IFSEC 2018 Recap: Vidsys CEO Keynote, the Converged Security Center, and Top Security Trends

Vidsys recently had the privilege of hosting the Converged Security Operations Center (SOC) at IFSEC 2018 in London. IFSEC International is Europe’s leading security event, bringing together 27,000 security professionals from around the globe with a commitment to co-creating the future of integrated security.

The Converged Security Center demonstrated how the latest networked technologies can provide security professionals with actionable business intelligence. With groups of over 40 people at a time, the Vidsys team gave hourly presentations to those interested in learning more about what converged security can do for their organization. Visitors received advice on how to secure increasing volumes of information through the synergy of physical and cybersecurity technologies.

Two of Vidsys’ partners, Micro Focus and Unisys, were part of the Converged SOC as well. Micro Focus demonstrated Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine-to-machine (M2M) learning integrated with the Vidsys platform, while Unisys demonstrated how cybersecurity solutions can integrate with the Vidsys platform to provide holistic security for organizations.

Vidsys Founder and CEO, James Chong, took to the main stage as a keynote speaker, presenting how the newest cyber-physical security technologies can achieve converged security resilience in front of a massive audience of security professionals.

Watch the keynote presentation here.

Additionally, Vidsys announced its latest version of its Converged Security Information Management (CSIM) platform – Vidsys Enterprise 2018 – at the conference, which includes new features such as User Customization, User Interface Modernization, and Significant Performance Accelerators (read the full announcement here.)

IFSEC 2018 proved to be a successful week for the Vidsys team! We enjoyed meeting security professionals from around the world, making connections, and sharing knowledge of converged security through hands-on demonstrations, and we look forward to attending again next year.

Vidsys CEO Featured in Information Age

Below is an excerpt from Vidsys Founder & CEO James Chong’s guest article on Information Age.

Intelligent transportation: The most important pillar of a smart city?

As part of Information Age’s Smart City Month, James I. Chong, founder and CEO of Vidsys, looks at the importance of transport in the success of smart cities

Smart city initiatives, such as intelligent transportation, are developing rapidly around the world and for good reason. Smart cities not only promote better community service and government efficiency, but the potential for increased public safety and business success as well.

Transportation systems are a key component of any city – the arteries if you will – and, as technology has developed to create intelligent transportation systems, this critical infrastructure should be included in any smart city initiative.

As an example, passenger and freight rail systems, both national and local, are comparatively open environments without the invasive security procedures we see in other critical infrastructure areas, such as the aviation segment.

However, rail systems remain attractive potential terrorist targets, as evidenced by several prior attacks. Add to this the challenge of aging infrastructure – bridges and tunnels – and the safety and security of our rail system grow more vulnerable each day.

In addition, transportation critical infrastructure sectors rely on technology to manage daily incidents and keep commerce moving. Airports, seaports and transit agencies are complex, dynamic environments with public areas, employee-only access zones, construction sites and vast perimeters. Security is often a shared responsibility that requires coordination and collaboration among local, state and security agencies. There are a variety of overlapping authorities that demand effective communication networks…

Link to the full article here.

AsMag: Vidsys releases latest version of Vidsys Enterprise 2018

Below is an excerpt from Asmag’s recent coverage about the Vidsys Enterprise 2018 updates.

Vidsys announced the release of its latest Converged Security and Information Management (CSIM) software platform, Vidsys Enterprise 2018 Release 1.2, streamlining the operator experience whilst simultaneously catering to customer environments of ever-increasing scale.

The latest release provides performance improvements to the Vidsys reporting and mapping engines, greater and more immediate access to critical information, additional granularity on video replay permissions, user and administrative guides for foreign languages, and support for Microsoft Windows Server 2016.

“This software release signifies our continued commitment and investment in supporting the challenging and ever-changing needs of our loyal customers,” said James I. Chong, Chief Executive Officer of Vidsys.

“We’re excited to unveil our latest release at IFSEC in London this June,” said Ted Kim, Vice President of Product Management for Vidsys. “This release incorporates often-requested capabilities but also continues the Vidsys evolution and pioneering of CSIM. With GDPR now in effect, this release gives our customers the capability to tightly control the egress of data from their system.”

See the full article here.

IFSEC Highlights Vidsys Presentation – Smart Transportation

Below is an excerpt from a post on IFSEC Global’s website about Vidsys’ presentation on Smart Transportation.

