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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...


Fri, 2013-07-19 10:57 AM
HID Global, a worldwide supplier of secure identity solutions, has announced that the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), an agency of DHS, has selected the company as the prime...
Tue, 2013-07-16 11:34 AM

Friedman Memorial

Friedman Memorial Airport, which provides air service facilities to South Central Idaho and the Sun Valley resort area, has become the first airport in the country to implement Quantum Secure’s new...
Mon, 2013-07-15 12:28 PM
Smith & Wesson Security Solutions, a turn-key provider of perimeter security solutions, announced on July 15 that the company has received a $230 million Access Control Point (ACP)...
Mon, 2013-07-15 10:39 AM

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the left is run through
commercial software to
produce the image
(right) that can be
placed on the PIV card

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has issued a new publication that broadens agency security options for Personal Identity Verification (PIV) cards by adding iris images and...
Thu, 2013-07-11 05:50 PM
U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) has awarded a contract worth as much as $5.5 million to the incumbent vendor, General Dynamics Information Technology, to continue to maintain the...
Thu, 2013-07-11 12:42 PM
About a dozen Israeli technology companies active in the homeland security industry will visit New York City to participate in a private networking event on July 18, which will feature a reception,...
Tue, 2013-07-09 05:42 PM

Illustration from new
HID Global patent

HID Global, a worldwide supplier of secure identity solutions, announced on July 9 that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has granted several patents for the company's innovation related to...
Tue, 2013-07-09 05:06 PM

'Randomizers' will
replace humans

Airline passengers who are having their documents examined at an airport’s security checkpoint often try to choose the particular conveyor belt onto which they will place their clothes, coins and...
Mon, 2013-07-01 05:36 PM

Credit card
forensics software

The U.S. Secret Service is planning to award a contract to a vendor that can supply highly qualified “research associates” who could support efforts by the Secret Service, the Treasury Department,...
Fri, 2013-06-28 05:18 PM
Vector Electric, Capital Communications, LTG Federal and GAGE International have joined forces to integrate commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) systems delivering advanced solutions that meet the federal...
Thu, 2013-06-27 03:24 PM
DHS wants to buy 40,000 HSPD12-compliant rigid two-card badge holders for delivery within the next 90 days. A solicitation issued by the department’s office of the chief procurement offer calls for a...
Thu, 2013-06-27 12:20 PM
In an effort to determine whether applicants for food stamps, supplemental nutrition or “assistance for needy families” are eligible for such benefits, the State of California’s department of social...

Company News

Samsung Techwin America has unveiled the company’s newly-constructed executive briefing center at its U.S. headquarters in Ridgefield Park, NJ. 

Subsystem Technologies, Inc. has acquired Alapko, Inc., a provider of technology solutions and program support to the Intelligence Community. Alapko will be a wholly owned subsidiary of Subsystems. Terms of the acquisition were not made public.

Software House, part of Tyco, has announced that it has attained the U.S. Government’s Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) 197 validation for its complete iSTAR physical access controller family, including iSTAR Edge, iSTAR Pro, iSTAR eX, and soon-to-be-released iSTAR Ultra.     

Security-Net, a provider of security integration services, announced on June 10 that Advantech Inc., a regional security systems integrator headquartered in Dover, DE, has joined Security-Net as its 20th member. 

The CyberLock family of access control products allows users to track and control access throughout a facility. The audit trail provided by the lock and key helps water utilities meet Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) security guidelines aimed at protecting watersheds and sources of drinking water.

HID Global, a supplier of secure identity solutions, announced on Msay 15 that Rob Haslam has joined the company as vice president of government ID solutions.

FST21 appointed Mark Ingram, an industry veteran, as its director of U.S. sales. Ingram has carved out a long and successful career in the security industry. 

Most recently, he served as manager of strategic distribution Sales for Pelco by Schneider Electric. Prior to that, he was president of Visonic Americas. 

TSA is planning to extend a contract by three to six months that it currently has with InfoZen, Inc., of Rockville, MD, to continue providing operations and maintenance support for the agency’s office of intelligence and analysis.

Commentary and Opinions

By Brian Lapidus
Telecommuting, whether full-time or part-time, is becoming increasingly popular in the United States. According to a 2008 survey from the Society for Human Resource Management, 57 percent of HR professionals indicate that their organization offers some form of telecommuting. The potential rewards are many – from increased productivity and cost savings to happier employees and greater appeal among potential recruits.

By William Sapp

In an operating environment where threats are imminent and the response must be equally swift, video communication technology can offer DHS and its communities of interest new ways to collaborate to improve homeland security operations.

Whether responding to a natural disaster or sharing intelligence to thwart a terrorist plot, video conferencing technology allows organizations to connect quickly and collaborate meaningfully.

Leaving Seattle recently, I was in for a surprise. As six of my colleagues and I stood in line for an airport security check, we were all told to step aside for secondary screening. They wanted to search our turbans -- mandatory religious articles of our Sikh faith. Each of us was pulled out of line while other passengers stared at the group being corralled. As several screeners investigated our turbans, the wasted time and resources made me uneasy.

By Chris Broderick
Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12 (HSPD-12), is a “policy for a common identification standard for federal employees and contractors,” and was issued on August 24, 2004.  Under the HSPD-12 mandate, all federal employees and contractors must be issued a Personal Identity Verification (PIV) card, a smart card with contact and contactless interfaces to be used as their identity credential.


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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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