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  • Security—change is in the air!

    By Deborah L. O'Mara - Thursday February 28, 2013
    The 2013 Leadership Summit in Orlando was a stunning example of how the industry is changing. The discussions centered on interactive services, automation, energy management and customer experiences. And this sentiment of embracing change is definitely...
  • How industrial, commercial organizations can benefit by cuts in military spending

    By Darnell Washington, CISSP - Tuesday February 26, 2013
    In my nature of not being a gloom and doom person and always looking for an optimistic side of any problem, I have been closely evaluating the current preparations for significant layoffs, especially within the defense and government sectors which could...
  • Outlining business trends among integrators

    By Steve Lasky - Friday February 22, 2013
    There were a few major themes that permeated throughout the annual Electronic Security Association (ESA) Leadership Summit this week in Orlando — one was that video is still a driving technology force in the marketplace for security dealers and...
  • The economics of security

    By Joel Griffin - Friday February 15, 2013
    Over the last five years, the American economy has been on a roller coaster ride – from the bust in the housing market that has slowly started to recover to the stalemate over the debt ceiling and Congress driving the country right to the edge of the...
  • Moving verified monitoring to public-private partnerships

    By Deborah L. O'Mara - Thursday February 7, 2013
    Monitoring of alarms has been around—well, since the beginning of the industry. But has it lost it pizzazz with mass-marketed alarms and self-monitoring via smartphones, iPads and other connectivity devices? Have we diluted our value proposition? Not if...
  • Tracking social media to improve public safety

    By Alex Sorin - Tuesday February 5, 2013
    Editor’s note: The following article is part of a content sharing initiative between the   Safe Cities Solutions Group , an online blog and education forum, and Secured Cities, the premier conference on urban security municipal surveillance, which...
  • ‘Duck and Cover’ is not the answer

    By Steve Lasky - Monday February 4, 2013
    Those of us who belong to the Baby Boomer generation remember growing up with government public service films when we were in elementary and middle school — yes I said 16mm film not video. Raise your hand if you are old enough to remember teasing the AV...
  • Don’t let Fast50 pass you by!!

    By Deborah L. O'Mara - Friday February 1, 2013
    This is the second year of the SD&I Fast50 and I’m excited to bring you this ranking and best practices awards program. Fast50, which results in the Top 50 of America’s Fastest Growing Systems Integrators, is open to all alarm dealers, systems...
  • Keeping secrets safe on the road

    By Paul Rothman - Thursday January 31, 2013
    Planning to visit China soon? Whether it’s for business or pleasure, American executives must keep their guard up and their corporate secrets secure. Here’s what the U.S. State Department warns: “Security personnel carefully watch foreign...
  • Taking the complexity out of IT security

    By Joel Griffin - Friday January 25, 2013
    Wisegate, a membership body for IT professionals, recently polled a group of its CSO members to see what they thought the top threats facing businesses would be in 2013. Among the most prominent vulnerabilities were ones that IT security managers have...