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Thu, 2014-04-17 04:11 AM

Tom Flynn

“A lot of organizations are moving away from password based access control systems,” said Tom Flynn, vice president of identity and access security for Gemalto North America. Gemalto is an Amsterdam...
Wed, 2014-04-09 06:48 AM
Hospitals can be stressful places, and can face a host of potentially violent threats, ranging from potential revenge killings to domestic violence to disgruntled employees. But medical facilities...
Tue, 2014-04-08 01:14 AM
Miamisburg, OH-based Frontier, a developer of integrated enterprise security management solutions for more than thirty-five years, announced the availability of an upgraded version of its security...
Mon, 2014-03-10 03:39 PM

Janice Kephart

News reports that stolen Austrian and Italian passports were used to book two airline tickets on the disappeared Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 intensifies the need for full and immediate...
Fri, 2014-01-17 10:27 PM
The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill this week that would increase oversight into how the government conducts background investigations. The bill, H.R. 2860, the OPM IG Act (Office of...
Thu, 2014-01-16 10:51 PM
Mexico recently launched its first trusted traveler program open to U.S. citizens entitled Programa Viajero Confiable. The program is designed to expedite the process for U.S. citizens to enter...
Tue, 2014-01-14 08:43 AM
Worldwide secure identity powerhouse HID Global announced the opening of its new World Headquarters and North American Operations Center in Austin, Texas yesterday before an audience of dignitaries...
Thu, 2014-01-02 10:46 AM
TSA has determined that the system of records it has established for its “TSA Precheck” trusted traveler program will be subject to various exemptions spelled out in the Privacy Act, and that...
Mon, 2013-12-23 01:41 PM
CBP officials estimate that approximately 120,000 operators of private aircraft will arrive in the United States each year and present several documents to CBP inspectors for their review. The number...
Sat, 2013-12-21 12:22 PM

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TSA has issued a presolicitation notice announcing that it intends to hire a small business to provide passenger screening services at Sarasota Bradenton International Airport in Florida. The notice...
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...

Company News

Reston, VA-based Inmarsat Government, a provider of secure, global, mission-critical telecommunications to the U.S. public sector, has announced it has executed a service provider agreement with Globecomm Systems Inc. to supply Inmarsat Global Xpress service in support of U.S. government customers.
In recent months Safety Vision, vendor of video surveillance products, has welcomed four new individuals to its Sales and Marketing Departments. Spurred by an uptick in sales, the company’s president and CEO Bruce Smith recently enacted an innovative approach to acquiring new talent. “We were seeking out new ways of selling. We wanted to innovate and then define approaches to solving mobile video surveillance issues,” said Smith. How does one go about achieving this?
Bristol, England-based ForgeRock Inc., an open source provider of Identity Relationship Management (IRM) solutions, and FireEye, Inc., which stops today’s advanced cyber attacks, has announced an integration of intelligence from the ForgeRock Identity Platform with the FireEye Threat Analytics Platform (TAP) to provide enhanced security incident detection and response management.
Amid growing fears about the disease, one visitor identification software solution eases concerns around the potential spread of Ebola in a hospital setting. The Fast-Pass Visitor Management System manufactured by Security Identification Systems Corporation (SISCO) can keep track of people visiting patients in hospitals.
Good Technology, a secure mobility company, has announced that KIRA, a leading provider of facilities maintenance and construction services, has selected Good for Enterprise (GFE) to securely manage more than 1,000 remote employees, data and devices, as well as accelerating employee productivity.
Salient Federal Solutions, Inc. (Salient), a provider of information technology and engineering services that include data analytics, agile development, mobility, training, and cyber security solutions to the intelligence, defense, homeland security, and federal civilian markets, has announced it has received awards for three task orders, from the Space and Naval Warfare (SPAWAR) Systems Center Pacific (SSC Pacific) Training Development Support Center (TDSC).
Mycroft Inc., a provider of identity and access management (IAM) solutions and services, has announced the launch of a dedicated Oracle practice focused on delivering the Oracle Identity Management platform to help customers strengthen security, simplify compliance and solve increasingly complex access challenges.
Seattle, WA-based AlphaCipher Acquisition Corporation (d/b/a ”Vadium”), a provider of digital privacy, security and trust solutions, has announced the appointment of Cinthia Portugal, Scott Hazeltine and Bill Yakamovich to the company's senior leadership team. Mrs. Portugal will lead Vadium’s marketing efforts, bringing more than 15 years of marketing communications experience top consumer and enterprise brands including Microsoft, Xbox, Amazon Kindle, Cisco, Java, and Sun Microsystems. Mr.

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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.
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.
 

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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.

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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