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Four Moms, One Cause

April 7, 2021Cory Harris, Managing Editor

In my last blog, I talked about the importance of the security industry coming together for a common cause – the fight against cyberattacks. Two weeks later, another national threat has brought a quartet of security moms together for a great cause. Driven by the passion of Elisa Mula, Founder, EM Designs (EMD), LLC, she and three other moms in the security industry - Min Kyriannis, Managing Director, JMK Group; Antoinette King, PSP, Key Account Manager, Axis Communications; and Janet Fenner,...

Antoinette King, Elisa Mula, Janet Fenner, Min Kyriannis, Moms in Security


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Turn and face the strange …

March 31, 2021Paul Ragusa, Editor

Heading back today from my first vaccine shot (first of two), I got to thinking about this past year, and how we as a nation, as an industry, are inching our way back to the way things were before this nightmare called COVID hit us all just over a year ago. I don’t know if it is just me, but I have been insanely driven, work-wise, this past year, and I have learned that this new work-from-home dynamic does come with some caveats, as I am sure many of us have learned over this past year....

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Come together, right now

March 24, 2021Cory Harris, Managing Editor

It was just two weeks ago when my blog offered a cautionary tale about the Verkada security breach and stressed the importance of making the necessary investment to prevent cyberattacks like that from happening to other businesses. Fast forward to today, and while I have no idea if my blog ignited a spark, I have been extremely pleased by the overwhelming response of the security industry recently in the battle against cyber threats. Let’s start with the first collaboration announced...

Andrew Lanning, ASIS International, Electronic Security Association, InfraGard, Kasia Hanson, Min Kyriannis, Security Industry Association (SIA), The Monitoring Association (TMA)


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Industry giving back during great time of need

March 17, 2021Paul Ragusa, Editor

With Mission 500 recently opening nominations for their 2021 Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Award and 2021 Humanitarian Award, we here at Security Systems News wanted to highlight how important it is to recognize those companies that do give back, while hopefully inspiring others. We also wanted to use this opportunity to gauge where the industry is when it comes to CSR programs, and just giving back, in general. After a year since COVID, the need to give back to those in need is greater...

Corporate social responsibility, Giving Back, Mission 500


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The Verkada Breach: A cautionary tale

March 10, 2021Cory Harris, Managing Editor

If you have been following my and SSN Editor Paul Ragusa's blogs, you know how much we have been stressing hypervigilance on the cybersecurity front, because there is just so much to lose. The news from Bloomberg this week that Verkada was the victim of a breach by hackers who were able to access live and archived footage from 150,000 security cameras inside Verkada customers' facilities, as well as its own offices, is just another example of why any company, regardless of size, can fall...

Cybersecurity, data breach, Verkada


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Security spending on the rise, new Brivo-ASIS report finds

March 3, 2021Paul Ragusa, Editor

Brivo and ASIS International released their fifth annual Physical Security Industry Survey, based on responses from more than 500 U.S.-based physical security and facility management professionals, fielded from November 2020–January 2021. Results reveal that more than half of respondents see increases in spending on security in the near future.  The Brivo Smart Security Trends Report: Physical Security Disruption in the COVID Era focuses on physical security impacts from COVID,...

ASIS International, Brivo, cloud-based technology, security trends


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SecurityNext is here!

February 23, 2021Cory Harris, Managing Editor

I’m so excited, and I just can’t hide it! My apologies for channeling the Pointer Sisters, but we’re now just hours away from the must-see event of the year for you, the security industry, as we present the SecurityNext virtual conference on Feb. 24-25. In addition to the keynote speakers, informative sessions and invaluable networking opportunities that the conference will provide in keeping with this year’s theme of “Staying Connected and Informed,” Security...

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Cybersecurity On The Editor's Desk

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...

Cybersecurity, SSN News Poll


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Come one, come all …

February 10, 2021Cory Harris, Managing Editor

Hear ye, hear ye! We’re only two weeks away from the can’t-miss event of the year in the security industry – Security Systems News’ virtual SecurityNext conference taking place Feb. 24-25. While we wish we could all be together in person to network, to learn, to discover the newest and exciting technology in the marketplace, and honor the best and brightest in the security industry, this year’s virtual event will still offer the opportunity to do all of the above...

40 under 40, SecurityNext conference


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Infusion of youth making the industry better

February 3, 2021Paul Ragusa, Editor

One thing we can all agree on is the importance of attracting young and diverse talent to the security industry, a mission we here at Security Systems News take very seriously. Our “40 under 40” award program (formerly "20 under 40"), which is going on now for more than a decade, has allowed us to shine a light on, and help propel forward, the next generation of security industry leaders. There is nothing more gratifying than to see the dozens and dozens of past 40 under 40 winners go...

40 under 40, SecurityNext


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