Government Security

GovSec Summit Looks At Role Of IP-Based Security

We are receiving a phenomenal response to our IP Summit, scheduled for March 11, at GovSec. The interest generated and number of registrants has been impressive but also anticipated.

Former FBI Director To Keynote GovSec, U.S. Law

A keynote speech from former FBI director Louis Freeh will highlight the 2009 GovSec and U.S. Law show running March 11-12 in Washington, D.C.

GovSec IP Summit Examines Application Of Convergent Strategies

Security Products and Network-Centric Security magazines are sponsoring the IP Summit March 11 during GovSec in Washington, D.C.

BridgeWave Technology Powers Wireless Video Surveillance During Inauguration

BridgeWave Communications recently announced that its gigabit wireless products provided the network backbone to support mission-critical video surveillance traffic run by local and national security agencies during the 2009 U.S. presidential inauguration.

Finding the Right Formula

Following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, the government instituted increased levels of security planning for critical infrastructures in the United States. Not surprisingly, the petrochemical industry is one of 14 sectors deemed by the Patriot Act of 2001 to be of high criticality and sensitivity.

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Advanced X-ray Technology To Help Protect Federal Courthouses

Smiths Detection recently announced a $3.5 million contract with the United States Marshals Service for HI-SCAN 6046si advanced X-ray screening systems. The systems will be installed in courthouse lobbies throughout the United States to screen personal belongings of those entering the building.

New Michigan Jail To Feature Digital Video Surveillance Technology

A modern, new 250-bed jail will soon replace the currently overcrowded 98-bed facility in Midland County, Mich., and digital video surveillance technology from Panasonic System Solutions Company will boost security at the $25 million, 103,000-square foot facility.

Secure Strategy Group Formed

Rampart Partners LLC, a business consulting firm focused on the security industry, recently announced that its founders Robert Rutkowski and Joseph Costa are joining forces with Scott Greiper, formerly a managing director at Legend Merchant Group and head of the firm's Convergent Security Group. The three business and security industry experts have launched a new entity called Secure Strategy Group.

Magal Security Systems To Protect U.S. International Border Crossing

Magal Security Systems recently announced that it has received, through its U.S.-based subsidiary, an order to supply a security and protection system for a major United States international border crossing. The order is expected to be delivered during 2009.

Presidential Inauguration Security Detail Uses Emergency Text Messaging System

With more than 2 million people expected to attend the historic swearing in of President-elect Barack Obama, 58 law enforcement agencies in the District of Columbia and surrounding jurisdictions will rely on Alert DC, an interoperable emergency text messaging system provided by Cooper Notification, to coordinate the largest security and safety operation for a presidential inauguration in the nation’s history.

Statewide Security

Since 1965, the Delaware Capitol Police has worked to ensure that the state government can operate safely and uninterrupted. The agency’s responsibilities include protecting legislators while in session, safeguarding the governor’s mansion and residence, and servicing approximately 100 state buildings. Over time, the number of state buildings has increased, along with the agency’s scope of responsibilities.

In Tandem

The combination of security and efficiency can sometimes appear to be the equivalent of oil and water. We have all felt the delays associated with tightening security procedures at government buildings and facilities. Depending on the location, these delays can sometimes last 10 to 30 minutes—or more. For people who enter these facilities regularly, this burden can have a large impact on their day.

AMAG Technology Helps Guide Department Of Defense To FIPS 201 Compliance

The Department of Defense issues Common Access Cards to more than 4 million military, retried military and contractors throughout the world. DoD was tasked with complying with the Federal Information Processing Standards Publication 201. FIPS 201 is a federal government standard that specifies Personal Identity Verification requirements for Federal employees and contractors.

TSA Approves Biometric Readers For TWIC Pilot

The Transportation Security Administration has approved four biometric readers from Sagem Morpho for deployment in critical pilot tests of the Transportation Worker Identification Credential program at major U.S. ports including Los Angeles, New York and Long Beach, Calif.

Research: E-Passports, ID Cards Drive Up Demand For RFID Hardware

A recent report from Research and Markets says that even in the government sector, initiatives such as e-passports and RFID enabled ID cards are expected to drive demand for RFID hardware.

GE Security Launches Authorized GSA Service Provider Program

GE Security, Inc., a business of GE Enterprise Solutions, recently announced the company has modified its contract with the General Services Administration (GSA) to update the schedule of available GE Security products.

Conference Tackles Identity, Cybersecurity Programs In Next Administration

U.S. federal government identity and smart card programs have grown significantly under the Bush administration. But with the election a week away, one important question on people's minds is, what will happen under the next administration?

Texas Airport Protects Black Hawk Helicopters With Wireless Video Surveillance

Airport officials at the Draughon-Miller Central Texas Regional Airport in Temple, Texas, can now watch over ground crews and protect military assets using a wireless video surveillance network.

Hirsch Electronics Enters Distribution Business

Hirsch Electronics, a supplier of physical access control systems, has signed an exclusive global distribution agreement with SCM Microsystems, a supplier of smart card readers for secure authentication, to provide SCM’s Physical Access Control Terminals (PACT) series physical access readers to the open market.

