Industry News September 2008

Strategic Security
Industry News September 2008
 

BUSINESS NEWS

While 81 percent of companies screen all new permanent hires, only 12 percent do a background check on existing employees. Temporary employees, contractors, and vendors are screened by 36 percent, 25 percent, and 14 percent, respectively. That’s according to a recent survey conducted by HireRight, Inc.

Completed early this year, the company’s Background Screening Benchmarking Survey gathered information from 260 professionals representing organizations with workforces ranging from fewer than 100 to more than 25,000 employees.

Companies vary in what they check for. Most verify Social Security numbers as well as education and employment records; they also check criminal records and driving records; it is similarly common to test for drug use. Fewer than half check credit ratings, military records, and references.

The report covers other screening practices, including international screening, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security E-Verify system, and organizational responsibility for performing and interpreting checks.

PARTNERSHIPS AND DEALS
ATEME SA and Barco have announced a partnership to deliver end-to-end H.264-based video security solutions.

CA, Inc., will combine its CA Identity Manager with the Eurekify Enterprise Role Manager to provide customers with a system for smart provisioning.

Canon U.S.A. is providing its pan-tilt-zoom Network Video Solutions cameras for the Kansas City Chiefs and Kansas City Royals stadiums. Digital Planet installed the cameras to monitor renovations to the two stadiums. Fans can watch the renovations over the Internet at http://kansascity.royals.mlb.com/kc/ballpark/webcam.jsp and http://kcchiefs.com/arrowheadcam.

Cooper Notification announced that 17 additional colleges in the Virginia Community College System are using its Roam Secure Alert Network for emergency notification.

Harland and Wolff Heavy Industries has deployed the intelligent Security Operations Centre from DVTel, Inc.

HP and Novell have formed an alliance to migrate HP Identity Center customers to Novell identity and security management solutions.

Iron Mountain and IBM are planning a unified offering that combines Iron Mountain’s Accutrac software with IBM FireNet Records Manager for viewing and managing documents.

Thomson Reuters has selected the PowerCheck Guard Tour System and the Key-Watcher Key Control System from Morse Watchmans to protect its facilities.

The Levine Group, LLC, and RA Consultants Ltd. have formed an alliance to provide a range of security services in the United States and China, including security and transportation services during the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.

MCM Electronics and Emizon have signed an agreement that allows MCM to market and sell telemetry communications devices for use with Emizon’s managed alarm signaling solution.

Lee Audio ’N Security has installed a NOTIFIER intelligent fire alarm system in Cooley Dickinson Hospital.

On-Net Surveillance Systems, Inc., and Splinternet Holdings have formed an alliance under which the companies will support each other’s newly integrated product offerings.

Frontier Airlines is using the Secure Firewall from Secure Computing Corporation to improve IT security.

Strix Systems deployed its Strix Integrated Wireless Video System for the Boston Marathon.

Tizor Systems and Intellitactics have announced a technology alliance to deliver integrated solutions for data security.

ING DIRECT has partnered with Trusteer, Inc., to offer Trusteer’s Rapport consumer identity theft protection software free to its customers.

UPM Raflatac is supplying UHF EPC Gen2 tags to Assistor for use in a vehicle logistics management solution.

VingCard has installed electronic locks at the newly renovated Plaza Hotel in New York City.

GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS
Adesta, LLC, has completed a fiber optic infrastructure project for 61 schools in Colorado Springs School District #11.

American Science and Engineering announced that its SmartCheck Personnel Screening System is being used in a pilot test by the Transportation Security Administration at Los Angeles International Airport.

ARINC Incorporated has completed installation of its check-in and baggage message distribution technologies for Singapore Changi Airport.

Comprehensive Security Services, Inc., has been selected by the National Archives and Records Administration to provide security guard services at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California. The company is also providing security services at the Defense Media Center in Riverside County.

Omnicast 4.1 from Genetec has been chosen by the City of Manchester (United Kingdom) for a surveillance system upgrade. C-ways Limited was the integrator of the project.

Under an award from the Robotics System Joint Program Office, ICx will deliver its Fido XT handheld explosives detection systems for use in Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.

An IP video system from IndigoVision is providing surveillance for the Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality in South Africa.

The Kenton County Detention Center (Kentucky) has awarded a contract to iSECUREtrac Corp. for electronic monitoring systems and services.

