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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...
Wed, 2011-09-07 07:39 AM

Concealed knives

The Transportation Security Administration is showing off the dangerous concealed items its agents find on passengers at airport checkpoints, including knives, guns and even animals.
Tue, 2011-09-06 11:50 AM

Hamburg scanner

After completing field tests of two full-body scanners at Hamburg Airport, Germany's interior ministry said the technology isn’t yet ready for widespread deployment at airport security checkpoints...
Fri, 2011-09-02 10:19 AM

EPCI's Marc Rotenberg

The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) wants a federal appeals court to take another look at a legal challenge to the TSA’s use of electronic body scans because an earlier court ruling was...
Fri, 2011-09-02 07:36 AM

Borup in 2011

The FBI is looking for a woman who allegedly threw acid in the face of a New York Port Authority officer in 1981 during a demonstration in New York. Donna Joan Borup, said the FBI in an Aug. 25...
Wed, 2011-08-31 06:02 PM
In response to a number of requests from government agencies and vendors of physical and IT security solutions, Government Security News has announced a final extension of the 2011 deadline for its...
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...

Company News

Honeywell announced on August 22 that it has completed its acquisition of EMS Technologies, Inc., a provider of connectivity solutions for mobile networking, rugged mobile computers and satellite communications, for approximately $491 million.
The Open Security Exchange, a cross-industry forum dedicated to delivering vendor-neutral  interoperability specifications, announced on August 17 the appointment on Ron Martin, a recently-retired security official with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, as its new executive director. Martin will lead the not-for-profit association of security experts that offers a forum for security firms, consultants, end-users, government agencies, manufacturers, systems integrators and others.
Genetec, of Montreal, Canada, a supplier in the physical security industry, announced on August 17 the launch of the AutoVu Sharp VGA, a new license plate recognition (LPR) camera with on-board processing. This latest addition to Genetec’s existing line of IP LPR cameras was engineered and designed with a specific application in mind: capturing plates of cars passing in a contained zone, such as the entrance to a parking lot, says the company in a news release it issued on August 17.
NDI Recognition Systems, a provider of automated license plate recognition solutions, announced on August 17 that Christopher McKissick has been named as its new director of sales for public safety in the U.S.
Arecont Vision, a provider of IP-based megapixel camera technology, announced on August 16 a partnership it has established with Lenel Systems International, a supplier of enterprise software and integrated systems. Arecont Vision’s complete line of IP network megapixel cameras, including 1.3 MP, 2 MP, 1080p, 3 MP, 5 MP, 8 MP and 10 MP resolutions, are now fully integrated with the latest generation of Lenel’s security platform OnGuard LNVR Version 6.4.500, Technology Update 1.
BIO-key International, Inc., a supplier of finger biometric solutions, announced on August 15 that the company has signed a letter of intent to acquire Montreal-based S.I.C. Biometrics Inc., a manufacturer of biometric plug-in mobile fingerprint scanners, biometric proximity cards and access control solutions, through a combination of asset purchase and exclusive license arrangements.
AMAG Technology, a security management solution provider, unveiled its Symmetry Intrusion Management module on August 11. The module combines previously separate access control, video and enterprise-class intrusion detection to create a single, unified solution that enhances security, reduces cost and simplifies administration, says a company news release. AMAG is one of the first in the industry to offer this sophisticated solution.
Codebench, Inc. has integrated its PIVCheck Plus software with the PremiSys access control system from IDenticard offering federal agencies and other government entities a fully compliant HSPD-12 solution.

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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