Department Of Defense Division Selects Fargo Printer/Encoders

HID Global recently announced that it has been selected to supply its Fargo HDP5000-LC printer/encoders to the Department of Defense Defense Manpower Data Center. As part of the DMDC’s migration to the next generation of ID card printers, the HDP5000-LC units will be utilized throughout the DMDC to support its Identity Protection and Management projects.

Emergency Notification System Expanded At Air Force Bases

AtHoc Inc. recently announced that the Air Force Materiel Command (AFMC) has expanded its use of AtHoc IWSAlerts within the command. AFMC awarded a contract for AtHoc software licenses and services, and the emergency notification system is now deployed to an additional 25,000 people.

United States Postal Service Chooses Diebold To Implement Nationwide Security Program

The United States Postal Service (USPS) recently announced the implementation a multi-site, technologically-advanced video security program. With more than 40,000 sites across the country, the USPS has selected Diebold Security to manage this nationwide implementation under a three-year agreement.

Department Of Veterans Affairs To Use CoreStreet Technology For HSPD-12 Smart Card Program

Driven by Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12 (HSPD-12) goals and implementations, CoreStreet recently announced that the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) will leverage CoreStreet’s credential validation technology for the validation services required as part of its HSPD-12 smart card program.

Safe and Secure TV

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Is Our Telecomm Infrastructure Secure?

The events of Sept. 11, 2001, and the 2005 hurricane season emphasized U.S. dependence on an effective national telecommunications infrastructure. Telecommunication companies are a critical part of America’s infrastructure and key to securing the homeland in times of emergency. Reliable, resilient communication services can provide the bridge between emergency responders, firefighters and law enforcement for cohesive emergency management.

Delta Scientific Announces More Than 400 Deployments Of DSC2000 Barricades

Delta Scientific, a manufacturer of counter-terrorist vehicle control systems used in the United States and internationally, recently announced that it has sold systems deploying more than 400 DSC2000 shallow foundation barricades to customers throughout the world.

San Pedro Bay Ports Open New Enrollment Site for Federal Security Credential

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and Port of Los Angeles worked together to open an additional enrollment site recently on Terminal Island in an effort to facilitate enrollment for the Los Angeles/Long Beach port worker, mariner and trucker communities into the federal Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) program.

In the Public Eye

Building automation has revitalized public safety in Puerto Rico by employing a video surveillance system that improves communication throughout the police force and centralizes public housing issues.

TSA Participates in Cooperative Inter-Modal Transportation Security Exercise

The exercise was held June 25 at Washington's Union Station and brought transportation entities from the national capital region together to reinforce strategic plans for preventive and protective response in the event of emergency situations.

ASIS Issues Second Edition of TASR Guideline

The ASIS Commission on Standards and Guidelines has released the second edition of the Threat Advisory System Response Guideline (TASR).

Report Examines Law Mandating Scans of All U.S.-Bound Cargo Containers by 2012

Congress reaffirmed its will to implement 100-percent scanning in four years while government witnesses defended their position that the deadline was unrealistic.

Smoother Sailing

The maritime industry is clearly one of the most powerful drivers of international commerce and economic vitality in the world. The statistics are astounding, including a worldwide fleet of nearly 11 million marine containers, a transportation cargo unit that can hold up to 500 computer monitors.

A Volatile Time

If you’re a security integrator working with companies that store or produce chemical or petroleum products, your clients have probably asked for assistance with the Department of Homeland Security’s Chemical Facilities Anti- Terrorism Standards.

Researchers Show On-Card Fingerprint Match Is Secure, Speedy

A fingerprint identification technology for use in Personal Identification Verification (PIV) cards that offers improved protection from identity theft meets the standardized accuracy criteria for federal identification cards according to researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

Taking This Show On The Road

GovSec, U.S. Law and Ready has wrapped up its Washington, D.C. tradeshow, and one event truly has captured the essence of helping others in a meaningful way. Tradeshow officials have teamed up with Verizon Wireless to support HopeLine.

videoNEXT, SightLogix Announce Collaboration

videoNEXT, a developer of security management solutions, recently announced in a collaborative effort with SightLogix Inc, that the two companies have completed the implementation of a video surveillance system for a high-security military installation.

Security Solutions By The Handful

GovSec 2008 is in the books. I like saying it that way because it reminds me of when I coached baseball. In the books meant it was a good game, and we likely won. GovSec was a good tradeshow, and exhibitors likely won.

Intelli-Check/Mobilisa Introduces TWIC Card Reader

Intelli-Check/Mobilisa Inc. recently announced that it will be launching its latest product, the IM 2700 -- Transportation Worker Card Reader at GovSec, U.S. Law and Ready.

USIS Launches Screening Service From Special Investigations Unit

USIS, a provider of pre-employment screening and the largest provider of security investigations to the U.S. government, is launching a new service by the Special Investigations Unit (SIU) of the company’s Investigative Services Division (ISD).

