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Genetec announces support of Bosch, MOBOTIX and EUKLIS cameras for Stratocast cloud-based VMS

Genetec (the technology provider of unified security, public safety, operations and business intelligence solutions) has announced that Stratocast, its cloud-based Video Surveillance-as-a-Service (VSaaS) offer powered by the Microsoft Azure cloud computing platform, now supports new camera models from Bosch, MOBOTIX and EUKLIS.

Stratocast is designed to meet the needs of organisations requiring a reliable and cost-effective video surveillance solution without the expense and complexities typically associated with installing and managing on-premises surveillance systems. It offers a true cloud solution for enterprise customers that want to easily deploy video surveillance in smaller footprint and remote locations.

Stratocast also supports hybrid cloud deployments for those end users wishing to keep certain on-premise storage and infrastructure hardware while gradually transitioning everything to the cloud.

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Thanks to Stratocast’s open architecture, the portfolio of supported devices is also continually expanding and, as stated, will now support cameras from Bosch, MOBOTIX and EUKLIS in addition to existing support for hundreds of models from Axis Communications and Vivotek.   

“A driving force behind Stratocast is to deliver a cloud-based video management system based on an open architecture with no need for a local bridge or recorders,” said Oktay Yildiz, product line manager for Stratocast at Genetec. “At Genetec, we want to offer users a non-proprietary solution in the cloud such that they have the flexibility to integrate a variety of cameras to address their specific needs.”

Yildiz added: “With Stratocast, end users can transition to a cloud-based infrastructure while potentially leveraging their existing investment in camera hardware or choosing to install new cameras from a variety of supported brands.”

Georges Tannous, director of global alliances at Genetec, commented: “The growing interest for video surveillance in the cloud is a key driver in partner integration to the Stratocast platform. We’re excited about partner participation and these new integrations by Bosch, MOBOTIX and EUKLIS. We’re looking forward to adding more brands and models as they become available.”

*For a Stratocast trial visit: https://www.genetec.com/solutions/all-products/stratocast/overview#LookingForMoreInformationOrALiveDemo?

**For a full list of Stratocast-supported devices access: https://www.genetec.com/solutions/all-products/stratocast/supported-devices

***Stratocast provides the same SLA as all other Genetec cloud services, which is a credit-backed uptime guarantee of 99.9%

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ONVIF chairman to deliver presentation as part of IoT and standards-focused Memoori webinar

ONVIF, the leading global standardisation initiative for IP-based physical security products, is pleased to announce that Per Björkdahl, chairman of its Steering Committee, will be the featured presenter in the webinar Physical Security, IoT and Open Standards, which runs on 17 August at 4.00 pm BST. The webinar is hosted by Memoori, an independent market research company that studies the physical security, smart buildings and energy management markets.

The webinar will examine how the Internet of Things and cloud computing have already shaped the physical security industry, and will also cover the development of ONVIF’s profiles.

Cyber security from a physical security standards viewpoint will be considered, focusing on how open standards can help secure sensitive communications between devices. ONVIF’s cyber security strategies and future profile developments will also be discussed, and there’ll be a brief interactive Q&A session to close the hour-long presentation.

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“This webinar is for end users, integrators and anyone else who’s interested in how ONVIF can be a valuable tool in IoT and other deployments that require secure communications between multiple devices and clients,” explained Björkdahl.

*To register for the ONVIF webinar visit Memoori’s website. This free, live webinar is sponsored by Tridium

**Further information is also available on ONVIF’s website: www.onvif.org

ONVIF releases Profile Q for advanced security

ONVIF has just released Profile Q, the specification that features quick and easy discovery, set-up and configuration of conformant devices as well as advanced security features.

Profile Q offers out-of-the-box functionality for systems integrators and end users with an easy set-up mechanism and basic device level configuration, streamlining the set-up and connection of systems and devices.

Profile Q also supports Transport Layer Security (TLS), a secure communication protocol that allows ONVIF devices themselves to communicate with clients across a network in a way that protects against tampering and eavesdropping.

Until now, Profile Q has been in release candidate status in order to provide industry review and feedback prior to the final release.

“With the final release of Profile Q, integrators and end users can expect out-of-the-box interoperability between ONVIF conformant cameras and video management systems,” said Steven Dillingham, chairman of ONVIF’s Profile Q Working Group.

“Our development of this Profile is an indication of ONVIF’s response to the market’s request for a more streamlined set-up and deployment process.”

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IS cyber attack on the UK “could cripple all forms of communication and infrastructure” warns Bitdefender

Following the news that the British Government is set to double UK cyber crime funding to combat the IS threat, Catalin Cosoi (chief security strategist at Bitdefender) offers an insight into what an Islamic State-orchestrated cyber attack might look like and where defences must be improved.

“A cyber attack from Islamic State could have devastating consequences for British businesses and infrastructure.

