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Cybersecurity Innovation and the Patent Landscape

It can be expected that costs associated with cybercrime will rise in the near to medium term and have a material impact on the global economy – while putting individual citizens’ and corporations’ important data at risk by cyber criminals. Due to the convergence of an escalation in the number of security vulnerabilities, an increase in hacker capabilities and tools as well as new legislation being enacted in the European Union, the estimated costs due to cybercrime may be conservative.

Cyber Security Trends To Watch For in 2019

Multiple cyber-attacks and compromise of personal information of millions of people globally show that the complexity and intensity of cybersecurity attacks are on the rise, and it could have broader political and economic ramifications. As cybercrimes become more lucrative and cybercriminals become smarter, cybersecurity too will have to be intelligence driven, enabling a swift response to the advanced attacks.

Three Reasons Cybercriminals Continue to Succeed in Breaching Some of the Biggest Brands

In 2018, we witnessed some of the biggest data breaches ever – affecting businesses and consumers alike. From social media, hospitality, healthcare and even mail delivery, 2018 proved that there is no escaping cybersecurity flaws, regardless of the type of business or its popularity. For example, we witnessed the data of approximately 500 million Marriot guests get breached and a USPS security flaw that exposed the personal data of more than 60 million people.

Security Around the Clock: Hotel Safety for the Mobile Workforce

When traveling for business, it’s necessary for safety precautions to extend beyond the typical nine to five working parameters. Throughout the entirety of a business trip, business travelers should remain diligent around the clock, taking additional precautions to ensure their personal safety. There are several security measures both a business and its mobile workforce should keep in mind as they book business travel accommodations, check into their hotels in remote locations and conduct business while in an unfamiliar area.

Here’s What the Wells Fargo Outage can Teach us About Risk Management

Within the enterprise security and risk management community, there’s no debate about the financial impact of business downtime — a single hour of downtime can mean over $100,000 in losses for the overwhelming majority of businesses. But the consequences of downtime aren’t just monetary; they can be reputational as well.

Cells and the City: A Conversation with the Deputy Director for Intelligence Analysis, NYPD

For much of the past decade, Ravi Satkalmi has helped lead the New York City Police Department’s (NYPD) Intelligence Analysis Unit, a team within the NYPD’s Intelligence Bureau that provides critical support on counterterrorism investigations, analyzes foreign and domestic terrorist threats to the city, offers input on policies pertaining to counterterrorism, and liaises with law enforcement and private sector partners.

Drone Usage: A Threat to Critical Infrastructure, Operations and Individuals

Growing drone use in populated areas poses significant risks that, without additional safeguards, could result in attacks by malicious entities and exploited for use in cyberattacks, terrorism, crime and invasion of privacy, according to a report by Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) and Fujitsu System Integration Laboratories Ltd. researchers. 

We Need to Focus More on Right of Boom

In government parlance, Boom is the detonation of an explosive device, initially used in speaking of a nuclear bomb. Those steeped in disaster preparedness and response now speak in terms of “left of boom” and “right of boom.” Left of boom is the planning and preparation that goes into ensuring that a device never detonates and right of boom deals with responding to a disaster, generally the man-made type. Much of what organizations do is to address left of boom.

Saving Minutes Saves Lives

Active shooter incidents are becoming an all too common occurrence. Unfortunately, they occur in places where people gather and where the shooter believes he can get the most attention. This means schools, churches, restaurants and bars are all likely venues. When the shooting starts, the first response is to seek safety and get as far away from the shooter as possible.

Big Picture Intelligence for Small Retail Businesses

Smaller retail and franchisee owners are among the busiest people I know. When there’s a problem, it’s usually up to them to find a solution, whether that’s troubleshooting an IT issue or dealing with staffing challenges. Add to that the fact that many owners operate multiple locations and it’s easy to understand why they are typically cautious about adopting new technologies. If the tech isn’t easy to use, or can’t demonstrate immediate and measurable benefits, realistically it’s only going to add to the ‘to do’ list.

