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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

 

 

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.

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.

Vidsys Releases Latest Version of Vidsys Enterprise 2018

Enhanced Capabilities include User Customization, User Interface Modernization, and Significant Performance Accelerators

VIENNA, VA ─June 5, 2018 Today, 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.”

Vidsys will be showcasing Vidsys Enterprise 2018 Release 1.2 at the IFSEC International Security Conference as the platform behind the Converged Security Centre. Learn more here.

To learn more about Vidsys Enterprise 2018 Release 1.2, visit the Vidsys website.

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.

Vidsys and Evolver, the Industry Leaders in Converged and Cybersecurity, Announce Strategic Partnership

Vidsys Converged Security and Information Management Platform Will Support Evolver Cybersecurity Consulting Practice

VIENNA, Va. – October 18, 2017 – Vidsys, the leading global software technology manufacturer of Physical Security Information Management (PSIM) and Converged Security and Information Management (CSIM) software, today announced its partnership with Evolver, a cybersecurity and information technology firm that delivers sophisticated services, operations, and consultation internationally.

The partnership provides Evolver’s client base with a more holistic approach to security solutions with the addition of physical security to its cybersecurity offerings. Vidsys allows companies to perform software integrations with video, sensor, IoT device and social media data through a custom API-enabled platform. This approach enhances Evolver’s managed security service provider (MSSP) offering by providing extended capabilities for its clients. Current Vidsys clients will also benefit from Evolver solutions and information technology services through anticipating, preparing for and managing changes that impact organizational security.

“We are excited to launch this enhanced managed security services program with Evolver in supporting its key clients,” said James I. Chong, CEO of Vidsys. “Today, cybersecurity and physical security often operate separately, but organizations must now be even more proactive and produce a unified view of their security operations with actionable intelligence. Through a converged security approach, Evolver will be able to help customers achieve long term success through continual cybersecurity innovation. Vidsys is excited to be a part of that solution.”

“Partnering with Vidsys is a natural fit that will provide a more strategic approach to security for our clients,” said Bill Sabo, CEO of Evolver. “We see the convergence of cyber and physical security as a critical advancement in security and we look forward to developing this program with Vidsys to provide additional value to our clients.”

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, browser-based platform with industry-specific features and functions that allows sensors, devices, systems, subsystems, and services to be interconnected via open architecture 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.

About Evolver

Evolver is a technology company serving the government, commercial, and legal industries by addressing client challenges in the present and transitioning clients to the future through the introduction of efficient and effective IT solutions. We specialize in cybersecurity, cloud, infrastructure, application development, end-user support, and legal technology services.

With a dedicated focus on client satisfaction, Evolver has proven its value time and time again, from managing day-to-day operations to skillfully navigating the implementation and support of new technologies. Evolver is headquartered in Reston, VA, with offices in Washington, DC; Alexandria, VA; Denver, CO; and Boston, MA. More information: www.evolverinc.com.

Vidsys CSIM Supports UAE Smart City Objectives through the Hassantuk Programme

Abu Dhabi, UAE –October 11, 2017 – Vidsys, a global provider of enterprise Converged Security and Information Management (CSIM) software, announced today that Injazat Data Systems will employ its CSIM platform as part of the UAE’s Hassantuk programme.

This Smart and Safe City programme aims to reduce the cost of inspecting buildings and provide central monitoring of fire and life safety events for over 150,000 buildings across the UAE. Legislation has been passed mandating all addressable buildings must connect to Hassantuk for monitoring equipment and provision of service.  Injazat Data Systems is the service provider under the Ministry of Interior (MOI) for the ten-year Hassantuk programme.

A centralized dashboard visualization layer will be provided by Vidsys CSIM, with a unified interface for operators on a 24×7 basis. The CSIM platform will provide filtering and correlation of all alarms and events based on location, type, and priority, and will present automated Standard Operating Procedures (SOP’s) for the operator to follow dynamically, along with real-time reporting.

“This strategic country-wide initiative will decrease response time for incidents using direct e-notification and automatic location identification,” said Atif Al-Braiki, Director of Strategic Projects at Injazat Data Systems. “This intelligent solution will enhance the Civil Defense’s ability to monitor life and fire safety round-the-clock.”

“Vidsys is thrilled to be working with the UAE’s Ministry of Interior and our partner, Injazat Data Systems, to launch this programme,” said Vidsys CEO, James I. Chong. “Working with the UAE government on this and other fronts with key regional partners like Injazat Data Systems, we expect to see rapid adoption of Internet of Things (IoT) initiatives in the region including smart building, smart traffic, and other smart applications.”

