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Tue, 2014-06-24 09:04 AM

Michael Madsen

GSN parent company World Business Media has announced that Michael Madsen, the company’s first advertising director and longtime sales “MVP,” has been promoted from Associate Publisher to Publisher...
Mon, 2014-06-23 11:48 PM
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations has revamped the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) to update its primary designated school officials (PDSOs...
Tue, 2014-06-17 02:33 AM
AT&T has confirmed that attackers have compromised the personal information of some mobile account holders. In a letter mailed to customers, AT&T revealed that three employees of one of its...
Mon, 2014-06-09 04:45 AM
As more people use smart phones or tablets to pay bills, make purchases, store personal information, and even control access to their houses, the need for robust password security has become more...
Fri, 2014-05-09 02:49 AM

Jim Sensenbrenner 

The House Intelligence Committee approved the USA Freedom Act Thursday, a bill that would put far greater restrictions on how the National Security Agency is able to collect and analyze Americans’...
Wed, 2014-04-30 09:23 PM
The DHS has announced the expansion of the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) expedited screening program, TSA PreCheck, to include eligible customers of Air Canada, the first...
Thu, 2014-04-17 05:11 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 07:48 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 02:14 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 04:39 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 11:27 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 11:51 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...

Company News

Atlanta, GA, March 16 – DataPath, a provider of remote communications solutions to the aerospace, broadcast, government and infrastructure markets, has announced the launch of new cyber security solutions. The offerings include a variety of information assurance service packages designed to protect the communications networks of operations in remote and harsh environments.
Rolling Meadows, IL, March 4 -- More than 92% of organizations hiring cybersecurity professionals this year say it will be difficult to find skilled candidates, according to a new study by global IT association ISACA. To help train additional professionals and address the global cybersecurity skills shortage, ISACA has launched a new online course through its Cybersecurity Nexus (CSX).Called Cybersecurity Fundamentals, this online course covers:
Tempe, AZ, March 12 -- Phoenix Data Security has announced the launch of Swimlane, a new security operations management platform and company focused on empowering enterprises and government agencies with data-driven automation and orchestration for incident response and improved security operations.
Vancouver, British Columbia, March 10 -- Viscount Systems Inc. (“Viscount”) (OTCQB: VSYS), a software company specializing in physical and logical security solutions, has named Ambassador Ned L. Siegel as the Chairman of the board of directors, effective immediately. Ambassador Siegel was elected to Viscount’s Board in April 2014 and succeeds Dennis Raefield, who has stepped down as Chairman to focus on the company’s expected rapid growth and will continue to serve as Chief Executive Officer and as a member of the board.
Pasadena, CA, March 10 -- Guidance Software, Inc. (NASDAQ:GUID), a provider of digital investigations, has announced the appointment of Stephanie Urbach as its Senior Vice President, Human Resources. Urbach has global leadership experience in human resources across multiple industries including technology, business services, manufacturing, and consumer products. In this role, Urbach will be responsible for leading Guidance Software’s worldwide human resources organization including employee relations, development and training, recruiting, compensation and benefits.
Sunnyvale, CA, March 10 -- Sensity Systems, the creator of Light Sensory Networks (LSNs), has announced the appointment of Scott Shipman as chief privacy officer. Shipman was previously associate general counsel and chief privacy officer at eBay. Under Shipman, Sensity’s global privacy program will work with governing bodies, businesses and experts worldwide to build regulatory practices around LSNs and Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) implementations.
Omaha, NE-based Election Systems & Software (ES&S) has announced that the company has inked a contract with the City of Virginia Beach, VA, to replace the jurisdiction’s existing touch-screen voting system with an innovative secure paper ballot scanning and tabulation system. After a thorough procurement process, the City of Virginia Beach evaluation committee selected ES&S’ DS200 in-precinct digital scanner, and the ExpressVote Universal Voting Device. This voting solution is fueled by Electionware, the election industry’s powerful new election management software.
In February, Anthem, the nation’s second largest health insurer, disclosed that they had been the victim of a data breach which saw the personal information of 80 million customers compromised, the largest breach of its kind in history.

Commentary and Opinions

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.
“We Got Him!” was the headline. “What’s next?” is the question now asked by many Americans, days after Osama Bin Laden’s demise. There are a number of simple things that we can do to help protect against terrorism. Some, like “See Something, Say Something,” have become ingrained in our national psyche. Perhaps less obvious is the imperative to guard against counterfeit goods. The connection may not be immediately apparent, but it is real and serious.
 

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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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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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