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Archive: May 2021


DHS issues Security Directive in wake of Colonial Pipeline attack

Cybersecurity

DHS issues Security Directive in wake of Colonial Pipeline attack

May 27, 2021Cory Harris, Managing Editor

WASHINGTON—In the wake of the Colonial Pipeline cyberattack that crippled the nation’s critical infrastructure earlier this month, the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced a Security Directive on May 27, 2021, that will enable the Department to better identify, protect against and respond to threats to critical companies in the pipeline sector. The Security Directive will require critical pipeline owners and operators...

Colonial Pipeline, Cybersecurity


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Residential

Todd R. Pedersen to step down as Vivint CEO

May 27, 2021SSN Staff

PROVO, Utah—Vivint Smart Home announced this week that company Founder and Chief Executive Officer Todd R. Pedersen has decided to step down as CEO, effective once the board of directors of the company appoints his successor. Pedersen will remain a member of the board of directors. “I have decided that after 20 years of building a successful company, it is time for me to pursue my other entrepreneurial goals and devote myself to those investments and businesses,” said Pedersen....

Todd Pedersen, Vivint Smart Home


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Gallagher releases latest version of site management software

May 26, 2021SSN Staff

HAMILTON, New Zealand—Gallagher, a global leader in the innovation, manufacturing and marketing of security, animal management, fuel management and contract manufacturing solutions, has released the latest version of its site management software, Command Centre, bringing smart security technology to the forefront. The release of Command Centre v8.50 offers intelligent features, including mobile credential syncing between sites, cutting-edge integrations, and several enhancements for increased...

Gallagher, Meredith Palmer


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On The Editor's Desk

Industry confidence rebounding

May 26, 2021Paul Ragusa, Editor

While the U.S. begins to pull itself out of quarantine (the New Yorker cover sums it up perfectly), we here at Security Systems News have been hearing from all facets of the industry – dealers, systems integrators, consultants, manufacturers, end users – that things are starting to open up again, as new business pipelines (bad choice of word considering the recent Colonial Pipeline incident) begin to get back to pre-pandemic levels, and better, for some. As Eagle Eye Networks...

Dean Drako, Security Industry Association (SIA), SIA Security Market Index


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Also Noted General News

ASIS International releases updated POA reference set

May 26, 2021SSN Staff

ALEXANDRIA, Va.—To keep pace with the ever-evolving security industry, ASIS International has released an update to the Protection of Assets (POA) reference set. Refreshed to reflect the changing times and keep security professionals on the leading edge of best practices in the field, this collection assists security management directors and professionals responsible for corporate asset protection.  This refreshed reference set, which was first published...

ASIS International, Tim Sutton


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RS2 introduces Razberi bundles for security environments

May 26, 2021SSN Staff

MUNSTER, Ind.—RS2, a trusted provider of access control and identity management solutions, announced that it is now offering bundled software solutions based on Razberi servers, along with the most recent release of Access It! Universal, to enable customers to achieve higher levels of resilience, management, and deployment across their infrastructures.  The company noted that these new solutions are in line with its strategy to deliver integrated solutions optimized for environments...

RS2, Tim Vahary


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Women in Security Feature: Diana Hanna, PSA Security

Women in Security

Women in Security Feature: Diana Hanna, PSA Security

May 26, 2021Paul Ragusa, Editor

YARMOUTH, Maine--As part of Security Systems News’ and the Security Industry Association (SIA) Women in Security Forum’s (WISF’s) continuing series highlighting the contributions of women in security, this month’s feature is on PSA Security National Director of Business Development and Strategic Accounts Diana Hanna, who focuses on recruiting new companies to join PSA while working closely with companies that are already equity owners of PSA. PSA is a global systems integrator...

Diana Hanna, PSA Security, Security Industry Association (SIA), women in security, Women in Security Forum (WISF)


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Commercial

Alarm Detection Systems appoints Amy Becker as COO

May 26, 2021SSN Staff

AURORA, Ill.—Bob Bonifas, Founder and CEO of Alarm Detection Systems, Inc. (ADS), is pleased to announce the appointment of Amy Becker as Chief Operating Officer (COO), effective immediately. As COO, Becker will oversee the company's day-to-day operations, which includes responsibility for all of the functions at the Illinois and Colorado locations. "Amy brings proven leadership both within the alarm industry and at ADS,” said Bonifas. “She has worked tirelessly alongside...

Alarm Detection Systems, Amy Becker, Bob Bonifas


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Pivot3 unveils Surveillance Series Edge

May 25, 2021SSN Staff

LOUISVILLE, Colo.—Pivot3, a leader in intelligent software for simplified security and surveillance infrastructure solutions, announced the release of Surveillance Series Edge, an optimized product offering for edge and distributed physical security environments. Surveillance Series Edge incorporates the same Acuity software-based intelligence and automation used by all Pivot3 Surveillance Series solutions to deliver higher levels of resilience, management simplicity and efficiencies...

Anna Sliwon-Stewart, Ben Bolles, Pivot3


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Also Noted Cybersecurity

Cobalt Iron assigned patent for dynamic authorization control

May 25, 2021SSN Staff

LAWRENCE, Kan.—Cobalt Iron Inc., a leading provider of SaaS-based enterprise data protection, announced that it has been granted a patent on its technology for dynamic authorization control based on conditions and events. Issued on May 4, 2021, U.S. patent #10999290 describes new capabilities for Cobalt Iron Compass, an enterprise SaaS backup platform, that enable the use of analytics and machine learning to adjust user authentication and access to IT resources dynamically based on a variety...

Cobalt Iron, Rob Marett


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