AlertEnterprise Inc., global physical-logical security convergence software company, has announced its latest evolution in insider threat protection with the launch of its next-generation Identity Intelligence technology, available in the upcoming release of Enterprise Guardian and Enterprise Sentry software (“The system”). Identity Intelligence technology Identity Intelligence technology is designed to dramatically reduce the time and cost for detecting and resolving risk by automating threat protection Identity Intelligence technology is designed to dramatically reduce the time and cost for detecting and resolving risk by automating threat protection, across IT, physical, and operational systems, from one place. Its enhanced machine learning capabilities automatically baseline identity profiles, allowing it to quickly sort through millions of events to detect behavior anomalies and trends for an effective response to potential malicious behavior and policy violations. When evaluating potential threats, the system considers changes in identity behavior such as extended stays in secured areas, increased access attempts outside of regular shift hours, expired badge use, multiple incorrect PIN attempts, and unauthorised remote disconnections. False positives are kept low through powerful AI and the ability to train the system to learn from exception scenarios, helping to reduce the noise and move Security Operation Center (SOC) teams from distraction to action and focus on what matters most. AI-powered threat protection “Today’s increasingly complex networks, with more data, devices, applications, and users accessing networked and physical resources, make it difficult for security teams to detect and prevent insider threats, regardless of whether those breaches are malicious or the result of negligence,” said Ruby Deol, Chief Operations Officer of AlertEnterprise. “With the addition of AI to Identity Intelligence technology organisations can now address these concerns head-on.” The system delivers a clear view of what’s happening across an enterprise, providing context and awareness of correlated events, and empowering SOC personnel to make informed decisions and respond appropriately. Featuring patented risk visualisation, remediation and situational intelligence technology, the system delivers behavioral trends, statistical information, and automatic security policy enforcement. Intelligent security The patented active policy enforcement rules-based engine automatically identifies policy violations and unauthorised access The system's powerful dashboards provide operators with a risk score assigned to individual identity profiles based on access to critical assets, areas, and information, enabling them to conduct a proactive risk analysis before provisioning or removing access. The patented active policy enforcement rules-based engine automatically identifies policy violations and unauthorised access, allowing security managers to proactively monitor, and respond to suspicious behavior, criminal activity, security violations, as well as operational and procedural issues. “The attack surface is continuing to expand, and with the launch of AI-powered Identity Intelligence technology, we’re helping organisations move from a reactive to a proactive posture against insider threat with smarter risk management and identity governance,” said Jasvir Gill, Founder, and CEO of AlertEnterprise Inc. “Today, the world’s most forward-looking and influential CISOs know that security must be part of the process of enterprise digital transformation. We are ensuring that their vision for the intelligent enterprise aligns with intelligent security.” Enterprise Guardian and Enterprise Sentry with AI-powered Identity Intelligence technology is expected to be available in the second quarter of 2019.
ACRE, a global provider of integrated technology solutions and services, announced that ACRE, Vanderbilt and its subsidiaries, has entered into a strategic alliance with AlertEnterprise to expand and diversify technology options for customers. The AlertEnterprise suite of security convergence software, including its Physical Identity and Access Management (PIAM) solution, combined with the Vanderbilt Security Management Solution (SMS), will offer predictive analytics, compliance and advanced insider threat management capabilities to customers. This combination delivers large-scale enterprises and critical infrastructure customers the most advanced and tightly integrated security solution available anywhere. Providing best-in-class integrated solutions The agreement represents ACRE's vision to provide best-in-class integrated technology solutions and services through valuable partnerships with companies that share the same goals “Functional integration with ACRE and its brands accelerates our goal to provide enterprise-class physical identity and access management solutions to a broad, global market of technically discriminating clients,” said Jasvir Gill, Founder and CEO, AlertEnterprise. “This agreement enables ACRE and AlertEnterprise to cement global leadership in enterprise-class operational environments with advanced state-of-the-art IT-Physical-OT Security Convergence protection.” The agreement represents ACRE's vision to provide best-in-class integrated technology solutions and services through valuable partnerships with companies that share the same goals. By integrating innovative technology with its Vanderbilt and ComNet brands, ACRE ensures the continuous delivery of advanced security technology and networking communications solutions to thousands of customers around the world. Comprehensive approach “Partnering with AlertEnterprise also allows ACRE to offer corporations and critical infrastructure verticals a comprehensive approach to physical identity and access management across the enterprise,” said Ron Virden, COO, ACRE. “Our vision is to better predict threats and provide our customers, through meaningful collaboration, the ability to adopt cutting-edge technology that increases security, visibility and control.”
