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Thanks to you

November 22, 2022Ken Showers, Managing Editor

That’s it, that’s the title. There’s nothing witty for you this week I’m afraid (though not for lack of trying). I’m taking this week to reflect on what we all have to be thankful for. For me, it’s the opportunity to share this blog space with you every week and discuss important topics in the security sphere and things adjacent. It’s only been a few months, but they’ve been great as I settle in with all my welcoming new co-workers. I’m also...

Community Service Trust, COVID-19, Qatar, Richard Fierro, Security, Thanksgiving, Thomas James, World Cup


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Poll Position

November 16, 2022Ken Showers, Managing Editor

Even now I hesitate to make any declaration, but ill just come out and say it. The U.S. midterm elections are over (barring a few outliers), and we came out unscathed from the ordeal. Now I’m going to look pretty stupid if a bunch of yee-hadi’s try to storm the Arizona State Capitol in the morning, but for the moment it seems like cooler heads have prevailed and we managed to have both safe and secure elections. I mean, there were some rumbles and stumbles in the lead up (My home state...

Arizona State Capitol, Dominion Voting Systems, election fraud, Security, U.S. midterm elections


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¡Lotería!

November 9, 2022Ken Showers, Managing Editor

As the name of the blog series implies, today we’ll be discussing a topic I’ve been monitoring closely. It’s been the hot topic for the past few weeks as whose potential outcomes have divided the nation. I’m talking about the Powerball drawing of course. Yeah, yeah, I guess we could talk about the United States Midterm Elections, but after weeks of non-stop advertisement and harassment I think we could all use a break. Besides, as I write this the results aren’t...

Cybersecurity, Eddie Raymond Tipton, Internal Revenue Service, Lottery, Midterm Elections, Minnesota State Lottery, physical security, Powerball, Security


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It’s a natural musk, unfortunately

November 1, 2022Ken Showers, Managing Editor

Yesterday I did something I promised myself I wouldn’t do, which is talk about Elon Musk. I now find myself breaking that promise two days in a row to explain myself, because you might ask yourself, “What does Elon Musk have to do with security?” It’s a good question! Tangentially a lot of things really. His Tesla model electric cars contain a full suite of modern security and monitoring features of course. I find myself yearning for a simpler time when that’s...

Elon Musk, Facebook, Meta, MySpace, Parag Agrawal, Peter Zatko, Reddit, Saudi Arabia, Security, Tesla, TikTok, Twitter


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Critical Juncture

October 26, 2022Ken Showers, Managing Editor

I don’t have a fun or whimsical title for this week’s blog. I changed it once already because the original title listed too close to something repugnant that I’d rather not invoke. I can’t have any fun with this one this week because I’m talking about school shootings. On Oct. 24, a former student assaulted the Central Visual and Performing Arts High School in St. Louis Missouri killing two and injuring an additional seven people. It follows in the wake of the tragedy...

AI, Central Visual and Performing Arts High School, Columbine, metal detectors, Parkland school shooting, security guards, security industry, thermal imaging, Uvalde, video surveillance systems


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Man in the Mirror

October 19, 2022Ken Showers, Managing Editor

Before October is over, I thought I should take the time to talk a little bit about National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, I.E., this one. If you’ve been following my blog or roughly most of my cybersecurity-based stories for this publication, then you don’t need me to tell you how important cybersecurity is. Mass data breaches are common, and damages from cyber crime and spending to counter it is a steeply rising slope. It’s no surprise then that the theme of this awareness...

cyber crime, Cybersecurity, Inkhouse, IT, National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, Security


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Structural Integrity

October 12, 2022Ken Showers, Managing Editor

When you think of infrastructure your mind probably wanders to buildings, public transportation, the interstate system, or possibly the pothole on the street outside your house the city refuses to fill that could house a small family now. However, infrastructure is a word that’s been popping up regularly in my stories lately, especially in cybersecurity. I’d like to say its for a good reason, but the truth is that our cybersecurity infrastructure is incredibly vulnerable. In the...

CommonSpirit Health, Cybersecurity, digital license plate, infrastructure, public transportation


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Green Acres

October 5, 2022Ken Showers, Managing Editor

Marijuana has been on my mind a lot lately. I don’t partake, but it seems to be popping up just in the periphery of my notice. For example, I was reading an article the other day about how a security firm laid off 289 guards at dispensaries owned by Trulieve in Florida. A bummer for anyone caught up in that obviously (and a missed headline opportunity to say they were weeded out), but I have a feeling they might be able to get new work easily. You see locally there’s a proposition...

Bayacan, Green Acres, Leafly, legalized marijuana, Marijuana, NatureSweet Tomatoes, security services industry, Trulieve


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A Lack of Trust

September 28, 2022Ken Showers, Managing Editor

Last week I wrote a story about the anti-trust lawsuit filed by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) against Swedish company Assa Abloy to prevent their acquisition of the hardware and home improvement division of Spectrum Brand Holdings.  To give you an idea of the tone for this blog my other titles were, “Passing Go” and “Hungry, Hungry Hippos”. Preaching a parable about corporate greed would be misplaced in a B2B focused publication however, so I would instead...

anti-trust, Assa Abloy, AT&T, Hulu, Jonathan Kanter, Netflix, Spectrum Brand Holdings, Standard Oil, U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ)


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On The Editor's Desk

Swinging for a cause

September 21, 2022Cory Harris, Editor

My son and I got up early on Saturday morning, but we didn’t mind at all. We got in the car and drove from New York City to New Jersey, and although getting to the George Washington Bridge was practically a crawl thanks to weekend construction, we were stoked to reach our ultimate destination – the Mission 500 annual softball game. For those who are unfamiliar with Mission 500, the nonprofit organization’s goal is to work together with the security industry to support underprivileged...

Anthony Romano, CTCI Technology, Dahua Technology, David Furcayg, Defined Marketing, Glasser Security Group, Greg Dabice, Janet Fenner, Jules Nieves, Marc Berman, Matt Gyulay, Michael Glasser, Mission 500, Ruben & Company, ScanSource, Tracy Larson


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