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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...

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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...
Tue, 2013-07-30 03:08 PM

Mobile TWIC card reader
from Intellicheck Mobilisa

Progress in the nation’s TWIC program has been painfully slow since 9/11, with hundreds of thousands of port employees and visiting truck divers being issued TWIC cards, but with TWIC readers -- the...
Mon, 2013-07-29 06:17 PM

U.S. Government returns
Saddam Hussein's sword
to government of Iraq

A ceremonial sword, looted in 2003 from Saddam Hussein’s personal office in Baghdad, was returned to the Republic of Iraq Monday by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security...
Mon, 2013-07-29 10:42 AM

Commercial vehicles lined up
to enter U.S. at Otay Mesa
crossing in California in 2011

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report on July 24 entitled, CBP Action Needed to Improve Wait Time Data and Measure Outcomes of Trade Facilitation Efforts, a study eagerly...
Thu, 2013-07-25 04:21 PM
Tyco Integrated Security and the industry’s leading security systems integrator announced on July 25 a newly awarded term of a national alliance cooperative contract from the National Joint Powers...
Tue, 2013-07-23 11:50 AM
The research and development unit at the California DMV licensing department recently selected the E-Seek M310 handheld ID scanner for use by the Sacramento (California) Police Department in a year-...
Fri, 2013-07-19 10:57 AM
HID Global, a worldwide supplier of secure identity solutions, has announced that the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), an agency of DHS, has selected the company as the prime...
Tue, 2013-07-16 11:34 AM

Friedman Memorial
Airport

Friedman Memorial Airport, which provides air service facilities to South Central Idaho and the Sun Valley resort area, has become the first airport in the country to implement Quantum Secure’s new...
Mon, 2013-07-15 12:28 PM
Smith & Wesson Security Solutions, a turn-key provider of perimeter security solutions, announced on July 15 that the company has received a $230 million Access Control Point (ACP)...
Mon, 2013-07-15 10:39 AM

The camera image on
the left is run through
commercial software to
produce the image
(right) that can be
placed on the PIV card

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has issued a new publication that broadens agency security options for Personal Identity Verification (PIV) cards by adding iris images and...
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...

Company News

State of Montana officials are notifying 1.3 million people regarding a recent incident where hackers gained entry to a Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) computer server, though officials said there is no knowledge that information on the server was used inappropriately, or was even accessed.

The state is notifying individuals whose personal information was on the server, consistent with state and federal laws. The notification list includes both current and former Montana residents, and in some instances, the estates of deceased individuals.

Uticon Engineering Consultancy has installed the two-factor authentication solution SecurAccess from SecurEnvoy. Personal login details in combination with a passcode obtained via SMS are used in the solution in order to clearly identify employees.

Santa Monica-based Quintron Systems, a provider of advanced interoperable voice systems and physical access control/intrusion detection systems, has released AccessNsite version 7.9.4 to its dealer channel for immediate deployment. The 7.9.4 version of access control and intrusion detection software brings a multitude of new features including enhancements to Escort, Access Level Groups, and native Mercury MPL support.

Atlanta, GA-based AirWatch, a provider of enterprise mobility management (EMM), has announced that the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) has selected AirWatch to manage its agency wide deployment of government-owned mobile devices.

The Cambridge, MA-based Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG) reports in its new Phishing Activity Trends Report that the number of phishing sites in the first quarter of 2014 leaped 10.7 percent over the previous quarter. The APWG previously reported that 2013 was one of the heaviest years for phishing on record, and Q1 2014 perpetuated that trend, posting the second-highest number of phishing attacks ever recorded in a first quarter.

Dell has announced new proactive security solutions designed to provide organizations of all sizes with protection for their valuable data in the face of new and increasingly sophisticated end user security threats, while continuing to meet employees’ expectations for productivity and data access.

Mountain View, CA-based Symantec has announced the launch of a first-of-its-kind programthe Symantec Cyber Career Connection (SC3), to address the global workforce gap in cybersecurity and provide new career opportunities for young adults who may not be college-bound.

Ashburn, VA-based Telos Identity Management Solutions (Telos ID) has announced that Michael Heffer has been promoted to vice president, Defense Manpower Data Center (DMDC) operations. In his new position, Heffer directs all aspects of the company’s activities in support of the DMDC.

The DMDC collects a variety of personnel, manpower, training, financial, and other data for the Department of Defense (DoD). This data is used for healthcare, retirement funding and other administrative needs.

Commentary and Opinions

By Don Steinman

In a recent statement, Senator Kay Bailey Hutchinson of Texas wrote, "Our nation’s aviation security relies on a multi-layered approach that includes information sharing, enhanced technology and security screening. On Christmas day, that system failed."

Moving beyond the checkpoint

By Jennifer Tidy and Parham Aarabi

Virtual aging of photos is often used by law enforcement for finding and capturing fugitives, abducted or lost individuals, or even terrorists.  However, on some occasions the photos are either unrealistic or inaccurate.  Furthermore, these photos are often generated by combining multiple stock photos (i.e. hair from stock photo 1, eyes from stock photo 2, etc.). While such a feature cut-and-paste method may be easy to do, it does not often produce the most realistic results.

By John Byrnes


Current systems are failing us
Current systems in place to identify and manage individuals like Major Nidal Malik Hasan, whose alleged massacre took the lives of 13 soldiers and wounded 29 others, and Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the Nigerian national on Northwest Flight 253 to Detroit on Christmas Day are not working

By Brian Lapidus
 
Telecommuting, whether full-time or part-time, is becoming increasingly popular in the United States. According to a 2008 survey from the Society for Human Resource Management, 57 percent of HR professionals indicate that their organization offers some form of telecommuting. The potential rewards are many – from increased productivity and cost savings to happier employees and greater appeal among potential recruits.
 

By William Sapp

In an operating environment where threats are imminent and the response must be equally swift, video communication technology can offer DHS and its communities of interest new ways to collaborate to improve homeland security operations.

Whether responding to a natural disaster or sharing intelligence to thwart a terrorist plot, video conferencing technology allows organizations to connect quickly and collaborate meaningfully.

 

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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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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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