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Sun, 2015-01-25 09:09 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 07:29 PM

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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 07:58 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...
Thu, 2014-11-27 02:26 AM
Happy Thanksgiving from Government Security News! In observance of the holiday, the Daily Insider e-newsletter will resume publication on Monday, December 1. Enjoy the holiday and safe...
Thu, 2014-11-20 04:20 PM
As in previous years, the Government Security News Homeland Security Awards was divided into three broad categories of entries: Best Vendors of IT Security Products and Solutions; Best...
Tue, 2014-11-18 02:43 PM
With judging of this year’s Homeland Security Awards entries nearing completion, Government Security News has announced that the roster of 2014 Winners and Finalists will be posted on the GSN website...
Tue, 2014-11-11 06:41 PM
A moment of silence was observed around the country this morning. During these precious minutes, families, neighbors, and friends remembered those who are serving and have served our nation. This...
Tue, 2014-11-11 01:51 PM
November 11, 2014 -- As Veterans’ Day approaches, I have a couple of thoughts. First, I’m thankful for all of the sacrifices our Veterans have made, that in so many ways it is difficult for many to...
Mon, 2014-11-10 05:30 PM
The estimated number of violent crimes in the nation decreased 4.4 percent in 2013 when compared with 2012 data, according to FBI figures released today. Property crimes decreased 4.1 percent,...
Tue, 2014-11-04 09:43 PM
By all reports from Brazilian airport operator Infraero, the purchase of Astrophysics superior X-ray screening systems for air cargo screening at 11 airports in Brazil was highly successful in...
Thu, 2014-10-09 05:07 PM
Director James B. Comey has named Clifford Holly assistant director in charge of the Security Division at FBI Headquarters. Holly most recently served as deputy assistant director for the Training...
Thu, 2014-09-25 09:35 PM
In response to requests from a number of vendor companies and government agencies, Government Security News has announced an extension of the deadline for entries in its 2014 Homeland Security Awards...

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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