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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...


Mon, 2011-07-18 06:28 AM

Smugglers' craft

A number of small boats being used to smuggle humans and drugs into California have been intercepted in the last month, according to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, showing that...
Fri, 2011-07-15 07:58 AM

Hartsfield-Jackson International

The Transportation Security Administration wants to speed up its pre-flight identity screening process through a pilot program at several U.S. airports beginning this fall.TSA Administrator John...
Thu, 2011-07-14 12:01 PM

Pasadena Refining Systems

Codebench, Inc., a provider of TWIC / HSPD-12 / FIPS-201 authentication and physical access control middleware, announced on July 13 that Pasadena Refining Systems, Inc., a subsidiary of Petrobras...
Thu, 2011-07-14 08:07 AM

Rep. Peter King (R-NY)

As the scandal over alleged telephone records hacking and illegal wire taps by newspaper reporters in the U.K. grows, U.S. lawmakers and policy groups have demanded official investigations of whether...
Wed, 2011-07-13 07:45 AM

Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX)

A group of House Republicans, lead by the Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, introduced a bill on July 12 that would strip the Obama administration’s ability to use prosecutorial discretion...
Tue, 2011-07-12 05:19 PM

Mica: list of
problems growing

Standards for guarding against someone sneaking explosives on a plane in the United States have been slow to come by, according to a report released July 12 by the U.S. Government Accountability...
Tue, 2011-07-12 08:02 AM

Sonoran Desert

As the deadly summer heat bakes the desert along U.S. /Mexico border, the two countries implemented a voluntary return program for Mexican immigrants found travelling unlawfully in the region.
Mon, 2011-07-11 02:25 PM
The U.S. State Department has awarded a security guard contract to protect a global hotspot, the U.S. Embassy in Athens, Greece, as well as the U.S. Consulate in Thessaloniki, Greece, to a joint...
Mon, 2011-07-11 12:31 PM


The man accused of using other people’s expired or stolen boarding passes to fly cross-country was indicted on July 8 on dual federal felony charges tied to the incidents.
Mon, 2011-07-11 08:31 AM

EFF's Lynch

The FBI’s next-generation criminal identification biometric database could include not only information about criminals, but every day people, said the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) on July 8.
Mon, 2011-07-11 06:42 AM

Laura Adiele

The Transportation Security Administration denied it engaged in profiling after inspecting an African-merican woman’s hair at the Seattle/Tacoma International Airport  (Sea-Tac) on June 30.
Fri, 2011-07-08 10:25 AM
The erosion of state support for ICE’s biometric information-sharing program hasn’t stopped the flow of fingerprint identification data from their local jurisdictions into federal computers, but it...

Company News

IndigoVision, a complete IP Video security solutions provider and a member of the Lenel OpenAccess Alliance Program, has received Lenel factory certification for its interface to OnGuard. “IndigoVision has completed required factory testing at Lenel to validate the functionality of its interface to OnGuard,” said Josh Phillips, Director of Marketing for Lenel. “We look forward to their continued involvement in the Lenel OpenAccess Alliance Program.”
FST21 has recently launched a redesigned and enhanced Web site that highlights its commitment to bringing the latest security and automation technology to government, commercial and residential buildings.The Web site has a more user-friendly layout, fast and easy navigation, an updated look and expanded content.
The Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) unit of DHS plans a sole source purchase of two additional automated fingerprint and palm print identification systems for remote workstations to supplement the two it already uses. The remote workstation versions, which are known as AFIX Tracker RWs, are supplied by AFIX Technologies, Inc., headquartered in Pittsburg, KS.
MCS Fire & Security, a service and solutions provider in the commercial security and fire detection industry, has announced that DHS has awarded it SAFETY Act Certification and Designation coverage for its electronic security installation and integration services. 
The Central Station Alarm Association (CSAA) has announced that Niscayah, Inc., of Woburn, MA has received the prestigious “CSAA Five Diamond Certification.”
Identifying visitors to a school, hospital or a corporate facility can be overwhelming; never mind all of the products to choose from. Recognizing this, Visitor Pass Solutions by Data Management, Inc., of Farmington, CT, has created a new, user-friendly one-stop shopping catalog. 
Daon, a global provider of identity assurance software and services has announced that India has joined a growing number of countries around the world who have chosen Daon software for identity management. Daon’s software has been selected for use in India’s Unique ID (UID), the world’s largest identity program. Branded as Aadhaar, the program will eventually encompass 1.2 billion residents and the UID will become the single source of identity verification throughout the country. 
ATG Access Inc., based in Lillington, NC, has announced that it has acquired the vehicle barrier and gate division of the Canadian group Allen-Vanguard Corp. ATG Access engineers and produces high impact vehicle security barriers (HIVB), traffic bollard systems and manual bollard ram raid deterrent bollards which can be seen in situ in most major cities and venues globally. 

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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