Industry News August 2006
How do executives know whether security programs are effective? How can security professionals communicate this information?
Security metrics and their usefulness to business decision-makers were the focuses of a recent survey conducted by Frost & Sullivan for Intellitactics. The study polled more than 80 senior executives about their interest in measuring security’s value, using metrics to quantify effectiveness, and current practices for using metrics.
Executives reported that they want centralized reporting capabilities, information presented in context, and automated processes for keeping the figures current. They value metrics for justifying spending on increased security and for validating current spending.
PARTNERSHIPS AND DEALS
Absolute Software and Fujitsu Computer Systems are protecting Fujitsu’s notebook computers with Absolute’s Computrace theft recovery and asset tracking software.
ACTi Corporation’s video server and transcoder have enabled Bari Soccer Stadium in Italy to implement an IP-based CCTV system, including DVRs and monitoring systems from EL.MO. S.p.A. and integration of different CCTV systems.
ADT has signed an agreement with Natural Optics to provide antitheft systems for its chain of eyewear stores located in Spain.
Amano has selected Bioscrypt technology for its new time-and-attendance modules.
Spiritech designed and installed network video products from Axis Communications in 210 outlets of a Midwestern retailer.
Blue Coat Systems announced that LG Card of South Korea has deployed its appliances to protect the company’s network from spyware and virus attacks.
Blue Coat is also protecting medical data for Exempla Healthcare.
German manufacturer Lemmi Fashion has selected RFID hangtags from Checkpoint Systems, Inc., for inventory control throughout the supply chain.
Polaroid Commercial ID Systems has launched a new ID card system that uses software, camera interface, printers, and other supplies from Datacard Group.
An authentication platform from Digital Resolve will help expedite and secure online account opening for Andera.
DVTel Inc. is helping Intercontinental Terminals upgrade video security for its chemical terminals. The improvements were financed in part by a Transportation Security Administration grant.
Edentify Inc. and the New Jersey Institute of Technology are developing industry standards for measuring identity fraud.
Graphic Security Systems Corporation (GSSC) and 3M have announced technical compatibility between 3M travel document readers and Scrambled Indicia technology from GSSC.
An IP video solution from IndigoVision is being used in a medical training system that was designed by Scotia UK for the Oxford Brookes University School of Health & Social Care.
Merkavim, a transport vehicle manufacturer in the Middle East, is deploying ioIMAGE systems to aid in loss prevention.
IQinVision is providing its IQeye IP cameras to replace analog cameras at Temple University.
JDS Digital Security Systems and Matrox Graphics are collaborating to improve security-monitoring workstations for the network video recorder market.
March Networks has been selected as the standard for digital video surveillance through the distribution centers and retail outlets of DHL Mexico.
MDI Security Systems chose Dell hardware to support its ONE unified technology platform.
ObjectVideo is partnering with Video Convergence to offer expanded products using Intelligent Analysis.
Panasonic Security Systems has announced an alliance with AirVisual, Inc., for integrating Panasonic’s video surveillance products with AirVisual’s remote monitoring and control application.
Perimeter Internetworking and Nebraska Banker’s Bank, NA, have formed a partnership through which the bank will recommend Perimeter’s hosted security service offerings to its correspondent banks.
PGP Corporation announced that Sony Computer Entertainment Europe Ltd. has selected its encryption solution to secure data and comply with privacy and accounting regulations.
The PureActiv wide-area surveillance solution from PureTech Systems has been installed at the Public Safety Integration Center of Science Applications International Corporation.
S2 Security Corporation and Imprivata, Inc., are collaborating on a joint solution that will enhance identification of users at computer login.
SafeData, LLC, has signed an agreement with Celadon Trucking Services to provide its solution for protecting and restoring data.
SafeData is also providing its solution to Boston Properties and to Sennheiser Electronic Corporation.
Saflink and Image Ware Systems Inc. have formed a partnership to fully integrate Saflink SureAccess with ImageWare IWS EPI.
The University of Michigan has selected SSH Tectia from SSH Communications Security Corporation to ensure secure system administration and file transfers.
GE Security has integrated the Sun Java System Identity Management Suite from Sun Microsystems into its convergence solution.
