Government Security


87 Percent of US Critical Infrastructure Organizations Concerned About AI-Powered Cyberthreats

84% of the US' critical infrastructure organizations have identified the use of AI to drive cyber threats as a current security concern. This dramatic rise in concern about how cybercriminals use AI is revealed in new research by cybersecurity services firm Bridewell, surveying 519 staff responsible for cybersecurity in US critical infrastructure organizations, in sectors such as civil aviation, telecommunications, energy, transport, media, financial services and water supply

How Government Agencies Are Utilizing ID Cards To Take Control of Security

It’s a known fact that government agencies across the U.S. require a higher level of security due to the amount of sensitive information they keep on file. They must maintain control over their public facilities and require more stringent security practices than the normal building. With constant risks of attempted forgery and tampering, government agencies must ensure that only authorized personnel have access to public records and their facilities. A great way to take control and bring security to the next level is investing in a fully comprehensive ID card solution. Most agencies today are implementing an ID card policy to help ensure confidential information stays private.

Texas City Replaces Locks on Intelligent Traffic Cabinets With More Secure Option

The Transportation Services and Mobility department for the city of Grand Prairie, Texas recently completed a substantial project to replace the locks on their Intelligent Traffic Cabinets with a better and more secure choice. Turns out what they needed was only a few miles away with ALCEA’s Traffic Cabinet Locking Solution powered by ABLOY technology.

Axis ­­Raises the Bar on Cybersecurity to Provide Wide-Ranging FIPS 140-Compliant Products to Government Customers

Axis Communications announces plans to expand the number of network physical security products certified to FIPS 140 under the Federal Information Processing Standards. This move will improve the cybersecurity postures of Axis customers that must meet the FIPS 140 certification, specifically in the government and critical infrastructure sectors.

Security Today Announces The Govies Government Security Award Winners for 2024

Security Today is pleased to announce the 2024 winners in The Govies Government Security Awards. The awards honor outstanding government security products in a variety of categories.

DHS Unveils Artificial Intelligence Roadmap

Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas and Chief Information Officer and Chief Artificial Intelligence Officer Eric Hysen announced the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) first “Artificial Intelligence Roadmap.” The roadmap details DHS’s 2024 plans, including to test uses of the technologies that deliver meaningful benefits to the American public and advance homeland security, while ensuring that individuals’ privacy, civil rights, and civil liberties are protected.

Municipal Digital Access

We hear about Smart Cities more frequently these days, due to considerable progress in recent years. But it is an initiative that has been around for decades. The idea emerged when analysts began using technology to collect images and data to help improve civic services, protect against disasters, and improve citizens' lives. At its core that is still the intent.

Why Police Are Increasingly Relying on Remote Guarding

When done right, collaborative efforts among public law enforcement agencies and private security businesses can profoundly impact crime.



New Jersey Police Department Modernizes Its ALPR Technology

Genetec Inc., a provider of unified security, public safety, operations, and business intelligence solutions, announced that the Fort Lee, New Jersey Police Department has modernized its automatic license plate recognition technology (ALPR) with Genetec AutoVu™ Cloudrunner vehicle-centric investigative system.

Facing the Risks

Electric Utilities worldwide face a range of risks and threats, including at the physical perimeters of their highly distributed operational sites. Security professionals grapple with challenges related to sourcing cost-effective and highly efficient physical security solutions to protect operational continuity, invaluable assets, and staff.

ZE Government Solutions Announces Air Force SBIR Phase I Contract

ZE Government Solutions (ZEGS), a wholly owned subsidiary of AI-based gun detection leader ZeroEyes, recently announced it has been selected by AFWERX for a SBIR Phase I contract focused on new object classification to investigate its potential to fill capability gaps in the Department of the Air Force (DAF).

Arizona Police Department Launches Real-Time Crime Center

Genetec Inc., technology provider of unified security, public safety, operations, and business intelligence solutions, announced that the Mesa, Arizona Police Department (MPD) has launched a state-of-the-art real-time crime center (RTCC) based on Genetec Security Center, Genetec Citigraf, and Genetec Clearance. Within the first 12 months of the opening of the RTCC, the MPD solved more than 930 felony and 640 misdemeanor cases and recovered over 268 stolen vehicles while expediting their emergency response, improving situational awareness, and building collaboration in the community of its 550,000 residents.

