HBO’s computer network struck by ransomware: hackers leak scripts from popular shows like “Game of Thrones” and demand up to $15 million in ransom. HBO reportedly responded with a $250,000 offer. Timothy Crosby, Senior Security Consultant for Spohn Security Solutions, says this newest hack evidences the growing risk that companies face with cyber intrusions. “No company —large or small— is immune to being a target; the HBO saga makes it even more apparent that cyber security teams must remain vigilant to detect and prevent attacks before they happen,” stated Crosby.
Nominations are complete and now it’s time to vote for the Fourth Annual Physical Security and Video Surveillance Market Influencers. Who is an industry influencer that others should listen to and take note of their subject matter expertise and industry foresight? Below is a list of those nominated and a paragraph about why they are deserving of being the 2017 Physical Security Industry Influencer.
The high-end Boston condominium building where two doctors were murdered in May provided an alleged flimsy “veneer” of security for its tenants, allowing the brutal stabbing deaths to occur, according to a wrongful death suit filed by the victims’ families. The suit points out a number of alleged soft spots in the building’s security system. It says anyone can walk into the garage, and that a solitary security employee has the responsibility to watch that camera feed from the front desk.
Vision Database Systems, specialists in ID Card and tracking software solutions, announced that the company has introduced its PockeTracker Mobile ID verification solution to construction sites nationwide to help improve security and create a seamless verification process for all personnel. This powerful verification and attendance tool is being used by construction site managers to help identify and verify personnel quickly and efficiently.
The Linux Foundation announced the launch of the Open Security Controller Project, an open source project focused on centralizing security services orchestration for multi-cloud environments. Open Security Controller Project technology automates the deployment of virtualized network security functions, like next-generation firewall, intrusion prevention systems and application data controllers to protect east-west traffic inside the data center.
Vicon Industries, Inc., designer and manufacturer of video surveillance and access control software, hardware, and components, announced that Fredrik Wallberg is joining Vicon as the Company’s Director of A&E Services. Vicon has created this new position to further expand outreach, resources, and training to the A&E and consultant community, with the goal of simplifying the tasks they face in specifying surveillance solutions for today’s complex security challenges.
A+ Technology & Security Solutions (A+ Technology) invites all professionals responsible for their organization’s security to attend a free, informative Technology Showcase on Wednesday, June 14th. A+ Technology and its partners will be exhibiting how the latest market products will help shape the future of security and learning for schools. Along with sponsoring partners AXIS Communications, Gallagher, and Promethean, retired Police Lieutenant and Security Trainer and Educator, Joseph Pangaro, will provide actionable guidance on ways to proactively identify and address potential workplace security threats. This special event will be held at the A+ Technology & Security Solutions headquarters, 1490 North Clinton Avenue, Bay Shore, NY 11706, from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.
Netwatch celebrated the opening of its new Chicago operations center. Netwatch is a complete security systems provider with the most advanced video processing technologies to proactively monitor and protect properties and assets. The new office will be based on North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, and will employ five people with plans to grow to 15 employees over the next 18 months. Netwatch Systems proactively protect properties using live audio warnings to ward off intruders. Intervention Specialists direct operations remotely from the Netwatch Communication Hub, visually verifying the intruders, intervening by verbally alerting the intruders they are being watched, and notifying the authorities.
Robotic Assistance Devices (RAD), an innovator in artificial intelligence and robotics, announced it has named Matt Klock as Vice President of Sales for its U.S.-based operations. Klock is responsible for the development and execution of RAD’s business development strategies and will provide skilled sales leadership for RAD’s solutions and growing sales team.
Most organizations already have firewalls implemented, encrypted critical data assets, and monitor network activity as part of an overall cybersecurity plan, but there is another line of defense that can provide additional value: the use of attribute based access control (ABAC) to reduce the threat surface, thereby improving overall security as well as mitigating risks associated with breaches.