Call for Speakers Open for Florida Cyber Conference 2019

Cyber Florida announces that the Call for Speakers for Florida Cyber Conference 2019 (FLCyberCon) is now open and invites experts, thought-leaders, and cyber specialists from all sectors to submit proposals for breakout sessions, panel discussions, demonstrations, case studies, interactive sessions and other unique learning opportunities for conference goers. 

How Southwest Airlines Has Improved Bag Security

Airlines rely on baggage tugs to quickly transport luggage from planes to baggage reclaim areas for customers. However, airlines often find they have to deal with operational issues such as ground support employees believing all vehicles are assigned to employees when there are many unassigned, decreasing employee productivity. 

Making Schools Safer with Window Film

With bomb threats, school shootings, and other violent acts reported nationwide from the classroom, education officials are making improvements to security – including the installation of 3M™ Scotchshield™ Safety & Security Window Film.

Drug Overdose Deaths Involving Fentanyl Up 1,000% Over 6 Years

Deaths from the synthetic opioid fentanyl skyrocketed more than 1,000% from 2011 to 2016. 

How Call Centers are the Weakest Links in Authentication Chain

As companies increase their cybersecurity defenses, fraudsters are now targeting call centers with easily obtained and plentiful personally identifying information and they are sharing it too.

University of West Florida Introduces Cybersecurity Degree

The University of West Florida is launching a new degree program in direct response to increased workforce demand in STEM fields. Beginning in Fall 2019, UWF will offer a Master of Science in Cybersecurity. 

When an Active Shooter ISN’T…Talking About Violence When Training Civilians

I was in law enforcement prior to the term ‘Active Shooter’ became an accepted way to describe someone bent on hurting people, and before Columbine forever changed how police will respond to acts of mass violence.

Cybersecurity Employment on the Rise in San Diego

Cyber Center of Excellence recently commissioned the San Diego Economic Development Corporation (EDC) to conduct a study on the current state of the cybersecurity industry in San Diego.

Insider Threats Pose Biggest Security Risk, Bettercloud Report Reveals

BetterCloud released its first insider threats report: “State of Insider Threats in the Digital Workplace 2019.” The report found that 91 percent of IT and security professionals surveyed feel vulnerable to insider threats, and 75 percent believe the biggest risks lie in cloud applications like popular file storage and email solutions such as Google Drive, Gmail, Dropbox and more. 

Donald R. Kusser Named New LAX Port Director

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) hosted a Change of Command Ceremony to formally instate Donald R. Kusser, formerly Assistant Port Director, Tactical Operations, of the LA/Long Beach Seaport, as Port Director for the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). 

Mark McCourt Named SIA’s Sandy Jones Volunteer of the Year

The Security Industry Association (SIA) has selected Mark McCourt as the recipient of the 2018 Sandy Jones Volunteer of the Year Award, which recognizes SIA volunteers who have made tireless efforts to expand SIA’s programs and services. SIA will present McCourt with the award at The Advance, SIA’s annual membership meeting, during ISC West.

SIA, NCS4 and ISC West Partner on Stadium Security Education

The Security Industry Association (SIA), the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) at the University of Southern Mississippi (USM) and ISC West are partnering to provide education on the critical issue of stadium security at ISC West 2019, occurring April 9-12 at the Sands Expo Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Customer Service Vital to Security Officer Sector

What is a required to create a customer-centric culture in your security enterprise?

What Does an Ideal Access Control Security System Look Like?

What differentiates effective access control platform from failed systems, unable to achieve physical security and operational goals?

Open Doors With Your Smartphone

Open doors for your users with smartphones – bringing a new level of convenience and simplicity for users, while increasing your access control security.

Go Mobile with the Brivo Onair App

Manage building security on-the-go.

Simply Better Security

Discover how migrating to cloud-based access control or, better yet, a complete security platform can increase safety and save money.

