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Tales from the “DarkSide”

May 12, 2021Cory Harris, Managing Editor

“Tales from the Darkside” was a horror anthology series that aired in the 1980s. But what is going on today is not some made-up fiction, it is real life. And like the cult favorite show, and the cybercriminal group that references the show’s title, it is downright scary. We just experienced the largest cyberattack against U.S. critical infrastructure in our nation’s history. I will say this again – the largest cyberattack against U.S. critical infrastructure in our...

Antoinette King, Bert Rankin, Cybersecurity, cybersecurity certification, Pierre Bourgeix, PSA Security Network, Security Industry Association (SIA), Security Specifiers


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FBI identifies hacker group responsible for pipeline shutdown

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FBI identifies hacker group responsible for pipeline shutdown

May 10, 2021Paul Ragusa, Editor

WASHINGTON—The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) issued a statement today confirming that “Darkside ransomware is responsible for the compromise of the Colonial Pipeline networks,” noting that it is working with Colonial to investigate the incident and get the pipeline up and running again. Meanwhile, experts expect gas and oil prices to rise as government officials and energy companies scramble to get resources to the East coast. On May 7, Colonial Pipeline Company learned...

Cybersecurity, FBI


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Monitoring Matters

Left to One’s Safe Devices

April 28, 2021Cory Harris, Managing Editor

I’m sitting in my kitchen typing this blog on my laptop, while I respond to emails and texts on my cellphone. My kids are on their PCs for their sixth-grade Google meets, while watching TikTok videos and playing online video games (which they shouldn’t be doing during remote learning, but it works for the premise of this blog). The use of multiple devices simultaneously is a scene at the Harris household that has been a routine occurrence for more than a year now. Millions of other...

connected devices, COVID-19, Cybersecurity, IoT devices


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On The Editor's Desk

Industry’s first cybersecurity certification coming soon!

April 14, 2021Paul Ragusa, Editor

As Security Systems News’ Managing Editor Cory Harris and I have been pointing out lately in our columns, it has been exciting to see the security industry come together in myriad ways to tackle the industry’s top issues. The latest industry association superheroes to join forces are the Security Industry Association (SIA), PSA Security and Security Specifiers, which have jointly developed something our industry desperately needs – a cybersecurity certification...

Cybersecurity, PSA Security, Ray Coulombe, Security Industry Association (SIA), SecuritySpecifiers.com


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Also Noted

SafeGuard Cyber raises $45m in strategic growth financing led by NightDragon

April 13, 2021SSN Staff

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.—SafeGuard Cyber, a leading SaaS-based platform dedicated to managing the entire lifecycle of Digital Risk Protection, announced it has raised $45 million of equity and debt led by NightDragon with participation from Cisco Investments and previous investor, Allegis Cyber. SafeGuard Cyber’s AI-powered platform empowers businesses to adopt critical collaboration, social media, and mobile chat digital channels while reducing cybersecurity risk and ensuring compliance....

Cisco, Cybersecurity, NightDragon, SafeGuard Cyber


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SMB spending on physical and cybersecurity on the rise

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SMB spending on physical and cybersecurity on the rise

April 12, 2021SSN Staff

DALLAS—More than half of SMBs are concerned about cybersecurity regarding employees’ home networks, while 21 percent report an increase in need for products and services to protect or monitor the physical safety of the business, according to the latest research from Parks Associates. “One-third of SMBs have already increased spending on solutions such as voice and video conferencing services, internet access, IT devices, and support, and 37% are likely to purchase cybersecurity...

Cybersecurity, IoT, Parks Associates, SMB


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Gartner outlines top security and risk management trends for 2021

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Gartner outlines top security and risk management trends for 2021

April 7, 2021SSN Staff

BOSTON—Gartner analysts explored industry trends at its Security & Risk Management Summit APAC, March 23-24, noting that security and risk management leaders must address eight top trends to enable rapid reinvention in their organization, as COVID-19 accelerates digital business transformation and challenges traditional cybersecurity practices. In the opening keynote at the Gartner Security & Risk Management Summit taking place virtually in APAC today, Peter Firstbrook, research vice president...

Cybersecurity, Gartner, security trends


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Security industry creates coalition to fight war on cyber crime

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Security industry creates coalition to fight war on cyber crime

March 19, 2021SSN Staff

YARMOUTH, Maine—With so much that has been going on in the cybersecurity space the past few months, leading global security industry organizations ASIS International, the Electronic Security Association (ESA), The Monitoring Association (TMA), PSA Security Network and the Security Industry Association (SIA) have come together to fight the war on cybersecurity threats with a unified strategy. “As representatives of the security practitioners and security solutions providers responsible...

ASIS International, Cybersecurity, Electronic Security Association, PSA Security Network, Security Industry Association, The Monitoring Association


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The Verkada Breach: A cautionary tale

March 10, 2021Cory Harris, Managing Editor

If you have been following my and SSN Editor Paul Ragusa's blogs, you know how much we have been stressing hypervigilance on the cybersecurity front, because there is just so much to lose. The news from Bloomberg this week that Verkada was the victim of a breach by hackers who were able to access live and archived footage from 150,000 security cameras inside Verkada customers' facilities, as well as its own offices, is just another example of why any company, regardless of size, can fall...

Cybersecurity, data breach, Verkada


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Cybersecurity On The Editor's Desk

Renewed national focus on cybersecurity?

February 17, 2021Paul Ragusa, Editor

Results from our recent News Poll on the impact of the new administration on the security industry, as well as the new administration’s recent National Security Council (NSC) appointments, got me thinking about the continued urgency for a stronger national cybersecurity posture here in the U.S., especially in light of the SolarWinds incident that the government is still trying to unravel. The truth is, we have known for some time now that nefarious actors can, and have been able to, get...

Cybersecurity, SSN News Poll


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