The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) launched the third installment of the Virtual Whole-of-Government R&D Showcase. This unique four-part series highlights how S&T and its partners across government are mobilizing research and development (R&D) teams to reduce risks from natural and human-induced disasters; accelerating breakthrough discoveries; and helping the nation prepare against future threats and unknowns.
Ninety percent of companies faced an increase in cyber attacks due to the pandemic, according to a survey of 1,000 CXO’s conducted in June 2020. 93% of these CXO’s said they were forced to delay security projects in order to help manage their company’s transition to remote work. TalentLMS partnered with Kenna Security, an industry-leading penetration testing and vulnerability management firm, to survey 1,200 employees on their cybersecurity habits, knowledge of best practices, and ability to recognize security threats.
Hanwha Techwin has appointed Mr. C.H. (Choong Hoon) Ha as the new president of Hanwha Techwin America. The company veteran succeeds Mr. KiChul Kim, who has been promoted to head of global sales and strategic marketing at Hanwha Techwin headquarters in Korea. In his new role, Mr. Ha will focus on several key business initiatives designed to strengthen Hanwha Techwin’s leadership in security and surveillance. These include expanding the company’s solutions offerings including next-level cybersecurity.
Infosec released findings from its 2021 Cybersecurity Role & Career Path Clarity Study. The study surveyed over 370 cybersecurity leaders in the U.S. and Canada about resources used to structure cybersecurity job descriptions and development plans. It then compared responses to training investments, organizations’ abilities to fill open cybersecurity roles and sentiments toward resources like the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education Workforce Framework for Cybersecurity to provide insights on what drives cybersecurity talent management success.
Infosec announced $120,000 in new cybersecurity education scholarship opportunities to help veterans, students and underrepresented groups in security launch and advance their careers. Since its inception, the Infosec Accelerate Scholarship Program has awarded over $400,000 in educational opportunities for aspiring cybersecurity professionals. The Infosec Accelerate Scholarship Program was established in 2018 to encourage new talent to close the growing cybersecurity skills gap.
Genetec shared its top five predictions for the physical security industry in 2021. Innovative security solutions will help businesses thrive post-pandemic. While the world remains optimistic for 2021, organizations will need to remain creative about how they use, update, and redeploy their security systems across their facilities. This will allow them to start thinking more broadly about the role of physical security and what it can do beyond traditional applications to deliver more value.
Genetec shared the results of a state of the industry report based on insights from over 1,000 physical security leaders. The report looks at how the physical security industry is reacting to the threat of COVID-19, how security professionals are coping, and how day-to-day operations and plans are affected for the coming year. Not surprisingly, the survey reveals that COVID-19 has led to a focus on security efforts to ensure the safety of people and facilities.
According to latest research from its video surveillance and analytics intelligence service Omdia, Genetec continues to build its position as the world’s number one developer of video surveillance software with a widening share of the market. Overall, Genetec grew at three times the pace of the market and demonstrated the fastest growth of all leading software companies across all geographies based on Omdia reported 2018 and 2019 data.
Responsible for maintaining an energy network that supplies over 3.9 million homes and businesses, the customer required a centralized system to guard against both physical and cyber threats at five key sites – each recognized as a national asset with corresponding levels of access clearance. The Synectics solution, driven by its Synergy 3 command and control platform, integrates third-party sensors, analytics, cameras, systems, personnel databases, and edge devices.
Verint announced one of the world’s largest banking organizations selected Verint as its new standard solution for enterprise fraud and security investigations. The selection resulted after a thorough analysis of technologies that best fit the bank’s fraud investigation, cybersecurity and deployment management requirements. The solution combines the powerful network video recorder with robust software for review and enterprise management.
Hanwha Techwin announced its top five key trend predictions for the security industry in 2020. They include: AI End-to-End Security Solutions, Cybersecurity, Cloud-based Data Insights, Privacy Protection and Vertical Specialized Solutions. In 2020, Hanwha Techwin will introduce cloud-based solutions beginning with the Device Health Monitoring Cloud which will monitor and manage video surveillance devices in real-time. The company will also introduce Retail Insight Cloud designed to facilitate store management.
Nearly every industry has undergone some form of digital transformation, and security is no exception. More tech solutions hit the market every day and businesses are starting to see the importance of effectively combining their physical security and cybersecurity practices. The influx of IoT-enabled devices, coupled with an increase in cybercrime, has led businesses to take a hard look at preventative measures to protect their people, property and assets from threats.
PSA announced its plans to launch a Managed Security Service Provider (MSSP) program. The program is designed to help systems integrators diversify their service offerings and realize the full potential and benefits of a managed services business model. It will hinge on uniting industry-leading partners in cybersecurity and cloud-based security solutions, training and certification opportunities and financing options from PSA.
OnSSI is offering a free highly-informative guidebook entitled, “Hardening Guide for Networked Video Surveillance Systems“, to help enterprises protect their systems from potential cybersecurity threats. The free downloadable guide provides specific recommendations on hardening video surveillance systems by applying proven cybersecurity initiatives. The OnSSI Hardening Guide for Networked Video Surveillance Systems includes guidance on password strength, how to avoid poor password practices, collaboration with IT and HR departments and how to apply software and firmware security updates.
Cybersecurity can seem complicated and expensive, especially for Small Business. It leaves most owners and managers wondering where they stand against the growing attacks they read about daily and not knowing how they can protect themselves. Defendify changes all that. The new, web-based platform—a SaaS model—is designed and built exclusively for companies with 500 or fewer employees. It’s an all-in-one solution that’s easy to implement and affordable yet comprehensive, powerful, and scalable.
HYAS announced it has raised $6.2 million in a Series A funding round led by M12, Microsoft’s Venture Fund, with participation from Startup Capital Ventures, 205 Capital, Wesley Clover and luminary cybersecurity professionals Tim Eades and Tom Noonan. The company will use the investment to continue to build out its current products and services and introduce groundbreaking new technology with unparalleled real-time visibility and attribution into attacks and breaches across global networks.
Viakoo the only provider of proactive solutions to automate surveillance and access control system verification for the security industry, continues to drive standards for security industry by joining the Consumer Technology Association as a startup member, and the Electronic Security Association as an associate member as of 2018. The Consumer Technology Association, or CTA, accelerates growth and progress for the technology industry with leading market research and education in addition to establishing standards to shape innovation and collaboration within the industry.
FLIR has announced the Saros™ line of security cameras, its next-generation outdoor security product line that combines multiple traditional perimeter protection technologies into a unified solution. This approach is designed to deliver accurate, actionable alerts and verified alarm data. The FLIR Saros camera line enables commercial businesses to implement state-of-the-art outdoor intrusion detection in a cost-effective manner.
The pace of technological innovation is such that even the most fantastic of imagined futures seem like they could easily become reality. As existing technologies reach maturity, unforeseen developments arrive ever more quickly, and innovations make the leap from consumer applications to business (and vice versa) it’s imperative that we constantly seek to find those that have the potential to add value to our own business and those of our customers.
Viakoo has joined Spiceworks Global IT Community and is sponsoring the Physical Security Group as of early 2018. Spiceworks’ global IT community includes millions of IT professionals, over 50,000 of which are subscribed to the Physical Security Group. Though the Physical Security Group is a recent addition to the Spiceworks Community, its rapid growth in recent years demonstrates how integral IT is becoming to many physical security professionals’ operational procedures.