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by: Martha Entwistle - Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Can you make money from cloud-based video and access control? Are cloud-based systems more vulnerable to cybersecurity attacks? Is it too early to embrace cloud-based technology?

These are just three of the many questions that we'll be answering at Cloud+, a new conference that I've been putting together over the past several months. The conference is around the corner: Dec. 7-8 in Silicon Valley, but it's not too late to sign up!

Over that past two weeks, I've had conference calls with a very cool lineup of speakers who will be looking at cloud-based technology in a way that our industry has not previously done. We'll give you many more than 10 ways to make money from cloud. 

--The educational sessions will cover everything from basic definitions to the implications of central station infrastructure sitting in the cloud and the possibilities of cloud-powered biometrics.

--Our keynote speaker from Microsoft will talk about which industries are doing a good job taking advantage of cloud and how they're doing it.

--Leading integrators will give you expert advice and real-life examples of how to make profit and provide ROI from cloud-based access control and video.

--We’re excited to have Rodney Thayer, who’s adept at both security consulting and hacking, doing a presentation about cybersecurity and how to ensure safety in the cloud.

--The exhibit hall will be educational too. It's the first venue ever to showcase cloud-based physical security technology side-by-side in one place.

Hope to see you in California Dec. 7-8! Here's a link to the program and registration.

by: Martha Entwistle - Wednesday, November 18, 2015

The stories in our newswire this week are part of our annual Women in Security special report. When I interviewed Bodil Sonesson, VP global sales for Axis Communications, we were talking about her work outside of Axis, as a member of the board of directors of a public company based in Norway. I was interested to learn that public companies in Norway are required to have a certain percentage of women on their corporate boards. 

Sonesson said that she was recruited for the board. It wasn't easy, the headhunter told Sonesson, to find a woman with extensive experience with global sales and marketing and an advanced business degree. To find a woman who met that profile the headhunter told Sonesson, he just needed to "try harder." 

"I wouldn't be on the board if it wasn't for that quota," she said. "Once they found me, I had a chance. It was up to me to do a good job," she said.

The story reminded me of a joke we have at my house. When they were younger, my kids would open the refrigerator and without looking inside they'd say, "Mum, where's the butter?" I would remind them, that just because the butter, or whatever they're looking for, did not fall into their outstretched hand, it does not mean there's no butter in the fridge. Sometimes you need to take a few extra minutes and look around.

Sonesson, who oversees a global sales team that's grown eightfold under her leadership, said she believes diversity in the workplace is important, and advises recruiters she works with to "try harder" to find the right candidates for jobs.  

Today there are more women than men on the corporate board where Sonesson is a director. And, yes, it's a profitable company that's doing well.

Trying harder to increase diversity of all kinds—gender, race, age, ethnicity, experience—makes good business sense. Think about it. Your shareholders may thank you.

This year we've profiled four leaders in our industry, Bodil Sonesson, Axis Communications VP global sales; Jill Lloyd, owner of Lloyd Security; Bethany Taylor, Dakota Security director of operations; Judy Randle, president of Central Montoring. Our Five Questions this month features Cassie Weaver, operations coordinator for Dakota Security. We also have a general news story about how security companies use social media which features three women: Rebecca Matson Purtz of director of business development for Matson Alarm; Alison Shiver, residential sales and marketing manager; and Kristin Milner, ADS director of marketing.    

by: Martha Entwistle - Wednesday, November 11, 2015

I've spent several days recently with two major camera companies, Hikvision and Axis Communications. The last week in October I was on a Hikvision trip to China where I met with executives from the company, toured the headquarters and one of their factories, and also went to China's version of ISC West. This week I'm in San Antonio at the Axis partner event.

There are more than 400 integrators and technology partners here this year. Yesterday's agenda included information on the company's technology road map, a panel discussion on school security, an IT director for Westgate Resorts, and a forensics expert talking about camera evidence and how integrators' careful design and installation of video surveillance can help in law enforcement, rescue efforts, and criminal prosecution. There were also break-out sessions and there's a full agenda for today as well.

