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Specifically Speaking with Mark Bennett

President of MSB Security Consulting, based in Austin, Texas

What differentiates MSB Security Consulting in terms of experience?

How I Use My System: Devon Ritch


Devon Ritch is the director of IT for Doyle Security Systems, based in Rochester, N.Y. He started at the company six years ago as IT manager, his first position in the security space. Ritch said he is a “one-man show. Just about anything that’s IT, it’s me.” Among other duties, Ritch uses his home as testing grounds for various systems. In early June, Security Systems News caught up with him on the system he has in place now.

Vivint owners sell guard company for $1.67 billion

Blackstone sells AlliedBarton to French PE group

NEW YORK—Blackstone, a private equity firm based here, recently announced the $1.67 billion sale of security guard company AlliedBarton to Wendel, a Paris-based private equity group. AlliedBarton is now looking at acquisitions, Robert Perry, president and CEO of Robert H. Perry and associates, told Security Systems News.

ESX 2015: IoT changing lives, industry

Panelist stress need to respond, adapt

BALTIMORE—Just as the smartphone has transformed the way people conduct their day-to-day lives, the Internet of Things will, too, said panelists at ESX 2015.

The great ESX 2015 roundup

TechVision Challenge, other changes in program well-received, chairman says

BALTIMORE—ESX 2015 brought some positive changes to the program, held here June 24-26, according to ESX chairman George De Marco.

‘Leadership is 24/7. It’s not a job, it’s a position’

Ret. Maj. Gen. James Champion delivers ESX Keynote

BALTIMORE—Leadership is of top importance in both military service and the business world, said retired U.S. Army Special Forces Officer Maj. Gen. James Champion during his opening keynote address at ESX, held here.

Vivint owners sell AlliedBarton for $1.67 billion


NEW YORK—Blackstone, a private equity firm based here, today announced the $1.67 billion sale of security guard company AlliedBarton to Wendel, a Paris-based private equity group.

Security Systems News launches Cloud+

SSN introduces the security industry’s first conference dedicated to ‘all things cloud’

FOSTER CITY, Calif.—Security Systems News today announced it is launching the security industry’s first conference dedicated to all things cloud. Cloud+ will take place Dec. 7-8 in Silicon Valley at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Foster City, Calif.

CCTV market headed for growth, changes

Analog-based systems most prevalent now, IP-based to take over

NOIDA, India—The CCTV market is poised for growth, according to a RNCOS report, with a 7.5 percent CAGR expected in North America from 2014 to 2020, and a 12.2 percent CAGR globally during the same time period.

Industry favors women in the workplace

Diversity is good for business, say 81 percent

YARMOUTH, Maine—Readers responded positively when Security Systems News asked in its latest News Poll about women in the security industry. Many respondents have women in their company in executive roles, including some who are mentoring other females, and a vast majority said gender diversity is helpful for business.



SSN News Poll December 2016

Some companies take a focused approach to breaking into­—or growing within particular—vertical markets; "We are really heavy on the casino side, so we decided—let’s be the No. 1 gaming integrator in North America,” said Surveillance Systems Inc. president Todd Flowers. Where do you see the next big opportunity?