Government Security


Head In The Cloud Feet On The Ground

More government agencies are taking their physical access control system (PACS) to the cloud, and it’s easy to see why.

A Murky Eight Years

It has been eight years since President George W. Bush signed Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12 (HSPD-12) into law and four years since its compliance deadline.

City Leverages Security

The city of Selma, Ala., seamlessly manages a high-definition surveillance system by implementing control center network video management software (NVMS) with HD Stream Management.

Boston Subway System to Be Used to Test New Sensors for Biological Agents

The idea that disease and infection might be used as weapons is truly dreadful, but there is plenty of evidence showing that biological weapons have been around since ancient times. Bioterrorism, as it is dubbed, is nothing new, and although medicines have made the world a safer place against a myriad of old scourges both natural and manmade, it still remains all too easy today to uncork a nasty cloud of germs.

Developing Trust with Credentials

When the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) developed the FIPS 201 standard, the government was using Wiegand wire, magnetic stripe, proximity or barcode credentials as part of their physical access control systems (PACS). Each of these technologies could be easily duplicated, making it virtually impossible to distinguish between a government-issued or forged credential.

SAIC Awarded Contract by U.S. Space and Naval Warfare Systems

Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) has been awarded a prime contract by the U.S. Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center (SSC) Atlantic to provide security and engineering services in support of operational requirements of the U.S. Navy and various government activities.

HID Global To Showcase Advanced eID Solutions at AAMVA

HID Global, a provider of solutions for the delivery of secure identity, will showcase its comprehensive portfolio of secure government identification technologies and issuance systems at the American Association of Motor Vehicles Administration International Conference and Exhibition in Charlotte, North Carolina, August 20 - 22.

Delta Scientific's Vehicle Control Systems Will Help Protect Both Republican and Democratic Conventions

Delta Scientific, the leading manufacturer of counter-terrorist vehicle control systems used in the United States and internationally, today announced that 26 16-foot Delta MP5000 mobile deployable vehicle crash barriers with be used by the Secret Service at both upcoming national political conventions.



Report: Government IT Pros Think Cybersecurity is Very Important

InformationWeek Reports, a service provider for peer-based IT research and analysis, announced the release of its latest research report.

Study: Conciliatory Tactics More Effective Than Punishment in Reducing Terrorism

Policies that reward abstinence from terrorism are more successful in reducing such acts of violence than tactics that aim to punish terrorists, suggests a new study in the August issue of the American Sociological Review.

VSS Monitoring Recognized as Industry's Leading NPB Provider

VSS Monitoring has earned the 2012 Global Competitive Strategy Leadership Award in the infrastructure packet broker market from Frost & Sullivan.

Harris Corp. to Provide Latin American Country With Falcon Tactical Radios

Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS), an international communications and information technology company, has received a $5 million order to provide a Latin American country’s armed forces with high-performance tactical communications for drug interdiction, anti-terrorism and illegal immigration missions.

U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) Selects HID Global's FARGO HDP5000 Printer

The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) has selected HID Global to supply its Defense Manpower Data Center (DMDC) with additional FARGO HDP5000-LC ID Card Printers/Encoders that include customized enhancements for large government project requirements.

Helinet Technologies Implements Surveillance Solution for Texas DPS

The Texas Department of Public Safety has selected Helinet Technologies to develop and implement a microwave downlink and satellite solution for the DPS Aircraft Section's recently acquired Pilatus PC-12 NG Spectre airplane.

Raytheon to Develop Cyber Maneuver Technology for U.S. Army

Raytheon Company has received a $3.1 million contract to develop technology for Morphing Network Assets to Restrict Adversarial Reconnaissance (MORPHINATOR), a program that uses cyber maneuvering techniques to thwart potential attackers in high-threat environments.

HID Global Ships More Than 150 Million eID Solutions

HID Global, creator of solutions for the delivery of secure identity, has shipped more than 150 million high-technology eID (electronic ID) solutions to governments for citizen IDs around the world.

SIA Files Comments With DOE on Energy Efficency Rule

The Security Industry Association has submitted comments in support of a proposed Department of Energy (DOE) rule that will codify one of the organization’s legislative victories.

NIST Test Samples Aid Explosives Detection

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has released new test samples to help detect two explosive compounds that terrorists use.

Louisiana Port Commission Installs BRS Labs' Advanced Video Analytics

The Greater Lafourche Port Commission, which works to improve Port Fourchon's security and emergency response preparedness, has implemented BRS Labs' advanced video analytics application to work with its existing video surveillance system.

HID Access Control Solutions Increase Security at Power Plant in China

HID Global announced today that the company’s network access control solutions and contactless readers have been deployed at the Fuxi power plant in China’s Sichuan province. The new system provides increased security that ensures the operational safety of production and facility areas, offers real-time monitoring at the central station and enables security administrators to remotely close facility doors for improved safety management.

Research: Airport Security Spending to More Than Double in Next Six Years

Airport security remains a priority for individual countries and the international community. An increase in global air travel over the last decade has driven growth in the security industry. The persistent threat of terrorist and criminal attack as well as new regional security directives have all contributed to this trend.

