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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...


Thu, 2011-10-27 12:01 PM
A recent study published by the Primary Research Group, of New York, NY, looks closely at how academic, public and special libraries use RFID technology, and concludes that more than one-quarter of...
Wed, 2011-10-26 08:18 AM
Reports in recent days that the TSA is allegedly setting up extensive highway checkpoints across the state of Tennessee are wildly exaggerated, said the agency in a statement on Oct. 25.
Mon, 2011-10-24 11:21 AM
TSA has issued a “broad agency announcement” under which it is soliciting proposals for research projects in the following specific areas: passenger and baggage screening, threat assessment, cargo...
Mon, 2011-10-24 08:52 AM

Inert landmines

TSA security officers found landmines in a passenger’s checked luggage at the Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC) on Oct. 2. The mines were determined to be inert and harmless by SLC Explosive...
Mon, 2011-10-24 07:22 AM


Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) formally opened a new, expanded state-of-the-art forensic laboratory in Boston on Oct. 21 with an eye to...
Wed, 2011-10-19 01:48 PM

Bexar County courthouse

The arrest of five men in an early-morning break-in at a Texas county courthouse on Oct. 19 has drawn the attention of federal and homeland security investigators. The men were arrested by San...
Wed, 2011-10-19 09:51 AM
Passengers hoping to enroll in the Transportation Security Administration’s Precheck expedited security check pilot program may already be signed up, but they might not know it, the agency said.
Wed, 2011-10-19 08:38 AM
A man working for the Chinese government admitted to stealing trade secrets from two American agricultural industry giants and passing them on to researchers in China to develop competing products....
Wed, 2011-10-19 07:57 AM

Ali Noorani

Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s announcement of record numbers of deported criminal aliens shows the immigration system in the U.S. is broken and costly, said an immigration reform group. In...
Wed, 2011-10-19 07:31 AM

AZ State Road 85

U.S. border agents seized a cache of weapons and communications gear over the weekend of Oct. 15-16 along the Arizona border.
Tue, 2011-10-18 02:04 PM

ICE Director John Morton

Immigration and Customs Enforcement claimed on Oct. 18 that it “removed” almost 400,000 people in the U.S. illegally during fiscal 2011. The agency announced its year-end removal numbers in a...
Mon, 2011-10-17 03:28 PM

Naco, AZ

A man charged in the mid-1990’s for his part in a huge conspiracy to smuggle tons of cocaine into Arizona from Mexico by tunneling under the border has been sentenced to more than 11 years in prison...

Company News

Janice Kephart, founder and CEO of the Secure Identity and Biometrics Association (SIBA) has issued a press release stating in no uncertain terms that the Florida Senate's near unanimous vote of March 27 to ban biometrics in all schools lacks common sense and denies schools the opportunity to improve safety, standards, and fiscal accountability.
New Zealand-based Gallagher, which provides integrated access control and perimeter security technology, has welcomed Blake Smith as technical account manager for the U.S. federal market.Smith will work with North American Federal Business Development Manager Brandy Sloan and other senior managers to build Gallagher's Personal Identity Verification (PIV) solution business for the U.S. government.
Milwaukee's General Mitchell International Airport has chosen Ashburn, VA-based Telos Identity Management Solutions (Telos ID) to provide Transportation Security Administration (TSA)-approved Designated Aviation Channeling (DAC) services for processing aviation worker background checks.
Portland, OR-based Tyfone, a cyber and mobile secure ID and secure transaction solutions provider, has announces the appointment of retired Rear Admiral Nicholas Kalathas as a consulting advisor.
New York-based Divide, maker of secure, usable and accessible BYOD (bring your own device) containers, has announced a partnership with immixGroup to help the federal government deploy BYOD programs. ImmixGroup, of McLean, VA, helps technology companies do business with the government. Using immixGroup's expertise with government IT procurement, Divide products will be available for purchase by government agencies through multiple contract vehicles.
Eid Passport, which specializes in high-assurance identity management solutions, added 12 facilities to the RAPIDGate Program footprint and enhanced 10 RAPIDGate facilities with the RAPID-RCx Program during 2013. These additions mark more than 150 RAPIDGate installations worldwide, further advancing Eid Passport’s position as the largest commercial provider of DoD vendor credentials.The 12 additional facilities now utilizing the RAPIDGate solution are:
Dublin-based Allegion, a global provider of security products and solutions, has announced that it has become a member of the Samsung Solutions Exchange, which helps Samsung customers by creating mobile solutions on a large portfolio of enterprise-grade Samsung mobile devices. The company’s aptiQmobile, a web-based credential management system, allows near field communication (NFC)-enabled Samsung smart phone customers to use their devices just like card-based ID badges for access control and other applications.
Fort Lauderdale, FL-based Citrix has announced new security and feature enhancements to the Citrix XenMobile solution. The changes will help organizations in highly regulated industries, such as government agencies, to embrace device choice, improve productivity with quick access to more apps, and provide support for Microsoft Lync online meetings and other communication environments without sacrificing security, control, and user experience, the company says.

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By Nir PolakEspionage isn’t what it used to be. While Hollywood still loves to produce thrillers about secret agents in disguise, the news tells a different story about how intelligence leaks out of the U.S. government. Often, its starts with an incoming email that looks innocuous. That’s exactly what happened to the White House recently, when a group of Russian hackers launched a sustained attack armed only with a phishing email and a piece of malware.
By John HarrisWith the 1998 implementation of the Government Paperwork Elimination Act, the United States government made clear its intentions to become more efficient and save taxpayer dollars by reducing its dependence on paper documents.
By Steve SpatigWith reports of widespread data breaches in the global spotlight, data center managers are under increasing pressure by regulatory bodies to ensure that access to restricted information is protected. Cyber security remains a number one priority, but in many cases, data breaches occur because an employee is given temporary physical access to that data in some way. Within the data center environment, preventing unauthorized physical access to sensitive government data is crucial.

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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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