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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...


Thu, 2011-09-15 07:55 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 09:15 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 08:24 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 08:39 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 07:22 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 08:24 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 12:02 PM

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 08:39 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 07:27 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 04:40 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...
Wed, 2011-09-07 09:55 AM
ARINC Inc. announced on September 6 the launch of a new intelligence-led border management system by its Europe, Middle East and Africa office. The system will enable state border agencies to manage...
Wed, 2011-09-07 08:17 AM

TSA's Pistole

The Transportation Security Administration is looking forward in the coming months to implementing a more risk-based screening approach for passengers and cargo, and away from the one-size-fits-all...

Company News

Badgetec’s new plastic clothing attachment for visitor passes and badges replaces traditional pins, adhesives and bulldog clips.
Associated Aircraft Group has been granted access into Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) by the Transportation Security Administration under the DCA Access Security Program (DASSP). The company, which says it is the East Coast's largest executive Sikorsky S-76 helicopter services provider, will offer service flying to and from Washington D.C. from anywhere along the East Coast. AAG is a subsidiary of Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp.
The association representing 1,000 technology companies in Washington named two new members to is Global Public Sector policy team. TechAmerica name Pam Walker as Senior Director for Homeland Security and Erica McCann as the Manager of Procurement Policy.
ARES Software has spun off its ARES Security Corporation as a separate company to serve the government and commercial security markets.  The new company, said ARES Software, will provide software and services that leverage 3D modeling and simulation technologies to visualize, analyze, and optimize security environments.
SoBran, Inc. was awarded a $1 million contract to provide on-site storage, warehousing management and support services for the Naval Station at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, including the Naval Hospital and Joint Task Force. The company said the current contract value is $1 million and the period of performance is three years if all options are exercised.
New York-based JetBlue airlines broke ground on Oct. 1 on an extension to its home at John F. Kennedy's Terminal 5 that includes space for expanded U.S. customs operations. The facility, set to open in early 2015, includes six international arrivals gates – three new and three converted from Terminal 5 - and an International Arrivals Hall with full U.S. Custom and Federal Inspection Services (FIS) to deliver what the company said will be a seamless travel experience for customers arriving from international flights on JetBlue and select partner airlines.
Extreme Networks, Inc. introduced on Sept. 24 an Ethernet-based physical security network solution designed to help reduce installation, operational costs and truck rolls, and simplify operations associated with networked physical security systems, including integrated alarms, IP surveillance cameras, door locks and related elements.  
Blue Bell, PA-based Unisys has been awarded a task order by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Targeting and Analysis Systems Program Office (TASPO) to develop, operate and manage systems used for risk assessments of people and cargo entering the U.S. on a daily basis.

Commentary and Opinions

By John HarrisWith the 1998 implementation of the Government Paperwork Elimination Act, the United States government made clear its intentions to become more efficient and save taxpayer dollars by reducing its dependence on paper documents.
By Steve SpatigWith reports of widespread data breaches in the global spotlight, data center managers are under increasing pressure by regulatory bodies to ensure that access to restricted information is protected. Cyber security remains a number one priority, but in many cases, data breaches occur because an employee is given temporary physical access to that data in some way. Within the data center environment, preventing unauthorized physical access to sensitive government data is crucial.
By Kirk Spring As we’ve seen by recently reported hacks of healthcare networks, security breaches are becoming commonplace. Attacks on secure networks can come from internal or external sources. “Breach prevention” is no longer a workable strategy.

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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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