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  • 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...
  • 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...