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Best of both worlds: Why an IoT that is both open and secure should be a right, not a privilege

A recent report by SAS and the Centre for Economics and Business Research estimated that by 2020, big data and the internet of things (IoT) will be worth 322bn to the UK economy, and account for 2.7% of GDP. Gartner forecasts that IoT endpoints will reach a global installed base of 20.4 billion units by 2020. IoT networks are already critical to global public and private sector infrastructure, delivering ever expanding capacities and potential benefits.

However, among the many pressures that are rising from the growth of IoT, two are becoming critical: throttled growth of new applications caused by non-interoperative, proprietary technology; and a widening field of security vulnerabilities, only growing more pressing as IoT permeates modern life. As IoT networks connect more and more services throughout our cities, business and homes they are rapidly becoming one of the most critical technologies underpinning our daily lives. Yet we see a great discrepancy in the requirements and demands of cities, utilities and enterprises on the network operators. Does this mean they are not taking their role as seriously as they should, or instead that the essential requirements are not yet well understood? It might seem like wishful thinking to expect that IoT networks should be both open to future development and secure against attack. It isn t. In fact, demanding the best in both these areas is utterly essential. IoT is moving beyond its roots, where devices were predominantly single-ownership/ single-use solutions. They are now able to connect to several different domains and work best when they have open and equal access to data, controllers and platforms simultaneously.

At the same time, security standards are being agreed to ensure that all devices are insulated against and able to respond to breaches. At Silver Spring Networks, we felt it was time that the buyers of IoT Networks understood how important and achievable balancing security and openness has become. Delivering security at a city-wide scale Persistent detection and safeguards from unauthorised access are two of the most important rights that all IoT network providers should confidently demand. Many IoT network platforms have only the most introductory and basic security measures which, given the interconnected nature of most networks, permits serious vulnerabilities to develop. The 2016 DDOS attack on Dyn, one of the companies running the internet s domain name system, provides an example of the repercussions of insufficiently secured IoT devices: disrupting of the connection of thousands of internet users from big online retailers and other popular sites. Shortly after this attack, a tech industry veteran demonstrated the vulnerability of unsecured IoT devices even further. By connecting a $55 IoT security camera to the internet, it was discovered that a full penetration cyber-attack could be carried out in just 98 seconds. IoT networks are large and are often very complex, with multiple points of entry and multiple touchpoints. Furthermore, when compared to computers, tablets and phones they typically have simplified user interfaces to reduce cost and simplify installation.

However, the assumption that large IoT networks cannot be made secure is wrong. Best in class IoT networks harness top-tier, military grade security, including features such as automated, asymmetric key exchange and rotation; hardened crypto processors used in key generation and storage; AES encryption to protect data in transit; and authentication via certificates at multiple layers, including prior to network enrolment. The ability to deploy formware upgrades swiftly and reliably to all nodes in a network is also an essential feature to ensure that networks remain secure across coming decades. Organisations working with IoT networks should be able to confirm that this level of security is present across their entire network, and address any segments where those standards are not or cannot be met. Ensuring an open, adaptable and future-fit network Cyber-attacks will always present a significant and costly liability to IoT networks, but they are not the only threat to consider. We live in a world where technology is evolving at a break-neck pace and new applications are emerging constantly. Networks which are locked into a single vendor s products or proprietary platform, which can t easily adapt to innovation, will also be the cause to painful costs down the line. The best insurance against this future is to deploy a solution based on proper industry standards. Proprietary technologies posing as standards (LoRaWAN, for example) effectively lock in to an ecosystem built around a single chipset.

