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University of South Australia safeguard students with CriticalArc

University of South Australia safeguard students with CriticalArc

Editor / Provider: CriticalArc | Updated: 2/26/2015 | Article type: Education

CriticalArc reports that the University of South Australia (UniSA) has improved on-campus safety and security for 34,000 students and staff with the successful implementation of its innovative SafeZone distributed command and control solution.

UniSA selected SafeZone to enhance safety while reducing costs across six disparate campuses, from inner-city urban environments to outback locations dispersed across 800kms. By providing unparalleled situational awareness, SafeZone is enabling UniSA to manage everyday security operations and incidents response procedures faster and much more efficiently.

An intuitive SafeZone app enables UniSA students and staff to summon assistance for an emergency, first aid or general help via a simple tap on their phone to raise an alert that automatically pinpoints their exact location. Security staff and coordinators on all campuses carry the SafeZone responders' app on
an iPhone to ensure a fast, well-coordinated response, most appropriate action and best outcome.

The cloud-based SafeZone system shares situational awareness across the whole security team in the field, giving responders access to live operational intelligence and complete incident visibility as an event unfolds, enabling more agile decision-making.

UniSA chose SafeZone in response to a range of security challenges much like those facing higher education providers worldwide. These included expanding facilities, the rise of flexible 24/7 on-campus learning and to improve round-the clock lone student protection. As on many campuses, there was a concern that incidents might go unreported, particularly among overseas students due to unfamiliar surroundings, cultural reticence and language barriers. UniSA also wanted a better mass notification system plus the ability to monitor performance against KPIs and build a continuous service improvement culture.

Dominic Marafioti, Campus Facilities Manager, UniSA said: “UniSA's 34,000 students and staff feel reassured by having immediate access to a help point in their pocket and the knowledge that our security team has control room functionality on their belts.”

“Prior to implementation, we conducted an extensive stakeholder consultation with more than 70 staff members and students, where 97% of users said that they found the app easy to use. We were especially impressed with the wide range of features available and how easy SafeZone was to set up. Within six weeks of approval, it was up and running across our six campus communities.”

Superseding slow, unreliable and costly SMS, SafeZone's mass notification is fast and efficient, allowing UniSA security coordinators to send alerts to all staff and students. Tailored instructions can be sent to response teams or messages targeted to specific groups such as wardens or people at a particular location. Outdated manual check-in processes have been replaced, making it easier to optimise security cover for out-of-hours users and lone workers. It is also enabling more accurate, cost-effective reporting, regulatory compliance and continuous service improvement.

He concluded: “With no need for expensive help points, centralised control room or SMS messaging, we are providing improved 24/7 protection across our campuses while making significant capital cost savings. As part of our commitment to staff and student wellbeing, SafeZone is ensuring that UniSA remains an extremely safe place to work and study.”

Glenn Farrant, CEO, CriticalArc, added, “The adoption of SafeZone at UniSA is a clear demonstration of the university's commitment to ensuring a safe and secure learning environment for students and staff. Fast and cost effective to implement, SafeZone is ideally suited to campuses and multi-site facilities enabling the fastest possible response to incidents to ensure the best outcomes. Working closely with our customers, we're helping a range of organisations realise significant efficiencies and cost savings across their security operations, while protecting company reputations by ensuring a preparedness against environmental and physical threats.”

Japanese convenience store enhances security with QNAP VioStor NVRs

Japanese convenience store enhances security with QNAP VioStor NVRs

Editor / Provider: QNAP | Updated: 1/27/2015 | Article type: Commercial Markets

A famous chain of convenience stores in Japan installed QNAP VioStor VS-2108 Pro+ NVR surveillance systems to create a safer shopping experience for customers and a safer working environment for employees.

Convenience stores are the backbone of daily life in Japan, where much of the workforce commutes to work by train, often for more than 1 hour each way. The branch manager of the convenience store chain well understands his customer's needs and that creating a pleasant and safe shopping experience is critical to keeping the customers loyal to his store chain.

After several robberies and a string of theft incidences at some of the stores, a branch manager for the store chain set out to begin discussions with security consultants to work out a solution that prevents unexpected guests and would aid in loss prevention throughout the chain of stores and allow for both local and remote centralized monitoring. The primary challenge is this chain store group currently runs around 1,000 convenience stores and with such large enterprise it was difficult to design a security system that could be deployed chain-wide and allow local recording and storage of the surveillance as well as remote monitoring of video from many stores by a remote office. The secondary challenge for deployment of a security system is that it needed to be PC-less and fit into the limited space in the stores.

