Condo Media - June 2018 - 2
SECURITY & TECHNOLOGY
n our inaugural Condo Media edition dedicated solely to safety and
security, members of CAI-NE who have expert knowledge of the security
industry will be addressing several key components related to a growing
concern amongst condominium owners-how do we protect our community and our members?
In the condominium management industry, we are asked to be proficient
in several areas of residential, commercial, and mixed-use living. Often, we
are called upon to provide insight into various topics, from electrical, plumbing,
and roofing to financial analysis and capital project management. In recent years,
due to several horrific tragedies across our great country, we have been tasked
with finding additional ways of keeping our communities safe and secure.
There are many options currently available to communities to help reduce
the possibility of unwanted activity. Camera surveillance and key access controls
are now available at your fingertips via numerous apps. Developers are currently installing the latest security
technologies available, and surveillance devices are no longer a financial impediment or require large amounts
of space to store recording equipment thanks to advances in technology and the cloud.
In the past, the image of safety and security has been a person in uniform watching over the crowd as you
shop at stores and enter banks or in a booth at the entrance to a gated community. Today, everything has
changed due to a vast array of technology to help curtail criminal mischief.
Some of the newest ways to attack an association's security is through technology. Specifically, there are
two new insurance products on the market to cover the exposure of Cyber Liability and Social Engineering.
Cyber Liability covers breach of data to a customer's personal information and/or an association or management company's network and holding it for ransom. Social Engineering provides coverage when an employee
or board member is intentionally misled into sending or diverting funds or personal information based on
In our world of ever-changing technology and behavior, the following articles should be a great resource
to all associations and boards.
Peter C. Westhaver, CMCA, AMS, PCAM
2018 CAI-NE Chapter President