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NRF Report Shows Organized Retail Crime a Growing Threat for Retailers

NRF Report Shows Organized Retail Crime a Growing Threat for Retailers

Organized retail crime (ORC) is a perpetual and burgeoning problem for the U.S. retail industry, and evidence suggests it is growing in both scope and complexity, according to a new report released today by the National Retail Federation.

Making Rental Property a Smart Home

Making Rental Property a Smart Home

Necessity may be the mother of invention, but Rently is the mother of inventing self-guided touring for rental properties.

Tips for Homeowners

Tips for Homeowners

Now that summer vacations have come to an end and the skies are getting dark earlier, it’s a good time for homeowners to take a look at their home’s security.

ADT Technician Sentenced for Hacking Home Security Footage

ADT Technician Sentenced for Hacking Home Security Footage

A home security technician was sentenced recently to 52 months in federal prison for repeatedly hacking into customers’ video feeds, announced Prerak Shah, acting U.S. Attorney for the Northern District.

Connected Doesn’t Mean Protected

Connectivity is more than just a buzzword to those who design and install security, communications, fire alarm and other electronic systems.

Steering the Conversation

Steering the Conversation

When navigating the Smart City market, it is wise to speak to the priorities and concerns of diverse stakeholders, many of whom might lie outside the security integrator’s traditional business.

Google Claims 6.6% Interest in ADT

Google Claims 6.6% Interest in ADT

This morning, Google announced it will be investing $450 million in ADT, and work with the Florida-headquartered firm’s 20,000 technicians to sell and install the search giant’s Nest family of smart home products.

CES Goes Virtual, No In-Person Event Scheduled for 2021

CES Goes Virtual, No In-Person Event Scheduled for 2021

Organizers of the Consumer Electronics Show announced the 2021 event will be online-only.



Mexico City Surveillance Project Complete

Mexico City Surveillance Project Complete

13,720 cloud-managed cameras deployed in a cyber-secure city-wide surveillance program using 4G connectivity

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Ring Announces New Security Protocols After Customer Complaints of Account Hacks

The security company is making two-factor authentication mandatory and is considering allowing users to opt out of sharing their data with third-party companies.

Orthodox Jews in New York City

After Rise in Anti-Semitic Incidents, New York City Adds Cameras and Officers in Jewish Communities

The increase in video surveillance has not come without criticism, but many Jewish leaders are supporting the increased security efforts.

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Study: One in Four Americans Have Had Package Stolen By “Porch Pirates”

Nearly half of Americans don’t believe that delivery companies are doing enough to prevent theft, but the survey respondents also aren’t willing to change their online shopping habits.

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Ring Faces Intense Scrutiny After Reports That Thousands of Users’ Information Was Leaked Online

The security camera company owned by Amazon says that there was not a breach of its servers and blame the issue on lax cybersecurity practices by users.

Housing and Urban Development

Lawmakers Seek Answers on HUD's Use of Facial Recognition

Eight Democrats in the House and Senate want to know if public housing residents are included in decisions about facial recognition use.

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Hackers Have Developed Software To Break Into Ring Security Camera Accounts, And It’s Working

A Mississippi family had their Ring account hacked, allowing a man to speak to their eight-year-old daughter through the speaker.

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Tips for Increasing Security in Your Smart Home

On their own, smart home devices do not protect themselves. Users must take action to protect their privacy and data security.

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Four People Killed, Six Wounded at Football Watch Party in Fresno

The tragedy, which took place at a gathering of family and friends on Sunday, follows shortly after a school shooting in Santa Clarita, California.

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Baltimore Considers Deploying Aerial Surveillance Planes to Fight Crime

While the program has substantial public support and funding promised by philanthropists, the police commissioner has expressed doubts about its effectiveness.

Popularity of Key-Copying Machines Spark Concerns About Potential Criminal Use

Popularity of Key-Copying Machines Spark Concerns About Potential Criminal Use

Security consultants say that they are advising clients against proximity cards for access control due to the ease of copying some electronic access cards.

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Family of Murder Victim Sues Best Buy, Delivery Companies For Poor Background Check Practices

Evelyn Udell was allegedly killed by a deliveryman employed by a Best Buy contractor. Her family says her death could have been prevented by better background checks.

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    GuidePoint Security recently announced the release of GuidePoint Research and Intelligence Team’s (GRIT) Q1 2024 Ransomware Report. In addition to revealing a nearly 20% year-over-year increase in the number of ransomware victims, the GRIT Q1 2024 Ransomware Report observes major shifts in the behavioral patterns of ransomware groups following law enforcement activity – including the continued targeting of previously “off-limits” organizations and industries, such as emergency hospitals. Read Now

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    According to a new study from four computer scientists at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, OpenAI’s paid chatbot, GPT-4, is capable of autonomously exploiting zero-day vulnerabilities without any human assistance. Read Now

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  • A8V MIND

    A8V MIND

    Hexagon’s Geosystems presents a portable version of its Accur8vision detection system. A rugged all-in-one solution, the A8V MIND (Mobile Intrusion Detection) is designed to provide flexible protection of critical outdoor infrastructure and objects. Hexagon’s Accur8vision is a volumetric detection system that employs LiDAR technology to safeguard entire areas. Whenever it detects movement in a specified zone, it automatically differentiates a threat from a nonthreat, and immediately notifies security staff if necessary. Person detection is carried out within a radius of 80 meters from this device. Connected remotely via a portable computer device, it enables remote surveillance and does not depend on security staff patrolling the area. 3

  • Luma x20

    Luma x20

    Snap One has announced its popular Luma x20 family of surveillance products now offers even greater security and privacy for home and business owners across the globe by giving them full control over integrators’ system access to view live and recorded video. According to Snap One Product Manager Derek Webb, the new “customer handoff” feature provides enhanced user control after initial installation, allowing the owners to have total privacy while also making it easy to reinstate integrator access when maintenance or assistance is required. This new feature is now available to all Luma x20 users globally. “The Luma x20 family of surveillance solutions provides excellent image and audio capture, and with the new customer handoff feature, it now offers absolute privacy for camera feeds and recordings,” Webb said. “With notifications and integrator access controlled through the powerful OvrC remote system management platform, it’s easy for integrators to give their clients full control of their footage and then to get temporary access from the client for any troubleshooting needs.” 3

  • EasyGate SPT and SPD

    EasyGate SPT SPD

    Security solutions do not have to be ordinary, let alone unattractive. Having renewed their best-selling speed gates, Cominfo has once again demonstrated their Art of Security philosophy in practice — and confirmed their position as an industry-leading manufacturers of premium speed gates and turnstiles. 3