This threatens interoperability down the line, which leads to massive and costly technical iteration and system integration efforts, all while capping the network s ultimate functionality. The best way to ensure a diverse ecosystem is to implement open, standards-based technologies that are demonstrated to be interoperable at every level of the system. The Wireless Smart Ubiquitous Network (Wi-SUN) standard is set up on this principle. Wi-SUN was designed to underpin the operation and deployment on next-generation star, mesh and hybrid networks. These networks are designed to capitalise on many connected paths, to deliver fast, reliable and city-scale coverage. Each node relays data for the network to provide strong and stable connectivity. Wi-SUN is maintained by a third-party organisation that constantly tests to certify that the IoT equipment is both conformant to the standard and interoperable with other certified networks, fostering a diverse ecosystem. Open standards allow a far greater number of providers to develop solutions, which are tested for interoperability, ensuring those solutions can work together. The best new IoT software, whether it be for management of Smart Grid applications (smart metering, real time grid balancing, renewable management etc.), management of city services (Smart street lighting, traffic flow optimisation, flood monitoring and management, Smart parking optimisation etc.), smart logistics, smart agriculture or many others the best and most effective functionality will only be unlocked through comprehensive, integrated end-to-end solutions.

Networks built around an industry standard that emphasises openness and development is essential to delivering this. Your right to best-in-class IoT At Silver Spring Networks, we think that its past time that IoT network providers were held to standards which reflect the incredible impact of IoT technology on society, now and into the future. We have set out the lessons we have delivering 26 million IoT devices across five continents into a bill of 10 rights IoT customers must be empowered to demand be enshrined in any IoT network services agreement. Security and openness are just two of these. IoT s potential to provide an incredible uplift to society across the world has only just begun to unfold. The buyers of IoT networks have the means to steer this future, by arming themselves with the information and courage to demand nothing less than the absolute best from their providers. Free download: The video surveillance report 2017 Sponsored by IDIS The Video Surveillance Report 2017 covers all things video surveillance based on a poll of hundreds of security professionals.

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Qognify announces deeper integration with Bosch s suite of network cameras

Integration PSIM pioneer Qognify has expanded the integration of its Situator and VisionHub platforms with Bosch s network security cameras. Operators can control and manage Bosch cameras centrally through Situator, including PTZ and PTZ-like control for moving and fixed cameras, automatic triggering of processes when predefined incidents occur based on pre-defined alarm rules. These rules are based on video analytics built into the camera, playback via local camera storage and camera tampering detection.

The integration of Bosch s FLEXIDOME IP panoramic 7000 camera with Qognify VisionHub gives customers access to dewarping technology that eliminates fish eye lens distortion, provides 360 of view without blind spots, and an undistorted overview image. Customers can digitally pan, tilt and zoom to focus on details without sacrificing the bigger picture, says Qognify. A single device can accommodate wide coverage and achieve a normal view from an otherwise distorted or reversed image. Bosch intelligent dynamic noise reduction, meanwhile, optimises storage capacity and eases network load. Distinguishing between noise and relevant information, it only uses bandwidth when required and slashes the camera s bitrate by up to 50% and therefore the total cost of ownership. VisionHub also helps security departments avoid network overload during working hours thanks to the automated, scheduled transfer from camera on-board storage to the centre. It also restores missing video from the camera s on-board storage. Qognify s VisionHub integrates with the video analytics platform built-in to Bosch cameras. The integration also supports the central operation, on the recorder, of Qognify s video analytics suite.

Qognify says the combination of edge-based analytics (courtesy of Bosch) and server-based analytics (from Qognify) gives designers of CCTV solutions maximum flexibility. When mission-critical solutions are involved, it is essential that stringent quality checks are taken. Qognify s solutions were tested to excel in multiple integrations, said Rudolf Spielberger, head of the integration partner program at Bosch Security Systems. Our strategic cooperation with Qognify is substantially enhancing the levels of security and delivering clear and quantifiable business advantages to our customers. Eran Noam, VP of global strategic partnerships of Qognify, said: We are committed to advancing integration with leading technology partners and are proud of our integration with Bosch to yield a complete, tested and field-proven solution. It s important that organizations have confidence in integrations so they can leverage the broad range of excellent, integrated products in today s security marketplace. Free download: The video surveillance report 2017 Sponsored by IDIS The Video Surveillance Report 2017 covers all things video surveillance based on a poll of hundreds of security professionals.

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Video Analytics: Oversold and underutilised but could key to preventing terror attack

Panel of video surveillance manufacturers agree that video analytics has yet to reach its full potential. Atul Rajput, Axis Communications, Stephen Jones, Seagate, Jonathan Rickard, Panasonic, and Andy Coles, Hikvision took part in a lively debate at IFSEC International 2017 about the trends shaping video surveillance over the next few years. Video analytics raises Far too many false alarms, not really performing said Jonathan Rickard but that is going to change as machine learning and processing power in cameras is increasing.

