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How I Use My System: Joey Rao-Russell

Kimberlite’s president and CEO talks about her home security system

Joey Rao-Russell, Kimberlite’s president and CEO and a Security Systems News “20 Under 40” winner, has worked at Kimberlite for 13 years. She started in the accounting department, was named COO in February 2012 and then CEO later in 2012. She holds a degree in criminal justice and sociology, which made the security industry “a nice fit,” Rao-Russell said. SSN recently spoke with her about the system she uses at home.

Specifically Speaking with Rodney Thayer

Principal, RSG Modelworks, Sunnyvale, Calif.

Your background is in IT security, and your company focuses on cybersecurity and network vulnerabilities in physical security, how and why did you make the move into physical security specifying?

The Great ISC West 2015 Roundup


LAS VEGAS—ISC West expected that the 2015 show would be the second biggest ever, and although no official attendance figure has been released yet, that certainly appeared to be the case. The expansive show floor was packed with exhibitors and attendees and busy even during the dwindling hours of the show Friday morning. SIA reported that attendance at its education sessions was up 18 percent over last year, up a whopping 91 percent since SIA assumed responsibility for the education program in 2010.

Net neutrality a net loss for industry?

John Cerasuolo, president and CEO of ADS Security, discusses net neutrality in the security industry

Unless you have been living under a rock you have probably heard the debate over net neutrality. For all the talk there is very little understanding of how dangerous this obscure sounding policy would be to our economy.

Richard Walker to help monitor Monitronics M&A possibilities

Brings acquisition experience from IHS

ENGLEWOOD, Colo.—Ascent Capital Group, Monitronics’ parent company based here, has appointed Richard G. Walker as executive vice president of strategy and corporate development.

News Poll: Cloud is security’s future

Opinions vary on whether cloud is good for the industry

YARMOUTH, Maine—Cloud offerings are proliferating in the security industry. Recently, Dice and IBS launched cloud-hosted monitoring and 3xLOGIC acquired cloud-based access control provider Infinias. In the latest News Poll, Security Systems News asked readers whether cloud is here to stay. Just over half of respondents—52 percent—said yes.

Back at it: School security technology ‘main priority’


WASHINGTON—They’re not giving up. Advocates for federal funding for school security technology have taken their case to Congress for the past two years to no avail; a measure last year got caught up in the gun control debate and fell victim to politics. Now, the fight begins anew.

North American access control market approaches $5 billion

Biometrics to remain the largest technology

DALLAS—The North American access control market will rise to about $5 billion in 2020, up from $2 billion in 2014, while the global market will reach $10.3 billion, according to a Marketsandmarkets report.

How I Use My System: Matt Cooper

Director of field operations, Protection 1

Matt Cooper is the new director of field operations for Protection 1. He sees this role incorporating elements from his previous role as a regional operations manager. The main difference being, he said, that his new role is on a national scale. Among other responsibilities, he is working to “create a bridge” between the regional branches and the national accounts. Cooper, an ex-Navy man, talked with Security Systems about the system he has at home.

ESX starts TechVision Challenge for Innovation Award winners

‘Shark Tank’ of industry leaders to judge

BALTIMORE—The top 10 ESX Innovation Awards winners will compete in the new TechVision Challenge, what ESX Chair George De Marco describes as “a Shark Tank-style contest” at the show here June 23.



SSN News Poll November 2015

Security industry executives need to make careful decisions about attending tradeshows and conferences. Time away from the office needs to be worth the time and money. How do you decide which events to attend?

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