Government Security


Lockheed Martin to Provide Idaho Falls Power Utility Cybersecurity Services

Lockheed Martin is responsible for assessing the Idaho Falls Power AMI network architecture to perform a risk assessment, identify security requirements, and provide recommendations for design elements and controls to mitigate vulnerabilities. Once the network is in place, the team will perform penetration testing and establish operational controls for the operations and maintenance of the systems.

Raytheon Partners with UCLA to Create Center for Public Safety Network Systems

Raytheon Company has signed a letter of intent with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), to engage in a strategic relationship with the Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science for the establishment of the UCLA Center for Public Safety Network Systems.

Lunarline and SAC Partner to Create Near-Real-Time Continuous Monitoring

The two companies have to extended Lunarline's enterprise compliance manager to meet federal guidelines for "near real time" monitoring and new FISMA reporting guidelines outlined in OMB Memorandum M-10-15.

SecuGen and Lucky Technology Partner in School Security

SecuGen and Lucky are partnering to bring physical access control to North American educational institutions with Lucky’s iGuard Access Control device integrated with SecuGen’s SDA03M fingerprint module.

Dallas County Urges Individuals to Bolster Emergency Preparedness

Dallas County is partnering with state and federal agencies to ramp up an all-hazards, “whole of the community” emergency preparedness campaign, reaching out to residents in order to ensure each person in the county is prepared for a disaster.

California City Uses IP Video To Help Successfully Tackle Crime

IP video surveillance technology developed by IndigoVision and Leverage Information Systems is behind an amazing security and public safety transformation in the City of Lynwood, Calif.

Defentect Group Begins Installation at Major Northeastern Medical Facility

Defentect's Gammatect sensors, which are equipped to communicate with the company's proprietary DM3 technology, are being placed at key access points on the hospital campus.

HID Taps Jean-Miguel Robadey to Head New RIFD Animal Tagging Venture

As global director, Robadey will be responsible for extending HID’s two-decades-long leadership in RFID tagging into the rapidly growing market for solutions that improve the traceability of individual animals through the supply chain.



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BVS to Unleash Latest in Line of Contraband Cell Phone Detectors

The Wolfhound-PRO is the third in a line of BVS' award-winning cell phone detection products and the most sensitive.

Andes Water Crisis Posing Challenge for U.S. Security

U.S. officials worry Peru could quickly become a case study in how climate change could destabilize a strategically important region, and emerge as a national security threat to Americans thousands of miles away.

West Virginia County Adds MOBOTIX Technology To Surveillance Network

MOBOTIX recently announced an extensive installation agreement with Berkeley County, W. Va., in which the company will be integrating a highly advanced surveillance infrastructure across multiple municipal buildings and complexes.

Canadian Municipality Integrates Avigilon Technology With Existing IT Resources

Avigilon recently announced that the Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM) has deployed the Avigilon HD Surveillance System on the ferry transit system, at several recreation centers and at a metro transit service garage to protect its critical assets.

Polish Police Pick VideoFocus Pro for Crime Scene Processing

Eight crime labs will now use Salient Stills' product as their video forensics technology standard.

Survey: Federal Employees Go Beyond Mandatory IT Security Requirements

Most federal employees go beyond baseline IT security requirements, according to a new survey by the Government Business Council and CDW Government LLC (CDW-G).

Poll: Large Majority Believe Releases By WikiLeaks Should Be Illegal

A new BBC World News America/Harris Poll finds that Americans are divided, with no consensus, as to how much freedom the media should have to publish confidential government documents.

Texas City Standardizes IP Surveillance With IQinVision Technology

IQinVision recently announced that the City of North Richland Hills in Texas has standardized on IP surveillance technology using IQeye HD megapixel cameras equipped with IQ Vcam virtual camera technology and LENSEC video management software.

HID Global Launches Services for Developers

The company is offering predefined service packages for its embedded reader platforms.

ManTech Corp. Acquires MTCSC for $75M

The completed acquisition adds additional command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C4ISR) systems integration and cyber-capabilities to ManTech’s services portfolio.

Magal Receives Repeat Orders Totaling $1.7 Million

Magal Security Systems Ltd. has received $1.7 million in three repeat orders in the last part of the year.

AOptix Technologies Appoints Earl Charles as CFO

Charles' responsibilities will include corporate finance, financings, mergers and acquisitions, and infrastructure planning to see AOptix through the company’s fastest and most exciting growth phase to date.

IBM Implements Cloud-Computing Model for NATO

NATO's Allied Command Transformation (ACT) has selected IBM for a strategic technology project to gain experience with emerging information technologies to improve data center efficiency and increase data sharing by its 28 member nations.

OSI Systems' Rapiscan Wins $7M in U.S. Government Orders

The security division will service and maintain inspection platforms related to transportation.

Chicago PD Continues To Expand Video Surveillance Network

Mountain Secure Systems, a provider of ruggedized electronics and wireless network solutions, shipped additional SpeedLAN 9200 outdoor wireless routers this month to Avrio RMS Group, who will use them to expand coverage for the Chicago Police Department’s video surveillance system in the 4.9 GHz public safety band.