Pilgrims Group Ltd. has won a contract to secure a high-risk facility in Baghdad, Iraq. The company has employed and trained local people for the contract.

Reveal Imaging Technologies, Inc., has been awarded contracts with the Beijing International Airport Authority for automated explosives detection systems to be used for Olympics security.

Sagem Sécurité has been chosen by the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire to manage population and voter registration, which will be carried out jointly with the National Institute of Statistics and the Independent Electoral Board.

The U.S. Navy has awarded Scalable Network Technologies a Small Business Innovation Research Grant to build waveforms for software-defined radios.

Seagate Technology announced that its Momentus 5400 FDE.2 hard drive has been qualified by the National Security Agency for use in government laptops and other computers.

Swanke Hayden Connell Architects, in conjunction with Cameron Engineering, will design the New York State Center of Innovation and Excellence in Homeland Security, part of a network of Homeland Security Centers of Excellence proposed by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Tiburon Inc. will provide a law enforcement records management system to the Nebraska State Patrol.

URS Corporation has been chosen by the Lower Mississippi River Port Wide Strategic Security Council to develop a regional security plan for five ports on the Lower Mississippi.

Verizon Business will provide managed smart cards for up to half a million employees and contractors at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

MARKETING MOVES
Adamson Industries Corp. has announced that it has a new 2008 catalog and a newly designed Web site at www.adamsonindustries.com.

Acumen Solutions has joined the Archer Exchange as a provider of consulting services for clients of Archer Technologies.

Denfenshield will be the exclusive representative for flat armored glass products from North American Specialty Glass.

Dotworkz has signed an agreement with Unisol International Corporation that will increase distribution of its IP camera housings and accessories throughout Mexico, Latin America, and the Caribbean.

Fike has relaunched its corporate Web site at www.fike.com to offer more current product and other information.

Honeywell has introduced a new Web site that showcases its new technologies at www.thesecuritychannel.com.

Rush Tracking Systems and Mojix have announced a strategic reseller agreement. Rush will offer the Mojix STAR system to its clients.

Sperian Fire has introduced a new Web site that combines and enhances the sites of the Survivair, Securitex, and Biosystems brands.

Surveillance Specialties, Ltd., has achieved exclusive Cisco reseller status for New England for the Physical Security solution.

Tricomix Technology Group will offer the full suite of security services from Perimeter eSecurity to technology partners and value-added resellers.

AWARDS AND CERTIFICATIONS
AMAG Technology announced that its customer service department won an Outstanding Customer Service Team Award from PSA Security Network.

Avigilon has announced that its Avigilon Control Center was selected as the Best Terrestrial Surveillance Technology at the Global Border Security Conference and Expo.

Business Controls, Inc., was nominated for the Most Innovative Technology Product and Distinguished Professional Services awards by the Colorado Software and Internet Association for its 2008 CSIA Apex Awards.

Calyptix Security was listed as one of the Southeast’s most innovative technology companies by TechJournal South.

Inovonics Wireless Corporation has announced that many of its EchoStream products are now UL-Listed.

Frost & Sullivan recognized Lenel Systems International with its 2008 North American Frost & Sullivan Award for Product of the Year for the OnGuard platform.

Nossa Caixa, a Brazilian bank, has received the BS 25999 certification from the British Standards Institution for business continuity. Modulo helped the bank achieve this certification through consulting services and its risk management software.

Oberthur Technologies has won the 2008 award for Outstanding Supplier Organization from the Smart Card Alliance. TIM Brazil won for Smart Card Achievement in Latin America.

Siemens Building Technologies, Inc., announced that its Central Monitoring Station has earned Installation Quality Certification from IQ Ceritification.

The Software House CCURE 9000 Event Management System has attained the Federal Information Processing Standards Publication (FIPS) 197 validation.

TalentKeepers has earned a U.S. patent for its Web-based employee retention system, RetentionWorks.

Verizon Business has earned the Cisco 2007 Partner Provider of the Year award.

ANNOUNCEMENTS
Axis Communications, Bosch Security Systems, and Sony Corporation will cooperate to create an open forum for developing a standard for the interface of network video products.

Communications Networks, doing business as ComNet, is a new business formed by George Lichtblau for providing connectivity and communications network solutions to the security, intelligent transportation, and factory automation markets.

