What happens when logical and physical securities converge?

Managing security is tough. It’s not just because the stakes are getting higher while the resources are getting tighter.  The plethora of tools needed and skills required are overwhelming. Not to mention the pressure of validating threats in real-time to minimize oversight and false alarms.  While cyber and physical breaches may be different in nature, they both warrant attention. With so much data coming in fast from everywhere: CCTV, sensors, network infrastructure, social media, alarms, access control, utilities, etc., security professionals need an automated way to get that 360 picture in real-time regardless of the threat origins so risks can be managed holistically.

At IFSEC 2019, a premier security conference which took place in London just a month ago, the topic of ‘Converged Security’ took center stage. “Change is the only constant, and the way to deal with that is by converging physical and cyber security, which have operated in separate silos in the past,” said Sarb Sembhi, certified information security manager (CISM) and CISO at Virtually Informed.  “To cope with the constant changes in the world around us, we need bring physical and logical security together in a single security operations center (SOC) to provide a single view,” he added.   The vision of a converged SOC is now a reality as demonstrated at the conference.

 

 

Note: this post originally appeared on Micro Focus’ IM&G community blog. 

 

Intelligent GSOC is a joint solution developed by Vidsys and Micro Focus that combines data aggregation, analytics, workflows and visualization into one easy to use platform. Join us at the upcoming Global Security Exchange (GSX) conference, September 10-12 in Chicago. Stop by Booth #242 to learn more about how this solution can help your organization simplify situation and risk management; or visit our Events Page now to schedule a live 1-on-1 demo with a Converged Security expert during the show!

IFSEC International: About The Converged Security Centre – it’s people and technology which reduces risk!

Industry experts James Willison, Founder of Unified Security Ltd. and Sarb Sembhi CISM and CISO of Virtually Informed Ltd. give their perspective on the Converged Security Center special demonstration area at IFSEC 2019 and give an outlook on the future of the Converged Security Industry in this event recap article from IFSEC International.

 

Visit the IFSEC International website to read the full article.

IFSEC Global: Unifying physical security and cybersecurity at the Converged Security Centre

IFSEC Global spotlights the Converged Security Centre Keynote address at IFSEC 2019. The keynote addressed the Convergence of physical and cybersecurity management technologies and featured presentations from industry experts including a demonstration by Vidsys President, Maurice Singleton, highlighting how the Vidsys CSIM software platform leverages multiple security devices and tools to allow operators to monitor risk in real-time.

 

The panel also featured presentations from Steven Kenny, industry liaison at Axis Communications (a Swedish manufacturer of networked security cameras), David Humphrey, worldwide director for Micro Focus’s unstructured data and file analytics products, IDOL and ControlPoint, Sarb Sembhi, CTO, CISO & DPO for risk and security company Virtually Informed and James Willison MA Msyl, founder of Unified Security Ltd and Vice Chair of the ASIS European Convergence/ESRM committee.

 

To read the full article, visit the IFSEC Global website.

ComputerWeekly.com: Converged Security Takes Centre Stage at IFSEC 2019

The importance and benefits of combining physical and cyber security was underlined in the opening session of the 2019 IFSEC security conference. ComputerWeekly.com stopped by the Vidsys-sponsored Converged Security Centre at this year’s IFSEC security conference at ExCel, London to discuss the future of security technology with industry experts from Vidsys, Axis Communications, Micro Focus and more.

 

“[Converged Security] is achieved by bringing data from various disparate technologies, including billions of connected devices that form part of access control, video management, analytics, social media, facial recognition and other biometric systems into a single, common operating platform…

[A] single view enables organisations to respond in real-time to physical and cyber threats or intrusions across the enterprise – for example, raising an alert if a single employee identity is used to access a physical building at the same time as accessing corporate systems from a different location.”  [Maurice Singleton – President, Vidsys]

 

To read the full article, visit Computer Weekly’s website.

IFSEC Vidsys Webinar: Achieving near real-time risk management with a converged security centre

Today’s high-risk, myriad-threat security environment demands a converged security solution that consolidates monitoring of both physical and cybersecurity events within one, unified platform.

Organizations can thus leverage disparate data sources to effectively manage situations in near real-time without navigating multiple subsystems – including analytics and cybersecurity – and complete investigations and take appropriate actions promptly. Speed is, after all, of the essence in these situations.

In this webinar, you’ll hear from a panel of experts in converged security and enterprise security risk management. Panelists will discuss the concept, reality, and evolution of having both physical and cyber-security teams managing and collaborating in the same security operations center.

