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Taking the industry’s temperature on in-person events

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Taking the industry’s temperature on in-person events

August 18, 2021Paul Ragusa, Editor

YARMOUTH, Maine—Coming out of the past year of endless virtual conferences, trade shows and meetings, followed by the recent return to in-person travel (ISC West in Las Vegas in July comes to mind) – and the rise of the variant putting a damper on all things – this month’s News Poll looks to take the industry’s temperature on resuming travel in the coming year. Looking first at all of the virtual options that have been exhausted over the past year, and more specifically...

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SSN readers sound-off: Nearly half not ready for in-person events

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SSN readers sound-off: Nearly half not ready for in-person events

May 12, 2021Paul Ragusa, Editor

YARMOUTH, Maine—With trade-show season starting up again, including some of the industry’s key conferences going with a hybrid format, this month’s News Poll looks to gauge where readers are with traveling in the coming months and remainder of the year. Many security professionals dipped their toes into conference travel by attending PSA TEC in Denver last week, and with ISC West – notably the industry’s biggest trade show – coming up in July, the goal of this...

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News Poll: Industry making mental health a priority

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News Poll: Industry making mental health a priority

April 19, 2021Paul Ragusa, Editor

YARMOUTH, Maine—During Security Systems News’ first-ever virtual SecurityNext conference in February – toward the end of the “What End Users Want” panel – the topic of mental health came up, spurring some important discussion around an area that is often overlooked. For many who have been forced to work remotely this past year during COVID, it has been even more difficult to find that work-life balance. The goal of this month’s News Poll is to get the...

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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...

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Will the new administration be good for security?

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Will the new administration be good for security?

February 17, 2021Paul Ragusa, Editor

YARMOUTH, Maine—As with every change in administration, the impact, either good or bad, on the security industry is something that has been hotly debated in this column before, and one that is at the heart of this month’s News Poll. The SolarWinds cyber incident has put additional stress on the urgency to shore up our national cyber defenses, and the new administration has made a number of appointments to bolster national cybersecurity, possibly signaling a renewed focus on both cyber...

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Is the remote workforce trend here to stay?

January 13, 2021Paul Ragusa, Editor

The remote workforce phenomenon, brought on by COVID-19 and stay-at-home directives in many of the hardest hit states, has changed, possibly forever, how companies and organizations do business. According to Gartner Research’s recent report on Remote Work, more than 48 percent of employees will continue to work remotely post COVID-19. While there are clearly some positives for moving to a remote, or hybrid workforce model, there are also some pitfalls, or challenges, to such an...

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SSN News Poll: Cloud, AI, data analytics top trends for 2021

November 16, 2020Paul Ragusa, Editor

YARMOUTH, Maine—With the recent release of the Security Industry Association (SIA) Security Megatrends for 2021, Security System News’ December News Poll gauges where readers stand on new trends and technology, and the impact they will have on the industry moving forward.   Big picture, it is not surprising to see cloud-based solutions as the top tech trend for 2021, as SSN readers understand that computing in the cloud is the key to realizing high-level artificial intelligence...

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News Poll: Readers weigh in on web security, safety for children

October 21, 2020Paul Ragusa, Editor

YARMOUTH, Maine—The article “Technology and Trafficking: the tick-tocking time bomb” by Elisa Mula, founder, EMD Designs Inc., and Min Kyriannis, managing director of EMD/JMK and co-president of the Women in International Security (WIIS) New York, opened our eyes to a real reality that is potentially affecting the safety and security of our children. In this month’s New Poll, we asked readers for their thoughts on this important but seldom looked at topic that revolves...

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SSN News Poll: Security companies struggling to get funding through the CARES Act

May 13, 2020Paul Ragusa, Editor

YARMOUTH, Maine—While the recent announcement of a second round of CARES Act funding for small businesses is good news, many are wondering if it will make it into the hands of the companies that need it most, as the first round of funding ran out quickly, with several problems reported.Security companies in particular have been struggling to get approved to receive financial relief, evidenced by results from Security Systems News latest News Poll looking at the how the industry is making out...

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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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