ONVIF hosted its annual membership meeting in late October, providing an update to members on the accomplishments of ONVIF in 2017 and its outlook for the year ahead. Attendees heard presentations on the final release of Profile A in 2017 and the ongoing development of Profile T for advanced video streaming, activities which are enabling the growing prevalence of the nearly 9,000 ONVIF conformant products in bid and specification processes in projects around the world.
NodeSource, the Node.js® company, and Sqreen, a SaaS security monitoring and protection solution, announced the results of a joint developer survey. The survey of nearly 300 CTOs, CIOs and developers revealed that, while the developer community fully understands the risks of operating in the open internet and the complexities of building reliable, secure code, developers are not taking advantage of tools that can identify and mitigate threats.
One of the major challenges that comes with cloud computing, especially for security professionals, is protecting sensitive data that’s stored in the cloud. Consideration also has to be given to various regulatory compliance requirements that have to be met. The most common way to secure this data is via encryption, but the question arises as to who should be responsible for maintaining the encryption keys. With SaaS solutions, it can be difficult to separate encryption key management from the provider, so it’s up to each customer to explore available options. One of the main challenges is to implement encryption that doesn’t hamper user experience or performance. This, coupled with encryption key management, makes the situation very complex.
Amazon recently announced Amazon Key, a new service allowing for delivery when homeowners aren’t home by giving drivers a special digital key. With the help of a compatible smart lock and security camera, delivery drivers will be able to unlock the front door and deliver the package inside, all while the customers watches from their smartphone.
Amazon Key will be available on November 8 in 37 cities and surrounding areas across the U.S., with more locations rolling out over time. Delivery is available on tens of millions of items sold on Amazon.com and the delivery is available at no extra cost for Prime members. Amazon Key works with Same-Day, One-Day, Two-Day and Standard Shipping. Once set-up is complete, receiving in-home delivery is as simple as a click: customers select “in-home” while shopping and Amazon handles the rest. No passcodes, no fuss.
ISONAS announced that the company will sponsor the Cloud+ 2017 Conference taking place on November 28th and 29th at the iconic Lost Pines Resort in Austin, TX. Cloud+ is the only cloud-centric event in the physical security industry and brought to the industry by Security Systems News, the producers of the TechSec Solutions Conference. The Cloud+ conference is a two-day event that will include powerful educational sessions relevant to today’s rapidly changing industry.
Johnson Controls announces the immediate availability of the DSC iotega, its next generation wireless security and automation solution designed to provide safer and smarter living for homes and small businesses. With built-in, industry-leading PowerG wireless technology, iotega provides a fully encrypted security system that elevates homes and businesses to a new level of security while including remote interactive smart services and allowing new revenue streams for security dealers. It provides superior reliability with end-to-end 128-bit AES encrypted 2-way sensors and includes multiple advanced security features such as a built-in siren, 2-way voice, 99 user codes and Transport Layer Security.
International research firm Parks Associates announced that Tom Kerber, Director of IoT Strategy, examines key trends in the residential home security market and how smart safety and security products impact the competitive landscape. The firm recently released the consumer research Smart Home Devices: User Experience, which shows security is the strongest driver for smart home adoption.
Arecont Vision® announced that Visual Management Systems Ltd., the developer of the TITAN VISION PSIM (Physical Security Information Management System), has joined the Arecont Vision Technology Partner Program. Visual Management Systems Ltd. is the provider of Titan Vision, the open platform, vendor independent, comprehensive security information management system.
More companies are moving towards cloud technologies for lower costs, faster time to market, and increased employee productivity. However, the vulnerability of common cloud servers creates many new security challenges, the full impact of which we are just starting to determine. Spohn Security Solutions offers advice on catching vulnerabilities and proofing your company against cloud attacks.