I'll have more stories on both the Hikvision trip and the Axis event, but I took note that both companies made a point to talk about cybersecurity, both internal efforts to ensure that their products are safe and external efforts to educate their integrator partners on best practices.

This is good news. It's about time the physical security industry starts talking about the cyber elephant in the room.

When I was at Hikvision, the president of the company, Yangzhong Hu and Hikvision international marketing director, Keen Yao fielded questions about cyber breaches the company has suffered. They also talked about their efforts to correct problems and instill cybersecurity best practices internally.  Hu said the company has partnered with international cybersecurity companies and professional hackers to proactivley test products, protocols and processes associated with cybersecurity.

Hikvision has a Security Center section on its website, which includes information about any current problems with its products, a location to report security issues, advice and best practices for end users and integrators on cybersecurity. Hikvision has also spoken about cybersecurity at ISC West, PSA-TEC and it will speak at ISC East next week as well. The goal, according to Hikvision North Amercian marketing director Alex Asnovich, is to share cybersecurity knowledge and best practices with the entire industry.

Yesterday at the Axis event, Sal D'Agostino, CEO of IDmachines, who has been working with Axis on cybersecurity, and John Bartolac, who heads up cyber strategy for Axis in North America,  led a break-out session about cybersecurity and the threat landscape. They introduced Axis's new "hardening guide", a 25-page document of cybersecurity best practices and protocols. Bartolac said Axis has been working on the cybersecurity issue for six years (most notably with its government customers). It is now expanding its efforts to educate its integrators and other partners about cybersecurity.

I've heard lots of cybersecurity statistics, and they're always chilling, but D'Agostino showed a live map of cyberattacks yesterday. Check it out here.

D'Agostino said the guide includes many "easily actionable items" for systems integrators.

“We’re supposed to be installing a security solution, not introducing a vulnerability,” D’Agostino said. “We want to help our [end users] meet their corporate goals. … It’s not acceptable anymore to say, ‘I didn’t know [about potential cyberthreats],’” he added.

The threat continues to evolve, he said. Not only do integrators have to worry about safeguarding the video that comes out of the camera, they need to be concerned about cameras being “taken over and used as a weapon.”

D'Agostino pointed out that using cybersecurity best practices and helping end users understand protocol is a great way for systems integrators to  "have a conversation with the IT side of the shop."

“As cameras are used not just as a security device, but as a business-enablement tool, you’re going to find yourself in a situation where you’ll be talking to the chief marketing officer or the IT department itself,” D’Agostino said.

Integrators who have cybersecurity knowhow can help IT department understand the value of their video data to the corporation, he said.

Bartolac said that Axis has a roadmap of cybersecurity tools that it will be offering to integrators. The hardening guide is just the beginning, he said. Axis also has plans to share cybersecurity best practices with the industry at large.

At TechSec, we've been talking about cybersecurity for a few years. Here's a link to a story about a TechSec educational session led by Diebold's Jeremy Brecher that we did in 2014 about cyber attacks and the potential problems for physical security devices. We'll be talking about cybersecurity in the cloud at our Cloud+ conference Dec. 7-8. Rodney Thayer, who's an expert in designing network security systems and hacking, is doing a not-to-be-missed educational session at Cloud+. Check out the educational program here.

PSA Security is also taking the lead on educating the industry about cybersecurity. PSA has a wealth of information on its web site. Click here.

by: Martha Entwistle - Tuesday, October 13, 2015

CORK, Ireland—Tyco today announced it has named former Dish Network executive Robert E. Olson, 56, EVP and CFO effective in November. He will replace Arun Nayar, 65, who will retire at the end of the year.

