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Mon, 2011-05-09 11:36 AM
Congressional leaders expressed concern that rail security needs to be tightened after plans to target trains were revealed in intelligence gathered at the site of the killing of Al Qaeda leader...
Mon, 2011-05-09 09:20 AM
U.S. airlines experienced a rash of incidents over the weekend of May 7 and 8, including struggles with unruly passengers, as well as pilots refusing to take some passengers to their destinations....
Fri, 2011-05-06 08:18 AM

Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX)

A bill introduced in the House of Representatives on May 5 would end the judicial review of visas revoked for security reasons from aliens in the U.S., speeding the way for their deportation.The...
Thu, 2011-05-05 01:37 PM
ARINC CrewPASS, the nation’s first biometric security screening service for airline crewmembers, passed a milestone during the first quarter of 2011. The service was accessed more than 41,000 times...
Thu, 2011-05-05 08:46 AM

IL Gov. Pat Quinn

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn told U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement his state was moving to end its participation in the agency’s Secure Communities shared biometric identification information...
Thu, 2011-05-05 08:01 AM

Detroit-Windsor bridge

The Department of Homeland Security told an Islamic organization in Michigan it will investigate claims that Muslims face inappropriate questioning from Customs and Border Protection agents when...
Wed, 2011-05-04 02:49 PM
President Obama decided on May 4 not to release photographs of the body of Al Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden because “there’s no doubt he’s dead.”Since Bin Laden was shot and killed in...
Wed, 2011-05-04 08:56 AM

Tri-Valley University

The president of a San Francisco area university has been charged with selling student visas and defrauding the U.S. government in a scheme that authorities said earned her millions of dollars.A...
Wed, 2011-05-04 08:08 AM
The federal program that tracks immigrants staying in the U.S. on visas is in trouble and needs reform, said leaders of the Senate Homeland Security Committee.
Mon, 2011-05-02 03:11 PM

Sen. John Kerry (D-MA)

At least two Congressional hearings to address security concerns in Pakistan are set for May 3  -  only 36 hours or so after the U.S. military killed al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in a...
Mon, 2011-05-02 11:03 AM
White House officials didn’t provide many specific details about the actual assault on the Abbotabad, Pakistan compound where al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was killed by a U.S. Navy SEAL team on...
Mon, 2011-05-02 08:32 AM

Abbottabad, Pakistan

The U.S. faces heightened security threats in the wake of the killing of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, said senior White House officials in a late-night briefing the night of May 1 that also...

Company News

Hillsboro, OR-based Eid Passport, a provider of high-assurance identity management solutions and vendor credentials, has earned SAFETY (Support Anti-Terrorism by Fostering Effective Technologies) Act approval from the U.S. DHS for the company’s RAPIDGate system.

Morpho, a subsidiary of  France-based Safran and a provider of secure identification solutions, has joined the FIDO (Fast IDentity Online) Alliance, an industry consortium delivering standards for simpler, stronger authentication during online transactions.

The Washington-based Secure Identity & Biometrics Association (SIBA), a non-profit that encourages the use of solutions that protect and secure identity across private and public platforms, has announced its board members. The new SIBA board represents proven expertise in identity management and biometric solutions, high technology government relations and commercialization, and the defense, intelligence, and homeland security communities.

The Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), based in Oak Ridge, TN, has selected Gemalto’s Protiva IDPrime Personal Identification Verification (PIV) system to serve as its authentication system. Gemalto, an Amsterdam based digital security provider, created the Protiva IDPrime PIV card system to allow employees to use identification cards with embedded chips in lieu of passwords and usernames.

Janice Kephart, founder and CEO of the Secure Identity and Biometrics Association (SIBA) has issued a press release stating in no uncertain terms that the Florida Senate's near unanimous vote of March 27 to ban biometrics in all schools lacks common sense and denies schools the opportunity to improve safety, standards, and fiscal accountability.

New Zealand-based Gallagher, which provides integrated access control and perimeter security technology, has welcomed Blake Smith as technical account manager for the U.S. federal market.

Smith will work with North American Federal Business Development Manager Brandy Sloan and other senior managers to build Gallagher's Personal Identity Verification (PIV) solution business for the U.S. government.

Milwaukee's General Mitchell International Airport has chosen Ashburn, VA-based Telos Identity Management Solutions (Telos ID) to provide Transportation Security Administration (TSA)-approved Designated Aviation Channeling (DAC) services for processing aviation worker background checks.

Portland, OR-based Tyfone, a cyber and mobile secure ID and secure transaction solutions provider, has announces the appointment of retired Rear Admiral Nicholas Kalathas as a consulting advisor.

Commentary and Opinions

Every day citizens put their faith and trust in the decisions that government programs make about identities (security clearances, border crossings, benefits and credentials). However, these decisions may not be as trustworthy as you think, because they are often not based upon current and validated information. This lack of information awareness has been accentuated by the onset of Big Data (the dramatic increase in data volumes, sources, types and velocity), which increases the risk of an undetected change in a person’s identity profile.

An important deadline is fast approaching for federal, state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies. Starting September 30, 2014, the FBI will require advanced authentication for anyone accessing its criminal justice information (CJIS) system to keep highly sensitive law enforcement data from falling into the wrong hands. 

It is possible to forecast the types of warfare that one’s terrorist adversary is likely to conduct, whether as an organized group or as “lone wolf” operatives. Such a forecasting capability is especially crucial when complete information about one’s terrorist adversary is lacking. This is important because several recent high visibility terrorist attacks could have been pre-empted and thwarted if the intelligence and law enforcement agencies that were tracking these groups and operatives had possessed such a forecasting capability.


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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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