Vidsys is continuously innovating and developing Internet of Things (IoT) and Smart City technologies, with the goal of leveraging big data to create smarter and safer communities.

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, browser-based platform with industry-specific features and functions that allows sensors, devices, systems, subsystems, and services to be interconnected via open architecture 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 information, please visit www.vidsys.com.

ASIS 2017: The Importance of Physical Security to Enterprises

With the start of the ASIS 2017 Conference, organizations from around the world will be turning to the top global security leaders to identify new ways to approach security within their business. While IT and cybersecurity threats are growing, it is important for companies to not neglect their physical security strategy.

Organizations with widely dispersed assets should be cognizant of the overall protection of confidential resources. Although many companies often focus on the technical and administrative elements of security, physical security is intended to protect the assets and facilities of an organization with the preeminent responsibility of safeguarding employees and facilities. Without protection from a physical security breach, all other security measures would be useless.

A couple of different factors can affect physical security, including unintentional natural disasters or intentional malicious groups. Natural disasters such as a flood or fire can destroy data or make it very difficult to recover, while malicious groups such as hackers, thieves or terrorists can lead to the misuse of highly classified information.

Attackers often have an easy opportunity to exploit data and gain unauthorized access to penetrate networks. To maintain strong physical security and help slow down criminals from bypassing layers of security, enterprises should consider:

  • Cameras
  • Access Control
  • Sensors
  • Building Management
  • Alarms
  • ID management
  • GIS Mapping
  • Perimeter security such as mantraps, fences, gates and turnstiles
  • Safe locks
  • Store backup devices in a secure place with authorized access only

As physical security becomes more challenging than ever with the increase in sensitive devices that make data much easier to steal, implementing a Converged Security and Information Management (CSIM) software platform can help organizations with a large physical footprint through geo-spatially aligning information and assets into a single user interface.

Vidsys software is programmed to identify and present potential situations for evaluation by the command center operator, and the organization’s approved con-ops are automatically provided on-screen to ensure compliance and swift resolution. So when a threat occurs, it can be resolved accurately, efficiently and consistently.

If you will be at ASIS this year, sign up to attend our Intelligent Global Security Operations Center demo with Micro Focus. Learn more and sign up here.

ASIS 2017: 3 Steps to Create an Enterprise Security Risk Management Program

At ASIS, one of the key themes will be how global organizations can create an effective security risk management program. But where should they start?

Businesses today are faced with a multitude of risks due to the complexity of technologies, regulations, system vulnerabilities, security threats and more. As your company’s information flows through networks, applications, databases and servers, it must be readily available, free from tampering and confidential to those only with authorized access.

To manage this complex environment of information, installing an intelligent software platform can convert your large amounts of unorganized, unstructured data to valuable, actionable information through correlations based on time, location, duration, frequency and type. An enterprise security risk management program should have the ability to integrate to other systems and subsystems, so that the software enables users to focus on managing situations rather than managing disparate technologies.

When implementing an enterprise security program to benefit your entire organization, follow these 3 steps for a holistic approach to IT security.

1. Prepare for challenges

Vulnerabilities, risks and threats all pose potential complications and can serve as a source of danger to your company’s information assets. Weaknesses or flaws in the system can lead to a security breach and can exist not only in technologies, but in people and business processes as well, and risks, such as loss of network connectivity, can result in devastating outcomes for your business. To prepare for these challenges, list out and categorize pertinent threats, assess vulnerabilities based on potential impact to the company, and prioritize risks based on likelihood and impact.

2. Manage outside your business

An enterprise security risk management program often entails dealing with third parties like vendors and suppliers. It is crucial for businesses to select trustworthy third-party companies, as those with unsecure networks or corner-cutting practices can create vulnerability and subsequent security threats. Be sure to know what security measures these companies have set in place, list out all of the third-party companies your business deals with, and then prioritize based on information overlap and criticality.

 3. Enable security controls

Effective IT security includes non-technical controls set in place for management and operational protocols, and technical controls implemented as a safeguard incorporated into hardware, software and firmware. As CIOs begin to establish these security controls such as deciding which monitoring and filtering technologies to purchase, they must work with other parts of the company to make business decisions collaboratively as the technology will have an impact on employees and processes.

As an organization’s ecosystem of information grows increasingly complex, information security becomes a critical factor to the entire company. By implementing a strong enterprise security risk management program, your entire organization will benefit.

Want to talk with one of our in-house security experts? Come to our Intelligent Global Security Operations Center demo with Micro Focus. Learn more and sign up here.

