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  • How secure are your IP camera networks?

    By Joel Griffin - Wednesday January 19, 2011
    More and more, IP cameras are replacing aging, analog-based CCTV systems. The benefits are numerous. What business would not want to have the capability to tie cameras across their entire organization into one centralized location? But as more security...
  • Are your networks harboring botnets?

    By Joel Griffin - Monday December 6, 2010
    We've done a lot of reporting here at SIW lately about IT security and how it's impacting businesses and governments. Of course, the threats are numerous and have varying degrees of impact. Gone are the days when these threats only posed a minor...
  • HDcctv Alliance builds momentum

    By Joel Griffin - Friday November 12, 2010
    One month ago today, I was walking the show floor at ASIS 2010 in Dallas, Texas where I spoke with Todd Rockoff, executive director of the HDcctv Alliance. The alliance, which is dedicated to promoting interoperability standards among high-definition...
  • Some sights from CEDIA 2010

    By Joel Griffin - Tuesday September 28, 2010
    In case you missed some of the coverage on our homepage last week, I had a chance to attend the Custom Electronics Design and Installation Association Expo (CEDIA 2010) last week in Atlanta. As you would expect, a big part of the show focused on some of...
  • Beware of the office creeper

    By Joel Griffin - Thursday September 2, 2010
    Imagine this scenario as a security manager. You've invested hundreds of thousands of dollars in the latest access control and surveillance equipment. You think you've pretty much covered all your bases as it pertains to ensuring that only authorized...
  • Rethinking door-to-door sales

    By Joel Griffin - Monday August 16, 2010
    In an age where the avenues available for companies to reach consumers are virtually limitless, some businesses still feel the need to market their products and services door-to-door. There was a time, of course, when the practice was fruitful for both...
  • New security rules on the way for cruise ships

    By Joel Griffin - Thursday July 8, 2010
    Cruise ships may soon be required to strengthen their existing security measures if legislation passed by Congress last week is signed into law by President Barack Obama. In addition to new rules that require ships to carry rape kits and have personnel...
  • Final thoughts on ISC West 2010

    By Joel Griffin - Monday March 29, 2010
    After taking a weekend to recover from what was a very busy ISC West, a few thoughts on where the industry is headed technology wise struck me today. Having talked with a number of alarm system manufacturers at the show, it's apparent that they're all...
  • Cell phone 'Bloodhound' holds potential for corporate, correctional applications

    By Joel Griffin - Thursday February 11, 2010
    Berkeley Varitronics Systems, a New Jersey-based developer of wireless solutions, recently released a new cell phone detector dubbed the "Bloodhound." The Bloodhound has the ability to pick up cell phone signals from as far away as 50 feet under...
  • Thieves employ new credit card skimmer

    By Joel Griffin - Friday January 15, 2010
    It seems that more often these days, thieves are coming up with ever ingenious ways to gain access to our personal data. Whether it's hacking into a business' sensitive files to retrieve personal information for identity theft or fumbling through the...