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In today’s world, cybersecurity is a high priority for businesses of all shapes and sizes, including those who are local to the Grand Strand and Myrtle Beach. As cyber threats continue to change, grow, and evolve; companies are turning to artificial intelligence as a possible solution to protect their networks and data. While AI has its benefits, it can also pose certain risks to a business.
Smart home technology has become increasingly popular in recent years, allowing homeowners to automate various tasks and control their homes remotely.
However, this convenience comes with cybersecurity risks. Smart home devices, such as cameras, thermostats, and speakers, can be vulnerable to hacking, putting both the homeowner’s privacy and security at risk. Hackers can use these devices to access personal information, spy on occupants, and even control the physical functions of the home.
Therefore, it is essential for homeowners to take cybersecurity measures seriously, such as regularly updating device firmware, using strong passwords, and monitoring network activity. By being vigilant, homeowners can enjoy the benefits of smart home technology without compromising their security.
In this article, we will dive into the five benefits and five risks of using artificial intelligence for cybersecurity.
1. Rapid Threat Detection: artificial intelligence can quickly and efficiently find patterns in data and identify behavioral outliers that could indicate a cyber attack. This can allow security teams to respond as quickly as possible to potential threats.
2. Improved Accuracy: artificial intelligence algorithms can analyze massive volumes of data with far more accuracy than humans, mitigating the risk of false positives and false negatives.
3. Predictive Analytics: artificial intelligence can use machine learning to see potential cyber security threats before they happen. This is likely to help security teams address and remove weaknesses in their systems.
4. Enhanced Automation: artificial intelligence is able to automate certain routine tasks, such as vulnerability assessments and patching allowing security teams to better focus on more complicated threats.
5. Cost-Effective: By automating arduous and repetitive tasks, artificial intelligence can reduce the workload on security teams and reduce staffing costs.
1. Bias: artificial intelligence algorithms can be biased if they are trained on incomplete data. This can create false predictions and vulnerabilities in security.
2. Lack of Transparency: artificial intelligence algorithms can be quite hard to interpret, making it difficult to find and fix errors.
3. Cybercriminals: Cybercriminals can use artificial intelligence to create automated attacks and avoid detection. This might lead to much more sophisticated and less detectable cyber attacks.
4. Dependency: too much dependence on artificial intelligence could potentially lead to complacent security teams, limiting their ability to identify and diffuse new threats.
5. Data Privacy: artificial intelligence requires massive amounts of data to function in an effective way, which could lead to privacy risks if that data is mishandled or ends up in the wrong hands.
Artificial intelligence has incredible potential to forever alter the world of cybersecurity by improving threat detection, accuracy, and automation. Alternatively, it can also pose risks, such as bias, lack of transparency, and dependency. To fully take advantage of the benefits of AI, businesses must be conscious of these risks and take the correct steps to mitigate them. This includes investing in artificial intelligence training data, introducing and implementing transparent algorithms, and introducing human oversight of artificial intelligence systems. By providing balance to the benefits and risks of artificial intelligence, businesses are able to not only improve their cybersecurity but also protect their networks and data from the newest threats.
The use of artificial intelligence in cybersecurity can offer numerous benefits, such as enhanced threat detection and faster incident response times. However, it is crucial to consider the potential risks, such as AI’s susceptibility to bias and the possibility of attackers using AI for their malicious purposes. As with any new technology, it is important to approach AI in cybersecurity with caution, constantly evaluate its effectiveness, and continually adapt to emerging threats. Ultimately, by using AI responsibly and ethically, we can create a safer digital world for everyone.
Do you have questions or concerns about AI, Cybersecurity, and your home or commercial security system? Talk to us. We answer the phone!
Keeping your home or business on the Grand Strand secure is no joke, but it doesn’t have to be a massive chore either.
Maintaining a home or commercial security system is a crucial task that should not be overlooked.
A security system is designed to keep your property and assets safe, and it can only do so if it is properly maintained. With the advancements in technology, security systems have become more complex and sophisticated, making it necessary for homeowners and business owners to have a good understanding of how they work and what is needed to keep them in top condition.
