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Republican Security Experts Seek Congressional Support to Push Trump Concession

Republican Security Experts Seek Congressional Support to Push Trump Concession

More than 100 Republican national security experts on Monday called on GOP congressional leaders to push President Donald Trump to concede the election to President-elect Joe Biden, according to the Washington Post. In a signed letter, the experts urged current GOP officeholders and Trump to prioritize the country's national security interests above politics.

Smart Imaging Systems Announces the First Portable Vehicle Scanning Technology with $3.5 Million Initial Order from Customs and Border Protection

The Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has issued a $3.5 million purchase order for new compact, portable X-ray technology developed by Smart Imaging Systems, to safely scan for contraband and explosives in vehicles.

Election Security Separating Rumor from Reality

Election Security: Separating Rumor from Reality

Here is a Q&A that answers questions about spoofing the voter. The answers come from Chris Krebbs, CISA director.

Voting Security: Did Your Vote Count?

Voting Security: Did Your Vote Count?

The most recent elections is the most secure in the nation’s history. Or, is it? Government officials say it is the most secure ever.

ACPI Launches Police-Community Engagement Program to Help Improve Public Support for Law Enforcement

ACPI Launches Police-Community Engagement Program to Help Improve Public Support for Law Enforcement

The American Crime Prevention Institute (ACPI) has developed a comprehensive training and education program designed as a vital step in strengthening community trust and respect for law enforcement.

Medina County Implements Checkups Version 2 to Further Boost Criminal Justice System Remote Monitoring Efforts

County has worked with San Antonio-based tech company for nearly two years to check in with offenders using an innovative mobile app, now adds more customized features

All States Now Compliant Ahead of REAL ID Deadline

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is announcing that after more than 15 years since Congress passed the REAL ID Act, all 50 states are now in full compliance issuing these cards, with most states becoming compliant in the last four years.

Richmond TSA Officer Recalls His Role at the World Trade Center After 9/11 Terrorist Attacks

Richmond TSA Officer Recalls His Role at the World Trade Center After 9/11 Terrorist Attacks

As he reflected back to 2001, Mitchell said he thinks back to the men and women who he worked alongside at Ground Zero.



AF Looks to Facial Recognition to Secure Facilities

AF Looks to Facial Recognition to Secure Facilities

The Air Force’s AFWERX innovation arm is investing in real-time facial recognition to secure base perimeters and enhance situational awareness for Air Force security staff.

Air Force One Nearly Hit by Drone

Air Force One Nearly Hit by Drone

As Air Force One was descending to an air base near Washington, D.C. recently, it nearly collided with a small drone, according to several people on board the aircraft. President Trump was aboard the modified Boeing Co. 757 aircraft.

Senior DHS Officials Improperly Appointed

Senior DHS Officials Improperly Appointed

The Government Accounting Office (GAO) is now saying that acting DHS Chad Wolf and his active deputy, Ken Cuccinelli are ineligible to govern the agency to which they were appointed by the Trump administration.

Backbone Support

Backbone Support

Our nation’s critical infrastructure serves as the backbone supporting activities at manufacturing plants to elementary schools.

Precise Analysis

In the war on illicit drug trafficking today, a law enforcement professional’s greatest allies are speed and accuracy.

Applications for Body Cameras Expand Well Beyond Law Enforcement

Applications for Body Cameras Expand Well Beyond Law Enforcement

Weeks of protests in the wake of the killing of George Floyd have placed renewed attention on police body-worn cameras, whose two largest U.S. manufacturers have a significant Seattle presence.

Florida Governor Announces Over $722,000 in Grants to Protect Florida Military Installations

Florida Governor Announces Over $722,000 in Grants to Protect Florida Military Installations

Gov. Ron DeSantis announced that $722,400 was awarded through the Florida Defense Support Task Force (FDSTF) Grant Program to three projects to protect military installations across the state.

Solving the Challenges

Security managers, CSOs and other personnel tasked with mitigating risk at an organization are the first link in a long and vitally important chain.

DOD looks for extension on Huawei ban

The 2021 must-pass defense policy bill could be a prime vehicle to give the Defense Department and its contractors more time to comply with a governmentwide ban on Huawei and other China-made telecommunications equipment.

Finding Flexible Systems In The Age of Converged Security

While access control is an essential consideration for any business, nowhere is it more necessary to maintain real-time oversight of who is on-premise than in a governmental facility — whether at the federal, state or local level.

