Articles by Bill Zalud

Using Video Management Systems for Effective Investigations

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It’s a matter of flexibility, contends Colin Adderley. Bryant Garrett adds integration and scalability, in addition to flexibility, to his needs. For Robert Knell, it’s the perfect bundle: a system providing a wide spectrum of features, granular configuration options, creating a highly flexible and customizable solution.
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The CSO, CFO Tally: Bean Counting Is Out

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Except for Troy Alstead, chief financial officer for Starbucks. But more about him later. It is more important to see how the CFO role has evolved and how it matches and mirrors others such as security. The CFO is more visible and influential. Many are able and expected to build strong relationships, across and beyond the company to be strategic business partners.
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Interest Paid with Bank, Retail Security

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For Pat Cooper, location makes a difference. Mobility is the key for Kevin Mykle. Andrew Roberts needed to overcome an old, cumbersome and unreliable system that produced very poor image quality.
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Squeeze Play – Wonders and Dangers of H.264

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For Chris Hugman, it is both simple and complex. “You can better manage bandwidth. You can store security video more efficiently,” he says. But with any tech advance, complexities – some hidden while others are more visible – can make or break an installation.
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The Other Edge of Tracking People

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For cell phone users, and that includes most everyone these days, there are myriad choices in plans beyond the hundreds of phones themselves. Anytime minutes. Off-peak minutes. Domestic roaming charges. International roaming charges. Minutes overage fees. Text messaging plans. Data plans. Limits and slowdowns on data plans.


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Another Evolution?

Will Smart Card Trump Prox?
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Smart cards, like other steps along technology’s ever-evolving pathway, biometrics and megapixel cameras to name two others, share ingrained challenges. New stuff is often more expensive than existing stuff. Bring something new in and, often, you have to upgrade other gear that is part of the total system to make it all work together. Then there are design, installation, maintenance and training costs as something new comes through the door.
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Trail Mix: Five Good Ways to Track People

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Melissa Maddox has a lot of visitors, a lot of very important visitors, who stop in to view their very expensive assets in a very expansive facility.
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Harnessing the Brain for Security’s Good

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Don’t be afraid. This is all about habits. And it is a twin spin from an MIT lab and a self-help professor at Utah State University, a seemingly deadly combination, but which may hold the key to how to sell security to the boss and employees, how to balance values and principals professionally and personally as well as how to sell Febreze at Walmart, if you want.
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Hazardous Duty: Cleaning Up a Camera’s Act

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Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night stays these courageous couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.
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The Perfect Host? It’s a Matter of Choice

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No doubt, too many choices can lead to confusion. Still, and obviously, the ubiquitous Web and mobile devices, to a lesser extent, have spurred hosted and managed services, remote intelligent monitoring, software-as-a-service and in-the-cloud solutions that impact access control, security video, mass notification and even security guarding.
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ASIS 2013 Product Preview

ASIS International 59th Annual Seminar and Exhibits, September 24-27 in Chicago, Illinois, will include an exhibit hall packed with innovative security solutions. Here are some of the products that will be shown at ASIS this year.

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Virtualization and Data Center Security: What You Need to Know for 2014

Data centers are increasingly becoming the center of the enterprise, and data center and cyber security is following the same path for security departments. According to Justin Flynn, a consultant at the Burwood Group, the virtualization of data centers allows enterprises to scale more easily and faster, with a smaller footprint.

However, hosting enterprise data in the cloud can make intrusion detection more difficult – how can enterprise security leaders team up with other departments to keep aware of cyber risks and traffic, and physical and data compliance during the virtual transition? How can CISOs and CSOs discuss cyber threats with the C-Suite to get the resources they need? And how can the proper infrastructure test and verify possible malicious attacks? 

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2014 September

In the September issue of Security Magazine, find out who this year's most influential people are in the security industry are. Also, take a peek at the technology products that ASIS 2014 will be showcasing at the upcoming event. Read about the lessons learned from security at the World Cup, find out why tactical medical training is a must for your enterprise and how Atlanta increased security by sharing surveillance.
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