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Fri, 2013-08-09 03:39 PM

Traveler using a
Global Entry kiosk

CBP’s Global Entry trusted traveler program, which currently is open only to U.S. citizens and permanent residents, Mexican nationals and some citizens of the Netherlands, has been opened up...
Mon, 2013-08-05 04:09 PM

Charles Edwards,
deputy IG at DHS

The DHS inspector general’s office has taken a look at the process by which DHS adds the names of individuals to the nation’s terrorist “watchlist” and, while acknowledging that new procedures at DHS...
Wed, 2013-07-31 02:21 PM

SEEK II device
by CrossMatch

Customs and Border Protection is planning to procure 67 handheld mobile biometric capture devices manufactured by CrossMatch Technologies, of Palm Beach Gardens, FL, or an equivalent product, for use...
Tue, 2013-07-30 03:08 PM

Mobile TWIC card reader
from Intellicheck Mobilisa

Progress in the nation’s TWIC program has been painfully slow since 9/11, with hundreds of thousands of port employees and visiting truck divers being issued TWIC cards, but with TWIC readers -- the...
Mon, 2013-07-29 06:17 PM

U.S. Government returns
Saddam Hussein's sword
to government of Iraq

A ceremonial sword, looted in 2003 from Saddam Hussein’s personal office in Baghdad, was returned to the Republic of Iraq Monday by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security...
Mon, 2013-07-29 10:42 AM

Commercial vehicles lined up
to enter U.S. at Otay Mesa
crossing in California in 2011

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report on July 24 entitled, CBP Action Needed to Improve Wait Time Data and Measure Outcomes of Trade Facilitation Efforts, a study eagerly...
Thu, 2013-07-25 04:21 PM
Tyco Integrated Security and the industry’s leading security systems integrator announced on July 25 a newly awarded term of a national alliance cooperative contract from the National Joint Powers...
Tue, 2013-07-23 11:50 AM
The research and development unit at the California DMV licensing department recently selected the E-Seek M310 handheld ID scanner for use by the Sacramento (California) Police Department in a year-...
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
Airport

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

The camera image on
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...

Company News

Hawthorne, NY-based HOB, a provider of remote access solutions, has announced Help On Demand (HOD) will join HOB’s partner program as a Gold-level Partner. HOB maintains an extensive partner program, designed to make its solutions widely available and to integrate the solutions into other IT companies’ product lines.

The Security Industry Association (SIA), a Silver Spring, MD based trade association for electronic and physical security companies, will host a luncheon on May 8, 2014 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. to discuss the agenda at the upcoming 2014 SIA Government Summit.

Waltham, MA-based Raytheon Company has announced a new version of SureView, which includes new policy support features that enhance product capability for continuous monitoring and network auditing against insider threat and privileged user abuse.

HID Global, the Austin, TX-based international provider of secure identity solutions, has announced that The Federal Republic of Somalia took another step toward the establishment of law and order with the launch of two new citizen ID programs: a new national ID card and e-passport.

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.

Commentary and Opinions

By Jonathan McDonald

Many government organizations are charged with combating terrorism, identifying criminals and effectively applying immigration policies. All these activities require that persons of interests (and organizations and networks) be accurately identified. Identification is an extremely complex process that is only compounded by increasing data volumes, complex relationships, and tightly coupled application and data architectures.

A resident of the northern Israeli city of Migdal Haemek received two letter bombs by post earlier this month. The woman who received the packages, whose name has not been released, felt the packages were suspicious and called the police.

Although she said she was not under threat and could not understand who could have sent her the bombs, she was vigilant enough to alert the professionals.

The officers who arrived on the scene, called in the police IED unit to examine the letters and bomb techs determined that they were, indeed, letter bombs.

By Don Steinman

In a recent statement, Senator Kay Bailey Hutchinson of Texas wrote, "Our nation’s aviation security relies on a multi-layered approach that includes information sharing, enhanced technology and security screening. On Christmas day, that system failed."

Moving beyond the checkpoint

By Jennifer Tidy and Parham Aarabi

Virtual aging of photos is often used by law enforcement for finding and capturing fugitives, abducted or lost individuals, or even terrorists.  However, on some occasions the photos are either unrealistic or inaccurate.  Furthermore, these photos are often generated by combining multiple stock photos (i.e. hair from stock photo 1, eyes from stock photo 2, etc.). While such a feature cut-and-paste method may be easy to do, it does not often produce the most realistic results.

By John Byrnes


Current systems are failing us
Current systems in place to identify and manage individuals like Major Nidal Malik Hasan, whose alleged massacre took the lives of 13 soldiers and wounded 29 others, and Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the Nigerian national on Northwest Flight 253 to Detroit on Christmas Day are not working

 

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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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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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