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Thu, 2013-09-05 07:13 PM

NIST approves
FIPS 201-2

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) announced on September 5 that it has approved the Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) Publication 201-2, essentially the second...
Sun, 2013-09-01 07:07 PM
Based on its caseload during the past year, TSA is estimating that it will receive information from more than 21,000 travelers in the coming year who take advantage of the DHS “Traveler Redress...
Sun, 2013-09-01 11:31 AM

Global Entry
enrollment center
in Washington, DC

More and more people are starting to take advantage of one of the fastest and easiest ways to get through CBP processing at airports nationwide, and at the Washington, DC, enrollment center the...
Wed, 2013-08-28 02:58 PM

Rajeev Dubey

Vector Electric Inc. (VEI), along with a number of design partners, has installed a new integrated, comprehensive security solution, incorporating the Brivo ACS OnSite Aparato, at the Customs and...
Tue, 2013-08-20 04:24 PM
MorphoTrak, Inc., a biometric identity management company, has partnered with IdentityOne to deliver BIOGUARD, a system that identifies inmates through their fingerprints. 
Tue, 2013-08-20 09:31 AM

GSN now displays
corporate videos on
its Web site

As part of an expansion of promotional opportunities on its Web site, Government Security News has adopted a new policy of accepting paid corporate videos on the home page and the Web site’s 18...
Thu, 2013-08-15 04:56 PM

Boarding pass
scanner
by Desko

TSA has awarded three different companies IDIQ contracts, each with a ceiling value of $5.5 million, to supply boarding pass scanners for use at U.S. airports. According to separate award notices...
Mon, 2013-08-12 03:21 PM
Detex Corporation announced on August 8 that it is offering a new maximum security life safety door hardware system designed for retail.  Installed on doors that require higher levels of...
Mon, 2013-08-12 12:19 PM

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard

President Barack Obama signed on August 9 the bipartisan, bicameral Helping Heroes Fly Act (H.R. 1344), which aims to improve airport security screening processes for wounded and severely disabled...
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...

Company News

Alexandria, VA-based MorphoTrak, a subsidiary of Safran USA, a provider of biometric and identity management solutions to an array of markets in the U.S. including law enforcement, border control, civil identification, and facility/IT security, has announced the appointment of Steve Vinsik as MorphoTrak’s new vice president of Criminal Justice and Public Security, responsible for delivering biometric and security solutions across the company’s broad span of customers.

Maple Lawn, MD-based AirPatrol Corporation, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sysorex Global Holdings Corp. has announced a new add-in for its ZoneDefense 5 mobile device security platform that will allow organizations using the Enterprise Mobility Management suite from VMware’s AirWatch to automatically switch security policies of smartphones and tablets based on the device’s owner and location.

Hillsboro, OR-based Eid Passport, a provider of high-assurance identity management solution providers, will partner with HID Global, a provider of secure identity solutions, to further enhance its RAPIDGate Premier solution to secure physical and digital assets for commercial, government and military organizations.

Cyber crime and data breaches cost the global economy about $445 billion annually, and it is estimated that more than 800 million individual records were affected by cyber crime in 2013. In response to the growing cyber criminality threatening Canadian companies, industrial insurance specialist Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty (AGCS) has launched Allianz Cyber Protect, a comprehensive suite of coverages with market leading capacity to protect a company in the event of a data loss or a cyber security incident.

Port Townsend, WA-based Intellicheck Mobilisa, a provider of identity solutions and wireless security systems, has appointed William Georges and Jack Davis, Maj. Gen. USMC, to its Board of Directors, effective immediately. This brings the total number of board members to seven.

Toronto, Canada-based SecureKey, a provider of organizations that deliver online consumer services, has announced that the Province of British Columbia (BC) is using SecureKey briidge.net Connect 3.0 as the foundation for the BC Services Card, the world’s first public sector Services Card for online authentication. The implementation also includes support from the world’s leading supplier of secure smart card microcontrollers, NXP Semiconductors.

Port Townsend, WA-based Intellicheck Mobilisa, a provider of identity solutions and wireless security systems, has appointed William H. Roof, Ph.D. to chief operating officer, a newly created position, effective August 11. Roof previously served as the company’s senior vice president and chief scientist from May 2009 to April 2011.

Indianapolis, IN-based STANLEY Security has announced that Joshua Jackson, director - Global Product Integration, has been elected as vice chairman of the Physical Security Interoperability Alliance (PSIA). Jackson will join new Chairman, Mohammad Soleimani, CTO and executive vice president of Kastle Systems, to help develop specifications for enabling standards-based sharing of digital data and intelligence throughout the physical security and enterprise ecosystems.

Commentary and Opinions

Editor's Note: When GSN learned that the alleged Russian spy ring in the United States was using deception techniques such as "steganography," we decided to turn to a true expert in steganography for a description of this little-understood field.

 

During the past seven years, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has taken the position that it knows how to best create the safety and security standards necessary to secure airports across the United States.

So, what could possibly be wrong?

Everything.

While strolling up and down the aisles at the ASIS New York City Chapter’s security expo at the Javits Center on April 30, I tried to take a quick reading on the current state of the government security marketplace, but frankly the views of half a dozen exhibitors were all over the map.

I wondered whether the economy-wide recession during the past two years was depressing government procurements, or whether the Obama administration’s pump-priming stimulus program had led to an increase in such government purchases.

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.

 

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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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