K2 Construction Consultants Wins $253 Million DHS Radiation Portal Monitor Deployment, Construction and Design Contract

K2 Construction Consultants has been awarded a five-year, indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract with a ceiling value of approximately $253 million by the Department of Homeland Security

Pendants Thwart Panic

Pendants Thwart Panic

The unfortunate state-of-affairs surrounding safety and security throughout the country about hostile events has increased in all industries over the years. Security consultants and dealers are tasked with providing the most up-to-date and vital solutions in this ever-changing landscape.

The Nation’s Infrastructure

The last 12-18 months have shown us just how important our nation’s infrastructure is to our daily lives as well as our health and safety. However, the complexity of these systems and the risks they face may sometimes make us feel that properly securing them is an insurmountable feat.

DHS S&T Seeks Solutions for Privacy Preserving Digital Credential Wallets, Verifiers

DHS S&T Seeks Solutions for Privacy Preserving Digital Credential Wallets, Verifiers

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) announced a new solicitation to create, improve and implement a new set of tools that protect the privacy of individuals when using digital credentials that can be used for a variety of purposes including travel, immigration and citizenship status, employment, residency status and more.

DHS Announces New Artificial Intelligence Task Force

DHS Announces New Artificial Intelligence Task Force

Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas recently announced two new initiatives to combat evolving threats during his first address on the State of the Homeland Security.

Cozaint BOBBY Kiosk Implemented As SafeZone Security Tower At Arizona Tribal Police Station

Cozaint Corp, the developers of intelligent surveillance solutions, has been selected by the Pascua Yaqui Tribe Police Department in Tucson, AZ., to deliver the BOBBY physical security tower to provide a “safe zone” location for local citizens to conduct sales transactions, custody transfers, or other dealing where a security monitored area would provide a safe setting.

First Responders Give NIST Their Communications Tech Wish Lists

First Responders Give NIST Their Communications Tech Wish Lists

Our first responders have spoken. An extensive research project conducted by experts at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) reveals what our country’s police, fire, emergency medical and 911 dispatch responders think about the communications technology they use on a regular basis and how they would like developers to improve it in the future.

Security Today Launches 2023 Government Security Awards

Security Today Launches 2023 Government Security Awards

Security Today is proud to announce the launch of the 2023 Government Security Awards. The Govies honor outstanding government security products in a variety of categories. For this year’s awards program, participants can choose from 38 different categories to enter their product(s) into.

TSA Breaks Record Nationally and in Washington for Firearm Discoveries in 2022

TSA Breaks Record Nationally and in Washington for Firearm Discoveries in 2022

Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officers in Washington detected 164 firearms in travelers’ carry-on luggage in 2022, with the majority of the firearms discovered at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport’s (SEA) security checkpoints.

Dedrone Integrates Axis Communications’ Camera to Deliver Multi-Sensor Airspace Security Solution

Dedrone recently announced that it has formed a partnership with Axis Communications to incorporate Axis network cameras into Dedrone’s counterdrone command and control (C2) platform, DedroneTracker.

Illinois Police Department Strengthens Investigations and Community Collaboration

Genetec, a technology provider of unified security, public safety, operations, and business intelligence solutions, announced that the Naperville, Illinois Police Department (PD) is closing investigations more quickly and has strengthened community collaboration by modernizing its operations with Genetec Clearance™ and by launching a Community Camera Registration Program.

Metro Transit Authority Will Install Security Cameras in Every New York City Subway Car

Metro Transit Authority Will Install Security Cameras in Every New York City Subway Car

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul recently announced the Metropolitan Transportation Authority New York City Transit has received a $2 million award, through the Urban Area Security Initiative federal grant program, which will provide funding for the installation of cameras across the entire fleet of subway cars, enhancing security coverage, and, most importantly, increasing passenger confidence in mass transit safety.

New Jersey County Upgrades VMS to Better Manage 600 IP Cameras

Qognify, aprovider of video and enterprise incident management solutions, has announced Cape May County as one of the first organizations in the world to deploy Qognify VMS, a truly next generation open architecture enterprise-class VMS that delivers low total cost of ownership, business process support, advanced ecosystem integrations and cloud readiness.

