What’s Next for PSIM? Converged Security Gives Rise to CSIM

Over the past 10 years, Physical Security Information Management (PSIM) has evolved tremendously outside of categories such as Video Management Systems (VMS), Access Control and Intrusion Detection, and companies worldwide have been using PSIM capabilities as a way to differentiate. Fast, integrated platforms offering real-time data and quick-reacting security solutions lay the foundation for this new digital movement. But as the security market continues to grow more crowded, creating reliable value-adds is an ongoing challenge for both vendors and integrators.

Legitimate PSIM is intelligent software that converts massive amounts of data into meaningful and actionable information by filtering and correlating the data based on time, location, duration, frequency, and type, and according to recent research, is estimated to be worth 112.43 Billion USD by 2021. While the definition of PSIM is often misunderstood as an integration platform or a command and control platform, the true nature of PSIM enterprise software is its capability to connect to other systems and subsystems including sensors and security and non-security related devices.

As PSIM has gained awareness globally, the demand for the software has increased and is driving large-scale projects, including many requests from U.S. federal government agencies. With customer and business process needs constantly evolving, software platforms must advance as well.

As innovations in PSIM continue, the platform has started to naturally shift towards a new platform, Converged Security and Information Management (CSIM).

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. CSIM can support customers globally where enhanced Enterprise Data Visualization and Enterprise Business Intelligence are integral features for reporting in real-time. Overall, the capabilities go beyond security and risk management by offering insights that can drive intelligent business decisions.

As the transition from PSIM to CSIM continues, there is a more formal cooperation between previously contrasting functions like physical security and IT security, and a substantial union between CSOs and CIOs has formed, encouraging organizational and operational convergences to align. In order to become more efficient and reduce risk to the organization, merging functions involves both process and accountability, accomplishing true business integrations around risk and compliance.

The shift to CSIM software can be leveraged globally by organizations and multi-site enterprises to garner beneficial, real-time situational awareness and management abilities, and can consolidate big data analytics tools, social media, and other intelligence inputs and tie in internal challenges with external threats. Now, enterprise leaders can have an extensive understanding of where threats are happening and their potential impact, allowing a more precise understanding of when and where crucial resources may be needed.

Interested in learning more about a CSIM solution for your business? Check out the Vidsys CSIM solution here.

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Vidsys Included in Security Dealer & Integrator’s annual roundup of active authorized dealer/integrator programs

Vidsys was included in Security Dealer & Integrator’s annual roundup of active authorized dealer/integrator programs. Click the link below to see the listing.

Partnership Possibilities: SD&I’s annual roundup of active authorized dealer/integrator programs

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.”

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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.”

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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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.

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