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Articles by Mark McCourt

The Enhanced Video Alarm Meets the Bottom Line

As we approach the 2010 ISC West Annual Show and Conference in Las Vegas, here is a trend that we can all understand and apply to improve security while reducing
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A Teaching Moment

It may seem like ancient history when you read this column, but it makes academic sense to focus on the attempted terrorist attack on Christmas Day 2009 on Northwest Airlines
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2010: Thoughts on this New Year

I asked several leaders, whose opinions I greatly respect, to share their thoughts on 2010’s opportunities and challenges. Here is what they shared with us: Regulatory:“With the growth of the
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Puppet Masters 2009

No one enjoys being manipulated or influenced. As consumers we love to ‘buy’ and hate to be ‘sold.’ Even when we are sold, we would like to believe that our
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The 2009 Security 500: Building Security’s Future

Executive SummaryTo consider “security” one identifiable market is no longer possible. Some sectors have grown and others have significantly declined. Some of 2008’s elite security programs are missing from this
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Well, Whadda Ya Know?

Now back from the ASIS show, how are you going to convince the C-suite crowd to sign off on your plan? Well, more to the point, to sign off on
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$600,000,000,000 in Intellectual Property Stolen Annually. Who Is Stealing Yours?

Our Age of Anxiety is, in great part, the result of trying to do today’s jobs with yesterday’s tools and yesterday’s concepts. Marshall McLuhan       And so this column begins
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Security Learns to Measure Twice, Cut Once

Measure Twice, Cut Once generates 5,620,000 results on Bing, Microsoft’s new answer to Google (Google found 676,000 results). Everything from carpentry books to hedge fund management to data warehouse and
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Risk Assessment: The View from Ten Miles above your Enterprise

Recently, I had the privilege to attend Jack Jarmon’s Convergent National Security Risks to Government and Business Symposium at the University of Pennsylvania and breathe the thin air that circulates
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Recession Security Program Management

Could there be a drier, more boring headline on a column? Probably not. But right now recession management is all the rage and grabbing the attention of security and business
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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.


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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Security Magazine 2014 September cover

2014 October

Security takes a look at safety and preparedness for the harshest of weather phenomena in this October 2014 edition of the magazine. Also, we investigate supply chain security and the many benefits of PSIM. 

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CompTIA Security+ Certification Study Guide
CompTIA's Security+ certification is a globally-recognized, vendor neutral exam that has helped over 60,000 IT professionals reach further and higher in their careers. The current Security+ exam (SY0-201) focuses more on being able to deal with security issues rather than just identifying them.
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Vertical Sector Focus: Critical Infrastructures

criticalhomepagethumbFrom terrorism to vandalism, it’s preparedness, response, training and partnerships. Learn about some of the critical security issues facing this sector.

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