DHS Awards $9.8 Million for Small Businesses to Develop Security Technology Prototypes

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program awarded a total of $9,782,624 million to small businesses to further develop technologies intended to support homeland security mission needs.

Adding Force Multipliers

Adding Force Multipliers

There are more than 600,000 state and local law enforcement officers in the United States. Impressive, but with a U.S. population of more than 330 million–and growing–they have their work cut out for them.

The Resurgence of LPR

The Resurgence of LPR

One noticeable trend on the ISC West show floor this year was the resurgence of License Plate Recognition (LPR) systems.

Reducing the Risk

Recent statistics highlight the rise of cyberattacks in the public sector. In its latest Internet Crime Report, the FBI stated that they received nearly 2,500 ransomware complaints in 2020. And, the Identity Theft Resource Center reports that, as of September 2021, the year-to-date total number of data compromises related to cyberattacks was already 27% higher than for all of 2020. For the public sector, cybersecurity has become a top priority.

Uvalde Police Face Backlash after School Shooting Response

Uvalde Police Face Backlash after School Shooting Response

Authorities say the gunman barricaded himself with his victims in an elementary school classroom.

Biden Administration Releases Domestic Counter-Unmanned Aircraft Systems National Action Plan

The Biden Administration is releasing the first whole-of-government plan to address UAS threats in the Homeland.

Building Trust through Transparency

Building Trust through Transparency

With social media rapidly evolving, the call for transparency and accountability inside a law enforcement agency is now necessary to show the world what police do with every interaction.

Attivo Networks Wins DoD SBIR Contract for Unique Approach to Ransomware Mitigation

Attivo Networks® has announced it was awarded a Department of Defense (DoD) Small Business Innovation and Research (SBIR) contract through AFWERX/AFVentures for its ransomware mitigation capabilities. The contract extends Attivo’s strategic support to the three major branches of the DoD – Air Force, Army and Navy.

Mostly Ignored Cybersecurity Collaboration is Becoming a Reality

Times have started changing for the better in the U.S. cybersecurity world. After years of minimal effort to get together to discuss cyberattacks and breaches and share some pertinent data, big companies and the federal government have finally started to collaborate on mitigating big cybersecurity issues.

Homeland Secretary, Top Cybersecurity Officials Meet with Silicon Valley Leaders to Stress Cybersecurity Priorities

Homeland Secretary, Top Cybersecurity Officials Meet with Silicon Valley Leaders to Stress Cybersecurity Priorities

Cybersecurity threats impact individuals, communities, and organizations of all sizes. Increasing nationwide cybersecurity resilience is a top priority for DHS and the Biden-Harris Administration

Rethinking City Living: The Challenges and Opportunities

Rethinking City Living: The Challenges and Opportunities

City populations are growing and our resources are under strain. That’s why we need to rethink city living – not tomorrow but now. Fortunately, many forward-thinking city authorities are showing us a way to address this, based on connected video technology.

The Body-worn Evolution

The Body-worn Evolution

What once began as technology typically reserved and embraced by law enforcement, wearable video continues to find applications and use-cases in a host of new verticals and industries.

Today’s “Eyes and Ears”

Today’s “Eyes and Ears”

Action movies like White House Down and Olympus Has Fallen have enjoyed a resurgence in recent years. Like all action movies, they have a high degree of entertainment value, but what sets them apart is the setting.

DHS Selects Northeastern University to Lead Center of Excellence for Engineering Secure Environments from Targeted Attacks

DHS Selects Northeastern University to Lead Center of Excellence for Engineering Secure Environments from Targeted Attacks

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) announced the selection of Northeastern University to lead a consortium of U.S. academic institutions and other partners for a new Center of Excellence for Engineering Secure Environments from Targeted Attacks (ESE).

DHS Takes Victim-Centered Approach on First Anniversary of Center for Countering Human Trafficking

DHS Takes Victim-Centered Approach on First Anniversary of Center for Countering Human Trafficking

Oct. 20 marks the first anniversary of the creation of the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Center for Countering Human Trafficking (CCHT).

Safer Cities

Safer Cities

A lot has changed in cities around the globe in the last few years. According to the United States Census Bureau, population densities across the United States continue to shift from larger established metropolitan areas to smaller cities and into the suburbs. This is increasing the number of urban centers with sizeable populations.

