Industry News July 2009
IT departments must be aware of the dangers posed by employees. But surveys continue to show that insider threats and general security laxness of employees don’t get the attention they deserve; even security pros who should know better are guilty of disregarding security measures.
To assess endpoint security in the United Kingdom, GFI Software queried IT decision makers in businesses of 250 employees or fewer. While 96 percent of respondents had some type of protection against viruses and spam, only 45 percent had implemented any portable storage device protections, and 41 percent could not track what data had been downloaded to such devices.
RSA, the Security Division of EMC, polled attendees at industry events in the United States, Mexico, and Brazil last year. Although 94 percent of respondents were familiar with their organizations’ IT security policies, more than half reported that they had worked around those policies—for example, by sending work documents to personal e-mail addresses or accessing work e-mail via a public wireless hot spot.
PARTNERSHIPS AND DEALS
Adesta will design and install an access control system and perimeter detection and surveillance system for Pasadena Refining Systems, Inc.
ALERT Protective Services and Envera Systems have formed a strategic alliance to combine Envera’s remote monitoring technology with ALERT’s premium security services throughout southwest Florida.
Texas A&M University has selected mass notification software from AtHoc for its campus-wide emergency alerting.
Avigilon is providing its HD surveillance system to Exempla Good Samaritan Medical Center in Lafayette, Colorado.
Barix AG has joined Milestone Systems Manufacturers Alliance Partner program.
Rohrer’s Quarry, Inc., is using an IP video surveillance solution from Bosch Security Systems to oversee operations at its concrete plant. The system was installed by Mid Atlantic Concrete Equipment.
Carter Brothers, LLC, has formed a strategic alliance with Ellis Services and Solutions Enterprises for improved delivery processes and increased customer satisfaction.
Through a new partnership agreement, Industrial Security Systems will sell CNL integrated situational management products in Europe.
Enfora is providing its mobile tracking device to Leaf International for use in its Pinpoint service.
Honeywell has selected BCD Low Voltage Systems as a Honeywell Authorized Dealer for Commercial Security Systems.
IndigoVision is partnering with 655 Limited to provide United Kingdom customers with a remote video monitoring facility.
Intellio Basic IP cameras with onboard intelligence protect the buildings of the Inotal Aluminum Processing Plant in Hungary.
CC-Teknologies is upgrading surveillance systems for Boch Automotive using Intransa video retention, Milestone Systems video management, and Arecont Vision IP cameras.
Nedap Security Management is integrating Aperio wireless technology from ASSA ABLOY to bridge the gap between mechanical locks and access control systems.
OSS, Inc., has contracted with CB Richard Ellis to provide security guard services for the Eaton Center building in Cleveland.
Pelco and TAC have integrated the TAC Vista 5.1 building management system with Pelco’s digital video recording systems.
Hackett Security will incorporate Rave Wireless mobile safety solutions into its security solution portfolio.
Sagem Morpho Inc. has become an affiliate member of the Center for Identification Technology Research.
SecureWorks has contracted with ETEK International to extend its security services to the Latin American market.
Toxin Alerting Building Systems, LLC, has installed its chemical and radiological protection platform for Prudential Financial, Inc.
UPM Raflatac supplied RFID inlays to support personal and vehicle access to the men’s FIS Alpine Ski World Cup in Italy.
Rochester Regional Healthcare Association has chosen e-mail protection from Voltage Security Inc.
Axis Communications is providing network cameras to the Chippewa Valley School District in Michigan.
E-Seek will supply its dual-card readers to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police through an agreement with Softchoice.
Gemalto will deliver its eID solution to Zetes for use in the Kids-ID program being implemented by the Federal Public Service of Belgium.
Hi-G-Tek has won a subcontract from the U.S. Department of Defense to provide Unisys with RFID asset-monitoring technology for U.S. government agencies, as well as for NATO and other coalition partner countries.
