If you're an installer and increasingly anxious about the future direction of security systems and technology, don't panic - IFSEC 2018 has the answers.
In partnership with our friends at Tavcom Training, the leading provider of accredited security systems training courses, we're excited to announce The Future Of Security Seminar Theatre, sponsored by Panasonic UK, within the IFSEC exhibition which will deliver a range of essential CPD accredited presentations on the very latest in security technology design and integration. Physical security systems are now heavily dependent on IT-based platforms and this intersection of technologies has opened up significant potential for security installers and engineers to offer even better solutions for their customers. To reflect this demand, The Future Of Security Theatre will focus on these opportunities offering a full set of free seminars, designed with IFSEC installers in mind.
The sessions will expertly target key areas addressing cybersecurity, IT best practice, practical IP networking, integration and system design plus a wide range of additional core areas, delivered by specialist Tavcom trainers. Delivering insight into the major security challenges, the cyber security sections will look into how robust approaches to cyber security can strengthen an existing physical security system, providing the end user with even greater resilience to cyber threats. From an IT security aspect, the sessions will include understanding firewalls and identifying vulnerabilities which can be inherent in the installation process.
In addition, there will be exclusive sessions on the use of UAVs and drones in security and how this technology is both a benefit and a hazard.
'Show me how'
The Future of Security Theatre will be a major element in the new 'Show Me How' project at IFSEC 2018, which will identify education opportunities and exhibiting companies as key destinations where visitors can go to learn about best practice and capabilities.
Exhibitors will host technical experts on their stands to ensure visitors gain a direct understanding of the products and solutions
Exhibitors will host technical experts on their stands to ensure visitors gain a direct understanding of the products and solutions - making sure they leave fully equipped with the right knowledge. All 'Show Me How' areas and exhibitors will be clearly signposted to help visitors make the best possible use of their time at IFSEC 2018. With cybercrime being an ever present threat, which exploits business weaknesses around storing data in multiple locations, Panasonic Business, as a recognised CCTV manufacturer, is proactively taking action towards these threats, by expanding its cyber offerings, which it intends to showcase at IFSEC 2018.
In particular, it will focus on how integrators and installers can bring additional value to end users by providing cyber safe environments. Paul Tennent, sales director at Tavcom Training, said: "As a leading training provider for the security and fire installer sectors, Tavcom is excited to be part of the new position IFSEC is taking as a major education opportunity. It's been interesting to see the insights and research IFSEC has gained over the past year, particularly in regard to the expectations and direct needs of the installer community.
"It's also acutely apparent that growth areas and technologies in and around cyber security are becoming critical, so we're happy to lend our expertise to the wider IFSEC audience.'' Gerry Dunphy, brand director for IFSEC, said: "We've been through an extensive research programme over the past 12 months, which has provided IFSEC with a clear set of directions, matching the direct needs of our customers. "They've told us they have a need to understand the future, they need guidance on areas such as how cybersecurity impacts on physical systems and they need to hear from specialists they can trust.
"Working with Tavcom Training on The Future Of Security Theatre is the perfect solution given Tavcom's history and expertise in these core areas. Our customers have told us what's keeping them awake at night and it's IFSEC's duty to help them rest more comfortably!''
IFSEC International takes place at London ExCeL between 19-21 June 2018. It's co-located with FIREX International, Safety & Health Expo and Facilities Show - a strategic blend of related business-to-business events, focusing on the protection and management of people, property and assets. Register now.
Free Download: Security sector insights in the age of terror and the cyber-attack
This round-up of articles, which distills several presentations from IFSEC 2017 to their key tips and insights, focuses on counter-terror and cybersecurity - especially regarding physical security
systems - as well as drones, access control trends and CCTV procurement.
CCTV product launch IDIS has launched IDIS Critical Failover, comprising five capabilities that fortify the fault tolerance of CCTV infrastructure. The new solution combines existing, improved and brand-new failover features for multi-layered protection that IDIS says can prevent downtime in a range of scenarios. Full redundancy of every component in your infrastructure is prohibitively expensive and adds unnecessary complication.
