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Showtime surplus

June 19, 2024Ken Showers, Managing Editor

Summer is in full swing if you hadn’t guessed by the extreme temperatures surfacing everywhere (unless you happen to live in Antarctica), and somehow, we’re still in full swing of conference season. Actually, scratch that, I might be wrong. It occurs to me that we might not ever truly be OUT of conference season in the security industry. I mean, ISC West was only a scant few months ago in April, and then in May we had PSA TEC. We started out at the beginning of June with the Electronic...

AcceleRISE, Bart Proctor, Conference, Electronic Security Expo (ESX), Global Security Exchange (GSX), ISC West, Pye-Barker, Security LeadHER


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App-ology

June 5, 2024Ken Showers, Managing Editor

Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses, only please don’t send me any more apps, because I think I’ve hit my limit. This week I yearn to breath the air of freedom from software applications because I can’t seem to escape writing about everyone’s new app. You might think I’m exaggerating, and you’d be right, I’m not spending my time talking about new apps soon to infest people’s smartphones, and that’s because I’m spending...

app, Artificial Intelligence (AI), DOOR, Latch, software


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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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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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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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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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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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Aired grievances

March 13, 2024Ken Showers, Managing Editor

A dozen lawsuits later and it sounds like Airbnb has finally put the kibosh on indoor security cameras in its policies. I’m not an aficionado of the rental properties lifestyle but I suppose I assumed that it was, at the very least, frowned upon beforehand to install security cameras indoors at places like this. Obviously, bathrooms and bedrooms were already a no-go but having a bunch of Norman Bates’ peeping on tenants while having a somewhat ambiguous policy on indoor surveillance...

Airbnb, Andrew Witty, security cameras, Surveillance, UnitedHealthcare, Wyze


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Thrillogy

March 6, 2024Ken Showers, Managing Editor

The return of dreaded continuity. I swear that three is our lucky number and this will be the last time I discuss ransomware in this space, at least for a little while. BlackCat/ALPHV is apparently falling apart this week if you’ve been following that story closely. The official word is that they stole the $22 million payment from UnitedHealthcare and collectively ghosted the world. Which, you know, that money is kind of already stolen? I mean, that’s what blackmail basically is, guys....

ALPHV, Artificial Intelligence (AI), BlackCat, Cybersecurity, Ransomware, UnitedHealthcare


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United they fall

February 28, 2024Ken Showers, Managing Editor

Oh man, I really don’t like doing the same topic two weeks in a row, but we have to talk about ransomware again. It should be about the ADT webcast, but we’ll save that one for next week, as a treat. Instead, today we’re going to take our medicine and I get to say I told you so while discussing the ransomware attack on UnitedHealthcare by BlackCat. You’ll remember BlackCat (ALPHV) because we’ve covered it before, but also because in this very blog spot last week I...

ADT, ALPHV, BlackCat, FTC, Ransomware, United States Department of Justice (DOJ), UnitedHealthcare


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