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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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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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Batteries Not Included

September 21, 2022Ken Showers, Managing Editor

When you clicked on this blog today you probably thought I was going to talk about data breaches or cyberattacks, but the jokes on you. That’s right, I refuse to beat that dead horse another week, the cyber-meltdown is taking time off. I’m talking about robots. Well artificial intelligence, drones, and robots to be precise! The next big thing in the security industry, allegedly. It’s hard not to see it everywhere with A.I. and machine learning algorithms built into data protection...

A.I., ADT, Amazon, Drones, Jobs Sector, Robots


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Some Like It Hot

September 14, 2022Ken Showers, Managing Editor

There’s at least one data breach story waiting for me to get around to as I sit and write this. When I wake up tomorrow there will almost certainly be a new one. Cybersecurity has been going through a bit of a meltdown right now as breach after breach has rendered any hope of keeping your personal data secure within the aether of the internet dead. I’m at a loss of what else to say about it, unless you’ve spent the last thirty years living in the woods you’ve almost certainly...

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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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Dancin’ in September

August 31, 2022Cory Harris, Editor

As August winds down and September arrives this week, we know that school (for my kids, anyway) and the reemergence of autumn leaves and cooler temperatures are just around the corner. While the title of my blog pays tribute to a classic song by Earth, Wind & Fire (one of my personal favorites by them, I might add), dancing in September seems a fitting description of what I’ll be doing over the next 30 days as this month promises to be a busy, yet very exciting one for yours truly. Why,...

GSX, Mission 500, Roy Dagan, SecuriThings, Security Industry Association (SIA), Security Systems News


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The Circle of Life

August 31, 2022Ken Showers, Managing Editor

Last week the CHIPS and Science Act was signed and meant to help jumpstart American efforts to supercharge our domestic semiconductor industry and reduce costs of labor while providing jobs to Americans. The answer to what this has to do with security, is everything. Cybersecurity, residential, industrial, national security, the whole shebang. It’s the circle of life. Not just security either, literally everything. You’d be hard pressed to find any product not tagged as a smart device...

CHIPS and Science Act of 2022, Cybersecurity, Semiconductor, Smart Devices, Taiwan


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Deadly Complacency

August 24, 2022Ken Showers, Managing Editor

I spend a lot of time digging through company PR emails, press releases, LinkedIn posts, tweets, and other corporate media. A lot of it sounds so familiar at this point I could recite it in my sleep, but today I paused for a moment. It was a throwaway line that roughly stated physical security was no longer enough of a deterrent and that clients should look to more electronic methods to be secure. Taking into consideration the last few weeks I’m disinclined to agree. Security guards and...

Chris Rock, physical security, Salman Rushdie, Shinzo Abe, Will Smith


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DEI is A-OK

August 17, 2022Cory Harris, Editor

Long time, no blog. I admit, I have been on the blogging sidelines for several weeks now while my new comrade, Managing Editor Ken Showers, has settled in and immediately given his thoughts on various relevant security industry topics under my old blogging banner, Monitoring Matters. As I’m now officially the editor of Security Systems News, my blogs will now fall under the title of On the Editor’s Desk, which you obviously know since you found me and are reading this right now. Now...

Atakama, Celia T. Besore, CPI Security, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Leadership, Lisa Oliveri, National Democratic Institute, SSN 40 under 40 Class of 2021, Stephanie Weagle, Steve Butkovich, The Monitoring Association (TMA)


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Security vs. Convenience

August 10, 2022Ken Showers, Managing Editor

I’ve spent a lot of time recently thinking about passwords. I mean, who doesn’t do that these days?  Using a new streaming service? Password. Changing financial institutions? Password. Starting a new job? Probably a dozen new passwords. In a recent blog I discussed just how prevalent the data breach has become in our daily lives and how much is affected by it. It reveals our security vulnerabilities all the way down to our habits. That kind of problem isn’t targeted at any...

Ring


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