Security Systems News

APR 2016

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what the potential pitfalls are. You won't want to miss this one. I'll also be moderating an educational session on April 7, Thursday morning, at 10 a.m. That means I will have to run the Security 5k fast in order to get back to the Sands and be ready to go at 10. What's the Security 5k, you ask? It's only the funnest event at ISC West. It's your chance to get away from the casinos, get some exercise and you'll be making a real difference in kids' lives. Walk 2k or run 5k. Sign up online at or you can even sign up on Wednesday at the show. The April 7 educational session that I'm moderating after the Security 5K is called "Access Control Trends in the Education Sector." Ready for ISC West 2016 Tim Purpura, VP & GROUP PUBLISHER Brook Taliaferro, EDITORIAL DIRECTOR Martha Entwistle, EDITOR Paul Ragusa, MANAGING EDITOR Spencer Ives, ASSOCIATE EDITOR Peter Macijauskas, E-MEDIA MANAGER SEND PRESS RELEASES TO: EDITORIAL OFFICE Tel: 207-846-0600 ADVERTISING OFFICE Security Systems News 106 Lafayette St., PO Box 998 Yarmouth, ME 04096 Tel: 207-846-0600 NORTHEAST/EASTERN CANADA/INT'L Tim Purpura, VP & GROUP PUBLISHER Tel: 207-846-0600, Ext. 217 WESTERN STATES/MID-ATLANTIC Sarah Flanagan, REGIONAL SALES MANAGER 207-846-0600, Ext. 274 sfl SOUTHEAST/MIDWEST Rob Akert, REGIONAL SALES DIRECTOR Tel: 623-376-9513 SSN EVENTS Kerry Rasor, CONFERENCE DIRECTOR Tel: 207-846-0600, Ext. 273 MARKETPLACE & LIST RENTALS Cath Daggett Tel: 207-846-0600, Ext. 300 Lise Dubois, PRODUCTION DIRECTOR SUBSCRIPTION INFORMATION Security Systems News PO Box 47860 Plymouth, MN 55447-0860 Tel: 800-869-6882 Publishers of specialized business publications PRESIDENT & CEO EXECUTIVE VP J.G. Taliaferro Jr. Rick Rector For custom reprints or digital reuse, please contact our reprint partner, The YGS Group, by calling 717-505-9701, Ext. 100, or by visiting W E'RE READY. Paul Ragusa, manag- ing editor, Spencer Ives, associate editor; and yours truly are done scheduling appointments for the biggest show of the year, ISC West 2016. In addition to booth vis- its and other meetings, I am moderating two great educa- tional sessions including the ISC West Opening Keynote: "Lights! Camera! Action! How Paramount Pictures Delivers Enhanced Safety and Global Security While Driving Opera- tional Efficiency and Sustain- able ROI." It will take place on Wednes- day morning from 8:45 to 9:45, right before the show floor opens. I toured Paramount's GSOC in Los Angeles last fall. The Paramount folks have a great story to tell—and they're very open about how they do things and Martha Entwistle Most-read stories at from Feb. 18, 2016 to March 18, 2016 1. Honeywell drops UTC bid, buys Videofi ed for $123 million 2. Monitoring companies foresee benefi ts from ADT/Protection 1 merger 3. Goodbye Samsung Techwin, hello Hanwha Techwin 4. Jay Hauhn talks on Honeywell-RSI deal We'll hear from two great speakers: Tara Steelman from the College of Saint Rose, and Gary Rodman from Ripon College. They'll talk about why they chose the access control systems they did and how those systems help them make informed decisions, act quickly in the event of an emergency and gather important intel- ligence for investigations. Matthew Zimmerman of LaForce will be on hand to give the integrator per- spective. Definitely plan to attend. Do you have news to share? Stop by the SSN booth/ISC West Media Stage. Paul, Spencer and I will be conducting ssnTVnews interviews all three days at the stage, which this year, is located at the end of the hallway just before the escalators outside the showfloor. You'll see the us on the left as you're walking to the show floor entrance. See you in Vegas. Technology trends in paradise Guest Commentary A group of 100 technology folks brought some serious security thought-leadership on topics such as identity management, cybersecurity, privacy and big data during the Hawaii Information Communi- cation & Technology Associa- tion's (HICTA's) "Trends in Tech- nology" trade show, which took place in Honolulu in March. Of course, it's reasonable that smart people like to travel to Hawaii, too, but what really struck me was how relevant both physical security and cybersecurity have become to the three industry segments represented in this one local organization. HICTA helps develop the information, communications and technology (ICT) professionals in the State of Hawaii and helps advance the progression of HICTA members across industries. As a physical security guy, I've been researching the failings of our manufac- turers to embrace the requisite cyber- hardening techniques that are the fabric of the information security network envi- ronment. It was truly refreshing to see a blend of physical- and cybersecurity manufacturers and practitioners in the same rooms engaged in a meaningful dialogue aimed at making our people, processes and products more secure. Keynote speaker Tuan Nguy- en, asst. special agent in charge of the FBI Honolulu Field Offi ce, took on the topic of encryption and explored how investigators could gain access to encrypted evidence without impinging on the privacy concerns of the U.S. citizenry. Nguyen suggested that more transpar- ency on the government's part could lead to a better dialogue with the community at large, and, in turn, open dialogue would translate into progress. It was a provocative presentation that left me hopeful for a solution that would allow our law enforcement community to hunt and prosecute terrorist activi- ties as thoroughly as possible. From a personal perspective, I am more of a trust-but-verify guy, and I don't have any illegal details to hide. I think this lowers my guard to many of the privacy concerns that have arisen in the wake of the Snowden revelations. I do see value in the pursuit of evidence against ter- rorists, and if that potential evidence is encrypted, law enforcement needs a way to investigate its evidentiary value. I do hope we fi nd a dialogue that increases safety for all communities. In a breakout session, Alert Enterprise CEO Jasvir Gill, an enlightened, enter- taining speaker, made a great case for the expansion of analytics engines throughout Andrew Lanning 5. Vivint gets quarter-million new subscribers in 2015 6. ADS Security launches initiatives to retain resi customers, grow commercial side 7. American Alarm: Building infrastructure to support and sustain growth LANNING continued on next page SECURITY SYSTEMS NEWS APRIL 2016 EDITORIAL 16

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