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Wed, 2011-08-31 08:40 AM

Calexico drilling equipment

A small diameter tunnel that was to be used to smuggle drugs underneath the U.S./Mexico border was found beneath a supermarket in Calexico, CA on Aug. 25. The 4-inch diameter tunnel was drilled using...
Mon, 2011-08-29 08:37 AM
A maker of recreational vehicle components in Indiana will pay $25,000 in civil penalties, as well as $10,000 in back pay to an newly hired employee who said the company required excessive DHS...
Mon, 2011-08-22 08:09 AM

Union Pacific railroad

The largest rail carrier in the U.S. has agreed to spend $50 million to improve the security of its supply chain between the U.S. and Mexico, and establish a joint security fusion center with U.S....
Fri, 2011-08-19 09:58 AM
The FBI plans to gather information from 100-150 federal, state or local law enforcement agencies about the methods they use to collect fingerprints by asking those officials to complete a National...
Thu, 2011-08-18 08:08 AM

Janet Napolitano

A new series of public service announcements aimed at encouraging citizen reporting of suspicious activity has spurred a backlash. The new “If You See Something, Say Something” national public...
Wed, 2011-08-17 01:57 PM

Robert Eckel

Morpho, the security business of Safran group, announced on August 17 that Robert Eckel will serve as CEO of MorphoTrust USA, Inc., which was formed in July 2011 from the acquisition by Safran of L-1...
Wed, 2011-08-17 08:45 AM
The Transportation Security Administration has begun testing less-invasive screening procedures for younger children passing through airport checkpoints at six airports. The agency had promised...
Wed, 2011-08-17 08:03 AM

Anwar Al-Awlaki

The chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee asked the U.S. Justice Department for help in investigating radical Islamist cleric Anwar Al-Awlaki’s possible role in the attacks on the World...
Tue, 2011-08-16 09:21 AM

NDLON protest

As Immigration and Customs Enforcement moves ahead with its Secure Communities biometric identification program, immigration rights groups took to the streets to protest the program and issued a...
Mon, 2011-08-15 03:25 PM

Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS)

The TSA’s planned trial deployment of Behavior Detection Officers (BDOs) at Boston Logan International Airport should be put off until it can be verified as effective, said the ranking member of the...
Mon, 2011-08-15 09:42 AM

U.S. visa

A former supervisor with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and his son were sentenced on Aug. 11 for shaking down immigrants for cash in exchange for visas and other documents.
Fri, 2011-08-12 08:38 AM

Smart meter

The California Public Utility Commission (CPUC) adopted new rules on Aug. 11 aimed at protecting consumer information generated by "smart meter" devices.

Company News

HID Global, a provider of secure identity solutions, announced Dec. 6 that the company’s e-government RFID reader technology is being deployed in France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands and Spain to help create a more robust identity-checking infrastructure in Europe. The company will be deploying its technology through leading system integrators in two additional countries during the first half of calendar 2011, according to a recent press release.
AMAG has announced that Walter Coady has been named its new technical sales manager for government systems.An access control, security management and IP video solution provider, the company created the new position to educate and champion the many existing federal government customers, prospective customers and consultants about AMAG Technology and its government compliant Symmetry homeland product portfolio.
Battelle, with sponsorship from the Office of Naval Research (ONR), is developing a system called “Harbor Shield” that uses a combination of sensors and computer technology to increase the security of ports.At ports, there is potential for illegal drugs, contraband or terrorist devices -- such as dirty bombs or weapons of mass destruction -- to be affixed to boats, with or without the crew's knowledge.
Delta Scientific, a manufacturer of counter-terrorist vehicle control systems used in the U.S. and overseas, has announced that a new high security sliding gate, which will match the materials used in the perimeter fence, has been successfully full-scale tested to ASTM M50 and K12 standards, allowing no penetration of a 15,000 pound truck traveling 50 mph.
ITT Corporation has integrated its file inspection application, PuriFile into Tresys Technology’s File Sanitization Tool (FiST).Tresys’s FiST solution cleanses the contents of USB thumb drives and optical media, such as compact disks (CD) or digital video discs (DVD), to enable secure use of the devices for mission-critical environments, said the company.
Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) has been awarded over $85 million in orders by the Department of Homeland Security to modernize radio equipment used border patrol, customs enforcement and air/maritime personnel and biometric identification.The task orders were awarded under DHS’ Enterprise Acquisition Gateway for Leading Edge Solutions (EAGLE) contract, said SAIC Dec. 2.
Senstar Corp., a supplier of outdoor perimeter security products, has been named 2010 North American Company of the Year in the Intrusion Detection Industry by Frost & Sullivan, a leading business research and consulting firm. “We chose Senstar based on the company’s demonstrated best practices in the intrusion detection market,” said Ankur Jajoo, research analyst for Frost & Sullivan.
Datalogic S.p.A., , of Italy, a supplier of bar code readers, data collection mobile computers, RFID and vision systems, and its subsidiary Datalogic Automation S.r.l., a producer of automatic identification, detection and marking solutions and products for applications in the industrial automation and transportation and logistics industries, announced on Nov.

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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