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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...


Tue, 2011-09-20 06:37 PM

Michael Trapp

Prepare for the threats that are most likely to affect your business and facilities, not perceived threats, the director of a corporate security of an oil refining company warned ASIS attendees on...
Mon, 2011-09-19 08:45 PM

Michael Regelsky

If it weren’t for government developing a common identification standard to insure people are who they say they are, companies developing access control and other systems wouldn’t be as far along,...
Mon, 2011-09-19 06:57 PM
“Video analytics is dead. The market has spoken. Look at the non-participation of video analytics companies at the show,” said John Frazzini, director and president of BRS Labs at a press conference...
Sat, 2011-09-17 11:47 AM
Government Security News has announced that its distinguished panel of judges for the GSN 2011 Homeland Security Awards will include Peter Berghammer, chief strategist at Public Communications...
Fri, 2011-09-16 12:20 PM

CBP's Robert Perez

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is actively trying to boost enrollments in the “trusted traveler” programs it currently runs at major U.S. airports and U.S. land border points of entry, so...
Fri, 2011-09-16 12:10 PM

Known Crewmember in Seattle

A third airport has opened an expedited air crew identification system developed by air travel and transport organizations. On September 13 at 4 a.m., Seattle-Tacoma International Airport joined...
Fri, 2011-09-16 09:57 AM

Top Communication office

Immigration agents arrested two men in Los Angeles in connection with an ongoing investigation into one of the largest asylum cases ever uncovered in the city. Agents from Immigration and Customs...
Fri, 2011-09-16 08:56 AM

Paso Del Norte

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers have begun work on a new biometric/RFID identification system at a border crossing station near El Paso, TX. The system the agency is installing at...
Thu, 2011-09-15 07:55 AM
Groups from the Louisiana seafood and other industries have moved to block changes to the H2-B visa foreign worker labor policies that would increase wages for the workers on Sept. 30.
Wed, 2011-09-14 09:15 AM

Wilmington, NC

Another mid-level manager in a violent North Carolina-based cell of document forgers was sentenced to three and a half years in jail, said Immigration and Customs Enforcement on Sept. 13. Juan Arroyo...
Wed, 2011-09-14 08:24 AM

Newark Liberty

A TSA agent wasn’t behind an alleged security checkpoint scam at Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey, said the agency on Sept. 13. A Sept. 11 report in the New York Post sports column...
Tue, 2011-09-13 08:39 AM

TTP member

Three Pakistani citizens have pleaded to trying to smuggle a member of the Pakistan Taliban into the U.S. from Ecuador guilty after they were caught in a U.S. government sting operation.

Company News

Billerica, MA-based identity solutions and services provider MorphoTrust has won contracts to provide fingerprint-based background checks for the Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security, the New Jersey Department of Public Safety, Division of State Police, and the Nevada Department of Public Safety. The agreements will help vet individuals working in childcare, education, nursing, law enforcement, and other areas, and could yield up to $25.2 million in revenue over the next six years, according to the company.
Billerica, MA-based MorphoTrust USA, a major provider of identity solutions, has won a new contract from Hawaii’s Department of Transportation, Airports Division, to perform employee screening and badging services in seven major airports in the state, including Honolulu International, Kona International, Hilo International, Kahului, Lanai, Molokai, and Lihue.
Intellicheck Mobilisa has released a new software product, MexiScan, for authenticating Mexican driver’s licenses and IDs.MexiScan lets banks, retailers, and hotel chains scan IDs issued from Mexico, helping them in areas including filling out credit card and store loyalty club applications, checking in guests, and verifying age. The product is similar to Intellicheck Mobilisa’s ID Check software that enables organizations to verify U.S. and Canadian driver’s licenses and IDs.
Significantly expanding its ability to provide secure ID solutions to government, HID Global has announced the acquisition of IdenTrust, Inc., a provider of solutions for globally interoperable digital identities that can authenticate, encrypt, and create electronic signatures for every type of transaction activity where proof of identity is essential.
West Falls Church, VA-based Northrop Grumman has signed an agreement with CA Technologies, of Islandia, NY, to provide its customers with secure, cost-effective cloud-based identity and access management services in the fields of health care, civil government, and state and local markets.
Intellicheck Mobilisa of Port Townsend, WA, a major supplier of identity solutions and wireless security systems, has obtained a U.S. patent for a technology that reads the information encoded on an ID card, authenticates and displays the bearer’s birthdate and also displays a sample reference image of the ID just scanned to assist in the authentication process.
Ultra Electronics ID, of Weymouth, U.K., has released new proximity access cards designed to work seamlessly with other legacy access card systems. UltraSecure credentials let organizations quickly replace most existing proximity cards regardless of their make and model, according to the company.
Datacard Group of Minnetonka, MN, a major producer of secure ID and card personalization solutions, has announced the successful purchase of Entrust, Inc., a highly respected provider of identity-based security solutions based in Dallas, TX. The merged company will employ nearly 2000 professionals.

Commentary and Opinions

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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