Transport safety: the power of social media and video analytics

Social media data could play a critical role in keeping transport networks safe, an audience has been told at IFSEC 2018.

A demonstration of new technology from Vidsys and Micro Focus showed how traditional data sources such as cameras can combine powerfully with Big Data – particularly from social media – to provide more timely and accurate information to security operators.

Dave Humphreys, CTO IDOL, Micro Focus, explained that the business wants to “own the hidden 80%”.

“Look at social media; someone might tweet you an image of a traffic incident,” he said. “How do you get that, analyze it and extract the value you need to take action?

“We also bring in police reports, alerts, emails and other documentation that could be related to the vehicle.”

Advanced video analytics also plays a major role in the system, said Humphreys.

“Our video analytics can tell an operator not only that an accident has happened, but what vehicles are involved, what the closest assets are.”

Joining Humphreys was Kris Heath, Global Solutions Architect (Product Management) at Vidsys, outlined how this data can make a real impact on the front line.

“If there had been a road traffic accident ordinarily we would need to wait for someone reporting it or spotting it on CCTV,” he said. “That creates a delay which could be deadly.”

“We can bring in information from different departments direct to the operator, so he or she can make a better-informed decision. He might even know who the driver might be and that could influence how he coordinates his response.”

“The data is driving an informed decision.”

The data can also enable operators to spot potential incidents which might otherwise seem innocuous, added Humphreys.

“This is real AI coming into play,” he said. “You might see an incident that you don’t think is particularly important, but if the AI tells you it’s the fourth time it’s happened this week you’d make a different decision.”

See the original post here.

How Artificial Intelligence can help security at the World Cup in Russia

Below is an excerpt from IFSEC Global’s coverage at IFSEC 2018.

Russia has promised ‘unprecedented’ security during the FIFA World Cup, which is taking place across 12 cities over the next month.

The ongoing threat of a terrorist attack, coupled with fears of a repeat of the hooliganism witnessed during the European Championships in France two years ago, means security has to be top of the agenda.

But the scale of the task facing the security forces cannot be understated. Public and private sector organisations must deal with such escalating threats, as well as the risk of oversight and false alarms, data overload, and the demand for a faster response.

Speaking at the IFSEC Converged Security Centre, professionals from Vidsys and Micro Focus explained how their jointly developed solution – the Intelligent GSOC – can help to accelerate effective decisions and actions, enabling law enforcement agencies and other stakeholders to simplify situation management and improve situational awareness at large events, like the World Cup.

The Intelligent GSOC combines Micro Focus’ AI (artificial intelligence) powered analytics platform, IDOL, with Vidsys’ CSIM platform and offers real-time processing of a diverse range of data, from video and audio, to CCTV corporate databases and social media.

It also has automated analysis to identify issues or potential threats; streamlined workflow for alerts and responses; and open standards connectivity to third party systems.

Phil Stockham, VP of operations, EMEA at Vidsys, at Christopher Blanks, presales engineer at Micro Focus, provided a practical demonstration for IFSEC 2018 delegates on how the platform could potentially be used by security forces in Russia.

“Major events have the eyes of the world on them so demand a fast response and full stakeholder coordination,” said Stockham.

“It’s therefore vitally important to bring together traditional physical security with Big Data analytics.”

Blanks added: “It’s always a battle between criminals and the police but we have a flexible system that can be evolved.”

See the full article here.

The IFSEC Converged Security Centre: where physical and cyber security people and technology meet – what’s on offer?

Below is an excerpt from IFSEC Global’s Blog.

Unified Security Ltd is very excited to be working with UBM, Vidsys, Micro Focus and Unisys in the Converged Security Centre at IFSEC this year. But what will you see?

Certainly, a lot of converged technology using AI and the latest cyber security solutions. In addition, leading physical and cyber security professionals will give their independent analysis so that you will have an idea of what a Converged Security Centre might look like and understand how to protect the organisation from complex attacks.

Sarb Sembhi (CISO Virtually Informed) and I have, for the last decade, promoted cross functional teaming and collaboration between the physical and cyber security areas in articles and conferences, including IFSEC since April 2010. Last June, Gerry Dunphy, IFSEC’s Brand Director, shared with me his vision for something different and I was delighted to see that it was in line with what we had been recommending to organisations. It is his passion which has really helped this happen and we are very pleased to be working with him and his team on this.

