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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, 2011-11-18 11:25 AM
An air passenger data sharing agreement between the European Union and the United States took another step forward on Nov. 17, as EU and American officials initialed a Passenger Name Records (PNR)...
Thu, 2011-11-17 03:12 PM
The wireless environment of “Near Field Communications” is a game-changer poised to remake the world of security in the U.S., said a panel of security and communications experts at the recent ASIS...
Thu, 2011-11-17 01:07 PM
Sandia National Laboratories, in Albuquerque, NM, and Livermore, CA, is gathering market research data from suppliers of handheld biometric collection devices which can capture 10 fingerprints, as...
Wed, 2011-11-16 08:35 AM


Despite ‘Jersey Shore’ actress Jwoww’s complaints to the contrary, the Transportation Security Administration said she was not singled out for an individual screening at a North Dakota airport...
Mon, 2011-11-14 11:13 PM

GSN 2011 awards

Federal, state, county and municipal government officials, along with 30-plus tables of government contractors, systems integrators and vendors of IT and physical security products and solutions,...
Fri, 2011-11-11 11:33 AM
Ten years after the worst terror attacks in U.S. history occurred there, the 16-acre World Trade Center campus in lower Manhattan is set to have a security system that can provide efficient response...
Fri, 2011-11-11 09:54 AM
Passwords with varying upper and lower case characters, numbers and special characters only go so far, said the Department of Defense’s research agency, but they’re not easy to remember, often...
Fri, 2011-11-11 06:41 AM

TSA's John Pistole

Even though the Thanksgiving holiday is still two weeks away, the chief of the Transportation Security Administration said his agency is preparing for what he hopes will be a smoother trip to Grandma...
Thu, 2011-11-10 02:37 PM

Pedestrian crossing
in El Paso, TX

Unisys Corp. is assisting the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency in opening the first pedestrian border crossing in El Paso, TX, that deploys a combination of gate systems, mobile...
Thu, 2011-11-10 08:42 AM

Rafaela Dutra Toro

A Brazilian woman who lived in Orlando was convicted by a federal jury of an H-2B visa fraud that supplied over 1,000 illegal workers to hotels in Florida and around the U.S. The jury said on Nov. 7...
Wed, 2011-11-09 01:44 PM
The owners of Aquila Farms, LLC, were sentenced to three years probation and to pay penalties of almost $3 million dollars for knowingly hiring and harboring the illegal aliens that made up...
Tue, 2011-11-08 03:23 PM

Adm. Thad Allen

Government Security News has announced that Admiral Thad Allen (USCG-Ret.), who became a household name as leader of the federal government’s effort to confront the devastating BP oil spill in the...

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

Portland, OR-based Tripwire, a provider of advanced threat, security and compliance solutions, and Belden, a provider of signal transmission solutions for mission-critical manufacturing applications, have announced a new marketing initiative designed to improve critical infrastructure cybersecurity in manufacturing organizations.
Blake Smith, technical account manager for Gallagher's U.S. security division has received General Services Administration (GSA) approved accreditation for Identity, Credential, and Access Management for Physical Access Control Systems (ICAM PACS) with the Smart Card Alliance.Gallagher, a provider of integrated access control, intruder alarms management, and perimeter protection technology, is on the U.S. government's Approved Product Listing for its comprehensive security platform.
According to a Woburn, MA-based Kaspersky Lab and B2B International survey of worldwide IT professionals, 93% of financial services organizations experienced various cyberthreats in the past 12 months.
San Diego, CA-based Bartell Hotels, owner of family hotels in the San Diego area, has confirmed a data security incident which may have involved certain credit and debit card data, including individuals' names, payment card numbers, and card expiration dates. Bartell Hotels is encouraging individuals who visited five of its hotels and used payment cards for lodging, food and beverage, or retail transactions between February 16, 2014 and May 13, 2014, to review their payment card statements for signs of unusual activity.
Vancouver, B.C.-based Viscount Systems, a provider of IT-based security software and services, has announced that it has been awarded additional contracts to secure U.S. Federal Government facilities in Washington, D.C. and Ohio for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) – U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
BlueLine Grid has announced that John Cohen, former Principal Deputy Undersecretary for Intelligence and Analysis at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has joined the company to help formulate and execute its Public Safety market strategy.
Santa Clara, CA-based McAfee Labs has released the McAfee Labs Threats Report: August 2014, revealing that phishing continues to be an effective tactic for infiltrating enterprise networks. Testing business users’ ability to detect online scams, the McAfee Phishing Quiz uncovered that 80 percent of its participants failed to detect at least one of seven phishing emails.
Portland, OR-based Tripwire, a provider of advanced threat, security and compliance solutions, has announced that Tripwire vulnerability management solutions detect all known variants of Backoff malware.The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) updated a cybersecurity alert on Friday, August 22, 2014, warning that over one thousand major enterprise networks and small and medium businesses in the U.S. have been compromised with malware designed to infect point-of-sale (POS) systems.

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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.