The previous CCTV systems installed in the stores delivered poor image quality and there was no provision for remote monitoring. Most of the CCTV systems recorded on tape, which was not always reliable. After a great deal of research, the branch manager of the store chain selected QNAP VioStor VS-2108 Pro+ NVRs for deployment at around 600 stores. The VS-2108 Pro+ is a compact NVR that can record video surveillance up to 8 IP cameras installed in the stores on two 6TB internal hard disk drives with enough space for up to 30 days of recorded surveillance video. The NVR is a networked video surveillance system, allowing the video feeds from the cameras to be transmitted securely over the Internet to a remote monitoring location. Additionally, a monitor can be connected to the VS-2108 Pro+ via HDMI for full HD local display and live monitoring in the store managers office.

The essential places to monitor in a convenience store are typically the cash register area, store entrances, stockroom, and merchandise areas. These areas are protected by 2-3 IP cameras, delivering HD quality video for important details over the Internet but not taking up much storage space on the VS-2108 Pro+ NVR's internal hard disks. In addition to video, the usage of audio interaction allows the cashiers to receive instructions, enabling them to react timely. Other cameras fixed on the store shelves and store entrance give the store manager an indication of where customers might need assistance from staff.

Surveillance videos can also be viewed on mobile devices; which enables store managers to analyze the staff's working efficiency and have a better picture of where resources should be allocated. The remote security staff based at the chain's headquarters office can easily access any of the recorded video surveillance from any of the VS-2108 Pro+ systems at any time to support investigations and share with authorities. The NVR offers advanced features that allow the security team to get an SMS or email alert automatically if movement is detected in certain areas before or after specific times.

Vanderbilt provides high-level security for Crider Foods

Vanderbilt provides high-level security for Crider Foods

Editor / Provider: Vanderbilt Industries | Updated: 1/22/2015 | Article type: Commercial Markets

Vanderbilt Industries, a global leader providing state-of-the-art security systems, announced that Crider Foods, Stillmore, GA, relies on Vanderbilt Industries SMS Access Control system to provide security for its large production and processing facilities. Tutela, out of Brunswick, GA, is the integrator and installer on this long-running project.

Privately owned and operated, Crider Foods represents a commitment to quality, food safety and customer service. The Crider Foods Canning Facility was opened in Stillmore, GA after a fire destroyed their Augusta plant. In 2003, a “Fully Cooked” plant was added. Crider Foods is committed to being a leader in canning proteins and in its fully cooked operation. Crider is always investing in equipment and expertise to ensure continuous improvements.

After completion of the canning plant, Crider contracted with Vanderbilt and Tutela to set up a high-level security system. To date, the Vanderbilt SMS system manages access for over 500 employees and contractors at approximately 150 contact points spread over 11 locations at the Stillmore campus. Locations include the fully cook plant, company headquarters, the visitor's Lodge, canning plant, cooler building, transportation building, warehouses and others.

'The Vanderbilt system enables us to manage employees so that they can access only the areas where they have been scheduled to work,
when they are scheduled to work.
We also have the flexibility to easily change those access privileges as needed, at any time,' said Ron Sasser, Crider's IT Director.

“Our security system is absolutely critical to helping assure compliance to all the health and safety rules and regulations we have in the food production industry,” explained Ron Sasser, Crider's IT Director, who also oversees security. “We are committed to an extremely high level of access control management to prevent any cross contamination of our products.”

Sasser continued, “Our priority is to limit access for all our employees as to where they can go in the facility. The Vanderbilt system enables us to manage employees so that they can access only the areas where they have been scheduled to work, when they are scheduled to work. We also have the flexibility to easily change those access privileges as needed, at any time.”

Crider also uses their Vanderbilt access control system to verify time and attendance information. If an employee doesn't punch in, Sasser and staff can use the system to verify when any employee has entered the property. In addition to controlling access to buildings and within buildings, Crider employs guards at the facility's road entrances to verify all vehicles coming onto the property.

While asset protection is always an issue, for Crider Foods the number one priority is achieving full compliance with food and safety regulations in order to achieve the highest level of Safe Quality Food (SQF) Certification. Crider has succeeded in gaining SQF, Level 3. “Only a few companies reach this level,” explained Sasser. “To reach such a certification level, we carefully control the movement of all individuals within the complex, and this means, for example, restricting access to chemicals and to the roofs of our buildings, among other sensitive areas.”

