Thomas Norman


Threats to the Grid: The Canary in the Coal Mine is Singing

The U.S. Electrical Grid has been basking in the warmth of false security for some time now, due in part to our geographic isolation from conflict zones in the Middle East and the former Soviet Union where critical infrastructure regularly comes under attack. Given very recent threat incidents abroad however, we believe our electrical grid may be in more peril than we realize, despite all the attention and funds applied in response to the 2013 […]


Securing the Security System Network

When I sat down in 2007 to write the first edition of Integrated Security Systems Design, part of the driving force was that I was finding integrated security system IP networks were, for the most part, unsecured.┬áTragically, eight years later, that situation has not changed very much. Think about that for a moment. The security system that a multi-billion dollar organization relies upon to protect its corporate headquarters may reside on a network that is […]


ACA is Driving Trends in Healthcare Security

As the Affordable Care Act ripens, healthcare organizations must transform to survive. Hospitals and clinics will treat more Medicare patients and will be rewarded more for the quality of care than for the volume of patients they treat. While this is an improvement in patient care, the shift in healthcare management will have a ripple effect that will inject elements of complexity and uncertainty into the industry. Complexity has always been the enemy of good […]