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Peter Boriskin, Director of Product Management for ASSA ABLOY'S Commerical Electronic Access Control Products, indicates that he would like to describe the features and benefits of the SARGENT SE...

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Tue, 2011-05-24 12:00 PM
Northrop Grumman Corp. has been awarded a follow-on task order valued at up to $141 million for continued development of the Defense Department’s Automated Biometric Identification System (DoD-ABIS...
Tue, 2011-05-24 07:59 AM
A Pakistani who unwittingly provided failed Times Square bomber Faisal Shahzad with thousands of dollars in an illegal financial transaction was sent back to Pakistan on May 22 by U.S. immigration...
Sat, 2011-05-21 02:21 PM

Pedro Janices

Cross Match Technologies, Inc., a provider of biometric identity solutions, has entered into an agreement with the Argentinean Government to support the deployment of identity management systems...
Fri, 2011-05-20 08:32 AM

Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA)

A U.S. congresswoman is pressing the Department of Homeland Security’s inspector general for an investigation into its biometric information-sharing program with law enforcement saying that some DHS...
Wed, 2011-05-18 04:47 PM

Jasvir Gill

New software to battle insider threats to airport security was introduced on May 16 by AlertEnterprise at the 83rd AAAE Conference & Exposition in Atlanta. The company is an exhibitor at the FPED...
Wed, 2011-05-18 10:15 AM
Entrust, Inc., has secured an agreement to migrate the Danish National Police (Rigspolitiet) ePassport infrastructure to the Extended Access Control (EAC) standard. Entrust, which displaced the...
Tue, 2011-05-17 04:16 PM

Mass notification systems at FPED

Thousands of federal, state and local homeland security officials, military and law enforcement personnel braved torrential downpours and threatening skies on May 17 to attend the opening day of FPED...
Mon, 2011-05-16 09:30 AM

Joyce Chiang

Law enforcement officials have closed a decade old case of the questionable death of an attorney employed at the Immigration and Naturalization Agency.
Mon, 2011-05-16 08:56 AM
Quantum Secure, a provider of enterprise software to manage and streamline security identities, compliance and events across disparate physical security systems, introduced on May 16 the SAFE for...
Mon, 2011-05-16 08:53 AM

TSA airport checkpoint

The bill approved by the Texas House of Representatives late on May 12 that looks to ban airport security pat-downs by the Transportation Security Administration won’t pass Constitutional muster if...
Fri, 2011-05-13 11:04 AM

Austin, TX

Federal agents arrested five people for running an H-2B visa scam that had preyed on local businesses and illegal immigrants in Central Texas and Mexico for the last seven years.Immigration and...
Fri, 2011-05-13 09:32 AM

Rep. Mike Rogers (R-AL)

The House Homeland Security’s transportation subcommittee on May 12 approved legislation aimed at streamlining the security paperwork of transportation industry workers, expediting security screening...

Company News

Vienna, VA-based VidSys, a provider of Physical Security Information Management (PSIM) software, has announced that it will demonstrate the latest release of its award winning product at ASIS in Atlanta, Sept. 29 through Oct. 1 in Booth #3565. In 7.7, VidSys debuts National Language Support, meaning the software can be easily adapted to various languages without code changes.

Port Townsend, WA-based Intellicheck Mobilisa, a provider of identity solutions and wireless security systems, has been awarded a $220K contract to provide its IM2610 TWIC Plus readers to the Port of New Orleans in Louisiana. The new contract is for a web-hosted TWIC card reading system. The readers will provide TWIC card authentication and Be On the Lookout (BOLO) checks.

London, England-based Brit PLC, a global specialty insurer and reinsurer, has developed a unique insurance service to protect companies operating critical infrastructure and industrial machinery from terrorist and other malicious attacks, such as sabotage, espionage and theft.

Belgium-based Betafence, a provider of comprehensive solutions for high security perimeter protection, has announced the acquisition of SecureUSA, a successful U.S provider of access control systems and solutions.

Port Townsend, WA-based Intellicheck Mobilisa, a provider of identity solutions and wireless security systems, has been awarded a $137K contract to provide its TWIC Plus IM2610 identification card readers to the Port of Houston in Texas. The facility has been an Intellicheck Mobilisa customer since September 2010. The new contract is for a web-hosted TWIC reading system. The readers will provide TWIC card authentication and driver’s license reading capability.

San Mateo, CA-based Norse, a provider of live attack intelligence, has announced that Brian Contos has joined the company as a senior vice president and chief security strategist. In this new position, Conto will help guide the company’s market strategy, technical solutions, and field engineering.

Portland, OR-based Tripwire, a provider of advanced threat, security and compliance solutions, and Belden, a provider of signal transmission solutions for mission-critical manufacturing applications, have announced a new marketing initiative designed to improve critical infrastructure cybersecurity in manufacturing organizations.

Blake Smith, technical account manager for Gallagher's U.S. security division has received General Services Administration (GSA) approved accreditation for Identity, Credential, and Access Management for Physical Access Control Systems (ICAM PACS) with the Smart Card Alliance.

Gallagher, a provider of integrated access control, intruder alarms management, and perimeter protection technology, is on the U.S. government's Approved Product Listing for its comprehensive security platform.

Commentary and Opinions

Car theft is a fruitful field of opportunity for today’s criminals as they seek new and innovative ways for gaining quick profits. Recent reports indicate that prior to committing theft, organized car-theft gangs are doing their homework. They are targeting specific car rental facilities, conducting exhaustive site-studies of the facilities to identify vulnerabilities that will make their job easier.

When newspapers, popular magazines, and cable news channels run stories on public safety security and video surveillance, their knee-jerk reaction is too often a clever reference to “Big Brother” and an implication that something dangerous and sinister is happening.

You approach the scene, taking the first steps to determining what happened and how to prevent it in the future. Following your training, you secure the area, conduct a scan of the scene, take photos to maintain a permanent record of the scene as you found it, and begin collecting and evaluating physical evidence.

With new technologies -- such as virtualization, cloud computing and mobility -- come new threats to IT systems. The sophistication of those threats -- both internal and external -- has become a major concern for the federal government. In fact, cyber security is among the top priorities for the White House and Congress as evidenced by recent legislation and initiatives aimed at protecting sensitive data and intelligence, including health and personally identifiable information.

In our increasingly digital world, our nation’s information security is just as important as its physical security. With President Obama declaring that cyber threats are “one of the most serious economic and national security challenges we face as a nation,” all areas of government are under increasing pressure to develop a proactive and comprehensive IT defense strategy.

 

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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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