Crider also deploys 100 IP video surveillance cameras to keep any eye on operations. “Cameras are helpful,” said Sasser, “but you have to start with access. My access control system tells me who I'm seeing on the video. Now, I know who someone is, because the access control system puts them in that location. Without access control, the cameras are only so good.”

“The Vanderbilt system is working well, it's doing everything it is supposed to do. We've used it for so many years, and Tutela has been very good taking care of any issues and system expansion needs along the way. If we have a need, this team gets it taken care of. “

The Vanderbilt system, under Tutela's watchful installation and administration, provides a layered level of security starting from the minute one steps onto the Crider property, down to limiting access to chemical storage. The system supplements time and attendance data and provides documentation for OSHA reporting. But, at the end of the day, Crider's high-level security system provides management the tools they need to achieve one of the highest Safe Quality Food (SQF) Certification levels in the industry, and that's worth a great deal in proof of product quality and company reputation.

Surveillance integration - why people matter

Surveillance integration - why people matter

Editor / Provider: Synectics | Updated: 1/13/2015 | Article type: Security 50

As investment in Middle East industrial, financial and critical infrastructure continues to rise, increasing protection of assets crucial to ongoing economic and social development is naturally becoming a higher a priority.

At Intersec 2015 in Dubai, global surveillance business Synectics will explain and demonstrate how achieving this is as much about people as it is about technology.

Paul Webb, Managing Director of Synectics, said: “The Middle East market is familiar with the concept of security systems integration – unifying multiple systems (CCTV, perimeter security, access control, emergency alarms etc.) into a single environment to streamline and enhance protection and operations. Advances in IP-based surveillance networks and HD camera technology have supported growth in this concept.

“But while integrated security represents a vital step forward in asset protection, collating information from disparate data streams in this way is only part of the equation. To fully maximize the opportunities this presents, it is necessary to understand the interplay between technology and personnel and then take action from that vantage point.

“How individuals and teams use and respond to data will ultimately dictate the security and operational outcomes for any site, whether that's an airport, gas plant or a city traffic network.”

In 2014, Synectics rolled-out its open and fully scalable Synergy 3 command and control software platform that integrates alarms and events, security and process control subsystems, surveillance, and other essential site systems. Crucially, the solution can be programmed to detect and understand potential threats by mining the data captured, and present that information to best guide appropriate action.

“It's about data ergonomics”, said David Aindow, Product and Technology Director at Synectics, “presenting the right data, in the right way, at the right time for the right people to act on it.

“This concept was integral to our development of Synergy 3, demonstrated by features such as the customisable Graphical User Interface (GUI), interactive mapping engine (with Geospatial Information System (GIS) technology), and dynamic workflow functionality to guide operators through required response procedures and protocols in specific situations.

“It's also the driving factor behind the latest enhancements we'll be highlighting at Intersec, specifically around task management – enhancements that help operators identify and enlist the skills required to resolve specific issues.

“For example, a single subsystem alert (perhaps form a perimeter fence) can now trigger immediate visual/audio feed correlating with the incident location, and an associated workflow programme to guide operators in responding. Operators can also cross-reference information received with a database of skillsets to identify appropriate first responders and issue coded alerts to the relevant personnel via SMS. On task completion, whatever that task may be, the responding personnel can then use mobile devices such as telephones and tablets to automatically update the control room operator accordingly.

“It's a solution that closes the loop on incident identification and response, and that's how ultimate protection and efficiency is achieved.”

Synectics will be demonstrating Synergy 3's mapping, workflow and integration capabilities at booth S1-D12, alongside its COEX™ C2000 TriMode and new C3000 HD IP camera stations.

The surveillance solutions specialist will also be demonstrating its Synergy Tablet which offers mobile situational awareness, taking the concept of personnel integration a step further by delivering system capabilities to operatives in the field.

Paul Webb concluded: “Intersec has always been a show about innovation and this year is no different. What's most exciting for us as a business though, is being able to meet customers face-to-face and demonstrate how innovation can marry with real world needs and practicalities in order to deliver tangible security and operational benefits.”