In this article, we will provide seven tips for maintaining your home or commercial security system, helping you to ensure that your property remains secure at all times.
Conduct tests of your security system’s sensors, cameras, wiring, and batteries every month, to see if they’re all functioning properly. This will help you find any issues early on and avoid any breaches in security.
Clean your cameras monthly as well to avoid dirt and dust blocking the camera’s view. This will ensure that you get clear images and videos when you need them.
Regularly update your security system’s software and firmware to keep it recent and functioning. This will also help make sure that your system is protected against any security threats.
‘Make sure to test your alarm system regularly to see if it’s functioning properly. This will help your security system work as intended if an emergency comes along.
If your security system records video, make sure to store it so you can access it if needed. You can use an external hard drive or cloud storage for added protection.
Make sure that everyone using your security system knows how to use it properly. This means arming and disarming the system and getting in touch with the security company in the case of an emergency.
When selecting a security company, look for one with a good reputation. This will help you feel secure that your security system is maintained and installed properly.
Maintaining your security system is incredibly important in ensuring that your property on the Grand Strand is protected.
Regular system checks, keeping your cameras clean, updating your software, testing your alarm system, storing your video data properly, training family members or employees, and choosing a reputable security company are essential steps in maintaining your security system. By following these seven tips, you can keep your property safe and secure and avoid any extra stress.
Need help or have questions? We at Strand Security are here for you!
As the calendar continues to roll forward, we are headed towards a new year quickly. Before we get to 2023 however, we still have several holidays to celebrate and nearly two months to fill with work and family life.
November is a great time to express how grateful you are.
Share with your family, your colleagues and your community all the things you are grateful for.
To set an example, here are 3 reasons we at Strand Security ad grateful for our customers on the Grand Strand.
People who live on the Grand Strand are friendly – well, for the most part. Our customers are by far happy, friendly and content.
When our tech teams visit our customers on-site, we are greeted by friendly, smiling faces. We love living on the Grand Strand for this reason alone. What’s not to love about our weather, our community, our state, right?
We love our Strand Security Grand Strand customers because they are friendly. How about you, do you experience friendliness in your daily life?
We’ve been in business on the Grand Strand for well over 10 years! Some of our customers have been with us form the start, and many who joined us later are still with us. We have found that Strand Security customers are friendly AND loyal. They stick with us and continue to stick with us as their needs change.
Several customers have hired us for their commercial needs as well as their family needs. Others have moved homes and needed to upgrade their security systems, their security cameras and add additional security measures. We love returning customers as it shows loyalty.
The 3 reason we are so very grateful for our amazing customers is that a large part of our business comes from personal referrals!
Yes, many of satisfied customers tell their neighbors, friends, family and colleagues about us. It’s a great way for them to show their satisfaction for our services and for us to know we are doing it right! We are a locally owned and locally operated business and your security is our business!
We’d love to know what you are grateful for! If it is our service, we’d love for you to let us know. Send us an email via firstname.lastname@example.org, or leave us a Facebook or better yet, a Google review. We live for those!
Social proof is everything!
Strand Security of Murrells Inlet, South Carolina offer home security systems, as well as commercial security systems. If you own or operate a business in Horry County or Georgetown county, if you are responsible for a commercial building and its occupants, you need to come talk to us!
Strand Security is THE locally owned and locally operated security business for commercial systems!
While we know what you need, and we certainly encourage you to come to us and ask questions, you might need to learn more about your option before you speak with us.
In this blog, we will explain 7 types of commercial security systems. if you have questions, please ask!
Your security. Our business!
Security cameras and video surveillance equipment allow for real-time monitoring of the commercial building. Hospitals, Schools, Universities – most if not all use video surveillance systems to track visitors and employees in real-time.
Secure the premises and keep employees safe with a commercial security alarm system. A commercial security alarm system is made up of many components – and is customized to each customers’ needs.