South Korea has awarded ICx Technologies with a contract for development of a chemical and biological mass spectrometer for use in military reconnaissance vehicles.
Ingersoll Rand Technologies announced that Truman Public Schools in Minnesota is using Schlage access control software and readers, Von Duprin exit devices, and LCN door closers.
A robotic station monitoring system from Leica Geo systems is helping East Bay Municipal District monitor the San Pablo Dam in California as part of a seismic upgrade.
Raytheon has won a contract from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to develop a Stand-Off Radiation Detection System.
Naucalpan de Juarez, Mexico, is using SAMSUNG|GVI Security cameras for surveillance.
SightLogix, Inc., has delivered wireless perimeter surveillance and scene monitoring equipment, training, and support to public safety agencies across the nation through a DHS contract.
Mater Academy High School in Hialeah Gardens, Florida, worked with Practical Products Group to install the CyberLock Electronic Lock System from Videx throughout its facilities.
AWARDS AND CERTIFICATIONS
AlliedBarton Security Services has been named to the list of Top Leadership and Development Programs for 2008 by Leadership Excellence magazine.
Brivo Systems, LLC, has successfully completed a SAS 70 Type II information security audit.
CNL was awarded the Frost & Sullivan 2009 European Situation Management Software Industry Innovation & Advancement of the Year Award.
CRYPTOCard was voted Managed Services Provider of the Year 2009 by the readers of Network Computing for its CRYPTO-MAS service.
Future Fibre Technologies was granted two new patents by the U.S. Patent and TrademarkOffice for improvements to its intrusion detection system.
The Homeland Protection business of GE Security has attained Transportation Security Administration (TSA) certification for its CTX 9800 DSi explosives detection system.
JVC has received the 2009 Frost & Sullivan Video Surveillance Product Innovation of the Year Award for its VN-V686 WPBU IP network camera.
TSA has certified the eXaminer SX explosives detection system from L-3 Security and Detection Systems.
NABCO has received the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Commercial Service Export Achievement Award.
Audio control unit technology from Raytheon has been designated a Qualified Anti-Terrorism Technology under the SAFETY Act.
Verizon Business has received a Preferred Quality Supplier award from Intel Corporation.
A new group, the American Israel Counter Terror Officers Organization, plans to bring first responders around the world to share ideas. Membership is open to all first responders.
Axis Communications is establishing a configuration and logistics center in Atlanta.
Communications Networks is opening an office in Leeds, England, called ComNet Europe Ltd., to serve Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia.
Fast Forward Video has moved its headquarters to a larger location in Irvine, California.
The Fire Equipment Manufacturers’ Association released a training video on YouTube to educate the public on how to use portable fire extinguishers.
Group 4 Technology has opened a new support office in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Global Security Associates, LLC, has changed its name to Global Elite Group, Inc. The company has four divisions: Global Security Associates, Global Aviation Management, Global Emergency Management, and Global Consulting Group.
HireRight, Inc., and USIS Commercial Services, Inc., have united under the HireRight brand name.
Honeywell has released an enhanced version of its equipment specification tool for security dealers and integrators.
PGP Corporation has established an office in France.
The Risk and Insurance Management Society, Inc., has released a report, Enterprise Risk Management Technology Solutions, to help risk managers identify and evaluate technology for their enterprise risk management practices.
Video Mount Products now offers a “forever warranty” for its entire product line.
Xtralis has redesigned its Web site atwww.xtralis.com.
ASIS Foundation to Manage ILEAS Specialist Fund
The ASIS International Foundation, Inc., and the Illinois Law Enforcement Alarm System (ILEAS) have signed a memorandum of understanding to provide ILEAS, which is a coalition of more than 890 law enforcement agencies, the funds to hire a critical infrastructure specialist to work in the Illinois Statewide Terrorism and Intelligence Center (STIC). The person in this position will receive, analyze, and distribute appropriate intelligence received from local, state, and federal levels to the private sector. Illinois ASIS members contributed to a fund managed by the Foundation that will pay the salary for this full-time specialist.