Implementing a Video Plan

There’s a specific paradigm shift in the world of video that might be bigger than the transition from analog to IP more than 15 years ago.

Police Use of Amazon Facial Recognition Software on Hold

Police Use of Amazon Facial Recognition Software on Hold

Amazon’s facial recognition software has been a staple for police departments, using the program to provide identities on cold bases. Prisons and jails in Florida also have been using the platform in its databases, storing thousands of mug shots of anyone who has ever been “behind bars.”

ICE HSI Baltimore seizes over 14,000 unapproved COVID-19 treatment capsules, several unapproved test kits

ICE HSI Baltimore Seizes Over 14,000 Unapproved COVID-19 Treatment Capsules, Several Unapproved Test Kits

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Baltimore special agents and Maryland law enforcement partners have seized over 14,000 unapproved COVID-19 treatment capsules and several unapproved COVID-19 test kits as part of ongoing Operation Stolen Promise investigations.

Majority of Minneapolis Council Want to Disband Police Department

Majority of Minneapolis Council Want to Disband Police Department

Short of “taking intermediate steps toward ending” nine members of the Minneapolis City Council have announced plans to disband the city’s police department. The group represents a majority of the 12-person council.

US Patent Office Issues Three Gunshot Detection Patents to Shooter Detection Systems

US Patent Office Issues Three Gunshot Detection Patents to Shooter Detection Systems

Gunshot detection with video analytics, gunshot detection in an indoor environment, and gunshot detection analysis during fire alarms are now exclusive patents held by SDS

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Texas Legislators Introduce Bill to Restrict Purchasing Chinese Airport Equipment Due to Security Concerns

The legislation addresses the purchase of airport equipment, particularly passenger boarding bridges, from countries that are known for IP theft or national security threats.

Naval Air Station Security Guard Injured

Naval Air Station Security Guard Injured

An unidentified shooter has injured on security guard at Naval Air Station Corpus Christi, TX, today. It has been determined that the shooting is terrorism related, according to the FBI.

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Telethermography Devices: Current FDA Considerations

Adapting thermography machines to address COVID-19 issues qualifies them as medical devices, which can pose unique challenges for businesses that are unfamiliar with the FDA.

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Perimeter Security in Question At Texas Airport After Man's Death

Man on Austin runway killed as Southwest Airlines plane lands.

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Why Data Tokenization Could Be the Answer to Government Security Prayers

With growing number of breaches, there is a huge need for more advanced measures to protect public sector data.

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TSA Requires Security Officers to Wear Masks in Screening Areas to Prevent Coronavirus Spread

The agency plans to receive millions of masks in the next few weeks to distribute to employees, but most agents will wear surgical masks rather than the more expensive N95 respirators.

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DoD Issues Guidelines That Might Not Disqualify New Recruits Over COVID-19 Exposure

it is not known if the interim Pentagon policy would eventually extend to current military member who have been ill from the coronavirus while on duty.

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Anchorage Airport Open Again After Reported Bomb Threat Last Week

False report of bomb on cargo plane temporarily closes facility

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Security Guard Killed in Dispute Over Face Mask Policy in Michigan

Calvin Munerlyn, a guard at a Family Dollar store in Flint, was killed after telling two customers to leave the store for refusing to follow a governor’s order to wear face coverings in public.

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Trump Signs Executive Order to Secure Energy Infrastructure From Foreign Threats

The Energy Department will form a task force focused on identifying and banning equipment that pose national security risks.

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Cuomo: You Can’t Depend on China For PPE

The New York governor said that New York hospitals must prepare their own stockpiles of personal protective equipment.

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Drug Trade Struggling at the Border During COVID-19 Pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic led U.S. officials to close the Mexico border to nonessential travel, adding another hurdle for the cartels but possibly helping law enforcement.

DHS Funding Will Target Violence and Terrorism Prevention

The department has seen an uptick in online efforts to recruit terrorists and encourage radicalization, leading to the development of the grant program.

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Employee Safety Stressed by CBP New Orleans

The agency has taken a vigorous approach to protect border patrol and customs officers from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Glitch May Have Exposed Data of Thousands of Small Businesses Applying for Federal Relief Loans

Nearly 8,000 applicants to a Small Business Administration loan program may have had their data shown to other users filling out the application.

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Industry Groups Push For More Cybersecurity Funding In Future COVID-19 Stimulus Legislation

With high numbers of ransomware attacks and increased threats due to teleworking, advocacy groups want Congress to prioritize cybersecurity funds to local and state governments.

