A new opportunity: Your chance to see a converged security operations centre for the organisations of the future

Authors: James Willison MA, MSyI, Founder, Unified Security Ltd and Sarb Sembhi CISM, CTO CISO & DPO, Virtually Informed Ltd.

At IFSEC 2018 there is an ideal, first-of-its-kind opportunity to visit a Converged Security Operations Centre and see how cyber and physical attacks on people, buildings and physical security systems can be identified and managed effectively.

Many security professionals highlight the problems of security vulnerabilities and weaknesses in all systems but few offer a cross functional response supported by converged technologies. This is what we want to see change. Vidsys, a leader in Converged Security and Information Management (CSIM), in partnership with Micro Focus IDOL, a proven AI (artificial intelligence) platform for integrated video, image, text and audio analytics, have created the Intelligent Global Security Operations Centre (GSOC) to showcase the latest in big data analytics powered physical security technologies.

The sheer volume of data poses a threat to the organisation as it is difficult to establish what is a priority and requires a fast response

Big data analytics uses advanced analytic techniques with very large and diverse data sets from many sources.

It is the sheer volume of data which poses a threat to the organisation as it is difficult to establish what is a priority and requires a fast response. The intelligence from the analytics and machine learning, provided by Micro Focus IDOL, combined with the integration and correlation of data provided by a single platform enabled by Vidsys means that the end user can manage their converged threats efficiently. A computer system can be trained to automatically identify trends, patterns and relationships, and can continually learn from input data to improve effectiveness.

Cross-functional teams

As both cyber and physical threats can be analysed, and anomalies identified this means that when there are attacks at the same time in both areas, a cross functional team can decide how best to manage and address these with comprehensive intelligence.

Converged technological solutions will need to be incorporated in the Global Security Centres of the future to cover current and emerging cyber and physical attacks in a unified and integrated platform. This is because physical and IoT systems are increasingly IP based and vulnerable to cyber attack. A collaborative or converged approach to security risk management is in line with the World Economic Forum's thinking,

"Companies and organisations that .. do not walk the talk by building diverse teams will have a difficult time adjusting to the disruptions of the digital age" (Schwab, p 107).

"In the face of unrelenting pressure to preempt and respond faster and more effectively to growing threats, the ability to integrate, correlate and extract actionable intelligence out of the data from diverse sources could deliver a game-changing advantage." Vidsys

Vidsys writes: "In the face of unrelenting pressure to preempt and respond faster and more effectively to growing threats, the ability to integrate, correlate and extract actionable intelligence out of the data from diverse sources such as CCTV, sensors, access control, social media, and other systems, could deliver that game-changing advantage". David Humphrey, Chief Technology Officer, Video Analytics, Micro Focus writes: "A wide variety of threats contribute to an increasingly challenging security environment and by accelerating physical security innovations with our Vidsys collaboration, we look forward to empowering organisations with the analytical insights needed to help address present and future challenges." The Intelligent GSOC is Designed for Today's Security Operators.

Micro Focus and Vidsys have jointly developed a solution - the Intelligent GSOC - that can accelerate effective decisions and actions by enabling the following:

  • Real-time processing of data that are diverse in format (e.g. video, image, audio, text, logs, transactions), and in origin (e.g. CCTV, corporate databases, email, sensor, social media, broadcast media)
  • Automated analysis to identify issues or potential threats
  • Dynamically streamlined workflow for alerts and responses
  • Open standards connectivity to third-party systems for easy integration.

It is the combination of these complementary solutions provided by Vidsys and Micro Focus which gives a more powerful response to the rapidly growing volumes of data that now challenge the security operator. Machine to machine learning and Big Data Analytics together on the same platform mean that all the information on security threats and risks can be correlated and then action plans created based on organisational policies.

These are all subsumed within the centre and then analysed, interpreted and managed by the integrated solution. Join us and leading security professionals including Prof. Paul Dorey (Chair of IoTSF), Prof.

Martin Gill (Perpetuity Research), Mike Hurst (Vice Chair ASIS UK), Barrie Millett (Head of Group Security, Wesleyan), Danny Dresner (Co Founder IASME) and Alan Jenkins (Information Security Lead ASIS UK) to see the Converged Security Centre in action and discuss how it can help your organisation identify and respond to cyber physical threats in real time.

Register for IFSEC 2018 here and see the Converged Security Centre in action.

There is no agenda more critical today than security

Whatever your role within the industry, you have a part to play and IFSEC International 2018 is your arena. Take part in the big discussions, hear from strategic global security leaders, get hands on with the security technology of tomorrow, and be inspired.

If there is a vision of what makes a safer global landscape, it begins with you.

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