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Enterprise Management Associates research confirms importance of packet capture for cyber defence

One of the significant findings from Enterprise Management Associates’ (EMA) recent report entitled ‘Unlocking High Fidelity Security 2019’ is that organisations using full packet capture are better prepared to battle cyber threats. The report highlights that the visibility and accuracy of packet capture data provides the best source of certainty for threat detection, and also notes that the adoption of full packet capture has accelerated over the past 12 months.

The document concludes: “…it’s clear that those using packet capture as part of their normal tool set…were more confident in the telemetry they received about their environments. They had shorter breach detection and response time and they had more confidence in their workflows and processes,” and “…this creates a very strong story for the use of packet capture as one of the staples in the security program.”

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Other key findings in the report include the following:

*Respondents from enterprises using packet capture rated themselves “wholly comfortable with the current cyber security risk level” in their organisation – nearly one-third more often than those using flows, and 14% more often than those using endpoint or network, app and systems logs

*Respondents using packet capture had the highest confidence that they were detecting viable threats at the reconnaissance stage when evaluating the ability to detect attacks against Lockheed Martin’s Kill Chain model. The report adds: “This is the first stage and least costly when the attack is stopped at that point.”

*Nearly two-thirds (60%) of respondents reported that network data is more valuable for early breach detection than endpoint data (40%)

*Respondents deploying packet capture rated themselves “outstanding” in preventing and quantifying breach scope far more than those using other telemetry methods

“The research in EMA’s report confirms that organisations not only see the value of packet data as a definitive source of evidence, but are more confident when using packet capture to detect, prevent, analyse and respond to data breaches,” said Stuart Wilson, Endace’s CEO. “These findings reflect what we see in the market. Enterprises are increasingly recognising the vital importance of full packet capture in enabling them to correlate security telemetry, keep their networks secure and improve productivity. Packets provide certainty about what’s actually happening on the network, and that enables organisations to respond confidently to threats.”

A summarised report focusing on packet capture is available for download at (https://www.endace.com/esearch-reports/ema-2019-research-report-download.pdf). The full report can be found at: https://www.enterprisemanagement.com/research/asset.php/3773/Unlocking-High-Fidelity-Security-2019

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Milestone Systems appoints Ritesh Deokar as country manager for India

The appointment of Ritesh Deokar is a strategically important move for the company, adding valuable experience and expertise which complement Milestone Systems’ ambitious expansion plans in the region.

Deokar joins the company from a senior management position at Larsen & Toubro Infotech, where he was responsible for global alliances. Prior to that, he was employed as national alliance manager at Wipro Limited, and has extensive experience working within the ICT sector in India. Deokar’s diverse background in both technology and security will be of significance to Milestone Systems’ growth in the region.

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Ritesh Deokar

Jordan Cullis, director for the APAC region at Milestone Systems, said: “The fact that Ritesh brings a converged security and technology skill set to the company fits perfectly with our needs. Video management has evolved far beyond the point where it exists purely as a standalone technology. To fully harness the power of an open VMS platform like Milestone Systems, professionals need to understand and work with the myriad of technologies that integrate with our solutions.”

Deokar received his MBA from Nagpur University and is fluent in four languages: Hindi, English, Kannada and Marathi. He’ll now be based in Bengaluru.

Milestone Systems has committed to an ambitious growth strategy in the region, backed by a global plan to increase its innovation capacity by 45%.

Speaking about his new role, Deokar said: “I’m very excited to come to a leading global company like Milestone Systems at a time when there’s so much happening in the video management and surveillance industry in India. There’s enormous potential for our open platform VMS solution and my extensive contacts across the IT and security markets here will certainly give us some great scope to forge new alliances, build new solutions and really take the company forward across the region.”

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Stand-up comedian and ‘Chaser’ Paul Sinha to host 2020 UK OSPAs

Television presenter and stand-up comedian Paul Sinha is set to host the UK Outstanding Security Performance Awards (OSPAs) taking place on 26 February 2020 in central London.

Sinha, who’s also known as ‘The Sinnerman’, has one of the finest quiz brains in the country and regularly appears on ITV1’s The Chase as a ‘Chaser’.

As well as performing as the awards host, Sinha will deliver a stand-up comedy set to an expected audience of 500-plus security business sector professionals.