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New York State Responded to Cyber Attack on Government Servers Weeks Before Coronavirus Pandemic Hit

Officials handled an attack that disabled access to state agency databases just a few weeks before the state became the epicenter of the COVID-19 crisis.

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New Government Strategy for 5G Security Sets Stage for Domestic Rollout

Franco Zaro of Valid breaks down new government efforts to establish a 5G security strategy and public paranoia about the wireless infrastructure.

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TSA Faces Record-Low Numbers of Travelers, Coronavirus Outbreak Among Employees

More than 370 employees have tested positive for COVID-19 as TSA security screeners experience nearly empty airports due to the pandemic.

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Lawsuit Blocks Baltimore From Launching Surveillance Plane Program to Investigate Crimes

Activists and ACLU lawyers succeeded in stopping a six-month trial run of an aerial surveillance program funded by private philanthropists.

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FBI Warns Financial Institutions To Beware of Coronavirus-Related Scams

Business email compromise attacks continue to be effective, tricking victims into transferring funds to fraudulent accounts.

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CentralSquare Names 30-Year Gov Tech Veteran David Zolet as Chief Executive Officer

Zolet brings decades of proven expertise to lead one of the largest public safety and public administration software companies

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Baltimore Approves Six-Month Aerial Surveillance Program To Address Violent Crime

Three private surveillance planes will take images of Baltimore neighborhoods to be used in criminal investigations, an effort that will be studied to see if it lowers the crime rate.

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Washington State Adopts Legislation Regulating, Restricting Facial Recognition Use

The law, which will go into effect next year, will require law enforcement to use facial recognition software only to investigate serious crimes and issue public accountability reports.

Department of Homeland Security Plans to Use Facial Recognition to Track Transnational Gang Activity

The request for proposals for a “gang intelligence application” reflect the agency’s growing ambitions in using facial recognition and other new tech to identify and arrest criminals.

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DHS Delays Real ID Deadline Until 2021 Due to Coronavirus Crisis

While the extension will provide another 18 months for Americans to obtain the new driver’s licenses, some officials believe the deadline will have to be extended again.

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Security Industry Groups Call For Alarm Response, Security Services to Be Classified as “Essential” During Coronavirus Pandemic

SIA, ESA and TMA have penned a letter to public safety officials calling for governments to exempt alarm response centers and companies that serve them from shelter-in-place orders.

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Justice Department Takes First Legal Action Against Coronavirus Scam Websites

A federal judge granted a temporary restraining order to have a website selling fake vaccine kits shut down immediately.

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Cyber Attack Hits Department of Health and Human Services Amid Government Coronavirus Response

HHS officials said no personal data was accessed and the attack was not successful. But it could be a sign of things to come during the coronavirus pandemic.

Attorney General Directs Department of Justice to Crack Down on Coronavirus Scammers, Cyber Criminals

In a memo to attorney’s offices across the country, William Barr said that federal law enforcement should prioritize investigating and prosecuting crimes related to the pandemic.

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Travelers Can Take Larger Bottles of Hand Sanitizer In Carry-On Luggage, TSA Announces

In response to the growing concerns around the spread of coronavirus in the U.S., the Transportation Security Administration said that passengers can bring hand sanitizer containers up to 12 ounces in size.

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ACLU Files Lawsuit Against DHS To Turn Over Records on Facial Recognition Use at Airports

After the DHS did not respond to a January request for documents on how it is deploying facial recognition, the ACLU is now seeking legal recourse.

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Trump Administration Preparing Executive Order to Ban Use of Foreign-Made Drones by Government Agencies

Chinese manufacturer DJI, which accounts for about 70 percent of the global drone market, stands to lose the most from a ban, which is based on national security concerns.

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Lawmakers Warn Cities to Stop Contracting Chinese Companies To Build Transit Systems

Despite concerns about Chinese manufacturers having access to U.S. transportation data, cities continue to move ahead with plans to partner with state-owned companies.

Despite Technical Issues, DHS Claims Victory on Super Tuesday With No Foreign Hacking Attempts

There was no significant increase in disinformation campaigns or hacking attempts like there were in 2016, according to top Homeland Security officials.

Galileo Delivers

ERDC enlisted the services of M3 Technology Group, an audio-visual integrator based in Nashville, Tennessee, to create a unique audio-visual experience not seen in other government facilities.

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