TAGSYS will integrate its RFID OEM modules into a selection of hand-held RFID reader terminals produced by PSION TEKLOGIX.
UHS Systems has been chosen to provide IP-based alarm monitoring to Central Alarm Control and Alarm Center, Inc.
Verano’s Real-Time Application Platform has been selected by FIMA, a Lithuanian systems integrator, as its SCADA platform of choice.
Vincera, Inc., has announced a partnership with ClearStar.net whereby ClearStar.net will offer Vincera’s VAM! Intelligent Protection service to its retail screening customers.
VistaScape Security Systems and Cernium Corporation have formed a partnership to deliver advanced surveillance solutions to the airport market.
VoiceVerified has been chosen by Somerset Trust Company to secure some of its higher-risk transactions, such as wire transfers.
A wireless intrusion prevention system from AirTight Networks has been installed at the U.S. Agency for International Development to help secure information and enforce wireless policy throughout the world.
Axalto is providing digital security technology for Czech Republic passports via a contract with Statni Tiskarna Cenin, the national printing agency.
Brijot Imaging Systems, Inc., has announced that its BIS-WDS Prime weapon-detection system has been selected by Sandia National Laboratories for testing as part of the Rail Security Pilot Project, a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) initiative.
E.J. Brooks Company has been awarded a General Services Administration (GSA) Schedule Contract so government agencies can more easily purchase its seals and padlocks.
The Orange County Sheriff’s Department (California) is using the DVTel intelligent Security Operations Center platform to improve effectiveness at its police-training center.
FirstLine Transportation Security announced that its contract with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) for security screening at Kansas City International Airport has been renewed through 2010.
I.D. Systems, Inc., has received orders from the U.S. Postal Service to deploy its Wireless Asset Net vehicle management system at 16 additional facilities.
Systems integrator C & C Group selected JVC Professional Products Company to provide solutions to upgrade security at the Kansas City International Airport.
L-3 Communications announced that its Security and Detection Systems subsidiary will supply Beijing Capital International Airport with its explosives-detection systems.
Saflink Corporation and Datastrip are joining forces to deploy a mobile biometric security system for the Transportation Worker Identification Credential of the State of Florida’s Seaport Gate Control Project.
SCM Microsystems, Inc., has announced that its physical access control terminals are being used by the U.S. Air Force to support contact and contactless access applications.
Sense Holdings, Inc., and Oak Ridge National Laboratory have completed the development of a hand-held explosives-detection demonstrator that can detect TNT and PETN. Research and development have been funded by several government agencies.
Sionex Corporation and In-Q-Tel have announced a strategic investment and development agreement for biological and chemical sensors.
Smiths Detection is supplying its Lightweight Chemical Detectors to the Joint Chemical Agent Detector program, which is led by the U.S. Air Force, for testing.
Smiths Detection has also won a contract to build chemical-biological protective shelters for the Department of Defense.
Technest Holdings has been awarded a research grant by the U.S. Navy for the development of a hyperspectral recording and process-imaging device based on technologies developed by the company’s subsidiary Genex Technologies, Inc.
Paragon Systems, Inc., a subsidiary of Tri-S Security, will secure DHS headquarters in Washington, D.C., and the Brandywine Air Force facility in Maryland.
US Biometrics Corporation has been awarded a GSA contract for authentication and services.
Vicon Industries Inc. has announced that Hoover Public Safety Complex (Alabama) has implemented its IP digital video solution.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has deployed smart surveillance software from VistaScape Security Systems to protect a dam facility on the Savannah River.
Diversinet Corporation has joined with SK Infosec in a partnership to distribute Diversinet’s software tokens and provisioning service in Korea.
Edentify Inc. and Affinion Group have entered into an exclusive marketing agreement that will allow Affinion to incorporate Edentify’s IDBenchmark solution into its product offerings.
Several companies have joined to create the FLO Alliance, which will market an integrated Registered Traveler Solution for expedited security screening at U.S. airports. Among the companies involved are Saflink Corporation, Microsoft, JPMorgan Chase, Johnson Controls, Inc., ID Technology Partners, and The Paradies Shops.
Gabriel Technologies Corporation will team with Jefferson Consulting Group to target federal and homeland security markets with its products.
