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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.
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.
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.
NVR5400 Series has all the advanced benefits that can fulfill the needs for mission-critical application Surveon Technology, the end-to-end IP surveillance solution provider, introduced the newest storage-server NVR5400 Series at IFSEC, offering the best C/P alternative to the current enterprise network video recorder product line. Featuring 12 or 16-bay hot-swappable HDDs and H/W RAID data protection, NVR5400 Series supports 5MP video recording of up to 64 channels and SAS storage with up to 316 HDDs for 1-year plus video retention period, making it ideal for mission-critical projects like city surveillance, industrial and government. Features Surveon Intuitive VMS Similar to the recently released storage-server NVR7300 Series, NVR5400 Series provides high I/O, large capacity and storage backup to iSCSI function with its scalable client-server architecture. When it comes to ultimate data protection, NVR5400 Series supports RAID 5+spare and 6+spare aside from standard RAID 1, 5, 6, further elevating its protection level. Meanwhile, NVR5400 Series comes with Surveon intuitive VMS with real-time analytics, remote monitoring, central management and TV wall matrix through Surveon Control Center (SCC), which offers abundant features to deliver professional performance. Moreover, Surveon provides a web-based management tool SurveOne, supporting online monitoring for system integrators to easily check the health of the system to ensure the consistent stability. Mission-Critical Application Features For middle-large surveillance systems, NVR5400 Series provides all advanced benefits that can fulfill the needs for mission-critical application. “As an expert in NVR, we hope to provide NVR product lines catering to different applications. NVR5400 Series can serve not only as an ideal option for budget-conscious projects, but also be technically competitive for our partners to win the project bidding.” said Casper Wu, Product Marketing Manager at Surveon Technology. Available with 2U 12-bay or 3U 16-bay with Linux OS and Surveon enterprise VMS, NVR5400 Series made the first appearance at Surveon booth (F825) during IFSEC with the initial shipment scheduled at the beginning of July. In the meantime, more Surveon NVR products, including the 128-ch storage-server NVR7300 Series designed for performance-driven projects and 150-ch NVR7800 Series with pre-loaded Milestone XProtect VMS will also be showcased during the exhibition.
Surveon, the complete megapixel solutions provider, has announced the full integration of its 29 models of megapixel cameras with the award-winning Milestone XProtect® open platform video management software, with the Milestone Device Pack 7.3 released most recently. As one of the few manufacturers with in-house design and production capabilities, Surveon offers a full line of IP cameras and RAID NVR with enterprise storage to furnish partners with end-to-end professional surveillance solutions. As a Milestone Camera Partner (CaP), Surveon has expanded the camera integration with Milestone XProtect beyond the standard ONVIF protocol to the dedicated ‘deep driver’ support from Milestone. This provides users with seamless integration to create powerful and advanced surveillance solutions with the full functionality of Surveon’s line of cameras. Surveon megapixel cameras ranging from 1 to 5 megapixels include over 30 models designed for different market segments. From the economical compact series for the SMB market to the premium series featuring 3 megapixel 30 FPS and HDR for mission-critical applications, Surveon cameras offer customers a full range of choices to meet project demands. “As the world’s leading VMS solution, Milestone XProtect has been widely deployed in high-end projects,” said Casper Wu, Product Manager of Surveon. “For integrators to successfully put together a high-scale project, the solution must consist of not only advanced cameras and VMS, but the reliable storage to secure large recorded data.” In addition to megapixel cameras, Surveon provides a full range of storage in both iSCSI and DAS systems. Surveon storage solutions can be readily implemented in storage area networks (SAN), direct attached storage (DAS), and network attached storage (NAS) environments. The award-winning EonStor enterprise-grade RAID storage offers high performance controller, while hot-swappable HDD, advanced data services, redundant components such as cable design, cooling fan modules and power supplies help ensure system reliability and easy maintenance. Surveon presents complete end-to-end solutions with advanced capability, industrial-grade components to ensure high availability, and user-friendly management tools to simplify administration, improving reliability as well as interoperability with other systems and reducing compatibility issues and integration risks for system integrators.
Surveon will display its HDR cameras, video management solutions, and RAID subsystem storage at ISC West 2014 Surveon, the complete megapixel solutions provider, will demonstrate its full lines of solutions, including the new generation 3 megapixel real-time HDR cameras, enterprise video management solutions, and RAID subsystem storage at ISC West 2014 from April 2nd to 4th in Las Vegas, USA. As one of the few manufacturers with the in-house design and production capacity, Surveon keeps its commitments to develop the high quality products for professional IP surveillance, empowering its partners with fully integrated and reliable megapixel solutions. New Generation 3 Megapixel Real-time HDR Cameras Surveon has expanded the real-time performance (30 frames per second) to its new 3 megapixel camera series. The 2048 x 1536 resolution with 30 FPS provides 1.5 times more details compared to the standard HDTV cameras. Built-in with the true HDR over 100db, the Surveon 3 MP series also ensures clear images, even under complicated lighting conditions. Furthermore, using the H.264 high profile encoding engine and the region of interest (ROI) cropping, users can save up to 30% bandwidth while maintaining high image quality. Along with other advanced functions such as enhanced 2D/3D noise reduction and edge enhancement, Surveon's new 3 megapixel cameras are the ideal solutions for professional applications including banking, transportation, manufacturing, public utilities, and city surveillance. Enterprise Video Management Solutions The Surveon VMS 2.5 provides new and compelling features for megapixel surveillance. Supporting interactive video walls and matrix screen display, the Surveon VMS is capable of handling the decoding and displaying of numerous HD videos. In addition, for advanced projects Surveon’s central alarm monitors the overall hardware and software system status from one single platform to control operations, ease maintenance, and shorten response time. The new VMS 2.5 also enhances the usability by adopting PIP, fisheye, back-forward, and frame by frame in live view and playback modes. Combining with the enterprise features and advanced video analytics, the Surveon VMS 2.5 offers partners the powerful yet easy to use solutions for professional surveillance. Professional Hardware RAID Megapixel NVR The Surveon NVR series is a premium solution integrating high-performance and industrial-grade hardware and enterprise video management software for advanced surveillance needs. Built-in with the hardware RAID, the Surveon NVR systems are optimized for megapixel recording with enterprise RAID protection, high I/O, large capacities, and overall system stability. Offering both desktop and rackmount series, the Surveon NVR supports two to 112 HDD and up to 64 channel Full HD recording, enabling system integrators to easily meet a variety of demands, even with hundreds of channels.
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