Axis Communications, a provider of network video technology, has announced the release of its latest whitepaper, Smart Buildings & Smart Cities Security. Authored in association with Virtually Informed and Unified Security, the whitepaper is the third in a series looking at specific aspects of security and provides an in depth review of the topic, addresses key questions and, importantly, provides recommendations that must be considered if the smart promise is to become a reality. Against the global backdrop of population growth, the strain on limited resources and climate change, there is a growing demand for businesses and governments around the world to deliver significant improvements in the way our cities and the buildings within them are managed. The promise of future cities and buildings built around a smart vision to reduce waste, drive efficiencies and optimise resources is a prodigious one with many inherent challenges, not least, security. Access to important and sensitive data Smart technology enables the collection and analysis of data to create actionable and automated eventsSmart technology enables the collection and analysis of data to create actionable and automated events that will streamline operations. To deliver this at far greater scale means bringing together a large number of very different systems and empowering them to communicate freely with access to important and often sensitive data. Device interoperability will be a crucial component of its success but to have full confidence in the way that these diverse ecosystems operate together, and to ultimately cede important decision-making to them, stakeholders must be fully confident in the security of the systems. The proliferation of IoT devices has witnessed in parallel an exponential increase in the number of threat exposures and attack vectors, which put in jeopardy the systems that our smart cities and buildings will rely on. With an ever-increasing number of cyber breaches and a common acknowledgment that ‘you are only as strong as your weakest link’, it is important that cybersecurity is considered and evaluated throughout the whole supply chain to protect data, maintain privacy and keep risk associated with cyber threats to a minimum. This process should always start by looking at device security and the vendors’ cyber maturity. Identifying vulnerabilities and mitigating damage Managing cybersecurity in environments of this scale involves drawing up thorough risk assessments that go right back through the supply chain. Identifying vulnerabilities and mitigating the potential for damage that they could cause. Axis’ Smart Buildings & Smart Cities Security whitepaper topics include: Smart cities and why we need them - Smart cities are increasingly playing a significant role in meeting today’s resource and population challenges Smart and intelligent technology - Smart devices, systems, buildings and cities defined – questions and issues around existing definitions are addressed Roles and responsibilities - Review stakeholder roles and security risk management to better understand the security issues associated with smart building systems Security challenges - Threat vectors are vast and varied with increasing levels of sophistication; understand the vulnerabilities, technologies and standards to be applied Recommendations - Getting started; security standards and frameworks; product strategy, system and solution security; supply and purchasing; and converged operations. Damages due to cybersecurity breach The associated disruption as a result of a cybersecurity breach of a smart system could be catastrophic. At a minimum, it would cause system downtime and impact its ability to operate. The loss of personal data or IP may also damage reputation, impact a company’s share price or even cause actual physical harm. Ensuring that converged security becomes a vital component of this rapidly changing paradigm is of critical importance; safety and security must be at the heart of the shared ambitions for a smarter environment. At Axis, we are passionate about using technology to help create a smarter and safer world" Steven Kenny, Industry Liaison, Architecture and Engineering at Axis Communications commented: “At Axis, we are passionate about using technology to help create a smarter and safer world. We also believe that technology should be used in an ethical and responsible way. You might say that this whitepaper reflects the very values of our business in that, used responsibly and with security front and centre, smart technology will help us address the big challenges of our time. Increased safety and security for all “Increasing efficiencies is vital in meeting carbon reduction targets and avoiding climate catastrophe. The smart vision provides a strong basis for economic growth and improved quality of life. We greatly admire the work that Virtually Informed and Unified Security are doing to help ensure that the worlds of physical and cyber security are aligned and working together to achieve a common goal of increased safety and security for all.” The whitepaper’s two authors have impressive credentials. James Willison is the founder of Unified Security Ltd and one of IFSEC Global’s top 20 Security thought leaders in the world. Sarb Sembhi is the CTO and CISO at Virtually Informed and has contributed on security projects for the likes of the London Chamber of Commerce and the Internet of Things Security Foundation. Mr. Sembhi also sits on the editorial board of SC magazine.
Taking place 18-20 June 2019 at ExCeL, London, IFSEC International is Europe’s largest integrated security event. Registration is now open. 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. Integrated approach to situation management The Converged Security Centre will present a wide range of simulated security scenarios related to situations such as transport, utilities, infrastructureEach 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. Highly efficient security solution Converged Security and Information Management provides a real time technical solution enhanced by Artificial IntelligenceThe 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. Monitoring physical and cyber security events There is a requirement for a converged security solution that monitors both physical and cyber security events under one, unified software platform"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. 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.” Benefits customers safeguarding assets 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"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, added, "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.”
