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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...


Mon, 2011-10-03 04:44 PM
TSA has awarded a $79 million contract to BAE Systems Information Solutions, of Herndon, VA, to design, manufacture, test and deliver a credential authentication technology and boarding pass scanning...
Mon, 2011-10-03 02:05 PM
Following the receipt of a record number of entries from vendor companies and government agencies in this year’s annual Homeland Security Awards program, Government Security News has announced that...
Fri, 2011-09-30 02:31 PM

Bosch's 9412G
control panel

The U.S. Secret Service plans to hire an 8(a)-qualified systems integrator to install intrusion detection systems, closed circuit television, access control systems and “any additional security...
Thu, 2011-09-29 09:24 AM
A pilot program to collect biometric data from temporary workers leaving the U.S. from two border points in Arizona -- which Customs and Border Protection has been running for nearly two years -- has...
Thu, 2011-09-29 07:39 AM

Operation Cross Check

Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s seven-day national "Cross Check" operation involving almost 2,000 agents from two dozen field offices across the county led to the arrest of more than 2,900...
Wed, 2011-09-28 09:24 AM

KCM in Minneapolis

Flight crew members flying from Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) began using the Known Crewmember (KCM) expedited identification program on Sept. 20.
Tue, 2011-09-27 11:36 AM

Matthew Bettenhausen

The “lone wolf” terrorist is one of the greatest fears of security officials, but individual, lone citizens have also helped foil, or solve, a host of terrorist conspiracies, said the former director...
Tue, 2011-09-27 11:06 AM

Jonathan Melaku

The man arrested on June 17 for behaving suspiciously near the Pentagon and accused of an earlier shooting spree of buildings in the Washington area has been charged with trying to escape from a...
Fri, 2011-09-23 08:37 AM

Del Rio weapons

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers in Texas seized the largest cargo of high–powered assault rifles to date this year at the Del Rio Port of Entry on Sept. 21, said the agency.
Thu, 2011-09-22 12:02 PM

MorphoTrak's Gary Jones
demonstrates the
Finger-on-the-Fly reader

MorphoTrak displayed at the ASIS conference – and will officially release in the near future – an innovative fingerprint reader the company is calling Finger-on-the-Fly, which can capture and process...
Thu, 2011-09-22 09:18 AM

Lewis Brown

The recent death of a destitute former college basketball star on the streets of Los Angeles shows DHS’ quest to require individuals have federally-approved documents to travel by air can have a...
Thu, 2011-09-22 07:47 AM

US Attorney General Eric Holder

The United States and Belgium agreed on Sept. 20 to share biometric and biographical information to prevent terrorists and serious criminals from continuing their activities internationally. The...

Company News

Port Townsend, WA-based Intellicheck Mobilisa, a provider of identity solutions and wireless security systems, has obtained a U.S. patent for a system that allows users to compare information contained on two or more IDs.
Hauppauge, NY-based-Voxx International has announced a $3 million strategic investment in EyeLock, a market leader in iris-based identity authentication solutions. The investment follows the recently announced strategic partnership for VOXX Electronics to leverage its distribution channels in North America and Europe to deliver EyeLock's newest solution myris.
With mobile devices permeating all areas of identity authentication and verification -- for both governmental and commercial applications -- Access IS, of Reading, England, has responded with the next generation of its proven OEM OCR (optical character recognition) engine.
Port Townsend, WA-based Intellicheck Mobilisa, a provider of identity solutions and wireless security systems, has launched a new law enforcement smartphone app called Fugitive Finder. The app is now available in the Apple App Store for credentialed law enforcement officers for a $49 monthly subscription. Fugitive Finder is not available to the general public, but is available to the more than one million law enforcement personnel in the U.S.
Magal Security Systems, Ltd has announced that it has entered into a $6.4 million turnkey contract with the Kenyan Airport Authority to secure critical areas in Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Nairobi, Kenya. The project includes multiple surveillance and access control technologies, integrated by Fortis4G -- an advanced PSIM (Physical Security Information Management) system. The project is expected to be completed in the first half of 2015.
Billerica, MA-based MorphoTrust USA, a provider of identity solutions and services, has announced the opening of several new enrollment centers to serve customers applying for the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) TSA PreCheck program.
Hawthorne, NY-based HOB, a provider of remote access solutions, has announced Help On Demand (HOD) will join HOB’s partner program as a Gold-level Partner. HOB maintains an extensive partner program, designed to make its solutions widely available and to integrate the solutions into other IT companies’ product lines.
The Security Industry Association (SIA), a Silver Spring, MD based trade association for electronic and physical security companies, will host a luncheon on May 8, 2014 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. to discuss the agenda at the upcoming 2014 SIA Government Summit.

Commentary and Opinions

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.
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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