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SEP 2017

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Page 20 of 46 september 2017 se CU r I t Y s Y stems N e W s Commer C ial & systems integrators 14 briefs SalesMarines to help PSA Security Network members hire US vets WESTMINSTER, Colo.—PSA recently announced a partnership with Matterhorn Consulting to enable PSA members to hire military veterans. The Veteran Hiring Program, SalesMarines, is a new service from Matterhorn Consulting that helps veter- ans from the United States military find employment, matching up employers' needs with veterans' skill sets. The team is led by Paul Boucherle, a Marine Corps veteran who served during the Vietnam War. His first-hand experience with the military has motivated him to help veter- ans transition their military skills into the civilian workplace. "Implementing a Veteran Hiring Program (VHP) can be very challenging for many PSA owners and we wanted to demystify and simplify the risk and pro- cess," Paul Boucherle, CPP CSC and founder of Matterhorn Consulting, said in a prepared statement. "We are lever- aging our 39 years of security industry experience and 6 years of military service (USMC) to help veterans and infuse inte- grators with strong, disciplined and well- trained talent." The SalesMarines team works with employers to establish productive rela- tionships with the veterans who would fit within the company culture, the announcement read. They offer support to the employer on the specialized hiring process and benefits that are associated with this classification of employment. "Employing our United States veter- ans is a fundamental way to give back to those who have fought for our country," Bill Bozeman, president and CEO of PSA, said in the announcement. "Paul and his team have demonstrated the devotion to helping veterans make the switch into civilian life and PSA is honored to provide this partnership to our integrators, opening the job pool for these brave individuals." Cyberattacks on the rise, NTT Security report finds OMAHA, Neb.—The frequency and sophistication of cyberattacks continues to rise globally, according to NTT Security's Global Threat Intelligence Center 2017 Q2 Threat Intelligence Report. According to the report, cyberattacks were up 24 percent globally during Q2 2017, with manufacturers a key target for cybercriminals. The report also found that 67 percent of malware attacks were delivered by phishing emails. And, the speed of attacks continues to increase exponentially once proof of concept code is released. Allied Universal reflects on one year Sciens Building Solutions acquires By Paul Ragusa CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa. and SANTA ANA, Calif.—Allied Universal, a leading facility services company and one of the largest security forces in North America, marked its one-year anniversary this week after forming a year ago via the merger of AlliedBarton Security Services and Universal Services of America. In the announcement, Steve Jones, Allied Universal CEO, thanked all of the company's 150,000 employees and its clients "for their continued support and commitment that contributed to a phenomenal first year as our new company! I look forward to our contin- ued success in the security and services industries." O v e r t h e p a s t y e a r t h e company has made several Interface By SSN Staff DETROIT—Huron Capital, an operationally focused pri- vate equity firm based here, on July 20 announced its fire detection and security services ExecFactor platform, Sciens Building Solutions, has acquired Pleasanton, Calif.-based Sabah International Inc. "We think Sabah is a great addition to the Sciens plat- form," Terry Heath, Sciens CEO, said in the announcement. "Sabah gives us a meaningful presence on the West Coast, with an impressive customer list and a strong reputation in the market." This is the third acquisition for Sciens, which Huron Capital formed in September 2016 in partnership with Heath to pur- sue a buy-and-build investment strategy in the fire detection and security services sector. Sciens purchased W.W. Gay Fire & Integrated Systems in March. "With three companies now under the Sciens umbrella and offices on both coasts, Sciens is becoming a significant player in the fire detection and security services arena," Jim Mahoney, partner at Huron Capital, noted in the announcement. "With Terry Heath's leadership, we will continue to look for acquisition opportunities as we seek to further expand this ExecFactor platform." Founded in 1972, Sabah works with its clients to design, install, service, and maintain fire detec- tion and suppression systems, as well as leak detection and integrated security systems. The company primarily serves the technology, healthcare, financial services, education, government, and commercial end markets. A c c o rd i n g t o t h e p re s s release, Sabah CEO Michele Sabah will be working closely with the Sciens Board, while Sabah president Matt Ramsey will continue in his current role of developing and growing the business. SSN acquisitions, as it continues to transform to a full-service security company, moving beyond the manguarding ser- vices the it has been known for. Jones told Security Systems News, after the com- pany's most recent acquisition of ALERT Protective Services in May, that the com- pany continues to look at acquisitions as a way to diversify its offerings. "We've got a pretty robust pipeline of deals that we are looking at—some in the technology space and some in the traditional manguard- ing space—and we hope to announce a few more before the year is over that will help us to diversify our company Interface, headquartered here, provides a comprehensive bundle of monitored, mission- critical managed network, physical security and business intelligence services to large multi-location businesses over a private PCI-compliant cloud- based network. "This recapitalization is an important step forward for the company as we continue to lead the retail digital tech- nology transformation with our cloud-based bundled IP managed security, network and interactive video services," Michael Shaw, CEO of Interface Security Systems, said. Jeff Frye, SVP for Interface, told Security Systems News, "It is very exciting to not only have validation from our exist- ing partner, SunTx, which has been with us for well over a decade, but also to have our growth backed by the assets of a global capital partner, Prudential Capital." Frye noted that this support will help the company to "expand the verti- cal markets where our services are relevant, and to bring to market quicker some of our better ideas for new products, most of those wrapped around business intelligence." He explained that Interface also plans within the next 12 months to double the capacity of its data centers to include new sites in Chicago and Plano, Texas, in addition to existing data centers in Atlanta and Salt Lake City. "We are adding data centers so that we can provide faster, better, quicker services and leverage emerging tech- nologies like software-defined networking," said Frye. Imperial Capital LLC acted as financial advisor to Interface. "We could not be more excit- ed at the successful comple- tion of this new financing for Interface," John E. Mack III, executive VP, co-head of invest- ment banking and mergers & acquisitions at Imperial Capital, said in the announcement. "It is gratifying to be associated with such an innovative and successful company at the front edge of new and more effective security and business intelligence solutions." Mack told SSN: "This is a strong 'good-news story' here representing validation from big players in the capital mar- kets around a leading company in the industry." SSN transportation facilities and government services, Allied Universal has a significant security presence. • Managed the integration of a workforce of over 150,000 security professionals to per- form our jobs on a daily basis and serve our growing cus- tomer base. • Implemented a world- class training program, the AU Institute, which offers over 1,000 training assets and professional development programs to enhance our secu- rity professionals' delivery of service and protection. • Introduced several techno- logical innovations to expand our physical and operational security solutions and service offerings to enhance the pro- tection of client properties and assets. SSN and bring more value to our clients," he said. In the press release announc- ing the one-year milestone, the company outlined some addi- tional organizational achieve- ments since the merger: • B e c a m e t h e unequivocal leader in guarding services t h ro u g h o u t N o rt h America. Our secu- rity professionals and our company play a major role in keeping the U.S. and Canada safe and secure. • Provided service to over half of the Fortune 500 com- panies and nearly every major retail mall in the U.S. From healthcare facilities, commer- cial office buildings, manufac- turing and industrial plants, re s i d e n t i a l c o m m u n i t i e s , Continued from page 1 Terry Heath Steve Jones

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