• VC investing rises 11 percent in 2007 to $29.4 billion

    2007 saw U.S. VC funding continue to grow the fourth year in a row; there were 3,813 venture deals totaling $29.4 billion; clean technology, life sciences lead investments

  • L-1 to acquire biometric access control specialist Bioscrypt

    L-1 continues its expansionthrough-acquisition campaign; the latest acquisition is Candian biometrics specialist Bioscrypt; the acquisition would give L-1 a position in both the biometric physical and logical access control spaces as well as far more exposure to the commercial market than it currently has

  • John Stroia joins SIA board

    Stroia, a sixteen-year veteran at Diebold, now leads the company’s government security sales organization and event monitoring team; SIA, a 300-member strong trade association, represents electronic and physical security product manufacturers, standard specifiers, and service providers

  • Two Florida companies see their stock prices increase 35% in 2007

    Melbourne, Florida, is home to two security companies: Communication manufacturer Harris and biometrics specialist Authentec; both companies saw the price of their stock increase by more than 35% in 2007

  • China attracts $3.18 billion in venture capital in 2007

    In first eleven months of 2007, China has attracted $3.18 billion in venture capital, up 78.9 percent from 2006; 428 contracts were signed

  • Homeland Security Investors Conference opens tonight

    More than 300 middle-market homeland security industry executives, investors, and prime defense contractors who are looking to exploit opportunities afforded by the growth in the homeland security and government services market will attend homeland security investors conference

  • Global venture capital investments are up

    In 2007, VC investment is expected to top $40 billion at the close of the fourth quarter while the number of deals should reach about 3,884, or similar to levels in 2003.

  • U.S. VCs rate Israel highly as target market for investment

    Israel leads a group of four countries — the others are Canada, India, and China — as a market for high-quality deals; U.S. VCs said the four countries were by far the most “seductive” markets for investments

  • Systems integrator Adesta is making a bigger impression

    Adesta is a versatile and innovative systems integrator specializing in the construction and maintenance of stand-alone or integrated communication networks and electronic security systems

  • The ISE-CCM Homeland Security Index lists on the NYSE as an ETF

    The ISE-CCM Homeland Security Index has been listed on the NYSE as the FocusShares ISE-CCM Homeland Security ETF; Exchange-traded funds (or ETFs) are open-ended investment companies that can be traded at any time throughout the course of the day

  • Foreign investment boosts U.S. economy

    Last year the United States attracted $180 billion in foreign direct investment; U.S. subsidiaries of foreign companies employ 5.1 million Americans with a payroll of $336 billion; this translates into annual average worker compensation of $66,042 — well above the national average; one analyst argues that we should not allow protectionist sentiments and misplaced security concerns disrupt this contribution to the U.S. economy

  • Cernium raises $10 million

    Virginia-based video analytic specialist raises $10 million from Chicago investor

  • MI5 warns of growing Chinese cyberspace spy threat

    Director-general of MI5 sends letter to 300 British companies warning them that their computer systems are under sustained attack from Chinese intelligence services; China engages in a systemic campaign to steal Western industrial secrets — and provide information to Chinese companies about Western companies with which these Chinese companies are doing business

  • Imperial Capital to acquire USBX

    Imperial Capital has been expanding during the past two years, and now it adds considerable sector-specific depth by acquiring boutique investment firm USBX; USBX’s analysts bring with them considerable knowledge of four sectors: Security (both commercial and homeland), government IT and business services, technology, and consumer; USBX CEO John Mack to head M&A at Imperial Capital