Industry News December 2008
While you may remember what life was like without the Internet, your children probably don’t. The Internet is an integral part of modern life, and learning to safely navigate the Internet is a necessary part of every kid’s education. Fortunately, businesses, nonprofits, and governments are helping parents with the task. Here are some examples.
Symantec has teamed up with Perform, a United Kingdom-based drama school, to create programs for preschoolers on Internet safety. “Zak and Zara’s Cyberspace Adventure” will be shown to more than 10,000 preschool children.
The FBI offers A Parent’s Guide to Internet Safety on its Web site. Besides providing safety information, it also describes signs that a child might be in dangerous cyberterritory and a list of useful definitions.
AOL has unveiled a Web site that features tips for kids and parents on staying safe in cyberspace. Its SafetyClicks.com was developed in conjunction with ConnectSafely.org, a nonprofit safety organization. ConnectSafely’s Web site includes videos that parents and kids can watch and discuss.
Childnet International offers specialized Internet safety resources for parents, teachers, and volunteers. Information is available on CD and can be downloaded from the Web site.
PARTNERSHIPS AND DEALS
Kiland Business Management Systems has selected AAID Security Solutions to provide long-range RFID readers and tags for identification of assets and inventory awareness.
Apollo Security, Inc., was selected to provide security services for Acceleron Pharma.
Megapixel cameras from Arecont Vision were chosen by Hawkeye Vision Inc. to provide surveillance at the College World Series.
Ardene, a Canadian retailer is implementing cameras from Axis Communications for surveillance, merchandising, and marketing.
The PA People used a Barix audio-over-IP solution to distribute audio across Sydney, Australia, for World Youth Day 2008 as part of the crowd management solution.
Northwestern College of Iowa has launched NWC Alert, a campus-wide desktop security notification system based on the ActiveAccess desktop content delivery platform from BIA Information Network.
Bosch Security Systems, Inc., and Extreme CCTV have integrated Bosch video analysis technology into Extreme products.
The Cisco Physical Security solution is being deployed by Route 66 Casino, part of the Laguna Development Corporation, to centralize surveillance at the site.
Cox Communications is using a security platform from Crossbeam Systems, Inc., to protect its network.
NCP engineering GmbH has become the sole provider of VPN client software for Hisco, Inc.
Delaware State University has selected Instant Alert Plus from Honeywell to communicate with students and staff in an emergency.
Intelligent video appliances from ioimage have been implemented at several South Korean locations, including sites of Korea Electric Power Corporation, Daesan Seaport, and KGM Daewoo.
Fuji Television Network has selected database-monitoring gateways from Imperva to meet compliance requirements mandated by Japanese law. The deployment was supported by Ahkun Co. Ltd.
IP video technology from IndigoVision has been deployed by First Capital Connect, a train operating company in the United Kingdom.
Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies has won a contract from the University of Texas-Dallas for Schlage access control implementations with Software House access management in student housing.
IQinVision has announced that Bay 101 Casino has chosen its cameras to enhance security at gaming tables and currency cages. The upgrade project was managed by Digital Security Solutions.
Johnson Controls has formed a strategic alliance with Atlanta-based Carter Brothers to provide a fire and security service platform, major projects capabilities, and local services, in addition to satisfying Minority Business Enterprise requirements.
Milestone Systems is providing IP video management software to Netto supermarkets in Sweden.
Promisec Inc. announced that Pepper Hamilton LLP has chosen Promisec Spectator to provide endpoint security for the law firm.
Smiths Detection and Torion Technologies have formed an alliance to develop a next-generation, portable technology to detect chemical warfare agents and volatile and semi-volatile organic compounds in air and liquid samples.
StarDot Technologies announced that its line of NetCam SC high-definition megapixel IP cameras is supported by the Milestone video management platform.
Sun Microsystems will license data erasure software from Blancco, and the two companies will work together to develop a global standards-based solution to help customers manage data center assets while adhering to regulatory guidelines.
TandIM VestiGO will supply the Temporary Division of West One Hotel and Catering Consultancy with photo ID cards.
