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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...


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....
Fri, 2011-08-19 09:58 AM
The FBI plans to gather information from 100-150 federal, state or local law enforcement agencies about the methods they use to collect fingerprints by asking those officials to complete a National...
Thu, 2011-08-18 08:08 AM

Janet Napolitano

A new series of public service announcements aimed at encouraging citizen reporting of suspicious activity has spurred a backlash. The new “If You See Something, Say Something” national public...
Wed, 2011-08-17 01:57 PM

Robert Eckel

Morpho, the security business of Safran group, announced on August 17 that Robert Eckel will serve as CEO of MorphoTrust USA, Inc., which was formed in July 2011 from the acquisition by Safran of L-1...
Wed, 2011-08-17 08:45 AM
The Transportation Security Administration has begun testing less-invasive screening procedures for younger children passing through airport checkpoints at six airports. The agency had promised...
Wed, 2011-08-17 08:03 AM

Anwar Al-Awlaki

The chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee asked the U.S. Justice Department for help in investigating radical Islamist cleric Anwar Al-Awlaki’s possible role in the attacks on the World...
Tue, 2011-08-16 09:21 AM

NDLON protest

As Immigration and Customs Enforcement moves ahead with its Secure Communities biometric identification program, immigration rights groups took to the streets to protest the program and issued a...
Mon, 2011-08-15 03:25 PM

Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS)

The TSA’s planned trial deployment of Behavior Detection Officers (BDOs) at Boston Logan International Airport should be put off until it can be verified as effective, said the ranking member of the...
Mon, 2011-08-15 09:42 AM

U.S. visa

A former supervisor with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and his son were sentenced on Aug. 11 for shaking down immigrants for cash in exchange for visas and other documents.

Company News

Brivo Systems LLC, a supplier of cloud applications for security management, announced on November 20 the appointment of Todd Harrington as its new regional sales manager for the Mid-Atlantic territory, as well as for key federal accounts. Harrington assumed his new responsibilities on November 18. 
SoundView Research recently published an updated report on Viscount Systems, Inc., a developer and manufacturer of IT-based solutions for physical security systems. 
Robyn Broadway has joined Secura Key as Midwest regional sales manager, responsible for supporting and building upon all access control related sales in the Midwest for the company. Secura Key is a global supplier of access control security products. 
Software House, in conjunction with HID Global, announced on October 30 that their combined end-to-end physical access control system with high assurance readers and validation software has been approved as a fully-compliant FICAM solution by the General Services Administration (GSA). 
Gallagher's unique, integrated approach to access control will be showcased at the Higher Education Expo in London on October 17. In conjunction with security experts, Assa Abloy, Gallagher will use the event to demonstrate the key features, benefits and attributes of its renowned V7.10 Command Centre system, alongside Assa Abloy's advanced Aperio product range. 
Juniper Networks, a network innovator, announced on October 14 that it has partnered with Thursby Software to enable government agencies to use smartcard authentication on Apple iOS devices. 
Universal Protection Service, a division of Universal Services of America and one of the largest providers of security services in the U.S., announced on October 11 that it has acquired Carney Security Service, Inc. For more than 30 years, Carney Security Service, Inc. has been offering a full range of building and personal security services for many of the most distinguished clientele and prestigious facilities located across the New York metropolitan area.
Synaptics Inc., of San Jose, CA, a supplier of human interface solutions, announced on October 9 that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Validity Sensors, Inc., also of San Jose, a provider of biometric fingerprint authentication solutions for smartphones, tablets and notebook PCs.

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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