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Homeland security market ‘remains strong’ in 2010, says Frost & Sullivan

The Homeland Security (HLS) market has continued its rapid growth in spite of the global economic slowdown, and is expected to “remain strong” in 2010, according to research and consulting firm Frost & Sullivan.


In the U.S., the Department of Defense’s latest homeland security budget has grown by 6.2 percent from the year 2008-2009, F&S finds.


"The Global HLS market is expected to be around $50 billion in 2010, with the United States remaining the largest civil security market in the world," according to analyst Kunal Sinha, Frost & Sullivan's Asia Pacific consultant of aerospace and defense practice. "The perceived and the real threat of terrorism continues to be the key driver of the Homeland security market. Global terrorist activities have been growing dramatically since 2000, after a relative lull between the years 1990-2000."


According to the F&S analyst, the global HLS market is expected to be around $50 billion in 2010, with the U.S. still the leading security market in the world.


The F&S 2010 prediction is that “spending for sensors and systems integration will increase in the US. In Latin America, the growing crime rate, continuing cross-border incursions and vulnerable foreign oil companies will drive the civil security market. In the UK, the upcoming Olympic Games and vulnerable mass transport will keep the civil security market buoyant. In the Middle East region, growing terrorist activities and the protection of critical infrastructure like the petroleum complexes will ensure sufficient business for the HLS companies.”


But the greatest “growth opportunity” for HLS spending is in the Asia Pacific region, Sinha says, which accounts for “almost” 21 percent of the global HLS spend.


"In the Asia Pacific region, airport security and first-responder services offer the maximum opportunity for growth,” according to Sinha, with China, Japan and India the leading growth engines in the region.


State Dept. seeks help in monitoring its employees’ computer usage

The State Department intends to monitor more closely its employees’ use of the department’s computers and other IT resources, and has just added $174,000 to an existing task order it has with Systems Research & Applications Corp. to develop privacy policies and an employee awareness program related to this enhanced data loss prevention campaign.

In an award notice published online on January 26, the State Department’s Office of Logistics Management acknowledged that it is planning a new form of “workplace monitoring.”

The notice indicated that the department plans “targeted surveillance of a specific employee’s use of IT resources based on evidence assembled using data loss prevention.”

Systems Research & Applications Corp., widely known as SRA and headquartered in Fairfax, VA, will be expected to review existing State Department privacy policies, enhance those policies, develop new privacy policies, prepare departmental notices describing the new monitoring program and create computer-generated text warning messages to heighten awareness of potential data breaches.

For these efforts, SRA will receive a $174,000 modification to an existing task order it landed earlier under the department’s Security Assurance Services and Innovation (SASI) Blanket Purchase Agreement.

SRA is no stranger to such work. The company already supports the State Department Bureau of Diplomatic Security’s office of computer security with a full suite a cyber-security capabilities in defense of the department’s unclassified and collateral global networks.

Last December, SRA won a $50 million contract from the Department of Homeland Security to support the department’s National Cyber Security Division. “That mission set includes activities required to improve information systems security across the entire federal government enterprise from software assurance, critical infrastructure protection and global supply chain security to cyber education, exercises and workforce development, said a prepared statement issued by SRA at the time.

ASIS names new members to Commission on Standards and Guidelines

Alexandria, VA-based ASIS International, the well-known organization for security management professionals, has named two new members of its Commission on Standards and Guidelines.

According to the organization, the standards-and-guidelines commission is dedicated to advancing the practice of security management through the development of standards and guidelines within a voluntary, nonproprietary and consensus-based process, utilizing the knowledge, experience and expertise of ASIS membership, security professionals and the global security industry.
 
The two new members are William Daly, senior vice president and practice leader with Control Risks Consulting, and John Turey, manager of corporate security with ITT Corp.
 
Daly is responsible for managing and conducting projects ranging from the application of advanced security technology for the protection of major corporate facilities to the evaluation of security programs and organizations, says ASIS. 
 
Turey, an ASIS Council VP, is responsible for developing, implementing and leading corporate security strategy to include the advancement of business continuity and leading enterprise-wide continuity initiatives, the organization adds. 

Lockheed Martin delivers first advanced tech workstations for FBI program

Bethesda, MD-based Lockheed Martin has delivered the first Advanced Technology Workstations (ATWs) as part of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s new biometrics system. 

The Next Generation Identification (NGI) workstations replace aging Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System (IAFIS) service provider workstations, bringing improved capabilities for the FBI’s service providers and analysts, according to a Lockheed Martin statement.
 
“The current IAFIS receives an average of 160,000 fingerprint transactions per day, and on several occasions it has processed more than 200,000 transactions in a 24-hour period,” FBI Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) Deputy Assistant Director Jerome Pender said in the statement. “These ATWs will greatly improve the FBI’s ability to assess fingerprint matches.”
 
The NGI program’s ATWs offer service providers and analysts significantly larger display screens with higher resolution and true color support, allowing them to see more detailed attributes of biometric data for more efficient decision-making, the company notes.

In addition to enhanced display and processing capabilities, the workstations have an improved system infrastructure featuring commodity hardware architecture to allow for easy, affordable upgrades as technology evolves. The entire NGI system is being designed with a significant degree of flexibility to accommodate new technologies and other biometric modalities that may mature and become important to law enforcement efforts in the future.

The Lockheed Martin-led NGI team includes Accenture, BAE Systems Information Technology Inc., Global Science & Technology (GST), IBM and Innovative Management & Technology Services (IMTS).

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