International Coding Technologies, Inc., has developed an RFID solution for production and inventory management in the concrete industry. The solution is based on UPM Raflatac Gen2 RFID tags.
CryptoMetrics, Inc., has a contract with the government of the United Arab Emirates to deploy a wanted-person detection system based on facial recognition at Abu Dhabi International Airport.
Defenshield Inc. will deploy its portable blast-resistant shields at Camp Fallujah, Iraq; Camp Lejeune, North Carolina; and Kirkuk Air Base, Iraq; under new contracts with three branches of the U.S. military.
U.S. Naval Base Coronado has implemented the RAPIDGate Program from Eid Passport, Inc., for prescreening companies and their employees who visit the base.
Eid’s RAPIC-RCx Program, which scans and authenticates U.S. and Canadian credentials, has been implemented at U.S. Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton.
Ericsson Federal will supply, deploy, and execute systems integration of a digital communication and video surveillance system at Miami International Airport.
Federal Signal Corporation’s Safety and Security Systems Group announced that Abingdon, Virginia, has deployed its 4.9 GHz public-safety broadband wireless network to deliver mission critical communications to police, fire, and EMS personnel.
The U.K. Border Agency is testing an automated border control system from Fujitsu Services in partnership with Vision-Box S A. The system will fast-track passengers holding electronic passports and arriving through Terminal 1 at Manchester International Airport.
The Tennessee Meth Task Force has purchased three MobileTrace narcotics and explosives detection systems from GE Security Inc.
GlobalOptions Group, Inc., announced that its James Lee Witt Associates division has a contract with the State of IowaHomeland Security and Emergency Management Division to provide disaster management consulting services in recovering from recent tornadoes and floods in the state.
IP video technology from IndigoVision will replace the VCR recording system and provide a platform for future migration to a complete IP system for the London Borough of Newhamin the United Kingdom.
Security copper cables on the Vienna-Budapest international line of the Hungarian State Railways are guarded by IP cameras with intruder detection from Intellio.
A video analytics solution from ioimage has been implemented as a measure against urban crime in Alcorcón, Spain.
Advanced vehicle-inspection technology from Perceptics, LLC, is helping the Orange County, Florida, Corrections Department detect contraband.
RAE Systems Inc. announced that it has delivered AreaRAE wireless rapid deployment kits for portable toxic gas and radiation detection to the U.S. National Guard to equip all 57 Civil Support Teams throughout the country.
Setracon and the NohBell Corporation have been awarded a contract with the City of Centralia, Washington, for a citywide hazard identification and vulnerability assessment. The two firms will provide a similar assessment for Sound Transit, a Pacific Northwest transportation organization.
VESDA Aspirating Smoke Detection systems from Xtralis were deployed in locations across Beijing to help protect athletic venues, transit systems, and tourist attractions during the Olympic games. Sites using the detectors included Beijing International Airport, the Beijing Metro System, the Beijing Museum, and the Forbidden City.
Aladdin Knowledge Systems has granted Giesecke & Devrient license to use Aladdin’s USB strong authentication technology in its StarSign e-identity token solutions.
Alarm Lock Systems, Inc., will distribute the iSee Video EOP remote surveillance system from Napco Security Company, Inc.
American Digital Security is offering solutions from Arecont Vision to its video surveillance customers.
D3 Security Management Systems and VANTOS have entered into a product integration, sales, and marketing alliance that integrates VANTOS’s investigation management solutions with D3’s incident response capabilities.
EVT has signed a strategic distribution agreement with Intronics B.V. Holland to distribute EVT’s products in Europe.
Under a new agreement, e-Convergence Solutions will distribute ioimage products to data-networking VARs in North America.
ProStor Systems announced that its ProStor InfiniVault products are available to government agencies through FedTek, a federal government reseller.
Vertical Communications has become a new vendor partner for Tri-Ed Distribution.
Viewpoint and Integrator Support have formed a strategic alliance to offer a spectrum of recurring monthly revenue opportunities for security dealers and integrators.
