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Fri, 2011-06-17 04:23 PM

ICE Dir. John Morton

The director of Immigrations and Customs Enforcement unveiled a number of changes adjusting the agency’s information sharing program with the Department of Justice to ease its impact non-violent...
Fri, 2011-06-17 10:37 AM

Newark Liberty International

The leaders of  House Homeland Security Committee are interested in getting to the bottom of reports that racial profiling was routinely done by Transportation Security Administration screeners...
Wed, 2011-06-15 08:46 AM
Immigration and Customs Enforcement added a dozen more counties in three southern states to its growing list of jurisdictions using its Secure Communities biometric information-sharing program,...
Wed, 2011-06-15 07:53 AM
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX) and House Republicans are looking to expand E-Verify employee identification nationwide in recently-introduced legislation.Smith said his bill,...
Tue, 2011-06-14 03:09 PM

Steve Van Till

Slowly-but-surely, the General Services Administration seems to be moving toward the Cloud, as a means to implement new, state-of-the-art physical access control systems (PACS) in a handful of...
Tue, 2011-06-14 08:11 AM

Trucks at border

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection is aiming to complete the information collection system that will allow completely paperless cargo importation by year’s end and expects to begin deploying it...
Fri, 2011-06-10 11:58 AM

Farah Mohamed Beledi

A 27-year-old Minneapolis man was identified by U.S. federal agents as one of the suicide bombers in an attack on a security checkpoint in Mogadishu, Somalia in May that killed two peacekeeping...
Fri, 2011-06-10 08:19 AM
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the US State Department have eased some immigration rules to allow Libyan students already in the US to avoid the civil unrest in their home country.
Wed, 2011-06-08 02:53 PM

Abdullah Razzaq

Documents released by WikiLeaks show two more juveniles at the US detention center in Guantanamo Bay Cuba that had been previously reported by the US government, according to a human rights group.
Wed, 2011-06-08 09:39 AM

MA Gov. Deval Patrick

Joining the states of Illinois and New York, Massachusetts’ governor and public officials in Los Angeles moved to extricate their jurisdictions from a controversial shared biometric identification...
Tue, 2011-06-07 01:22 PM

IATA's Giovanni Bisignani

Prioritized three-lane, biometrically-secured passenger tunnels will be the heart of the airport security “checkpoint of the future,” said an international air transport association official on June...
Mon, 2011-06-06 10:19 AM

Phoenix video

Transportation Security Administration officers acted properly during a raucous screening incident in May at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport, the agency said.TSA responded on June 3 to a video of a...

Company News

Port Townsend, WA-based Intellicheck Mobilisa, a provider of identity solutions and wireless security systems, has been awarded a $247K contract to upgrade the current Defense ID system at Fort Irwin National Training Center in California.

Tysons Corner, VA-based Preferred Systems Solutions (PSS), a provider of Information Technology (IT) infrastructure, software development, enterprise resource planning, and financial consulting services to government, has announced the appointment of Fred Funk to their executive management team as senior vice president, National Security Group.

Leading software firm NICE Systems (NICE) has launched a video surveillance program, NICE Suspect Search, which claims to be able to reduce the time it takes to locate and track persons of interests through surveillance cameras. NICE Security Group’s Executive Vice President Chris Wooten states that the program aims to solve “the burden of processing all of the data [that] has limited the value of the video footage, [which is the] major pain point for [its] customers."

Frisco, TX-based Sheplers, a multi-channel western-wear retailer, has determined that their payment systems suffered a security breach in which hackers gained access to their systems and some of their customers’ payment card information was exposed. With the assistance of a leading computer security firm, Sheplers is continuing the investigation into the incident, and are cooperating with law enforcement in their efforts to find the criminals responsible.

Boston, MA-based Wealth Management Systems (WMSI) has announced that Doug Perkins has joined the firm as information security officer. An industry veteran with extensive experience in software development, project management, quality assurance, and operations and information security, Perkins is assuming responsibility for the design and future development of WMSI’s enterprise-wide information security strategies and policies. Mr. Perkins reports to BJ Ralston, WMSI’s chief compliance officer, and is based in WMSI’s Boston Office.

Princeton, NJ-based IXP Corporation, a public safety and emergency response provider that has partnered with Johns Hopkins University (JHU) for the past 10 years, has announced an innovation that raises campus security to the next level.

Port Townsend, WA-based Intellicheck Mobilisa, a provider of identity solutions and wireless security systems, has been awarded a $220K contract to provide its IM2610 TWIC Plus readers to the Port of New Orleans in Louisiana. The new contract is for a web-hosted TWIC card reading system. The readers will provide TWIC card authentication and Be On the Lookout (BOLO) checks.

London, England-based Brit PLC, a global specialty insurer and reinsurer, has developed a unique insurance service to protect companies operating critical infrastructure and industrial machinery from terrorist and other malicious attacks, such as sabotage, espionage and theft.

Commentary and Opinions

Unfortunately, none of us has any trouble imagining a security breach. Breaches are so frequent these days, so fast and so clever, that seemingly out of nowhere we could find critical infrastructure threatened, networks at risk, markets in danger.

Car theft is a fruitful field of opportunity for today’s criminals as they seek new and innovative ways for gaining quick profits. Recent reports indicate that prior to committing theft, organized car-theft gangs are doing their homework. They are targeting specific car rental facilities, conducting exhaustive site-studies of the facilities to identify vulnerabilities that will make their job easier.

When newspapers, popular magazines, and cable news channels run stories on public safety security and video surveillance, their knee-jerk reaction is too often a clever reference to “Big Brother” and an implication that something dangerous and sinister is happening.

You approach the scene, taking the first steps to determining what happened and how to prevent it in the future. Following your training, you secure the area, conduct a scan of the scene, take photos to maintain a permanent record of the scene as you found it, and begin collecting and evaluating physical evidence.

With new technologies -- such as virtualization, cloud computing and mobility -- come new threats to IT systems. The sophistication of those threats -- both internal and external -- has become a major concern for the federal government. In fact, cyber security is among the top priorities for the White House and Congress as evidenced by recent legislation and initiatives aimed at protecting sensitive data and intelligence, including health and personally identifiable information.

 

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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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