The Best Ways to Ensure Cybersecurity in Your Physical Space

Many physical security infrastructures were developed and implemented without considering cybersecurity for our IoT driven world. Network and communication protocols for remote control and management had assumed closed, non-public networks. However, these systems evolved to be highly interconnected systems with open, public networks.

Moving to the Cloud to Prevent Physical Security Breaches

What is the cloud’s role in commercial physical security? If you are in charge of security for your company, here’s what you need to know to ensure you use the latest technology to prevent physical security breaches.

Scholarships for Women in Cybersecurity

The application period for the (ISC)² Women’s Scholarships is now open. Recent (ISC)² research estimates a worldwide cybersecurity workforce gap of 2.93 million. 

Five Steps to Kick Start your Security Workforce Automation

With global demand for security services forecast to increase 6.9 percent annually, security companies are facing the need to adapt to rapidly changing customer requirements, demographics and technology landscapes. 

Cities with the Most Aggressive Drivers Revealed

Honking, squeaking brakes and bumper-to-bumper traffic are common problems in many of America’s congested cities. Frustrated drivers can get agitated quickly, and their aggressive driving habits like speeding, rapid acceleration and braking can lower gas mileage by as much as 40 percent, costing them as much as $477 per year in additional fuel consumption.

Citizen’s Council Report Reveals 50 of the World’s Most Dangerous Cities

The Citizen's Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice released a report that reveals the world's 50 most dangerous cities. 

Jamie’s Law Introduced To Implement Background Checks for Ammunition Sale

U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and U.S. Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23) introduced bicameral legislation to implement instant universal background checks for the sale of gun ammunition.

Medical Marijuana Dispensary Reopens After Shutdown Over Security

A medical marijuana dispensary in Acton will reopen, five weeks after being closed for security and labeling violations.

128 World’s Most Ethical Companies for 2019 Revealed

Ethisphere announced the designation of 128 honorees representing 21 countries and 50 industries as the 2019 World’s Most Ethical Companies. The list includes 16 first-time honorees and eight organizations that have been named to the list every year since 2007.

nCipher Security Report Reveals Americans’ Lack of Trust with Personal Data Security

nCipher Security announces new research that exposes Americans’ lack of trust about personal data security, their leading concerns in this area and what organizations can do to gain their confidence at a time when breaches and cyberattacks are on the rise. 

First Advantage Releases 2019 Top Screening Trends and Insights

First Advantage released the results of its “2019 Top Screening Trends & Insights” State of the Industry report. After surveying enterprise customers and cross-referencing their responses with aggregated data from more than 66 million annual global searches, First Advantage was able to identify the key trends driving the employment background screening industry.

Is Fingerprint-based Biometric Payment Cards the Next Standard for Payment Technology?

As consumers become increasingly comfortable using biometrics to unlock devices and log into accounts, there is a growing interest in bringing this technology to physical payment cards to provide simple-to-use multifactor authentication for in-store transactions. The Secure Technology Alliance released an introductory resource for those interested in better understanding the business case, impact and considerations for providing fingerprint-based biometric payment cards.

Features Advanced Video Analytics

Avigilon, a Motorola Solutions company, will showcase its advanced video, artificial intelligence, video analytics, access control and cloud solutions.

Provides Mobile Access Control

Farpointe Data’s Conekt mobile access control readers provide an easier way to distribute credentials, with features that users register their handset only once and need no other portal accounts, activation features or hidden fees.

Produces Security for Sensitive Locations

Boon Edam’s Circlelock “Solo” is a turnkey, mantrap portal solution that installs quickly and provides the highest level of security for sensitive locations, such as data centers.

Awareness and Response Coordination System

Maxxess InSite™ merges security, communications, business intelligence and data integration into a single, easy-to-use platform.

ISC West 2019 Product Preview

From April 9-12, 2019, a cross-section of the entire security industry will collect in Las Vegas for one of the biggest annual security tradeshows in the U.S. – ISC West.