InfoTech will offer a complete line of Discoverii camera systems from Vumii in Japan.
AWARDS AND CERTIFICATIONS
Adesta, LLC, was included in the top 20 of an annual ranking of the nation’s top 100 security systems integrators by Security Distributing & Marketing magazine.
American Science and Engineering, Inc., has received SAFETY Act certification from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for a range of cargo and parcel x-ray inspection products and services.
GE Security was recognized by the Los Angeles Police Department for its role in creating a safer environment for MacArthur Park and ensuring the safety of attendees at the annual May Day Immigration Rally. The company’s video management system and pan-tilt-zoom cameras have contributed to a decline in crime.
The IP-based fire alarm receiver/transmitter from GE Security Canada has received ULC listing and meets the new Canadian CAN/ULCS559-04 fire alarm monitoring standard. The IP technology was designed and developed by LoBenn Inc. to provide secure encrypted data transport over public Internet or secure institutional networks.
Network Products Guide has named the StoredIQ appliance a winner of the 2008 Best Products and Services Award.
Gartner, Inc., gave a “strong positive” rating to Verizon Business in its inaugural MarketScope for Managed Security Services in the Asia/Pacific Region report.
Axis Communications, Bosch Security Systems, and Sony Corporation have introduced the Open Network Video Interface Forum (ONVIF), an independent, nonprofit organization for the standardization of network video interfaces. Interested parties can register to participate via the forum Web site atwww.onvif.org.
Centronics, Inc., is offering free service for help in design and implementation for small to large multi-dwelling-unit satellite systems.
Employees of Chubb Security participated in a charity soccer tournament that raised money for Trinity Palliative Care Services.
Employment Background Investigations, Inc., has updated its corporate branding and redesigned its Web site (www.ebiinc.com).
Global Security Associates deployed emergency response teams to the Gulf region to provide disaster support and safety services in preparation for Hurricane Gustav.
Macfadden & Associates has formed a new subsidiary, Total Security Services International, Inc., to provide strategic, operational, and planning support and training in the homeland security sector.
The National Burglar & Fire Alarm Association and the Central Station Alarm Association have joined forces to launch the Security Industry Recruiting Center, providing an online source for matching job seekers with employers. The center can be reached from either organization’s Web site.
Panasonic Security Systems has issued a white paper, Enhancing IT Contributions to Business Operations with IP Surveillance, to explain the role of IP video surveillance in improving operations and adding value.
Promisec Inc. has released an online encyclopedia of internal network security threats, which is continually updated.
The Radiological Threat Awareness Coalition (R-TAC) is a new national, not-for-profit, nonpartisan coalition that seeks to prevent a radiological disaster by providing information and resources on the risk and how to prepare for it.
American National Standards in Development
ASIS International, which holds American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Standards Developing Organization status and International Organization for Standardization Liaison A status, will help develop two American National Standards. The first, a business continuity management standard, will be based on the ASIS Business Continuity Guideline, and the risk assessment standard will be based on the ASIS General Security Risk Assessment Guideline.
The Business Continuity Management American National Standard, as it will be known, will include auditable criteria for preparedness, crisis management, business and operational continuity, and disaster management. The General Security Risk Assessment American National Standard will provide a needed basis for the process involved in the objective analysis of the efficacy of risk management controls that protect an organization’s assets. It will address operational risks and not financial risks.
Both American National Standards will use a management systems process approach incorporating the Plan-Do-Check-Act model. Organizations of all types—including those in the global business community, not-for-profit entities, educational institutions, and government agencies—will likely be directly affected by the standards.
“In the United States and globally, standards are becoming a major influence on the security scene,” says Mark Geraci, chair of the ASIS Commission on Standards and Guidelines. “They are seen as one of the major dynamic tools to help nations, communities, societies, organizations, and individuals improve their resilience in the face of security threats both natural and man-made,” Geraci adds.
Next steps include the formation of ASIS standards committees that will begin the process of developing the American National Standards, as well as letter balloting and ANSI public review. Standards development can take anywhere from a few months to several years.
