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Archive: October 2016


Residential

My Alarm Center secures $10m in additional funding

October 26, 2016Paul Ragusa, Editor

NEWTOWN SQUARE, Pa.—My Alarm Center, a residential security and home automation provider, recently secured $10 million in additional funding, giving the company increased capabilities on the acquisition front and in its growth organically.Led by Ironwood Capital and supported by Alcentra, Saratoga Investment Corporation, NXT Capital and OFS Capital, the $10 million is additional second-lien debt, an increase of the $50 million second-lien term loan to $60 million, with the proceeds going to...

Amy Kothari, My Alarm Center


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General News

Specifically Speaking with Andy Parsons, RCDD

October 26, 2016Paul Ragusa, Editor

How did you get into security consulting?When I graduated from Georgia Tech with a degree in computer science, I didn't know what I wanted for a career other than it needed to be something in the field of technology. I interviewed for an entry-level position at EDI not really knowing what they did and was hired on the spot. EDI consults and designs various technology and low-voltage systems used in large facilities such as hospitals and corporate office buildings. A major aspect of what we design...

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Monitoring Matters

ESA announces Leadership Summit keynote

October 26, 2016Spencer Ives

The Electronic Security Association recently announced that Dr. Joseph Kuhns, a professor of criminology and criminal justice at the University of North Carolina, will be the keynote speaker for the 2017 ESA Leadership Summit, to be held Feb. 12 through Feb. 15 in Tampa, Fla. “Dr. Kuhns brings extensive experience and knowledge from the world of criminology that will provide attendees with helpful data that can be applied to how they approach the market and work with their customers,”...

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On The Editor's Desk

Securing IoT

October 26, 2016Paul Ragusa, Editor

Last week's malware attack sent a sobering chill through the security industry, as it illuminated the cybersecurity vulnerabilities of IoT products, showing how easy it is to hack into unsecured IP devices. The hackers, who were able to affect sites including Twitter, Spotify and CNN, launched a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack using tens of millions of malware-infected devices connected to the Internet to overwhelm Dyn, a provider of Domain Name System services. Although the attack amounted...

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General News

Poll: Video technologies most talked about, poised for most advancement

October 25, 2016Spencer Ives

YARMOUTH, Maine—Following ASIS 2016, where many technologies were showcased and industry problems addressed, Security Systems News asked readers about top trends, and many pointed to video technologies and interoperability.“I believe the biggest technological advancements will come from cloud security deployments and managed service providers,” Christopher Martini, regional manager, corporate security and business protection for Jaguar Land Rover, wrote in. “As an end user,...

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Also Noted

MONI recognized for customer service

October 25, 2016SSN Staff

DALLAS—MONI announced it has been ranked highest in overall customer satisfaction among home security companies by J.D. Power. "Customer support and satisfaction have been a primary focus throughout MONI's 20-year history in smart home security and we strive for continual improvement based on customer feedback," Jeff Gardner, president and CEO of MONI, said in a prepared statement. "The J.D. Power ranking is an acknowledgement of MONI's efforts to satisfy every customer in every interaction,...

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General News

Allegion's Tim Eckersley awarded

October 24, 2016Spencer Ives

SILVER SPRING, Md.—SIA announced in late September that Tim Eckersley, Allegion's senior vice president and president of the Americas, will receive this year's Jay Hauhn Excellence in Partnerships Award, in part for his work with PASS—the Partner Alliance for Safer Schools.“School security is a passion of mine—for as long as I can remember, I've had a genuine interest in kids' wellbeing. As a board member for the Security Industry Association as well as a business leader for...

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Five Questions: Dave Simon

October 24, 2016Spencer Ives

YARMOUTH, Maine—H&S Protection Systems, based in Pewaukee, Wis., in August announced that it hired Dave Simon as the company's director of business development. Simon said that in his new role, “There's a shorter goal and a longer goal. The shorter goal is very sales oriented, digging up leads. Ö Longer term, it's taking that sales side and sharing some of the things that are learned, along with techniques, for developing the business in new areas.” Security Systems News asked Simon...

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Residential

DEFENDERS hits 1.5 million customer mark

October 19, 2016Spencer Ives

INDIANAPOLIS—DEFENDERS, the largest ADT dealer, announced in early October that it has now protected more than 1.5 million customers.“Foundationally, it's the DEFENDERS culture that is key to how we got here, and it's key to how we'll succeed in the future,” DEFENDERS president and CEO Jim Boyce told Security Systems News. Principally, he said that the company emphasizes one point to all of its employees: that they should “work harder on themselves than they do on their job.”DEFENDERS'...

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Residential

Select Security acquires three companies

October 19, 2016Paul Ragusa, Editor

LANCASTER, Pa.—Select Security, a super regional security company based here, recently completed the purchase of Owensboro, Ky.-based Level 5 Systems, Myrtle Beach, S.C.-based Sea Dog Security, and Charlotte, N.C.-based Guardian Systems, adding three new branch offices, and expanding into the North and South Carolina markets. The three deals add approximately 2,000 new accounts for Select Security.“We have always felt that with the infrastructure that we have invested in and built both...

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