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Tackling The Challenge Of The Growing Cybersecurity Gap
Tackling The Challenge Of The Growing Cybersecurity Gap

The SolarWinds cyberattack of 2020 was cited by security experts as “one of the potentially largest penetrations of Western governments” since the Cold War. This attack put cybersecurity front and center on people’s minds again. Hacking communication protocol The attack targeted the US government and reportedly compromised the treasury and commerce departments and Homeland Security. What’s interesting about the SolarWinds attack is that it was caused by the exploitation of a hacker who injected a backdoor communications protocol.  This means that months ahead of the attack, hackers broke into SolarWinds systems and added malicious code into the company’s software development system. Later on, updates being pushed out included the malicious code, creating a backdoor communication for the hackers to use. Once a body is hacked, access can be gained to many. An explosion of network devices What has made the threat of cyberattacks much more prominent these days has been IT's growth in the last 20 years, notably cheaper and cheaper IoT devices. This has led to an explosion of network devices. IT spending has never really matched the pace of hardware and software growth Compounding this issue is that IT spending has never really matched the pace of hardware and software growth. Inevitably, leading to vulnerabilities, limited IT resources, and an increase in IoT devices get more attention from would-be hackers. Bridging the cybersecurity gap In the author’s view, this is the main reason why the cybersecurity gap is growing. This is because it inevitably boils down to counter-strike versus counter-strike. IT teams plug holes, and hackers find new ones, that is never going to stop. The companies must continue fighting cyber threats by developing new ways of protecting through in-house testing, security best practice sources, and both market and customer leads. End-user awareness One of the key battlegrounds here is the education of end-users. This is an area where the battle is being won at present, in the author’s opinion. End-users awareness of cybersecurity is increasing. It is crucial to educate end-users on what IoT devices are available, how they are configured, how to enable it effectively, and critically, how to use it correctly and safely. Physical security network A valuable product that tackles cybersecurity is, of course, Razberi Monitor™, which is new to ComNet’s portfolio. Monitor™ is a software platform that provides a top-down view of the physical security network and ecosystem. Monitor™ is a software platform that provides a top-down view of the physical security network and ecosystem It monitors and manages all the system components for cybersecurity and system health, providing secure visibility into the availability, performance, and cyber posture of servers, storage, cameras, and networked security devices. Proactive maintenance By intelligently utilizing system properties and sensor data, Razberi’s award-winning cybersecurity software prevents problems while providing a centralized location for asset and alert management. Monitor™ enables proactive maintenance by offering problem resolutions before they become more significant problems. Identifying issues before they fail and become an outage is key to system availability and, moreover, is a considerable cost saving.

Physical Security And The Cloud: Why One Can’t Work Without The Other
Physical Security And The Cloud: Why One Can’t Work Without The Other

