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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, 2011-08-17 07:03 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 08:21 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 02:25 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 08:42 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 07:38 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.
Wed, 2011-08-10 11:37 AM
Dell Federal Systems, L.P., of Round Rock, TX, protested a $159 million U.S. Army contract award to a rival, GTSI Corp., to supply about 200 biometric collection systems – claiming the Army had...
Tue, 2011-08-09 11:00 AM
The Corporation for National Community Service (CNCS), which engages millions of Americans in a variety of public service programs, such as AmeriCorps and Serve America Fellows, will begin sending...
Fri, 2011-08-05 06:50 AM
An Atlanta area Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officer was instrumental in the convictions of four criminal aliens who tried to bribe their way into remaining in the U.S.
Thu, 2011-08-04 02:01 PM

Prince William County's Stewart

A county in northern Virginia filed a second lawsuit on Aug. 4 against the Department of Homeland Security demanding the release of the department’s detention and transfer records of criminal illegal...
Thu, 2011-08-04 06:41 AM
The Transportation Security Administration needs to bolster its oversight of the security badging process for airport workers, or risk safety of passengers, airport workers and aircraft, said a study...
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...

Company News

ActivIdentity Corp., a supplier of strong authentication and credential management, has announced it has joined the Transglobal Secure Collaboration Program (TSCP) in the silver membership category for a second year. As a member, ActivIdentity recognizes the role TSCP plays in developing and deploying secure information sharing solutions in highly sensitive environments and commits to contributing to the integration and adoption of TSCP standards.
Gallagher Security is augmenting its presence in the Asian security market with the expansion of its locally-based business development team and cadre of senior executives. The security business unit of Gallagher Group is an established provider of proven security, access control and perimeter security systems with a global distribution network.
ePortation Inc., a provider of real-time information logistics and mobile technology, has appointed Andre McCoy as its chief operating officer. In this position, McCoy will be responsible for managing the company’s day-to-day operations, including business development and marketing. Before joining ePortation, McCoy served the United States on two overseas tours, Operation Iraqi Freedom (2008-2009) and Operation Enduring Freedom (2009-2010).  
Jim Williams, a 30-year veteran with the federal government has been named senior vice president of global professional services at Daon, a provider of identity assurance software and services. Williams will also serve on the boards of directors for Reston, VA.-based Daon and Daon Trusted Identity Services, a joint venture with the American Association of Airport Executives. His appointment was effective September 1.
Robert “Bob” Chauvin, with three decades of experience in the fire and life-safety industry, has been named president of SimplexGrinnell, a Tyco International company. Chauvin’s appointment takes effect on October 1, according to a company press release issued on September 14. He will succeed Jim Spicer, who is retiring after serving as SimplexGrinnell president for the past three years and as a key company executive since 1990.
Gemalto, a digital security provider, has announced the launch of its PROX DU smart card reader for physical and logical access control. The dual-interface reader makes it convenient to securely access a host of applications using both contactless and contact technologies, with one single device. The PROX DU is fully plug-n-play on Windows OS in both contactless and contact modes, a feature unique to the Gemalto solution, the company says in a press release it issued on September 8.
Cinch Systems Inc., of St. Michael, MN, a full-line manufacturer of high-quality security products focused on the government and commercial markets, has received UL 1076 approval of its Cinch Systems Protector IDS System. This system includes a high resolution touch screen command center with a scrambled keypad option, 128 bit AES encrypted end-to-end communications, five amp power supply and advanced systems performance metrics. The Cinch Systems Protector line is available immediately.
G4S Secure Solutions, a global provider of comprehensive security solutions combining technology, manpower and innovation, will give away iPads to 10 attendees at the ASIS show in Dallas this October. Winners will be drawn from attendees who pick up iPad entry cards at the G4S booth and get them stamped by G4S security officers attending the show and circulating throughout the ASIS show floor.

Commentary and Opinions

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.
The following is a guest editorial provided by Michael D. Helm, the national commander of The American Legion:Most 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.
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.

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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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