AlertEnterprise Inc. has announced that Brian Harrell is joining its senior executive team as Vice President of Security. Formerly the Director of Security and Risk Management at Navigant Consulting, Mr. Harrell is a widely acknowledged expert on strengthening the security and resiliency of critical systems and enabling infrastructure owners to rapidly identify and understand emerging threats. Protecting electric grid from cyberattack Prior to Navigant, Mr. Harrell was the Director of Critical Infrastructure Protection Programs at the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) and led the Electricity Information Sharing and Analysis Center (E-ISAC) where he was charged with helping protect North America's electric grid from physical and cyber-attack. Mr. Harrell’s career spans experience with the US Marine Corps, US Department of Homeland Security, and multiple private sector agencies focused on protecting the United States from security threats. Jasvir Gill, Founder and CEO of AlertEnterprise states that, “Brian brings significant infrastructure protection expertise and leadership to our company and we’re excited to have him join our executive team.” He adds that, “Brian is a widely respected voice in the industry. His addition to the team ensures we will continue to offer cutting-edge technology and advisory services to our valued clients”. Implementing sophisticated solutions Harrell notes that “protection of critical infrastructure and key resources is vital to our national security, economic vitality, and way of life.” He adds that “recent high-profile cyber and physical access attacks throughout the world underscore the urgency to implement sophisticated solutions. I am enthusiastic to join a technology company that has truly innovative solutions and approach to help the private and public sectors protect their data, systems, and infrastructure.”
The spirit of collaboration was alive and well at AMAG Technology’s Security Engineering Symposium 2015 in Carlsbad, Calif. Targeting consultants, architects and engineers (A&E), and integrators, the weekend conference was built around AMAG’s Symmetry access control products, especially their role in a unified system that incorporates a variety of other technologies, too. Also participating in the event (and emphasising the value of long-term partnering) were several other technology companies, including Arecont Vision, HID, Assa Abloy, Vingtor Stentofon, Windy City Wire, Oncam Grandeye, Entertech Systems, and Winsted. The symposium included talk about AMAG’s new products, such as the SymmetryCONNECT cloud system that combines large amounts of security data about people, buildings and assets into a centralised system that can analyse trends, mitigate risk, streamline operations, and reduce costs. AMAG product development roadmap Looking ahead at AMAG’s development roadmap, the consultants and integrators in attendance were quick to speak up and provide feedback and direction. AMAG is increasing its emphasis on services, not just product sales, to ensure effective execution at the system level. The focus was on business, too, with AMAG President Matt Barnette challenging attendees to “turn innovation into invoices.” “I really like the AMAG culture, they’re a very friendly organisation from the top executives to every employee who is very helpful,” said Jasvir Gill A relatively new AMAG partner – Alert Enterprise – seeks to unify security “silos” into a more holistic approach. “We have previously been thinking of security in silos,” said Jasvir Gill, CEO. “Most of the incidents you see are bad guys taking advantage of the silos, so our message is about security convergence. You should think about security with a holistic approach to prevent potential theft or sabotage.” Gill commented that the AMAG event was well-organized. “I really like the AMAG culture, they’re a very friendly organisation from the top executives to every employee who is very helpful,” he said. Gill echoed one of the recurring themes of the symposium, which is the need to combine multiple technologies – from different manufacturers – into a unified whole. “No matter how good one company is, there’s no way you can meet all the needs of the customer,” he said. Burton Crosby, senior sales engineer of NEC, agreed: “None of us operates in a vacuum.” Partnership focusCrosby offered insight into how a “partnering” relationship can work, in this case between AMAG and NEC, a longtime partner that provides high-availability, fault-tolerant servers for public sector and disaster recovery environments: “Because we have been partners for 10-plus years, we have run into many scenarios where a challenge arises with an end user, they call their integrator, and the integrator calls AMAG.” Crosby added: “What we have done is to fine-tune the response in a post-sales inquiry, so we understand what questions need to be asked and what information needs to be gathered to eliminate AMAG as the source of the issue. You need a very well-thought-out and well-organised hand-off procedure from one manufacturer to another. Then there are ongoing reviews of that process multiple times in a year, looking at what calls are coming in and what scenarios we may not have known to ask about, so we can fine-tune the process. At any point along the way, we make the end user the focus and the path to resolution the objective.” Andy Farmer, director, international sales and strategic partners, Salient Systems, says “partnering” is a strong term, but a good description of a growing necessity in the market. “When you look at the true sense of what we do for a living (in the security market), we are truly partnering,” Farmer said. “We allow a consumer to have best-of-breed of each product and also allow the manufacturer to maintain their entrepreneurial spirit. True business partners, with each partner a subject matter expert, can wrap it in a single wrapper -- that’s what partnering means to me.” But might an emerging market trend toward end-to-end solutions provided by one manufacturer undermine the best-of-breed approach over time? “I believe the market will answer that question better than one individual,” says Farmer. “One thing we know is that history repeats itself. Where manufacturers are going to separate themselves is how easy they are to work with.”
