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Fri, 2011-06-03 09:18 AM

Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS)

Although the House of Representatives passed a $42.3 billion homeland security appropriations bill late on June 2, the leadership of the House Homeland Security Committee voted against the measure...
Thu, 2011-06-02 08:41 AM
Two men with possible connections to bloody conflicts in Serbia and Rwanda pleaded guilty in two separate courts to lying to U.S. immigration officials in an effort to enter the country.Zeljko Zekic...
Thu, 2011-06-02 07:44 AM

NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo

Citing concerns about the impact of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) shared biometric identification program on immigrant communities, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo told federal...
Tue, 2011-05-31 08:01 AM

Cars purchased by gambling ring

An illegal gambling ring based in Staten Island, NY with links to Costa Rica that brought in millions of dollars in sports betting was shut down by federal and local law enforcement agents, including...
Tue, 2011-05-31 07:37 AM

CBP, Qatar officials meet

As the nation of Qatar moves to open a new international airport in 2013, the nation began initial meetings with U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials concerning passenger screening and other...
Fri, 2011-05-27 08:55 AM

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY)

With only minutes to go before key surveillance provisions expired, President Obama late on May 26 signed a four year extension of the Patriot Act surveillance laws that allow detailed records...
Thu, 2011-05-26 04:07 PM
Standards for the physical security industry took an important step forward at ISC West with the successful demonstration of interoperable products from Honeywell, UTC, Tyco, Hikvision, Arecont...
Thu, 2011-05-26 08:32 AM
As the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) added 10 more counties to the list of local jurisdictions operating under its federal biometric identification information-sharing program, an...
Thu, 2011-05-26 08:23 AM

Dr. Ali Mohamed Al Khouri (left)
and Entrust's Bill Conner

Entrust, Inc. will provide its proven, PKI-based national ID technology to the United Arab Emirates, the company announced on May 25. The Emirates Identity Authority is leading a citizen-centric...
Thu, 2011-05-26 07:58 AM

Texas state capitol building

A bill moving through the Texas state legislature that would not only prohibit Transportation Security Administration airport pat-downs but also hold TSA personnel liable for criminal charges, was...
Wed, 2011-05-25 08:19 AM
A new program that expedites small boats through the official entry process when crossing into the U.S. was unveiled on May 24 by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials.
Wed, 2011-05-25 07:38 AM
The Transportation Security Administration is explaining that is has not , and will not, provide security screeners for high school proms.Internet news reports said the agency was ordered to provide...

Company News

Portland, OR-based Tripwire, a provider of advanced threat, security and compliance solutions, has announced expanded platform and policy support for National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) 800-53 Revision 4 and expanded coverage of DISA STIGs in Tripwire Enterprise. Tripwire Enterprise announced support for NIST 800-53 Revision 4 at the end of 2013 and this release expands the comprehensive coverage already available for this standard.

McLean, VA-based Haystax Technology, Inc. has launched a new online tool, developed for the Florida Department of Education (FLDOE), for conducting school safety assessments state-wide.

The Florida Safe Schools Assessment Tool (FSSAT) will enable Florida school officials and their law enforcement and emergency management partners to assess the safety of all 6,000-plus public and charter schools in the state. FSSAT will be accessible to authorized users from FLDOE, other agencies and the state's 67 school districts via secure online portal.

Senstar, a manufacturer of perimeter intrusion detection systems (PIDS) is strengthening its commitment to the Canadian market by expanding its integrated security solutions offering and marketing it to customers across the country. Complementing the security products it has manufactured and sold around the world for over 30 years, Senstar now provides a wide range of third party products and services, end-to-end project installation and on-going support.

Atlanta, GA-based LexisNexis Risk Solutions has released a study spotlighting why industries collect, store, and use PII (personal identification information) and what impact this makes on identity verification and consumer behavior.

Rockville, MD-based Ultra Electronics, 3eTI, a cyber-technology company with products and systems that secure critical infrastructure and improve operational efficiency, has announced its newly enhanced CyberFence product suite that secures endpoints both within a local area network and those remotely connected via a wide area network.

Herndon, VA-based ViON Corporation, a provider of the design, delivery and maintenance of mission critical IT infrastructure solutions, has announced that it will provide storage managed services to the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), under a contract that could extend the relationship between ViON and the USPTO for seven years. The USPTO contract has an estimated value of $139 million.

Framingham, MA-based IDC Government Insights has launched the U.S. Digital Government Innovation and Transformation (DGIT) Strategies advisory service, designed to inform and support Federal government executives by identifying technology trends and disruptive technologies, innovative new programs based upon these technologies, and the successful deployment of technology in the context of policy and organizational challenges.

Atlanta, GA-based LexisNexis Risk Solutions has announced the company has been certified by the U.S. government-approved Trust Framework Provider, SAFE-BioPharma Association. This certification means that identity credentials can be trusted and used at known levels of assurance by U.S. federal agencies, such as the Department of Veterans Affairs, National Institutes of Health and Food and Drug Administration.

Commentary and Opinions

As we enter into the new fiscal year, three trends are going to be on the minds of every IT leader in Washington, D.C. And -- no big surprise -- they all revolve around Big Data. Those three crucial initiatives that will top the government enterprise priority list in 2015 are application rationalization, virtualization and cyber security.

With security awareness, threat assessment, and risk analysis extending into new areas like international traveler health screening, vigilance at the doors of elementary schools, and intensified subway passenger safety, it’s important for government security professionals everywhere to keep their knowledge and credentials continuously up-to-date.

The Javelin Strategy & Research’s 2014 Identity Fraud Study revealed that 13.1 million Americans became victims of identity theft last year. This startling statistic underscores the determination of malicious actors to access sensitive data. Despite the rise in exploits, vital aspects of security -- such as encryption -- has tended to slip through the cracks.

The possibility of governments collecting and analyzing personal data changed dramatically after the enactment of The Patriot Act in 2001. The public outcry following WikiLeaks and the NSA PRISM program has kept controversial data collection methods in the headlines over the past few years. The legality of this type of data collection is still in question.

When it comes to cybersecurity, boldface security organizations can seem just as susceptible to hacks as anyone else. For example, NATO suffered over 2,500 significant cyber attacks in 2012 alone. Security experts believe that the number of sophisticated offensives against NATO is likely to increase over the coming years.

 

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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.

Xceedium Corporation garnered its second GSN awards trophy for the entry of its Xsuite solution in the “Best Privileged Access Management” category of the 2012 Awards Program.  Ken Ammon, Chief Strategist for the company, describes how privileged access management has become increasingly important as physical and logical access have merged, and the government, through HSPD-12, has required that the PIV smart card, historically used for physical access now must be used for logical access as well.

John D. Clark, Sr. and the Whitestone Group, which he founded in 2000, returned to the GSN Awards Dinner in 2012 to pick up their second trophy in two years, this time for the “Best Facility Security/Force Protection Service.” The Whitestone Group’s A-list of clients includes NASA, DoD, USDA, VA, DHS, Social Security Administration, U.S. Coast Guard, Army, Air Force and the Department of Interior, which has just approved a new 5-year facility security contract for the Hoover Dam.

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ADT

This white paper highlights a successful pilot HSPD-12 compliant visitor management project undertaken by a U.S. federal government agency, which successfully meets the objectives of Federal Identity, Credential, andAccess Management (FICAM) Road map use case 4.9 for how agencies should perform credentialing and validation of visitors to federal facilities.

 

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