Olson comes to Tyco from satellite communications company DISH Network, where he was EVP and CFO. From 2006-2008, Olson served as CFO of Trane Commercial Systems, the largest operating division of American Standard. He also served as EVP and CFO of AT&T's Consumer Services division and later its Business Services division. He  held leadership roles at American Airlines.  

Olson has a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from the University of Alabama and a Master's degree in business administration from UCLA.

Nayar will serve as an advisor until the end of the year when he will retire from Tyco. 

In a prepared statement George R. Oliver, Tyco's CEO said: "Robert's effective record in chief financial officer roles combined with his broad experience in service-oriented technology companies will be especially valuable as we grow our services and solutions businesses."

In connection with the announcement, the company reaffirmed its guidance of $0.60 to $0.62 of earnings per share from continuing operations before special items for the fourth fiscal quarter of 2015.

by: Martha Entwistle - Wednesday, October 7, 2015

As marajuana, medical and otherwise, becomes legalized in states, pot appears to be growing vertical market.

DirectView Holdings, on Oct. 6 announced it landed a $150,000 contract to complete a "comprehensive security and surveillance installation" at a Colorado marajuana facility, which includes a large grow house, two dispensaries and management offices. The announcement said the installation will be complete by the end of the year. Here's some background on DirectView.

The installation will include  "DirectView IP megapixel security cameras, DirectView's NVR video and audio storage server as well as a access controls and a comprehensive intrusion alarm system."

DirectView will also provide alarm monitoring of the facility. The announcement did not say whether DirectView is providing the monitoring itself or if it is using a third-party monitoring provider. 

In a prepared statement, Roger Ralston, CEO and chairman of DirectView, said  this is "another cannabis installation [won as the result of its] exclusive security partnership with [a design and build firm for marajuana facilities] Cannamor. We continue to solidify our position as a trusted source for the security needs of the cannabis industry enabling us to win larger installation contracts like this one.  We are also beginning to gain traction in ongoing alarm monitoring services which can provide and important source of future recurring revenue. The cannabis industry continues to grow and we intend to work diligently to build on our momentum in Colorado and other geographic regions in the country."



by: Martha Entwistle - Monday, September 28, 2015

Wednesday, Sept. 30, Day 3 at ASIS 2015

The show is done!

A very quick wrap-up of Day 3 follows. I'll be expanding on some of this next week.

I stopped by to talk to Perry Levine at cloud access control provider BluB0X and also got to catch up with Dakota Security's Eric Yunag.  

Spoke to Wayne Arvidson at Quantum, a 35-year-old storage technology company that specializes in handling unstructured data like video. Quantum's presence in the physical security space is growing, he said.

I saw a demo of Honeywell's MAXPRO Cloud by Michael Coniff. MAXPRO Cloud is another products that's aimed directly at the SMB market.

At Verint, I spoke to Kevin Wine about enhancements to Verint's Situational Awareness Platform: Dispatch Manager, Mobile Reporter and Mobile Responder. There is big interest from end users who like that the mobile enhancements are app-based, DeWine said.

At MicroPower Technologies I spoke to Dave Tynan about the new SOLVEIL camera. Tynan said there's growing acceptance of the company's solar, wireless cameras.    

My last #ASIS15 visit gets my vote for coolest product: Iscon Imaging is an IR scanner for people. It uses thermal technology to scan a person (like at the airport). The cool thing is that it has benefits that other scanners don't have and it doesn't have the problems that other scanners have. It can't see through clothing, but it can detect objects made of any material, not just metal. And, it doesn't emit millimeter waves or radiation. "The only thing that comes out of the camera is warm air," said Iscon CEO Bill Gately. The warm air makes objects visible in the IR image. This scanner does not provoke privacy and health concerns and it's better at detecting objects of all kinds, Gately said. The product is available in two forms: as a walk-through scanner and there's also a hand-held version. The product has a time-and-date stamp, it can take screenshots, and it has a USB port so images can be downloaded easily. And, it's ripe for integration with other security system components, Gately said. This was the first security trade show for Iscon.   

