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Thu, 2013-09-26 05:54 PM

Canada's Parliament
building in Ottawa

The Government of Canada is planning to upgrade the security system that safeguards the Parliament building in Ottawa, the nation’s capital, with a new access control system from Lenel and a new...
Thu, 2013-09-26 05:19 PM

Nate Brown demonstrates
the new 2740B lock from
Sargent and Greenleaf

Just as Stanley Security took aim at ADT Security a few years ago, when it decided to go after a significant piece of the SCIF market, the Sargent and Greenleaf unit of Stanley Security has now...
Mon, 2013-09-23 08:19 PM

Mike Faddis

Microsoft Global Security, which is responsible for providing physical security at Microsoft Corp., has joined the Physical Security Interoperability Alliance (PSIA) board of directors, signaling its...
Thu, 2013-09-19 01:49 PM

James St. Pierre

Quintron Systems, a provider of advanced interoperable voice systems and physical access control and intrusion systems, has announced the appointment of James St. Pierre as its new director of sales...
Wed, 2013-09-18 02:50 PM

Tuskan (left) and Greiper

Microsoft Corp., which maintains three Global Security Operations Centers around the world to help safeguard more than 700 separate Microsoft physical sites, has developed a sophisticated monitoring...
Tue, 2013-09-17 08:37 PM
The Center for Immigration Studies released on September 17 a detailed report confirming that in its view a biometric exit-tracking system for foreign visitors departing by air or sea is feasible...
Mon, 2013-09-16 09:46 AM

Ultra-LE laser
engraver

Ultra Electronics Card Systems, a global manufacturer of ID card printers and solutions, announced on September 16 the latest addition to its Magicard line of secure identification card printers, the...
Wed, 2013-09-11 05:29 PM

MorphoBIS from
MorphoTrak

Sheriff Tom Knight, of Sarasota County, Florida, has a new tool that is allowing his office to find answers to old and cold crime cases. The County recently completed an upgrade of its 10-year-old...
Wed, 2013-09-11 03:59 PM
The Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) unit of DHS plans to procure access to LexisNexis databases, on a sole source basis, to help ICE’s Fugitive Operations Support Center track down illegal...
Wed, 2013-09-11 01:43 PM

WebTAS visualization
tools from ISS

One of the most commonly heard buzz words in the government security sector is “public-private partnership,” a phrase that essentially refers to a collaboration between government organizations and...
Tue, 2013-09-10 05:43 PM
DHS has awarded Accenture Federal Services a nine-month $30 million contract to expand international data-sharing capabilities and secure Web services for the Office of Biometric Identity Management...
Mon, 2013-09-09 06:20 PM
Research and Markets, a market research firm, has announced the availability of a new comprehensive study entitled, Physical Security Market By Products & Services Worldwide Market Forecasts and...

Company News

Vancouver, B.C.-based Viscount Systems, a provider of IT-based security software and services, has announced that it has been awarded additional contracts to secure U.S. Federal Government facilities in Washington, D.C. and Ohio for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) – U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

BlueLine Grid has announced that John Cohen, former Principal Deputy Undersecretary for Intelligence and Analysis at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has joined the company to help formulate and execute its Public Safety market strategy.

Santa Clara, CA-based McAfee Labs has released the McAfee Labs Threats Report: August 2014, revealing that phishing continues to be an effective tactic for infiltrating enterprise networks. Testing business users’ ability to detect online scams, the McAfee Phishing Quiz uncovered that 80 percent of its participants failed to detect at least one of seven phishing emails.

Portland, OR-based Tripwire, a provider of advanced threat, security and compliance solutions, has announced that Tripwire vulnerability management solutions detect all known variants of Backoff malware.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) updated a cybersecurity alert on Friday, August 22, 2014, warning that over one thousand major enterprise networks and small and medium businesses in the U.S. have been compromised with malware designed to infect point-of-sale (POS) systems.

Palo Alto, CA-based Globo Plc, a provider of enterprise mobility solutions and software-as-a-service, has announced that its Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) platform, GO!Enterprise, now supports Samsung KNOX. This integration further enhances security, management and user experience of Globo’s offering for Samsung Android devices, the company says.

Vienna, VA-based Veris Group, a provider of cybersecurity solutions to the public and private sectors, has announced the appointment of David L. McClure to the new position of chief strategist. McClure previously served as the associate administrator of the U.S. General Services Administration Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies from 2009 until 2014.

Real-Time Technology Group (RTTG), a provider of secure and hosted identity management solutions for operations and incident response, has partnered with All Points Logistics, a Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business, to bring RTTG’s Real-Time Verification (RTV) technology platform to All Points’ state and federal customers.

With FICAM’s decision to approve McLean, VA-based ID.me as an accredited Credential Service Provider last Thursday, the company joins the likes of Symantec and Verizon by enabling American citizens to easily and securely access government services online through a trusted Single Sign On, ID.me says. The Federal Identity Credential Access Management (FICAM) Trust Framework Solutions program approved ID.me as a non-PKI Credential Service Provider (CSP) and Token Manager service operating at Assurance Levels 1, 2, and 3.

Commentary and Opinions

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.

As a product-agnostic provider of HSPD-12 compliant design and installation services for physical security systems in federal buildings, our team has learned significant lessons about key phases of most projects.

First, it is critical to know the answers to certain questions prior to any design and installation activity.

Second, the type of project -- whether it is a remodeling or new construction of federal entities -- can create its own challenges.

Third, testing and validation is the final due diligence necessary for a successful system.

 

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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.

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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