Video analytics can already identify unusual behaviour, if someone in a crowd who is drunk, or walking in an usual way. Analytics can take away the current expectation that a single security guard can monitor 150 cameras, said Rickard. A guard can see one or two cameras maximum. Even if you them screen with 50 cameras, they won t be able to do it. Machine learning is needed to monitor all cameras and then present anything usual to the security guard. ‘The future of video surveillance’ just starting at Security Management Theatre in @IFSEC pic.twitter.com/mrBYDJzyKg IFSEC Global Editor (@ifsecglobal) June 20, 2017 The potential of real-time analytics Andy Coles pointed out that Artificial intelligence is already built into many surveillance products already. Until now analytics have been used to review an incident after it happens. Imagine intelligent analytics that can interrogate behaviour before it happens. That s where security is going. Deep learning will make big impact in the years ahead.

Forensic searches for video analytics are good, but we need to now react in real time. Takes a lot of processing power and technology said Stephen Jones. Preventing terror attacks In many incidents such as the recent Manchester Arena bombing, terrorists conduct a reconnaissance before the bombing. How could video analytics have presented these attacks, asked an audience member. If know suspect was on terror list and you could get your VMS platform suppliers for government and businesses joined up, yes you could spot that. said Andy Coles. The technology is there, but as everyone is using disparate systems you cant do anything like that. In connecting systems Simplicity is key Atul Rajput added. The more complicated systems are the more mistakes can be made on installation.

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CLD Fencing Systems to launch military-grade perimeter detection system at IFSEC 2017

IFSEC product launch CLD Fencing Systems, the UK s largest manufacturer and supplier of rigid mesh fencing systems and security gates, is unveiling a military-grade perimeter detection system at IFSEC 2017. The SV5000 comprises a fully autonomous Pan, Tilt and Zoom (PTZ) Camera with wireless detection. Solar powered, it can be rapidly deployed to the world s most remote locations around the world.

It can send instant threat detection alerts to alarm receiving centres (ARC) and send video on demand to any Android or iOS device via a dedicated app. This unique feature means that the system can sleep and save battery power until a detection occurs. Communications are sent across a fully encrypted GSM WAN network, courtesy of a bespoke, point-to-point encrypted network and military-based compression. Other systems on the market tend to rely on data-heavy TCP IP backbones. The system requires no hard-wired power or communication network and its detection system can be integrated with existing networks. It is mountable on either a permanent post, building, fence line or via CLD s FenceSafe temporary fencing solution and is IP66 weather rated. Established for more than four decades, CDL Fencing is a market leader in perimeter security and the highest security-rated access control gates. Headquartered in Sandbach, UK the company also has offices in London, Dubai and Australia as well as distributors in Estonia, France, New Zealand, Nigeria, South Africa, Sweden and the rest of Europe. CLD Fencing is putting its products to the test in the BRE Global/LPCB Attack Testing Zone , which will take place within Borders & Infrastructure Expo during IFSEC 2017.

To give you a foretaste, watch this security door being pummeled by a flurry of hammer blows. CLD Fencing Systems is showcasing the SV5000 on stand C1570 at IFSEC International between 20-22 June 2017 at London ExCeL. Get your free badge now. Join other high-end security professionals at the launch of Borders & Infrastructure Expo In conjunction with Europe s most renowned security event , IFSEC International, B&I is addressing your critical needs for large scale security projects affecting national security, integrated systems, border protection and much more. You will have access to test the latest security innovations in; Physical & perimeter, Barriers & bollards, Command & control, Emergency response, Cyber solutions, Drones & UAVs, Transport security and much more.

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British Security Industry Association (BSIA) Trade Association

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The BSIA runs a series of annual awards, which celebrate the valuable contributions made by individual security officers, teams, and industry leaders.

The BSIA’s awards are presented annually and incorporate the Security Personnel Awards, Chairman’s Awards, Apprentice Installer Awards and CVIT Special Awards for Outstanding Service.