Tuesday, Sept. 29, Day 2 at ASIS 2015

I began Day 2 at the Oncam breakfast, which was off of the showfloor at the Hilton.  Jumbi Edulbehram, who joined Oncam as head of the Americas in March, gave an overview and demo of Oncam's 360-degree technology. At the show, Oncam is showing off its Evolution-12 cameras (12-megapixel $K Exmor R sensor to deliver 9.6 MP high-resolution image). Joining Edulbehram were Eddy Collier, director of surveillance technology and corporate surveillance at MGM Resorts, Ted Whiting, director of surveillance MGM Resorts International, and Darryl Daniel, Sr. Consultant, Houston Airport Systems. The end users discussed of how 360-degree cameras are used in the airport and gaming industry to watch what's going on at the tables and slot machines and how the cameras are used for customer service. "360" is a verb at MGM, Whiting said. "We 360 you, [to return lost property, for example]," Whiting said.

Whiting used the example of money falling out of someone's pocket at a slot machine. The surveillance staff may notice that, retrieve the money, use Oncam equipment "to 360" the customer who lost the money and return the money to that customer. Much of the time, the security staff returns items before the customer even knows they've lost something. Collier said a PTZ camera in a casino "may be used three times a month, but a 360-degree camera is used for situational awareness 100 percent of the time."

On the showfloor, I caught up with Keith Jentoft of Videofied. You did not need to locate a booth to see Videofied's newest outdoor battery-powered camera, Jentoft was walking the aisles, camera in hand, doing demos on-the-go. 

Caught up with Jonathan Healey and Kristin Papa at Brivo. They're talking about Brivo's new Mobile Pass at the booth. Here's a story I wrote last week on that. Healey is going to be moderating an educational session at Cloud+. Plans are almost complete for Cloud+. Here's the current program.

At the Diebold booth, I spoke to Jeremy Brecher about Cloud+ and about TechSec 2016. Diebold announced its ASIS news a couple weeks ago, they've introduced Site Sentry, "video management technology which enables customers to view, assess and respond to security events in real time." It is integrated into Diebold's online software-as-a-service platform, SecureStat.

I met with George DeMarco, ESX chairman, to talk about technology trends and ESX 2016, which will take place in Dallas June 8-10.

At Assa Abloy, Peter Boroskin said all of the company's main locks lines for commercial and institutional applications now support mobile devices. Assa Abloy's first mobile device-enabled lock was in 2011. Sustainability is an ongoing theme for Assa Abloy, which is developing energy-efficient locks. Its Eco-Flex technology, works "like a hybrid car" he said, it uses a battery for 23 hours a day and then for one hour it's connected to a power source to charge the battery. "It's 98 percent more efficient [than a wired connection]," Boroskin said. He also said the POE is growing faster in the company's portfolio than Wi-Fi. "Why? Because it's easier to route," he said. Assa Abloy is also showing new solutions for multi-family buildings.

I ran into Benjamin Butchco who is doing an educational session today called "The Great PSIM debate." Don't miss it! It's at 1:45 p.m. today (Wednesday, Sept. 30) in room 202B. The genesis of this session was TechSec2015. It was a dynamic debate that day, and I'm sure it will be a great discussion today as well.

I had a chance to meet with the folks at IDIS, a newcomer but not a newcomer. IDIS made its debut at ISC West this year, but it's actually been in business for along time OEMing products to many other companies. I met with Keith Drummond, Andrew Myung, Benjamin Bryant and Peter Kim. Bryant told me that IDIS's goals for the show are "awareness of the brand, awareness that we have a 20-year history in the industry, and awareness of our commitment to innovation."