Report: US Video Surveillance Market to Surpass $21.8 Billion by 2026

Report: US Video Surveillance Market to Surpass $21.8 Billion by 2026

The United States video surveillance system market was valued at $10.99 billion in 2020, and it is expected to reach $21.86 billion by 2026, registering a CAGR of 12.2% during the period of 2021-2026.

9/11 is a National Day of Service and Remembrance

9/11 is a National Day of Service and Remembrance

Later this week, our Nation will observe the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

 DHS, VA Announce Initiative to Support Noncitizen Service Members, Veterans, and Immediate Family Members

DHS, VA Announce Initiative to Support Noncitizen Service Members, Veterans, and Immediate Family Members

Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas and Secretary of Veterans Affairs Denis R. McDonough have announced a new initiative to support our Nation’s noncitizen service members, veterans, and the immediate family members of service members.

HSI El Paso-led Multi-agency Operation Results in Recovery of 24 Missing Children

HSI El Paso-led Multi-agency Operation Results in Recovery of 24 Missing Children

A multi-agency effort, led by Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS), has resulted in the recovery of 24 missing and/or runaway children throughout El Paso County and Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.

SIA Opposes Reintroduction of Facial Recognition & Biometric Technology Moratorium Act

SIA Opposes Reintroduction of Facial Recognition & Biometric Technology Moratorium Act

The Security Industry Association (SIA) has announced its strong opposition to the Facial Recognition and Biometric Technology Moratorium Act

CBP Seize 24 tons of Narcotics in Second Quarter in Fiscal 2021

Air and Marine Operations (AMO) National Air Security Operations Center, P-3 Long Range Tracker and Airborne Early Warning crews partnered with federal authorities to disrupt smuggling of 24 tons of narcotics.

House Democrats Unveil $1.9 Billion Bill to Improve U.S. Capitol Security

House Democrats Unveil $1.9 Billion Bill to Improve U.S. Capitol Security

House Democrats unveiled on Friday a $1.9 billion bill to improve Capitol Hill security after the January 6 insurrection.

Report: Colonial Pipeline Paid Almost $5 Million to Hackers

Report: Colonial Pipeline Paid Almost $5 Million to Hackers

Colonial Pipeline paid the Eastern European hackers who attacked its network 75 Bitcoin, worth almost $5 million at the time of the ransom payment.

DHS Secretary Mayorkas Launches Internal Domestic Violent Extremism Review

DHS Secretary Mayorkas Launches Internal Domestic Violent Extremism Review

DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas has launched an internal probe "to address the threat of domestic violent extremism within the Department of Homeland Security," according to a letter he wrote to all DHS employees.

DHS Issues a National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS) Bulletin

DHS Issues a National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS) Bulletin

The Acting Secretary of Homeland Security has issued a National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS) Bulletin today after consultation with the intelligence community and law enforcement partners.

Fortem Technologies Demonstrates Integration with Forward Area Air Defense Command and Control System

Fortem Technologies has announced that the Fortem DroneHunter® will seamlessly integrate with the Forward Area Air Defense Command and Control system

A Capitol Breach

A Capitol Breach

On Jan. 6, the U.S. Capitol security perimeter was breached and the nation watched as multiple levels of security failed.

Absolute Capitol Security

Here we go again, but this time security is prepared at the Capitol. Apparently, the chatter among extremists groups have been talking about possible plots of illicit activity in Washington, D.C.

High-tech Cameras Agree with Fort Worth, TX, Police Department

High-tech Cameras Agree with Fort Worth, TX, Police Department

If you have the technology, why not use it. The Fort Worth Police Department (FWPD) is focused on a new camera solution to track down violent criminals.

Intruder Caught at Joint Base Andrews

Intruder Caught at Joint Base Andrews

A distracted gate guard allowed an unauthorized man to illegally enter Joint Base Andrews, where he roamed for about five hours. He also climbed aboard a C-40 Clipper, an aircraft frequently used by senior government leaders.

Front Line Security at Risk

Inauguration Security Gets a Second Hard Look

Inauguration Security Gets a Second Hard Look

Things will be different on Inauguration Day, Jan. 20. They better be considering the riotous events on Jan. 6, when protestors rushed the Capitol and broke into congressional chambers.