A one-stop resource for hazard and terrorism-related information, the STIC, located in Springfield, is an all-crimes fusion center staffed around the clock by analytical personnel from the Illinois State Police, Illinois National Guard, FBI, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. It is the first fusion center to have a position funded by the private sector to focus on data relevant to private-sector security. It is expected that this arrangement will become the model for other fusion centers across the country.
“The force multiplier of private-sector data fused with public-sector intelligence provides both public and private safety and security officials with the tools for preparedness in the event of any hazard disaster,” notes Tim Williams, CPP, director of security at Caterpillar, Inc., headquartered in Peoria, Illinois, and chairman of the ASIS Board of Directors.
ILEAS Executive Director Jim Page says, “We are honored to participate with the Illinois State Police Statewide Terrorism and Intelligence Center and the Foundation on this project.
Eide wins the ASIS European Award for Societal Security
Ambassador Kai Eide is the winner of ASIS International’s 2009 European Award for Distinguished Contributions to Societal Security.
Eide, a Norwegian diplomat, is currently the special representative of United Nations (UN) Secretary General Ban Ki-moon for Afghanistan and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA). He has served the UN in various positions, primarily relating to the Balkan conflicts.
In 2004-2005, he was the special envoy of UN Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, charged with bringing the political process in Kosovo forward. His two reports formed the basis for the policy adopted by the UN Security Council. Eide noted in his reports that the situation in Kosovo was a factor for regional instability and should be settled with alacrity.
Shortly thereafter, Annan informed the Security Council of his intention to appoint former Finnish President Martti Ahtisaari as his special envoy. The Security Council supported Eide’s report and the appointment of Ahtisaari. Eide is often said to have been the only international mediator who was on good terms with everybody in the troubled region and able to create dialogue in a very tense environment.
The award was presented to Eide during the closing plenary session at ASIS International’s 8th European Security Conference in Montreux, Switzerland, in April.
ASIS School Security Funding Competition Winner Announced
ASIS International has announced that Brea Olinda High School, in Orange County, California, is the winner of the 2009 ASIS School Security Funding Competition. For its winning entry, ASIS will award the school $20,000 for security improvements.
The competition was launched in conjunction with the ASIS International 55th Annual Seminar and Exhibits, the security industry’s leading event, being held in Anaheim, California, September 21-24. This is the sixth year ASIS has sponsored the School Security Funding Competition as a way of giving back to the community, and simultaneously encouraging local schools to assess the security issues that confront their buildings, staff, and students every day.
Brea Olinda High School, situated on 50 acres, is the only comprehensive high school in the Brea Olinda Unified School District. The school is host to about 2,000 students in grades 9 through 12.
“We believe that helping local schools provide a safer environment for their students is both an immediate and long-lasting way to help a community,” says Michael Stack, chief executive officer of ASIS. “We congratulate Brea Olinda High School and look forward to seeing the enhancements it has implemented when we visit Orange County in September.”
Brea Olinda High School will put the $20,000 award toward installing surveillance cameras around campus to help officials reduce afterhours trespassing and vandalism. “This will be the first phase of a security project that has been in the planning stages for the past year,” says Brea Olinda Principal Jerry Halpin.
The competition was open to schools in Orange County. 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 and improve their school’s overall security. A committee comprised of security management professionals from the ASIS Orange County Chapter judged the submissions.
Brea Olinda High School will be recognized at a special awards luncheon on Sept. 24 during the ASIS Seminar and Exhibits at the Anaheim Convention Center.
Last year’s winner was Grady High School in Atlanta. Administrators used their winnings to install a network of cameras to aid them in identifying students who violated school policies. Previous winners’ purchases have included a utility vehicle and bicycles used to patrol the school grounds, perimeter fencing, a visitor-badging system, and metal detectors.