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Axis Communications opens new Experience Centre as it celebrates 20 years at the top

Video surveillance During a launch event Axis partners met with the senior management team and were invited to explore how the new centre in Luton, just outside London, operates. The event also coincided with the company s 20th anniversary. Martin Gren, co-founder of Axis Communications, opened the centre, along with Bodil Sonesson, the company s vice president of global sales.

Atul Rajput, regional director, Northern Europe led the toast. Rajput, who was one of the company s first employees, thanked partners for their collaboration over the last two decades. The Experience Centre takes end-users on a two-hour tour where they can experience Axis systems in different environments that simulate real issues. The tour is designed for small groups of people to allow in-depth discussion of challenges end-users might be facing. In the tour the Axis Camera Application Platform (ACAP) allows partners to solve specific customer problems by downloading third-party applications to Axis IP cameras and encoders. Typical problems include queue management, people counting and intrusion detection. The systems are all interactive. On passing through a gateway, an audio alert notifies participants that they are trespassing for example. In the most immersive part of the experience a dark room simulates challenging lighting conditions so that on leaving the room, participants are shown how Axis WDR cameras capture detailed images despite these conditions.

Other highlights include the networking centre, demonstrating Axis hardware and third-party switches, as well as the video management software control room, which uses a new user interface and can be integrated with access control and intercoms. Throughout the tour the emphasis is on applications, not simply products. End users and installers are encouraged to discuss security-related challenges they face, and explore how Axis technology could help resolve these.

C-TEC to showcase new CAST protocol fire alarm system and EN54-23-certified VADs

FIREX 2017 CAST, C-TEC s flagship fire alarm and detection system, will be the biggest draw on the Wigan-based life-safety innovator s stand at FIREX 2017. CAST panels, which use C-TEC s own protocol, are designed to integrate seamlessly with an extensive range of C-TEC-manufactured fire detectors, sounders, call points and interfaces. C-TEC will also showcase its high-performance range of EN54-23-certified visual alarm devices (VADs) and an advanced range of hybrid digital power supplies.

FIREX is a superb platform for new innovations and we are looking forward to exhibiting some very exciting products particularly our CAST addressable system, now in operation at multiple BETA sites and very close to full release, said Andy Green, C-TEC s marketing manager. C-TEC is currently hosting a series of free educational CPD events across the UK. C-TEC s sister company SigNET, meanwhile, was recently named exclusive UK distributor for RCF s new emergency evacuation voice alarms. C-TEC is exhibiting at FIREX International, 20-22 June 2017, London ExCeL. Visit stand G140 to see C-TEC s latest fire alarms and life safety electronic systems. Get your free badge now. Visit FIREX International for cutting-edge solutions, essential knowledge and the ability to grow your business by getting direct access to the whole fire safety industry. It is the perfect place to get your product in front of thousands of buyers, across a multitude of featured areas. From the brand new Drone Zone, the ARC Village, ASFP Passive Protection Zone, the Engineers of Tomorrow competition and more, it s all under one roof so you ll never miss a beat.

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2.5 million annual hacks are just the tip of the iceberg

Cybersecurity The number of UK businesses attacked by cybercriminals last year is actually much higher than the 2.5 million disclosed in the Cyber Security Breaches Survey 2016, according to a leading cybersecurity expert. The survey, a collaboration between IPSOS Mori, University of Portsmouth and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, found that hackers have attacked more than 2.5 million businesses in the last year. However, Martijn Verbree, partner in KPMG s cyber security practice, says: In reality this is likely to be just the tip of the iceberg.