DC: All is Quiet: Today

DC: All is Quiet: Today

The U.S. Capitol and surrounding area is quiet this morning (Jan. 7); this coming after a late afternoon attack on the very fabric of the U.S. government, and supposed peaceful transfer of power in a presidency.

Protestors Storm Capitol; Woman Shot, Congress Evacuated

Protestors Storm Capitol; Woman Shot, Congress Evacuated

Protestors have swarmed the U.S. Capitol, bringing the appearance of mob violence and insurrections to the House and Senate chambers as lawmakers review President-elect Joe Biden’s electoral victory.

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  • Maximizing Your Security Budget This Year

    The Importance of Proactive Security Measures: 4 Stories of Regret

    We all want to believe that crime won’t happen to us. So, some business owners hope for the best and put proactive security measures on the back burner, because other things like growth, attracting new customers, and meeting deadlines all seem more pressing. Read Now

  • 91 Percent of Security Leaders Believe AI Set to Outpace Security Teams

    Bugcrowd recently released its “Inside the Mind of a CISO” report, which surveyed hundreds of security leaders around the globe to uncover their perception on AI threats, their top priorities and evolving roles, and common myths directed towards the CISO. Among the findings, 1 in 3 respondents (33%) believed that at least half of companies are willing to sacrifice their customers’ long-term privacy or security to save money. Read Now

  • Milestone Announces Merger With Arcules

    Global video technology company Milestone Systems is pleased to announce that effective July 1, 2024, it will merge with the cloud-based video surveillance solutions provider, Arcules. Read Now

  • Organizations Struggle with Outdated Security Approaches, While Online Threats Increase

    Cloudflare Inc, recently published its State of Application Security 2024 Report. Findings from this year's report reveal that security teams are struggling to keep pace with the risks posed by organizations’ dependency on modern applications—the technology that underpins all of today’s most used sites. The report underscores that the volume of threats stemming from issues in the software supply chain, increasing number of distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks and malicious bots, often exceed the resources of dedicated application security teams. Read Now

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  • PE80 Series

    PE80 Series by SARGENT / ED4000/PED5000 Series by Corbin Russwin

    ASSA ABLOY, a global leader in access solutions, has announced the launch of two next generation exit devices from long-standing leaders in the premium exit device market: the PE80 Series by SARGENT and the PED4000/PED5000 Series by Corbin Russwin. These new exit devices boast industry-first features that are specifically designed to provide enhanced safety, security and convenience, setting new standards for exit solutions. The SARGENT PE80 and Corbin Russwin PED4000/PED5000 Series exit devices are engineered to meet the ever-evolving needs of modern buildings. Featuring the high strength, security and durability that ASSA ABLOY is known for, the new exit devices deliver several innovative, industry-first features in addition to elegant design finishes for every opening. 3

  • ResponderLink

    ResponderLink

    Shooter Detection Systems (SDS), an Alarm.com company and a global leader in gunshot detection solutions, has introduced ResponderLink, a groundbreaking new 911 notification service for gunshot events. ResponderLink completes the circle from detection to 911 notification to first responder awareness, giving law enforcement enhanced situational intelligence they urgently need to save lives. Integrating SDS’s proven gunshot detection system with Noonlight’s SendPolice platform, ResponderLink is the first solution to automatically deliver real-time gunshot detection data to 911 call centers and first responders. When shots are detected, the 911 dispatching center, also known as the Public Safety Answering Point or PSAP, is contacted based on the gunfire location, enabling faster initiation of life-saving emergency protocols. 3

  • Luma x20

    Luma x20

    Snap One has announced its popular Luma x20 family of surveillance products now offers even greater security and privacy for home and business owners across the globe by giving them full control over integrators’ system access to view live and recorded video. According to Snap One Product Manager Derek Webb, the new “customer handoff” feature provides enhanced user control after initial installation, allowing the owners to have total privacy while also making it easy to reinstate integrator access when maintenance or assistance is required. This new feature is now available to all Luma x20 users globally. “The Luma x20 family of surveillance solutions provides excellent image and audio capture, and with the new customer handoff feature, it now offers absolute privacy for camera feeds and recordings,” Webb said. “With notifications and integrator access controlled through the powerful OvrC remote system management platform, it’s easy for integrators to give their clients full control of their footage and then to get temporary access from the client for any troubleshooting needs.” 3