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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, 2011-09-09 07:27 AM

D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier

Law enforcement and local government agencies in Washington D.C. said they were stepping up detection efforts in the face of a “serious, credible, but unconfirmed” terror threat.
Wed, 2011-09-07 04:40 PM
The Transportation Security Administration will buy hundreds more Advanced Imaging Technology scanners under an existing contract with L-3 Communications, said TSA Administrator John Pistole on Sept...
Wed, 2011-09-07 09:55 AM
ARINC Inc. announced on September 6 the launch of a new intelligence-led border management system by its Europe, Middle East and Africa office. The system will enable state border agencies to manage...
Wed, 2011-09-07 08:17 AM

TSA's Pistole

The Transportation Security Administration is looking forward in the coming months to implementing a more risk-based screening approach for passengers and cargo, and away from the one-size-fits-all...
Wed, 2011-09-07 07:39 AM

Concealed knives

The Transportation Security Administration is showing off the dangerous concealed items its agents find on passengers at airport checkpoints, including knives, guns and even animals.
Tue, 2011-09-06 11:50 AM

Hamburg scanner

After completing field tests of two full-body scanners at Hamburg Airport, Germany's interior ministry said the technology isn’t yet ready for widespread deployment at airport security checkpoints...
Fri, 2011-09-02 10:19 AM

EPCI's Marc Rotenberg

The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) wants a federal appeals court to take another look at a legal challenge to the TSA’s use of electronic body scans because an earlier court ruling was...
Fri, 2011-09-02 07:36 AM

Borup in 2011

The FBI is looking for a woman who allegedly threw acid in the face of a New York Port Authority officer in 1981 during a demonstration in New York. Donna Joan Borup, said the FBI in an Aug. 25...
Wed, 2011-08-31 06:02 PM
In response to a number of requests from government agencies and vendors of physical and IT security solutions, Government Security News has announced a final extension of the 2011 deadline for its...
Wed, 2011-08-31 08:40 AM

Calexico drilling equipment

A small diameter tunnel that was to be used to smuggle drugs underneath the U.S./Mexico border was found beneath a supermarket in Calexico, CA on Aug. 25. The 4-inch diameter tunnel was drilled using...
Mon, 2011-08-29 08:37 AM
A maker of recreational vehicle components in Indiana will pay $25,000 in civil penalties, as well as $10,000 in back pay to an newly hired employee who said the company required excessive DHS...
Mon, 2011-08-22 08:09 AM

Union Pacific railroad

The largest rail carrier in the U.S. has agreed to spend $50 million to improve the security of its supply chain between the U.S. and Mexico, and establish a joint security fusion center with U.S....

Company News

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.
WidePoint Corp., a McLean, VA based IT solutions firm, has launched a new ePassport Certificate Management and Validation program in its package of PIVotal ID Managed Validation Services. The technology incorporates Ozone ePassport technology from the Mount Airey Group, an IT security firm in Fairfax, VA. The package is designed to allow government officials to quickly scan and verify passport information without purchasing and installing a significant amount of infrastructure.
Dallas-based Jericho Systems Corp. has executed a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) contract with the DHS Science and Technology Directorate to use fine-grained access control policies and data labels to secure sensitive and personally identifiable data at DHS fusion centers. DHS fusion centers serve as clearinghouses through which federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial partners can collaborate and share threat-related information.
New York-based Clear has introduced its fingerprint/iris biometric technology, meant to identify travelers and speed them through airport security, to Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH). In just a few weeks, hundreds of Houston travelers have signed up to use Clear’s solution with a three-month free trial, according to the company. After inserting a ClearCard into a Clear kiosk at participating airports, the machine verifies traveler’s identity by scanning retinas or fingerprints. Once confirmed, members can skip the security line to be physically screened.

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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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