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.

 

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Maurice Singleton on the cyberwire podcast

Vidsys President Maurice Singleton Talks Converged Security with The CyberWire Podcast

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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.

 

Detect. Solve. Protect: Harnessing the Power of an “Intelligent” Security System Solution

Imagine you are in charge of the day-to-day security operations for your company. You are responsible for overseeing a team of security officers, each of whom is equipped with a body camera. As the officers do their rounds, the bodycam collects video feed from the vicinity and sends it back to you in the Security Operations Center (SOC).

One day, while one of your team’s officers is out on patrol, his camera picks up a familiar face. After analyzing data received from both the physical camera feed and the company’s employee database, your intelligent security software identifies the visitor as a former employee. The software automatically creates an alert in the Security Operations Center. This alert provides information about the former employee, including details about their recent involvement in some criminal activity, and some threatening comments about your company that have recently been posted to their social media accounts.

 

Vidsys’ Converged Security & Information Management Platform

 

The information gives you more insight into the ex-employee’s visit. With this valuable knowledge in hand, you infer that the former employee may have a malicious motivation for returning to the office. The alert provided by your enterprise security software also contains an automated action plan, allowing you to quickly respond to the potential danger. You immediately contact the nearest security officer and update her on the situation. Within a few minutes, she has successfully tracked down the suspect and apprehended them for further questioning. You have successfully avoided what could have been a major security breach.

Now imagine you are tasked with actively monitoring a large sporting event. Your enterprise security software picks up an RSS or social media alert about a protest that is getting underway near the stadium. The alert informs you that a local group is organizing the protest. You run a keyword search against the software’s vast external database-pool and discover a document on the organization’s website that details the group leader’s extremist rhetoric and possible involvement in a recent bombing attempt. This information indicates that the protest could be a ploy for terrorist activity. You inform your supervisor of the threat and get in touch with on-the-ground security staff. Using the security software’s facial recognition capability, you identify the last-known location of the suspect – just a few yards away from the stadium. You communicate this information to mobile responders who quickly spot and apprehend the suspect, eliminating the imminent threat.

AN INTELLIGENT SOLUTION

The technology behind these scenarios is made possible through a joint security solution developed by Vidsys and Micro Focus. Vidsys’ Converged Security and Information Management, or “CSIM” software is a powerful platform capable of collecting and converging data from disparate physical and digital security systems. It works together with Micro Focus’s AI software, which uses machine learning to quickly analyze large amounts of data produced by these various systems, as well as query external data sources around the web to determine correlations that may be critical to enterprise security management. Together, these tools create a more intelligent Security Operations Center (SOC) by increasing the efficiency of human operators and streamlining overall security initiatives.

SEE IT IN ACTION

Join us for a live demo during ISC West. April 10-12th at the Sands Expo, Las Vegas, NV, stop by Booth #34091 to learn more about how Vidsys and Micro Focus are working together to tackle some of the greatest security challenges in the market today. Visit our event page to Schedule a Demo During the Show »

 

 

Connected Security Expo At ISC West Addresses Convergence Of Physical Security & IT

As the Internet of Things (IoT) and other trends drive the convergence of physical and information security, integrators and end users attending ISC West may be struggling to keep pace with new areas of responsibility and expanding roles in the larger security ecosystem. Help is here.

 

The Connected Security Expo, co-locating with ISC West, focuses on building a holistic security strategy for the connected enterprise. Exhibitors will focus on how physical and information security can be used together to mitigate new and emerging cyber-threats in a hyper-connected world. Connected Security Expo provides attendees access to cutting-edge products and technology in both the physical and IT secure realms. It is clearly a growth factor in the market. Here’s a look at some of the companies on display in the 2019 Connected Security Expo:

Integrated Video Cloud Service

The AI-powered video analysis software suite delivers high-speed object search and facial classification

Arcules provides the Arcules integrated video cloud service, which combines untapped video and sensor data with the latest technologies in cloud, artificial intelligence, and machine learning to deliver actionable business and security intelligence for modern organizations.

The cloud-based service is designed to ensure security, scalability, streamlined operations, and bandwidth management — all from a single, easy-to-use interface.

Hardware-Accelerated Solutions

BrainChip Inc. is a global developer of software and hardware-accelerated solutions for advanced artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning applications.

The AI-powered video analysis software suite delivers high-speed object search and facial classification for law enforcement, counter terrorism and intelligence agencies.

