Cygnus Business Media Acquires Locksmith Publishing Corporation.

Acquisition Places Cygnus at Top of Residential,

Commercial & Industrial Security Market

WESTPORT, Conn., Dec. 6 /PRNewswire/ --

Cygnus Business Media announced today it has acquired Locksmith Publishing Corporation, a division of Unican. Included in the purchase are two highly regarded security and locksmith publications -- Locksmith Ledger International and Security Technology & Design, two websites,, serving the locksmith industry and the Security Information Management Online Network,, a successful industry portal. The acquisition also includes LedgerWorld, a conference & exposition serving the Locksmith market.

"The addition of these publications, websites, and conference added to our own successful Security Dealer Magazine and its online counterpart, gives us a leading position in reaching end-users, manufacturers and professionals within the Residential, Commercial & Industrial Security Industry," says Paul Mackler, President & CEO of Cygnus Business Media and President of CommerceConnect Media, Cygnus' parent company. "Advertisers and manufacturers who serve this market can now benefit from a targeted, integrated marketing plan utilizing our print, interactive and live mediums to reach their core customers."

Locksmith Ledger International is a comprehensive industry trade magazine delivering focused editorial on electronic technology, automotive security,

installation and safe servicing as well as special product focuses throughout the year. The magazine has been number one among locksmith and security professionals since its inception more than half a century ago. Locksmith Ledger International remains the only industry publication with a 13th issue, The Security Register, the only stand alone industry directory distributed to 35,000 security professionals annually. The LedgerWorld Conference & Exposition works in association with the publication. This year's show was held at the Silver Legacy Hotel and Casino, October 27-29, 2000 in Reno, Nevada. The show includes conference classes with skilled, technical instructors, certification classes and a dynamic tradeshow.

Security Technology & Design is the fastest growing publication in the security technology industry. It is the only publication that covers the integrated marketplace in detail with an end-user circulation of more than 32,000 loss prevention and security management personnel, consultants, engineers, active law enforcement personnel, government security, facilities and corporate management professionals. Its editorial features detailed case study articles, information on the latest technology and in-depth features on applications and trends.

"Joining Cygnus Business Media will allow us the benefits of belonging to a strong, diversified media company," says Steve Lasky, publisher of both Security Technology & Design and Locksmith Ledger International. "The company's vision of giving customers integrated marketing platforms to sell their products will ultimately make our publications stronger and more valuable to our clients."

Mr. Lasky will join Cygnus as Group Publisher overseeing the Residential, Commercial & Industrial Security publications and will remain publisher & editorial director for both Security Technology & Design and Locksmith Ledger International. He will report to Rich Reiff, president of the Cygnus Publishing Division. Mr. Lasky is a 15-year veteran in the security publishing market, launching several industry publications including Security Technology & Design. He is a member of the American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS), the Associated Locksmiths of America, Inc. (ALOA), and The International Association for Healthcare Security & Safety (IAHSS). Several key Locksmith Publishing Corporation personnel will also be joining Cygnus as part of the transaction.

Locksmith Publishing Corporation's online products, the Security Information Management Online Network,providing updated news and information affecting the security industry.Its featured categories include Access Control, CCTV, and IntegratedSystems. In addition, it also includes a Cybermall offering industryproducts and services, employment opportunities, and a product showcase.More targeted is which serves the locksmith industry byproviding news and information, online auctions, forums, a general storeand other products.

"Locksmith Publishing Corporation will help to create a Residential, Commercial & Industrial Security Market within Cygnus with depth and reach that will not only benefit our customers, but also those of us who follow this market," says Arnold Blumenthal, publisher of Security Dealer Magazine. "It will allow us to think more creatively and build stronger marketing programs using these added resources."

Cygnus Business Media's own Security Dealer Magazine, serves the security dealer industry by providing news and information for the integrated systems installation market. The magazine delivers editorial content regarding new products, technology and marketing. Published monthly, it offers information its subscribers need to know about alarm systems, CCTV, home automation systems, access control, fire detection systems, home theater, sound and communications and systems integration. Its online counterpart,, has become the news source for integrated systems installation. The site also includes an education center, an industry marketplace, and a security dealer resource center.

Cygnus Business Media is a CommerceConnect Media Company.

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