Focusing On Government Security

GovSec, U.S. Law and Ready kicked off its first edition Wednesday since the 1105 Media team bought the event. A strong list of keynote speakers will highlight daily activities.

Homeland Security Group Launches Waterproof, Body-Worn DVR

Homeland Security Group has launched its new PDVR-1000, a waterproof, body-worn DVR that strongly improves security for agents in the field, offers evidential quality recording of suspects and allows supervisors to coordinate tactical operations.

Pivot3 Exhibits High-Definition Storage

Pivot3 will exhibit the company's High-Definition Storage at Booth 2527 during GovSec, U.S. Law and Ready.

SIA Calls for Greater Collaboration To Improve HSPD-12 Implementation

In recent testimony before the U.S. House Subcommittee on Government Management, Organization and Procurement, Rob Zivney called implementation of HSPD-12 a pioneering effort which will require both a financial investment and development of new infrastructure.

Ready for Takeoff

When hurricanes in 2005 leveled the Charlotte County Airport in Punta Gorda, Fla., airport officials chose to rebuild, and to do so stronger and smarter. That meant making sure the airport’s security system satisfied federal and state regulations in a post-9/11 world that had to protect against potential terrorists turning airplanes into deadly bombs.

The Fight for Immigration Reform

Immigration is one of those controversial issues that touch on many aspects of American life. It's challenging because on one hand, there are those who come to the United States to seek a better life. But in doing so, they are breaking the law. Three people believe they have the answers to resolve this issue, and oddly enough, all three want to be president of the United States.

Second National Fusion Center Conference Fosters Greater Collaboration

More than 900 federal, state and local law enforcement and homeland security officials recently attended the National Fusion Center Conference in Washington, D.C. to further the U.S. government’s plans to create a seamless network of these centers.

United States, Germany Agree To Share Fingerprint Databases, Information On Terrorists

Officials from the United States and Germany recently initialed a bilateral agreement related to sharing access to biometric data and spontaneous sharing of data about known and suspected terrorists.

DHS Conducts Cyber Storm II To Examine Preparedness, Response Capabilities

Cyber Storm II is the second in a series of congressionally mandated exercises that will examine the nation’s cyber security preparedness and response capabilities. The exercise will simulate a coordinated cyber attack on information technology, communications, chemical, and transportation systems and assets.

ASSE, ASIS Join Brady Center Against Oklahoma Guns-at-Work Law

The associations joined in an amicus brief urging the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals to agree that the Oklahoma statute, by forcing employers to allow guns such as this Beretta, runs afoul of the General Duty Clause.

Down to Earth

One of the first reactionary attempts to bolster security after 9/11 occurred at airports. Immediately after air service was reinstated, the public saw uniformed Marines armed with M-16s at every security checkpoint, concrete barriers at each entry point, security guards ransacking passengers’ luggage and, of course, taller fences going up around airfield perimeters. As with most things in life, an unexpected event usually generates an unexpected— and sometimes irrational— response. Such was the case with the nation’s aviation facilities.

A Boost at the Border

Mention border security, and you might imagine the intersection of two countries, or perhaps the border separating government facilities from private land. But border security also can be defined as perimeter security, which expands the concept to encompass walls, fences, roads and other perimeters around businesses, schools, prisons, utilities, research facilities, and other properties and buildings.

Data Mining E-Mail Can Spot Insider Threats In Organizations

A rapid way to spot insider threats from individuals within an organization such as a multinational company or military installation is reported in the current issue of the International Journal of Security and Networks.

DHS Furthers Advancement Of HSPD-12 Goals

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced recently that it will further advance the department’s Homeland Security Presidential Directive-12 (HSPD-12) goals by awarding contracts to three companies.

FBI’s Next Generation Biometric System To Be Developed By Lockheed Martin

The Federal Bureau of Investigation recently awarded Lockheed Martin a 10-year, $1 billion contract to develop and maintain the Bureau's Next Generation Identification (NGI) system, a multi-modal, state-of-the-art biometrics system for use by state, local and federal authorities.

Proposed Standards Will Allow Government Agencies To Share Biometric Data

An interagency subcommittee of the White House's National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) issued a draft document recently that lists recommended standards to enable government agencies to easily share biometric data.

Law Professor: 24 Has Seeped Into National Debate On Antiterrorism Tactics

Sure, it's just a TV show, but a University of Iowa law professor says 24 can have real-world legal implications

DHS Increases Funding For REAL ID Grant Program, Extends Application Deadline

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently announced an increase in the total amount of funding available for REAL ID implementation and an extension in the deadline for FY 2008 REAL ID Demonstration Grant Program applications.

FERC Approves New Reliability Standards For Cyber Security

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) recently approved eight new mandatory critical infrastructure protection (CIP) reliability standards to protect the nation’s bulk power system against potential disruptions from cyber security breaches.

Report: REAL ID Final Rule Enables States To Begin Work On Technologies For Compliance

The final rule for REAL ID compliance provides the necessary guidance for states to begin building systems and linking networks to fulfill the mandates of the 2005 legislation, according to a newly released report by INPUT.

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