For further updates from Synectics regarding Intersec 2015, follow @synecticsglobal on Twitter

Northumbria University, Newcastle rolls out CriticalArc's SafeZone

Northumbria University, Newcastle rolls out CriticalArc's SafeZone

Editor / Provider: CriticalArc | Updated: 1/9/2015 | Article type: Education

CriticalArc announced that Northumbria University has rolled out its revolutionary distributed command and control solution, SafeZone™.

The University selected SafeZone to enhance staff and student safety while reducing costs through increasing the efficiency of everyday security operations across its six campuses. Through unparalleled situational awareness, SafeZone enables the University's security team to coordinate its response to incidents quickly and efficiently. The intuitive SafeZone app makes it easy for Northumbria's 30,000 students and staff to summon security or safety assistance via a simple tap on their phone, so allowing security personnel to pinpoint their exact location.

The SafeZone app has three main features which can be accessed by staff and students at the tap of a button for emergency, first aid and general help. Pinpointing their exact location, security officers are dispatched quickly and accurately to emergency and first aid requests, while the general help button connects directly to the Campus Services Helpdesk. Students and staff can also “check in”, to make the University's security team aware of their location while working alone or after hours.

The cloud-based SafeZone system shares situational awareness across the whole security team, giving officers access to operational intelligence on the move, enabling more agile decision-making. As events unfold, all team members have complete visibility of the incident and the locations of their colleagues on smart devices.

Superseding slow, unreliable and costly SMS, SafeZone's mass notification is fast and efficient, allowing the University security team to send alerts to all staff and students. Specific instructions can be sent to response teams, or targeted messages to specific groups such as wardens or people at a particular location. Mass notifications can be accompanied by loud tones to warn users campus-wide or a discreet pulse to those perceived to be in the proximity of a threat.

John Anderson, Head of Security said: “We needed to consider what resources we had available to us to support initiatives like 24/7 access. When we investigated SafeZone, we were impressed with the features and how it could adapt to meet the needs of the University and the community.”

“Using this campus safety system demonstrates a proactive step to differentiate ourselves and provide a leading example of how the health and safety of our stakeholders is high on the University's agenda. We hope nobody has to use it but I feel 100% confident that the resources we have in place, both technological and human, show our commitment to staff and student safety. Northumbria University is a safe place to work and study.” Darren Chalmers-Stevens, EMEA Director, CriticalArc, added, “Northumbria University's decision to implement SafeZone demonstrates their commitment to ensuring a safe learning environment for students and staff. This is a strategic win for CriticalArc with more to follow as we are continued to educate the market and work with universities across Europe, the Middle East and Africa.” Well suited to campuses and collegiate universities, SafeZone eliminates language difficulties and enables the fastest possible response to incidents to ensure the best outcomes. Driving significant efficiencies and cost savings, SafeZone safeguards university reputations, offers competitive advantage, and ensures preparedness against environmental and physical threats.

CP PLUS introduces 3i home solution: a big leap in integrated solution

CP PLUS introduces 3i home solution: a big leap in integrated solution

Editor / Provider: Sponsored by Aditya | Updated: 12/1/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

CP PLUS, a world leader in high performance security surveillance products and solutions introduces CP PLUS 3i Home Solution – an Intelligent, Integrated and Interactive solution that goes beyond conventional system. The solution is ideal for residential areas and is poised to be a boon for real estate industry.

CP PLUS 3i Home Solution is the industry's only enterprise–grade one stop comprehensive solution that sets new standards in operational efficiency, cost-effectiveness and performance. 3i Home Solution is scalable, custom-made solution that delivers integrated services that caters to modern day connectivity, security, and situational surveillance.

CP PLUS 3i Home Solution lays out an FTTH (Fiber To The Home) based integrated Hi-tech infrastructure and opens up a number of services for individuals and community. Based on broadband infrastructure, it provides internet and LAN/WAN based services. 3i Home solution offers the following features:

IntelliControl - Automation facilities: The inbuilt system intelligence allows you to monitor, program, and control your home/apartment's lighting and entry locks, heating and air conditioning, and other systems — as a technology that's just around the corner. Automate:
* Light Control ----ON/OFF and Dimming
* Curtain Control
* Appliance Control---AC/Microwave/Fans etc.
* Scene control----Customize and profile combination of settings, i.e., lights, temperature etc.

Save your customized settings to receive text or email alerts, turn off lights based on time or movement, or see a photo when the kids arrive home and many more.

