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Mon, 2013-11-04 04:14 PM

U.S. Courthouse
in Minneapolis, MN

The Federal Protective Service (FPS) intends to hire security guards to protect federal offices and facilities throughout the States of Minnesota and Wisconsin, and plans to issue a formal...
Fri, 2013-11-01 06:14 PM
The Coalition for a Secure Driver’s License, a national crime prevention charity based in Washington, DC, on October 30 released a new whitepaper that recommends changes to improve security in...
Thu, 2013-10-31 04:45 PM

Pueblo Viejo
gold mine in
Dominican Republic

Diebold, Incorporated is helping secure one of the largest gold mines in the world. Operated by Pueblo Viejo Dominicana Corp., the Pueblo Viejo mine, located in the Dominican Republic, has...
Fri, 2013-10-25 10:36 AM
The U.S. State Department’s bureau of information resource management (IRM) is looking for market research information from potential vendors who could supply a commercial off-the-shelf (COTS)...
Wed, 2013-10-23 04:57 PM
Hillsboro, OR-based Eid Passport, a provider of high-assurance identity management solutions, has announced that it has achieved cross-certification with the Federal Bridge Certification Authority (...
Wed, 2013-10-23 12:37 PM

LPR system from
Vigiliant Solutions

Good police work and license plate reader (LPR) data from Vigilant Solutions recently enabled the Cobb County (Georgia) Police Department to identify and bring to justice two suspects in the homicide...
Tue, 2013-10-22 01:58 PM
HID Global, a supplier of secure identity solutions, announced on October 22 the successful roll-out of the newly-designed Irish electronic passport (e-passport).  HID Global joined forces with...
Sat, 2013-10-19 02:32 PM
The Government Printing Office (GPO) announced on October 18 that it plans to award a sole source contract to Luminescence International, a security ink manufacturer located in the UK, to provide...
Fri, 2013-10-18 06:24 AM

New forensic services
and coroner's complex
in Toronto, Canada

Genetec, a provider of unified IP security solutions, announced on October 17 that Security Center, its unified IP security platform, was recently deployed as part of a highly sophisticated...
Wed, 2013-10-16 05:28 PM

StarSign FIPS
201 cards

Giesecke & Devrient (G&D), a provider of secure solutions for authentication based in Munich, Germany, has received a contract award to provide DoD’s Defense Manpower Data Center (DMDC) with...
Mon, 2013-10-14 04:48 PM
AlertEnterprise, a provider of security convergence software, introduced what it calls the security industry’s first unified security program at the 2013 ASIS show, as well as two related physical...
Fri, 2013-10-11 08:26 AM

Global Filer Express Kit

Life Technologies Corp. announced on October 11 that its Global Filer Express Kit has been approved by the FBI for use by laboratories generating DNA profiles for inclusion in the National DNA Index...

Company News

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.

The National Retail Federation (NRF) has issued a statement from President and CEO Matthew Shay in response to a White House announcement regarding data and payment security.

“We applaud the administration for taking proactive and positive steps by adopting PIN and chip technology for government-issued debit and credit cards, among other things.

New York-based American Express is boosting efforts to combat fraud with a new $10 million program aimed at driving U.S. small-merchant adoption of more secure check-out terminals. President Barack Obama announced American Express’ Small Merchant EMV Assistance Program during a press conference last week in Washington, D.C., urging members of the payments and retail industries to work together to educate and protect consumers and businesses.

Napco Security Technologies, Inc., Continental Access, Alarm Lock and Marks USA recently exhibited at the ASIS show at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, GA from September 29 to October 2, 2014 with over 20,000 security professionals from 80 countries in attendance. Napco featured products and solutions that meet and exceed the market demands for security, connectivity, locking and access control.

Commentary and Opinions

Fortiter in re, suaviter in modo -- Be resolute in action, and gentle in manner

Since the events of 9/11, there have been increasing calls from the public -- as well as incentives from certain sectors of the government -- for science to “do something” to better define, predict, and in this way perhaps prevent terrorism and other violent social behavior.

Traditionally, the Security Industry Association has been a standards developing body, but we recognize that we are not alone in this effort and many other organizations are doing good work on their own standards.

However, the only thing worse than having no standards at all is have three standards for the same thing! To that end, SIA has produced a White Paper that describes an approach to harmonizing technical and operational standards among cooperating standards organizations, consortia and forums within the electronic physical security industry.

Earlier this month, responding to a question from the editor of this publication, the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Janet Napolitano, categorically rejected the use of profiling in homeland security efforts.  Instead of focusing its resources on young, Muslim men, DHS paid the most attention to behavior indicating terrorist activity, such as travel patterns. The Secretary’s rejection of profiling is spot on, both as a matter of efficacy and as a matter of ethics.

Instead of a sparkle, it drives a tear in your eye. I often wonder who takes genuine interest in really innovative first-level security features that are truly user-friendly and help citizens and governments alike to ascertain easy-to-verify authenticity for currency and ID documents.

“We Got Him!” was the headline. “What’s next?” is the question now asked by many Americans, days after Osama Bin Laden’s demise. There are a number of simple things that we can do to help protect against terrorism. Some, like “See Something, Say Something,” have become ingrained in our national psyche. Perhaps less obvious is the imperative to guard against counterfeit goods. The connection may not be immediately apparent, but it is real and serious.

 

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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.

White Papers

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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Vector Firm

 

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