COVID-19 & The Security Industry: One Year Later
March 1, 2020
Security professionals proved why they were essential in a year full of challenges caused by a worldwide pandemic.
SOMEHOW, A YEAR HAS PASSED since the mysterious coronavirus spread to the United States and changed everything as we know it. At first, it seemed like the pause in business would only last a couple weeks. But soon, weeks turned into months, and now here we are, a year later, completely changed as an industry.
There was no shortage of doom and gloom about the state of the economy throughout the year, but many in the security industry fared much better than they originally expected — some, in fact, had their best year yet.
Cyber Security Opens a New World of Opportunities
July 20, 2020
As the number of data breaches increases and consumer awareness rises, opportunities for security professionals in the cyber space abound.
In our industry, security is everything. We secure homes, offices, factories, government buildings and even aging parents. So why aren’t we securing networks? Mostly, this is because it was not too long ago that security began transitioning from an analog environment to an IP-based environment.
Keeping Your Business Alive During a Pandemic
March 31, 2020
On Sunday, March 29, U.S. President Donald Trump announced in a press conference that he would extend nationwide social distancing guidelines for another 30 days, until April 30, in order to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. While he had originally suggested the country would be back to normal by Easter, he is now saying June 1 may be a more feasible goal. So now that we know this economic disruption isn’t going away soon, how will the industry be affected?
From Systems Integrator to Managed Service Provider
October 8, 2019
In June of this year, security systems integrator Star Asset Security announced that it is now offering managed services to its customers with robust IT-based support and service. Star Asset Security’s managed services are supported by and include an in-house 24/7 security operations center and its wholly-owned subsidiary IT managed services company ION 247, which provides full support for physical security platforms and IT systems.
How to Make Your Central Station More Cyber Secure
July 18, 2019
Strong cyber security is needed at all levels of a security company’s operations, but none more so than in the central station. Whether offering alarm signaling, remote managed services, live video monitoring — or all three, plus more services — it is critical that your infrastructure, procedures and employees are impervious to a breach. Whether you operate your own central station, or use the services of third-party monitoring station, learn what should be happening at your central station so that you don’t become the next cyber-statistic.
SDM 2019 Top Systems Integrator Report: Security Projects Coming From All Market Sectors
July 9, 2019
Security integrators ranked on SDM’s 2019 Top Systems Integrators Report describe the 2018 market for integrated security systems as “strong,” “hot” and “accelerated” — all apt terms, given that the nation’s largest integrators grew their systems integration revenue by at least 14 percent last year. In their estimations, the market was driven by elevated visibility of the myriad benefits of physical security, and was made possible by excellent economic conditions.
Finding the Right Cyber Opportunity
July 8, 2019
Cyber security has been top of mind for the physical security industry for the past few years; but often the conversation begins and ends with how to harden systems you are installing on a client’s network. According to many experts, that leaves a lot of potential opportunity on the table. Monetizing cyber — in the form of cyber services — is something few integrators are doing yet. But those that are see a golden opportunity.
Generating RMR With Video Monitoring
July 1, 2019
Video monitoring is a solutions-focused, consultative sale that tackles a host of different end user challenges. It comes in a variety of flavors — and can be custom-designed to the application and market. Video monitoring can originate with cameras, access control or other systems or sensors — and audio is often a key piece. For monitoring operations, it is technology-, labor- and capital-intensive and necessitates scripting, education and training on human interaction and intervention to accurately identify events and provide the type of response that elicits a positive outcome.
SYSTEMS INTEGRATOR STAR ASSET SECURITY TAKES MANAGED SERVICES MODEL TO MARKET
June 27, 2019
Star Asset says it is now one of a small subset of multidisciplinary providers equipped and positioned to meet end-to-end physical security needs.
ORLANDO, Fla. — Star Asset Security has evolved its traditional security integration business into a true managed services model with the primary focus of helping businesses solve problems through technology, automation and analytics.
In today’s IoT world, the proactive management and maintenance of physical security systems have become mission critical to properly manage and reduce cyber risk, increase staff and public safety and meet increasing regulation and compliance requirements, Star Asset Security states in an announcement...
Star Asset Security Evolves Into True Managed Services Model
June 27, 2019
Star Asset Security, a woman-owned provider of IT, security and life safety systems integration solutions, recently announced its decision to evolve its traditional security integration business into a true managed services model with the primary focus of helping businesses solve problems through technology, automation and analytics...
THE STATE OF THE ACCESS CONTROL MARKET IN 2019
June 3, 2019
Security integrators and manufacturers see renewed interest from end users in the features, benefits and use cases access control can provide, and are starting to see an uptick in retrofits and upgrades...
For decades the dominant story in access control has been that it was a victim of its own success: that is, customers were reluctant to change out what was still working — even 15 or 20 years on — and didn’t see the benefit in spending the money to upgrade, even for significantly new or different features. While still early days, according to many integrators and manufacturers, this attitude is definitely starting to...
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