Vidsys Sponsored Converged Security Centre IFSEC Global Feature Story

IFSEC Global recently highlighted Vidsys and the Vidsys sponsored, Converged Security Centre, in a feature story that both recapped last year’s IFSEC international show and gave a preview of what to expect at the upcoming IFSEC 2019 show (June 18-20). The 2019 show will again place an increased focus on converged security, as the successful Converged Security Centre returns to IFSEC for another year.

 

Visit the IFSEC Global website to read the full story. 

 

Atlanta Ups Its Security Game for the Superbowl – Interview with Security InfoWatch Magazine

Vidsys Vice President of Product Innovation, Maurice Singleton, spoke with Security Infowatch Magazine as part of their cover story on Superbowl LIII in Atlanta. In 2017, Vidsys partnered with the City of Houston to provide a comprehensive, converged security and information management solution for Superbowl LI. In this article, Singleton discusses the challenges of managing security for a large scale event:

 

“It’s important that when you’re securing an event that is this large, everyone is on the same page, so it was important to get everyone on the platform in the same way so as to provide a single pane of glass of information for all users.”

 

Head to Security InfoWatch Magazine’s website to read the full article.

integration & connectors blog series

Integrations & Connectors Update: Latest Versions of Genetec, Lenel, Honeywell, Software House 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 has the ability to integrate any type of software or physical hardware technology with our system.

The following Physical Access Control System Connectors have been added to our library:

  1. Genetec Security Center v5.6 Synergis IP
  2. Lenel OnGuard 7.3
  3. Software House C*CURE 9000 v2.5
  4. Honeywell Pro-Watch 4.2

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

Vidsys ACS connectors integrate 3rd party Access Control Systems with the Vidsys Converged Security & Information Management (CSIM) software. This integration allows events detected by the integrated access control managed sensors and card readers to be relayed to and annunciated by the Vidsys CSIM platform.   It also allows CSIM operators to control discovered devices that are connected to the access control system.  The connector automatically maps the access control system event types to standard CSIM Situation types and translates Vidsys CSIM software command syntax to that of the third-party access control system.

CSIM operators can also easily display the access control history and location of any badged holder configured within the access control system. The Vidsys operator needs no specific card holder information and simply searches using part of the card holder’s name. An up to date list of results is displayed directly within the Vidsys user interface. Alarm logs for devices can also be accessed.

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 find out more about this integration or other integrations, contact us for more information or a demo.

 

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

Guest Article by Vidsys CEO, James Chong, Featured in Security Magazine

Security Magazine recently featured a guest article, “How Security Technology Improves Business Operations,” from Vidsys CEO, James I.Chong. In the article, James discusses three ways in which security technology improves business operations and business continuity in the face of new and unpredictable challenges.

Check out the full article on Security Magazine’s website

Vidsys Founder and CEO James Chong chats with Security Info Watch about the evolution of PSIM technology

From PSIM to CSIM: Vidsys Founder and CEO James Chong chats with SIW about the evolution of PSIM technology

In this episode of SIW Radio, James Chong, Founder and CEO of Vidsys, sits down with Steve Lasky, Editor-in-Chief of Security Technology Executive magazine, to discuss how the use of Physical Security Information Management (PSIM) technology within the security industry has evolved beyond the integration of physical security sensors to become what the company today calls Converged Security Information Management (CSIM), which ties together data from a multitude of IT systems in addition to traditional security solutions.

Listen to the interview on Security Info Watch here.

Converged Security Centre in Partnership with Vidsys Returns to IFSEC International 2019

The Converged Security Centre, developed in partnership with global enterprise security software leader Vidsys, is an expert-led exhibition zone, returning to IFSEC International 2019.

It gives IFSEC visitors the unique opportunity to learn from world-leading experts, discuss critical physical and IT security challenges, and experience the latest Converged Security and Information Management (CSIM) platform solutions.

Through the Converged Security Centre, conference attendees will be immersed in the world of converged security through a hands-on, in-depth education programme, including panel discussions and presentations focused on the latest trends and capabilities of a range of CSIM use cases and vertical market solutions.

Critical Security

While businesses and government organisations have greatly benefited from increased ubiquitous connectivity, increasingly complex networked systems have opened the back door to mission-critical security threats. In light of the growing integration between security systems, new technologies, and digital networks, converged security has become paramount to the success of risk and security programmes for organizations worldwide.

