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.
Genetec Inc. announced its plans for ISC West 2018. The company will feature the latest version of Security Center, its flagship unified security platform, and demonstrate Citigraf™, its new decision support system for comprehensive response coordination. Genetec Citigraf is designed to help reduce response time to crimes, and provide insights and analytics on how crime moves across the city, so first responders can take the most effective action with the greatest awareness.
Cyber Investing Summit Keynote Speaker Dave DeWalt and Panelist Eric McAlpine have joined forces to launch Momentum Cyber, a new advisory firm dedicated exclusively to the cybersecurity industry. The firm offers a new and innovative advisory model specifically designed for the cybersecurity industry combining operational excellence, board room, corporate finance, strategy, exit planning, and M&A services throughout the life of a client – Incubation to Exit.
PSA Security Network, the world’s largest systems integrator cooperative, ISC Security Events and the Security Industry Association (SIA), the leading trade association for global security solution providers.
As consumers, we are technology junkies searching for the next great fix, and companies around the world are racing to deliver the coolest new distraction. Sounds great, right? There’s just one problem: companies are working under relentless pressure and impossibly tight deadlines that are quite literally harmful to us, and lead to greater technology risk. Remember that awesome smartphone with the iris recognition system, the Secure Folder security feature, and the battery that had the unfortunate habit of exploding? What about the time Amazon lost hundreds of millions of dollars over a typo? With this never ending demand for newer, cooler technology, many businesses today find themselves sacrificing security and operation in order to release as quickly as possible.
The latest US Department of Defense ‘Red Disk’ data security leak is yet another indicator of how current cybersecurity thinking is entirely out of sync with the broader changes in IT that have taken place over the last 20 years. The explosion of IT systems, networks, users, clouds, and devices has caused the size of the typical enterprise’s attack surface to expand exponentially. Any user or device can be the weakest link and become the steppingstone to a major data breach.