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Tue, 2014-09-09 10:45 PM
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has expanded its popular TSA Pre✓ program to Bishop International Airport (FNT). Passengers traveling on American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Southwest...
Tue, 2014-09-09 07:57 PM
More than 20,000 security professionals from 80 countries are expected to attend the ASIS International (ASIS) 2014 60th Annual Seminar and Exhibits taking place 29 Sept.-02 Oct. at the Georgia World...
Mon, 2014-09-08 06:39 PM
The Joint Cybercrime Action Taskforce (J-CAT) was recently launched to further strengthen the fight against cybercrime in the European Union and beyond. Hosted at the European Cybercrime Centre (EC3...
Wed, 2014-09-03 07:53 PM
FBI Director James B. Comey has named Joshua Skule special agent in charge of the FBI’s Intelligence Division of the Washington Field Office (WFO). He most recently served as a deputy assistant...
Thu, 2014-08-28 07:17 PM
Thanks to alerts from concerned readers and advertisers of Government Security News, we learned yesterday that attempts to log into the “GSN” website have resulted in notices to the effect that “...
Wed, 2014-08-27 07:54 PM
Thirty-eight people were charged last week for their role in a large-scale auto insurance fraud ring that resulted in hundreds of thousands of dollars in lost revenue. The charges follow a year-long...
Wed, 2014-08-27 02:09 AM

TSA Admin. John Pistole

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security recently achieved two major milestones for its trusted traveler programs. The Transportation Security Administration Pre✓ application program, which began in...
Tue, 2014-08-26 07:15 PM
A former acting director of cyber security at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has been convicted on child pornography charges, according to the Department of Justice (DOJ).Timothy...
Sun, 2014-07-06 09:10 PM
A group of privacy organizations has written a letter to Congress saying that a newly released draft version of a bill, the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2014 (CISA), which aims to improve...
Thu, 2014-06-26 04:32 AM
The Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs approved legislation Wednesday that would take a number of steps to modernize and address critical challenges to the nation’s cyber...
Tue, 2014-06-24 09:04 AM

Michael Madsen

GSN parent company World Business Media has announced that Michael Madsen, the company’s first advertising director and longtime sales “MVP,” has been promoted from Associate Publisher to Publisher...
Mon, 2014-06-23 11:48 PM
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations has revamped the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) to update its primary designated school officials (PDSOs...

Company News

Sydney, March 17 – Skyhigh Networks, the cloud security and enablement company, has announced expansion into the Asia Pacific region with the launch of a datacenter and regional office in Sydney, Australia. Skyhigh’s in-country presence was in direct response to growing demand from enterprises in Australia and New Zealand seeking to not only understand the use and risk of “shadow IT,” but also to proactively embrace cloud services such as Box, Office 365, Salesforce.com and ServiceNow while complying with its strict data privacy regulations.
Oslo, Norway, March 17 – Zwipe, a global provider of biometric authentication technology, has announced that it has joined the aptiQ Alliance Program, a collaborative group of global companies that support Allegion's aptiQ smart card technology to create an ecosystem of open, highly secure solutions. Zwipe can now provide aptiQ customers with biometric authorization using their presently installed aptiQ card readers.
Palo Alto, CA, March 16 – Sysorex subsidiary AirPatrol Corporation, which develops mobile device detection and locationing systems, has announced it has signed TELUS (TSX: T, NYSE: TU), Canada’s fastest-growing national telecommunications company, to resell AirPatrol products via the TELUS Internet of Things (IoT) Marketplace. The agreement, effective immediately, enables TELUS to offer AirPatrol’s mobile device security platform, ZoneDefense, and its location-based services system, ZoneAware, to business customers throughout Canada.
Atlanta, GA, March 16 – DataPath, a provider of remote communications solutions to the aerospace, broadcast, government and infrastructure markets, has announced the launch of new cyber security solutions. The offerings include a variety of information assurance service packages designed to protect the communications networks of operations in remote and harsh environments.
Rolling Meadows, IL, March 4 -- More than 92% of organizations hiring cybersecurity professionals this year say it will be difficult to find skilled candidates, according to a new study by global IT association ISACA. To help train additional professionals and address the global cybersecurity skills shortage, ISACA has launched a new online course through its Cybersecurity Nexus (CSX).Called Cybersecurity Fundamentals, this online course covers:
Tempe, AZ, March 12 -- Phoenix Data Security has announced the launch of Swimlane, a new security operations management platform and company focused on empowering enterprises and government agencies with data-driven automation and orchestration for incident response and improved security operations.
Vancouver, British Columbia, March 10 -- Viscount Systems Inc. (“Viscount”) (OTCQB: VSYS), a software company specializing in physical and logical security solutions, has named Ambassador Ned L. Siegel as the Chairman of the board of directors, effective immediately. Ambassador Siegel was elected to Viscount’s Board in April 2014 and succeeds Dennis Raefield, who has stepped down as Chairman to focus on the company’s expected rapid growth and will continue to serve as Chief Executive Officer and as a member of the board.
Pasadena, CA, March 10 -- Guidance Software, Inc. (NASDAQ:GUID), a provider of digital investigations, has announced the appointment of Stephanie Urbach as its Senior Vice President, Human Resources. Urbach has global leadership experience in human resources across multiple industries including technology, business services, manufacturing, and consumer products. In this role, Urbach will be responsible for leading Guidance Software’s worldwide human resources organization including employee relations, development and training, recruiting, compensation and benefits.

Commentary and Opinions

President Obama’s proposed budget highlights the critical role that IT plays in making government work better for citizens and business. The budget encourages the wider use of technology to enhance efficiencies in delivering needed services, while cutting the IT budget over several years. U.S. Chief Information Officer Steven VanRoekel titled his accompanying IT budget priorities, Doing More with Less. In this era of fiscal austerity, key strategic activities are essential to achieving this vision:
In January, the European Commission proposed a comprehensive reform of the EU’s 1995 Data Protection Directive to strengthen consumer privacy laws and harmonize privacy regulations and enforcement across EU member states. While the EU proposal has many useful recommendations, it falls short in a number of areas. Specifically, it adds new regulations that will negatively impact the Internet economy, limits the potential for future innovation and imposes excessive burdens on organizations.
By Robert Mueller, III [Editor’s note: Robert Mueller, III, the Directopr of the FBI, delivered the following congressional testimony before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence in Washington, DC, on October 6, 2011.] Good morning, Chairman Rogers, Ranking Member Ruppersberger, and members of the committee. Thank you for the opportunity to appear before the committee today to discuss the threats facing our nation and the efforts of the FBI to protect the United States over the past 10 years.
In recognition of the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, many take a look back at how a revitalized concern for national security spurred numerous initiatives to improve the nation’s defense system. A decade of technological innovation and policy evolution later, the U.S. has made great strides in securing U.S. borders. In retrospect, many of these changes are byproducts of lessons learned from the official 9/11 investigation.
Whenever I tell people what I do for a living, they invariably say something like, “Oh 9/11, what a tragedy, but it must have been great for your business. Is that why you went into it?” Then, I will always have to explain that I was already in the electronic security industry, and that there’s no clear correlation between those tragic events and providing physical security to buildings and the people who inhabit them.
 

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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.

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