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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 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.
Wed, 2011-08-10 12:37 PM
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 12:00 PM
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 07:50 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 03:01 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 07:41 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 02:01 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...

Company News

Genetec, a provider of unified IP security solutions, announced on August 28 a number of strategic hires and changes that have been made to the organization in recent quarters to further position the business for growth.  Stephan Kaiser, who was previously Genetec's North American director of sales, will now head the company’s license plate recognition segment to help support increased global demand for Genetec's AutoVu product line.
Jerome Pender was named executive assistant director of the FBI’s Information and Technology Branch by FBI director Robert Mueller on Aug. 22. Pender most recently served as deputy assistant director of the Criminal Justice Information Services Division. “Under Jerry’s leadership and expertise, the Information and Technology Branch will continue to advance the technology solutions that will enable us to become a more effective and efficient FBI,” said Mueller.
Stanley Security Solutions, a provider of integrated security solutions for institutional, commercial and industrial businesses and organizations, announced on August 16 that Chris Casazza has been appointed president of Stanley Mechanical Solutions. In his new position with Stanley, Casazza is responsible for leading the entire Stanley Mechanical Solutions business.
Kantech, part of Tyco Security Products, has unveiled Intevo, an integrated security platform that unites access control, IP video and intrusion in a compact and scalable solution. Intevo is an easy-to-deploy integrated security platform, designed to be up-and-running in minimal time. Intevo is simple to configure and includes a customized dashboard for easy system management, says a news release issued by Tyco Security Products on Aug. 14.
Austin, TX-based Gemalto has been awarded a second consecutive five-year contract by the Government Printing Office (GPO) to deliver ICAO-compliant electronic eCovers and secure pre-personalization services. GPO will supply the complete electronic passport book and related services to The Department of State for issuance to U.S. citizens, said the company. International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) is the global standards agency that regulates air transportation and border-crossing procedures.
Automatic Systems, a manufacturer of pedestrian security entrance control and vehicle gates and barriers, announced on August 9 that its SmartLane optical portals have passed 10 million cycles in use at their North American production facility.
Reagan National Airport and Dulles International Airport near Washington D.C. are the 41st and 42nd airports to join SecurityPoint’s network of secure checkpoint trays.  The new system was set to be installed at both airports by July 26, 2012. Alternative advertising firm SecurityPoint Media, in conjunction with JCDecaux, the world's largest out of home advertising company, are implementing the SecureTray systems.
CREONE AB, of Sweden, which manufactures and integrates revolutionary key and value management systems, is currently in an expansion phase. Founded in 1979, whose products are sold to 25 countries with more than 6,000 clients, CREONE’s production facility and company headquarters are located in Tranås and Stocklom in Sweden.

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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