Griffid and SVEISTRUP ELEKTRONIK A/S have signed an agreement for the distribution of Griffid Monitoring Station Software.
I.D. Systems, Inc., has agreed with NACCO Materials Handling Group, Inc., to sell its wireless fleet management systems to dealers and customers of Hyster Company under the Hyster brand.
Middle Atlantic Products named Intermountain Marketing to serve as its factory representative in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming, eastern Idaho, eastern Montana, and El Paso, Texas.
Mitsubishi Digital Electronics America’s Security Products Division has signed an agreement with SYNNEX Corporation to distribute its digital recording solutions to resellers throughout the United States.
Raven Electric has announced a product distribution agreement with Pacom Systemsto introduce Pacom’s alarm, access control, and video products to its customers.
Pacom products will also be used by Marco, a systems integrator in Minnesota.
Security Door Controls has appointed RFT Associates as sales representative for the New England states.
Seenex Corporation has formed a partnership with O’Connor & Fierce Associates to help Seenex navigate the government market.
Seenex has extended its exclusive agreement with Tonali S.p.A to license and distribute its security access systems in North America.
Sielox announced a sales partnership with Sonitrol Corporation that allows Sonitrol to brand and sell Sielox’s Pinnacle Access Control Solution.
Sonasoft Corporation is partnering with Netswitch Technology Management to provide a strategic distribution channel in the Asia Pacific region, Australia, and New Zealand.
XceedID Corporation entered into a private-label OEM agreement with Hills Industries, making XceedID’s multitechnology readers available under Hills’ new Unity brand.
AWARDS AND CERTIFICATIONS
The National Association of Uniform Manufacturers and Distributors has awarded a 2006 Image of the Year Award to AlliedBarton Security Services.
Applied Technologies Group, Inc., was named the Middle Atlantic Products Rep of the Year.
Bosch Security Systems has achieved ISO 14001:2004 certification from BSI, Inc.
BullEx Digital Safety, which offers fire safety and security products, won the $100,000 Business Plan Competition at the Summit in Tech Valley VI sponsored by the Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber of Commerce.
ElcomSoft Co. Ltd., has attained Gold Certified status in the Microsoft Partner Program with a competency in ISV/Software Solutions.
Levy Security was named the 19th largest woman-owned business in Chicago by Crain’s Chicago Business.
Milestone Systems has received the 2006 Frost & Sullivan Brand Development Strategy Leadership Award.
Oberthur Card Systems has received FIPS 201 certification for its smart card.
Physical Optics Corporation’s Electronic Information Carrier was named one of the U.S. Army’s Ten Greatest Inventions.
Prevyx was named a Cool Vendor by Gartner in its March 2006 Security and Privacy Report for its ability to detect and defend against Internet security threats.
Savi Technology was ranked number one among the Leading Suppliers of Trade Visibility Solutions in a recent ARC Advisory Group report.
Security Equipment Corporation has successfully completed the ISO 9001:2000 certification process.
The Security Industry Association honored Capture OmniScape with its top prize, the Innovation Award, in the 2006 ISC-West New Product Showcase. Product Achievement Awards were presented to SARGENT for Access Control, A4 Vision for Biometrics, Panasonic for CCTV Video Device, Network Video Technologies for Video Controller/System, Axis Communications for Digital Video Device, 3VR Security for Digital Video Controller/System, Bosch Security Systems for False Alarm Reduction and for Fire Detection/Prevention, MDI Security for Integrated Systems, UltraVision Security Systems for Intrusion Detection/Prevention, Digital Security Controls for Monitoring, Cerniumfor Peripherals, Cyrex for Residential Systems, SAM Systems for Software, and NAPCO for Wireless. The Judges Choice Award was given to 3VR Security. Tyco/American Dynamics received an honorable mention Achievement Award.
Master Builders of Iowa honored the Des Moines Federal Building’s renovated façade with its 2006 Master’s Award in the $10 million category. Neumann Brothers Design Build Solutions replaced the exterior of the building with an energy-efficient, blast-hazard-mitigating façade manufactured by Wausau Window and Wall Systems.
