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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, 2013-05-17 04:55 PM

Stephen Pineau

Viscount Systems, a supplier of security systems and software, announced on May 17 that its Freedom access control technology has been selected for a secured U.S. Government site in Philadelphia, PA...
Wed, 2013-05-15 07:19 PM
The FBI’s Next Generation Identification (NGI) Increment 3, a state-of-the-art biometric identification system, was deployed on May 5, providing significant improvement in latent fingerprint search...
Wed, 2013-05-15 05:45 PM

Video intercom
from Aiphone

Radnor Township School District in Pennsylvania has taken another step in bolstering district security with the installation of JK Series video intercom buzz-in systems by Aiphone at the main...
Tue, 2013-05-14 05:55 PM


Quintron Systems, of Santa Maria, CA, has announced the integration of its AccessNsite access control system with Bridgepoint’s new TrustPoint 3-factor biometric reader. 
Fri, 2013-05-10 03:20 PM
The Coast Guard has decided to extend by 30 days the comment period for individuals and organizations who want to offer their opinion on the proposed new Coast Guard rule that would require certain...
Fri, 2013-05-10 01:25 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 07:49 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 10:04 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 02:19 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 07:38 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 06:42 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 03:59 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...

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

Harrisburg, PA, May 7 – Department of Corrections (DOC) Secretary John Wetzel has announced what he called "exciting" statistics on recidivism in the state corrections system demonstrating that prison reform efforts are showing concrete results in the area of public safety. The DOC released updated statistics that show six-month, one-year and three-year recidivism rates for the years of 2000 through 2013 that show all three rates dropped in the latest year.
Ashburn, VA, May 7 – BlackMesh, a provider of fully managed dedicated and cloud-based solutions, has announced it has achieved authority to operate through the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP). This authority enables government agencies to quickly and easily adopt BlackMesh’s secure cloud-enabling Platform as a Service (PaaS) offering.
Olathe, KS, May 7 – NIC Inc. (NASDAQ: EGOV), the provider of eGovernment services, announces the promotion of NIC’s Chief
Los Altos, CA and Ramat Gan, Israel, May 7 – LightCyber, a provider of Active Breach Detection solutions, has announced Version 3.0 of the LightCyber Magna™ platform that enables higher levels of accuracy and actionability in finding active network intruders. The introduction of two new features extends the unique attack detection and remediation capabilities enabled through integrated network and endpoint context.
Portland, OR, May 7 – Tripwire, Inc., a global provider of advanced threat, security and compliance management solutions, has announced an expanded partnership agreement with 
Boulder, CO, May 6 – Just within the past couple of years, the biometrics market has become firmly established as advances in technology and improved mobile devices enable use cases that were previously thought impossible, or in some cases never imagined. According to a new report from Tractica, biometrics use cases split into two distinct threads: consumer-facing use cases are typically high-volume at a low price, while enterprise-facing use cases (including government and defense) are typically much smaller volumes but utilize more expensi
Portland, OR, May 6 – Tripwire, a provider of advanced threat, security, and compliance solutions, and Belden, a provider of signal transmission solutions for mission-critical applications, has announced a market-leading NERC CIP compliance and cyber security strategy that will allow power transmission and distribution organizations to reliably and confidently monitor operational technology assets for a range of conditions that can impact compliance status and cyber security posture.
Boulder, CO, May 6 – Exelis (NYSE: XLS) and DigitalGlobe, Inc. (NYSE: DGI) have agreed to pr

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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.