In Response to Mass Shootings, Increased Security Personnel Isn’t Always the Answer

by Drew Steward, Security Magazine

More security officers won’t necessarily save lives if a mass shooting occurs. It takes effective communication to mount an effective response.

People across the nation are on edge. Understandably so: as of September 2019, the U.S. had seen 283 mass shootings since the start of the year. Even chaotic false alarms are becoming more common. In order to placate and protect citizens, security teams must take immediate measures. And in times of heightened public fear, the natural response is of course to add more personnel and more resources. 

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Phi: The Golden Ratio

by  Adam Mann, LiveScience

Reference Article: Facts about phi, the golden ratio.

The number phi, often known as the golden ratio, is a mathematical concept that people have known about since the time of the ancient Greeks. It is an irrational number like pi and e, meaning that its terms go on forever after the decimal point without repeating. 

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Cloud Solutions: Four Key Areas of Focus

by Martin Renkis, Security Magazine

When it comes to cloud solutions, there are many questions regarding the migration process. To help with the transition, end users need to have a full understanding of what cloud is and what they would be getting. The security industry is conservative and can be slow to make changes, however it’s not a question of ‘if’ you might transfer to cloud, but ‘when.’ Moving to cloud starts with an understanding of operation and functionality. Education and research come next, honing in on what you are looking for and what a cloud solution can offer to meet your physical security requirements.

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Internet Companies Prepare to Fight the ‘Deepfake’ Future

by Cade Metz, The New York Times

Several months ago, Google hired dozens of actors to sit at a table, stand in a hallway and walk down a street while talking into a video camera.

Then the company’s researchers, using a new kind of artificial intelligence software, swapped the faces of the actors. People who had been walking were suddenly at a table. The actors who had been in a hallway looked like they were on a street. Men’s faces were put on women’s bodies. Women’s faces were put on men’s bodies. In time, the researchers had created hundreds of so-called deepfake videos.

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