When Allied Barton merged with Universal Services of America a couple years ago, I stated that the combined company would be expected to generate revenue of $4.5 billion, making it the largest in North America and third largest in the world.
Sixty-two percent of companies are planning to increase their investment in real estate technology over the next three years. Their reasons for doing so – while still reflecting operational and budgetary goals like security, energy management and optimizing building use – are shifting toward enhancing the user experience and raising workforce productivity.
The current approach to cybersecurity within the financial services industry is flawed. With regulations such as the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and New York State’s DFS Cybersecurity Regulation being enforced, putting ever greater pressure on data protection, combined with the fact that the financial services industry is one of the most targeted, regulatory and consumer eyes alike are firmly on financial institutions to improve their cybersecurity processes and models.
When traveling for business or pleasure, it’s important to always be conscious of the fact that hotels are a target for criminals, terrorists, and the mentally unstable. Here is a personal safety checklist to share with your C-Suite, frequent business travelers and your security team from an expert who has spent more than 30 years in intelligence and international security.
Our businesses are inundated with incidents of ransomware, malware, adware and many other intrusion variants, it’s no wonder that 90 percent of healthcare institutions have been affected, at a total cost of $6 billion a year, according to a recent study from the Ponemon Institute. As we make our way through these threats, one needs to ask; if so many companies offer solutions, and institutions hire top shelf network security engineers, why are there so many breaches?
In March, the European Commission demanded that tech firms remove terrorist posts within one hour of their appearance. Similar calls have come from corporations and commentators, alike. These forms of pressure are important but focused only on the problem of social media serving as a tool for spreading violent ideas and propaganda. Disturbingly, social media use itself may be predisposing individuals to commit terrorism, shootings and other forms of violence by impacting user behavior and well-being.
As camera counts rise and system complexity increases, it’s imperative for enterprise security leaders to make smart choices when it comes to a video management system. If you’re pondering where to start on your purchasing decision, Security spoke with someone who literally wrote the book on VMS systems – Brian Carle, Director of Product Strategy at Salient Systems.
As smartphones and wearable devices continue their exponential growth in Canada and globally – it’s expected to be worth $34 billion by 2020 – Canadians will need to be wary of the increasingly popular “Tap” payment channel (or alternative NFC wearable device) service.
Version 1.0 of the NIST Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity (CSF) celebrated its fourth birthday in February. The CSF is a “risk-based approach to managing cybersecurity risk... designed to complement existing business and cybersecurity operations.” I recently spoke with Matthew Barrett, NIST program manager for the CSF, and he provided me with a great deal of insight into using the framework.
This month, Security magazine brings you the Security 500 Report, Rankings and Thought Leader Profiles. How does your enterprise compare to others? Which security programs are leading the way? Also this month, we highlight artificial intelligence, ransomware attacks, vaping and cybersecurity regulations.