Access control systems allow for screening of employees and visitors and give them different levels of access, electronically. The preset system determines who gains entry to your commercial building. Access control systems lets you choose authorized credentials that can unlock doors, buildings and vehicles.
Commercial fire safety systems are mandated by building codes, local laws and requirements, and other factors. Fire and emergency systems are in place to allow for immediate alerts throughout the building, quick exits and immediate access for emergency responders.
While Strand Security does not specialize in cybersecurity systems, we would be remiss to leave this system out! Cybersecurity systems includes systems for data encryption, anti-virus software, traffic monitoring and computer firewall protection if needed.
Housing communities, commercial parking spaces, hospital parking lots… what they have in common is that they may need to be gated for limited access by vehicles to manage guest and visitors, as well as employees and residents. Other commercial spaces that might need gated access systems include airports, restaurants, sport complexes and more. Gated access systems are put into place to prevent theft and vandalism, and can provide peace of mind by offering 24/7 security.
Laboratoriums, hospitals and other temperature controlled spaces… they are all prime candidates for sensor systems. Door and window contact sensors notify business owners or managers when a door or window opens, or if it’s left ajar for a certain amount of time. Besides contact sensors, different sensor systems use infrared sensors, laser sensors and microwave sensors for commercial space security.
We love working on commercial security systems. Here is one we completed in North Myrtle Beach! We are happy to answer your questions and help you with your commercial security systems. We only work with the best, nationally recognized brands.
Our beautiful area of the Grand Strand in the Myrtle Beach, South Carolina area is booming! People and businesses are flocking to the beach to live, work, play and.. invest!
If you have invested in commercial real estate in the Myrtle Beach area, or you are exploring this option in the future, read on! We’ve got the latest and greatest on how to protect what you are paying for.
Many new projects are rising out of the ground as fungi – new construction sites a popping up everywhere. Guess what else is popping up? Crime at worksites. Stats tell us that crime is up.
Many construction sites deal with the same two crimes:
✓ Theft (of tools, equipment and materials)
The Grand Strand/Myrtle Beach area is undergoing a huge surge in new construction of homes and businesses and thus there are many new construction sites popping up. Each site deals with theft and vandalism, and we do get calls and inquiries about how to prevent crime from happening.
What can you do to protect your investment as you build? Here are a few tips
Read the full article and the other 8 tips here.
In a previous blog, we wrote about the many reason small business owners need a commercial security system:
Have you dealt with
✔️ loitering around your building?
If so, installing, maintaining and monitoring a commercial security system is the way to go.
If your real estate investment does not include owning a business, but you do own the building, we recommend you talk to those business owners leasing the building from you to make sure they are protecting your assets along with theirs!
Do you have a commercial building, a business AND employees? Then the very last thing you want to hear is that there has been an ‘incident’ at your business, right?
Whether it is a phone call from your employee, or a call from the police, as soon as you hear this message, you know that you and your business are in trouble.
If you are the owner or CEO of a brick and mortar store, a restaurant, a gas station, a bank, a school, a church or a service provider with a fleet of trucks and a slew of employees, you never want harm to come to your employees, correct?
Learn more about how to protect your employees here.
We can’t say enough about having security cameras for your commercial real estate investment. Having a record of what is going on, having a record of what went wrong, and having a record of wrongdoings is the first step in getting insurance to pay out when you have a claim on your real estate investment!
Come talk to us – we are locally owned and locally operated!
If this is the first time you’ve come to our website or blog, welcome!
We are excited to share Strand Security Services with you. Strand Security is a locally owned and locally operated small business, serving both Horry County and Georgetown County.
What services do we offer? Keep reading!
Let’s look at the full list of services first. Strand Security of Murrells Inlet offers:
Home Security Systems and Commercial Security Systems is what we are best known for.
We work with C.O.P.S. monitoring to keep our customers save in case of emergency.
Home automation is another area where we’ve been expanding. We partnered with URC and have installed several large commercial automation systems in local Myrtle Beach and North Myrtle Beach restaurants.
Whether you want
Strand Security Services offer an affordable way to upgrade your current home!
