Industry News June 2008
As the conversation on security convergence continues—in boardrooms, at conferences, and via blogs—security practitioners are still looking for ways to achieve convergence in practice. A recent survey of chief information and security officers reveals that, while there is greater interaction between security and IT functions in most cases, obstacles remain.
One-third of respondents said that they envision convergence as a reality in the next two to five years, while another 33 percent said convergence will never happen. The barriers associated with true convergence include turf control, complex skills needed to handle multiple disciplines, budget conflicts, compatibility across groups, lack of technical platforms, and privacy regulations.
When asked whether having security systems on IT backbones is a security risk, 59 percent said “no,” while 42 percent answered “yes.” Nearly 73 percent said that vulnerabilities in either physical or IT security could lead to a breach in the other system.
The study, “Enterprise Threat Management and Security Convergence: A Benchmarking Study,” was sponsored by Honeywell Technology Solutions Lab and is available for download viawww.securitymanagement.com.
PARTNERSHIPS AND DEALS
Etisalatis is offering customers an anti-spam service using PolicyFilter SMS from AdaptiveMobile.
ADT Security Services has installed two Clear Warning emergency voice communications systems at Radford University.
Agile Access Control, Inc., has announced that its FleetCommander fleet and motor pool management software is being used by California Water Service Company.
FLO Corporation has contracted with the American Association of Airport Executives to use its Transportation Security Clearinghouse as part of FLO’s participation in the Registered Traveler Program.
Application Security, Inc., and DynTek have formed a strategic North American partnership to offer a comprehensive solution for database security and customer support. The companies have launched the AppSecInc/DynTek Professional Services Center of Excellence.
ARINC Incorporated and Cistera Networks, Inc., have developed an integrated solution for digital voice recording and management of emergency communications.
Etihad Airways of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE), has awarded a comprehensive messaging contract to ARINC Incorporated.
UCLA has selected AtHoc IWSAlerts to provide emergency notifications to 45,000 students and personnel.
CGI Group Inc. and Roy Speed & Ross Ltd. have announced an agreement to add RSR vehicle registration data to CGI’s AutoPlus suite of products and services.
The Crisis Prevention Institute is partnering with Safe City, a community initiative dedicated to building awareness and reducing crime.
Mizuho Financial Group will implement an anti-money laundering solution from Fortent throughout its Japanese operations.
Hitachi Global Storage Technologies and Phoenix Technologies Ltd. are collaborating to provide next-generation mobile PC security on notebooks equipped with Hitachi hard drives.
The University of Notre Dame has selected Identity Finder software to protect the privacy of students, faculty, and staff.
Imperva has added three new partners to Imperva OpenSphere: A10 Networks, Infoscience, and NT OBJECTives.
IndigoVision is providing its complete IP video solution for surveillance in the IKEA France flagship store in Grenoble.
IndigoVision’s solution has also been installed at the Royal Vopak petrochemical storage terminal in West Thurrock, United Kingdom.
Raytheon Corporation is collaborating with Clarity Communication Systems to integrate cellular push-to talk and land mobile radio interoperability product offerings.
The Shores Resort & Spa of Daytona Beach, Florida, is using the KeyWatcher from Morse Watchmans to safeguard its keys.
OSS Inc. will provide security guard services for AK Steel Corporation in Mansfield, Ohio.
FFT will integrate its Secure-Pipe technology with intelligent video management from Siemens Building Technologies under a new agreement.
Synectic Systems, Inc., will provide an integrated digital recording surveillance system for Grand Victoria Casino and Resorts in Elgin, Illinois.
Murray Associates has enlisted Tektronix for help in detecting sophisticated listening devices.
UPM Raflatac supplied RFID inlays to support access control at the Piemonte Mondiale ski event in Sestriere, Italy. The system was implemented by Alfi in cooperation with Brightpoint.
Kodak has selected the Voltage Security SecureMail solution as its secure external e-mail platform.
The City and Port of Richmond, California, have selected ADT Security Services to design and install two public security camera systems.
The Fairfax County Police Department (Virginia) is using hand-held biometric terminals with fingerprint scanners and card readers from Datastrip Inc. to match photos and fingerprints in the field.
GE Security, Inc., announced that the U.S. Transportation Security Administration has revised a previous order to include the company’s newest explosives detection system.
GE Security, Inc., has also deployed two explosives detection systems to support checked bag screening at Brussels South Charleroi Airport.
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has selected Goodrich Corporation to develop next-generation night-vision sensor technology.
Clark County School District (Nevada) is evaluating the Fast Alert incident management and security system from Incident Alert Systems in Las Vegas Valley High School.
IndigoVision is providing the video technology for a Fabricom GTI integrated security solution for the new courthouse in Ghent, Belgium.
Smiths Detection has received follow-on contracts from the U.S. Air Force Civil Engineer Support Agency for advanced detection equipment.
The U.S. Naval Sea Systems Command has chosen Sonardyne International Ltd. to supply diver detection systems.
Jefferson City High School (Missouri) has implemented Wren Video Management System software.
ArcSight, Inc., has announced a partnership with Santa Monica Networks, which will resell products to clients in Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, and Finland.
Aventura Technologies has appointed MSCG Security Inc. as its manufacturer’s representative for Western Canada.
Genetec has appointed Open Platform Systems Pty. Ltd. as its regional distributor in Australia and New Zealand.
Honeywell Power Products has appointed Security Marketing Consultants, Inc., to support its customers in the north central United States.
Arkona, Inc., is marketing KEYper Systems key storage and management solutions.
Mitigation Technologies has appointed AFAB International Inc. as an independent factory representative for areas of Florida, the Caribbean, and Latin America.
