Caroline Hamilton

In the Risk Insider blog, security expert Caroline Hamilton will provide a different slant on a variety of security issues such as data privacy, active shooters, violence prevention, and the impact of IT on physical security. Using original research and interviews with key players, this blog will give the insider's perspective on a full range of security issues.

  • White House breach a security failure on multiple levels

    By Caroline Hamilton - Friday September 26, 2014
    Imagine the shock and awe when I found out my home was more secure than the White House, which along with the U.S. Capitol, is home to the leaders of the free world. Why? Because I lock my doors, which means my access control is 100 percent in place.  A simple thing, but because access control is the starting point for all security – doors have to be locked. We say that security should...
Joel Griffin

Lead SecurityInfoWatch news editor Joel Griffin blogs about the news of the day affecting the security industry in the Industry Surveillance blog.

  • Another week, another major data breach

    By Joel Griffin - Friday August 29, 2014
    There’s an old adage in the media industry about rating the newsworthiness of a story – “dog bites man” versus “man bites dog”. The implication is a story that is unusual or has a much greater impact would garner a lot more interest from readers than would an article that’s your average, run-of-the-mill news article. Unfortunately, we may be coming to the point soon where major...
Paul Rothman

In the Integrator Insights blog, Security Dealer & Integrator (SD&I) magazine editor Paul Rothman talks shop about video surveillance, RMR strategies, alarm monitoring and other topics of interest for today's systems integrators.

  • Social Media Power Can Be Measured in Ice Water

    By Paul Rothman - Friday August 22, 2014
    Still don’t believe that social media marketing can have a huge impact on your business? Have you seen anyone dump a bucket of ice water on their head lately? I bet you have. To many business owners in the security services industry, social media is this big, daunting beast that only the Millennials — Gen Y to some — can understand. They see it as a time-waster for the kids; they hardly...
Steve Lasky

Security Technology Executive magazine publisher Steve Lasky's blog The Blender looks at current events and trending news articles related to the security industry.

  • Entrepreneurial pride and technology advancement drives Speco

    By Steve Lasky - Friday August 15, 2014
    Amityville, New York had earned its past reputation from haunted houses not high technology. But thanks to Speco Technologies that image is rapidly changing. This privately-held, Long Island company is quickly making inroads in an extremely congested security industry with cutting-edge products, integrator-friendly customer service and aggressive rebranding. I recently had an opportunity to...
Deborah O'Mara

Award-winning security industry journalist Deborah O’Mara looks at trends impacting security dealers in the Profits and Pitfalls blog.

  • Buyer beware: 'Bad actors' siphon RMR from reputable alarm companies

    By Deborah O'Mara - Tuesday July 8, 2014
    It’s an image and stigma the professional security alarm industry has worked tirelessly to erase – that of the trunk slammer and ambulance chaser. Those of you who have been in the industry for any length of time know it hasn’t been easy to eradicate the reputation we formerly held as unscrupulous peddlers of security alarm systems.  Today, the majority of the industry works together to...
Curtis  Baillie

In the Security2LP blog, Security consultant and former loss prevention manager Curtis Baillie discusses matters of importance to security executives, retailers and store managers related to shrink, shoplifting, and LP.

  • Why every security consultant should attend the IAPSC conference

    By Curtis Baillie - Thursday February 13, 2014
    Editor’s note: The article below was written by IAPSC President, Frank Pisciotta, CSC. This is a great conference that every security consultant should consider attending. It features great vendor displays, discussions and sharing. There is something for everybody. I will be attending and look forward to seeing colleagues and other consultants there.  – Curt The International...
Darnell Washington, CISSP

The archived Darnell on IT blog from Darnell Washington

  • Building a winning project team for physical security installations

    By Darnell Washington, CISSP - Monday September 23, 2013
    In building a winning project team for physical security installations, lead project managers must carefully assess the skills of the project team to insure that proper representation of stakeholders is present, with a clear delineation of the roles and responsibilities of a project. In addition, there are several cultural, technical, process methodologies, and integration strategies that must...
Rob Phillips

Industry Insights Blogs from

  • As the security industry evolves, the same principles exist

    By Rob Phillips - Tuesday September 17, 2013
    A recent comprehensive study by ASIS International and the Institute of Finance and Management (IOFM) shows a booming market for security. It’s $350 billion, to be exact, according to "The United States Security Industry: Size and Scope, Insights, Trends, and Data." Some $282 billion consists of private sector spending. What’s more, 17 security companies made the 2013 Inc. 5000 list that...
Paul Rothman

STE Executive Suite blogger and STE magazine editor Paul Rothman discusses security issues of relevance for security managers and chief security officers (CSOs).

  • The Onion steps over the line

    By Paul Rothman - Tuesday July 2, 2013
    This time they went too far… No, I have not joined the ranks of ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith, Congressman John Fleming, or the online version of China's Communist Party newspaper — my eyes are wide open and I’m no “victim” of satire. Today, The Onion posted a story with the headline: “ 16-Year-Old Excited To Have Whole Summer To Plan Shooting For Next School Year” . You...
Eric Pritchard

The LegalWatch blog offers legal opinions from attorney Eric J. Pritchard on topics related to the security and alarm industry.

  • Navigating insurance claims post-Sandy

    By Eric Pritchard - Monday November 5, 2012
    Editor's note: Edward Dunham, an attorney with Kleinbard, Bell & Brecker, co-authored this blog entry. If your company recently suffered a power outage or other hurricane-related damage you may be tempted to put any potential insurance claim to the side and focus on getting your operations up and running again. First things first, but you may have rights under the insurance you’ve purchased...