BrickHouse Security provides security and surveillance products to consumers, businesses of all sizes including roughly 400 of the Fortune 500, and more than 500 local and national government agencies such as the NYPD, the LA County Sheriffs Department and the FBI. To help our customers protect what they care about most, we offer an incredible variety of leading-edge Alarm systems, GPS tracking, hidden cameras, video surveillance and counter-surveillance solutions. BrickHouse’s industry-leading experts are the go-to source for our readers’ security needs, providing timely information through the company’s informative blogs and content, and by identifying, developing and selling quality products that represent the best and the latest in safety and security. BrickHouse is headquartered in New York City and serves a diverse US and international client base.

Whether you’re looking to protect your family, your property or your business, we created this blog to help keep you up to speed on the latest technology and news on all forms of security and surveillance. Please let us know how we’re doing.

 

Our Contributors

Todd Morris

Todd Morris

Todd is the CEO of BrickHouse Security. He founded the New York City-based firm in 2003 after an impressive 15-year career in the software industry, where he worked for such visionary companies as Apple, Adobe and MapQuest, leading the development of custom technology for large clients. When he was charged with finding or developing a GPS tracker and panic button for use in law enforcement, his quest uncovered a broader demand for location-based security, from affordable child locators for family use to easy-to-use GPS tracking systems for teen and employee monitoring. While continuing the development of the complex solutions required by the government and a fast-growing list of security-minded corporations, Todd launched BrickHouseSecurity.com, a consumer- and small business-focused Web site, to provide access to hard-to-find security products for professional and personal use. The site launched to immediate success in 2004, and has seen over 200% growth each year since its inception.

The security product Todd can’t live without: Todd is always leaving his keys behind, as a matter of fact he totally despises keys in general. After all, they are an antiquated. Instead, he uses a Fingerprint Door Lock to enter and exit his home.

Marc Horowitz

Marc Horowitz

Marc is the Creative Director of BrickHouse Security. He was formerly Editor-in-Chief at Hachette Filipacchi Media and has written about technology and general interest topics for a number of major national print and online publications, including The New York Times, Popular Science, Popular Mechanics, The Economist, The Village Voice and many others.

Marc joined BrickHouse in 2011 after serving as CEO and Creative Director of Fluid Editorial & Design, a creative services and communications firm he founded a decade ago.

A native New Yorker, Marc lives in NYC’s West Village. His passions include travel, skiing, food, books, film, live music, comedy and irony.

The BrickHouse product Marc can’t live without: “No doubt it’s the Spark Nano portable GPS tracker. I use it to make sure my entire family is safe. Plus, I just love the way the name sounds. Spark Nano. I could say it all day…”

Erik Helin

Erik Helin

Erik is the chief Copywriter with BrickHouse Security. Hailing from the Midwest (Wisconsin, then Minnesota, but mostly Wisconsin), he attended the University of Minnesota (go Gophers) where he studied journalism, film, and Spanish. During college and after graduation, he contributed to multiple publications on topics ranging from pop culture to technology. Erik moved to NYC in 2010, securing a job at BrickHouse shortly thereafter. Outside of work he writes about music, does freelance advertising work, and wastes his life on the internet.

Aside from no-brainers like cheese and beer, Erik enjoys music, travel, TV, his cat, and Brooklyn.

The BrickHouse product Erik can’t live without: The Audio-Triggered Conversation Recorder is perfect for recording interviews, or random personal notes to myself when I’m on the go.

Guest Contributors

J.D. LeaSure

J.D. LeaSure

J.D. LeaSure

J.D. LeaSure, Counter Surveillance Specialist is the President/CEO of ComSec LLC. He founded the Virginia Beach-based firm in 2007 filling the need for an experienced and knowledgeable Counter Espionage and Technical Surveillance Countermeasures (TSCM) service provider in the greater Virginia/DC Metro area. He launched ComSec LLc to provide bug sweep, eavesdropping detection services to business professionals, government agencies, celebrities, consulting firms, P.I. firms, government contractors, technology development companies and law firms, etc. The organization also implements counter espionage protocols aimed at helping its customers maintain the integrity of their security posture against Corporate, Economic and Industrial Electronic Espionage Threats. J.D. has extensive knowledge of eavesdropping devices, detection methods, and the tactics most often employed by those seeking to steal valuable information. Since its launch, ComSec LLc has enjoyed steady growth and noted a staggering increase in public interest in the counterespionage, counter surveillance segment of the business. J.D. started the Spy vs. Spy blog to educate the public about the law, legislature, emerging technologies, new detection devices and espionage tactics. The blog also provides the public with a source for help should they become the victim of corporate, economic or industrial espionage.