IntelliSecure - Intelligent security system: 3i Home solution powers the most advanced video management and video analytics deployed anywhere. The solution caters to a wide spectrum of requirements, i.e., from warning and the aversion of threats, to the prevention of subversive activities and provision for safety of the people and economic well-being of businesses.

IntelliEnergy - Energy efficient solution for common areas: With a Central Management System, you can configure when to switch each individual street light ON or OFF, and/or by how much to reduce the lamp power. This allows any number of switching events and/or dimming levels.

Intellitainment - DTH, IPTV and VoIP based services: CP PLUS 3i Home solution introduces interoperability and integration. 3i Home solution is a complete solution for IPTV and VoIP related services. This solution enables transmission of next-generation data and video services over broadband networks.

CP Plus deploys world-class technology and state-of-the-art infrastructure to offer the best in class DTH services to prospective customers.

IntelliAccess - Access Wi-fi network: The solution brings together best-in-class Wi-Fi access to all residences and common areas.

IntelliAlert - Emergency alerts and Call divert to smart phones:
* Set security zones in your house and secure your home by sensing abnormal situations (Smoke, Gas, Break) and triggering the alarm.
* Connect instantly to emergency services, Fire, Police, Medical, etc. by sending a panic alarm to emergency personnel from the in-home touchscreen.
* Never miss a visitor call! The solution enables visitor's incoming calls to be forwarded to smartphone.

IntelliAttend- Intelligent Video Door Phone: The 3i Home solution includes the state-of-the-art integrated communication & surveillance systems to meet diversified environments like villas (Wired & Wireless), apartments systems and multi-apartments systems in Analog & IP.

IntelliWatch- Central Monitoring: IntelliWatch features monitoring from a central location and is designed for an intelligent security solution that provides customer's safety and protection of property by integrating intruder detection, video monitoring, two-way audio communication, real-time notification (Email/SMS), Remote access and access control.

IntelliConnect - Flat-to-flat intercom: CP PLUS 3i Solution includes IP VDP system, which not only allows you to see who's at the door, but also enables you to communicate with visitor before you open the door. The indoor monitor can be easily installed anywhere in the house, giving you the convenience of viewing the visitor, unlocking the door and viewing any suspicious activity; all at the press of a button, without needing to go up to the entrance.



Tyco Security Products showcases growing technology portfolio in Milan

Tyco Security Products showcases growing technology portfolio in Milan

Editor / Provider: Tyco Security Products | Updated: 11/12/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Tyco Security Products, part of Tyco, the world's largest pure-play fire protection and security company, will demonstrate a new slate of innovative technology introductions at Sicurezza 2014, 12 to 14 November, Rho, Milano, on Pavilion 3, Stand E01 G06.

“The growing complexities of the security environment, whether within a large enterprise or at a single location, are demanding intuitive yet sophisticated solutions that allow users to focus on the management of their security department or business,” said Phil Dashey, Vice President and General Manager, EMEA, Tyco Security Products. “The seamless unifications between our products enable security personnel to make quick and informed decisions, whilst avoiding integration challenges.”

With its expanding video portfolio, Tyco Security Products continues to lead the market in offering a diverse set of high resolution IP camera, recording and video management system (VMS) platforms from its American Dynamics and Exacq Technologies brands. New from American Dynamics is the VideoEdge Micro, a compact version of the popular VideoEdge network video recorder, ideal for small sites with limited space. The new VideoEdge and victor v4.5 flagship video management system (VMS) solution brings new analytics capabilities such as heat mapping and POS integration with ease of use functionalities like auto discovery and watermarking.

New from Exacq is the EasyConnect automatic IP camera connector feature that allows users to find, address and connect multiple IP cameras to their network automatically. EasyConnect supports IP cameras from Illustra, Axis Communications and Arecont Vision, totaling more than 400 cameras. Exacq is also introducing the E-Series encoder, which converts analogue camera video into network video streams for use on exacqVision systems. The latest release of the exacqVision 6.4 VMS introduces VideoPush, which allows users to easily push selected cameras or entire views to another monitor, such as a public display monitor or video wall.

Complementing the array of choices in recording and management platforms is a wide range of HD IP cameras, including the low-cost Illustra Flex Series, the Illustra Compact Mini-Domes and Mini-Bullets, the industry's fastest Illustra 625 PTZand the Illustra 825 Fisheye, with onboard de-warping technology.

