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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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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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Cybersecurity shortfall a national emergency

January 27, 2021Paul Ragusa, Editor

The cybersecurity industry is currently facing a monumental shortfall in security professionals. That is the urgent message sounded from the latest (ISC)2 report from the International Information System Security Certification Consortium, which noted, “There is a lack of capable, fresh, new talent within the industry. Talent that is vital to uphold national cyber defense capabilities.” This is sobering news following the recent SolarWinds attack, among other noteworthy national breaches. In...

Cybersecurity, Min Kyriannis, Pierre Bourgeix


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Is the remote workforce trend here to stay?

January 13, 2021Paul Ragusa, Editor

The remote workforce phenomenon, brought on by COVID-19 and stay-at-home directives in many of the hardest hit states, has changed, possibly forever, how companies and organizations do business. According to Gartner Research’s recent report on Remote Work, more than 48 percent of employees will continue to work remotely post COVID-19. While there are clearly some positives for moving to a remote, or hybrid workforce model, there are also some pitfalls, or challenges, to such an...

SSN News Poll


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M&A outlook: The good, the bad and the ugly

December 30, 2020Paul Ragusa, Editor

Sorry about the classic movie reference – cue that epic western movie theme music now please – but this year will be remembered as one of the most challenging in American history, and the security industry has not been immune, with the impact of this past year being felt in all facets of the industry, certainly some more than others. The 2020 M&A market, in particular, has had some wild activity. Just in the last six months alone we have seen some big deals, most notably: Allied...

Imperial Capital, M&A


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A time to celebrate …

December 9, 2020Paul Ragusa, Editor

I know, many of you clicked on the title thinking, “celebrate? Does this guy realize we are in part two of a pandemic?!” But, seriously, the entire world as we know it can’t wait to countdown to 2021, and distance ourselves as much as possible from a year that was fraught with uncertainty and challenges, pushing many of us to dig down to places we didn’t even know existed for strength and resilience, and to recalibrate ourselves to this – I promise I’m not going...

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SecurityNext 2021 virtual conference program is here!

November 18, 2020Paul Ragusa, Editor

We here at Security System News are excited to announce the education program for our virtual SecurityNext conference — held over two afternoons on Feb. 24-25, 2021. This year’s virtual conference follows what was a highly successful inaugural SecurityNext in-person conference earlier this year in New Orleans, right before the pandemic changed in-person conferences for 2020 and the foreseeable future. I am sure we are all looking forward to getting back to some semblance of normalcy as...

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ADT + Google + Alarm.com?

November 11, 2020Paul Ragusa, Editor

Recent Q3 earnings announcements from smart home security giants ADT and Alarm.com helped to clear up the smart home picture a bit, as both companies addressed the current and future state of their partnership in light of ADT’s recent megadeal with Google earlier this year. Both company CEOs talked at length about their future plans as it relates to all parties involved, creating an interesting landscape as the race to control the smart home tightens while getting a little less murky at...

ADT, alarm.com, Google


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The business impact of COVID-19 …

November 4, 2020Paul Ragusa, Editor

We continue to do research on, talk with industry leaders about and write on “the business impact of COVID-19” here at Security Systems News, and, well … actually … have had the topic loom as the backdrop for most, if not every, conversation we have these days. And for good reason! While there are obvious and real challenges we all face during these times, the continuing flow of new research, like the latest white paper from Axis Communications, shows that change and...

Axis Communications, COVID-19, Fredrik Nilsson


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Predicting the future …

October 28, 2020Paul Ragusa, Editor

It is that time of the season — and no, please don’t cue the holiday music just yet — for making “predictions” for 2021. Yes, time to look in the crystal ball. And following last week’s blog looking at SIA’s top 10 security megatrands for 2021, I thought it was fitting to look at the International Data Corporation’s predictions, which, not surprisingly, have cloud as the top trend for 2021. The timing of this list made me smile because just this...

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