SPEAKERS

Roberto Mandanas, VP Strategic Marketing and Alliances, Vidsys

Sarb Sembhi CISM, CISO, Virtually Informed Ltd

James Willison MA MSyI, Founder, Unified Security Ltd

Host/Moderator: Adam Bannister, editor, IFSEC Global

 

 

integration & connectors blog series

Integrations & Connectors Update: X-Ray Proxy, NVR and More…

The Vidsys team is excited to announce our latest entry in our blog series – Integrations & Connectors Update – where we highlight new connectors and integrations that are available for our technology platform. Our Converged Security and Information Management (CSIM) software can integrate with any type of software or physical hardware technology.

The following connectors have been added to our library:

  1. Smiths XRax (X-Ray Proxy)
  2. Transas AIS (AIS/Vessel Monitoring System Proxy)
  3. Motorola Vicon Valerus (NVR Connector)
  4. GE Cimplicity (SCADA/HMI proxy)

 

Using Vidsys’ CSIM Platform, security organizations can integrate and analyze information from traditional physical security devices and resolve situations in real time.

Vidsys offers a growing list of connectors that enable integration between the Vidsys CSIM platform and other industry-leading converged and physical security products.

If you would like to learn more about these or any of our other 355+ integrations, contact us for more information or to schedule a live demo.

 

This entry is part of a blog series on Integrations and Connectors. You can revisit previous entries here

Intelligent GSOC and More: The trends that shaped ISC West 2019

The ISC West 2019 Security Conference at the Las Vegas Sands Expo might be over but we are far over from reeling under its effects. Some of the best technologies came together to exhibit and thousands of interested prospects wanted to get a bite of the security experience. This year Vidsys partnered with Micro Focus, a company that specializes in artificial intelligence and machine learning analytics, to develop a live demo of our joint ‘Intelligent GSOC’ offering. The innovative solution was on display at multiple pods in our co-sponsored booth and gave visitors a first-hand look at what an AI-powered, Intelligent Global Security Operations Center (GSOC) would look like. The demonstration showcased some of our best use cases while at the same time gave us a chance to hear from prospects directly and discuss their specific needs. Below is a compilation of the trends that the market is looking to accomplish in the near future.

Intelligent GSOC

The Global Security Operation Center (GSOC) was a hot topic at ISC West. Working jointly with Micro Focus, Vidsys leverages the external data sources in gathering ‘extra’ intelligence about an event, individual or specified area and enhance the overall situational awareness capabilities of a security officer or operations center. The ‘Intelligent GSOC’ is an extension to a regular GSOC environment where operators have traditionally used physical security systems to gather actionable intelligence of a situation or event. When it comes to investing in a GSOC, companies can derive real value by converging all the systems available through Vidsys’ CSIM platform to benefit the entire organization in the long run.

Video Analytics

Another trend that we witnessed this year, and what many prospects seem to desire in their security environment, was an increased focus on analytics. Having a way to automatically detect suspected individuals outside a corporate campus using facial recognition technology and get extra information about their recent past activities in the online world is a game changer. Our live demo at ISC West effectively showed how a converged system could utilize and apply video analytics tools in a real-world setting.

New CSIM Markets

With security needs constantly emerging and changing, there isn’t a clear native CSIM solution in Australia and New Zealand that can meet and fulfill all the region’s requirements. Oceania is predominantly served by vendors, consultants and system integrators that are looking for a holistic solution to meet their client’s security challenges. After discussions with key regional players at ISC West, we believe there are a lot of opportunities arising in the region. Our experiences at the show confirmed that the capabilities of our CSIM solution go above and beyond what’s currently being offered in these markets.

RSS and Social Media

Social media has become an increasingly important aspect of everyday life. From Facebook, Instagram to Twitter, we receive social media data in many forms. This data can absolutely be leveraged to enable better situation management. During the show, we had several inquiries about the ways in which our software platform utilizes Social Media data. Vidsys successfully demonstrated how our software platform incorporates RSS and social media alerts into its platform, correlates this data and serves as a proactive alerting security system that companies today in the ‘social age’ can easily rely on.

VE2019 Release 1.1: Accelerated performance and enhanced operability delivered in latest release of Vidsys Enterprise 2019

Security operators are responsible for managing hundreds of security situations each day. In order to effectively manage security operations, they must prioritize the highest risks and react in a timely, efficient manner. The latest version of Vidsys Enterprise 2019, VE2019R1.1, offers enhanced performance and operability to help operators better manage the everyday complexities and challenges of their job.

Improved Data Organization Capabilities

VE2019R1.1 automatically sorts situations, pushing the newest, incoming situations to the top of each respective severity group. The logic holds true regardless of how the data columns are sorted or the number of times the operator re-sorts the data. Additionally, the RiskShield page now displays a progress animation each time it sorts and reloads incoming data. This new feature allows operators to quickly identify the most recent situations.