“There is a rapidly growing requirement for a converged security solution that monitors both physical and cybersecurity events under one, unified software platform.” James I Chong, CEO, Vidsys

This is what makes the Converged Security Centre in partnership with Vidsys an essential part of IFSEC International. Visitors are not only introduced to some of the leading converged security solutions, but can watch live simulations to demonstrate their efficacy across a range of real-world applications. They are given the opportunity to ask experts and practitioners for their insights and advice to learn more about how these solutions can meet their growing security needs.

Opportunities to Learn

The Converged Security Centre gives visitors to IFSEC the unique opportunity to learn from world-leading experts and discover the best and most trustworthy CSIM solutions in real time; in this way they can better understand how to navigate the critical field of converged security.

Rachel Eaton, IFSEC International event manager, said: ‘We’re delighted to be working with Vidsys again at IFSEC International 2019 as our major catalyst behind the Converged Security Centre. This forum was a major success in 2018, highlighting IFSEC’s credentials as a thought leader and ensuring the event remained at the heart of the conversation around converged security.

It’s important for security professionals to understand the significance of increasingly interconnected systems, and the capabilities of CSIM as a solution. By providing a platform lead by converged security experts, we can help visitors learn about the key issues within the sector, and find security solutions they can trust.’

James I Chong, CEO, Vidsys, says: “We’re thrilled to be part of the Converged Security Centre’s return at IFSEC International 2019 and to be working with our global partners and experts to showcase and share what a truly converged security solution can provide to organisations worldwide.

“Today, there is a rapidly growing requirement for a converged security solution that monitors both physical and cyber security events under one, unified software platform, especially due to the ever-increasing amount of data created in the world of IoT and smart cities.”

James Willison, founder of Unified Security adds: “Sarb Sembhi, CISO at Virtually Informed, and I are delighted to be working with all the partners bringing together physical and cybersecurity leaders and converged security technologies to show visitors how security risks can be managed in one unified security operations centre in real time.”

IFSEC International 2019 will take place between 18-20 June 2019 at the ExCeL, London. Visit IFSEC International for more information and to register for the show.

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.

DP-London Gateway

International London-Based Port Turns to Vidsys

Vidsys customer, DP World London Gateway sea-port, was recently interviewed by Security Management Magazine’s Podcast about its comprehensive security program, which is integrated and managed by Vidsys’ Converged Security and Information Management (CSIM) platform.

London Gateway Harbour Master & Head of ISPS Security, Colin Hitchcock, was tasked with finding a new integration and management platform that could pull in numerous physical and IT security sources and create an intelligent situational awareness platform.

“When looking for a system, I asked myself ‘Are they flexible and can they alter the platform to fit our needs?’” That’s why Hitchcock was thrilled when they found Vidsys.

CSIM is an integral part of London Gateway’s security system, and recently helped expose port intruders. The situational awareness system worked exactly as planned when the situation went from hypothetical to reality.

A Vidsys end-customer since 2016, London Gateway has also partnered with Vidsys on recent expansion projects. The trade-enabling port operator selected Vidsys due to its open platform architecture and vast agility for future growth and innovation while being able to manage all sensors and systems from one unified view.

The port is a 2 square mile area surround by an 11-kilometer fence line, creating a massive infrastructure to be monitored and managed. Through highly automated technology, Vidsys helps the port run all data through a 24/7 Security Control Room, with a separate control room reserved for elevated security alerts. A particular feature of the CSIM platform that the Hitchcock uses frequently is the innovative smart reporting capability.

“We chose Vidsys due to its constantly forward-thinking approach to innovation and security,” said Hitchcock. “Through the Vidsys platform, we are able to extend our ability to monitor the port, our assets, and increase the efficiency and effectiveness of our security program.”

Vidsys CSIM also helps DP World London Gateway integrate Access Control, CCTV, Perimeter Intrusion Detection (PIDS) as well as Fire detection and Building Management and custom reporting capabilities. Vidsys meets all compliance standards and adheres to various security standards, including the International Port Security Code and Homeland Security protocols.

You can listen to the full Security Management podcast interview here.

Vidsys Featured in Brilliance Security Magazine

Below is an excerpt from a recent feature profile of Vidsys in Security Brilliance Magazine.

Convergence can be thought of as the integration of knowledge, tools, and activities for a common goal. There is a tendency that, as technology changes, new systems evolve with enhanced capabilities allowing them to integrate data from more and more sources. This tendency creates an opportunity for the emergence of new security platforms that help us to be more effective and efficient. The term convergence is used in several different ways, even within the security industry. A physical security practitioner may use this term to describe a Physical Security Information Management (PSIM) platform that allows the monitoring and control of surveillance, access control, and alarm inputs. An information technology specialist would be inclined to use the same term when discussing network management combined with security information and event management (SIEM) data.