AlertEnterprise’s Version 4.0 and Enterprise Sentry™ integrates with AMAG’s Symmetry Access Control System AMAG Technology, an access control, IP video and intrusion detection (IDS) solution provider, announced that AlertEnterprise is a member of AMAG’s new Symmetry™ Extended Business Solutions Program as a Certified Partner. As a Certified Partner, AlertEnterprise’s Version 4.0 of Enterprise Guardian™ and Enterprise Sentry™, integrates with AMAG’s Symmetry Access Control System. AlertEnterprise has integrated their software, with Symmetry™ v7.0.1. AMAG and AlertEnterprise cooperatively tested and certified this integration. “The integration between the AlertEnterprise software and the Symmetry access control system offers end users physical security and IT policy protection together,” said AMAG Technology, Extended Business Solutions Program Manager, Shae Taylor. “The integration streamlines security processes creating an efficient, effective security procedure for any vertical market looking to protect their critical assets and infrastructure.” According to Jasvir Gill, Founder and CEO of AlertEnterprise, “Large enterprises and operators of critical infrastructure are starting to converge their Physical and Logical Security because attacks and disasters don’t happen in silos. Forward looking companies like AMAG are recognising that trend. We are pleased to be a part of the AMAG partnership program and deliver unique capabilities to extend security across the enterprise by correlating blended threats that link cyber security with physical security for the true prevention of theft, fraud, insider threat and acts of terrorism." Enterprise Guardian Physical is the industry-leading Physical Identity and Access Management (PIAM) solution that integrates Physical Access Control Systems and Badging with enterprise applications, HR systems and IT directory services like Active Directory and LDAP. Enterprise Sentry™ delivers complete situational awareness and incident management capabilities that are pre-integrated with badging and identity management. Unique security convergence capabilities extend security beyond just IT to into the rest of the Enterprise, by combining cyber-security and physical security. The solutions links IT security with Badging systems, Video Surveillance and other Sensor systems. Additional capabilities include automated Incident Management and Response. "The integration between the AlertEnterprise software and the Symmetry access control system offers end users physical security and IT policy protection together" Version 4.0 of the AlertEnterprise software and Symmetry Access Control system provides many benefits for the end user: Reconciliation of access rights and card holders: Reconciliation involves fetching the existing access rights and the card holder information from the Symmetry access control system and creating corresponding identities and roles in Alert Application. These identities and roles can be used in the future to modify the user/card/access rights in the Symmetry system from Alert enterprise. Create new cardholder and assign a badge: HR can request a badge for a new hire and once approved, the user provisioning happens across various systems like LDAP, Exchange, Symmetry (PACS) etc. and a new badge is assigned to the employee in Symmetry. Add/ Modify access rights: Various access rights can be assigned/removed from card holders at any time from the Alert application, and changes are reflected immediately in Symmetry. Activate/Deactivate badge: The existing card holder can be deactivated /activated at any point of time from Alert application, and changes are reflected immediately within Symmetry. Employee termination: When an employee gets terminated, his access needs to be removed in all the systems including PACS. A Termination request is submitted in the Alert application, proceeds through the approval process and the badge gets deactivated and access rights revoked.
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