-CA) has signed urgently needed legislation aimed at increasing safety and services -- and decreasing violence and assaults -- in California’s five state hospitals, according to the Safety Now Coalition, a coalition of workers in California's Department of Mental Health Hospitals.

 

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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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