“As organisations continue to deploy innovate technologies to increase productivity, the number of attack surfaces is increasing and leaving businesses exposed.

“A possible worst case scenario is the crippling of all communication and critical infrastructures, ranging from mobile phones to water supplies, electricity and gas. This could be co-ordinated alongside a physical tactical assault, as disrupting any form of communication or Internet-connected technology could be used as a serious tactical advantage on the ground.

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“It’s conceivable that, although IS might not have the necessary technical skills, it could potentially outsource these types of attack to parties that do. After all, the black market is now riddled with such services, all waiting for the right buyer.

“Adding £1.9 billion per annum to the budget for fighting cyber crime is a step in the right direction, but this needs to be supported with an extensive review of critical infrastructure.

“There have been several incidents where industrial SCADA systems have been found plugged directly into the Internet and accessible by anyone. If this situation doesn’t change, we’re leaving the door open for any organised attacker including IS.”

Security threat countermeasures

Catalin Cosoi’s work is helping to set the agenda for the development of new security threat countermeasures.

Over the last 11 years, Cosoi has acquired a thorough understanding of key areas of technology such as cloud computing, outbreak detection, proactive phishing detection and mobile threats.

Bitdefender is a global security technology company that delivers solutions in more than 100 countries through a network of value-added alliances, distributors and reseller partners.

Since 2001, Bitdefender has consistently produced award-winning business and consumer security technology, and is a leading security provider in virtualisation and cloud technologies.

*More information is available at: http://www.bitdefender.com/

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Siemens Building Technologies introduces latest version of Datacenter Clarity LC

Siemens Building Technologies has launched the latest version of Datacenter Clarity LC, an advanced software solution that harnesses a combination of real-time monitoring and Computational Fluid Dynamics in one single DCIM platform to enable data centre owners and managers to protect their data centre infrastructure with greater accuracy and efficiency.

The rapid growth in social networking, Internet usage, electronic banking, paperless storage and modern IT services such as virtualisation and cloud computing means the UK’s dependence on safe and secure data centres is paramount to the business continuity of corporations and infrastructures.

Higher levels of security are now required to ensure that data centre facilities are safe and the integrity of the data, buildings and assets involved is assured.

Datacenter Clarity LC is an advanced integrated software platform combining information from vital sub-systems that traditionally operate in isolation into a single, powerful solution that monitors energy and building management, physical security, fire safety, power and communications, zones and raised floors, racks, servers and data storage systems as well as switches and routers.

Importantly, this solution bridges the gap between IT and facilities’ processes, enabling both parties to manage assets and workflows.

The outcome is a complete, real-time dashboard that can represent assets in a state-of-the-art 3D model and deliver a fully-automated and smart data centre environment with resultant cost and energy savings and improvements in manpower resources.

Rapid growth in social networking, Internet usage, electronic banking, paperless storage and modern IT services such as virtualisation and cloud computing means the UK’s dependence on safe and secure data centres is paramount to the business continuity of corporations and infrastructures

Rapid growth in social networking, Internet usage, electronic banking, paperless storage and modern IT services such as virtualisation and cloud computing means the UK’s dependence on safe and secure data centres is paramount to the business continuity of corporations and infrastructures

Assessment of critical situations

The data centre market is increasingly demanding technology that will assess critical situations, distribute information, co-ordinate workflows, maximise uptime and manage resources. Siemens has responded by delivering a solution that guarantees a scalable, secure, seamless, resilient and intelligent environment.

The benefits that Datacenter Clarity LC brings include significant reductions in energy consumption thanks to the precision monitoring of data from multiple systems, a wide range of management tools for improved capacity planning, forecasting and simulation, increased asset availability to enable business continuity and the realisation of advanced intelligence and analytics.

The software delivers real-time energy management in server rooms due to its ability to harness Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) analysis technology combined with real-time environmental monitoring to realise a complete set of capabilities for cooling management. Datacenter Clarity LC continuously monitors the air temperature in server rooms and instantly identifies any potential problem areas such as hot spots.

In addition to real-time environmental monitoring, Datacenter Clarity LC also provides predictive capabilities in a virtual 3D data centre model before any equipment is actually purchased by the end user. Having both real-time environmental monitoring and CFD capabilities within a single DCIM platform is unique to Siemens and enables a faster return on investment for the customer.

Multi-dimensional dashboards and KPIs

Multi-dimensional dashboards and Key Performance Indicators provide second-by-second information on data centre performance. Real-time monitoring – as well as alarm and critical event notification with escalation – enable immediate response and corrective action to ensure the protection of sensitive material and irreplaceable data.

Datacenter Clarity LC now includes a browser-based 3D application. This affords an intuitive and portable solution that facilitates deployment, usage and accessibility with no local footprint. This new web client interface is cross-browser and cross-device compatible to include tablets for maximum convenience and ease of use.