Human beings have a long-standing relationship with privacy and security. For centuries, we’ve locked our doors, held close our most precious possessions, and been wary of the threats posed by thieves. As time has gone on, our relationship with security has become more complicated as we’ve now got much more to be protective of. As technological advancements in security have got smarter and stronger, so have those looking to compromise it. Cybersecurity Cybersecurity, however, is still incredibly new to humans when we look at the long relationship that we have with security in general. As much as we understand the basics, such as keeping our passwords secure and storing data in safe places, our understanding of cybersecurity as a whole is complicated and so is our understanding of the threats that it protects against. However, the relationship between physical security and cybersecurity is often interlinked. Business leaders may find themselves weighing up the different risks to the physical security of their business. As a result, they implement CCTV into the office space, and alarms are placed on doors to help repel intruders. Importance of cybersecurity But what happens when the data that is collected from such security devices is also at risk of being stolen, and you don’t have to break through the front door of an office to get it? The answer is that your physical security can lose its power to keep your business safe if your cybersecurity is weak. As a result, cybersecurity is incredibly important to empower your physical security. We’ve seen the risks posed by cybersecurity hacks in recent news. Video security company Verkada recently suffered a security breach as malicious attackers obtained access to the contents of many of its live camera feeds, and a recent report by the UK government says two in five UK firms experienced cyberattacks in 2020. Cloud computing – The solution Cloud stores information in data centres located anywhere in the world, and is maintained by a third party Cloud computing offers a solution. The cloud stores your information in data centres located anywhere in the world and is maintained by a third party, such as Claranet. As the data sits on hosted servers, it’s easily accessible while not being at risk of being stolen through your physical device. Here’s why cloud computing can help to ensure that your physical security and the data it holds aren’t compromised. Cloud anxiety It’s completely normal to speculate whether your data is safe when it’s stored within a cloud infrastructure. As we are effectively outsourcing our security by storing our important files on servers we have no control over - and, in some cases, limited understanding of - it’s natural to worry about how vulnerable this is to cyber-attacks. The reality is, the data that you save on the cloud is likely to be a lot safer than that which you store on your device. Cyber hackers can try and trick you into clicking on links that deploy malware or pose as a help desk trying to fix your machine. As a result, they can access your device and if this is where you’re storing important security data, then it is vulnerable. Cloud service providers Cloud service providers offer security that is a lot stronger than the software in the personal computer Cloud service providers offer security that is a lot stronger than the software that is likely in place on your personal computer. Hyperscalers such as Microsoft and Amazon Web Service (AWS) are able to hire countless more security experts than any individual company - save the corporate behemoth - could afford. These major platform owners have culpability for thousands of customers on their cloud and are constantly working to enhance the security of their platforms. The security provided by cloud service providers such as Claranet is an extension of these capabilities. Cloud resistance Cloud servers are located in remote locations that workers don’t have access to. They are also encrypted, which is the process of converting information or data into code to prevent unauthorized access. Additionally, cloud infrastructure providers like ourselves look to regularly update your security to protect against viruses and malware, leaving you free to get on with your work without any niggling worries about your data being at risk from hackers. Data centres Cloud providers provide sophisticated security measures and solutions in the form of firewalls and AI Additionally, cloud providers are also able to provide sophisticated security measures and solutions in the form of firewalls and artificial intelligence, as well as data redundancy, where the same piece of data is held within several separate data centres. This is effectively super-strong backup and recovery, meaning that if a server goes down, you can access your files from a backup server. Empowering physical security with cybersecurity By storing the data gathered by your physical security in the cloud, you're not just significantly reducing the risk of cyber-attacks, but also protecting it from physical threats such as damage in the event of a fire or flood. Rather than viewing your physical and cybersecurity as two different entities, treat them as part of one system: if one is compromised, the other is also at risk. They should work in tandem to keep your whole organization secure.

Making School Safety A Priority With Smart Technology
Making School Safety A Priority With Smart Technology

With pupils in the UK set to go back to school on 8 March, there are a number of safety measures schools need to implement to ensure the health and wellness of the staff, students, and school communities.  The first lockdown and closure of schools brought on by the coronavirus pandemic fired a “warning shot” for education facilities managers, forcing head-teachers to re-examine school safety standards. Now that a third lockdown is here and schools have been shut down for a second time, anyone behind the curve with the benefits of smart technology should get on board now before children return to the school environment. And with the ever-changing variants of the COVID-19 virus, schools can’t afford to be “late to class” when it comes to health and safety. Preventing the spread of disease Some schools in the US have been using smart technologies for a while to measure utility consumption and efficiency, streamline maintenance and enhance general school safety. These technologies are playing a significant role in keeping school buildings healthy and preventing the spread of disease. Let’s take a look at how smart technology can help schools to become safer, as well as more energy-efficient and cost-effective.   Thermal detection cameras  Smart cameras placed at entry points of a school can remove the manual task of temperature testing Smart cameras placed at entry points of a school can remove the manual task of temperature testing. These cameras provide medically-accurate, real-time temperatures of individuals in real-time. If a high temperature is detected, the software sends an instant alert to the relevant party. It can also be set to deny access to those with high temperatures or to people not wearing masks.  Safer water  As the coronavirus continues to sweep through the world’s population, healthcare providers should also be on heightened alert for Legionnaires’ disease, another potential cause of pneumonia with similar symptoms. Legionella is a potentially deadly bacteria that can infect a school’s water supply and cause an outbreak of Legionnaire’s disease. It’s a school's duty of care to prevent Legionella infection by monitoring the risk of the bacteria proliferating.  Particularly as schools reopen and previously stagnant plumbing and cooling systems return to use, additional Legionella cases could rear their ugly head to emergency departments in the coming months. Traces of Legionella were recently found at a Worcestershire school. The school was forced to remain shut while treatment and testing took place. Automated flushing and temperature testing Instant alerts will notify relevant staff if water temperatures fall within “Legionella-friendly” parameters The Health and Safety Executive advises, “If your building was closed or has reduced occupancy during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, water system stagnation can occur due to lack of use, increasing the risks of Legionnaires’ disease… If the water system is still used regularly, maintain the appropriate measures to prevent legionella growth.” Typically, managing the risk of Legionella includes running all outlets for two minutes, taking and recording the temperature of the water to ensure that it’s not conducive to Legionella growth. This is a time-consuming process, which is why schools are looking for automated water temperature monitoring systems. This smart system with automated flushing and temperature testing reports and records water temperature data in real-time. Instant alerts will notify relevant staff if water temperatures fall within “Legionella-friendly” parameters.  Cleaner air  Advisers say that improving air filtration and ventilation in schools can help mitigate the potential airborne transmission of COVID-19. Strategies include: Increasing outdoor air ventilation Filtering indoor air Using portable air cleaners with HEPA filters  Smart building technologies such as advanced HVAC controls can help facilities managers promote cleaner air with less hassle. For example, smart HVAC systems use sensors to remotely monitor and control variables such as:  Humidity Temperature Indoor air quality The level of carbon dioxide and other pollutants The technology is also energy-efficient and cost-effective.  While these solutions may be key to the reopening of schools in the era of COVID-19, they also bring long-term benefits. Although COVID-19 may have accelerated the adoption of smart technology, many of these solutions are focused on health, wellness, and security in general; which have been needed in school systems for a long time.