The Personal safety product he can’t live without: “I will have to say the “Mega Mini Spy Camera Stick.” I have had one of these in my kit for a long time (I have one of the first ones to hit the states, that I recovered on a TSCM assignment). It is a fantastic little device, extremely discreet and easy to use and a must-have for any covert assignment. I have actually used the one I have to catch an eavesdropper in the act of swapping out a DVR “spy pen” in a client’s office. It worked great!

Tamara Muldoon

Tamara Muldoon

Tamara Muldoon is a freelance writer and photographer based in Oregon. She writes on a broad range of topics including technology, travel, telecommunications, business and healthcare. When she is not writing or taking pictures, Tamara enjoys traveling, gardening, cooking, music and reading. Tamara lives on 1.6 rural acres with her husband, two cats and four Soay sheep.

 

Previous Contributors

Bing Morris

Bing Morris

Bing Morris is one of the founders of BrickHouse Security, so she has built up years of knowledge in the world of safety technologies. Bing also oversees the Human Resources department as well as day-to-day corporate operations to keep everything running smoothly. But first and foremost, Bing is a mother who prioritizes her child’s safety on top of everything else. Consequentially, she understands just how essential family safety is and she knows first hand what tools and methods can be the most effective when it comes to keeping your family members – especially minors, safe.

The security product she can’t live without: The BrickHouse Child Locator, because it gives her peace of mind when she is out with her 2-year-old, that he can never wander off too far without her being alerted.

Jason Lazarus

jason

Jason Lazarus

Jason Lazarus was the Director of Marketing at BrickHouse Security. Aside from overseeing all of the company’s public relations and marketing efforts, Jason also spent a good deal of his time discovering the latest and greatest security technologies. Jason was also heavily involved in the research and development process of our in-house technologies, overseeing everything from concept to production. We like to think of him as our resident Q. He also works hands-on with law enforcement professionals and government agencies to determine what are the most efficient tools to meet their demanding security needs.

The security product he can’t live without: Jason uses the Mega Mini Spy Camera Pro for interviews and to record meetings, so that later on he can thoroughly go over what the client spoke about.

Helena Stone

Helena Stone

Helena was the Social Content Multimedia Manager at BrickHouse Security where she was involved in the BrickHouse Security blog operations and other social media presences like Facebook, YouTube and Twitter. Helena has experience working in the digital marketing and interactive design field, and if you’re a technology enthusiast, chances are you are familiar with her blog Chip Chick. She is also an out and proud gadget geek who loves playing with the latest 007 spy gadgets that comes through BrickHouse Security’s doors. From the perspective of being a twenty-something woman living alone in New York City, Helena also understands how important is to use the right tools to stay safe. Whether it’s traveling on the subway or securing your apartment, there is no room for being careless.

The security product she can’t live without: The Air Ionizer, which she uses to keep watch on her vacation home when she is away.

Stan Shyshkin

Stan Shyshkin

Stan is a former marketing associate at BrickHouse Security, starting with the company as an intern in 2009. He’s highly interested in Internet marketing, social media and SEO, and loves to travel.

Stan’s days are packed with activities, and he barely has a minute to spare. On his busiest days, he wakes up at 4:30 in the morning, hits the gym to train in Krav Maga, an Israeli military combat technique, then heads to work. To top it all off, he goes to class until 9 pm and doesn’t make it home until almost 11.  But on the weekends it’s time to relax, cut loose a bit, and maybe plan the next big vacation.

The security product he can’t live without: Stan’s favorite product: the DVR Spy Sunglasses w/ Audio. They let him go out, enjoy his day, and capture great memories without tying up his hands with a camcorder.