James Min, managing director, IDIS Europe If any part of video surveillance infrastructure fails, it s critical to first recognise the failure and then initiate appropriate alternative or redundant technologies to minimise loss of data, said James Min, managing director at IDIS Europe. Full redundancy of every component in your infrastructure is prohibitively expensive and adds unnecessary complication in most cases, and manual recognition and resolution costs precious time and risks gaps in footage. IDIS Critical Failover reduces both issues, through a multi-layered collection of capabilities spread across the devices in your infrastructure. embedded content IDIS Critical Failover consists of five parts: Temporary smart failover deals with network instability by recording to an internal recording session buffer (of at least 60MB) to prevent a break in the data sent to the NVR. Smart failover takes over for longer network issues, such as total failure of the link between camera and NVR, upon which the camera instantly begins recording to an internal SD card at original quality until half of the storage is used, adjusted to achieve a full 24 hours of footage captured on a 32GB card. H.265 cameras add support for SDXC cards, with a theoretical limit of 2TB. After network restoration all data is automatically transferred to the NVR. Taking the form of native RAID 1 or RAID 5 support within the NVR (DR-8364D) storage redundancy stores two identical copies of the data, so if one disk fails, data is retrieved from the second one. RAID 5 stores data and additional parity data in separate locations, providing same redundancy, more efficiently than RAID 1.
NVR Failover provides backup in the event that the NVR itself fails altogether. The primary and standby NVR continuously monitor one another and rapidly switch to the back-up during a failure, reducing risk of data loss and worsening failover response times. Native dual power supplies (DR-8364D) provide a redundant power supply in case primary supply fails, reducing risk of data loss and downtime. 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. Specifically looking at topics such as open platforms, 4K, low-light cameras, video analytics, warranties and this year due to the growing threat posed, the cybersecurity landscape.
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The Petya-Wannacry ransomware crippled parts of the NHS and a number of major companies across the world. Nearer home, Saint Gobain and its subsidiary Glass Solutions, a major supplier to the insurance industry, suffered information downtime, supply chain disruption and a ‘ 220m dent in first-half year sales as a result of a cyber-attack. It is reasonable to suppose that insurers undertook robust enquiries into the IT security of all their approved suppliers.
In a recently published article, just 2% of UK businesses think that a large-scale attack will affect their operations for more than 10 days. In reality, a separate report reveals that actual recovery time could take months or years. One of the main problems highlighted is that companies are using older versions of systems that are either not supported or not regularly updated with patches to secure against vulnerabilities that have been identified. Lack of resource It is these vulnerabilities, which it could be argued have been caused by a lack of resource and investment in IT, that the criminal s malware exploits. In view of the complexities of the insurance industry s requirements, new IT platforms are a significant multimillion pound investment involving many years of planning to implement. Hence, insurers are justifiably starting to lose sleep over an issue that will simply not go away. Migrating to a private cloud-based platform that is centrally managed vastly reduces the risk of falling victim to attacks such as Petya Many insurers have a long way to catch up with their supplier. At Auger, for example, we recognised this some time ago, and as one of the insurance industry s leading drainage and water claims specialists, we have ensured we are protected in terms of IT security. Migrating to a private cloud-based platform that is centrally managed vastly reduces the risk of falling victim to attacks such as Petya.
Using desktop terminals which simply connect to a network and don t even have an operating system eliminates the need to maintain security on a PC, allowing the focus to be primarily on the network. Centrally managed networks enable IT service providers to deploy updates in a simple and efficient manner and remove the risk of individual devices being overlooked. Having robust systems with regular backups, honeytraps and penetration tests is only one part of the solution. It is essential to look at non-technical points of failure as well. What processes are in place to install updates, do you have clearly defined roles and responsibilities for testing and launching enhancements? Does every member of staff understand their responsibility for protecting the network? We all need to be vigilant, and we need to commit to investing not just in technology but in training for everyone. Unknown senders We ve undertaken training with all of our staff to understand basic information security principles, the risk of opening emails with links and attachments from unknown senders and, more recently, phishing attacks (malicious and often targeted attacks to obtain sensitive information via electronic communication). The idea that IT is solely responsible for cyber-security is a myth.
Every one of us has a role to play. The other concern for insurers is the approved supplier s delivery model. Although many insurers and adjusters look at the governance surrounding sub-contractors, few have fully considered the implications of the IT platforms and security of smaller local or regional suppliers employed by the main contractor.
Unfortunately, it is most unlikely that this is the last we ll hear about cyber-security in the insurance industry. Free Download: the CyberSecurity Crashcourse Are you even aware if you have been the victim of a cybersecurity breach? This report will help you to find out and protect yourself, Eric Hansleman from 451 Research presents a rapid-fire overview of cybersecurity , because a firewall just won t do, you need multi-layered defences to truly protect your data.
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