I had a chance to interview Jim Cannon, president of Stanley Security. Cannon talked about his vision for the security division in its current post-acquisition chapter. It's focusing on its vertical market strategy, having made good progress in the healthcare and retail verticals in particular, he said. Cannon talked about "Stanley Insights," Stanley's efforts on harnessing data, "the raw material of our time" to turn it into information for Stanley customers. He also talked about "Stanley Standards," an initiative to ensure that installation technicians, service technicians and monitoring staff all of Stanley's 61 branches are highly trained. Finally, we talked about Stanley's goal to hire more veterans. "I want one-third of our future recruits to come from the military," he said. Look for a longer story on this interview next week.

I left the show floor at 4 p.m. to board a bus to Irvine for the grand opening of the new Irvine Axis Experience Center. In 2014, Axis announced plans to expand its presence in North America with more local resources and brick-and-mortar presence. I've been to the Experience Centers in Lund, Sweden and Chelmsford, Mass. While they're nice facilities, this new one in Irvine stands out for its creative but practical design. It's sited in an office park, but it doesn't feel like an office park. The center has floor-to-ceiling glass walls and a reflecting pool that surrounds the building. Beyond the pool is green space and palm trees.

The office has a large training room, where Axis can do hands-on training at 28 desk stations. It can be used as a meeting room for many more people. Fredrik Nilsson, Axis GM Americas, said the center is open to the industry to be used by associations and also by Axis customers. The center features a product display wall that is designed to be able to swap out products. The center also features vertical market-themed displays, which are cleverly fitted into a small area. There's a Gaming Area with a BlackJack table and a slot machine (Bill Wendlandt, West Business Area Manager for Axis, had to find a slot machine that was more than 20 years old, for legal reasons.) The slot machine works, but with Axis "chips." A Transaction Area, recreates a bank teller-type scenario. A short wall on near the transaction area houses an Axis Access Control solution. Wendlant wanted the access control devices to be visible, so the entire wall is glass. Why is there a plastic water bottle at the bottom of the wall? It's a tribute to the contractors who left a trail of water bottles in their wake, Wendlandt said. There's also a Retail Area, an Airport waiting area which looks out in the direction of John Wayne Airport, so you can see planes taking off and landing. (Talk about thoughtful design.) There's an Educational Vertical area that also serves as a kitchen/pantry for the office. It can also double as a restaurant or bar, and that's how it was set up at the grand opening. We saw the server room and engineering lab/testing lab. I've seen lots of testing labs, but I don't think I've ever seen one with windows. This seems like a pretty nice place to test products. There's a large conference room and a large the sales office. One side with cubicles has a giant glass wall; the other side has a giant photo of Fenway Park, to recognize the home office in Massachusetts. Axis plans to open an Experience Centers in Canada and Mexico and two more in the U.S. in the near future.        

Monday, Sept. 28, Day 1 at ASIS 2015

After traveling all day Sunday from Maine to Anaheim, Calif., my ASIS show experience began at 3 in the afternoon with more transportation: a one-hour van ride to Paramount Picture Studios to check out the new GSOC and SureView System' Immix platform. SureView's Scott Haugland, Rob Hile  and Tom Bradley gave an overview and a large contingent from the Paramount security team was on hand to lead the tour and answer questions including Louis Lam, executive director of security services, Roy Condon SVP Environmental Health, Safety and Security, and Jeff Reider senior analytis business resiliency. Rob Hile started the presentation saying, "You're about to see a PSIM that works." Hile has spoken about PSIM a lot at industry events including at TechSec this year.  SureView was able to deploy this system within three months of talking to Paramount, and Lam said that total ROI will be achieved in three years.  SureView's Graham Johnson spoke to me about the importance of rapid deployment at ISC West this year. SureView continues to work with the security team at Paramount to refine and improve features of the system. Hile emphasized that it's "not customized, but it's specialized." He said that integrations SureView has added to the Paramount PSIM—with graphics specifically—are benefitting all SureView customers. Asked how the security department works with its IT department, Lam said all IP products—security and otherwise—run on one network. So the IT department owns everything. "They buy it, they own it. We tell them what [security systems] to buy and we house all the data in our data center."  I'll have more on this later, but it was a great tour and very interesting to attend the event with some specifiers including Bill Jacobs, who asked some pointed questions.  Here's an interview with Bill that I did this summer.

