Convergence Q&A

Facing up to lock and key denial

Next Column: ISC West Surprises

Based on what I learned at ISC West, and in some follow-up research, some long-term and commonly held conclusions about the state of the security industry are no longer true. There is some honest-to-goodness “convergence thinking” going on in the industry, and I’m happy to present it in the next issue’s column.

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