What we agreed should fill the gap that other shows are not was to make it much more visual and immersive so that the visitor could actually see something like a cyber attack on a CCTV system.

We knew that a few leading organisations and governments have this kind of capability, but it isn’t something familiar to most. However, we agreed that it would be a step forward to showcase this and we approached a few leaders in the field of security incident management to see if they could help. We were delighted to gain the interest of Vidsys who have formed partnerships in the last year or so with Micro Focus and Unisys which enable them to provide a converged technological response to the cyber and physical incidents that face our security teams. We have been working closely with them and the team at IFSEC since October to develop the Centre as you will see it.

Hence at IFSEC we can show a variety of converged security scenarios in simulated real time.

What will happen at the IFSEC Converged Security Centre

Each day, Sarb or myself will chair two different topics which will run twice, alternately, lasting 30 minutes. We will introduce the concept and the team from Vidsys (Phil Stockham VP Operations EMEA and Kris Heath, Global Solutions Architect, Product Managent) and Micro Focus (David Humphrey CTO IDOL) or Unisys (Tim Hobbs, Physical Security Lead) will present the scenarios on two 75 inch screens and show how the combined technologies identify incidents and automate a fast response.

Micro Focus will show how AI and m to m learning integrates with the Vidsys platform. Unisys will demonstrate how cyber security solutions can integrate with the Vidsys platform so that physical systems are protected.

What is good to see is the collaboration across the cyber and physical security space that can be enabled by the technologies. We are delighted to be joined in each panel by a recognised security leader in the field of security management and we are very grateful for their help and support. We will ask the invited guest speaker to comment on what has been shown and conclude with a Q & A time with the audience.

We have space for around 40 people and we hope some passers by will stop to listen in too! So please arrive early as there has been a lot of interest in this on social media with thousands of views of the recent posts.

Keynote address

On Tuesday, Sarb and I are delighted that we have been invited to the IFSEC Keynote Arena where we will meet Frank Gardner (OBE) at 16.15 to take part in a panel discussion with James Chong (CEO, Vidsys) in which we will outline the benefits of The Converged Security Centre for the Digital world and then hear from James Chong who will share how the newest cyber physical security technologies can achieve converged security resilience.

Read the full article here.

Source Security: IFSEC International 2018 to reflect increased convergence of physical and cyber security

Below is an excerpt from Source Security.

With IFSEC International fast approaching, 27,000 security professionals are preparing to come together at London’s ExCel to share the latest technology and best practices in the physical security industry.

Last year’s show reflected the latest trends shaking the security market, including Big Data and cybersecurity. This year, we can expect speakers and exhibitors to develop these themes in line with recent developments. The industry will need to respond to end users’ questions about collecting and protecting increasing amounts of data from smart security systems. Exhibitors will be expected deal more thoroughly with data security and cyber concerns in light of the reform of EU data protection regulation

While data security and cyber vulnerabilities have been big news across the pond at trade-shows such as ISC West, the London-based event will be expected to deal more thoroughly with these concerns in light of the 2018 reform of EU data protection rules, known as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR.)

The Converged Security Centre, brought to the show by Vidsys and partners, will demonstrate how the latest networked technologies can provide security professionals with actionable business intelligence. Visitors will receive advice on how to secure increasing volumes of information through the synergy of physical and cybersecurity technologies.

To read the full article click here.

Security Informed: IFSEC International 2018 To Reflect Increased Convergence Of Physical And Cyber Security

Below is an excerpt from Security Informed.

Last year’s show reflected the latest trends shaking the security market, including Big Data and cybersecurity. This year, we can expect speakers and exhibitors to develop these themes in line with recent developments. The industry will need to respond to end users’ questions about collecting and protecting increasing amounts of data from smart security systems.Exhibitors will be expected deal more thoroughly with data security and cyber concerns in light of the reform of EU data protection regulation

While data security and cyber vulnerabilities have been big news across the pond at trade-shows such as ISC West, the London-based event will be expected to deal more thoroughly with these concerns in light of the 2018 reform of EU data protection rules, known as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR.)