Dartagnan, a subsidiary of the Schiphol Group, was a Gold Sponsor of the Registered Traveler Forum that took place in Amsterdam.

ESi has opened a new facility, Esi University, in Atlanta for emergency management training.
 
Extreme CCTV has announced that its course, “Mastering the Art of Active-Infrared Night Vision,” has been approved by the National Burglar & Fire Alarm Association for three continuing education units. The Web-based course is available on the company’s Web site.

Global Security Associates has formed two business divisions under the new parent company, The Global Group. Global Security and Global Aviation Management Group are the two new divisions. The company has also opened a new division located in Jakarta, Indonesia.

ICD Security Solutions has relocated to a larger corporate office in Bangalore City, India.

Imperva has joined the Global Security Alliance, a platform formed by SAP, for information and knowledge exchange.

Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies has joined the Z-Wave Alliance Board.

MEDEX Global Group has acquired ASI Group to provide customers with a fully integrated travel protection solution.

Otter Products, LLC is donating 10 percent of its online proceeds for the month of June to help victims of this year’s Colorado tornadoes.

Potter Electric Signal Company has acquired Elmdene International Limited, a designer and manufacturer of fire and security detection products.

SCIPP International has realigned its Generally Accepted Practices to cover relevant end-user security awareness topics found in the ISO Standard 27001.

Swann Communications is celebrating its 20th anniversary in providing security monitoring solutions.

The Center for Spectator Sports Security Management at the University of Southern Mississippi has introduced a new advisory board to serve as an educational, curriculum, placement, and advisory resource to the center.

ValidSoft has opened a U.S. office as part of the company’s directive to help protect against credit card and online banking fraud.

Verizon Business provided free calling for Iraq-based troops during three holiday weeks in May, June, and July. The calls were made possible by a mobile communications vehicle deployed to Iraq.

ASIS NEWS

Brokaw, Carville, Matalin, Bradley Keynote in Atlanta Tom Brokaw, one of the most trusted and respected figures in broadcast journalism, and political consultants James Carville and Mary Matalin, will be the keynote speakers at the ASIS International 54th Annual Seminar and Exhibits in Atlanta, September 15-18.

Brokaw. Retired NBC news anchor and managing editor Tom Brokaw will speak at Wednesday’s special session on September 17, at 8 a.m. The respected journalist, who stepped down after 21 years, continues to work with NBC, reporting, producing documentaries, and providing expertise during breaking news events.

During his decades in journalism, Brokaw received numerous honors and awards, including the Edward R. Murrow Lifetime Achievement Award and an Emmy for Lifetime Achievement. He was inducted as a fellow into the prestigious American Academy of Arts and Sciences and is a member of the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans. Brokaw received the Records of Achievement award from the Foundation of the National Archives, and the Association of the U.S. Army gave him their highest honor, the George Catlett Marshall Award—the first ever bestowed on a journalist.

In 1998, Brokaw became a best-selling author of The Greatest Generation—a book constructed from 15 years of interviews with Americans who came of age during the Great Depression and the Second World War and went on to build modern America. His most recent book, Boom—Personal Reflections on the 60s and Today, was released in November 2007.

Brokaw’s career began at KTIV in Sioux City, Iowa. He later served as a news anchor in Los Angeles, as a White House correspondent, and as NBC News’s Today Show host. In 1982, Brokaw began co-anchoring NBC Nightly News, along with Roger Mudd. He became the anchor in 1983. After a storied career at the end of which he was regarded as the most popular U.S. news personality, Brokaw announced his retirement in 2002. In June, however, after the death of “Meet the Press” host Tim Russert, Brokaw was named to take over as moderator of the Sunday talk show through the presidential election.

Carville and Matalin. James Carville is one of America’s best-known political consultants. He and wife Mary Matalin, Republican pundit and former assistant to President George W. Bush and counselor to Vice President Dick Cheney, will speak on Tuesday, September 16 at 8 a.m.

Carville graduated from Louisiana State University with an undergraduate and law degree. As a campaign strategist, he has contributed to a long list of electoral successes. Carville’s winning streak began in 1986 when he managed the gubernatorial victory of Robert Casey in Pennsylvania. In 1987, Carville helped Wallace Wilkinson, who commanded less than 1 percent of the vote in the early polls, win a hard-fought gubernatorial campaign in Kentucky.