PSIM Software Platform

CNL Software Inc. is an open, adaptable, scalable and secure Physical Security Information Management (PSIM) solutions provider.

The IPSecurity Center PSIM software platform helps law enforcement, government agencies, the military, public and private critical infrastructure, transportation networks, corporations and campuses to integrate, automate and manage systems, allowing better security intelligence and improved operational efficiency.

Facial Recognition Software

IOmniscient Corp. provides facial recognition software that can recognize multiple faces even in crowded and uncontrolled scenes

IOmniscient Corp. provides facial recognition software that can recognize multiple faces even in crowded and uncontrolled scenes.

Matching faces with an existing database, the system can detect an unauthorized person and track him or her across non-overlapping cameras.

Enhance Situational Awareness

Oncam offers 360 and 180-degree video technology. The company has the largest range of wide-angle cameras that are open platform and easy to integrate.

Unique dewarping technology allows the creation of award-winning video solutions for stakeholders from the C-suite to the security officer in wide range of industry segments. Oncam’s products greatly enhance situational awareness.

Enterprise-Class Security

Pivot3 is a provider of intelligent solutions using hyperconverged infrastructure.

Pivot3’s intelligent infrastructure is optimized to deliver performance, resilience, scalability and ease-of-use required for enterprise-class security, video surveillance and IoT deployments.

Electronic Physical Security

The UL 2900-1 standard offers general requirements for software cybersecurity for network-connectable products

UL LLC is working to increase the prominence of the Underwriter Laboratories brand in cybersecurity with the UL Cybersecurity Assurance Program (CAP). The UL 2900-1 standard, the standard that offers general requirements for software cybersecurity for network-connectable products, was published in 2016 and in July 2017 was published as an ANSI (American National Standards Institute) standard.

The standard was developed with cooperation from end users such as the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. National Laboratories, and other industry stakeholders. UL 2900-2-3 – the standard that focuses on electronic physical security/life safety & security industry, was published in September 2017.

Proactive Automated System

Viakoo is a provider of the security industry’s first proactive automated system and data verification solution.

Create Significant Value

Vidsys is innovating and accelerating a transition to Converged Security and Information Management or CSIM.

The company is committed to educating and supporting customers with their evolving needs to provide a more holistic view of risk and throughout the overall business process re-engineering necessary to create significant value across the entire organization.

 

This article originally appeared on SecurityInformed.com. To read the original article, visit their website.

 

Vidsys and Micro Focus are partnering together to bring Intelligent GSOC to ISC West 2019! ISC West is the largest US security event featuring the latest products, training and best networking opportunities in the industry. This year’s event will be held April 10-12th in Las Vegas, NV. Stop by Booth #34091 to learn more about how this joint solution can make a difference in your security operations. Visit our ISC West event page to schedule a live demo at the show!

IFSEC International 2019 Welcomes Back the Converged Security Centre Powered by Vidsys

One of the outstanding highlights from IFSEC 2018, the Converged Security Centre returns to this year’s show on an even bigger and better platform to showcase the very latest in integrated security management technology.

Conceived and delivered by Vidsys, the centre is a state-of-the-art demonstration area which expertly highlights the advancement of Converged Security Information Management (CSIM) and how software, hardware and all forms of information media can be expertly used to gain a complete overview of a developing security situation.

Each day at IFSEC 2019, the Converged Security Centre will present a wide range of simulated security scenarios. These will relate to situations such as transport, utilities, open spaces and infrastructure, and reveal how integrated security systems can be aligned with supplementary information sources such as social media to provide end users with the whole developing picture.

As a security professional, if your role is to manage the security of a large-scale asset, then the Converged Security Centre is an absolute must-attend feature; it will expertly show you how this technology provides a vital and integrated approach to situation management.

The Converged Security Centre will crucially show how, with a fully converged security system, users can correlate multiple events into one situation, track major assets, execute efficient building management operations, mitigate cyber threats, monitor social networks and most importantly enable high level information security resilience.

The Vidsys CSIM technology is the perfect integration platform for multiple systems and hardware to work in a fully integrated manner. This year Vidsys will be welcoming support from a number of global partners, including Ipsotek and Micro Focus, to show how a vast range of related technologies can work in tandem, to provide a truly effective and highly efficient security solution.

