12th Homeland Security Week

12th Homeland Security Week October 23-26, 2017 Washington, D.C. This 12th Annual Homeland Security Week will bring together top homeland security leaders from government, industry and academia to dive into current challenges and future requirements necessary for numerous government agencies directly or indirectly responsible for U.S. homeland security. Through interactive keynote presentations, large scale panel discussions, project updates, case studies, and intimate roundtables, we’ll facilitate a complex, joint, multilayered plan to combat the evolving challenges our country faces. Event Agenda

Incoming Trump administration focusing on biometrics

Donald J. Trump was sworn in as the 45th American President after taking the oath of office in Washington today. In his inauguration speech, he promised an era of “America first” policies where he would “bring back borders”. After a tremendous amount of tough talk, during both the Republican primary and U.S. presidential campaigns, expectations are that the new president will follow through with his promise of building a wall along America’s southern border. While this election promise appeals to

DHS report unveils people mistakenly granted U.S. citizenship due to incomplete fingerprint data

The Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General (OIG) released a report that reveals that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) granted U.S. citizenship to at least 858 potentially ineligible individuals due to missing fingerprint records. All 858 individuals originated from special interest countries who had been ordered deported or removed under a different name. Neither the digital fingerprint repository at DHS nor the repository at the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) had all old fingerprint records of individuals

Imagus included in Government CIO Outlook‘s Top 20 Homeland Security Solution Providers 2016

Imagus Technology announced that it has been included in the Government CIO Outlook‘s Top 20 Homeland Security Solution Providers 2016. Imagus Technology is an Australian firm that provides advanced real time systems that detect and identify human beings using low quality and low cost commodity hardware such as CCTV cameras, webcams, phones, and even Augmented Reality smartglasses. According to a statement from the company, it can capture unobtrusively over large distances and can identify persons of interest in a moving

Biometrics and Identity Innovations Forum

Biometrics and Identity Innovations Forum June 29 | Washington, DC In order to survey and discuss DHS advances in biometrics, the Secure Identity and Biometrics Association (SIBA) will host the Biometrics and Identity Innovations Forum in Washington, D.C. on June 29, 2016. The Forum will feature experts and senior officials from CBP, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), DHS Office of Biometrics and Identity Management (OBIM), and the FBI’s Biometrics Center of Excellence. The

The rise of biometrics and identity management in the homeland security enterprise

This is a guest post from the Secure Identity and Biometrics Association (SIBA). The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is in the process of making significant financial, organizational and operational investments in biometrics and identity management. Much of this investment has occurred in the past year. In June 2015, DHS issued its Biometrics Strategic Framework, which indicated that the Department will refresh outdated biometric collections systems; centralize access to federal and international biometric databases; improve real-time access from field locations;

Government biometrics market to see 11% CAGR growth until 2020: Technavio

Technavio has released a new research report titled ‘Global Biometrics Market in the Government Sector 2016-2020‘, which forecasts that the global biometrics market in the government sector will grow at a CAGR of over 11% until 2020. The report identifies the major end-users of this market as the defense department (military, aerospace and federal organizations), the department of homeland security (civil security organizations and ministries, including transportation and identity documentation), and others, including government spending on biometric solutions for healthcare

FAA bill passes without biometric entry-exit amendment

The U.S. Senate passed a long-term FAA reauthorization bill on Tuesday, without an amendment proposed by Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) to speed up the adoption of a biometric entry-exit system at U.S. airports. Sessions’ amendment would have provided that no funds from the Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization Act be obligated “for the physical modification of any existing air navigation facility that is a port of entry, or for the construction of a new air navigation facility intended to be a

Senator Sessions pushes for biometric exit system at U.S. airports

Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) introduced an amendment earlier this month to an airline regulation bill that would work to determine whether tourists, guest-workers and other legal visitors have properly gone home once their visas expire. According to the Senate Subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest, Sessions’ amendment would overcome a significant hurdle to implementation of the biometric entry-exit system at the nation’s airports: the assistance of the airline industry. Since 2004, multiple laws have been passed by the U.S.

US wants more biometric data and information sharing with Canada

The United State’s national security adviser, Susan Rice, was asked this week about Canada using the U.S. biometrics system to vet the 25,000 refugees coming to Canada and if that was normal procedure. “I don’t know if it’s normal for countries to utilize our biometrics process, but given that our systems are so linked and we have the ability to share, we think that’s mutually beneficial,” she said. “Our ability to share information and to exchange biometrics information is vital