Contributed by: Karyn Hodgson, Editor-in-Chief, SDM Magazine, Hodgsonk@bnpmedia.com

Security industry media is your leading source of information on the latest technology trends, industry mergers & acquisitions, company profiles and much more. In addition to reading about other companies like yours, you also have the opportunity to participate in articles and be quoted as a subject matter expert; win awards such as the Dealer or Integrator of the Year, Security Vanguard Award, and many more;  and be ranked on top lists such as the SDM 100, Fast 50, and others. You will receive the latest information on industry events such as trade shows and conferences, get previews of upcoming products and solutions, find out what manufacturers are working on, and get valuable advice on best practices.

Security-related magazines vary in frequency and format, but in addition to their publications, they also feature websites with daily news, as well as social media to engage readers, opinion pieces, blogs, informative webinars with education credits, videos, and podcasts.

Best of all, these publications are free. All you need to do to receive them is fill out a form (usually online) indicating you are a qualified purchaser/user of security equipment.