Converged Security and Information Management provides a real time technical solution enhanced by Artificial Intelligence, meaning large volumes of data can be interpreted and processed to enable a more efficient response.

Experts from Vidsys will be on hand at IFSEC to help explain and guide visitors on the uses of CSIM, as well as how this integrated approach to security management can provide effective and long-term resilience for any major asset or installation.

The Converged Security Centre is a cornerstone feature in IFSEC’s role as a platform to show security professionals technologies and capabilities in real time, delivered by world leading experts with solutions they can trust. It is also a key part of the IFSEC ‘Show Me How’ programme, providing direct access to learning and insights they would otherwise struggle to see.

Gerry Dunphy, Exhibition Director IFSEC, says: ‘’IFSEC is delighted to welcome Vidsys back to this year’s show as the key partner in The Converged Security Centre. The feature made a major impact at last year’s IFSEC, showcasing how integration and resilience can be achieved through the strategic use of CSIM. IFSEC visiting customers with key roles in safeguarding major assets will directly benefit from seeing the capabilities on display.”

James Willison, Founder, Unified Security Ltd and Sarb Sembhi CISO Virtually Informed add:

“We are delighted to be working with UBM, Visdsys and their partners to bring together physical and information security professionals and converged technologies in one operations centre. The last few years have shown how important it is for physical security vendors to ensure that their products are resilient to cyber-physical attacks, and it’s important for them to ensure that their products can integrate with enterprise threat intelligence tools. This theatre showcases some of what is possible with integrated solutions.”

 

This article first appeared on the IFSEC Global blog. The original article can be found on their website

How AI turns CCTVs into Round-the-Clock Guards

Security operators tasked with monitoring multiple camera feeds have a very challenging job simply because they are humans. No wonder the United Kingdom’s Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure (CPNI) recommends a 20 minshift for CCTV control room operators because of vigilance decrement, a common occurrence where attention decreases and oversight increases for tasks requiring intense and sustained attention. Threat scenarios vary so operators must also be able to react swiftly and appropriately. False alarms could be costly and missed detections could be deadly so control rooms are operating under tremendous pressure, which in turn increases the risk of errors.

How can Artificial Intelligence (AI) help? AI powered analytics can automate continuous monitoring and real-time detection of threats:

  • Physical area – Scene analytics can identify and classify unattended objects/vehicles and suspicious movement patterns. For example, an unattended clear glass bottle on a table in the middle of a room would be classified to have a risk profile, which is different from that of an unattended backpack at the corner next to a high traffic entrance.
  • Human – Face analytics can enable people counting for crowd traffic control and identity verification.  For example, a person on a watch list entering a public event can be identified and monitored.
  • Vehicle – License plates, makes and models can be read and referenced against a database. For example, suspicious vehicles w/mismatched plates can be identified.

Let’s look at one of the most common security breaches – tailgating. Basic courtesy of holding a door for a ‘fellow employee’ might lead to catastrophic consequences. With AI powered video analytics monitoring CCTV feeds from entrances, any individual whose image does not have a match in the authorized personnel database can automatically trigger an alarm. The unknown individual can be automatically enrolled for continuous tracking across the premise with other CCTV feeds to assist security intervention. While tailgating alone might not warrant a drastic response such as a lockdown, if there are other threats – unattended backpack at the corner of a cafeteria and a parked vehicle with a license plate registered to a terminated employee- detected within a short timeframe, it might lead to a different conclusion.

 

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

 

Vidsys and Micro Focus are partnering together to bring Intelligent GSOC to ISC West 2019! ISC West is the largest US security event featuring the latest products, training and best networking opportunities in the industry. This year’s event will be held April 10-12th in Las Vegas, NV. Stop by Booth #34091 to learn more about how this joint solution can make a difference in your security operations. Visit our ISC West event page to schedule a live demo at the show!

Vidsys VP of Product Innovation Featured GIT Security Magazine Article: “Keeping Corporate Campuses Safe”

“Keeping Corporate Campuses Safe”, by Vidsys VP of Product Innovation, Maurice Singleton, was featured as a top story in the online edition of GIT Security Magazine, EMEA. In the article, Maurice details the ways in which Corporate Campuses can utilize Converged Security and Information Management (CSIM) Software to increase workplace efficiency and facilitate overall operational security efforts.

The full article is available now at git-security.com.

Featured Article: “What’s Next for PSIM?”