ASIS 2017: Global Responses to Global Threats

During the ASIS conference this year, one of the panels will be focused on the importance of information sharing and collaboration among policing and intelligence community partners (federal, state, and local) to successfully combat terrorism and protect communities worldwide.

At Vidsys, we provide converged security for global organizations and major cities across the globe, and understand the importance of collaboration in protecting businesses and communities. While this panel specifically focuses on federal and state and local governments, we see an increasing need for enterprises to address global threats as well.

As companies expand regionally, nationally and globally, being prepared for global threats is crucial. See below for ways to heighten your organization’s security and create a strong base for organizational safety, efficiency and success.

Build a customized GSOC

A Global Security Operations System (GSOC) is designed to empower security personnel with a platform delivering ongoing prevention, detection, protection and mitigation of threats to a company’s virtual and physical assets. This system can uncover weak areas, respond to potential threats and address any incidents, virtually or physically, occurring within your organization. While many companies believe an advanced operations center is too expensive to actualize, organizations can lower risk, increase operational efficiency and situational awareness without a major cost increase through proper planning and technology.

Manage data

Converged Security and Information Management (CSIM) provides a central operations dashboard where decision makers can see their organization’s data in an intelligent way. This technology platform assembles a common operating picture of all organizational asset data. Through tailored rules and regulations, organizations can set boundaries for what should be flagged as a risk. Warning signs for risk often begin with unusual activity virtually on an IT system. By collecting data from disparate sensors, devices, systems and subsystems, software tools are able to identify patterns that are unusual on any monitoring or sensor device

Integrate systems

Security sensors and video footage can help keep an organization physically secure, but businesses can leverage powerful technology to integrate data and receive automated, intelligent information that cuts out the risk of human error and facilitates the security process, saving an organization time and money and increasing employee safety. CSIM gathers video data and other information from access control systems, sensors, alarms, ID management, GIS and other data sources to create situational awareness and provide appropriate actions.

Whether your organization is already a global entity or you are currently expanding, consider your company’s approach to your operations, data management platform and various system structures to ensure that your organization is ready for if – or when – a global threat might strike.

If you will be at ASIS this year, sign up to attend our Intelligent Global Security Operations Center demo with Micro Focus. Learn more and sign up here.

How Smart Cities are Gaining Momentum

Abu Dhabi was recently named the #1 Safest City in the world in a list of the top 9 safest cities. Vidsys has been supporting Abu Dhabi’s Monitoring and Control Centre (MCC) to deliver an Open Architecture solution utilizing the Vidsys Converged Security & Information Management (CSIM) Platform to interconnect all public spaces as part of the Safe and Smart City objectives for Abu Dhabi. Abu Dhabi MCC and its stakeholders utilize Vidsys’ real-time situation management software technology for security operations.

Future cities, safe cities, smart cities – regardless of what you call them – are beginning to realize the need for more intelligent systems to better manage their populations. Cities are getting smarter through using IoT, enterprise technology, and systems like Vidsys to help them achieve “smart” status. Here are three ways that smart cities are gaining momentum.

Making the most of data

A smart city’s physical security, IT systems, transportation and social media data sources must coexist and communicate in real-time to provide successful solutions. An integrated platform such as Converged Security and Information Management (CSIM) makes the integration of security sensors, IoT devices, artificial intelligence and metadata necessary for such coexistence possible. Data without meaning is useless, so making sure that data isn’t siloed – but rather is connected with other sources of data is crucial to begin building smart city solutions.

Building a public safety platform

The use of data must become fully integrated in real-time, representing a holistic picture of city operations. For example, Vidsys’ partnership with Current, powered by GE, helps cities establish an increased level of situational awareness by collecting and correlating real-time data through a smart city IoT sensor network that provides actionable intelligence. Obviously, there is a limit to how much a city can build, with only so many highways, parking lots, and driveways being possible. Transportation is one area in which smart cities can excel as a result of their digital capabilities. Constructing intelligent roads using sensors and traffic data to change basic elements, such as signal times, efficiently moves traffic in and out of smart cities.

Embracing Internet of Things technology

Everything generates data. A call to 9-1-1 is no longer the first line of information regarding an emergency – it often is first shared through social media and found through metadata. The utilization and integration of these numerous sources of data is necessary and can be more effectively utilized through connecting IoT hardware to a central hub. While many concerns are still present regarding the security of IoT, the transition to increasingly connected devices is inevitable and can provide immense value for city operations.

At Vidsys, we work with transportation, energy, utility, healthcare, and government organizations to collect, correlate, and convert considerable amounts of data into intelligent solutions, helping organizations and digitally-enabled cities become even smarter.

To learn more about our solutions for Smart Cities through a demo, click here.