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Sun, 2015-07-26 09:53 PM
One of the great treats we have as publishers of our two awards programs is the pleasure of reading about some of the great accomplishments in the homeland security field, as they are described in...
Thu, 2015-06-25 03:14 PM
GSN is pleased to announce the Winners and Finalists in its 2015 annual Airport, Seaport, Border Security Awards Program, which once again demonstrates the spectacular scientific achievements and...
Sun, 2015-05-10 05:29 PM
Washington, D.C., May 7 – The 2015 Joint Program Office for Countering Improvised Explosive Devices (JPO C-IED)/Raven’s Challenge Interoperability Exercise will run intermittently between May 4 and...
Fri, 2015-04-24 12:01 AM

Robert Bonner

Editor’s Note: On April 21, the first day of the 9th Border Security Expo, held in Phoenix, AZ, Robert C. Bonner, as a member of the Expo’s advisory board, was prepared to present the prestigious...
Tue, 2015-04-14 07:47 PM
By Karen Ferrick-Roman and Adrian CourtenayForget the idea of “out with the old and in with the new.” New radiation detection systems that deter, detect and interdict illicit trafficking in nuclear...
Wed, 2015-04-08 10:56 PM
One focus of the ASIS 25th New York City Security Conference and Expo, to be held April 22-23, will be educational sessions on current topics in terrorism. But the event will also consist of many...
Tue, 2015-03-24 11:27 PM
Following a successful launch of its Airport, Seaport and Border Security Awards in 2014, Government Security News has announced the opening of its second annual version of the program, which opened...
Tue, 2015-02-17 05:54 PM
In recent days I have repeatedly stressed the need for a DHS appropriations bill for FY 2015, unburdened by politically charged amendments that attempt to defund our executive actions on immigration...
Tue, 2015-02-03 10:25 PM

LaFonda Sutton-Burke

The future of radiological and nuclear detection equipment will be a topic of discussion at the 2015 Port Security Conference and Expo, which will take place on March 17-19 at Port Canaveral, FL....
Sun, 2015-01-25 10:09 PM
Jonathan Freed has been appointed as the National Security Agency's new Associate Director for Strategic Communications. Freed, a longtime public relations professional and former journalist, most...
Tue, 2015-01-20 08:29 PM

John Walsh

The MacDonnell Group of Halifax, Nova Scotia has announced that John Walsh, CEO of Port Canaveral, will deliver the opening presentation and welcome remarks at its 2015 Port Security Operations...
Sun, 2014-11-30 08:58 PM
Dear GSN Readers: Government Security News has posted its October/November Digital Edition online. We will also be mailing out the new publication to our readers Monday morning. This edition has a...

Commentary and Opinions

Twenty years ago, it was unthinkable to X-ray people for security screening. This changed in the early 1990s with the development of ultra-low-dose techniques, using radiation levels that are thousands of times lower than medical X-ray examinations. The first products brought to market were full-body scanners using back-scatter X-rays. Subjects stand in front of the refrigerator-size device for a few seconds.   Almost immediately, an image appears on the security officer's monitor showing what is hidden under the person's clothing. The breakthrough in this technology is the minuscule level of X-rays that are used, less than 10 microRem.  For comparison, all persons are continually exposed to natural background radiation at around 300 microRem per day and airline passengers receive 500 microRem each hour of flight.  This ultra-low X-ray level is now widely accepted by both the medical and security communities for general purpose security screening, and is regulated under the ANSI N43-17 consensus standard.
Recently, GSN published an editorial by Peter Kant of Rapiscan Systems presenting his opinion on the universal advantages of transmission X-ray systems over backscatter X-ray systems for cargo and vehicle screening. Kant's article may have given some readers the impression that Rapiscan is an impartial supplier of both transmission and backscatter imaging systems. In fact, Rapiscan does not supply backscatter imaging systems for cargo or vehicles. In contrast, American Science and Engineering, Inc. (AS&E) supplies X-ray systems for cargo and vehicle screening which utilize transmission imaging, backscatter imaging, or a combination of both technologies. It is our belief that the best technology to use depends on the end-user's particular application. Transmission and backscatter imaging are fundamentally different from one another but both are highly effective detection technologies in the right situation.
National security issues are top priorities for governments around the world today. Terrorism threats, weapons of mass destruction, and explosives and narcotics smuggling are ubiquitous and ever-evolving. Coupled with today's flow of commerce, cargo and vehicle screening needs to happen around the clock. Such intensity requires advanced technology that readily moves goods through borders and check points, both on land and at sea. At the center of mitigating these threats are two X-ray inspection technologies: Backscatter and Transmission X-ray. While both can help address security threats, I believe, as someone who provides both technologies to the U.S. Government and appreciates the benefits of both, that transmission X-ray is clearly the better choice for screening cars, trucks and cargo containers for narcotics, weapons, contraband and other potential threats.
After blackmail, the cell phone may be the best espionage tool ever devised. By combining ever more sophisticated communication, photographic and data transmission capabilities with ubiquity, cell phones are both innocuous and dangerous. Virtually anyone who would have any business in a Sensitive Compartmentalized Information Facility (SCIF) secure area carries a cell phone. But the entrance of cell phones into secure areas immediately renders them unsecure. Classified or confidential documents, maps, blueprints, legal briefs and financial information can be discussed, downloaded or photographed. If still photos of proprietary industrial methods and processes aren't enough, they can even be 'filmed.'
During the current economic downturn, it is difficult to know how to improve your sales and position in the marketplace. One sure way to do that is to have your products and services (including IT security) SAFETY Act approved. The SAFETY Act is a provision through the Department of Homeland Security that validates the accuracy and effectiveness of security products and services to ensure that they meet homeland security standards. Therefore, should your products/services be implicated in a 'terrorist' event, you can not only cap your liability through SAFETY Act designation, but eliminate your liability through SAFETY Act certification.
 

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