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Game of drones

May 29, 2024Cory Harris, Editor

Drones have emerged in the physical security space as a reliable video surveillance tool, but New York City (NYC) Mayor Eric Adams is traveling uncharted waters, so to speak, in how he wants to utilize drones during the summer months. As a NYC resident, I have read numerous articles on how there’s a lifeguard shortage at area beaches this summer. Now, with Memorial Day weekend in the rearview mirror and summer unofficially underway, Mayor Adams has come up with a game plan to overcome the...

Eric Adams, Kaz Daughtry, New York City Fire Department (FDNY), New York Police Department (NYPD), NYC Parks Department


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The nature of our emergency

May 22, 2024Ken Showers, Managing Editor

The security industry has a problem, and unlike the title suggests an AI doctor probably isn’t going to fix it. In the past week I’ve probably seen half a dozen references to the shortage of manpower in the security industry. Which sector of the industry? All of it probably, but the two that stood out to me have been CISO’s and security operations centers personnel. Two cogs that are definitely needed for the larger machine to function, and currently AI isn’t...

Artificial Intelligence (AI), CISO, Cybersecurity, Fortinet, Jamison Peevyhouse, RapidSOS, security industry, security operations centers (SOC)


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My, how you have grown

May 15, 2024Cory Harris, Editor

I’m channeling Van Morrison for this week’s blog after spending the last few days at PSA TEC 2024, a conference being fittingly held in “Big D.” Why do I say, “fittingly held?” Well, they say that everything is bigger in Texas, and I’m in Dallas, a city whose nickname is “Big D.” What I’m trying to say is that PSA TEC has gotten bigger each year since I started coming to the integrator-based conference, and it doesn’t seem like...

2024, Access Control, Bill Bozeman, integrators, PSA TEC


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Quarter pounded

May 8, 2024Ken Showers, Managing Editor

Dire continuity yields to the march of time as this week marks cleanup for the industry’s quarterly financial results. One more to go as of writing this and then the second quarter (Q2) 2024 begins for me in earnest, but most companies have probably been eager to get a jump on Q2 for some time now. It’s no secret that it’s been a rough financial quarter for everyone in one way or another, I don’t even think it’s confined to the security industry either! Go peek at...

2024, Financial Results, Resideo Technologies, Second Quarter (Q2), security industry, Snap One


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A two-headed fight for facial recognition

May 1, 2024Cory Harris, Editor

The issue of whether to ban facial recognition technology has reared its ugly head again, and this time, the Security Industry Association (SIA) has an ally to help its cause. SIA joined forces with the International Biometrics + Identity Association (IBIA) – an international trade group that represents the identiļ¬cation technology industry – to compose a letter dated April 15, 2024, encouraging Congress to oppose a provision in the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization...

Don Erickson, Federal Av, International Biometrics + Identity Association (IBIA), Maria Cantwell, Rick Larsen, Robert Tappan, Sam Graves, Security Industry Association (SIA), Ted Cruz, Transportation Security Administration (TSA), United States Congress


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The Wiz-ard

April 24, 2024Ken Showers, Managing Editor

Stop me if you’ve never heard of it, but "The Wizard" is a quintessential movie for the millennial who loved and grew up with video games. Just like Jimmy Woods in his quest to win a video game tournament, there’s another Wiz on its way to California, only they’re more interested in buying up Lacework. That’s the news that I’ve had my eye on for the past week anyway as the cloud security unicorn startup looks to buy up their rival to the tune of $150-200...

Assaf Rappaport, Cloud security, Lacework, SentinelOne, Wiz


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ISC West hits the jackpot

April 17, 2024Cory Harris, Editor

Safe to say that ISC West 2024 came up all 7s. Sorry, had to use some slot machine terminology as Las Vegas was the center of the security universe for the largest industry show of the year. It’s a good thing I’m not claustrophobic, and I’m sure my quartet of Security Systems News colleagues who joined me in Vegas – Ken Showers, Brad Durost, Acasia Gardner and Christina Throndson – would echo that sentiment. Boy, was that show floor packed to the gills or what? We...

2024, 2025, Acasia Gardner, Brad Durost, Christina Throndson, ISC West, Ken Showers, Las Vegas, Mary Beth Shaughnessy, Mission 500, Security 5K, Security Systems News (SSN), SIA Women in Security Forum (WISF), The Wallflowers, Venetian Expo


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She sells security

April 9, 2024Ken Showers, Managing Editor

I’m writing this after completing the first leg of my journey towards ISC West 2024, and I can safely say that “She Sells Sanctuary” by The Cult is the best road song of all time. What are some good runners up you might ask? “Roundabout” by Yes, and “Last Train Home” by Pat Metheny for sure. Late night drive? “No Sleep till Brooklyn” by the Beastie Boys, easily answered questions. What might not be an easily answered question is what programming...

2024, interview, ISC West, Security Systems News (SSN), video


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Honoring a great man's legacy

April 3, 2024Cory Harris, Editor

As we all prepare for ISC West next week, one man who sadly will not be in Las Vegas will instead be honored for his years of dedication to his company and the security industry as a whole. Paul Ahern was the longtime CEO of Cypress Integration Solutions who passed away in January 2023 after a battle with liver and pancreatic cancer. Paul’s presence at industry shows - including ISC West and Security Systems News’ own SecurityNext conference - demonstrated his commitment to not...

Brien Ahern, ISC West, Open Supervised Device Protocol, Paul Ahern, Security Industry Association (SIA), Security Systems News (SSN), SecurityNext, The Interface


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Silicon dreams

March 27, 2024Ken Showers, Managing Editor

This week we’re talking about a subject near and dear to my heart, well, near at least if you count proximity. That’s right, we’re discussing the recent semiconductor investment in Arizona. I usually go to the well to find the most current security topics for my blogs, but things dry up the closer you get to a major industry show since everyone wants to play their cards close to their chests. I think the major semiconductor news isn’t too long in the tooth, however....

Arizona, Intel, NortonLifeLock, Resideo, Semiconductor, Verkada


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