Thursday, June 10, 2021

CEDIA Expo 2021 Registration Officially Opens

CEDIA Expo 2021 Registration Officially Opens 
| Registration for the CEDIA Expo 2021 is now open. This year’s show features a number of events, including the Tech Starter, Innovation Hub and Dr. Poppy Crum’s keynote address (cepro).

CEDIA Expo begins August 31, 2021, with pre-show conference sessions and show floor programming running September 1-3, 2021 at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, Ind.  

The event is expected to attract over 10,000 home integration professionals and 300 exhibitors, including Crestron, Elan, Harman, Legrand AV, LG, Lutron, Samsung, Savant, Snap AV/Control 4, URC, and Yamaha among many others. 

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Wednesday, June 9, 2021

China’s TikTok Collecting US Biometrics

#China’s #TikTok Collecting US #Biometrics | #TpromoCom #Privacy #NationalSecurity | China’s social media platform TikTok just changed its privacy policy to allow the collection of American biometric data, such as facial and voice recognition, and potentially fingerprint data as well.

The company, which caters to youth ages 13 to 24, can already collect prodigious amounts of information on its hapless users, including name, age, location, social media connections, filenames, and clipboard data.

Owned by Beijing’s ByteDance, the company should have been banned long ago. But it used U.S. courts to fight for access to American households, and now the Democrats are dragging their feet on passing laws or policies that bar TikTok from the United States. 

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Personal Comment:
I see my friends on Facebook and Twitter using TikTok all the time for personal things. Photos, GIF's, streaming video clips, and when I ask them if they are aware of the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) connection, they say they had no idea, and they go on  using the app. It's pretty apparent to me that China poses a threat to all of us from a security standpoint. It's the job of every professional in security to be concerned with this. Are we professionals are not?  That's the question.--Al Colombo

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Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Webinar examines rising consumer privacy and data security concerns

37% of US broadband households are interested in a service that monitors network traffic and devices on the network for malicious behavior

Webinar examines rising consumer privacy and data security concerns | #TpromoCom #ParksAssociates #Webinar #Privacy #Security | Parks Associates and Bitdefender, with a special speaker from Comcast Cable, will address holistic digital protection for consumer connected products and services during the industry webinar “Protecting Privacy and Data Security in the Smart Home Era,” on June 10 at 11 am CT US (12:00 pm ET).

Research firm Parks Associates finds that 16% of US broadband households report that home network problems have disrupted their work-at-home activities during COVID-19 and that 37% are interested in a service that monitors network traffic and devices on the network for malicious behavior.


The firm finds that the expanding number of connected devices on the network, combined with the growing threat of IoT malware and hijacking, is driving a new model of whole-home protection in cybersecurity. This model of protection monitors all traffic and devices on the network to identify any abnormal activity and to stop bad online actors from accessing the connected home.

“A whole-home protection solution doesn’t require consumers to install, update, or whitelist programs—they can be truly ‘hands off,’ which is key its success,” said Kristen Hanich, Senior Analyst, Parks Associates. “Accordingly, internet service providers who have partnered with cybersecurity vendors to implement this solution report that it has very high take rates, exceeding traditional antivirus offerings, and with a much lower cost per activated customer to boot.”

"In 2013, we identified IoT as a game changer in absolutely all industries and markets. From paradigm shifts in managing the security of devices without support for deploying a local security agent, to privacy concerns when you realize that you have less control on what information is gathered and sent by smart devices, and, last, new standards for vendors and manufacturers. It’s my strong opinion that these three fundamental pillars (security, privacy, and standards) are still in their infant stages," said Alex “Jay” Balan, Security Research Director at Bitdefender. “Bitdefender, in partnership with router manufacturers and internet service providers, ensures that this exciting evolving world is a safe space for consumers and enterprises alike.”

In this webinar, Alex Balan, Security Research Director, Bitdefender; Tony Reinert, Director of Product and Platform Security, Comcast Cable; and Kristen Hanich, Senior Analyst, Parks Associates, examine the risks consumers face in today’s data economy, the tradeoffs between smart home and data security and privacy, and the technology and solutions that help consumers protect themselves.

To register, visit To request data or an interview, contact Rosey Ulpino at, 972.996.0233.

About Parks Associates: Parks Associates, a woman-owned and woman-led internationally recognized market research and consulting company, specializes in emerging technology solutions serving the consumer and small to medium business (SMB) markets. Celebrating its 35th year in 2021, Parks Associates is a partner to companies navigating the changing consumer technology landscapes through data-driven market insights, extensive consumer and industry intelligence, custom marketing services, and executive networking experiences and conferences.

The company's expertise includes home automation, control systems and security, digital media and platforms, entertainment and gaming, home networks, internet and video services, connected health and independent living solutions, mobile applications and services, support services, consumer electronics, and energy management solutions.

Each year, Parks Associates hosts industry webcasts, the CONNECTIONS™ Conference Series, Connected Health Summit, Smart Energy Summit: Engaging the Consumer, and Future of Video: OTT, Pay TV, and Digital Media.

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