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The Security Operations Center of Tomorrow

11.9.18 - SIW Historically, the goal of the security operations center (SOC) has been to provide organizations and their security teams with a common operating picture to better enable responsiveness to alarms and emergency events. As such, the task of security...

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Is 5G the Future of Intruder Alarm Systems?

11.5.18 - BW Businessworld - 5G could be the technology that offers the best of all available communication technologies to the security industry The shutdown of the 2G network in the United States in 2017 had a ripple effect on the market for intruder alarms, mostly...

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This Weeks News

Fight for net neutrality rules gains momentum

11.6.18 - Network World The U.S. Supreme court’s refusal to remove a lower court’s decision to uphold net neutrality rules could help supporters in future legal battles if the policy is re-introduced. The U.S. Supreme Court has officially ended the court fight over...

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11.12.18 NESA Monitor

Public Safety Updates CA: HB police chief proposes program to try to cut false alarms 11.9.18 - Los Angeles Times - Citing high numbers of false alarm burglary calls from businesses and residents eat up time for the Huntington Beach Police Department, Chief Robert...

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Business Tips

The IRS is increasing contribution limits for employees

11.3.18 - Mitch Reitman The IRS is increasing contribution limits for employees who participate in 401(k), 403(b), most 457 plans and the federal government’s Thrift Savings Plan. The limits will increase in 2019 to $19,000, the IRS says. The limit on annual...

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Legal Brief: Lessons in Contracts

11.9.18 - SIW * BY TIMOTHY J. PASTORE, ESQ.  How to use bargaining power intelligently to aid in the enforceability of a limitation of liability It was a big case: A company was at risk, and the damages were substantial, more than $5 million. It was a fire in a very...

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9 Signs That An Employee Is About To Quit

Getty Royalty Free 11.5.18 - - Jack Kelly Contributor I usually write articles from the perspective of the person looking for a new job. Well, this piece is going to be a little different. The information that I have learned about job seekers over the years...

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Texas News

Four top takeaways from the 2018 Texas midterm elections

11.7.18 Texas Tribune -  EMMA PLATOFF Historic turnout, unusually tight races and a "blue wave" that didn't quite break. U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz defeated Democratic challenger Beto O'Rourke in the race for U.S. Senate. View full 2018 Texas election results or subscribe...

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FARA is Constantly Working

Did you know...? FARA’s committees are constantly working on new false alarm reduction initiatives that will help us all do our jobs more efficiently and effectively. Committee work allows members to have substantial input in FARA. For more information on what each...

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2019 Tampa Symposium Packet Available

May 7 to May 9, 2019 Tuesday 5-7-19 – Classes Wednesday 5-8-19 – Classes Thursday 5-9-19 – Classes Download a full symposium packet   Host Hotel – Crowne Plaza Tampa Westshore 5303 West Kennedy Boulevard Tampa, Florida  33609 Phone: 813-289-1950 ...

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More Info Available Every Week

Remember more information is available every week by clicking on the links at the top right corner of the page Click on a link below for: Legislative Reports Public Safety Updates FARA Believe It or Not Past...

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State News

Arkansas News

New Faces Headed to Arkansas General Assembly

11.8.18 - KARK LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Arkansas Money & Politics) -- Tuesday night went to the incumbents in Arkansas’ races for constitutional and U.S. House seats. With the exceptions of John Thurston, who was promoted by voters to Secretary of State, and Tommy Land,...

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Arkansas voters approve minimum wage increase

Photo credit: Wade Morgen/ 11.6.18 - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Arkansas voters have approved a plan to gradually raise the state's minimum wage from $8.50 an hour to $11. Voters on Tuesday approved the proposed initiated act, which raises the state's minimum...

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Arkansas governor proposes paring 42 state agencies to 15

10.4.18 - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Aim is better delivery of services, he says Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Wednesday proposed a state government reorganization plan that would consolidate the 42 state agencies that report to him to 15. With about a month to go before the...

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Kansas News

Kansas elections and what comes next

7.18 - KSNF/KODE - - Those elected to office say there won't be much down time as they get ready for the next phase. In Kansas, state representatives and senators have just over two months to prepare for the next legislative session. Most of...

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Maryland News

MDBFAA Apprenticeship Program Starts in October

The state approved apprenticeship program for Security and Fire Alarm Installers will begin in October. Under the program, participating employers will hire apprentices who will earn agreed upon raises as they complete program benchmarks. Students will participate in...

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Oklahoma News

Nominations sought –

10.23.18- OKBFAA Members- It is that time of year again when the board will be entertaining new nominations on the board.  The good news is that we had two new board members this past year, so we don’t have anyone we immediately need to replace, but wanted to give the...

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Last CHANCE – Member input needed:

10.23.18 -OKBFAA The Dept of Labor Advisory committee has been working on a rule change related to a complaint they received about the yellow and red tagging of a fire alarm.  In the event that a fire alarm is yellow or red tagged at inspection, and it is repaired at...

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