Skip to Content

Archive: November 2019


On The Editor's Desk

Per Mar expands in Nebraska with latest buy

November 27, 2019Paul Ragusa, Editor

Per Mar Security Services, parent company to Midwest Alarm Services and a provider of total security solutions for residential and commercial clients based in Davenport, Iowa, recently acquired NECO Security based in Lincoln, Neb. The deal brings more than a half century's worth of business and expertise into the Per Mar family. Founded by Don Nielsen in 1957, NECO Security specializes in residential and commercial burglar and fire alarm systems in the Lincoln area. Nelson said that after 63 years...

Brian Duffy, Don Nielson, Doug Richard, Midwest Alarm Services, Per Mar Security


Read Full Articlered right arrow icon

General News

The role of data privacy growing within security

November 26, 2019Paul Ragusa, Editor

YARMOUTH, Maine—They say data is the new oil, but are we really leveraging all of the data that is being produced today? In this month's News Poll we asked readers about what they are doing with their company and customers' data.Results of this month's news poll demonstrate the importance privacy plays within our lives and within security today. For example, 69 percent of respondents said that privacy plays a role, with 53 percent saying it plays a “major” role and 16 percent saying...

Data privacy, News Poll


Read Full Articlered right arrow icon

Residential

Five Questions: Jason Lutz, Resideo

November 26, 2019Ginger Hill, Managing Editor

Jason Lutz, strategic national account manager & industry relations at Resideo has been busy traveling, which he told SSN he feels very fortunate to be able to do. He slowed down for a few minutes to talk to us about work, life and play.How did you get started in the industry?I was bartending in Houston, Texas and these young guys … every night they'd come to the bar. One day I asked them, 'What do you guys do that you can come hang out here every single night?' And they're like: 'We've got the greatest...

Five Questions, Jason Lutz, Resideo


Read Full Articlered right arrow icon

Commercial

Allied Universal acquires SOS Security

November 26, 2019SSN Staff

SANTA ANA, Calif.—Allied Universal, a security and facility services company based here, and SOS Security, a provider of global security services, announced a merger that will increase Allied's footprint and global reach, adding 15,000 employees.“I am thrilled to welcome Edward Silverman — one of the most highly regarded leaders of the security industry — and the SOS Security team to the Allied Universal family,” Allied Universal CEO Steve Jones said in the announcement....

Allied Universal, SOS Security, Steve Jones


Read Full Articlered right arrow icon

Monitoring Matters

The tale of 'Black Friday' plus 9 safety tips

November 26, 2019Ginger Hill, Managing Editor

Did you know the first recorded use of the term “Black Friday” was used to describe a financial crisis in the 1800s? How's that for some Thanksgiving trivia to share with family and friends around the turkey this year? History of 'Black Friday' As the story goes, the gold market crashed on Friday, September 24, 1869 when two notoriously ruthless Wall Street financiers, Jay Gould and Jim Fisk, teamed up to buy as much of the nation's gold as they possibly could, according to the History...

Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Digital Security, physical security, Thanksgiving safety tips


Read Full Articlered right arrow icon

Cybersecurity

100 Women in 100 Days Cybersecurity Career Accelerator announces next class

November 21, 2019SSN Staff

SACRAMENTO, Calif.—The free cybersecurity training and accreditation program, 100 Women in 100 Days (100w100d), founded and managed by Sacramento-based cyber risk consulting firm, Inteligenca, will help another 100 students reboot their careers at Japan's Saya University.“The opportunity with Saya shows that people around the world recognize the need to get more women into the cybersecurity field,” Inteligenca CEO Carmen Marsh said in the announcement. “We are witnessing a...

100 women in 100 days, cyber security, Cybercrime, Cybersecurity, Inteligenca, NIST


Read Full Articlered right arrow icon

On The Editor's Desk

DIY causing home security disruption

November 19, 2019Paul Ragusa, Editor

Research from Parks Associates shows that over the past six years, self-installed home security systems are gaining momentum, slowly, but traction no less, over professionally installed systems. Recent research from Parks found 51 percent of security system owners who acquired their security system in the past 12 months self-installed it. This is up from only 10 percent of security system owners who acquired their system six or more years ago. Additionally, 88 percent of self-installers report the...

Dina Abdelrazik, DIY, Parks Associates


Read Full Articlered right arrow icon

Monitoring Matters

What images and color(s) represent the word 'cybersecurity'?

November 19, 2019Ginger Hill, Managing Editor

Some studies have found that the human brain actually processes words by recognizing each word heard through the ears and seen with the eyes as an individual picture. I know when I'm listening to a podcast or lecture, the radio, reading something, etc. and I hear or see a word that is delightful to me, my mind engages, blooming a series of images that represent that word. In other words, I see pictures in my mind related to what I heard or saw. Let's say, for example, you just heard the word 'cybersecurity.”...

cyber security, Cybercrime, Cybersecurity, Daylight Security Research Group, Google, U.C. Berkeley


Read Full Articlered right arrow icon

General News

What's public relations and why is it so important for security?

November 15, 2019Kevin Friedman

When talking about marketing in the security industry, public relations (PR) is probably the least understood tool in the box—and this is to the industry's detriment. Not only is good PR key to managing your company's reputation, but it is also one of the most effective ways to build relationships with business partners, increase sales and garner a robust customer base.Most security and technology executives refer to PR simply as “free advertising.” The reality is, however, it isn't...

branding, Kevin Friedman, mainstream marketing, Maize Marketing, PR, public relations


Read Full Articlered right arrow icon

Suppliers

Brivo and Alula join forces

November 15, 2019Paul Ragusa, Editor

BETHESDA, Md.—Brivo, a global leader in cloud-based physical security solutions, and Alula, inventors of the BAT-Connect communicator and the Connect+ intrusion and automation platform, recently announced a cloud-to-cloud integration partnership between their respective platforms to provide unified access control and intrusion capabilities for the commercial market.The newly announced partnership will provide Brivo customers with single-point control and monitoring of key alarm functions and...

Alula, Brian McLaughlin, Brivo, Cloud-to-Cloud, Steve Van Till


Read Full Articlered right arrow icon