AIM Global announced that a video “Spotlight On: RFID Technology,” sponsored by members FEIG ELECTRONIC, Intermec Technologies, Markem Corporation, PSC Inc., and Symbol Technologies, will air on PBS affiliate stations in the United States at the discretion of program directors. The six-minute video is also available for download from the AIM Global Web site athttp://media.aimglobal.org.
The Security Council of the American Trucking Associations is working with the FBI to assist with determining language for the code of the Uniform Crime Report for cargo theft. The council has also initiated its Certified Cargo Security Professional credential.
Arteco Vision Systems has been accepted as an authorized vendor with the Professional Security Alliance Network.
AuthenTec shipped more than one million fingerprint sensors to the PC market in the first quarter of 2006.
Axis Communications, in conjunction with ASSA ABLOY and Securitas Systems, will sponsor a four-year security informatics research program at the Lund University School of Economics and Management in Sweden.
STOPware, Temtec, and J.A.M. Plastics have come together under the name of Brady People ID to offer identification goods for customers.
Centennial Software is offering the U.S. armed forces 25,000 free licenses of DeviceWall to prevent data theft.
Fire, medical, and industry organizations have formed the Cyanide Poisoning Treatment Coalition, a national nonprofit organization that aims to foster a rational approach to diagnosis and treatment of cyanide poisoning via research, advocacy, and education. The group has launched an educational Web site at www.cyanidepoisoning.org.
Diebold, Incorporated, has opened an office in Sterling, Virginia, to serve the government security market.
Genex Technologies, Inc., has partnered with Safer Kidz to create a database of three-dimensional images to provide identification and biographical information in the event a child is reported missing.
GRISOFT has acquired antimalware company Ewido Networks.
HID Global is a new business entity focused on providing products and services targeted to the needs of the access control industry, including the HID, Indala, Access ID, Synercard, Interlock, and BUGA brands.
Digital Infrared Imaging is now doing business as ICx Digital Infrared Imaging.
IndigoVision provided the IP video technology platform for the CCTV system at the 2006 Winter Olympics.
Initial Security is launching a marketing campaign, the Power of “i.”
(ISC)2 has awarded $50,000 in scholarships to six postgraduate students pursuing advanced degrees in information security.
Koorsen Fire & Security and Integral Technologies have teamed together to provide a digital recording solution for Alternatives Inc., a shelter for abused women and children.
NetIQ has acquired the IntelliPolicy product and brand from FullArmor.
NICE Systems has signed definitive agreements to acquire IEX and Performix.
Pro2Serve Professional Project Services, Inc., has created the Integrated Physical Security Solutions Division to provide physical security services to the Department of Energy, National Nuclear Security Administration, Department of Defense, and other federal agencies.
Sielox has moved to a new location in Runnemede, New Jersey.
Sonitrol has acquired its Orlando and Peoria franchises.
Mira Mesa Wins ASIS School Security Funding Competition
ASIS International has announced that Mira Mesa High School of San Diego, California, is the winner of its 2006 School Security Funding Competition. ASIS will award the school $20,000 to implement security improvements. The competition was launched in conjunction with the ASIS International 52nd Annual Seminar and Exhibits, to be held in San Diego, September 25-28.
“We are pleased for the third year to be able to give something back to the city and community that hosts our Annual Seminar and Exhibits. The Society believes that focusing on the area’s schools has the most positive and immediate impact,” said Michael Stack, executive director of ASIS. “Mira Mesa High School’s commitment to achieving and maintaining high academic performance by creating a secure environment for its students and faculty truly embodies the spirit of our competition. We congratulate the school and look forward to seeing the security enhancements it has implemented when we visit San Diego in September.”
The competition was open to all 216 elementary, middle, and high schools in the San Diego Unified School District. In an essay format, school administrators were asked to assess the level of security on their campuses, discuss how particular security concerns affected their educational goals for students, and suggest how they would use the prize money to address those concerns.
“Mira Mesa High School, a National Blue Ribbon School with the largest campus in San Diego, is honored to receive this substantial award,” remarked Principal Jeff Oliveros. “The new security equipment we plan to install will greatly enhance student safety and allow our school to build on its strong record of academic achievement.”
A committee of security experts from the ASIS San Diego Chapter evaluated the entries and selected the winning school. Mira Mesa High School will be recognized at a special awards luncheon on September 28 at the San Diego Convention Center.