Researchers Study Costs of "Dirty Bomb" Attack in Los Angeles

A dirty bomb attack centered on downtown Los Angeles’ financial district could severely impact the region’s economy to the tune of nearly $16 billion, fueled primarily by psychological effects that could persist for a decade.

NIST Report Evaluates Performance Of Iris Recognition Software

Identifying people by acquiring pictures of their eyes is becoming easier, according to a new report from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

RFID to be Worth More Than $70 Billion Across Next Five Years, According to Research

The market for RFID transponders, readers, software, and services will generate $70.5 billion from 2012 to the end of 2017.

HID Global Receives Additional Order For U.S. Green Cards

HID Global recently announced that the company has received a follow-on order for the manufacture and supply of U.S. government Permanent Resident Cards, also known as “Green Cards,” issued to all legal foreign residents of the United States under the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) border security program.

Analysis of 15 Failed Terrorist Plots Against Surface Transportation Provides Insight into Tactics, Weapons

The Mineta Transportation Institute has released its newest research report, Carnage Interrupted: An Analysis of Fifteen Terrorist Plots Against Public Surface Transportation, which examines several factors in 13 plots that authorities uncovered and foiled before attacks could be carried out.

Denver Transportation District Expanding Video Security

NICE recently announced that the Denver Regional Transportation District (RTD), the public transit system for greater metro Denver, is expanding its implementation of NICE video security solutions to the West Rail Line, Union Station and the Denver Civic Center.

TSA Selects MorphoTrust USA For Universal Enrollment Service

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has selected MorphoTrust USA as the prime contractor for its new Universal Enrollment Service (UES), which will transition multiple programs into a consolidated service with convenient locations for individuals requiring enrollment and registration for programs serviced by TSA.

Power to the People

To start the final day of GovSec 2012, former Sen. George Mitchell took the stage to provide the keynote for attendees of the conference and FOSE.

GovSec on the Top Shelf

These are exciting times for the staff of Security Products and its related offerings. Today, we opened GovSec 2012 in Washington, D.C. Our keynotes were given by the director’s of cyber security and counterterrorism from the FBI: Ralph Boelter and John Snow.

Security Products Announces Platinum and Gold Winners of 2012 Govies Government Security Awards at GovSec

Security Products magazine, the only integrated product magazine reaching the entire security market, announced Platinum and Gold winners in its 2012 Govies Government Security award competition today. The awards honor outstanding government products in a variety of categories.

Researchers Develop Explosives Detector that Rivals Bomb-Sniffing Dogs

Scientists recently described development of a new explosives detector that can sense small amounts of TNT and other common explosives in liquids instantly with a sensitivity that rivals bomb-sniffing dogs, the current gold standard in protecting the public from terrorist bombs.

Riding Shotgun - Mobile computer systems are proving themselves vital to the future of public safety

Riding Shotgun

Its deputies in the field were being asked to make do with an old, end-of-life mobile data terminal (MDT) system that it had been using for more than two decades.

Covering Oyster Bay - Wayward tropical storm blitzes New York coastline emergency phones intact

Covering Oyster Bay

The town of Oyster Bay, part of the New York metropolitan area, is the only town in Nassau County that extends from the North Shore to the South Shore of Long Island.

The Four Cs of Success - Committing leadership and resources is a top priority

The Four C's of Success

When selecting a partner for your government security program, it’s important to keep in mind the four C’s that lead to success: commitment, compliance, coverage and communication.

Security Products Announces Winners of 2012 Govies Government Security Awards

Security Products magazine, the only integrated product magazine reaching the entire security market, today announced the winners of its 2012 “Govies” Government Security Awards, which honor outstanding government products in a variety of categories.

Smart Card Alliance Workshop Educates About PIV Credentials

The Smart Card Alliance will offer an all-day workshop from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday at ISC West that will educate about PIV, PIV-I and CIV specifications and the physical and logical access applications that the standards can support in a converged credentialing program.

3M Cogent Biometric Access Control Readers Approved to Authenticate TWIC Credentials

3M Cogent’s biometric access control readers have successfully completed the United States Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) Initial Capability Evaluation (ICE) assessment. 3M Cogent’s MiY-ID and MiY-Card biometric readers are now listed on the TWIC ICE Fixed Reader list.

Student Uses Graphene Foam to Detect Subtle Traces of Hazardous Gases Explosives

Fazel Yavari has developed a new sensor to detect extremely small quantities of hazardous gases. The Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute doctoral student harnessed the power of the world’s thinnest material, graphene, to create a device that is durable, inexpensive to make, and incredibly sensitive.

Power Hungry

Except when an event such as the infamous 2003 blackout in the northeast takes place, the nation's electric grid isn't something most of us think much about. But maybe we should.

When Your Ship Comes In

Every day, thousands of cargo containers from around the world pass through our nation’s sea ports carrying items we need, and possibly some that are not so welcome: drugs, explosives, chemical, biological, or radiological weapons -- even human cargo. The possible concealment of such items in containers led lawmakers to call for the screening of all ocean cargo containers -- thousands per port per day.