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Pivot3 Unveils Surety Intelligent Software Framework To Simplify And Unify Management Of Physical Security Infrastructure
Pivot3 Unveils Surety Intelligent Software Framework To Simplify And Unify Management Of Physical Security Infrastructure

Pivot3, the globally renowned company in intelligent software solutions for simplified security and surveillance infrastructure, has announced Surety, a new intelligent software framework to simplify the management and monitoring of physical security environments. Surety intelligent software Pivot3 Surety brings innovation to the physical security space by providing customers with extensive intelligence and management of their servers and applications, regardless of vendor, including video recording, analytics, access control and others. This ensures optimum resource utilization, performance, availability, health and configuration of critical security applications, and simplifies management of video infrastructure. Surety unifies Pivot3’s portfolio of hyper-converged intelligent infrastructure solutions and its new Essentials by Pivot3 line of video recording servers and workstations, as well as non-Pivot3 physical security servers and appliances, across both distributed and centralized locations. Simplified management of video infrastructure The new Surety software surfaces critical information in a simple management application The new Surety software surfaces critical information in a simple management application, serving as mission control for the entire physical security infrastructure. The software simplifies management of video infrastructure, which saves users time and money, and improves uptime and availability of physical security applications, by reducing time to diagnose and resolve issues. “Software has been improving the ease of use and capabilities of products and systems everywhere except the infrastructure for the physical security industry,” said Ben Bolles, Vice President of Product for Pivot3. Software-based intelligence Ben Bolles adds, “Pivot3 Surety fills the void by delivering innovative solutions with software-based intelligence that is purpose-built to unify and simplify management of physical security environments across a broad range of sizes and complexity.” Pivot3 Surety rounds out the company’s robust portfolio of solutions that have been purpose built for video. The new Essentials line by Pivot3, along with the company’s existing Surveillance Series hyper-converged infrastructure offerings, serve the needs of system integrators, resellers, architects and engineers, and end-user customers, with solutions optimized for entry-level all the way up to enterprise and mission-critical requirements. Surety will be available in June 2021 and Essentials by Pivot3 is available for purchase immediately on the market.

Pivot3 Appoints Darin Dillon As The Vice President To Increase Sales Activities For The Energy Sector
Pivot3 Appoints Darin Dillon As The Vice President To Increase Sales Activities For The Energy Sector

