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HID Global is opening the door to a new era of security and convenience.  Powered by Seos technology, the HID Mobile Access solution delivers a more secure and convenient way to open doors and...


Fri, 2013-05-10 02:25 PM

U.S. Border Crossing Card

The U.S. State Department wants to gather technical and capabilities information from prospective vendors that can provide the hardware, equipment, maintenance and, possibly, the printing of many...
Tue, 2013-05-07 08:49 AM

Holly Tsourides

Matrix Systems, an access control and security solutions provider, has appointed Holly Tsourides as its new Chief Executive Officer to lead the company into its next phase of development and growth....
Thu, 2013-05-02 11:04 AM
SICPA Securink Corp., a Swiss-based company with a North American headquarters in Springfield, VA, has been awarded a contract worth more than $671,000 to provide a “unique blue hue” security ink and...
Mon, 2013-04-29 03:19 PM
TSA has announced its intention to purchase an unspecified quantity of boarding pass scanners and associated support services, under “full and open competition,” in a presolicitation notice it...
Fri, 2013-04-26 08:38 AM

Gateway Community

A 19-year-old woman from East Haven, CT, pleaded guilty on April 25 to threatening a violent attack at a nearby community college that was possibly inspired by the mass shooting at Newtown Elementary...
Fri, 2013-04-26 07:42 AM

Boarding pass

Airline passengers can now get notification directly on their boarding passes of their eligibility for TSA’s Pre Check security pre-approval program. The TSA said on its blog page on April 25 that...
Thu, 2013-04-25 04:59 PM
Following up on a record number of entries and a rousing awards dinner at the Washington, DC Convention Center in 2012, Government Security News has announced that its 2013 Homeland Security Awards...
Wed, 2013-04-24 09:01 AM

Philadelphia International

A French man who used a bogus identification card to gain access to a commercial airliner sitting at a gate at Philadelphia International Airport in March has been charged with fraud. Federal...
Tue, 2013-04-23 07:15 AM
The TSA will hold off on its order to allow smaller-bladed knives and other previously-prohibited items back on board commercial aircraft pending further input from the public. The order would have...
Mon, 2013-04-22 01:29 PM


The same week Boston was struggling with capturing an elusive terror suspect, U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested a dangerous alien smuggler that has menaced the San Diego area for months. In the...
Mon, 2013-04-22 01:06 PM

Jabhat al Nusrah

Federal agents arrested an Aurora, IL, man on April 19 for trying to board a plane in Chicago and travel to Syria to help Jabhat al Nusrah, a jihadist military group there. The arrest of 18-year-old...
Mon, 2013-04-22 07:54 AM

Tsanaev capture
MA State Police photo

After initial heartfelt congratulations to federal, state and local law enforcement following the massive manhunt and subsequent apprehension of the second suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing,...

Commentary and Opinions

London, August 10 - The latest 364 page report from business intelligence provider visiongain offers comprehensive analysis of the global border security market. Visiongain assesses that this market will generate revenues of $16.4bn in 2015.
By Steve Bittenbender Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush unveiled on Monday a proposal to tackle immigration issues, saying any plan that addresses amnesty for illegal aliens must also come with a “robust strategy to improve border security.”
Teaneck, NJ, July 14 – Multi-factor authentication – a security protection required by US government standards – could have prevented the recent Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and Office of Personnel Management (OPM) security breaches that have exposed the personal information of millions of citizens to hackers, spies and cyber-criminals. The Federal government has been encouraging its agencies to use multi-factor authentication since November 2009, when it published the FICAM (Federal Identity and Access Management) Roadmap and Implementation Guidance.

Company News

Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, May 4 – WinMagic, Inc. has announced that one of its longest-standing partners, Carolina Advanced Digital, has won a potentially lucrative contract enabling the sale of WinMagic encryption and key management solutions to U.S. federal agencies.
Cambridge, MA, May 4 – The APWG reports in its new Phishing Activity Trends Report that during the 4th quarter of 2014, a record number of crimeware variants were detected, a strategy of overwhelming proliferation of variations designed to defeat antivirus software. Meanwhile, phishers increasingly targeted retail and service sites, hoping to take advantage of the burgeoning numbers of online shoppers.
Arlington, VA, April 28 – Lookingglass Cyber Solutions has released a report by its Cyber Threat Intelligence Group (CTIG) corroborating the Ukrainian government and Security Service of Ukraine’s (SBU) claims that “Operation Armageddon” is a Russian state-sponsored cyber espionage campaign targeting Ukrainian government and military of
Alexandria, VA, April 28 – MeriTalk, a public-private partnership focused on improving the outcomes of government IT, has announced the results of its new report, “
Austin, TX, April 30 – Eagle Eye Networks has announced the availability of its “12 Security Camera System Best Practices for Cyber Protection” white paper. The report covers the major vulnerabilities for security camera system and the twelve corresponding cyber security best practices. The best practices are designated according to whether the system is a true cloud solution, or a traditional DVR, NVR, or VMS systems that is connected to the Internet or corporate network.
Portland, OR, May 1 – Tripwire, Inc., a global provider of advanced threat, security and compliance solutions, has announced the results of a survey of 250 attendees at 
Round Rock, TX, April 30 – Dell Software has announced the launch of an update to its award-winning DR Series of deduplication appliances, including a host of performance and scalability upgrades, as well as the addition of encryption at rest capabilities, and VTL and NDMP backup support. As organizations of all sizes are tasked with protecting an ever-growing volume of data in a faster, safer and more efficient manner, the need for data protection solutions that save time and reduce risk is more important than ever.
Portland, OR, April 30 – Tripwire, Inc., a global provider of advanced threat, security and compliance solutions, has announced that iSIGHT Partners, Inc., a provider of cyber threat intelligence for global enterprises, has joined its Adaptive Threat Protection program.

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Recent Access Control Videos

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.