Cyber Security For Physical Security Systems

Over the last two years, the physical security industry has begun to sit up and take notice of the interdependence of physical and cyber security systems. High profile incidents such as the WannaCry ransomware attack on the UK’s National Health Service have highlighted the threat that the Internet of Things (IoT) poses to business security systems, while the Mirai botnet attack underlined the vulnerabilities of networked security systems specificallyVisitors will receive advice on how to secure increasing volumes of information through the synergy of physical and cybersecurity technologies

At previous IFSEC shows, cybersecurity and IoT have played a marginal role, confined to specific zones on the show floor. This year’s exhibition promises to be the arena for an ‘integrated security event,’ with the convergence of physical and cyber security playing out across the show floor.

A new ‘Show Me How’ area will provide end users with best practice advice for deploying smart, integrated security systems. The Keynote Arena will host a range of ‘case study’ seminars, offering insights into real world deployments of connected security solutions. Speakers include Silvino Schlickmann, Director of Cyber Crime at INTERPOL, and Dr Pippa Malmgren, Founder of DRPM Group and former Special Assistant to the President of the United States.

The Converged Security Centre, brought to the show by Vidsys and partners, will demonstrate how the latest networked technologies can provide security professionals with actionable business intelligence. Visitors will receive advice on how to secure increasing volumes of information through the synergy of physical and cybersecurity technologies.

Read the full story here.

IFSEC Global: Our CCTV, access control and physical security systems are under attack – what can we do?

The Vidsys Converged Security Operations Center will be on display at IFSEC 2018. Read a recent post by IFSEC about the importance of Security Operations Centers.

At IFSEC 2018, the first converged security operations centre for a security event is being built to bring together security professionals from the cyber and physical arenas to witness, ‘in real time’, what the latest technology can do and discuss how to manage cyber and physical attacks.

Why now and what is the point? As those who have followed the course of security management since the early years of this decade will know well, cyber security has gradually become of key importance to ensuring an organisation is resilient.

Many security professionals have urged greater collaboration between physical and digital security teams and a few organisations have successfully formed cross functional teams. Some of these have built converged security centres to manage their security incidents more effectively.

But for most this is not the case even if it is thought that multi-disciplinary teaming is the best way to ensure a holistic risk approach such as Enterprise Security Risk Management and maintain the cybersecurity of physical security systems.

It works equally well on the other side as there are many ways physical security is vital for a robust cybersecurity programme. Although this all makes sense it is still probably just 27% of large companies that have a single function.

But why should the security industry change the status quo? Some will argue it is better to carry on building separate Security Operations Centres as they have been. There are others who have already started on the journey and Barclays is a notable example.

A key driver for this has been the digitalisation of organisations brought about by the 4th Industrial revolution with the increase in volumes of data that need to be protected. This, combined with the exponential growth in internet of things devices has significantly impacted the physical security industry.

Hence we see a great interest in cybersecurity, the GDPR and privacy from colleagues who until recently preferred to focus on physical security. It is important to work closely with all those involved in securing people and their data and it is virtually impossible to separate them now, as our smart phones prove!

The converged security centre can also be likened to a concert hall with a symphony orchestra composed of many different instruments and voices

So, one approach is to discuss together how to secure our technologies with experts. This makes sense! It works in other areas of life very well.

In an operating theatre there are teams of surgeons who specialise in different areas of medicine and who work closely with other doctors, anaesthetists, nurses and support staff to perform a successful operation.

But they can’t do this without each other or be expected to. The converged security centre can also be likened to a concert hall with a symphony orchestra composed of many different instruments and voices, but all brought together in harmony to produce inspirational music.

There is normally a conductor often with soloists who specialise in an instrument or voice but on their own they cannot produce anything like the beauty achieved by the whole. Similarly, teams of diverse security professionals with different specialisms now need to help one another to understand the range of risks to cyber and physical devices and systems.

Cost savings

In one centre it is obvious that this can happen faster. The cost savings of one instead of two locations are many and clear, including the benefits of sharing systems, technologies and equipment, less space, lower rates and so on.

At IFSEC 2018, Vidsys, Unified Security and our partners are building such a centre which will look at how technologies can be used now to prevent, identify and respond to cyber attacks on CCTV and other physical security systems.

It has become widely known that CCTV cameras and systems often have many vulnerabilities and are not easily patched. In this way they can be the weakest link in a network and so it is important to protect them from external attacks in cyber space.

See the full article here.