Pivot3, the provider of smart infrastructure solutions for enterprise-grade video, announces that it has named Darin Dillon as Vice President, energy. In this role, Dillon will lead Pivot3’s sales efforts in the energy sector. Dillon will further help expand Pivot3’s already strong presence in the critical infrastructure segments of utilities, oil and liquid natural gas markets. “Energy is a core focus for Pivot3 and Darin’s long-term collaborative relationships with channel partners and customers in the energy sector position us for further market successes,” said Mike Dunbar, Pivot3 senior vice president global sales and chief revenue officer at Pivot3. Innovative security system “Darin is a leader with a track record of successes in developing out vertical markets, cultivating long-term partnerships and working to create innovative security system solutions.” Dillon has more than 35 years of experience as a business development Dillon has more than 35 years of experience as business development and sales leader working in the electronic security and integrated systems industry for companies such as Convergint, Tyco, and Securenet. Most recently at Convergint, Dillon developed the company’s oil and gas vertical market to a run rate of over $100 million a year by working closely with partners and customers to deliver advanced integrated solutions in the oil and gas industry. Mission-Critical video solutions An active leader in his industry, Dillon serves on the board of the Energy Security Council, holds the position of Chairman of the Membership Committee, and teaches graduate-level security courses at the University of Houston. Dillon served as Chairman of the ASIS Houston Chapter, and from 2012 to 2018, Dillon served as a board member of ASIS International’s Professional Certification Board. “The critical infrastructure segments of utilities, oil and liquid natural gas impact our daily lives and help our global economy grow,” said Dillon. “Pivot3 is already one on the leading infrastructure providers in other critical markets, and I look forward to working with our partners to bring the safety and security benefits of our mission-critical video solutions to more energy customers.”

Pivot3 Announces The Addition Of HCI Appliances To Utilize Intelligent Video Analytics At Scale
Pivot3 Announces The Addition Of HCI Appliances To Utilize Intelligent Video Analytics At Scale

Pivot3, the provider of intelligent hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) solutions for mission-critical video, announces the addition of HCI appliances to the Pivot3 HCI portfolio purpose-built for running and utilizing intelligent video analytics at scale. In conjunction with these new solutions, Pivot3 has also developed a reference architecture for deploying video content analytics platform BriefCam on Pivot3 infrastructure. The new Pivot3 solutions and reference architecture are designed to ensure that organizations can extract the full value of insights from their mission-critical video by making it secure, retrievable and actionable. Video analytics software Video analytics software and infrastructure constitute an important and quickly expanding market segment. However, sizing, configuring, and deploying video analytics at scale can be challenging, often resulting in under or over-sizing and not realizing the full value of the solution and the potential ROI. Analytics technology is rapidly evolving, so organizations need flexible infrastructure to keep pace and accommodate different deployment models. Pivot3 is the HCI provider to integrate and leverage NVIDIA T4 GPUs and the NVIDIA Metropolis platform for video analytics use cases. Pivot3’s new analytics appliances provide optimized NVIDIA GPU-dense configurations, designed to support video analytics functions including line crossing, license plate recognition, object and event filtering, appearance similarity, real-time and smart alerts, multi-camera search, and video search and VIDEO SYNOPSIS® capabilities. Intelligent video applications Pivot3 excels at mission-critical video with the only HCI platform designed for intelligent video applications. Pivot3 infrastructure deployments result in 50% lower TCO for video management and analytics through reduced hardware footprint and resource consolidation, reduced risk due to eliminating critical analytics downtime and granular pay-as-you-grow scaling. "Customers are turning to video analytics to help get more out of the massive amount of video they are capturing," said Ben Bolles, vice president of product, Pivot3. "Video analytics is crucial to security operations and is incredibly compute-intensive; Pivot3 excels at mission-critical video with the only HCI platform designed for intelligent video applications.” Pivot3 has tested and benchmarked BriefCam’s video analytics in Pivot’s Solutions Test Lab and has developed a comprehensive set of deployment and configuration best practices. Mission-Critical environments Pivot3’s validated reference architecture for the BriefCam Video Content Analytics platform optimizes the business and technical considerations associated with deploying next-generation video analytics in mid-to-large-scale mission-critical environments. The reference architecture is based on a combination of next generation analytics, video management and enterprise grade IT infrastructure powered by NVIDIA GPUs, with all the simplicity, economics and ease of scaling that security teams need. "The growing demand for actionable data in mission-critical environments is a significant driver toward providing customers with a tested, resilient and scalable solution to deploy comprehensive video analytics," said Yogev Wallach, Senior Product Manager, BriefCam. "Pivot3's intelligent HCI platform supports the specific performance parameters and workload requirements of our innovative and extensible video analytics platform. This optimizes the sizing and deployment process for our system integrators and accelerates the time to ROI for our customers.”

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