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Tue, 2013-12-17 03:47 PM
In order to give itself enough time to resolve a bid protest, TSA has decided to award a contract extension on a sole source basis to InfoZen, of Bethesda, MD, to continue providing the operations...
Mon, 2013-12-16 02:56 PM
TSA has issued a solicitation for what it calls “Credential Authentication Technology,” or CAT, which can ensure that only legitimate airport personnel, airline crews, non-traveling passengers using...
Thu, 2013-12-12 04:08 PM
TSA is gathering market research information from small businesses that can provide databases and reporting mechanisms that can monitor the movements of railcars carrying toxic inhalation hazards and...
Sun, 2013-12-08 05:06 PM

London Gateway

Marine terminal operator DP World is constructing London Gateway, the UK’s first major deep-sea container port this century, as part of a development that will include the largest logistics park in...
Sat, 2013-12-07 05:20 PM
The U.S. Secret Service has indicated that it plans to negotiate sole source contracts with one commercial company and one state government in order to gain access to their proprietary databases. In...
Fri, 2013-12-06 03:53 PM
As facial recognition technology moves into the commercial marketplace, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) has laid out a schedule of public meetings in which...
Thu, 2013-12-05 02:45 PM

Chuck Brooks

Government Security News is pleased to announce the winners of its GSN 2013 Homeland Security Awards program, which were selected from hundreds of nominations submitted by leading vendors of IT and...
Wed, 2013-12-04 04:08 PM
TSA announced on December 4 that it will charge a fee of $85 per individual to participate for five years in the Pre[check] trusted traveler program, which will enable cleared passengers to move...
Sun, 2013-12-01 12:25 PM
TSA’s blogger, Bob Burns, offered a few travel tips on November 26 for passengers moving around the country during the holiday season, particularly those who are counting on expedited screening...
Thu, 2013-11-28 06:42 PM
The U.S. Secret Service has announced that it plans to procure on a sole source basis several legal and law enforcement databases from Reed Elsevier, Inc., which does business as LexisNexis. The...
Tue, 2013-11-26 03:27 PM
More than twice as many non-immigrant travelers to the United States each year are applying for their visas or travel authorizations via an online electronic system, rather than filling out paper...
Mon, 2013-11-25 03:52 PM

VA Medical Center
in Durham, NC

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has decided to stick with Sonitrol, which is already providing its physical access control systems at the VA Medical Center’s main campus in Durham, NC, as it...

Company News

Waltham, MA-based CounterTack, a pioneer in delivering real-time endpoint threat detection, context and visibility around targeted attacks, has announced its partnership with SAVANTURE, a security services (SaaS) and managed security service provider (MSSP). SAVANTURE will be joining the CounterTack CyberPath Partner Program.
St. Louis, MO-based Belden Inc., a provider of signal transmission solutions for mission-critical applications, has announced it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Tripwire for $710 million in cash. Tripwire, a provider of advanced threat, security and compliance solutions, will bring an important element to Belden’s portfolio. Together, the companies will work to deliver the next generation of cybersecurity solutions that can be deployed across enterprise, industrial, and broadcast markets.
Vancouver, British Columbia-based Viscount Systems, a provider of IT-based security access control software and services, has announced that it has appointed Scott Sieracki as its new vice president of Sales effective immediately. Sieracki, who reports directly to Viscount President and CEO Dennis Raefield, will drive new opportunities for growth and development for the company specifically in the commercial marketplace.
The final results of the Global Cybersecurity Index (GCI) have been officially announced at ITU Telecom World 2014 taking place in Doha, Qatar. The GCI ranked the U.S. as the country with the highest national cybersecurity commitment, followed by Canada in second place. Jointly in third position are Australia, Malaysia, and Oman.
The Alexandria, VA-based SPECTRUM Group (TSG) is pleased to announce that retired Coast Guard Rear Admiral James C. Van Sice has joined the firm. Admiral Van Sice’s impressive background in both the public and private sector makes him a valuable addition to TSG.Admiral Van Sice’s extensive knowledge of Coast Guard aviation logistics and training systems will be an important asset to any Homeland Security-focused clients looking to expand their business through the Coast Guard.
As part of a $40M sustainment program, the U.S. Air Force has selected ISSE Services, LLC to provide comprehensive cybersecurity information assurance, engineering and logistics support for the Remote Visual Assessment (RVA) video surveillance system. The RVA system guards the nation’s intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) sites.
Baton Rouge, LA-based TraceSecurity, a pioneer in cloud-based IT Governance, Risk, and Compliance (GRC) management solutions, and Rapid7, a provider of security analytics software and services, has announced an integration partnership that teams the market-leading strengths of each company and enables mutual customers to leverage Rapid7’s vulnerability management data when deploying their information security and compliance programs using TraceSecurity’s TraceCSO.
Sam Rizzo, a veteran of the security industry with past employment spanning more than 40 years, has joined Connected Technologies, LLC as director of Business Development. Rizzo comes on to advance the dealer-integrator program for Connect ONE, the flagship, integrated security management platform from Connected Technologies.

Commentary and Opinions

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.
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.
 

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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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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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