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.

 

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!