Financial Services Sector Signs Cybersecurity Research Agreement With NIST, DHS

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has joined in a new public-private partnership to spur cybersecurity innovation in the financial services sector.

Hikvision Named General Contractor for $800M Program in Chongqing

The company expects to set up more than half a million video surveillance points in the city.

State Government Of Ohio Expands Encrypted E-Mail

Zix Corp. recently announced that it will offer secure e-mail to an additional 10,000 state government employees in a new contract with Ohio.

DARPA Awards $4.3 Million To Develop Biological, Chemical Threat Detector

A new class of sensors able to detect multiple biological and chemical threats simultaneously with unprecedented performance may soon be within reach thanks to the establishment of a multi-million dollar research center led by Georgia Institute of Technology engineers.

Research: Increasing Threats, Federal Resource Shortages Drive $13 Billion Investment In Cybersecurity

Driven by a 445 percent increase in cybersecurity incidents since 2006, the shortage of qualified security professionals, and an increasingly complex and interconnected technology environment, INPUT forecasts federal investment in information security to increase to $13.3 billion by 2015 at a compound annual growth rate of 9.1 percent, nearly twice the rate of overall federal IT spending.

New Guidance Released For First Responders Collecting Suspected Biothreat Agents

Suspicious packages and powders have triggered more than 30,000 responses by U.S. law enforcement agencies across the country since 2001. These events are expensive, time-consuming and potentially dangerous. To help first responders at all levels of government deal safely and more effectively with suspected biothreat agents, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and a broad team of federal, state and local agencies and other organizations worked together to update an existing standard for sample collection and develop overall guidance for when to collect a sample and how to coordinate with other agencies and organizations.

Experts: Proposed National Air Cargo Screening Bill Seen As Early Warning For Transportation Planners

ComSec International LLC, an independent provider of cargo screening services and consultation, recently has started advising shippers, carriers, freight forwarders and other companies involved in supply chain management to begin tentative planning for new federal air cargo screening requirements.

School Security Expert Details Benefits of District-level Management

Pairing IP video technology and school-to-school video network is essential for administrators to reap operational as well as security benefits.

Chemical Security Through Streamlined System Communication

Since 2007, chemical facilities across the country have been regulated by federal rules developed by the Department of Homeland Security. Although the value of these regulations is debated, the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee earlier this year unanimously approved bipartisan legislation offered by Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) that government officials say is critical to securing chemical facilities across the country.

SteelCloud Expands Support to the Department of Defense

New STIG360 support offering is designed to keep agencies in compliance with DISA mandates.

Two Airline Union Presidents Tell Pilots to Steer Clear of Body Scanners

Mike Cleary, president of U.S. Airline Pilots Association, recently wrote a letter to members saying that TSA has not provided “credible specifications for radiation emitted by the machines.”

Cleanup Site Gets Tagged

Over the last four years, Axcess International has been providing Washington Closure Hanford with a MicroWireless tagging system that continues to increase worker safety and efficiency while reducing time on task and the cost of operations.

Bomb precursor chemicals

Japan to Test Hitachi Explosive-sensing Device at Train Station

In conjunction with the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit, the government is further testing the bomb detector and checking for false positives.

Unisys to Help Secure US Borders Under Integration Project

A U.S. Customs and Border Protection contract, worth up to an estimated $129 million, builds upon successful Unisys work on the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative.

Dallas Police Department Uses Wireless Video Surveillance Network To Help Reduce Crime

In addition to serving as host city for ASIS 2010, Dallas also provides a great testament to how security technologies can help law enforcement improve public safety and enhance emergency preparedness. A wireless surveillance system in Dallas watches over various parts of the ASIS host city, supplying the Dallas Police Department real-time video from many areas throughout throughout the city.

Communication links

Boston Police and Orange County, Calif., Form COPLINK Network

i2's COPLINK makes information sharing possible across 3,000 miles.

Motorola Solutions Gets $30M Customs and Border Protection Contract

The company will provide critical voice and data communications upgrades to strengthen security along world's largest open access point.

Advanced imaging technology is designed to bolster security by safely screening passengers for metallic and non-metallic threats—including weapons, explosives and other objects concealed under layers of clothing.

Commercial Pilot Barred After Refusing Full-Body Scan

“Deploying advanced imaging technology at these airports strengthens our ability to protect the traveling public in the face of evolving threats to aviation security,” said Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.

Vector Security Appoints Petrow President and CEO

During her career, Pamela J. Petrow has been responsible for overseeing the company's three UL-Listed Central Stations, the Insurance and Human Resources groups, and has volunteered her time with CSSA and APCO.

NIST Sponsors Second Cloud Computing Forum, Workshop In November

On November 4 and 5, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) will host the Cloud Computing Forum and Workshop II to give government and industry stakeholders opportunity to comment on the next steps in developing cloud computing standards.