This tendency for systems to evolve has brought us to the advent of the Converged Security & Information Management (CSIM) software platform. True CSIM is a category of software used for enhancing and automating operations center management. CSIM software rides on top of – and allows operators seamlessly to manage – a multiplicity of existing or new systems essential to asset owners of virtually all types.

The term CSIM was coined by a Vienna, Virginia company, Vidsys, Inc. We met with CEO & Founder at Vidsys, James Chong at the GSX Conference in Las Vegas to learn more about the latest in security convergence. He told us, “We’ve been talking about convergence and converged security for three and a half years. In January of 2015, we introduced the evolution of PSIM, which came from the physical security side, into CSIM which is Converged Security and Information Management. It converges security including cyber, IT, logical, and physical combined into an end-to-end, front-door to back-door coverage.”

For Vidsys, the increasingly popular label of PSIM fails to capture the full scope of their integration platform. They designed their system to facilitate cloud-based solutions and the convergence of a common operating picture linking security systems, building management systems, and IT network management tools. As a core Asset and Information Management tool, the Vidsys platform also facilitates transformational interoperability among multiple independent organizations that require close coordination for incident management related to critical infrastructure.

To read the full article, click here.

Vidsys Customer Interviewed By Security Management Podcast About Vidsys

Vidsys customer DP World London Gateway was recently interviewed by the Security Management Podcast about its comprehensive security program, which is integrated and managed by Vidsys’
Converged Security and Information Management.

 

Hear the interview with London Gateway Harbour Master and Head of ISPS Security, Colin Hitchcock here.

Vidsys Customer London Gateway Interviewed by Security Management

Preventing Port Problems

​More than 90 percent of global trade is carried by sea, according to the International Maritime Organization, presenting a cost-effective method for goods to be shipped around the world.

One port that brings goods closer to customers, resulting in savings, is London Gateway, a deep-sea shipping port owned by DP (Dubai Ports) World. With 78 terminals in 53 countries globally, DP World is the third largest port operator in the world.

“One of our customers will save more than £1 million a month, just in transport costs, and take more than 2,500 trucks off the road,” says Colin Hitchcock, harbor master and head of International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) at London Gateway, which is located on the north bank of the River Thames.

But this high transaction rate also presents an opportunity for thieves, making effective security a must to protect the goods being shipped and received. “We’ve been operating about four years now, and the first drug heist was a big deal,” says Hitchcock. “Now it’s sort of two or three times a week, to be honest.”

Drugs are just one of the many security concerns keeping DP World on the lookout. “I have threats of illegal immigrants coming in on ships, I’ve got people trying to break into the port itself to get cargo out of the containers, and then obviously we have cargos of interest that we have to monitor,” Hitchcock says.

“There’s a big problem with cars stolen-to-order, because we’re only a few miles from London. Basically, you can steal a car, put it in a box, and get it out of the country,” Hitchcock explains, adding that most of the stolen vehicles are headed for West Africa. “You can put two Range Rovers and an E-Class Mercedes dangling in a 40-foot container—so that’s quite big business going out.”

While London Gateway works closely with law enforcement and global crime agencies to counter these threats, it wanted to invest in a holistic physical security information management (PSIM) system to manage the various assets and operations around the port, which covers seven square miles.

When Hitchcock was told by the head office in Dubai that he could choose the security systems he needed, he says he was looking for a company that could customize its platform to meet London Gateway’s needs. “Anything we purchased had to be future-proofed and able to grow,” he notes.

In 2016, the port turned to the Converged Security and Information Management (CSIM) software from Vidsys, which brings together multiple sources of data and security information into one platform for situational awareness.

With CSIM, all of the port’s security and information management systems feed into one platform that provides situational awareness for all security and operations onsite, which include cameras, alarms, sensors, access control systems, and more.

Tying access control into CSIM has allowed the port to manage the various systems that grant or deny access to users throughout the port. “We have three main buildings, and each has its own access control,” Hitchcock says. “We’ve looked at each of the jobs that people do and asked, ‘Where does that person need to go, where does that person not need to go?’”

He adds that there are 55 different levels of access at the port, and that the server rooms have the most restricted access. “If anyone opens the server rooms an alarm goes off in the control room. We have cameras in there, and that’s automatically monitored from inside,” he says.

Read the full article on Security Management here.