IFSEC

Converged Security Centre

by Mark Rowe

IFSEC International 2018 will host a learning and demonstration area, where visitors can gain a real-time immersive experience of integrated physical and cyber security.

Networked systems and applied technologies are presenting security managers with information outputs and data. The business intelligence available from this deepening level of integration is now a core competency, providing commercial, industrial and government users with unparalleled insight. However, these systems also represent security vulnerabilities; the nature of their networked capabilities means there is a need for vigilance against threats to information security. It’s an equation: greater complexity of technologies will lead to greater threats.

Hence, IFSEC’s introduction of the Converged Security Centre at this year’s show. IFSEC has worked with thought leaders in this space, including James Willison, Founder, Unified Security Ltd, and Sarb Sembhi CISO, Virtually Informed Ltd. They have long advocated the use of converged technological solutions managed by cross-functional security teams to identify and mitigate security risks to organisations. IFSEC and Unified Security recognised the capabilities of Vidsys’ CSIM solution and their partners. The Converged Security Centre will be powered by Vidsys, the architects of Converged Security and Information Management (CSIM), to offer visitors a real-time immersive experience of an integrated cyber physical SOC, demonstrating ways to enable multi-disciplinary security teams to respond to security risks across an enterprise.

The Converged Security Centre will be a combined learning and demonstration area hosted by Vidsys, Unified Security Ltd and their partners’ representatives, delivering panel discussions with information and physical security professionals on the capabilities of a fully integrated CSIM platform. Visitors will learn how, with a fully converged security system, users can correlate multiple events into one situation, track major assets, execute building management operations, monitor social networks, and enable high level information security resilience for true situation management. The presentations will show the simulated outputs of CSIM across a range of applications including transport, utilities and infrastructure. Visitors will be able to see how CSIM operates in real-time.

The Centre will also display capabilities from Vidsys partners. These include IFSEC premier partner Axis Communications, the IP networked surveillance product company; Unisys, which provides cyber and information security products; and Micro Focus International, who will be demonstrating how IDOL, AI powered analytics for video, image, text and audio data, can automate real-time intelligence for security operators.

The Centre is a cornerstone feature in IFSEC’s role as a platform to show security professionals the available technologies and capabilities in real-time, delivered by world leading experts whose solutions they can trust. It is also a key part of the IFSEC ‘Show Me How’ programme, providing direct access to learning and insights visitors would otherwise not have the opportunity to see.

James I Chong, CEO, Vidsys says: “We’re excited to be part of the Converged Security Centre at IFSEC this year and to be working with our global partners to showcase what a truly converged security solution can provide to organizations worldwide. We believe there is an immediate need for a converged security solution that unifies monitoring of both physical and cyber security under one, unified platform. By leveraging disparate sources of data, organizations can effectively manage a situation in real-time without having to go to multiple subsystems, including analytics and cybersecurity, to get the job done.”

Gerry Dunphy, Brand Director, IFSEC says: “IFSEC is delighted to welcome Vidsys to this year’s show as the major driver behind the Converged Security Centre. Our recent research revealed there is an absolute need for our customers to gain greater understanding of the capabilities of CSIM as well as a deeper awareness of the growing threats of cyber penetration into their networks so this project is an ideal solution. We’re thankful also to our good friends James Willison and Sarb Sembhi from Unified Security who have helped us co-ordinate this exciting new project at IFSEC 2018’.’

James Willison MA MSyI, Founder Unified Security Ltd and Sarb Sembhi CISM, CISO, Virtually Informed Ltd, add: “Sarb and I have long advocated the use of converged technological solutions managed by cross functional security teams to identify and mitigate security risks to the organisation. We were delighted to assist Gerry and his team in this new project and bring together Vidsys and other partners to establish the Converged Security Centre in June. We look forward to leading some of the sessions in the centre to promote this immersive real-time multi-disciplinary approach to cyber physical attacks on all security systems. It is a significant step forward to bringing physical and information security professionals closer together and so more efficiently protect our people and organisations.”

IFSEC International 2018 runs from June 19 to 21, at ExCeL London, alongside FIREX, Safety & Health Expo, Facilities Show and Field Service Management Expo.

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