Vidsys CEO, James Chong, explains how physical security information management (PSIM) today is continuing to evolve, giving way to converged security and information management.

 

“CSIM extends software abilities beyond physical security by capturing and correlating data from multiple IT-security systems and information management systems. With capabilities for large-scale, widely dispersed customers, this advanced platform can be leveraged to support smart city and IoT applications, in addition to a variety of use cases such as supply-chain systems, building management, logistics management and manufacturing.”

 

The story was featured by The Innovation Enterprise and is available on their website. 

 

3 Enterprise Security Trends to Watch in 2019 – SSI Magazine article

In a recent article, Vidsys CEO, James Chong, lays out the three factors that will drive and define converged security operations in 2019. Below is an excerpt:

 

“Most companies now realize that good enterprise solutions rely on great software. Converged security is an intelligent solution that cross-pollinates IT and physical security. This creates a complete, “360-degree” security system that is well worth the investment.”

 

The full article, published in Security Sales & Integration Magazine, is available on their website.

 

Vidsys Recognized by Frost & Sullivan for its Comprehensive Converged Security Information Management System, RiskShield Enterprise

The platform’s high level of interoperability and holistic coverage of the security ecosystem greatly enhance its value proposition among organizations of all sizes

VIENNA,VA., – Feb. 13, 2019  — Based on its recent analysis of the global Converged Security Information Management (CSIM) system market, Frost & Sullivan recognizes Vidsys, Inc. with the 2019 Global Technology Leadership Award. Vidsys’ comprehensive, intelligent, and open architecture CSIM software platform, RiskShield Enterprise, empowers security personnel to monitor an organization’s ecosystem for both cyber and physical security events through a single, user-friendly interface. The system aids in informed decision making and helps operators proactively manage situations by offering them a comprehensive view of the enterprise’s security posture.

“RiskShield Enterprise addresses the five core features of data collection, analysis, verification, resolution, and tracking,” said Danielle VanZandt, Industry Analyst at Frost & Sullivan. “Security personnel can customize the data that the platform presents through filters managed seamlessly through a user-friendly interface. Furthermore, users can filter the displayed information by time, location, duration, frequency, and type to obtain the information that is most pertinent to their operations.”

RiskShield Enterprise connects an organization’s vital security systems, such as IT security information and event management (SIEM), video surveillance and management systems, security analysis, investigative tools, and reporting platforms, allowing operators to base their decisions on a holistic view of the entire ecosystem. The software then alerts operators of potential security risks to their IT infrastructure, buildings, assets, or employees. RiskShield Enterprise operates as a top layer to the customer’s existing systems; thus, Vidsys can tailor enhancements and implement those changes without causing any operational downtime.

As a vendor-agnostic system, the CSIM platform integrates seamlessly with over 350 third-party legacy and new technologies and is scalable for businesses of all sizes in any industry. Some of the solutions and systems with which the platform can be integrated include video management, identity and access management, building management, security sensors, weather forecasts, fire alarms, analytics, smartphones, intruder detection, computer-aided dispatch, and social media platforms. Moreover, RiskShield Enterprise can link multiple independent organizations’ systems, such as public and private critical infrastructure, which rely on each other for vital information.

“In addition to bringing an organization’s physical security systems together, RiskShield Enterprise integrates and directly communicates with cybersecurity platforms, significantly saving operational expenditures,” noted VanZandt. “This exceptional technology and return on investment strongly positions the company for greater growth in the future.”

Each year, Frost & Sullivan presents the Technology Leadership Award to the company that demonstrates uniqueness in developing and leveraging new technologies that deliver significant customer value.

Frost & Sullivan Best Practices Awards recognize companies in a variety of regional and global markets for demonstrating outstanding achievement and superior performance in areas such as leadership, technological innovation, customer service, and strategic product development. Industry analysts compare market participants and measure performance through in-depth interviews, analysis, and extensive secondary research to identify best practices in the industry.

About Vidsys, Inc.

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, browser-based platform with industry-specific features and functions that allows sensors, devices, systems, subsystems, and services to be interconnected via open architecture 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.

About Frost & Sullivan

Frost & Sullivan, the Growth Partnership Company, collaborates with clients to leverage visionary innovation that addresses the global challenges and related growth opportunities that will make or break today’s market participants. For more than 50 years, Frost & Sullivan has been developing growth strategies for the global 1000, emerging businesses, the public sector, and the investment community.