Category: Security Hardware and Technology

The tools of the security trade are advancing at an extraordinary pace. We take a look at the latest security hardware and software, from malware and cyberattack detection to cameras to motion sensors. These articles will help you determine what gadgets may be best for your security strategy—and what will fit your budget.

Security Product Roundup from ISC West 2021

Were you at the ISC West 2021 (International Security Conference & Exposition) tradeshow? Held July 19-21 at the Sands Expo Center in Las Vegas, the industry event had a lot to offer. As with many tradeshows, there were great people for networking, insightful sessions, cool swag to grab, vital coffee setups, and, of course—when professionally […]

Seattle Port Authority Permanently Bans Facial Recognition

The Port of Seattle Commission has voted to permanently ban the use of biometric technology—including facial recognition—for law enforcement, security, and mass surveillance purposes by the Port and any private-sector entities operating at its facilities, including the seaport and the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. The Security Industry Association (SIA), a vocal advocate for the responsible use […]

National Lab’s ‘Shadow Figment’ Tech Foils Cyberattacks

Scientists have created a cybersecurity technology called Shadow Figment that is designed to lure hackers into an artificial world, then stop them from doing damage by feeding them illusory tidbits of success. The aim is to sequester bad actors by captivating them with an attractive—but imaginary—world. The technology is aimed at protecting physical targets—infrastructure such […]

Best Practices for Data Breach Detection, Response

It’s not a matter of who will be affected by a data breach but when. The COVID-19 pandemic has awakened a Pandora’s box of data predators. For a company, the breaches can be costly, both financially and in other ways, including the devastating toll they can take on your reputation. Many breaches occur because of […]

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BYOD Security Risks

We’ve talked before about the reasons an employer may benefit from implementing a bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policy in the workplace, such as cost reduction, improved employee satisfaction, the likelihood of better technology standards, and the decreased time to productivity on a personal device, just to name a few. But there are quite a few security risks, […]

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Access Control Trends to Watch in 2021

The security industry is quickly evolving with the emergence of new technology. As we near the end of 2020, we are seeing new trends that will shape the future of physical security. By identifying access control trends for 2021, we can properly prepare to meet both business and end user needs.

Man using smartphone for access controls

What Do Security Professionals Need to Know About Touchless Access Control?

Effective managers continually source innovative solutions and implement them. This requires a ready eye and ear for opportunities. Access control is the next opportunity that is almost literally knocking at the door. The access control model pre-COVID is gone­. Smart solutions in touchless access control like mobile access, cloud-based systems, video intercom, and facial recognition […]

Stressed out worker.

Right Now, Hackers Are Interacting with Your Employees—Are They Prepared?

Imagine a scenario in which an employee clicks a link in an e-mail and costs his or her employer $600,000. Unfortunately, this situation does not require one’s imagination. This is exactly what happened in Riviera Beach, Florida, when an employee clicked a link in an e-mail, and the government was crippled by a ransomware attack. […]

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Taking a Softer Approach to Security in the Smart Cities of the Future

There is currently a lot of hype about the “smart cities” concept, and communities and governments around the world are jumping onto the bandwagon. While most of the focus is on eliminating inefficiencies in a variety of infrastructure systems–from transportation to utilities and beyond—the reality is a “smart city” should equate to a “safe city.”

Keeping Up with Security Equipment Repairs

Maintenance on security equipment can get ignored until those devices fail—and often under the worst circumstances. It’s critical to schedule maintenance and stay vigilant for any needed inspections, adjustments, or repairs, even on newly installed equipment.