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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...


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...
Mon, 2013-06-24 03:38 PM
The U.S. Coast Guard has awarded a small business set-aside contract worth more than $38,000 to Spot Technologies, LLC (doing business as IWatch Systems, of Miami, FL), to undertake an access control...
Thu, 2013-06-20 03:16 PM
B.I.G. Enterprises, a Los Angeles provider of guard booths that is known to GSN readers for its guard booths at high-security facilities such as airports, seaports, nuclear facilities and military...
Wed, 2013-06-19 10:14 PM
Despite spending cuts from a sequestered budget and a still-recovering economy, suppliers of innovative, high-security access control solutions to the U.S. Government can expect modest growth this...
Wed, 2013-06-19 06:33 PM

Guardian L Scan

CBP’s operations at the Los Angeles International Airport will be augmented with the procurement of 11 desktop computers, 11 CrossMatch Guardian fingerprint scanners, 11 Microsoft LifeCam cameras and...

Company News

Brivo Systems LLC, a supplier of cloud applications for security management, has announced that as of October 30, 2013, its pre-cloud end-to-end physical access control system with high assurance readers and certificate path validation software has been approved as a fully-compliant FICAM solution by the General Services Administration (GSA). 

Brivo Systems LLC, a supplier of cloud applications for security management, announced on November 20 the appointment of Todd Harrington as its new regional sales manager for the Mid-Atlantic territory, as well as for key federal accounts. Harrington assumed his new responsibilities on November 18. 

SoundView Research recently published an updated report on Viscount Systems, Inc., a developer and manufacturer of IT-based solutions for physical security systems. 

Robyn Broadway has joined Secura Key as Midwest regional sales manager, responsible for supporting and building upon all access control related sales in the Midwest for the company. Secura Key is a global supplier of access control security products. 

Software House, in conjunction with HID Global, announced on October 30 that their combined end-to-end physical access control system with high assurance readers and validation software has been approved as a fully-compliant FICAM solution by the General Services Administration (GSA). 

Gallagher's unique, integrated approach to access control will be showcased at the Higher Education Expo in London on October 17. In conjunction with security experts, Assa Abloy, Gallagher will use the event to demonstrate the key features, benefits and attributes of its renowned V7.10 Command Centre system, alongside Assa Abloy's advanced Aperio product range. 

Juniper Networks, a network innovator, announced on October 14 that it has partnered with Thursby Software to enable government agencies to use smartcard authentication on Apple iOS devices. 

Universal Protection Service, a division of Universal Services of America and one of the largest providers of security services in the U.S., announced on October 11 that it has acquired Carney Security Service, Inc.

For more than 30 years, Carney Security Service, Inc. has been offering a full range of building and personal security services for many of the most distinguished clientele and prestigious facilities located across the New York metropolitan area.

Commentary and Opinions

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.

By Jim Giermanski

    In 2007, I wrote two articles on why 100 percent scanning was not doable. I laid out four fundamental reasons why 100 percent scanning would not work: its foreign acceptance, its limitation to seaports only, the non-existence of required technology, and the non-inclusion of land ports within the concept of critical infrastructure.

Two years later, where are we?

Where is your network's perimeter? With today's prevalence of mobile devices, data security has no physical boundaries. At a time where an entire hard drive can be downloaded to a smart phone or thumb drive in a matter of minutes, firewalls and virtual private networks (VPNs) are no longer enough.


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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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