Headlining the intrusion portfolio for Tyco Security Products is Bentel Security's 3.50 release of the ABSOLUTA intruder alarm control panel, offering full support via the ABS-IP LAN board for Sur-Gard receiver communications, BOSS programming software for customised email notifications, and ITV2 support for third party integration opportunities. The newABSOLUTA M-TOUCH touchscreen keypad features a 7” full colour display, and the ABSOLUTA App enables remote control of ABSOLUTA control panels remotely a smartphone using IP or GPRS connection or SMS commands.

Visonic is introducing PowerMaster Version 18, based on the market-leading PowerG technology that is the backbone of several new devices, including the PowerMaster-33 “hidden” panel, KP-250 two-way wireless keypad, ultrathin invisible magnetic transmitters, stylish handheld panic buttons and new advanced featured software for the widely installed PM-10 and PM-30 panels. Visonic is also introducing Tower Cam PG2, a wireless outdoor PIR that is a perfect solution for visual alarm verification and advanced warning.

Rounding out the intrusion portfolio is PowerSeries Neo from DSC, an innovative solution for residential and scalable commercial installations that combines the flexibility of a modular, hardwired system with the simplicity of a wide range of wireless devices and peripherals. PowerSeries Neo leverages the superior capabilities of PowerG – the security industry's leading-edge wireless intrusion technology – and features innovative alarm verification solutions, along with a comprehensive remote service software suite for intuitive management.

CEM Systems will display emerald(tm), the industry's most multifunctional intelligent touch screen terminal in conjunction with the powerful AC2000 access control and integrated security management system. AC2000 offers customers a resilient security solution that has the flexibility to be customised and integrated to third party systems to suit project needs.

The iSTAR Ultra network door controller from Software House uniquely supports traditional hard-wired access control doors and wireless locksets all in the same controller, up to 32 readers. The newest version of the powerful C•CURE 9000access control and security management software platform utilises the victor Unified Client from American Dynamics, enabling users to easily view access control events, video, and intrusion alarms from one central user interface or remotely on the go using C.CURE Go app.

Rounding out the access control offerings will be the new Kantech Intevo integrated security platform, designed to be up and running in minimal time. It includes a customised dashboard for easy system management and is preloaded with Kantech's EntraPass Corporate Edition security management software and exacqVision video management software.

HID Global securing enterprise cloud applications

HID Global securing enterprise cloud applications

Editor / Provider: Jordan Cullis, HID Global | Updated: 11/5/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Applications that reside in the cloud afford enterprises previously unavailable levels of agility, productivity and vital flexibility – all at a crucially lower cost than ever before. However, with many enterprises cloud deployments now successfully up and running, plus the integration of the Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) culture into the workplace, the complex issue of data security and access control have leapt to the fore. Unfortunately, more and more organizations are still falling short of sufficiently extending their ‘best practice' security policy to encompass their now sprawling corporate network.

With data now living on the wrong side of conventional internal defenses in cloud-based server farms, the ground has shifted and a one-size-fits-all approach to data protection is not sufficient. As such, it has become more critical than ever to hone in on the linchpin challenge of secure identity management. Traditionally, enterprises have focused on securing the network perimeter, and relied on static passwords to authenticate users internally, within the firewall. However, taking into account the multifarious nature of present-day threats – from Advanced Persistent Threats (APTs) to the internal risk the mass adoption of BYOD brings – it represents a considerable leap of faith to place complete trust in a singular perimeter defense. Moreover, the simple static password comes with its own challenges. For example, employees may lock themselves out of critical applications if they forget them or, more worryingly, they may reuse their passwords from personal web services for corporate applications.

Intrinsic to cloud and mobile working practice, and further complicating security, is the diversity of the user population. To date, much of the security discussion has focused on securing the cloud-platform, but as enterprises continue to move applications into the cloud and take advantage of the Software as a Service (SaaS) model, it is increasingly important that enterprises resolve the challenges around provisioning and revoking user identities across their cloud-based applications, while also delivering secure, frictionless user login to those applications. As such, enterprises need to have an adaptive authentication solution in place that not only serves to manage users – based on their behavior and risk profile – but also crucially addresses where sensitive data lives and considers the way in which user's access information.