Monday on the showfloor I visited Protection 1 and the first person I saw was Bob Ryan, formerly with ASG who is now leading residential and commercial sales for Protection 1. He's also going to speak at Cloud+ in December. Check out the educational program here. He reports to Jamie Haenggi, who also has a new role at Protection 1.

Last year at ASIS, Protection 1 talked about its recent Cisco Cloud and Managed Services Express Partner Certification. This year, Haenggi talked about how the company's managed services is evolving to enhance the user experience. For example, managed services features can give a retailer or coffee shop information that enables them to enhance the experience for their customers. Now managed services can provide  "ease of use" for the end users' customers, Haenggi said. Protection 1 announced "a milestone it the design, implementation and monitoring of security-only networsk. ... it now has "more than 1,000 network devices under management across 750 networks, representing 18 customer logos." 

I also got a look at Protection 1's newest eSuite 2.0 which has new features for mobile devices.

Some big news today from Lenel and AlertEnterprise. I spoke to Lenel's Ron Virden and AlertEnterprise's Jasvir Gill. They've signed a strategic alliance deal, finalized on Monday infact, so Lenel dealers can resell AlertEnterprise’s Physical Identity and Access Management (PIAM) software to support an advanced PIAM and compliance solution. Look for a full story in our newswire this week. The integration enables some cool stuff for the two companies' Fortune 100 company customers, and they're viewing this as a big opportunity for their integrator partners as well.

Stopped by the Genetec booth and spoke to Kevin G. Clark, Andrew Elvish, Jimmy Palatsoukas and Francis LaChance about Genetec's focus on the "security of security" which involves encryption and privacy in its Security Center 5.4. I also met with Genetec technology partner Evgenia Ostrovskaya of KiwiSecurity and saw how their software will pixilate a video (streaming or otherwise) so that only authorized viewers can see non-pixilated video. Its a privacy technology that's commonplace in Europe and becoming more in demand in North America, Elvish said, as privacy concerns are raised in certain video surveillance applications such as city surveillance. 

I spoke briefly with Courtney Mamuscia about expanded focus for fraud, risk and compliance Solutions and for security intelligence for the education vertical. Verint is also organizing its very first customer conference, which will take place in late June in Chicago.

I stopped by SRI and spoke to Mark Clifton about two ASIS accolade award winning products, an iris biometric embedded terminal for access control. It's ideal for access control in a warehouse, he said. I also saw their iris biometric door lock for residential applications. It's battery operated, but you hit a button to turn the batter on whenever you want to open a door. 

At the Milestone booth, I met with Jeff Simpson and Cheryl Bartley of Lentix, a Milestone partner showing camera-agnostic light correction. The cameras do not need to be high end, and the product became commercially available as of Monday.

Moti Shabtai at the Qognify booth showed me their new video analytic tool Object Origin, which  won an ASIS accolade award. Here's an interview I did with Shabtai last week.

I also stopped by BriefCam to talk to Rachel Nieman. She showed me some work that BriefCam is doing on the visual presentation of data. The company can filter video by color, size, speed of object, etc and it's working on ways to present that data, for security and non-security information. Cool stuff. 

I met Jeffrey He and Alex Asnovich of Hikvision for the first time at a reception Monday afternoon.

by: Martha Entwistle - Wednesday, September 23, 2015

ASIS is next week. I'll be heading to Anaheim, Calif. this weekend because, of course, the show begins before the show begins.

Among my first events is a Sunday afternoon tour of Paramount Studios to check out their Sureview System.