The real number of organisations being attacked is likely much higher as most businesses do not bother to report such incidents or at worst, they do not know that they have even been breached. According to Verbree, attacks are getting more and more personal and sophisticated, with attackers using information they can find on social media to make emails personal, for example, by referring to names of bosses or other colleagues, or even writing emails that affect the recipient emotionally ( you owe us xxxx ) to induce them to click on links without thinking. It s unfortunate, but as a result we expect that the number of such successful attacks will increase in the coming year, especially amongst smaller and medium sized companies that do not have a lot of skills and expertise in cyber security. To be cyber ready businesses and their staff, should stop, think and stay safe before clicking on attachments in emails. If they are in any doubt that the email is a legitimate communication from someone then don t open the attachment, advises Verbree. Backing up data is important in case a firm is impacted by ransomware, as well as having in place an incident response process and even possibly cyber insurance. He also advises firms to sign up to government-backed cyber security certification schemes. Ensure a solid security strategy at Borders & Infrastructure Expo Join other high-end security professionals at the launch of Borders & Infrastructure Expo, in conjunction with Europe s most renowned security event, IFSEC International, addressing your critical needs for large-scale security projects. By attending, you ll access leading security providers showcasing the latest advancements in both physical and cyber solutions.

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Avigilon video surveillance solutions: A brand profile

The first and only CCTV hardware developer to take resolution into the 7K realm, Avigilon is a highly respected video surveillance company headquartered in Canada. History Avigilon is a Canadian company that specialises in the development, design and sale of video surveillance and management, access control and video analytics solutions. Founded in 2004 it posted its first EBITDA profit in the financial year ending 31st December 2009 (FY9) and floated on the Toronto stock exchange in 2011.

Avigilon has since invested heavily in its domestic and international expansion. It acquired access control company RedCloud Security for US$17m in 2013, followed by video analytics specialist VideoIQ for US$32m in 2014, and the patent portfolio of video analytics firm ObjectVideo for US$80m in 2014. Market position An aggressive business strategy has delivered considerable financial return and Avigilon remains one the largest players in a global security and surveillance market within which no one supplier is estimated to hold more than 6% share. Avigilon s turnover has grown at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 71% over the last 9 years to reach US$354m in FY16, yielding adjusted EBITDA of US54m. Target verticals include retail, banking, education, casinos, critical national infrastructure (CNI) and transportation, with high profile customers including Miami Dolphins Hard Rock Stadium, the Universities of Tennessee and Sydney, King Abdulaziz International Airport in Saudi Arabia, the City of Pittsboro and the Old Bailey in London. embedded content Latest technologies Avigilon s flagship Control Center network video management software is now in version 6.6 having been regularly updated to support emerging security and surveillance hardware. The company also delivers a range of HD cameras, recorders and edge solutions with a particular emphasis on providing big megapixel IP cameras with embedded video analytics solutions. Its latest hardware includes cameras with multiple sensors and individually configurable camera heads that provide several viewpoints from a single platform to minimise blind spots. Avigilon also introduced 6K 24MP and 7K 30 megapixel HD cameras as well as 4k (8mp) and 5K (16pm) cameras in 2015.

The company has invested a lot of time in the development of innovative self-learning video analytics. It recently launched a deep learning AI search engine (Appearance Search) able to search hours of video footage to find specific persons of interest across multiple cameras, tracking their route and last know locations. Elsewhere a partnership with security firm G4S involves an 8 week trial of video analytics to prevent smuggling in UK prisons, tracking the movement of people at the prison s perimeter who often throw drugs and other contraband over prison walls. embedded content Avigilon and installers/integrators Avigilon s sales and distribution model is based on a business to business (B2B) rather than business to consumer (B2C) model that relies heavily on a large network of installers, resellers and systems integrators in Canada, US, UK, EMEA, Asia Pacific, and Latin America. UK installers include Contact Security, API, iFacility, Amax, Sonic Security Services, Eclipse (IP), Vuetek, AlertSystems, Advance Security and iC2. Rather than selling direct, Avigilon s own sales staff work with those partners to develop security and surveillance solutions which are tailored to individual customer requirements in its key industry verticals. The company runs an extensive global partnership programme that offers various incentives to its partners, including silver, gold and platinum certification; co-branded sales and marketing material; and access to market development funds and financial rebates. Visit Europe s leading security event in June 2017 Register to attend IFSEC International where you will be able to network with over 30,000 of your industry peers, meeting new suppliers and gaining access to the latest and best security products to hit the market, helping you gain a competitive advantage over your competitors. You will also be able to get hands on to test and trial the latest technology at the Installer World Zone, which is sponsored by Risco Group , so that you can select not only the best priced products but you will be confident that it works for you.

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