Two-factor authentication
As a first step, enterprises should start by extending two-factor authentication measures beyond the brick and mortar locations of ‘the office' to also cover cloud-hosted data and apps. Best practice already requires using strong authentication to secure remote access to corporate networks – therefore, enterprises must extend two-factor authentication to also cover cloud-hosted data and apps. Two-factor authentication measures have typically been confined to physical devices like one-time password (OTP) tokens and display cards, but thanks to a variety of technological advancements these are being replaced by ‘soft tokens' that can be held directly on the user device such as a mobile phone or tablet, or alternatively as browser-based tokens. While OTPs have proved quite popular as an additional layer of security, users have found hardware OTPs and display cards for two-factor authentication to be inconvenient. As such, replacing the token with a soft token presents an obvious solution. These contactless OTPs operate in the same way as physical tokens, generating random passwords which cannot be re-used – and thus guessed.

Given that the user typically accesses the corporate cloud application from a web browser or application on a mobile device, a multi-factor solution such as token-less authentication with single sign-on begins by identifying the device in use. It does so by consulting the configurable device criteria that is pre-set by the organization, and then assigns a risk score to the specific transaction. The organization itself can therefore tailor the level of security based on the risk associated with specific types of transactions, and providing the device or transaction is verified as secure, the cloud application is enabled and the user begins their session. However, should the transaction not pass, the authentication solution can prompt users to further validate who they say they are by sending an SM, asking additional security questions or continuing authentication using a software token that is installed on a mobile device, reducing hardware and maintenance costs. This leap forward in technology provides greater security and better control of the cloud-based tools in use by employees, enabling organizations to take advantage of the substantial cost savings often associated with cloud technologies, without a bump in security costs to support it.

The Device in Use
Unsurprisingly, as BYOD continues to grow, many of these cloud-based applications are being accessed from personal devices, bringing additional challenges. When tackling the issue of the multitude of devices in use in the workplace, whether employee-owned or corporate-issued by the organization itself, implementing a secure ‘zoning' policy creates an encrypted zone contained inside a personal device, allowing corporate data to reside separately to the rest of the device in use. This serves to establish a clear partition between personal and business information. By clearly demarcating the data available, ‘zoning' data enables employees to securely and efficiently access the corporate information available through cloud applications without frustrating them or decreasing productivity through laborious authentication processes.

Ultimately, it is important for enterprises to adopt a layered approach to security, recognizing that no single authentication method is going to address the diverse requirements for multiple devices and scenarios in today's mobile enterprise. Fortunately, the latest technologies ensure enterprises can continue to leverage their preferred two-factor authentication credential anytime anywhere, even when the highest levels of identity assurance and security are required. For example, the enterprise could combine risk-based authentication techniques with standard two-factor authentication tokens to help eliminate the risk of token sharing. How does this work? It's simple really. The first time an employee registers their token for use, the authentication solution will take a fingerprint of the end-point device they are using. The next time the person uses their token for access, the authentication solution will conduct a check on the token and the end-point device and if both elements are validated it will allow access; if something is amiss the authentication solution can make a risk based decision to either allow access by asking for another authentication factor, such as an out of band SMS one time code, or deny access. This layered approach best addresses the evolving needs of corporate data protection and identity assurance.

                                                        - by Jordan Cullis, Head of Identity Assurance, APAC

The greatest Slovak aviation show is supported by Axis IP cameras

The greatest Slovak aviation show is supported by Axis IP cameras

Editor / Provider: Axis | Updated: 10/7/2014 | Article type: Government & Public Services

58 airplanes from 13 countries carefully watched by more than 90,000 spectators. That was the 4th Slovak International Air Fest whose scope puts it among the biggest air festivals in Central Europe. However, the large number of guests at the Sliač air base made the organizers apply rigorous organizational and security measures.
This year, the organizers specifically focused on greater monitoring of people's movements and greater incident resolution. The situation called for the use of a camera system; nevertheless, the need to monitor remote locations without electric power supply and data system connection represented a challenge.

Therefore, the Slovak Aviation Agency decided to utilize the capabilities of the Axis IP cameras and the wellproven mobile monitoring solution of NetRex. A total of 9 battery-powered NetRex MVSi 01 systems were deployed at the air force base. The system monitored the entrance gates and other selected locations. The mobile sets featured top quality AXIS P1354-E HDTV Network Cameras designed for 24-hour operation. Using the mobile Internet, the NetRex Monitor service fed live views and recordings to the organizers' computers and their smart phones. Lower level recordings were stored at remote secure servers and high level recordings were saved on the SD cards inside the cameras.