On-Net Surveillance Systems Inc. has chosen Manufacturer’s Solution Alliance to represent its product line in Missouri, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, and Nebraska. DataStrait Networks will serve as manufacturer’s representative for North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, and western Wisconsin.
Tizor Systems has expanded its distribution channel to include new resellers. They include Affinity Enterprises, Business Partner Solutions, ECompliantz, Enforce Technology, Extensys, NexInfo, and Planit Technology Group.
Viscom Systems Inc. will resell IP video management solutions from videoNEXT under a new strategic partnership.
AWARDS AND CERTIFICATIONS
AlliedBarton Security Services has earned recognition for its training programs for its third consecutive year on Training magazine’s Top 125 list. It was also recognized for its leadership development practices by the Corporate University Xchange and ASTD Excellence in Practice Awards.
In addition, two U.S. Department of Defense agencies commended AlliedBarton. The Defense Security Service rated compliance by the company with requirements set forth by the National Industrial Security Program as commendable. The National Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve recognized the company as a Patriotic Employer.
Imperva Secure Sphere Database Security Gateways received the top rating for performance from The Tolly Group.
Radware announced that its DefensePro 2030 has won the award for Best Application Security Solution in the Info Security Products Guide Global Product Excellence Awards.
SECNAP Network Security Corporation won distinction as a Hot Company of 2008 at the Technosium Executive Summit.
Wackenhut Corporation was named to Training magazine’s Top 125 list for 2007.
Wren announced that its video management system software was named one of the District Administration Reader’s Choice Top 100 K-12 Products.
ACORNWire and Iron Works has moved its headquarters and manufacturing facility to a new location in Chicago.
Agiliance has acquired Phulaxis, Inc., a provider of IT and business compliance solutions.
Axis Communications has opened a new training center at its U.S. headquarters in Chelmsford, Massachusetts.
Day & Zimmermann Security Services has opened a new office in Meriden, Connecticut.
EYESthere, a digital video security company, is offering franchise opportunities and expects to have 210 locations throughout the country by 2010.
Farina and Associates, Ltd., has launched a new Web site atwww.farina-associates.com.
The Harris Corporation Charitable Fund has donated $5 million to the Florida Institute of Technology to create the Harris Institute for Assured Information. The company will also provide research and development support to assist the new institute.
The Riverside Company, which purchased the American Safety & Health Institute and Medic First Aid International, has created a parent company, the Health & Safety Institute, to increase efficiencies and offer a broader selection of products and services for emergency care training.
MRC Investigations recovered more than $15 million in stolen cargo across North America in 2007. The company has launched a new Web site atwww.mrciusa.com.
Pelco has increased its warranty to three years for certain products purchased on or after January 1, 2008.
Plastag Corporation; UV Color, Inc.; Lucas Color Card; and Globe Ticket, who combined operations last year, have announced a new company name, Premier Card Solutions.
Protective Optics, Inc., has changed its name to Wiley X, Inc.
The Security Industry Alarm Coalition announced that it will expand the scope of its alarm ordinance support to include cities across the United States considering the creation or improvement of an ordinance.
Thales has created a new integration center to serve clients in Bahrain, Oman, Kuwait, Qatar, and the UAE, with offices in Abu Dhabi and Dubai, UAE.
Revamped Directory Now Online
Networking with other security professionals from around the world has become substantially easier for ASIS International members. An enhanced ASIS online membership directory, powered by a new search engine, will offer a comprehensive listing of the more than 36,000 Society members. The directory, with upgrades designed to improve both its usefulness and usability, can now be found atwww.asisonline.org. Previously published annually in the May/June issue of ASIS Dynamics, the new directory will be available exclusively online. Access is for members only.
The new search engine facilitates easier and more accurate searches. While the basic search criteria are members’ first and last names, peers in ASIS can also use additional search criteria, including company name, location (city, state, country), and ASIS information such as certifications, chapter affiliation, and leadership roles. A member’s directory listing shows name, job title and company name, address, phone and fax numbers, e-mail addresses with links, and ASIS information such as Lifetime CPP, Lifetime, and Quarter Century Club membership.
Cross-browsing capabilities will allow users to navigate through multiple levels using a directory listing. A user may search the name of a member, view the detail record, then link to a search on the member’s company, see those results, view a few detailed records, note that one of the members is on the Healthcare Security Council, for instance, and link to a search for all the members on that council.
The new online directory will always be up to date. New members will be added to the membership directory within 24 hours, as will updates and revisions to existing information. Members will be able to access up to 40 names in a 24-hour period.
Career Opportunities Booklet Reprinted
ASIS International has issued a reprint of Career Opportunities in Security. The 32-page booklet provides information of interest about security and serves as a valuable resource to anyone considering a career in security management as well as those who want to further their existing careers in the industry.
This third-edition of the booklet describes the widely recognized disciplines of physical, information, personnel and information systems; homeland security; and critical infrastructure protection. It goes on to detail the typical responsibilities of individuals working in each of those disciplines.
Additionally, Career Opportunities in Security contains practical information for individuals seeking a new or higher position in the industry, pursuing a career change, or transitioning from a career in law enforcement or the military. The booklet also outlines the prerequisites for both entry-level management and mid-level management positions for security jobs in 16 specialty fields, ranging from banking and financial services to healthcare to retail loss prevention.
Career Opportunities in Security may be viewed and downloaded from the ASIS Web site,www.asisonline.org. A print copy of the booklet may be ordered from ASIS Customer Service by calling 703/519-6200, or [email protected] and requesting item number B0762.