Survey: Federal Executives Believe Cybersecurity Measures Hurting Agency Productivity

Citrix Systems Inc. recently announced key findings from a recently conducted survey on the impact of government cybersecurity measures on federal managers.

Senate Bill Maps Reform Of Federal Protective Service

Four members of the U.S. Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee introduced S. 3806 on Monday to reform the Federal Protective Service, a DHS agency that provides security for 9,000 federal buildings across the country. FPS says it employs 900 law enforcement security officers and 15,000 contract guards; the bill would provide funding for FPS to hire 500 additional full-time employees (it has 1,225 currently) during the next four years.

Pennsylvania City Develops Safe City Initiative With DVTel Technology

DVTel Inc. recently announced that the City of Wilkes-Barre, Pa. is protecting the city’s square, downtown and other high risk areas in the city with DVTel’s intelligent Security Operations Center (iSOC) platform and its Altitude family of PTZ and fixed IP cameras.

Safran To Acquire L-1 Identity Solutions For $1.09 Billion

Safran announced recently that it has entered into a definitive agreement with L-1 Identity Solutions, a identity management provider in the United States, for Safran to acquire the operating and holding company of L-1 and its biometric and enterprise access solutions, secure credentialing solutions and enrollment services businesses, for a total cash amount of $1.09 billion.

RSA Provides Technology To Canon U.S.A. For Government Smart Card Solution

RSA, The Security Division of EMC, recently announced that RSA Professional Services has worked with Canon U.S.A. Inc. to provide U.S. government standard encryption for its embedded platform used to validate smartcards in Canon printers, copiers and multifunction products (MFP). RSA's technology has enabled the company to sell equipment that achieves the security requirements for smart card authentication to the U.S. public sector, such as the U.S. Department of Defense.

Smiths Detection Wins Contract To Provide Chemical Threat Detection, Video Management System For Washington, D.C. Metro

Smiths Detection recently announced the award of an additional five-year contract by the Washington Area Metropolitan Transit Authority (WMATA) to upgrade and maintain the company’s PROTECT and FirstView anti-terrorism detection and software systems.

New Product Of The Year Award Winners Announced

Security Products magazine, the only integrated product magazine reaching the entire security market, announced the winners of its 2010 New Product of the Year Award at the publication’s premiere Virtual Event today.

Delta Scientific To Provide Counter-Terrorist Vehicle Barricades For Afghanistan

Delta Scientific, a manufacturer of counter-terrorist vehicle control systems used in the United States and internationally, today announced that its MP5000 and DSC7000 quick-deploy vehicle barricades will soon be used to defend forward operating bases (FOB) in Afghanistan.

A screen capture of the FirstView chemical threat video management system being installed at the Port of Providence, R.I.

Providence Port to Receive Chemical Threat Warning Installation

"By integrating live video, data management and immediate warning capabilities with fixed sensors in critical areas, FirstView and Athena will help protect against intentional or accidental chemical incidents,” said Smiths Detection Vice President Jamie Edgar.

RFID System To Track, Manage Assets For Marine Corps In Afghanistan

Lockheed Martin's Savi Technology has received a Marine Corps order for 50 Portable Deployment Kits (PDKs) to locate, track and manage RFID-tagged supplies anywhere, anytime in support of expeditionary force surges in Afghanistan.

Government Agency Uses Biometric Software For PIV Credentialing System

Aware Inc. recently announced that it has supplied client- and server-based software products for the PIV employee credentialing system of a large U.S. federal government agency.

Salient Stills Adds Video Forensic Subscription Option

"The VideoFOCUS Pro v3.1 annual subscription system is exactly the same as the existing version, which is in use by hundreds of investigative agencies in over 20 countries and throughout the United States," said Laura Teodosio, president and CEO of Salient Stills.

Melbourne, Australia Expands Video System With Wireless Mesh Network

When the Melbourne City Council realized that there was no cabling infrastructure to support the expansion of its complex network of security video cameras in downtown Melbourne, they asked their security system integrator, SNP Security, to come up with a solution. After investigating several wireless vendors, SNP selected Firetide Inc., conducted a three month trial of their wireless infrastructure mesh network to demonstrate the reliability of the wireless solution to MCC and just recently completed the $2 million deployment. Anixter Australia acted as the project supplier.

City Of Albuquerque Standardizes With DVTel IP Video Solution

DVTel Inc. recently announced that the City of Albuquerque has standardized on the DVTel intelligent Security Operations Center (iSOC) to manage its growing, city-wide IP video surveillance project.

HID Global Surpasses 100 Million Milestone For E-Government Inlays, Prelaminiate Shipments Worldwide

HID Global recently announced that it surpassed its 100 millionth product shipment of e-government inlays and prelaminates to 28 countries worldwide this month.

Security Money Goes Missing

I’m no fan of the current administration in Washington, D.C., especially when it comes to spending money. The White House, it would seem, pays its bills by printing more money and borrowing from a creditor that has no interest in democracy.

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