New Zealand Airport Deploys March Network Technology

March Networks, a global provider of intelligent IP video solutions, recently announced that Christchurch International Airport Ltd. in New Zealand has standardized on the company’s IP video surveillance solution to support safety and security requirements across its operations.

SightLogix Solution Featured on ABC World News Tonight

SightLogix Inc., was recognized on ABC World News with Diane Sawyer. The story, which aired on Friday, March 2, highlighted that 1,300 perimeter intrusions have occurred at US airports since September 11, 2001 and how airports are deploying technology to combat the potential for security breaches. ABC News discovered SightLogix while researching proven technologies for airport perimeters.

City of Denver to Expand Traffic Wireless Video Surveillance Network

Mountain Secure Systems (MSS) announced recently that it will provide additional Summit Series wireless network radios to the City of Denver’s Public Works Traffic Operations.

SIA, AAPA Urge DHS to Reconsider Port Allocations

Today, the Security Industry Association (SIA), along with the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA), sent a letter to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano. In the letter, the organizations urge the secretary to reconsider grant allocations assigned to the Fiscal Year 2012 Port Security Grant Program, or to offer waivers on cost share agreements of previously awarded grants.

Maryland Town Improves Public Safety with New Cameras

Maryland Town Improves Public Safety with New Cameras

The Forest Heights Police Department, located in Prince George’s County, Md., is installing IQinVision HD megapixel cameras in key locations throughout the city.

Three-strikes Law Fails to Reduce Crime in California

California’s three-strikes law has not reduced violent crime, but has contributed significantly to the state’s financial woes by substantially increasing the prison population, according to a University of California, Riverside researcher.

DHS Announces Grant Guidance for Fiscal Year 2012 Preparedness Grants

DHS Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano recently announced the release of FY 2012 grant guidance and application kits for seven DHS preparedness grant programs totaling over $1.3 billion.

Using Advanced Security Technology to Comply with the Food Safety Modernization Act

Last year, the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), was implemented to prevent food-borne disease caused by both intentional and unintentional sources, and to improve detection and response when an outbreak occurs.

Michigan Man Arrested for Illegally Streaming Live Sporting Events Over the Internet

Yonjo Quiroa, 28, of Comstock Park, Mich., was arrested Wed., Feb. 1, charged with criminal copyright infringement related to a website operation that illegally streamed live sporting event telecasts and pay-per-view events via Internet.

New Index Ranks Ability of G20 Nations to Withstand Cyber Attacks, Harness Digital Environment

A benchmark study of 19 of the world’s 20 leading economies found that the United Kingdom and the United States lead Group of 20 (G20) countries in their ability to withstand cyber attacks and to deploy the digital infrastructure necessary for a productive and secure economy. The index also found that several major economies—Argentina, Indonesia, Russia and Saudi Arabia—do not have cybersecurity plans and do not appear to be developing them.

Giant Weed Creates Threat to Our Nation's Ecosystems - and Border Security

Weed control has become a matter of national security. Along U.S. southern coastal rivers, most particularly Texas’ Rio Grande, an invasive species of plant known as giant reed is encroaching on the water, overrunning international border access roads, and creating a dense cover for illegal activities. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has called for a plan to control this weed.

French Officers Look to ICE HSI for Gang Enforcement Guidance

Across the United States, gangs threaten public safety in neighborhoods and communities.

Virden Community Center

Manitoba Town Relies on Brivo to Secure Regional Multi-purpose Community Center

Brivo Systems, providing Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) applications for security management, recently announced that the Town of Virden, located in the province of Manitoba, Canada, has installed Brivo ACS OnSite Aparato to provide access control management for their new, Regional Multi-purpose Community Center Complex.

DHS, DOD Announce Continued Partnership in Strengthening Southwest Border Security

The Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security will continue their critical partnership to further strengthen the already unprecedented levels of personnel, technology and infrastructure along the Southwest border.

NIST Expands Government Authentication Options

A newly revised publication from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) expands the options for government agencies that need to verify the identity of users of their Web-based services.

U.S. Military, Public Safety Agencies to Receive Interoperable Communications Systems

SRI International and Covia Labs are working together to develop low-cost and secure communications, network management and situational awareness systems for the U.S. military, public safety agencies and commercial clients.

U.S. Air Force, Lockheed Martin Complete Environmental Testing of the Nation's Next Missile Warning Satellite

Lockheed Martin has successfully completed thermal vacuum testing of the U.S. Air Force's second Space Based Infrared System geosynchronous satellite.

Test Your Cryptology Skills with NSA's New Crypto Mobile Game App

NSA's CryptoChallenge game challenges young adults to decode hundreds of puzzles.

National Bulk Cash Smuggling Center Expands Operations

To fight transnational organized crime, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's National Bulk Cash Smuggling Center has expanded its operations center to enhance efforts to combat bulk cash smuggling.

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