 

Enhanced UI Stability for Large Enterprises 

As enterprises scale, security operators often find

themselves tasked with covering an increasing number of incoming situations from multiple sites. However, as the number of sites in an enterprise grows, operators may expect to experience some degradation in UI performance. VE2019R1.1 combats this issue by allowing users to set default and maximum caps on the number of situations loaded in the summary window. This simple, enhanced design and configuration change will help teams see a marked improvement in UI performance.

You load situations on-demand and the Vidsys client does the heavy lifting of loading and sorting situations instead of the server.

On a given day, your supervisor reaches out to you asking for a report on the usage of the top 10 video management systems being used in the enterprise over a period of time. He needs to justify the ROI for procuring these systems and determine if there is an alignment with the company’s overall security strategy. In addition, he is also looking for a report that would show him how many operators are actively using the Vidsys system. Look no further!

Enterprise Business Intelligence Reporting

Many organizations are not only interested in improving and simplifying security situation management but want to know how their enterprise security software contributes to the company’s overall security strategy and provides a quantifiable ROI.

The Enterprise Business Intelligence (EBI) reporting package released as part of VE2019R1.1 includes new reports that offer better insight into the ways your business uses Vidsys Enterprise. The updated EBI tool visually displays information in real-time via an easy-to-use reporting dashboard and includes common format report export options such as PDF, Excel and Word. Additionally, several existing reports, including “User Login” and “Managed Asset Audit Properties” reports have been updated to better suit customer needs.

 

 

To learn more about any of the new features included Vidsys Enterprise 2019 R1.1, contact your account manager or contact us to schedule a demo »

Maurice Singleton Appointed Vidsys President

VIENNA, VA ─ April 22, 2019 – Vidsys, the global leader in Physical Security Information Management (PSIM) and Converged Security and Information Management (CSIM) software, today announced that the Board of Directors has promoted company Vice President of Product Innovation Maurice Singleton as the new President of Vidsys.

Maurice Singleton is a founding member of Vidsys and has extensive experience in physical and information technology systems and solutions. He has held various leadership roles at the company and has led business initiatives for the development of innovative product enhancements, customer experience improvements, business growth and expansion into emerging markets, as well as contributions to shape the PSIM/CSIM platform architecture.

“With more than 20 years of experience in this industry and a proven track record of execution and delivery of top-notch service, we are confident that Maurice will immediately make a positive impact on the company,” said Pete Correll, Vidsys Chairman of the Board. “He will help Vidsys continue to operate with speed, reliability and great service to ensure each customer realizes the full value of our software.”

Going forward, Maurice will focus his efforts on –

  • Improving customer success and adoption – strategically allocating resources to ensure 100-percent satisfaction.
  • Enhancing sustainable operations – investing in our people, product and delivery model to improve the ease of installation, support and maintenance.
  • Product evolution – harnessing new streams of sensor data and increasingly connected tools to give operators better intelligence and faster resolution.

“It’s an honor to take the helm at Vidsys, where I have spent the last 13 years of my career working with the brightest minds in enterprise security and information technology,” said Maurice Singleton, President at Vidsys. “I’m excited to build on the history of excellence and innovation that the company has cultivated as we continue to provide the highest level of security and safety at scale world-wide and across various diverse and most mission-critical organizations.”

 

 

About Vidsys

Headquartered in Vienna, Virginia, USA, Vidsys provides transformational Physical Security Information Management (PSIM) and Converged Security and Information Management (CSIM) software platform that has been adopted by some of the world’s leading brands and technology partners within key verticals including Transportation, Energy, Utility, Healthcare and Government. Vidsys software has obtained highest levels of information security and assurance from both top-tier global corporations and the US federal government.

Vidsys is hardware, protocol and device agnostic and offers bi-directional, a browser-based platform with industry-specific features and functions that allows sensors, devices, systems, subsystems, and services to be interconnected via APIs and SDKs.  The platform collects, correlates and converts vast amounts of data into meaningful and actionable information, based on the organization’s risk policy, standards and compliance requirements.  By leveraging mobile and web-based technology, the software can be rapidly deployed and provides real-time situational awareness and information management capabilities.

For more info, please visit www.vidsys.com.

 

Read Press Release on the Business Wire. 

Maurice Singleton on the cyberwire podcast

Vidsys President Maurice Singleton Talks Converged Security with The CyberWire Podcast

Image Source: The CyberWire

The CyberWire’s daily podcasts take a look at what’s happening in cyberspace, providing clear and concise summaries of the news and commentary from industry experts and partners. In this episode, Vidsys President, Maurice Singleton, discusses the convergence of IoT security devices and IT security.

Visit The CyberWire to listen to the full podcast now.