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ESOP is a good idea, industry says

Some respondents said it doesn’t motivate employees
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04/18/2016

YARMOUTH, Maine—Integration firms Tech Systems and Pro-Tec Design both implemented Employee Stock Ownership Plans in the last 12 months, and most respondents to Security Systems News’ latest poll said that ESOP is a good plan, benefiting the owners and the employees.

How I Use My System: Brian Ciasnocha

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04/01/2016

Brian Ciasnocha, Per Mar Security Service’s director of sales-electronic security, has been in the industry for 16 years. He started with ADT in 1999 and joined Per Mar in October 2014. In early March, Ciasnocha talked with Security Systems News about the system he uses at home.

Specifically Speaking with Mark Schreiber

President, principal consultant of Safeguards Consulting, based in Greenville, S.C.
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03/25/2016

Tell me about the services Safeguards Consulting offers and your “open door policy.”

Calling all monitoring companies at ISC West 2016

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Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Although it seems hard to believe, ISC West 2016 is fast approaching and now less than two weeks away. I’m currently working on my schedule for show floor meetings and it is filling up pretty quickly.

As I was last year, I’ll be making my way around the show floor and trying to visit with as many monitoring-related companies as I can. If your company has new developments with its monitoring center, or simply wants to tell me about your approach for the rest of 2016, feel free to reach out to me. My direct phone line is 207-846-0600 ext. 254, or you can send me an email at sives@securitysystemsnews.com.

If your company is more residentially focused, you might want to reach out to our new managing editor, Paul Ragusa, at pragusa@securitysystemsnews.com. Or, if your business is commercial or systems integration, email SSN editor Martha Entwistle at mentwistle@securitysystemsnews.com.

Last year was my first ISC West, actually my first security industry trade show—which some called “a baptism by fire.” It was great to meet a lot of companies at one time, and this year I look forward to checking in and seeing the latest with each of you.

One thing I know I’m headed to is the Security 5k on Thursday morning, April 7, benefiting Mission 500 and founded by Security Systems News. Shuttle busses will leave from the Sands Convention Center Taxi Ramp between 6:15 a.m. and  6:45 a.m. Speaking from experience last year, it was great to get off the show floor and the strip for a little be and have some fresh air. Feel free to register here, and keep an eye out for the new SSN team shirts (photo on left). I hope to see plenty of you there!

Five Questions: Jennifer Thomas

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03/22/2016

In January, Jennifer Thomas was promoted to her current role as VP of operations for Sonitrol of Fort Lauderdale. She started with the company 12 years ago as an installation coordinator. Thomas said that her career at the company has been an “organic evolution. I’ve taken things on a piece at a time and they’ve all flowed together well.” Security Systems News caught up with Thomas and asked her five questions.

Cybersecurity, the big theme of ISC West 2016?

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Wednesday, March 16, 2016

When we did an educational session at TechSec 2014 about the possibility of security systems falling victim to an APT (advanced persistent threat), cybersecurity wasn't something we heard about every day at Security Systems News. Here's a link to a story about that educational session.

Times have changed. As we do advance ISC West show reporting this year, cybersecurity is cropping up over and over again.

A standard story we do each year is about the biggest booths at ISC West. Here's a link to the story, which is in our newswire today. Spencer spoke to three of the largest exhibitors for the story. Asked what they'll be talking about in Vegas, two of those exhibitors, Hikvision and Axis, are leading with their cybersecurity efforts. The third, Hanwha Techwin (formerly Samsung Techwin), is focused on its new name first, which makes sense. However, Hanwha's Tom Cook said cybersecurity was an important topic of discussion at the manufacturer's recent dealer meeting and said it's a topic the company will be talking more about.

We've continued to talk about cybersecurity at TechSec in 2015 and 2016.  This year we had Rodney Thayer at TechSec and at Cloud+ talking about cyber, both sessions were highly rated by attendees. Thayer is an excellent presenter—super knowledgeable and amusing too. He's leading an educational session at ISC West called "Cybersecurity: Three steps to counter external attacks on physical security systems" on Thursday, April 7,  from 3:30 - 4:15 in Casanova 603. My guess is that it will be a worthwhile session to attend.

Security Systems News has been on this story for more than two years, and we'll continue to keep you informed. If you hear of any particularly impressive or interesting cybersecurity efforts or stories, please let me know. I can be reached at mentwistle@securitysystemsnews.com

Megamergers: benefit or pitfall?

Industry leans toward ‘benefit,’ but debate continues
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03/16/2016

YARMOUTH, Maine—Industry consolidation will accelerate this year with two megamergers—the Tyco/JCI deal and the ADT/Protection 1 merger—expected to close by the end of 2016. Does this activity help or hurt the industry? Respondents to Security Systems News’ latest news poll who said massive consolidation is good just barely edged out those who said these megadeals hurt the industry. Meanwhile, another group of respondents said they have other things to worry about.

Specifically Speaking with Lynda Buel

CEO of Columbus, Ohio- based SRMC
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03/04/2016

How long has SMRC been in business and how long have you been the owner and CEO?

Five Questions: Rich Cowan

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03/04/2016

Rich Cowan is Dynamark’s new director of sales for the western U.S., “basically, everything west of Texas,” as he described it. “My job is to introduce Dynamark to the western United States,” he said, a territory where the company is less prevalent. Prior to this role, he worked for COPS Monitoring for 12 years. Security Systems News caught up with Cowan, based out of Gilbert, Ariz., and asked him five questions.

How I Use My System: Domenic Cipollone

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02/29/2016

Domenic Cipollone, regional VP and general manager middle Tennessee and Kentucky, He is responsible for four branch locations and their overall profitability. He started in the alarm industry “right out of college,” 28 years ago and joined ADS two years ago. Security Systems News talked with him in early January about the system he has at home.

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