I'll be at the show all three days, Sept. 28-Sept. 30 and I am looking forward to getting some exercise on the floor running from one meeting to another.

I do have a couple of open times--like 30 minutes each day on Monday, Tues. and Wednesday. I reserved them for compelling last-minute invites. If you've got something really cool that you think my readers--the integrators--will really care about, let me know what it is and why my readers need to know too via email by EOD Thursday. Thank you!

I'll be checking out the ASIS Accolade award winners. Here's a link to the award-winning products and booth numbers.

by: Martha Entwistle - Monday, September 21, 2015

BOSTON— Battery Ventures today closed the NICE physical security business unit deal and announced that the new independent business will be called Qognify. 

Battery Ventures announced its intention to acquire the business for "up to $100 million" in August. Here's a story on that announcement.  Today's announcement did not include details on the final price.

In August, I spoke to Battery Ventures' Jesse Feldman about the deal. I have a call into Feldman to talk more and I'm hoping to catch up with Moti Shabtai, former GM of NICE's PSBU, who was named president of Qognify, at ASIS. Sept. 22, 2015 Update: Here's an interview with Quognify's Moti Shabtai.

Feldman said that Battery plans to continue to invest in the PSBU and expand into other market segments. In addition to possibly adding access control capabilities, Feldman said that Battery would consider acquiring analytics capabilities, video and otherwise. NICE's customers include banks, utility companies, airports, seaports, city centers and transportation systems and sports venues.

Here's the company's new web site.

by: Martha Entwistle - Wednesday, September 16, 2015

MELVILLE, N.Y.—Honeywell is making changes. Yesterday, the company made an internal announcement that it’s combining its security and fire businesses into one new business, Honeywell Security and Fire (HSF).

David Paja, who took over as president of Honeywell Security Group in January, has been named president of HSF.

HSF will be a business unit within Honeywell Automation & Control Solutions (ACS) division. 

Paja will report to Alex Ismail, president and CEO of ACS. Before being named president of Honeywell Security Group in January, Paja was VP and GM for Honeywell Transportation Systems in China and India.

Gary Lederer, president of the legacy Honeywell Fire Safety business, will lead the integration of the businesses until 2016, when he will retire. Lederer has been with Honeywell for 16 years and in the life safety business for 27 years.

The Honeywell sales teams in the legacy HSG and HFS businesses will remain in place.

A Honeywell internal announcement said: “The company remains committed to supporting its customers with the same level of reliable and quality products, service and delivery throughout this process, with a focus on transparency and open communication.”

It also said that “the combination of the two businesses offers a broader and more robust portfolio of best-in-class products and end-to-end connected solutions for Homes and Buildings.”

by: Martha Entwistle - Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Researching cybersecurity is eye-opening, PSA Security Network CEO Bill Bozeman told me during a recent call about PSA's cybersecurity program, which is moving into its second year.

Bozeman said that "when and if" a cybersecurity breach occurs in a physical security system, integrators will be "in the line of fire" in terms of liabillty.

With the objective of "educating our partners about cybersecurity so they can mitigate the risk," PSA has formed partnerships with cybersecurity service providers and manufacturers who have "proven expertise" in cyber security.

Among the partners is a law firm that specializes soley in cybersecurity law for physical security companies. In my opinion, that alone should make integrators think twice about ignoring cybersecurity education.

Bozeman emphasized that PSA is not in the business of certifying or testing any products or services. Rather, Bozeman has been working with a group of cybersecurity experts and some integrators to "vet" partners for integrators.

PSA is launching a webinar series to introduce cybersecurity partners to integrators and "set up potential parnterships." The series launches this month and will go through April.

PSA has also come up with a checklist of "Six things integrators can do now" to protect their businesses. Here's the list. More details are available here.

1. Conduct a cybersecurity assessment

2. Educate your team

3. Purchase cybersecurity insurance

4. Update your contracts

5. Choose cyber-hardened products

6. Educate your customers