Phiippe Heim, portfolio manager for Siemens’ data centre team, commented: “Datacenter Clarity LC will be at the heart of the next generation of data centres. Currently, the major challenge for this critical environment is to reduce costs while improving operations. This new development from Siemens ensures the full protection of assets, better consolidation across all essential services and improved energy consumption to achieve green credentials.”

Datacenter Clarity LC is based on Siemens’ tried-and-tested Product Lifecycle Management software which has a proven 20-year pedigree. Operating in critical environments across the globe, over nine million PLM licenses have been issued to date.

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‘UK companies lag behind the US in cyber security readiness’ reveals BT survey

Many Board level executives around the world are still failing to address cyber security issues, while hacktivism and malicious insider threats (intentional leaks) are perceived to be on the rise.

Just 17% of UK business leaders view cyber security as a major priority compared to 41% in the US, research from BT has revealed.

The research, which assessed attitudes to cyber security and levels of preparedness among IT decision-makers, highlights that UK businesses are lagging behind their US counterparts in crucial areas.

Only one-in-five (21%) respondents in the UK are able to measure the return on investment (ROI) of their cyber security measures compared to nine-in-ten (90%) of US companies. Similarly, 86% of US directors and senior decision-makers are given IT security training compared to just 37% in the UK.

More than half (58%) of IT decision-makers globally stated that their Boards underestimate the importance of cyber security. This figure increases to 74% in the US but drops to 55% in the UK.

Hacktivism set to pose greater risk

The difference in levels of preparedness correlates with attitudes to threats. Non-malicious insider threats (eg accidental loss of data) are currently the most commonly cited security concern globally, being reported as a serious threat by 65% of IT decision-makers.

In the UK, this falls to 60% and is followed by malicious insider threats (51%), hacktivism (37%), organised crime (32%), nation states (15%) and terrorism (12%).

In the US, the proportion of IT decision-makers who see non-malicious insider threats as a severe threat increases to 85% and is followed by malicious insider threats (79%), hacktivism (77%), organised crime (75%), terrorism (72%) and nation states (70%).

Mark Hughes: CEO at BT Security

Mark Hughes: CEO at BT Security

Looking ahead, more than half of global IT decision-makers believe that hacktivism (54%) and malicious insider threats (53%) will pose a greater risk over the next 12 months. In the US, this increases to 73% and 74% respectively. This compares to 29% and 23% in the UK.

Globally, terrorism is seen as the threat least likely to pose more risk over the next 12 months.

Myriad of internal and external threats

Mark Hughes, CEO of BT Security, said: “The research provides a fascinating insight into the changing threat landscape and the challenge this poses for organisations around the world. The massive expansion of employee-owned devices, cloud computing and extranets has multiplied the risk of abuse and attack, leaving organisations exposed to a myriad of internal and external threats which are malicious or accidental.”

Hughes continued: “US businesses should be celebrated for putting cyber security on the front foot. The risks to business are moving too fast for a purely reactive security approach to be successful. Nor should cyber security be seen as an issue for the IT Department alone.”

In response to emerging threats, three quarters (75%) of IT decision-makers globally say they would like to overhaul their infrastructure and design them with security features from the ground up. 74% would like to train all staff in cyber security Best Practice. Similarly, just over half (54%) say they would like to engage an external vendor to monitor the system and prevent attacks.

Hughes added: “As the threat landscape continues to evolve, CEOs and Board level executives need to invest in cyber security and educate their people in the IT Department and beyond. The stakes are too high for cyber security to be pushed to the bottom of the pile.”

About the research

This research was undertaken by Vanson Bourne for BT in October 2013.
Five hundred interviews were carried out with IT decision-makers in medium-to-large sized enterprises across seven countries – UK, France, Germany, USA, Brazil, Hong Kong and Singapore – and in a range of sectors (finance, pharmaceutical, retail and government).

BT Security: staying ahead of the threat curve

BT Security is building on 70 years’ experience of helping organisations around the globe and across all sectors get ahead of the threat curve and reduce the uncertainty and complexity of security.

The company provides an end-to-end capability to help organisations enjoy higher levels of security at a time when security budgets are not keeping pace with the threat landscape.

BT Security thinks about assets, people and processes, and combines these with both network and security intelligence to help customers stay ahead of the security risks.

BT Security protects both BT and its customers. These customers are advised by a global team of 1,300 security practitioners, 600 global security specialists and a professional services team of approximately 4,000.

The BT Security Assure portfolio covers: Assure Managed Firewall, Assure Web Security, Assure Intrusion Prevention, Assure Message Scan, Assure Denial of Service Mitigation, Assure Cyber, Assure Managed Cloud, Assure Threat Monitoring and Assure Vulnerability Scanning.

To find out more about BT Security visit: http://www.bt.com/btassure/securitythatmatters

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