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Risky Business

September 7, 2022Ken Showers, Managing Editor

One of the big cybersecurity stories this week, for those tuned in on that frequency, is the trial of former Uber CISO Joe Sullivan. He’s a big name in that corner of the industry brought low by a lawsuit resulting from the cover up of a data breach. This is important because it may be the first time a corporate executive faces criminal liability from a data breach and every other CISO is likely watching this case sweating bullets. Whether they should be or not is another matter. The...

Chief Information Security Officer, CISO, Crypto, data breach, Hackers, Joe Sullivan, Samsung, Uber

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Samsung latest in long line of data breaches


Samsung latest in long line of data breaches

September 2, 2022Ken Showers, Managing Editor

YARMOUTH, Maine – There’s bad news for Samsung customers this week as the electronics giant divulged the occurrence of a July 22 data breach. In a corporate statement that Samsung released, the company discussed the recently discovered (August 4) data breach while assuring customers that some of its more vital data was still protected. “We want to assure our customers that the issue did not impact Social Security numbers or credit and debit card numbers, but in some cases, may...

0ktapus, Cybersecurity, data breach, Group-IB, Multifactor Authentication (MFA), phishing, Samsung, Twilio

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Samsung unveils ADT-monitored DIY home security, automation system

October 5, 2017Paul Ragusa

RIDGEFIELD PARK, N.J. and BOCA RATON, Fla.—Samsung and ADT together announced a new professionally monitored, self-installed life safety solution powered by the Samsung SmartThings platform.“Our partnership with ADT blends Samsung's industry-leading SmartThings ecosystem with ADT's legacy of trusted professional monitoring to deliver a full-fledged DIY home security solution unlike any other offering on the market,” Bill Lee, vice president, smart home product marketing, Samsung...

ADT, Bill Lee, Jay Darfler, Mary Ortizcazarin, Samsung

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General News

Industry goes to bat for children in need

September 15, 2015Amy Canfield

RIDGEFIELD PARK, N.J.—Representatives from dozens of security companies raised nearly $75,000 in a fundraising softball game Sept. 12, held by Mission 500, the nonprofit organization dedicated to serving the needs of children and communities in crisis.“This softball game was a new and fun way for the security industry to come together and raise money for needy children in the U.S.,” said George Fletcher, advisory council member/volunteer for Mission 500. “Our sponsors help...

George Fletcher, Janet Fenner, Mission 500, Samsung, Security Systems News (SSN), Tim Purpura

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On The Editor's Desk

De Fina: A forward-looking industry veteran

July 29, 2015Martha Entwistle

Like others here at Security Systems News and across the industry, I was saddened to learn of Frank De Fina's death. Over the past 10 years I got to know Frank and I admired him a lot. He was a great businessman who knew his technology and the security industry inside and out, but one of the reasons I liked talking to him is because he knew as much about music and art as he did about IP video. And more than just talk about music, he was a musician. If you've been to PSA-TEC, you've probably enjoyed...

Frank De Fina, Hikvision, legacy, Panasonic, Samsung, security industry veteran, Security Systems News (SSN)

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Frank De Fina, security industry veteran, dies

July 27, 2015Martha Entwistle

PLAINSBORO, N.J.—Security industry veteran Frank De Fina, 61, who served as a top executive for a number of video surveillance companies including Panasonic, Samsung, SightLogix and most recently Hikvision USA, died July 26 at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh.Active in industry associations, De Fina was instrumental in putting together a security degree program at Mercer County Community College in New Jersey in collaboration with the Security Industry Association. That program will...

Alex Asnovich, Frank De Fina, Hikvision, Panasonic, Paul Reed Smith Guitars, Samsung, SightLogix

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De Fina joins Hikvision USA

May 18, 2015Martha Entwistle

CITY OF INDUSTRY, Calif.–Frank De Fina, who has worked with video surveillance companies such as Panasonic, Samsung and Sightlogix, has joined Hikvision USA, one of the fastest growing video surveillance companies, Hikvision announced today.As senior director, strategic sales, a newly created position, De Fina will expand sales growth particularly in the systems integration business in North America, the company said.De Fina told Security Systems News he is impressed by Hikvision's products and...

Frank DeFina, Hikvision USA, Panasonic, Samsung, SightLogix

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Dallmann wins lottery job

April 8, 2015Martha Entwistle

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Dallmann Systems is revamping the Kentucky State Lottery in a project that CEO Tom Dallmann said is “at some levels, like working on a bank.”“There's a very high level of security,” both in terms of the system design and for the installers themselves, Dallmann told Security Systems News. “Our guys had to go through additional background checks and drug tests to do work in this environment and we're also precluded from being able to play the lottery.”The...

Dallmann Systems, Mercury, Next Level Security Systems, Samsung, Tom Dallmann

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General News

The biggest and the newest at ISC West

March 18, 2015Spencer Ives

LAS VEGAS—At the 2015 ISC West show, exhibitors put a lot of thought into their booths—rather literally with Hikvision's “Thought Theater”—and some companies, like IDIS, are using big booths at ISC West to introduce themselves to the industry. IDIS, a global manufacturer, is setting up a 2,800 square-foot booth—one of the top 10 biggest booths at the show this year—as a first time exhibitor. This booth heralds IDIS' entrance into the U.S. market,...

Anixter, Assa Abloy, Axis Communications, Bosch, Clark, David Gottlieb, Doug Wheaton, Hikvision USA, Honeywell, IDIS, Keith Drummond, Liz Cohen, Lynette Baranowski, Nissan, Pelco, Reed Expo, Samsung, Steve LaRoche, Tri-Ed, Trish Moubayed, UTC

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AT&T's Petersen explains Digital Life 'seamless hub' strategy

February 18, 2015Amy Canfield

ATLANTA—AT&T's plan to become a central, seamless hub that integrates a variety of systems into its Digital Life platform is becoming a reality, according to Kevin Petersen, SVP, AT&T Digital Life.Petersen, who heads up AT&T's home security and automation business, told Security Systems News that AT&T has always planned for Digital Life to be an open-standards, managed platform. What's new is the telecom's partnerships with Lutron Electronics, Samsung, Qualcomm Life and LG Electronics.  With...

AT&T, AT&T Digital Life, Kevin Petersen, LG Electronics, Lutron Electronics, Qualcomm Life, Samsung

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