The security week that was: 06/13/08

A weekly surveillance of news shaping your profession

Everyone has been watching Cisco since the company has made strategic acquisitions of physical security/video surveillance firms. This week the company bought Divitech, a name you're probably not very aware of. That's because the company has traditionally specialized in networks for managing consumer video, but the read on this from the security industry is that Divitech's management solutions could have technological implications for how Cisco manages video across a business, whether that's consumer video or surveillance video. As always, Cisco proves again that they're a company to watch.

Coming soon: ESX

We're less than a couple weeks away from the inaugural ESX tradeshow being put on by the NBFAA and the CSAA in Nashville, Tenn. People I'm talking to in the alarm and monitoring side of the business seem very excited to see how this turns out, and the show really seems to have some wheels under it. If you haven't registered, but are considering attending, bounce over to their website at and check it out. If you're attending, come by the Cygnus Security Group booth and say hello to the staff members from and Security Dealer & Integrator magazine.

In the forums:
Baiting for bad LP stops

Our loss prevention pros are discussing how crooks "bait for a bad stop"-- basically taking advantage of loss prevention practices to try to sue a company. If you've heard of such an incident or have experienced similar baiting of security, weigh in on this topic. Our forums are free to join and open to industry pros.