Article: Challenges security agencies must overcome to implement predictive analytics for city safety – ASMAG

Vidsys President, Maurice Singleton, and other industry experts weigh in on the challenges security agencies must overcome to implement predictive analytics for city safety in this recent edition of A&S Magazine.

 

The full article can be found in the October print edition of ASMAG as well as at ASMAG online.

Article: Agencies Are at Risk of Security, Natural Disaster Threats – Emergency Management Magazine

In a recent interview with Emergency Management Magazine, Vidsys President, Maurice Singleton, discusses the ways in which organizations, including government agencies, can work to mitigate security risks before an incident occurs and the importance of utilizing technology to make enterprise-scale security efforts more efficient and effective.

 

“Any system that is amalgamating several data streams is, in theory, an obvious target for hackers. Having a platform that incorporates a robust cybersecurity solution is critical to ensure that your security system itself doesn’t become vulnerable to attack.”

 

The full article is available now on Emergency Management Magazine’s website.

 

 

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Article: The Future of Converged Security – International Security Journal Feature

Vidsys President Maurice Singleton gives his outlook on the state of the Security Industry and the Future of Converged Security in a featured Cover Story for International Security Journal.

Below is an excerpt from the magazine’s print edition:

 

Article: The Future of Converged Security

 

Check out the September edition of International Security Journal to read the full story. You can also access the magazine online here (page 48).

Vidsys Launches Enterprise Mobile App for iOS and Android Devices

VIENNA, VA – August 28, 2019 – Vidsys, the leading global software technology manufacturer of Physical Security Information Management (PSIM) and Converged Security and Information Management (CSIM) software, today announces the launch of its mobile app for Apple iOS and Android devices – Vidsys Enterprise Mobile.

Vidsys Enterprise Mobile provides enterprise-level situational awareness using real-time live and recorded video playback from compatible integrated video management systems. Users are able to access up-to-date information from mission-critical security devices and systems anytime, anywhere, using the app on any compatible iOS or Android device.

“It’s vital that the increasingly mobile workforce has access to tools that enable them to quickly and efficiently respond to critical events,” said Vidsys President, Maurice Singleton. “Anyone who works in security knows that threats don’t adhere to a 9-5 schedule, so monitoring and defending against malicious actors requires 24/7 connectivity. With the launch of Vidsys Enterprise Mobile, users are able to promptly respond and investigate within the app, giving them peace of mind when on the go.”

 

Vidsys Enterprise Mobile Interface

 

Key Features of the App Include:

  • Ability to stream live and recorded video from multiple Video Management Systems (VMS)
  • Multiple camera display layouts
  • Pan, tilt and zoom controls
  • Video playback controls
  • Option to save in-app snapshots directly to camera roll
  • Support for active directory and local Vidsys users
  • Support for native multi-app split screen
  • Supports Wi-Fi, GSM and VPN connections

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 the 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.

 

 

Converged Security Centre Confirmed for IFSEC 2020

Exclusively demonstrating the value of unifying physical and cyber security for 21st century threats, the Converged Security Centre (CSC) returns to IFSEC International, 19-21 May 2020.

There’s only one place where security professionals can see ground-breaking state-of-the-art converged security technology in action in 2020 and that’s at IFSEC International. The original and most certainly the best demonstration of how physical security and information technology fuses together to provide holistic and complete solutions across a variety of challenges. A must have for every security control room!

The CSC is the embodiment of what IFSEC is all about- an opportunity for leading industry experts to showcase the very latest integrated security solutions which enhance resilience against 21st century threats to life and infrastructure.

The CSC will again be a dynamic collaboration between IFSEC, Vidsys and Unified Security a partnership which is deeply committed to trailblazing the convergence of security technologies whilst at the same time providing tangible solutions for security professionals.

“Systems from all security domains need to be monitored and managed in near real time”

The CSC will be a core interactive part of the IFSEC 2020 event proposition and will be supported by a range of keynote presentations and panel debates about the use of the technology and how it is a vital addition to the suite of options available to end users and integrators. Visitors will have an opportunity to see, hear and experience the technology in real time and meet with the innovators and experts behind this pivotally important solution.

 

 

Gerry Dunphy, strategy director for IFSEC International, said: “The CSC is now a major part of IFSEC and is aligned to our strategy of representing the very best in integrated and converged security solutions.

“IFSEC has always been a major showcase for security technologies and the pace of change and innovation is often bewildering, so it’s essential we can address this via our inspiring association with Vidsys and Unified Security and their partners.

“Quite unique”

“It is a quite unique attraction at Europe’s leading security event and we look forward to planning the next project for May 2020.’’

James Willison, founder of Unified Security Ltd and Sarb Sembhi, CTO and CISO of Virtually Informed, released this statement:

“As the use of IoT devices and connected systems increases at an exponential rate, the need to protect the wider systems and the organisation from attacks not only becomes more important, but also much harder to do than in the past. What is required now is that systems from all security domains need to be monitored and managed in near real time –  in recent years more focus has been given to IoT security issues as these directly impact access control and CCTV.

“We believe that only by integrating all the systems onto a single platform and co-locating the cyber and physical functions will security teams be able to achieve and demonstrate the highest levels of enterprise security risk management. We have developed our thinking and collaboration over the past two years and are already working on designing the IFSEC Converged Security Centre of the future for May 2020.”

Said Maurice Singleton, president of Vidsys (interviewed in the video above):

“Vidsys is very excited to be returning to IFSEC to sponsor the Converged Security Centre for a third year. For us, the CSC is an opportunity to work with key partners to showcase the latest and greatest Converged Security solutions, allowing IFSEC visitors to get hands-on experience with some of the best tools the market has to offer – including Vidsys’ award-winning Converged Security & Information Management (CSIM) software platform.

“From comprehensive event security management, to converged cybersecurity solutions and advanced critical infrastructure protection, the CSC will have something for everyone.”

 

Note: this article originally appeared on the IFSEC Global Website. 

Article: Interconnected Security Systems support emergence of IoT

Security Magazine: Interconnected Security Systems, IoT and the Future

Vidsys President, Maurice Singleton, gives industry insight into the future of security systems and the emerging challenges in today’s security landscape, which has given way to an increased need for reliance on converged, interconnected security systems.

The featured article appears in the August edition of Security Magazine. Below is an excerpt:

 

“Today, technology is evolving at a faster rate than ever before. As enterprises strive to become more agile in order to keep up with technological progress, we’ve seen a sharp increase in the use of digital technology and IoT devices in the workplace. With this increase in devices, the number of avenues for a cyber-attack has inherently multiplied. Corporate and organizational security teams must come up with new tactics to fend off the advanced threats being launched against our increasingly interconnected digital infrastructure.”

 

Visit Security Magazine’s website to read the full story.

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.