A Line in the Sand

There is a line in the sand where security is evident, and if crossed security begins to wane. In our security pursuits each day as journalists, we’re fortunate to be able to talk with many of you and learn about new technology, adaptable solutions and secure outcomes.

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I have seen that line in the sand where security starts to blur. These days I see that line as a border that separates one nation from another. In the case of that line being violated in the Ukraine, I find it interesting the multi-national companies that have stepped up to implement product sanctions against the aggressor.

The security industry also has joined sanctions against that aggressor. Case in point from a few security equipment manufacturers:

Until further notice, Axis Communications will stop all deliveries and product orders from Russia. This also means that Axis will not accept any new equipment orders or participate in any projects in the region, meaning Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. Axis is part of a much larger group of Western businesses that are pulling out of the Russian market, including Disney, General Motors, Harley Davidson, and Shell and BP Oil. For Axis, this means the loss of about a $40 million market.

Joining the security exodus, Motorola Solutions has also suspended orders to Russia, and this means partner companies such as Avigilon. Motorola’s product orders have been halted, and orders to Russia from any other country also are sanctioned. Also, concerned about Cybersecurity issues, Motorola has adopted the government’s posture in thwarting any malicious activity.

The security marketplace is not a huge player as far as sales and sanctions are concerned, but are part of a larger trend to protest hostile movement, and war-related activities on the part of the Russian Oligarchy. That line in the sand has been breached from flagrant disregard to border security, and individual security afforded to peace-loving people.

This article originally appeared in the April 2022 issue of Security Today.

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Ralph C. Jensen is editor-in-chief of Security Today magazine.

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