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  • 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...
  • Gearing up for Black Friday

    By Joel Griffin - Monday November 21, 2011
    This week, people across the country will show up hours before retailers open their doors (and in some cases will even camp out) to take part in the annual day after Thanksgiving sales phenomenon that has become known as Black Friday. Many retailers...
  • The megapixel boom

    By Joel Griffin - Thursday September 29, 2011
    In recent years as the shift towards IP technology has become more commonplace, camera vendors appear to be attempting to differentiate themselves from the rest of the market by offering better image resolution. During last week’s ASIS conference in...
  • More on video alarms

    By Joel Griffin - Tuesday August 9, 2011
    Last month, SIW took a look at how police departments across the nation are implementing prioritized response policies for video alarms in an effort to reduce false dispatches and increase their capture rates. Most jurisdictions are reliant upon...
  • Disasters highlight the importance of business continuity plans

    By Joel Griffin - Monday June 13, 2011
    So far this year we’ve seen numerous natural disasters both at home and abroad. In March, a tsunami caused by a massive earthquake struck the coastline of Japan, killing thousands or people and displacing hundreds of thousands more. The crisis...
  • What went wrong in the Sony PlayStation network breach?

    By Joel Griffin - Monday May 9, 2011
    Last month, Sony announced that its' PlayStation online gaming network was victimized by a cyber hacker, who may have been able to gain access to the credit card information of 77 million users. Just last week, Sony said that the breach was worse than...
  • What patients think of healthcare IT security

    By Joel Griffin - Thursday March 3, 2011
    Earlier this week, CDW Healthcare released the results of a new survey about patient's perceptions of IT security in the healthcare industry as hospitals and doctors move to adopt electronic health records (EHRs). The Obama administration announced a...