Provides Security Intelligence and Situational Awareness

At ISC West 2019, ReconaSense is showcasing market-shifting innovations for physical security with the power of artificial intelligence (A.I.).

Allows for Keyless Entry

The new MOBOTIX T26 Outdoor Station and Access Module is a powerful high-resolution, hemispheric IP video door station allowing for keyless entry to secured buildings.

Secures Multiple Doors

Dortronics continues to enhance its portfolio of smart door interlock and mantrap solutions with its highly versatile and economical 4800 Series Intelligent Interlock Controllers.

China Tests Facial Recognition Subway Payments

A subway operator in Shenzhen, China is testing facial recognition software to pay for entry.

Stores more than 9,000 Hours of Video

Seagate Technology’s SkyHawk™ AI 14TB is its most advanced surveillance-optimized drive designed for NVRs enabled with AI for edge security applications.

Provides Under-Vehicle Surveillance

ISS’ SecurOS™ UVSS (Under Vehicle Surveillance System) combines advanced software and hardware for under-vehicle surveillance and is natively developed with a number of ISS’ analytic patents and designed to integrate with ISS’ SecurOS v10 platform.

Offers Robust Surge Protection

The DTK-WM4 family of wall-mount network surge protectors feature state-of-the-art technologies to provide robust surge protection for any desired combination of Ethernet, PoE and PoE Extender circuits, while supporting data speeds up to 10GbE.

Offers Superior Perimeter Protection

The FLIR Saros™ DH-390 Dome Camera combines first-class perimeter protection technologies into a unified solution that delivers accurate, actionable alerts and verified alarm data.

Security for Short-Term Events

Delta Scientific’s DSC1500 portable beam barricade sets up quickly and temporarily to block vehicles and secure locations during short-term events and anywhere a beam barricade is needed for interim security.

Provides Two-Factor Authentication

Sielox’s AnyWare is now available in two sizes: an 8 door system and an increased capacity up to 40 doors.

Superior Coverage in all Weather and Lighting Conditions

The SR250 is the newest solution in Magos’ perimeter protection lineup.

Backup Video at No Extra Cost

Key enhancements for OnSSI’s Ocularis v5.7 VMS include a new recorded video backup feature that provides additional copies of the recorded video data that can be saved to another location on the system, at no additional cost.

Reduces Service and Maintenance

An innovative first in the industry, Altronix takes battery back-up to a higher level with its new line of NetWay™ Spectrum PoE+ Switches.

Automatically Updates Surveillance Cameras

Viakoo, the only provider of a proactive solution to automate surveillance and access control system verification and compliance for the security industry, has a new product specifically designed to address this issue, tailored for organizations that are not yet ready to commit to a fully automated update management system.

Flexible and Reliable Security

Cobalt Robotics builds autonomous indoor security robots to work alongside human guards and provide a safer environment in places such as offices, museums and warehouses.

70% of Nonfatal Injuries Occur to Women in the Workplace

National Safety Council analysis indicates that women are disproportionately impacted by certain safety issues, most notably nonfatal workplace violence. Females account for 70% of all assault-related injuries involving days away from work.

Tips for Protecting Our Female Business Travelers

The number of women landing leading roles in the workforce has increased significantly over the last several years, requiring them to travel more frequently and boost productivity while doing so. Nearly half of today’s business travelers are female, and although this number grows year after year, employers continue to struggle with providing females with the proper tools and information needed to help ensure their safety while traveling for business.

It’s Time to Get Smart About False Alarm Reduction

If there is anything the security industry has learned over the past few years, it’s that this industry is not static. There are constant changes in technology and threats which can range from worrying about a possible break-in to employee theft or protecting a facility, its assets and employees. Security professionals are having to stay up to date with the latest and greatest security system technologies and adapt existing solutions quickly in order to keep their assets and information safe.