Strand Security in Myrtle Beach will professionally customizes a home theater solution that fits your lifestyle, room needs and desires.
We offer our 25 years of experience for you to bring your favorite movies and films to life in the comfort of your own home.
Select your choice audio, video, and projection equipment from our product catalog. We provide complete pre-wiring for new homes or a blueprint plan and wiring for your existing room. Then we custom install your sound and viewing equipment putting you in control of your state of the art home theater.
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When you contact us at Strand Security, you will talk to a real human! Most likely you’ll get Chuck on the line and he’ll be able to set up a meeting, or answer any questions you may have.
If you visit the shop, you’ll most likely meet Heather.
We are a family owned business: we live and work right here in Murrells Inlet.
For a quote, or with a question, call us anytime!
The Myrtle Beach area offers 60+ miles of beach aka ‘strand’.
The Grand Strand stretches from Little River on the border with North Carolina, all to way to the beaches of Pawleys Island, just north of Georgetown.
Strand Security Murrells Inlet SC serves clients in and beyond those boundaries.
Our customers typically live in either Horry County, or Georgetown County in South Carolina. Along the Grand Strand that includes towns like
However, we also serve more inland communities than these coastal towns.
Other towns in Horry County we serve include:
Our customers include
We provide the following services:
Here are some of the common statistics about alarm systems and home burglaries.
*Over 2 Million homes are burglarized each year.
*One in three burglaries occurs through an open/unlocked door or window
*Two thirds of burglaries in the United States occur at a residence.
*There is a home burglary, on average, every 13 seconds.
*Homes without an alarm system are 3x more likely to be burglarized.
*Less than 20% of homes in the United States have an alarm system installed.
*Most burglaries occur during the day when no one is home.
*Installing a home alarm system can greatly reduce your chances of a burglary.
*According to the FBI, a break-in is the most common threat to a residence.
We would love a chance to speak to you.
Give us a call today.
and an uptick in violent crime.
Yes, you read that right.
In summer months, crime rates go up!
Most of our readers live and work in either Horry County or Georgetown County – just like we, owners at Strand Security, do – and this all makes sense
While you would think that winter and darkness invite more crime, it’s the exact opposite.
Most home invasions happen between the hours of 10 AM -2 PM anyway!
As people spend more time outdoors, they are exposed to more people and thus crime rates can go up, especially in places where petty theft opportunities start (beach, boat docks, outdoor restaurants, tourist shopping strips etc.)
As far a summer crime spikes, here are the three most common reasons!
When looking at when violence was significantly higher, it turns out that during the summer crimes rates spike, compared to winter, spring and fall seasons.
Unfortunately, that includes crimes like rape and sexual assault, robbery, and aggravated assault. Among adults, simple assault is also more common in summer than in other months.
How to prevent this from happening to you?
You can not prevent all crime, but you can be vigilant about preventing crime. Most criminals go for unsuspecting victims and look for opportunities: they are not looking to confront hyper-aware people!
As the summer season heats up, so do property crimes. More tourists on the Grand Strand means more vehicles, more people and more possessions! Household burglary rates go up in summer as more vacation homes are now occupied!
Burglary is 11% more common in the summer than in the winter and for our area in South Carolina that makes total sense. Homes that are empty in winter, now have people with electronic equipment, computers, expensive phones, bikes, boats and surf boards, just to name some property that is easily stolen!
If you are vacationing on the Grand Strand, or have ‘toys’ like boats, bikes and surfboards, make sure to lock them up when you are not around! Crime of opportunity is always there, but with extended daylight hours, there is more time for criminals to steal!
Next, let’s address beach crime. With over 60 miles of beachfront on the Grand Strand, beach crime rates increase drastically in summer months, as more people come to Myrtle Beach to vacation. While it’s tempting to bring ‘everything but the kitchen sink’ to the beach, especially if you have a large family, let us recommend you leave valuables at home, or in a safe at your vacation rental!
Beach crimes are an equal opportunity crime! No matter who you are, if you leave your things on the beach unattended you run the risk of getting your things stolen. Chairs, shoes but also surf boards, wallets, purses and phones!