Winners of the 2020 OSPAs will be honoured at the event. Anyone who can demonstrate that they’ve made a significant and outstanding contribution to the security industry is being urged to enter to be in with a chance of formal recognition.

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Entry to the UK OSPAs is open until midnight on 1 October. There are 16 categories to choose from, the entry process is free and completed entirely online. Submissions may be put forward for as many categories that are applicable.

*Information on nomination criteria and how to enter can be found online at www.uk.theospas.com

**The UK OSPAs are now in their fourth year. Innovise Software is sponsoring the awards for the second consecutive year

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VMS developer Wavestore appoints Mark Claxton as new managing director

Wavestore, the British developer of open-platform and highly secure Linux-based Video Management Software (VMS), has appointed Mark Claxton in the role of managing director. Claxton, who has an MBA in Global Strategic Management and Marketing, will be responsible for ensuring Wavestore meets its strategic technology objectives and sales growth targets while continuing to offer the highest levels of pre- and post-sales support.

“We’re delighted to welcome Mark to the Wavestore team,” said James Smith, Wavestore’s previous managing director who remains on the Board of Directors. “Mark’s general management skills and business acumen will be put to very good use as we endeavour to take Wavestore through to the next stage of its global development.”

Smith added: “Building on our existing award-winning software platform, we have an exciting roadmap which will help accelerate our sales growth. I’m looking forward to supporting Mark as he seeks to develop and drive a strategy which capitalises on the exciting opportunities for us to work with our business partners around the world.”

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Mark Claxton

Claxton’s appointment coincides with the launch of Wavestore v6.18 which includes a wide range of new and innovative features. These include flexible display choices, enhanced audio support and additional file storage options, all of which are intended to deliver real-life practical benefits for end users who wish to obtain maximum value from their video surveillance systems.

“I’m very excited to have the opportunity to provide leadership for a team of highly talented people who share a passion for ensuing Wavestore continually improves in everything it does,” said Claxton.

“I’m also looking forward to working with colleagues on devising a strategy which ensures there’s greater market awareness of the benefits of Wavestore from both a technology and total cost of ownership standpoint. In this respect, I firmly believe that we can establish clear blue water between Wavestore and its competitors.”

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All MOBOTIX IoT camera solutions integrated in Gentec’s cloud-based Stratocast VMS

MOBOTIX has taken another step towards integrating its technology within partner systems with the news that, after extensive development processes and testing procedures, all MOBOTIX Internet of Things (IoT) camera solutions have now been integrated in Gentec’s cloud-based Stratocast video management system (VMS).

VMS specialist Genetec has been one of MOBOTIX’s most important technology partners for many years now. “The integration of our camera systems in Stratocast, whose high level of cyber security is put to the test in annual stress tests and evaluations, is another milestone in the long-term co-operative relationship that exists between MOBOTIX and Genetec,” explained Hartmut Sprave, CTO at MOBOTIX.

Thomas Dieregsweiler, head of product management for MOBOTIX, added: “When we make our technology available and integrate it with other solutions, it’s paramount to us that we don’t compromise on the cyber security of our systems. Genetec and MOBOTIX speak the same language. We’re one of the world’s first camera manufacturers to successfully integrate with the Stratocast solution.”

The cloud-based Stratocast is designed for SMEs. When using Stratocast, end customers can always rest assured that their company is protected and that seamless operation is ensured. Using a PC, laptop, tablet or smart phone, Stratocast guarantees access to live videos and video recordings that are stored ‘cyber-safe’ in the cloud.

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The end user themselves requires only basic computer expertise, as no computer infrastructure such as additional servers have to be installed. No maintenance or updates will be required. This makes solutions affordable and very transparent for the end user. They only pay by usage.

Stratocast allows the end user to circumvent typical server-based problems such as additional IT infrastructure or employees, lack of storage space, loss of records and unscaleable prices or functionalities.

The scope of functions provided can also be extended by using the Genetec Security Center for central monitoring. This means the cloud-based network can grow and develop according to the end user’s needs.

Successful co-operation

As is the case for MOBOTIX, cyber security and data protection are the highest priority for Genetec. For example, all communication between the on-site system and the cloud is fully-encrypted with Transport Layer Security. Genetec guarantees 99.5% availability (availability and access to video). All data is backed up three-fold in the cloud.

Genetec works exclusively with hardware and software partners who meet the highest quality standards for cyber security and data protection.