Thanks to the installed cameras, the organizers comfortably monitored the whole air base. The stored recordings were available to solve potential security incidents, and they shall certainly be useful during the next year's show promotion in the media. The installation's speed and flexibility, and the cost-effective rental further supported the solution's overall benefits.

In the name of independence and reliability
The sensitive environment of the military air base without any additional electric power supply and Internet connection, including the event's short time period, made the camera system selection relatively demanding. Based on good credentials, the mobile monitoring system of NetRex was selected. The system proved its qualities in this environment.
“The NetRex MVSi 01 systems feature high-capacity batteries, which support at least 20 hours of operation. They can be charged in only 6 hours. The distribution boxes with accessories and cameras were positioned on easily portable tripods with telescopic legs. If necessary, the equipment may be quickly mounted on a wall or a public lighting pole, which may conveniently provide power supply,” says David Capoušek, the manager of NetRex, which designed, sells, and rents this solution. Reliable Internet connection was based on the 3G/EDGE router available in every set. The router also provides Wi-Fi signal coverage for the monitored area.
However, the NetRex does not transmit video only. “The system web interface continuously provides you with information on the equipment actual condition. The integrated GPS unit displays the equipment current location, and it informs you of any potential location changes through SMS or e-mail. The system reports any opening of the distribution box, weak battery condition, line voltage interruption, or potential camera failure to you as well,” adds David Capoušek.
The selected AXIS P1354-E Network Cameras have practically proven their benefits a few times already. Their HDTV resolution combined with the Lightfinder technology, which guarantees excellent sensitivity and colours even under very poor light conditions, make these cameras an ideal monitoring tool. Their integrated SD card slot supports high quality and elegant data storage. The mobile Internet connection enabled the transmission of lower resolution data to the NetRex backed-up servers. This recording backup has also facilitated quick searching for specific events.

Rental for any occasion
Besides the system's technical properties, the aviation show organizers have also appreciated the cost-effective possibility of renting this solution. An amount, which represented a meaningless item in the event's budget, was enough to obtain a professional camera system whose complete commissioning and subsequent disassembly took the NetRex technicians only a few hours. This, together with the possibility of uploading other intelligent applications directly into the camera, opens up numerous possibilities not only in relation to location security, but also during various events and data transmissions. Such an expanded mobile system may then easily transmit data online from your event to YouTube, and it may count your guests or warn you of suspicious people moving at specified locations.


EL.MO NETPLUS adopts expandable modules with high interoperability

EL.MO NETPLUS adopts expandable modules with high interoperability

Editor / Provider: Sponsored by EL.MO. | Updated: 9/29/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

EL.MO. SpA, the Italy-based surveillance manufacturer has brought together the best of technology applied in the safety field in two products— Villeggio and NETPLUS system. EL.MO.NETPLUS, the new hardwired/wireless (with RIVERRF and HALENTE concentrators) intrusion detection control units features 8 triple, double balanced / NC / fast on board inputs, expandable to 16 with split function.

Highly expandable platform
NETPLUS system uses the hardware platform equipped with expansion modules based on Plug&Play principle. It is expandable up to 104 inputs with RIVER series concentrators. Extremely modular, it can grow dimensionally and functionally according to the environment in which it operates. It has a RS485 serial line for the connection of the TRES01485 and TRIAL detectors, RIVER concentrators, and up to 16 control devices such as TATTILO, TATTILOPLUS and ANIMA touch screen keypad, NIRVA and MIDAS keypads, the RS485 I8 serial bus inserters, the ETRZENITH and IZENITH key point flush-mountable box and the PASSLIGHT additional system status indicator.

The completeness of the EL.MO. range is not just complementary, but optimally allows NETPLUS to integrate with a large number of devices. NETPLUS offers unlimited possibilities of management through remote devices, such us traditional telephone, mobile telephone, smartphone, tablet or PC. The applicative field of the remote management includes vocal interaction or via SMS, and involves the management of intrusion detection system and the management of other areas. NETPLUS systems is integrated with management, centralization and supervision and supervision infrastructure of e-Connect systems.

Thanks to this platform, end-user, installers, maintainers and service companies can control, manage and easily communicate with their intrusion detection system through smartphone, tablet and PC anywhere, anytime via internet.

The high interoperability of NETPLUS applies not only tothe modern communication media but also to building automation in civil and industrial environments, based on KONNEX BUS thanks to the suitable optional module.

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