TO be safe, always leave someone at your beach station to watch over your things, or leave all valuables behind. Don’t assume that those around you will speak up when someone will try to walk off with your property. Most beach-goers don’t and won’t as they might not see it, or not know whether to intervene, or not.
Preventing petty beach crime is as easy as not bringing anything of value with you for a day of fun!
As mentioned in #2, the nicer weather brings us outside with our outdoor toys. Boats, surf boards but also motercycles, bicycles, basketball hoops, eBikes, sports equipment, tools and surround sound home systems. Yes, your nice new Sonos speaker could be stolen as well.
The first line of defense is a home security system with both indoor and outdoor cameras, the second line of defense is locking thing up when not in use! We know this is easier said than done because… kids! Right? We know kids leave bikes out, toys out and forget to put them back inside.
A home security system, a security sign, visible security cameras – these deterrents all help prevent crime of opportunity!
Prevention, prevention, prevention.
Now that you’ve read this blog, be aware. Share with your family. Make a plan. We encourage you to have fun, but also choose your activities wisely and always lock up expensive toys and sports equipment as well as all your tech!
If you need help, give us a call! Stay safe and have a wonderful summer.
“The Crooked Hammock Brewery challenged us to design a system that was easily repeatable and incredibly intuitive while delivering innovative entertainment experiences. ” ~ Chuck Bryant
We are proud of this work our team completed at Crooked Hammock Brewery, an award-winning brewer located at Barefoot Landing in North Myrtle Beach.
In 2021, we were asked to install a complete smart commercial automation system for a new restaurant in North Myrtle Beach.
We are honored to have worked with this company and are thrilled that the end results are amazing!
Strand Security installed to following components at Crooked Hammock Brewery:
What can automation do for your restaurant? Automation frees up time to serve the customer, better and faster!
Automated systems are used to:
This is not the first and not the only commercial space we’ve installed URC and smart technology for. We do these types of installs everywhere on the Grand Strand in Horry County and Georgetown County!
Strand Security works with business owners and property management companies to install, support and monitor alarm systems, digital camera systems and telecommunication networks 24/7. We also provide overhead Projection, Plasma, LCD, LED displays along with AUDIO Sound Systems for restaurants and sports bars.
Commercial security systems can be customized to fit the unique security and monitoring requirements of your business. Commercial camera systems provide an affordable way to provide an additional layer of security to your monitored system. Strand Security will make camera system recommendations based on factors such as location (outdoor/indoor), lighting and environmental conditions, desired results of surveillance, and budget.
Is you have questions, please call us today!
The full write up can be read here:
Strand Security is proud to partner with Nuvico when clients need video surveillance equipment to protect their business.
Nuvico branded video surveillance equipment is ideal for any surveillance project and is regularly installed in the following markets :
here on the Grand Strand we have many hotels, marinas, medical offices, stores, malls, restaurants, gas stations, car dealerships and offices, just to name some of the local business facilities in Myrtle Beach and surrounding areas.
Strand Security is an official Nuvico dealer and installer of surveillance systems.
We know you want reasons to install security cameras and surveillance camera systems. In a previous article, we gave you “3 Ways Video Surveillance Can Help Control Large Facilities and Businesses”. Next up are 3 tips for business owners!
Strand Security only works with the most trusted brands in the industry. We constantly make sure that whatever we install in your home or business, is equipment we stand behind and is equipment we want to install and use for ourselves and our families!
As far as professional installation, we advise you on the best
Our second tip for business owners who have surveillance cameras is to make sure your video footage is backing up to the cloud!
you are going to want remote access and continued access, storage, so make sure the Cloud is where the video footages goes. We can help you set up your storage if you aren’t sure where your video footage is currently being stored!
Last but not least, this tip is included because many security camera systems and surveillance systems are vulnerable to random attacks by hackers who want to gain access to your footage with intend for criminal activity!
Secure your system from hackers by doing any and all of the following:
Give us a call today! We are ready to serve you.