Should security spending be a one-time capital expense or as an ongoing operating expense? At first glance, the question appears to be an accounting issue with little impact on the actual equipment or systems involved. However, as security professionals seek to cost-justify new systems, the question may be central to providing the “best security for the money” and a system that fits the company’s continuing needs. We asked this week’s Expert Panel Roundtable: Should security be a capital expense (CAPEX) or an operating expense (OPEX)? Is the trend shifting and what is the impact?
RAS Watch, a provider of managed global security operations centers and scalable security programs, has announced that it has partnered with CONTRACE Public Health Corps to help scale its contact tracing service. As part of the partnership, CONTRACE will work with RAS Watch to provide trained, qualified individuals to clients whose goal is to identify potential exposure to COVID-19 and halt the spread of the disease across an organisation. Contact tracing service Contact tracing has traditionally been a manual process where individuals work with patients to develop a list of everyone they have been in close contact with during a certain period. However, RAS Watch leverages advanced monitoring services technology, targeted communications and emergency response to augment this process and offer its contact tracing service for customers. Organisations that opt for contact tracing through RAS Watch can help protect employees and customers from exposure to COVID-19 and potentially aid in the goal of safely returning to work. Deploying army of contact tracers to fight COVID-19 CONTRACE is focused on deploying an army of qualified contact tracers to help fight COVID-19 CONTRACE is focused on deploying an army of qualified contact tracers to help fight COVID-19 and safely reopen the U.S. economy. “Our organisation focuses on connecting highly qualified contact tracers with organisations like RAS Watch that can use their expertise to help identify and isolate confirmed cases of COVID-19,” said Steve Waters, Founder and CEO, CONTRACE. Steve Waters adds, “We’re excited to partner with RAS Watch as they aim to help businesses return to work safely and put the health and well-being of employees front and centre by leveraging advanced technology to streamline this process.” Ensuring employees’ and public safety “Working with an organisation like CONTRACE opens up a vast network of trained individuals to support the work we’re doing with organisations across the country, allowing us to scale quickly to expand support when there’s an immediate need,” said Ryan Schonfeld, Founder and CEO, RAS Watch. Ryan adds, “We want to provide an alternative for companies that span multiple geographic areas by providing a single service that allows them to share information, rapidly communicate and keep both employees and the public safe, all while maintaining privacy.”
RAS Watch, the managed service operations and risk mitigation centre, announced the launch of its contact tracing service to proactively identify and trace infectious disease outbreaks, such as COVID-19, within a business. The service combines the power of the RAS Watch remote monitoring services technology, targeted communications and emergency response, along with trained contact tracers, to mitigate the spread of infection across an organisation. Limiting spread of diseases like COVID-19 As part of the new service, RAS Watch and its certified partner channel can work with organisations on best practices and to coordinate communications between employees when exposure or presumed exposure is identified to isolate, notify and reduce the risk of an outbreak. RAS Watch uses software technologies to streamline this process, as well as maintain compliance with relevant government-issued regulations. RAS Watch security operators are certified as contact tracers through the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, which empowers them to communicate with people infected with COVID-19, identify those who may have been exposed and provide these individuals with guidance to limit the spread of the disease. Technology and industry databases RAS Watch uses traditional investigative techniques, combined with technology and industry databases, to source information for unknown individuals to continue the contact tracing process. “Private businesses and public entities have to find a way to protect their people from the threat that the COVID-19 outbreak brings to global operations, and contact tracing is an essential component of that effort as more and more people return to work,” said Ryan Schonfeld, Founder and CEO, RAS Watch. “RAS Watch is well positioned to offer this service as part of its comprehensive tools and analytics methods that aim to transition companies from being more reactive to proactive in the pursuit of protecting people from the kinds of threats that we’re seeing today and will continue to see in the future.”
Arcules, innovators in integrated video and access control cloud services, has announced a strategic partnership with RAS Watch to deliver a fully managed and outsourced global security operations center (GSOC) solution. The jointly developed Rapid Deployment Kit incorporates the Arcules cloud video management system and Axis Communications IP cameras, as well as remote monitoring, alert verification and system health monitoring from RAS Watch. During the outbreak of COVID-19, businesses are looking for solutions that help them monitor and protect their physical assets against security threats as their employees leave their things behind and work from home for the unforeseeable future. With Arcules’ secure cloud-based video surveillance service and RAS Watch’s fully managed and outsourced GSOC, business and security leaders can quickly, efficiently and cost-effectively secure assets. Short-term contracts are available immediately to help organisations navigate through the COVID-19 crisis. Alarms systems via video camera technology “Over the past few weeks, we’ve seen a majority of jurisdictions issue stay-at-home orders. These directives are necessary to limit the spread of the virus, but they are leading to theft or other problems at recently vacant buildings,” said Ryan Schonfeld, CEO and Founder, RAS Watch. “We knew we needed to come up with a solution that is cost-effective and easy to deploy and offers businesses the kind of protection they need to ensure their facilities are safe.” The Arcules and RAS Watch partnership allows for rapid deployment of both video camera technology and remote setup through the intuitive, easy-to-use Arcules cloud video surveillance interface. The Arcules service enables users to remotely manage views across all of a company’s locations, organise user and group permissions, check the status of cameras, set up alarms and notifications, and view security and business analytics. RAS Watch’s managed GSOC empowers remote response and oversight, as well as system health monitoring for security infrastructure, including video surveillance cameras, access control readers, switches and other infrastructure necessary to ensure system functionality. With RAS Watch’s tools and proven analytic methods, security is transformed from a typically reactive environment into a proactive strategy that delivers the information and guidance necessary to mitigate risks before they happen. Security and safety with cost-effective solutions “Arcules is excited to partner with RAS Watch on this Rapid Deployment Kit that enables clients to quickly establish security and remote monitoring for their sites,” said Nigel Waterton, CRO, Arcules. “The time to provide clients with quick and cost-effective options to increase security and safety is now, and both Arcules and RAS Watch are dedicated to providing services that ease complexity, reduce additional infrastructure costs and minimise the requirements for smart, effective security monitoring.”
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