“We have integrated our technology into Stratocast’s technology over the last six months,” explained Thomas Lausten, CEO of MOBOTIX. “All test series were completed successfully. The quality of our video solutions combined with a keen focus on cyber security and our global sales network is how we became one of the first camera manufacturers to integrate our technology in the cloud-based Stratocast . It proves once again that the decentralised intelligence of our camera systems makes MOBOTIX one of the most important players on the global market.”

*For further information visit https://www.mobotix.com/en/mobotix-genetec-stratocast

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Johnson Controls releases CEM Systems DCM 400 four-door intelligent encrypted IP controller

Johnson Controls has announced the introduction of the CEM Systems DCM 400 four-door intelligent encrypted IP controller. It’s an intelligent controller which provides a secure and cost-effective solution for the bi-directional control of up to four doors.

The DCM 400 is designed to directly interface with CEM Systems AC2000 access control system (v10.2 and higher) and Wiegand or CEM Systems approved and supplied Open Supervised Device Protocol (OSDP v2) smart card readers.

Using powerful 32-bit processors, the DCM 400 gives full offline verification and decision making at the point of entry, with a local cardholder database of up to 500,000 cards and storage of up to 80,000 offline events designed to ensure improved communications and response at the door.

The DCM 400 contains a number of features to improve ease of installation and maintenance. These include an LCD display and a 12-character keypad to allow configuration and troubleshooting directly on the board.

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A graphical overlay wiring guide and spare network points on the DCM 400 allow for local access to diagnostic web pages. The enclosure has been designed with a removable door for ease of access, an increased number of punch-outs (20 mm and 25 mm) and cable tie points for improved cable management options.

Smart power features include automatic detection of 10.5 V DC to 28 V DC power supplies. This simplifies installation without the need for jumper-links or configuration.

The DCM 400 dashboard web page, which can be accessed locally and remotely, provides end users’ installers with improved troubleshooting, monitoring and configuration of the DCM 400 and any equipment that’s connected to it.

The DCM 400 is also a future-proof solution for those who wish to migrate from Wiegand readers to more secure OSDP v2 readers. Both can be supported on the same 400 unit.

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Security industry specialists to demonstrate expertise at Axis Communications’ Partner Showcase event in London

Axis Communications’ upcoming Partner Showcase biennial will welcome delegates from across the security industry and highlight the very latest advances in physical security technology. The event is to be held on Wednesday 16 October at White Hart Lane, the home of Tottenham Hotspur FC.

Axis Communications will host 27 partners who’ll be providing product demonstrations, engage in seminars and offer Q&A sessions on key topics ranging from cyber security, Artificial Intelligence (AI)/machine learning, behavioural analytics and detection right through to cloud/hosted services such as Video Surveillance-as-a-Service (VSaaS) and Access Control-as-a-Service (ACaaS).

The much-anticipated Axis Communications Partner Showcase represents an informal opportunity for system integrators, security installers, distributors, security consultants and end users to learn more about the future trends that are shaping the industry. Joining the Axis Communications team of experts will be subject matter specialists from every field across many industries who will explain the technology and, as valued Axis partners, deliver integrated solutions that address the key security challenges of today.

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Content highlights to be delivered on the day will include:

*Future technology trends and their impact on video surveillance and access control

*How Internet of Things technologies are integrating in the cloud and the benefits they offer

*How ‘as-a-Service’ solutions (eg VSaaS and ACaaS) are changing the way in which end users buy security

*The importance of leveraging partnerships to address industry-wide challenges

*How innovation in network video is helping to drive business performance

*Analytics: AI, machine learning, deep learning and their impact on today’s industry

Delegates will benefit from an invaluable experience to learn more about the physical security landscape, while also networking with security industry peers. The Axis Communications Partner Showcase event provides an opportunity to engage in discussions around the hot topics with learnings that can be taken away and implemented to improve efficiencies delivered through greater business intelligence.

Registered exhibitors include 2N, Briefcam, Camstreamer, Citilog, Dedrone GmbH, Facit Data Systems, Genetec,  Milestone Systems, Morphean, Observit, Quanika, Secure Logiq, Siemon, Siklu Communication, SimonsVoss, Sound Intelligence, Synectics, Total Security Stockholm AB, Vaxtor Recognition Technologies and Veracity UK.

*To register for the event visit the website

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