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Archive: January 2019


General News

From dogs to experimental radar, security steps up for “Big Game”

January 31, 2019Ginger Hill, Managing Editor

ATLANTA—As the New England Patriots and Los Angeles Rams scuffled in this year's 53rd “Big Game,” a number of players in the security industry came together to keep it safe. From experimental radar to dogs to helicopters, and an increased number of law enforcement employees in and around Mercedes-Benz Stadium, and more, the two-years-in-the-making security plan was created by more than 40 federal, state and local agencies, talent and technology, working in unison to ensure safety...

Geoff Beckwith, Super Bowl, SVK9, The Big Game


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Suppliers

Pivot3 partners with Genetec

January 30, 2019SSN Staff

AUSTIN, Texas—Pivot3, a provider of intelligent infrastructure solutions, has completed an advanced certification of its hyperconverged infrastructure with Genetec Security Center software.“We are pleased to welcome Pivot3 into our partnership program,” Georges Tannous, director of Strategic Alliances, Genetec Inc., said in the announcement. “Our joint customers and integration partners can benefit from this certification by trusting in the fact that our combined solutions...

Brandon Reich, Genetec, Georges Tannous, Pivot3


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General News

Award-winning reporter to write for SSN

January 29, 2019SSN Staff

YARMOUTH, Maine—Security Systems News is excited to announce that national award-winning reporter, Lilly Chapa, will be contributing articles to the publication starting with the March issue.“We here at SSN are really excited to have a writer of Lilly's caliber contributing articles to the publication,” SSN Editor Paul Ragusa said. “Her journalistic instincts and insights are spot on, evidenced by the numerous awards she has won over the years writing about security-related...

Contributing Writer, Lilly Chapa, Security Systems News


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Commercial

Convergint expands in Ireland

January 29, 2019Paul Ragusa, Editor

SCHAUMBURG, Ill.—Convergint Technologies, a global service-based systems integrator, recently acquired MTS Security, one of the largest independently owned security systems companies in Dublin, Ireland, supplying a single-source solution to clients in the U.K. and Europe.Ken Lochiatto, CEO of Convergint Technologies, said that MTS Security enables Convergint to deepen its service offerings and capabilities in Europe while adding high-level talent in Ireland.“We've known the entire MTS...

Convergint Technologies, Ireland, Ken Lochiatto, MTS Security


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On The Editor's Desk

SIA takes lead on data privacy

January 29, 2019Paul Ragusa, Editor

On Data Privacy Day yesterday, the Security Industry Association (SIA) shared details on how it is helping member companies and the industry at large understand and manage the critical issue of protecting consumer data. Through the efforts of the SIA Data Privacy Advisory Board, the association has produced a number of essential resources for this critical issue. SIA has taken a leading position on privacy issues for many years, having released its original Privacy Framework in 2010, and has become...

ADT, Data Privacy Day, Don Erickson, SIA


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Monitoring Matters

New privacy initiative, headed by ADT, to establish home security standards, best practices

January 29, 2019Ginger Hill, Managing Editor

Yesterday in the United States, Data Privacy Day 2019 was celebrated. On social media, tweets flew by offering tips on how to protect data against hackers. Security professionals and enthusiasts on LinkedIn discussed the topic at hand while top privacy leaders, such as the National Cyber Security Alliance Executive Director, Kelvin Coleman; Eva Velasquez, president and CEO, Identity Theft Resource Center; and CEO Larry Magid of Connect Safely, among others, convened in San Francisco for an afternoon...

ADT, Data Privacy Day, Electronic Security Association, Security Industry Association, SIA, The Monitoring Association


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Commercial

PSA unveils new Managed Security Service Provider program

January 28, 2019SSN Staff

WESTMINSTER, Colo.—PSA, a global consortium of professional systems integrators, announced its plans to launch a Managed Security Service Provider (MSSP) program designed to help systems integrators diversify their service offerings and realize the full potential and benefits of a managed services business model.PSA said the program will “hinge on uniting” industry leading partners in cybersecurity and cloud-based security solutions, training and certification opportunities and...

Bill Bozeman, Cloud, managed services, PSA TEC


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General News

SSN News Poll gauges state of the industry

January 25, 2019Paul Ragusa, Editor

YARMOUTH, Maine—As we reflect on 2018, this month's news poll gauges the overall state of the industry. The majority of News Poll respondents are bullish on 2019 with 85 percent saying that they see continued growth. In total, 72 percent said they expect “continued strong growth,” while 14 percent said, “yes, but not as strong as 2018,” and another 14 percent said they do not expect to see the same growth in 2019.While many see strong growth for the industry, several...

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Suppliers

Safe Zone completes $1 million financing round, debuts at CES 2019

January 24, 2019Ginger Hill, Managing Editor

MELBOURNE, Fla.—Upon completion of a $1 million round of funding from Seedfunders of Tampa, Florida, Safe Zone Gunfire Detector (GFD) debuted at CES 2019. It was met with positive responses from attendees as Mike Anderson, founder, president & CEO of Safe Zone said in a release, “CES attendees clearly understood that our solution is the active shooter security breakthrough a very troubled world needs.”Safe Zone also recently added new members to the team: Mike Lally, CEO; Irv Cohen,...

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Monitoring

EverCommerce acquires SGS

January 23, 2019Paul Ragusa, Editor

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.—EverCommerce announced the acquisition of the Calif.-based central station software company Secure Global Solutions (SGS), producer of the software platform, stages. This is the fourth company in less than a year to enter the Bold Group Security Division of companies, which consists of Bold, Perennial, SIMS, and now SGS.Rod Coles, president of Bold Perennial, said in the announcement, “We're so pleased to bring SGS into our family of companies. The stages software...

Bold Perennial, EverCommerce, Matt Feierstein SGS, Rod Coles, Thom Meyter


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