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  • The Onion steps over the line

    By Paul Rothman - Tuesday July 2, 2013
    This time they went too far… No, I have not joined the ranks of ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith, Congressman John Fleming, or the online version of China's Communist Party newspaper — my eyes are wide open and I’m no “victim” of satire. Today...
  • 'Undercover Boss' appearance a triumph for ADT

    By Paul Rothman - Thursday May 23, 2013
    It isn’t a hard and fast rule, but when a company appears on a show like CBS’ Undercover Boss , you can probably expect to see some fireworks — there was the Boston Market cashier who hated customers; the Hooters manager who humiliated the...
  • The Bird is the Word

    By Paul Rothman - Wednesday April 24, 2013
    When analyzing an emergency mass notification plan, unfortunately it tends to take an actual emergency to see how it works in action. Such was the case in Boston last week, when jammed phone and SMS lines created snarled and ineffective...
  • Keeping up with Innovation

    By Paul Rothman - Friday March 22, 2013
    It seems like someone pressed the fast-forward button on technology a few years ago, and the breakneck pace has put the security industry on a virtual speedway — with many end-users, integrators and even vendors desperately trying to avoid being left...
  • 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...
  • Government waste exposed

    By Paul Rothman - Friday December 14, 2012
    Wasteful spending by our government — especially in the name of security — is nothing new. Entire presidential campaigns have been built on eliminating it. As our leadership drives us closer to a mythical “fiscal cliff,” and when the general...
  • Black Friday 2012 security lowlights

    By Paul Rothman - Monday November 26, 2012
    Many times, video of Black Friday bedlam can at least be entertaining for the "rest of us" -- after all, people put themselves in these situations so we can rubberneck, right? But before I recap the more entertaining stuff, let's start with the deadly...
  • Government IT security by the numbers

    By Paul Rothman - Friday November 9, 2012
    The same technology questions that drive private-sector IT security efforts are also driving government IT security. Just as it is in the private sector, it appears that government IT security is moving closer to understanding and embracing the benefits...
  • The top 25 worst passwords of 2012

    By Paul Rothman - Monday November 5, 2012
    While the old favorites remained the same, new words such as "welcome", "ninja", "jesus" and "mustang" highlight SplashData's annual list of the most common passwords used on the Internet and posted by hackers. Users of any of these passwords are the most...
  • Cyber terror rages in the banking sector

    By Paul Rothman - Friday September 28, 2012
    Yesterday, CNN called it the biggest cyber-attack in history. And chances are, your bank’s website has been affected. In fact, since Sept. 19, coordinated Denial of Service (DoS) attacks have shut down the websites of Bank of America and JPMorgan Chase...