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  • Sentiment grows for privatizing airport screening – again!

    By Steve Lasky - Friday January 24, 2014
    The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has to be the most maligned federal agency in history. Everyone who flies seems to have their own version of TSA hell, spanning the security line purgatory of incidental groping and rude behavior to theft...
  • Where is America 12 years after the 9-11 attacks?

    By Steve Lasky - Friday September 13, 2013
    It has been an interesting week when you consider that a majority of the headlines are still being shaped by events that occurred 12 years ago. Of course I’m referring to the tragic events of September 11, 2001 when our country was invaded by cowardly...
  • The turning point of IP video's tipping point

    By Steve Lasky - Friday August 9, 2013
    In September of 2005, a group of security editors from around the world sat in a conference room at the Lund, Sweden headquarters of Axis Communications and listened while Ray Mauritsson, the company’s CEO told us we had reached a 'tipping point' of...
  • Is Big Data just another over-hyped buzz word for physical security users?

    By Steve Lasky - Thursday July 25, 2013
    I recently started a conversation on my LinkedIn page regarding the impact Big Data is having among practicing security professionals. The discussion has been intelligent and engaging. Big Data is certainly big news these days and some of the comments...
  • Video surveillance plays key role in Boston's bombing investigation

    By Steve Lasky - Friday April 19, 2013
    What began decades ago in the UK as a way to control soccer hooliganism has come full circle as a result of the senseless bombings this week during the Boston Marathon. The use of video surveillance by law enforcement, with the cooperation of the...
  • March hoop tournament brings madness to IT administrators

    By Steve Lasky - Wednesday March 20, 2013
    As the NCAA collegiate basketball tournament tips off this week, March Madness is not just reserved for the court. Because if you are one of thousands of IT network managers across the United States, March means more stress on your corporate network...
  • Preventing retail hacks with some commonsense

    By Steve Lasky - Thursday February 28, 2013
    It was truly the stuff of a bad Hollywood crime movie. Eastern European criminals hack into an unsuspecting high-profile business stealing valuable information and creating havoc for their victim. But in the end, a sloppy trail of unsophisticated...
  • 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...
  • ‘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...
  • Is gun control a security issue or a political cop out?

    By Steve Lasky - Friday January 4, 2013
    Since 1949, there have been 14 total mass-victim, active shooter incidents recorded in the United States, beginning with a neighborhood domestic murder rampage in Camden, New Jersey that left 13 dead and ending just last month in Newtown, Connecticut at...