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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?

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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News Poll: SSN readers share how they pick events

May 23, 2018Spencer Ives

YARMOUTH, Maine—Security companies continually watch the landscape of industry events grow and change, and need to budget their time and resources accordingly. Security Systems News asked its readers about the number of shows they attend and if that has increased or decreased in recent years.“We attend based on what we think we can get out of it from attending both through the education, networking, product standpoints. We have scaled back as we aren't looking to change product offerings...

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News Poll: Reader opinions vary on PERS offerings for the security dealer

September 6, 2017Spencer Ives

YARMOUTH, Maine—Security Systems News asked its readers about personal emergency response systems and how the offering could fit in with a traditional alarm dealer's portfolio; some see the two systems as different, others say there is opportunity for security dealers.“We have always provided PERS although a small part of our business,” Jim Buckley, president of Buckley Security Service Inc., wrote in. “[It] does increase RMR but we also provide a system for those on fixed...

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SSN Readers: Google eyeing security

February 5, 2014Leif Kothe

YARMOUTH, Maine—Google's recent acquisition of home automation company Nest Labs led many to believe the tech giant was setting up a beachhead on the industry's shores. Readers who responded to a recent SSN News Poll tend to agree, with many saying Google's buy is no half-hearted entrance into security—it's a sign of ever-larger involvement in the residential space.Seventy percent of respondents believe Google will become a major home automation provider, while another 64 percent say...

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