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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.
All products in the LILIN IP camera range are now compatible with Heitel Video Gateway products LILIN have announced the complete integration of the Heitel Video Gateway series of professional digital video transmission and recording systems with all LILIN IP cameras. This integration will allow users of both LILIN and HeiTel products to create security solutions for professional video surveillance and alarm management. The entire LILIN IP camera range can now be used with Heitel Video Gateway products. The PTZ function embedded in LILIN IP cameras allows users to move the camera, zoom and select presets all from the Heitel Video interface. Christian Busch, LILIN’s Sales Manager commented on the new integration, “Our products and their features are perfectly suited for the integration with Hietel. Becoming an integrator for the software platform means we are able to access new markets. ” LILIN have provided quality IP and analog solutions to the market for over 30 years. Their philosophy of creativity, progress and excellence means sensational new products and technologies are a primary focus. Professional video surveillance and alarm management systems have developed with technology and offer clear benefits for the user, namely operational simplicity. With this new integration LILIN are able to further extend their presence on different software platforms and are able to further add to the user experience. The LILIN and Heitel integration provides a smart, convenient and efficient solution for the user. With this new integration LILIN are able to further extend their presence on different software platforms HeiTel software and hardware products are designed for the transmission and recording of digital video data.User-friendly conception, high reliability and flexibility are their trademarks. HeiTel´s core competence, digital video transmission and recording is reflected in the hardware Video Gateway series with the product families CamServer, CamTel, CamDisc, Cam4mobile and CamDisc HNVR. While all of them are hybrid DVRs, The CamDisc HNVR is especially designed for the use with megapixel IP cameras. HeiTel also offers a range of software solutions from single user software (CamControl LITE/PRO) for easy remote control, configuration and transmission up to sophisticated CMS solutions either as autonomous video alarm management (Event Management System) or as integrative solution in combination with third party alarm management products.
HeiTel will present its latest security products at ISC West, booth 6141At this year's ISC West (April 1-3, Sands Expo and Convention Center, Las Vegas), Germany and USA based manufacturer HeiTel Digital Video will present some amazing new CCTV products as well as extensive new and cost-free features for existing products.The new hybrid network video recorder CamDisc HNVR with megapixel resolution will be demonstrated in full function. The existing and well established CamDisc and CamServer DVR-series (all featuring real time recording) will have hybrid functionality added simply by uploading a cost-free update, giving them the ability to record both traditional analog cameras and the state of the art IP cameras. HeiTel continues the consistent product strategy based on market demands and safety of investment.Whether analog or digital camera technology; HeiTel offers a sound design platform by means of flexible system expansion and integration of the most popular modern IP cameras into existing CCTV systems and central monitoring stations.The new video wall software CamControl MV (Multi View) can display up to 64 live video streams on up to 4 monitors. The CI Adapter in combination with a HeiTel recorder offers up to 50 additional alarm control inputs, every single of them can trigger a dial-up alarm, an event recording, or send a preset command to a PTZ camera/dome. From now on IBIS and GPS data can be integrated into the recordings of the Cam4mobile, HeiTel's DVR especially designed for mobile applications. The next firmware release enables HeiTel's successful CamDisc series to be integrated in intruder alarm management. With these new functions HeiTel proves again that the protection of investment is not just an empty promise.Mobile or stationary video alarm management? HeiTel offers both. The smallest video management system might be a cell phone using the CamControl iPhone software or the CamControl WM software for Windows Mobile based Smartphones and PDAs. The multi-operator-stations Event Management System (EMS), optimized for central monitoring stations, was designed for dynamic alarm processing with a high degree of automisation and includes interactive site plans and can be operated from up to 21 work stations.All products will be demonstrated in detail at booth #6141.
HeiTel's premiere at the ISC East was a successful first step into the USA marketNewly founded HeiTel Digital Video USA Corp. for the first time exhibited their product range from hybrid network DVRs to server/client based video alarm management systems at the most important security exhibition in the Northeast USA."Our first participation in the ISC East has exceeded our expectations by far," resumes Dirk Osterman, CEO of HeiTel Digital Video USA Corp. "The number of visits was outstandingly, we have experienced an onrush on our booth. Apart from our new CamDisc HNVR and the Event Management System for central monitoring stations, our visitors were particular interested in our CamControl iPhone software, a global innovation which we have shown for the first time here in New York."The International Security Conference & Expo East (ISC East) is the one if not the most important Security Conference & Exposition for the entire security industry. Focusing on the latest product advancements and security solutions, ISC East provides both exhibitors and visitors like security dealers, installers, integrators and end users with the opportunity for direct communication and fusing of business in one of the fastest growing market places in the world.Since the Northeast of the USA takes security issues especially serious and therefore has the highest concentration of security installers, system integrators and related governmental organizations, Odenton, MD, makes a good choice for the new established HeiTel USA headquarters."We held many exciting and high-quality discussions with existing and future customers and partners at the ISC East," states Dirk Osterman. "We've got a very positive feedback on our video alarm management solution 'EMS' from companies who are specialized in central alarm monitoring. The HeiTel CCTV product line and overall concept is very adaptable and ranges from single workstation solutions to server / client-based central monitoring management. Our DVRs are compatible with analog and IP cameras as well as practically every telecommunication standard for video transmission. This makes us unique in the CCTV market and therefore highly attractive security dealers, installers and system integrators worldwide."HeiTel's premiere at the ISC East was a successful first step into the USA market. HeiTel USA will be exhibiting at the ISC West in Las Vegas in April 2009.
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