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ASIS: A show for integrators, too

End user networking, discussions on cybersecurity among offerings
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08/12/2015

ANAHEIM, Calif.—Integrators need to attend ASIS to network with security practitioners and understand emerging issues such as cybersecurity, said Howard Belfor, president of Belfor & Associates and council VP of ASIS.

Condortech seeks hackers' perspective

Systems integrator creates testing lab, hires hackers to test cybersecurity of systems
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06/03/2015

SPRINGFIELD, Va.—Watching hackers demonstrate how easy it is to take over security cameras, SCADA and access control systems at the Black Hat hackers conference last year prompted Jorge Lozano, president and CEO of Condortech Services, to take action.

Lanning illuminates simple cybersecurity step for integrators

Protocol 802.1x is easy way to protect customers, business
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05/06/2015

WESTMINSTER, Colo.—Part of every integrator’s cybersecurity strategy right now should be a very basic step, configuring 802.1x on exterior cameras, according to Andrew Lanning, co-founder of systems integration firm IST, which is based in Hawaii.

UL talks about cybersecurity in UL827

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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

When I asked UL’s engineering manager, Steve Schmit, how the ISC West show was going, he said he spent a fair bit of the show discussing the recent updates to UL827, now including requirements for cybersecurity.

“Now with [cybersecurity] in the standard, we’re going to have conversations about [central station’s] network security, how they keep their customers safe,” Schmit told Security Systems News. Cybersecurity is something previous standards hadn’t formally  required, he said.

These cybersecurity measures include firewalls, intrusion detection systems, “risk assessment, developing a mitigation plan, to deal with those risks, and putting that all into practical application,” Schmit said.

UL spent five years developing the latest standard, released in October, Schmit said. It currently has a future effective date of late 2016.

Cybersecurity is a topic that is coming up more in the physical security industry. SSN readers earlier this year pointed toward this trend. CSAA’s annual meeting will even start with a keynote on the subject

Is now the time cybersecurity will start concerning central stations? Has it always been a priority?

I’ve heard from some in the industry that this could really impact monitoring centers looking to get—or—keep UL certification. If you have any insight or opinion on the changes, reach out to me and let me know. My direct line is 207-846-0600 ext. 254, email: sives@securitysystemsnews.com.

CSAA names speakers for 2015 annual meeting

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05/06/2015

SONOMA, Calif.—CSAA announced three of the speakers for its 2015 Annual Meeting, to be held here Oct. 10-14, with the keynote speaker, Stan Stahl, Ph.D, discussing cybersecurity.

ASIS announces speakers for this year

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04/02/2015

ANAHEIM, Calif.—Experts on physical security, cybersecurity and terrorism will be keynote speakers at the ASIS show, which will take place here Sept. 28 to Oct. 1.

SIA Government Summit takes on convergence of cybersecurity, physical security, law enforcement tech trends and more

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03/27/2015

WASHINGTON—The convergence of cybersecurity and physical security, funding for safe schools and law enforcement technology trends, including body-worn cameras, will be among the topics featured at the SIA Government Summit in June.

News Poll: Cybersecurity is becoming a physical security matter

Though, some readers say more ‘definition’ is needed
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03/25/2015

YARMOUTH, Maine—As cybersecurity becomes a common topic of conversation among physical security systems installers, Security Systems News asked its readers whether they’re concerned about cybersecurity threats and what their companies are doing to safeguard themselves and their customers.

PSA-TEC tackles cybersecurity with education, spotlight sessions, new certification at annual event

Special educational sessions include ‘Adapt or Die’ integrator panel discussion
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03/13/2015

WESTMINSTER, Colo.—“Think, explore, connect” is the theme of PSA-TEC, PSA Security Network’s annual education and training event that will take place here May 3-8.

Security fundamentals can be strong weapons against cyberattacks

Integrators need to be able to do more than just bring in the IT people
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02/18/2015

YARMOUTH, Maine—The recent security crisis at Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield reaffirms that the constant threat of cyber hacks is the new normal. Business as usual in the security industry doesn’t exist anymore. So what kinds of proactive steps are integrators and central stations taking to prevent cyberattacks?

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