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Educating integrators about cybersecurity for work on college campuses and elsewhere

IST’s Andrew Lanning: ‘It's incumbent upon us to elevate our game’

YARMOUTH, Maine—Andrew Lanning enjoys visiting college campuses and “the ubiquity of their Wi-Fi access.” But the reason he is on campus, usually, is that easy Wi-Fi access means easy prey for hackers and cyber threats.

Big ISC West exhibitors feature cybersecurity and name changes

Three big booth exhibitors talk with SSN about their presence at this year’s show

LAS VEGAS—Some of the biggest exhibitors are approaching the show with new topics top of mind, for some it’s cybersecurity, for others it’s branding after a name change.

Megamergers: benefit or pitfall?

Industry leans toward ‘benefit,’ but debate continues

YARMOUTH, Maine—Industry consolidation will accelerate this year with two megamergers—the Tyco/JCI deal and the ADT/Protection 1 merger—expected to close by the end of 2016. Does this activity help or hurt the industry? Respondents to Security Systems News’ latest news poll who said massive consolidation is good just barely edged out those who said these megadeals hurt the industry. Meanwhile, another group of respondents said they have other things to worry about.

Five Questions: Rich Cowan


Rich Cowan is Dynamark’s new director of sales for the western U.S., “basically, everything west of Texas,” as he described it. “My job is to introduce Dynamark to the western United States,” he said, a territory where the company is less prevalent. Prior to this role, he worked for COPS Monitoring for 12 years. Security Systems News caught up with Cowan, based out of Gilbert, Ariz., and asked him five questions.

Specifically Speaking with Lynda Buel

CEO of Columbus, Ohio- based SRMC

How long has SMRC been in business and how long have you been the owner and CEO?

Access control can produce access to intelligence


YARMOUTH, Maine—It doesn’t take a sophisticated access control system to keep people out of the building or allow them inside. Nor does it take a high-end system to provide useful data that can help a company’s bottom line.

How I Use My System: Domenic Cipollone


Domenic Cipollone, regional VP and general manager middle Tennessee and Kentucky, He is responsible for four branch locations and their overall profitability. He started in the alarm industry “right out of college,” 28 years ago and joined ADS two years ago. Security Systems News talked with him in early January about the system he has at home.

SIA and Mercer launch security degree program

Classes designed train young people start tomorrow

SILVER SPRING, Md.—The Security Industry Association and Mercer County Community College announced that classes for its inaugural course of Mercer’s Systems Technology associate’s degree in Applied Science, are beginning this week.

Specifically Speaking with Jerry Blanchard

CEO of Protus3, Raleigh, N.C.

You recently rebranded your firm as Protus3. Can you describe what three areas your business focuses on and your business philosophy?

News Poll: The future of biometrics

Readers debate on whether cost helps or hurts biometric application

YARMOUTH, Maine—Most respondents to Security Systems News’ latest poll said they install biometrics solutions at least occasionally, and some readers raised concerns about the technology’s cost, false acceptance rate, and security of biometric data.



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?