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SIAC to keep a closer eye on local governments

Partnership with Stateside Associates to assist goal

FRISCO, Texas—SIAC on Feb. 9 started working with Stateside Associates, a state and local government affairs firm, to monitor pending ordinances that could affect the security industry.

Global home automation market projected to hit $12.81 billion by 2020

U.S. has largest share of the market

DALLAS—The North American home automation market will grow from $2.21 billion in 2013 to $4.29 billion in 2020, a CAGR of 9.17 percent, according to Marketsandmarkets research analyst Sarmistha Biswas.

NewsPoll: SSN readers debate the utility of CES home automation gadgets

Should toasters text? Fourteen percent call it a good idea

YARMOUTH, Maine—Home automation gadgets coming out of the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show are interesting, but discretion might be needed before some go too far, according to Security Systems News readers responding to our latest NewsPoll.

Security fundamentals can be strong weapons against cyberattacks

Integrators need to be able to do more than just bring in the IT people

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?

First stop for biz intelligence? Retail security pros

TechSec 2015: With Big Data, security not just about preventing bad things, but aligning with company goals

DELRAY BEACH, Fla.—Leveraging Big Data establishes retail security professionals as business enablers, according to four experts at TechSec2015.

In emergency management, be ready to ‘roll with the punches’

At TechSec, Dana Farber security director discusses impacts of back-to-back active shooter, big blizzard

DELRAY BEACH, Fla.—Working in emergency management means “rolling with the punches” and having successful communication plans in place, says the director of security and emergency management for the renowned Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston.

Google’s Brian Katz advocates diverse staff, bottom-to-top security buy-in

TechSec keynote speaker says every employee can be turned into ‘a member of the security team not with fear but with a feeling of community’

DELRAY BEACH, Fla.— Security professionals are working today in an exciting time, a time of a “new paradigm” where security is evolving faster than ever as an integral part of the company culture and not merely a separate program, according to a top manager for Google.

Tyco’s Long named one of Canada’s Most Powerful Women

Long honored for leadership, support of women in business

TORONTO—The Women’s Executive Network (WXM) has recognized Tracy Long, president of Tyco Integrated Fire & Security, Canada, as one of its 2014 Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award Winner.

ESA’s Chwat rates the regulation and legislation of interest in 2015

Broadband initiative is front of mind for ESA’s lobbyist

ALEXANDRIA, Va.—From changes in the way broadband will be expanded to federal funding for school security technology to nursing home surveillance, there is plenty of legislation of interest to security installers on Capitol Hill, according to John Chwat, ESA’s director of government relations.

Five Questions: Melissa Hansen


Melissa Hansen, the director of training for COPS Monitoring in Williamstown, N.J., started her career with the wholesale monitoring provider as a dispatcher 19 years ago. She now oversees COPS’ complete training program across its six central stations, including educating new employees, CSAA Five Diamond certification, proprietary training for dispatchers, customer service and disaster preparedness instruction. She also is one of this year’s Security System News’ 20 under 40 winners. In early January, Security Systems News caught up with Hansen and asked her five questions.



SSN News Poll January 2016

There's a lot of private equity interest in security. Many top security companies, such as Vivint, Protection 1, CSG Security and Alarm Capital Alliance, are PE-backed. What do you think about private equity's involvement in the security industry?

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