The following year brought Carville to New Jersey where he guided Frank Lautenberg’s campaign for U.S. Senate to victory. Carville next managed the successful 1990 gubernatorial campaign of Georgia’s Lieutenant Governor Zell Miller, including a tough primary win over Atlanta mayor Andrew Young.

In 1991, Carville drew national attention when he led Senator Harris Wofford from 40 points behind in the polls to an upset landslide victory over former Pennsylvania Governor and U.S. Attorney General Richard Thornburgh. With the startling and unpredicted Wofford win, Carville exposed the political vulnerability of George H. W. Bush, who enjoyed a 91 percent approval rating during the Gulf War.

Carville was on the team that guided Bill Clinton to the Presidency in 1992. In 1993, Carville was honored as Campaign Manager of the Year by the American Association of Political Consultants for his leadership of Clinton’s fearsome and intense “War Room” at campaign headquarters in Little Rock. Carville was also the focus, along with George Stephanopoulos, of the feature-length Academy Award nominated documentary The War Room.

After the Clinton victory, Carville began to focus on foreign consulting. Since that time, his political clients have included Greek Prime Minister Constantine Mitsotakis; Brazilian President Fernando Henrique Cardoso; Honduran Prime Minister Carlos Flores; President Jamil Mahuad of Ecuador; the Liberal Party of Canada; and British Prime Minister Tony Blair. In 1999, Carville helped Ehud Barak gain a victory in his campaign to become the Prime Minister of Israel.

In addition to his political activities, Carville is an author, actor, producer, talk-show host, and restaurateur.

Matalin has been active in politics since college, starting at the grassroots level in local and statewide campaigns in her native Illinois. The “Reagan Revolution” brought her to Washington, D.C., where she served on the Republican National Committee. After a hiatus from Washington to attend Hofstra Law School, Mary returned to the RNC in 1984, to serve as national voter contact director for the Reagan-Bush Campaign. She held senior positions in the George H. W. Bush 1988 campaign and, after President Bush’s election, was appointed chief of staff for the RNC.

In 1992, President Bush named her the deputy campaign manager for political operations, responsible for the overview and organization of all 50 state operations. As the planner who traveled with
President Bush throughout the 1992 campaign, she emerged as the vocal, and occasionally controversial, defender of the president and his policies.

Matalin was later the founding co-host of the Washington-based political weeknight talk show Equal Time. Her political astuteness and antics contributed to the show’s billing as “the best talk show on television” by Knight Ridder News Service. Before joining the current administration, Matalin was a co-host of CNN’s “Crossfire.”

She has made frequent television appearances as a political commentator and has written for various periodicals including Newsweek and The Los Angeles Times. She is coauthor, with her husband, of the best-selling political campaign book, All’s Fair: Love, War, and Running for President. Her most recent book, Letters to My Daughters (April 2004), was named a Book of the Month Club selection and made The New York Times and The Washington Post best-seller lists. Matalin now runs Threshold, a new conservative publishing imprint at Simon & Schuster.

Bradley. At noon on Thursday, Sept. 18, best-selling author James Bradley will speak at the closing luncheon. Bradley burst onto the national scene as an author in 2000 with his book, Flags of Our Fathers. The movie version, released in 2007, was directed by Clint Eastwood. It is the story of six young men who raised the American flag on Iwo Jima. One of the men in the famous photograph of that event is Bradley’s father, John Bradley.

Bradley’s second book, Flyboys, published in 2003, is the story of eight captured naval aviators who were beheaded by the Japanese on the island next to Iwo Jima.

Bradley was raised in Wisconsin, studied at the University of Notre Dame, Sophia University in Tokyo, and graduated with a degree in East Asian History from the University of Wisconsin. Bradley has experience writing and producing corporate films and corporate meetings; he has traveled the world, living and working in more than 40 countries. Bradley is President of the James Bradley Peace Foundation, which is dedicated to fostering understanding between America and Asia. The foundation sends American schoolchildren to high school in Japan and China where they live with a family.

For more on the ASIS International 54th Annual Seminar and Exhibits in Atlanta, visit www.asisonline.org or phone ASIS Member Services at 703/519-6200.