Articles by Diane Ritchey

Look Mom, No Wires!

May 1, 2011

As surveillance video has grown increasingly popular, it’s popped up in more places. It watches the cashier in retail stores. It captures license plates as cars enter and exit parking lots. 

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The Big Picture

May 1, 2011

Christina Duffey sees the big picture. She also believes that “the bar” has been raised in the security profession as employers, contractors and governments and others are increasingly taking additional steps to ensure that they are hiring or working with the most skilled and knowledgeable individuals in the business.

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Weather Talk

May 1, 2011

Ray O’Hara, president of ASIS International for 2011, once explained the importance of CSOs understanding the entire business, beyond their security roles.

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More than a Handshake:The Security-Integrator Link

April 1, 2011

When it comes to the security director – security integrator relationship, it can often look like a “he said/she-said” situation. The phrase “There’s two sides to every story,” applies as well. In fact some – not all – past relationships have been just that. 

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Money Makes Security ‘Go Round’

April 1, 2011

In the 1972 musicalCabaret,directed by Bob Fosse, actors Liza Minnelli and Joel Gray perform the song Money Money. In this classic song, Minnelli and Gray sing: Money makes the world go around…the world go around...

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Securing the Vertical Village in Chicago

April 1, 2011

Well known in Chicagoland, but perhaps not so well known elsewhere, the Aon Center is a quiet, dignified building in the Chicago skyline. Height and location give its tenants remarkable views in all directions.

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Securing the ‘Community’

An open environment, challenges with funding and many constituents to please: campus security directors and integrators share their challenges with securing these “communities within a community.”
April 1, 2011

They say that these are the “greatest years” of someone’s life. The college years, the time to figure out a career, make friends and use the valuable time and experiences as the launching pad in which one can continue those “great” years in their 20s, 30s and beyond.

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From Top to Bottom, Inside and Out: Five Facilities, One Shared Focus

March 2, 2011

Peeking into certain business sectors – three health care facilities, state government and a private university – there are outstanding examples of facilities and their security leaders using technology to validate security’s value, create business efficiencies and to build quality teams.

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An “Ace” for Security

March 1, 2011

The U.S. Open that more than 700,000 fans enjoyed last year at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center bears, in many ways, little resemblance to the tournament started 129 years ago.

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Leading with Resiliency During a Natural Disaster

March 1, 2011
Recent events such as Hurricane Katrina, the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and the flooding in Australia remind us that solid business continuity plans can keep a company up and running, whether the disruption or crisis lasts a few days, a week or even a month. 

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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

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2014 April

In the April issue of Security magazine, read about integration partnerships and their growing success. The Boston Marathon bombing has changed the way integrators look at security for sporting events, see where they are one year after the tragic incident. Read about the 2014 RSA conference and this year's theme of "Threat Intelligence. Also, read about the latest products and news in the security industry.

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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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