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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, 2011-08-03 01:01 PM
In a brief notice published in the Federal Register on August 3, TSA makes clear that it collects information from aircraft operators about individuals who are not planning to travel, but who are...
Tue, 2011-08-02 06:29 AM

Attorney General Eric Holder

The U.S. Department of Justice asked a federal court in Alabama to block a new state immigration measure set to take effect on Sept. 1 because it would overburden federal agencies and intrude on...
Fri, 2011-07-29 01:55 PM

Naser Abdo

Naser Abdo, the suspect in a plot to mount a second attack on the U.S. Army base at Fort Hood, TX, was hit with federal weapons possession and bomb-making charges on July 29. The 21-year-old Abdo...
Fri, 2011-07-29 07:31 AM
A bill that would clear up some of the Federal Protective Service’s jurisdictional issues and secretly test its guards for competency cleared a key House subcommittee markup on July 28.
Fri, 2011-07-29 07:03 AM

Pfc. Naser Abdo

A U.S. Army soldier who planned another bloody assault on a Texas army post was arrested on child pornography charges apparently hours before carrying out his plans. On the afternoon of July 27, the...
Thu, 2011-07-28 08:21 AM
The nation's largest warehouse club chain is partnering with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in the agency’s employee identification verification program. The big box chain signed on...
Wed, 2011-07-27 11:20 AM

Rep. Peter King (R-NY)

Al Shabaab is a growing threat to U.S. interests abroad and even the homeland, said community activists and law enforcement experts testifying at a House Homeland Security Committee hearing on the...
Wed, 2011-07-27 06:48 AM

Vancouver International

U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Global Entry has made entry kiosks available at two Canadian airports and plans a third by the fall that accept two kinds of security preclearance documents. CBP...
Fri, 2011-07-22 08:37 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 10:45 AM

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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 08:35 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 01:06 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...

Company News

The bigger an organization gets, the harder it is to know every employee. So how do you know who is authorized to be in your facility — and who is not? 
BAE Systems has received a U.S. Army contract worth up to $95 million to install and maintain automated security systems to control access to Army bases and other installations, BAE announced on May 25. This award expands the company’s work in supporting physical security at government sites.
American Science and Engineering, Inc. (AS&E), reported on May 21 that it has received a Termination for Convenience for its $11.8 million order for its MobileSearch High Energy (HE) system from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). The original order was announced in a press release on April 1, 2010.
OnSSI of Pearl River, NY, an IP video surveillance control and management solution company that works with in the information technology and security markets for both the public and private sector, has announced a special education stimulus package for colleges and universities across the nation from now until September.
Pictometry International Corp., a provider of aerial metric oblique imagery and measuring software, announces the formation of a wholly-owned subsidiary, which will be called Pictometry Canada Corp. Using Pictometry’s proprietary geospatial information technology, Pictometry Canada will deliver and market Pictometry solutions to government and commercial customers in Canada with sales and support in both English and French through its offices in the Montreal and Vancouver metropolitan areas.
American Fibertek, Inc. (AFI), of Somerset, NJ, is enhancing video security system migration options for dealers and integrators faced with expanding legacy DVR installations with the V’nes (Video Network Enterprise Solution) Pilot Video/Event Management Software that can be integrated with DVRs from most leading manufacturers.
The Lockheed Martin-led Next Generation Identification (NGI) team is beginning to fully develop and deploy a new NGI system capability that transforms how law enforcement officials search an FBI wanted persons database. Development efforts began after a successful Critical Design Review (CDR) for the system’s second phase, also known as Increment 2.
LaserCard Corp., of Mountain View, CA, announced the next generation of U.S. Permanent Resident Card, most commonly referred to as the “Green Card,” on May 12, featuring advanced optical security media, enhanced visual and forensic security features, and a Radio Frequency Identity (RFID) tag. The new card represents the first time optical security media and RFID have been implemented on a single card platform with sophisticated, tamperproof features.

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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