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Showing gratitude …

September 29, 2021Paul Ragusa, Editor

We are entering a really busy time here at Security Systems News, highlighted by the recent big announcement of the partnership with PSA on our new Integrator of the Year and Bill Bozeman Awards, which took almost a year of hard work and planning to create; the soon-to-be-announced “40 under 40” Class of 2021 winners; the list of Women in Security honorees who we will be featuring with Security Industry Association’s (SIA’s) Women in Security Forum (WISF) in 2022; and, last...

40 under 40, advisory board, Security Industry Association (SIA), Security Systems News, Women in Security Forum (WISF)


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Take me out to the ballpark!

September 15, 2021Paul Ragusa, Editor

I have to say I miss going to a sporting event and cheering on my favorite team, going to a concert, doing anything other than watching live events on TV! The energy and excitement of being there live, sharing in the moment with thousands of other like-minded people creates, hopefully, great memories. Unless your team loses, or the band stinks, but that is a different story! For sports fans (me included), the sight – and sound – of fans back in the seats and organized sports...

National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security, The University of Southern Mississippi (USM)


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The war on cyber …

August 25, 2021Paul Ragusa, Editor

There is one thing cybersecurity experts can guarantee … no sorry, it’s not invincibility against an attack! It is, unfortunately, an assurance that cyberattacks – in their many shapes, forms, sizes and intensity – will continue for the foreseeable future, ad nauseum! But that doesn’t mean we have to take it sitting down. The cybersecurity world, and security professionals as well, need to continue to do their part to stay one step ahead of these cybercriminals,...

Cybersecurity, Honeywell


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Is video surveillance making a comeback?

August 4, 2021Paul Ragusa, Editor

It seems like all we have been talking about these days is access control. Sure, thermal and infrared technology continues to be a hot topic during the pandemic, but for many end users, it was, and still is in some respects, more about deciding if that even is the best technology to solve the problem. And, more importantly, if it is, finding the right company among a sea of companies trying to cash in on the thermal camera space.  Today, though, it is more about creating an...

network video surveillance, thermal cameras, video surveillance


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Smart home, DIY driving security adoption

July 21, 2021Paul Ragusa, Editor

My first beat when I joined Security Systems News in 2016 was covering the residential scene, which fortunately for me, was undergoing an incredible transformation driven mainly by the rise of the smart home and, of course, the ability to control everything from our almighty phones. I remember the ceiling that security was trying to break through was that 25 percent mark for home security system adoption – a number the industry had been stuck at for quite some time. But back then, there...

DIY, Parks Associates, smart home


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Turning the tide on facial recognition bans?

July 14, 2021Paul Ragusa, Editor

If you are just reading the headlines, or watching the latest “breaking news” reports – is there ever not breaking news? – you’d think the latest round of bans of facial recognition technology (Maryland and even my beloved Maine are the latest two!) is creating momentum in that direction, but, fortunately, that is not the case! In fact, with the help of advocacy groups within our very own security industry, including the Security Industry Association (SIA), we are...

facial recognition technology, Jake Parker, privacy, Security Industry Association (SIA)


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“40 under 40” Takeover!

June 30, 2021Paul Ragusa, Editor

No, don’t worry – we haven’t been hacked! But we are undergoing a “40 under 40” Class of 2020 takeover of our website, again! For the third time this year! This is my favorite time here at Security Systems News because we get to celebrate, in a really big way, eight more “40 under 40” winners from our class of 2020. This is also the time of the year to inspire you to nominate someone – a peer, a co-worker, someone you mentor (even yourself) –...

40 under 40, Class of 2020


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Have We Reached the Cyber Tipping Point?

June 9, 2021Paul Ragusa, Editor

The numbers are getting kind of crazy, people. And I am not just talking about the big national cyberattack stories that we are seeing, but also the personal stories that go on daily within our homes and organizations. Just in the last month, I have seen several colleagues (don’t worry I won’t name names) get their emails compromised to the point that they sent me a malicious file to open. And, let’s be honest, when a close industry friend sends you a document to check out,...

Cybersecurity


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Industry confidence rebounding

May 26, 2021Paul Ragusa, Editor

While the U.S. begins to pull itself out of quarantine (the New Yorker cover sums it up perfectly), we here at Security Systems News have been hearing from all facets of the industry – dealers, systems integrators, consultants, manufacturers, end users – that things are starting to open up again, as new business pipelines (bad choice of word considering the recent Colonial Pipeline incident) begin to get back to pre-pandemic levels, and better, for some. As Eagle Eye Networks...

Dean Drako, Security Industry Association (SIA), SIA Security Market Index


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Historic moment for security …

May 5, 2021Paul Ragusa, Editor

Names of individuals left to right in the photo with Governor Kemp: Dan Gordon, President, Gordon Security Systems, Inc., Doug Bassett, Executive Director, Licensing and Compliance, XFINITY Home, COMCAST, Becky Busby-Maiello, Co-Owner, VP Sales, SDI. (Systems Distributors, Inc.), Stan Martin, Executive Director, SIAC (Security Industry Alarm Coalition), John Loud, President, LOUD Security Systems, Inc., and Vice Chairman, ESA (Electronic Security Association), Georgia Governor Brian P. Kemp,...

Electronic Security Association (ESA), false alarm ordinance, John Loud, Loud Security Systems, Sandy Springs, Security Industry Alarm Coalition (SIAC), Stan Martin


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