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 focussed on the latest trends and capabilities of a range of CSIM use cases and vertical market solutions. Importance of converged security Converged security has become paramount to the success of risk and security programmes for organisations worldwideWhile 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 the 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 organisations worldwide. 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. Discovering trustworthy CSIM solutions 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, comments: “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 to understand the significance of increasingly interconnected systems"“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.” Monitoring physical and cyber security 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, Unified Security adds, “Sarb Sembhi, CISO, Virtually Informed, and I are delighted to be working with all the partners bringing together physical and cyber security 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 2018 will play host to a dedicated learning and demonstration area, where visitors will benefit from a real-time immersive experience of integrated physical and cyber security. Networked systems and applied technologies are presenting security management professionals with rising levels of information outputs and data, which are rapidly becoming core aspects of their business strategies. The business intelligence available from this deepening level of integration is now a core competency, providing commercial, industrial and government users with unparalleled levels of insight. However, these systems also represent major security vulnerabilities; the nature of their networked capabilities means there is a strengthening need for higher levels of understanding and vigilance in combating threats to information security. It’s a simple equation: greater complexity of technologies will lead to greater threats. This is where IFSEC, Vidsys and their partners can provide the solutions. The Converged Security Centre will be powered by the experts at Vidsys to offer visitors a real-time immersive experience of an integrated cyber physical SOCConverged technological solutions In this new world of converged security networks and information software, IFSEC is pleased to announce the introduction of the Converged Security Centre at this year’s show, taking place at London’s ExCeL from 19th-21st June. IFSEC has worked closely with key thought leaders in this space, including James Willison, Founder, Unified Security Ltd, and Sarb Sembhi CISO, Virtually Informed Ltd. Together they have long advocated the use of converged technological solutions managed by cross-functional security teams to identify and mitigate security risks to organisations. In the development of the centre, IFSEC and Unified Security recognised the capabilities of Vidsys’ CSIM solution and their partners. The Converged Security Centre will be powered by the experts at Vidsys, the pioneering architects of Converged Security and Information Management (CSIM), to offer visitors a real-time immersive experience of an integrated cyber physical SOC, demonstrating ways to enable multi-disciplinary security teams to respond to the whole range of security risks across an enterprise. Enabling high-level information security The Converged Security Centre will be a combined learning and demonstration area hosted by Vidsys, Unified Security Ltd and their partners’ representatives, delivering a series of panel discussions with leading Information and Physical security professionals on the exceptional capabilities of a fully integrated CSIM platform. Visitors will learn how, with a fully converged security system, users can correlate multiple events into one situation, track major assets, execute efficient building management operations, monitor social networks, and most importantly enable high level information security resilience for true situation management. The presentations will show the simulated outputs of CSIM across a range of applications including transport, utilities and infrastructure and discuss how these benefit all areas of security management. IFSEC visitors will be able to see how CSIM operates in real-time and ask the experts from Vidsys, Unified Security Ltd and their partners how this will empower their future security strategies. Micro Focus International will be demonstrating IDOL, an AI powered analytics platform for video, image, text and audio data AI powered analytics platform The Converged Security Centre will also display capabilities from a selected range of Vidsys partners. These include IFSEC premier partner Axis Communications, whose expertise in IP networked surveillance is acknowledged worldwide; Unisys, which provides expertise and guidance on cyber and information security; and Micro Focus International, who will be demonstrating how IDOL, an AI powered analytics platform for video, image, text and audio data, can automate real-time 3600 intelligence for security operators. The Converged Security Centre is a cornerstone feature in IFSEC’s role as a platform to show security professionals the available technologies and capabilities in real-time, delivered by world leading experts whose solutions they can trust. It is also a key part of the IFSEC ‘Show Me How’ programme, providing direct access to learning and insights visitors would otherwise not have the opportunity to see. Unified solution to monitor physical and cyber security James I. Chong, CEO, Vidsys says: “We’re excited to be part of the Converged Security Centre at IFSEC this year and to be working with our global partners to showcase what a truly converged security solution can provide to organisations worldwide. We believe there is an immediate need for a converged security solution that unifies monitoring of both physical and cyber security under one, unified platform. By leveraging disparate sources of data, organisations can effectively manage a situation in real-time without having to go to multiple subsystems, including analytics and cybersecurity, to get the job done.” Gerry Dunphy, Brand Director, IFSEC says: ‘’IFSEC is delighted to welcome Vidsys to this year’s show as the major driver behind the Converged Security Centre. Our recent research revealed there is an absolute need for our customers to gain greater understanding of the capabilities of CSIM as well as a deeper awareness of the growing threats of cyber penetration into their networks so this project is an ideal solution. We’re thankful also to our good friends James Willison and Sarb Sembhi from Unified Security who have helped us co-ordinate this exciting new project at IFSEC 2018.’’ IFSEC International 2018 takes place 19th-21st June at ExCeL London, running alongside FIREX, Safety & Health Expo Multi-disciplinary approach to cyber physical attacks James Willison MA MSyI, Founder Unified Security Ltd and Sarb Sembhi CISM, CISO, Virtually Informed Ltd, add: “Sarb and I have long advocated the use of converged technological solutions managed by cross functional security teams to identify and mitigate security risks to the organisation. We were delighted to assist Gerry and his team in this new project and bring together Vidsys and other partners to establish the Converged Security Centre in June. We look forward to leading some of the sessions in the centre to promote this immersive real-time multi-disciplinary approach to cyber physical attacks on all security systems. It is a significant step forward to bringing physical and information security professionals closer together and so more efficiently protect our people and organisations.” IFSEC International 2018 takes place 19th-21st June at ExCeL London, running alongside FIREX, Safety & Health Expo, Facilities Show and Field Service Management Expo. Secure your place at IFSEC today for access to dedicated learning areas like the Converged Security Centre powered by Vidsys, as well as exhibitors, product demonstrations and inspirational speakers across all shows.