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DEC 2017

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The role of women in security growing Tim Purpura, VP & GROUP PUBLISHER tpurpura@securitysystemsnews.com Brook Taliaferro, EDITORIAL DIRECTOR Paul Ragusa, EDITOR pragusa@securitysystemsnews.com Spencer Ives, MANAGING EDITOR sives@securitysystemsnews.com Peter Macijauskas, E-MEDIA MANAGER pmacijauskas@unitedpublications.com SEND PRESS RELEASES TO: EDITORIAL OFFICE editor@securitysystemsnews.com Tel: 207-846-0600 ADVERTISING OFFICE Security Systems News 106 Lafayette St., PO Box 998 Yarmouth, ME 04096 Tel: 207-846-0600 NEW ENGLAND STATES AND EASTERN CANADA Tim Purpura, VP & GROUP PUBLISHER Tel: 207-846-0600, Ext. 217 tpurpura@securitysystemsnews.com MIDWEST AND EASTERN STATES Brad Durost, REGIONAL SALES MANAGER 207-846-0600, Ext. 274 bdurost@securitysystemsnews.com WESTERN STATES AND WESTERN CANADA Rob Akert, REGIONAL SALES DIRECTOR Tel: 623-376-9513 rakert@securitysystemsnews.com MARKETPLACE SALES Cath Daggett Tel: 207-846-0600, Ext. 300 cdaggett@securitysystemsnews.com Lise Dubois, PRODUCTION DIRECTOR ldubois@unitedpublications.com SUBSCRIPTION INFORMATION www.securitysystemsnews.com/subscribe 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 unitedpublications@theygsgroup.com ture needs to promote bringing women on board." Suzie Nye, vice president of operations for AvantGuard Monitoring Centers, sug- gested there could be a stronger focus on women in the industry, such as encourag- ing female support and participation at industry events. "A lot of the conferences we have here in Utah, you walk in there and most of [the attendees] are men," Nye said. "Maybe it's time we have some women start coming to those associa- tions and … just getting involved and being part of that." Several mentioned the importance of championing other women in security. Jana Rankin, CEO of VuTeur, said, "I also believe as women we are supposed to give back and mentor those who are coming up behind us and encourage them to continue down the path." Most-read stories at www.securitysystemsnews.com from Oct. 15 to Nov. 15, 2017 1. SSN honors '20 under 40' End User Class of 2017 2. ADT buys third commercial integrator this year 3. Honeywell to offer DIY home security system 4. DIY's impact on security signifi cant 5. I-View Now integrates with Nest cameras T his is quickly becoming one of my favorite issues to put togeth- er, as we get to shine a light on the achievements of women in security today, looking at ways in which we can get more women, in general, involved in upper management and leadership roles. While the industry still has a long way to go, most agreed it is changing for the better. "Ten years ago, it was quite a different landscape," said Renee Mallonee, direc- tor of marketing at MONI Smart Secu- rity. "Honestly, there weren't that many women in the field and I have noticed that as a significant change over the last 10 years—something that I'm really excited about that makes me want to stay in the security industry." C h r i s t i n e L a n n i n g , p re s i d e n t o f Hawaii-based Integrated Security Tech- nologies Inc., said the industry has changed drastically since she first started. "When I first started in the industry everybody kind of looked the same— typically older white gentlemen," she pointed out. "And it wasn't that there weren't any women; there wasn't racial diversity either. When I go to tradeshows and events today, though, I am definitely seeing a lot more women and more racial diversity." Ina Staris, vice president, legal, gen- eral counsel & corporate secretary for Securitas Electronic Security, said, "I am seeing more and more women in secu- rity, even at Securitas where we now have women techs, which was always very rare in this industry. I am also seeing more women in leadership roles, but it is an uphill battle because it is still very much a male-dominated industry." All agreed that leveling the playing field takes a concerted effort from all in the industry. "It does start from the culture, and it's hard to create an industry culture," said Anu Herranen, Nortek Security & Con- trol's director of marketing and branding, who noted that Nortek has a "women in technology" team. "Increasing women industry wide can be a challenge, rooted in culture. It's definitely easier to have the change taking place within each com- pany. That means that the company cul- Paul Ragusa DahuaSecurity.com/4KHDCVI PROVEN THE WORLD OVER. Multi-Dimensional. Multi-Sensor. Only Dahua delivers multi-sensor cameras with multi-dimensional advantages for both IP in 6, 8 and 16MP resolutions and analog (6MP) infrastructures. 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