Emde, Petruzzi, Yamamoto Elected Three top-notch security professionals have been elected by the membership to the ASIS International Board of Directors. The online balloting closed in mid August, and the winners were announced shortly thereafter by ASIS President Tim Williams, CPP.
Those selected to serve a three-year term of office beginning in January 2009 are: Eduard Emde, CPP; John Petruzzi, Jr., CPP; and Richard Yamamoto, CPP.
Emde is manager, consultancy, for Interseco, The Netherlands—a position he has held since 2007. He has accrued more than 13 years of security management experience in positions with the European
Space Agency as well as with banking and consulting firms in Amsterdam.
This will be his second term on the Board of Directors. Emde says he is committed to helping ASIS to deal with challenges and take strategic action in a timely manner. He says that the Society needs to provide its members with swift responses to emerging trends through education, training, and networking. His goal is to continue representing ASIS and its members as a global player, helping to advance security worldwide, he states.
A member of ASIS since 1990, Emde has held numerous leadership positions at the international, regional, and chapter levels. From 2007 to 2008, he was an ASIS Foundation trustee. He was an assistant regional vice president in 2003 and regional vice president during 2004 and 2005. Emde also served on the regional program committee for the ASIS International European Conference in 2003. A member of the Benelux Chapter, he held both chapter chair and secretary positions from 2001 to 2003.
Emde has authored several articles in professional journals and has been a frequent speaker at security conferences and workshops. He holds professional memberships in many international associations, including the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners and the Business Continuity Institute. He served on the board of the Netherlands Overseas Security Advisory Council and held the post of treasurer from 1999 until 2006.
Emde has earned three master’s degrees: one in business administration from Erasmus University, Rotterdam, the second in Dutch law, and the third in organizational analysis and behavior. Both of the latter were earned at Lancaster University, United Kingdom.
Petruzzi has been vice president, corporate security and emergency management, for Simon Property Group of Indianapolis, Indiana, since 2006. He has served in security management positions for the past
10 years with firms in the banking, energy, and commercial real estate industries.
As an ASIS board member, Petruzzi says he expects to focus on the enterprise risk management model by providing training and joint organizational opportunities on security metrics and process reporting.
Through those efforts, he hopes to help security leaders transition from a focus on tactical or operational agendas to adopting the roles of business partners, strategists, and enablers. In the process, he plans to help grow ASIS’s influence in the information security and risk arena through partnerships and new members.
Petruzzi joined ASIS in 2000 and is a member of the Indianapolis Chapter. He is an active member of two ASIS Councils: Commercial Real Estate and Privacy and Personnel Information Management. He currently serves on the advisory board for the ASIS CSO Roundtable.
Petruzzi graduated in 2004 with honors from American Military University with a bachelor’s in security management.
Yamamoto has been senior director, corporate security and safety, for Fannie Mae in Washington, D.C., since 2006. Additionally, Yamamoto’s 25-year career includes security management positions in the U.S. Department of Commerce, the Federal Protective Service, and the Executive Office of the President.
As a member of the Board, Yamamoto joins Petruzzi in his commitment to enterprise security risk management. He adds convergence to his list of important objectives for ASIS and feels the future of security will require a greater emphasis on measurable performance. As a result, he says, he intends to emphasize certification, metrics, and standards in his board-level endeavors.
Yamamoto would also like to see components of the U.S. federal government adopt a number of ASIS initiatives. Specifically, he hopes to urge the General Service Administration to use ASIS courses for its core training and the Department of Commerce to select the Certified Protection Professional® (CPP) certification as a professional development goal for its security staff. He has been instrumental in leading a number of security initiatives within the Department of Homeland Security on risk assessment and background investigation and expects to add to that agenda as a board member.
Yamamoto joined ASIS in 1999 and is a member of the National Capital Chapter. He has served on the Professional Certification Board since 2006.
Yamamoto received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Hawaii. Yamamoto is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy and completed military service as a colonel with the U.S. Army Military Police. He holds two advanced degrees: Master of Arts in psychology from California State University, Los Angeles, and a Master in Military Arts and Sciences from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College.