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  • Protecting against Mother Nature at sporting events

    By Joel Griffin - Friday August 10, 2012
    In recent years, there has been an increased emphasis placed on increasing security at sporting venues across the country. Whether it’s through the installation of security cameras or the use metal detectors, sports leagues want fans to know that they...
  • Is data more vulnerable in the cloud?

    By Joel Griffin - Wednesday August 8, 2012
    With ability to lighten data storage requirements on the network, more and more organizations in recent years have started using the cloud to store sensitive information. Cloud technology has been of particular interest for security professionals, given...
  • The proliferation of biometrics

    By Joel Griffin - Friday July 13, 2012
    Earlier this week, I wrote an article about trends in biometric security devices and when the technology could potentially reach the tipping point for the mass security market. Bojan Cukic, a professor of computer science and electrical engineering at...
  • Is 2G doomed?

    By Joel Griffin - Friday June 29, 2012
    While nearly everyone agrees that landline telephone service - or POTS (plain old telephone service) lines as many people in the industry like to refer to them as - have seen their heyday, getting dealers to make the transition from 2G-GSM cellular...
  • Battling the ORC epidemic

    By Joel Griffin - Friday June 8, 2012
    This week saw the release of two noteworthy surveys on retail crime, the results of which should be eye-opening to lawmakers and the American public. According to the 24th Annual Retail Theft Survey conducted by loss prevention and shrinkage control...
  • TrakLok helps bolster container security

    By Joel Griffin - Thursday May 31, 2012
    Though it’s not an issue that may grab many headlines around the United States or even the world, cargo theft has become a multi-billion-dollar problem for a myriad of organizations. Obviously, the retail industry has been among the hardest hit, but...
  • Virginia Tech’s impact on campus security

    By Joel Griffin - Friday April 20, 2012
    There are certain profound events that take place during the course of life that you will always remember where you were and what you were doing at that specific moment. I’m sure most everyone remembers where they were and what they were doing on...
  • 'Cake cam' unveiled at ISC West

    By Joel Griffin - Thursday March 29, 2012
    Having covered the security industry for four years now, I think I'm pretty well-versed in your typical deployments for commercial video surveillance systems. Retailers, critical infrastructure and government facilities are some of the applications that...
  • Another threat from mobile devices

    By Joel Griffin - Friday February 24, 2012
    As if there weren't enough threats to worry about when it comes to the security of mobile devices, researchers at the University of Minnesota say they have found a way to easily track the physical location of a cell phone user. According to the research...
  • More on retail parking lot security

    By Joel Griffin - Thursday December 15, 2011
    Over the past several weeks, SIW has extensively covered retail security in the wake of this year’s Black Friday sales. The behavior of shoppers during these sales events has become even more abhorrent in recent years, but what we’ve discovered is...