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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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Security Management via the Cloud: ‘Organisations must embrace the risks as well as the opportunities’

Organisations embracing cloud-based security management systems will see major benefits from doing so but must adapt quickly to ensure they don’t open themselves up to evolving risks. This was the clear message emanating from the Association of Security Consultants’ (ASC) winter Business Group meeting held on 18 November at the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Inderpall Sall, technical director at NG Bailey IT Services, highlighted the rapid progress towards the next phase of cloud evolution when everything will be connected to the Internet. This would maximise the intelligence available, facilitate the convergence of building, ICT and business systems within organisations and routinely mean that powerful analytics were available.

Examples given included access control data triggering whether lights were switched on or off at a particular workstation, an entry card being disabled and desk and parking space released when someone is on holiday and an American company using data from cameras to analyse behaviour on train stations with a view to preventing suicides.

Clients are now demanding cloud-based mobile technology – “You have to put a network in otherwise someone else will do it”. There’s now a move away from organisations requiring every system to have its own separate infrastructure and applications. Indeed, Sall cited the examples of a client that had opted to have just one cabling infrastructure to manage and monitor everything and of a requirement to provide a very simple, single application with security, fire and building management sections available from one screen.

Inderpall Sall: technical director at NG Bailey IT Services

Inderpall Sall: technical director at NG Bailey IT Services

Consideration of risk alongside opportunity

However, there’s a need to consider the risks alongside the opportunities. If all information is on the network, the implications of being hacked would be much more serious. Effectively, it would be possible for someone to gain control of a whole building.

To offset these risks, i’s important to have substantial physical and IT security in place, give very careful consideration to enterprise security architecture and ensure that all functions involved with security provision are co-ordinating their activities effectively.

The intelligent buildings theme was continued with a presentation on security reporting from Brian and Steve Larkins of Verifi FMS. Despite all the technology developments of recent years, security officers have remained largely dependent on paper records. This could make organising and retrieving information (particularly where this is related to events that had occurred some time ago) challenging to say the least. This session demonstrated VeriFi EIDOS, a new cloud-based alternative which requires only a standard browser.

The ASC event also included a presentation by Broadgate Estates’ security and business continuity manager Jonathan Schulten on the scale and nature of dealing with such a large property portfolio, the dynamics of the relationships between landlord, occupiers and property managers and some typical challenges such as public realm management (for example during World Cup coverage in Exchange Square).

The next ASC Business Group meetings will take place on 3 March and 14 May 2015

The next ASC Business Group meetings will take place on 3 March and 14 May 2015

Speaking after the event, ASC chairman Allan Hildage commented: “We’ve seen today how cloud technology can help to provide a consistent and quality service and ensure different parts of an organisation work together more effectively to meet overall business objectives. However, we’re also constantly reminded that the speed of technological development is challenging everyone. The impact on systems’ integrity and the ability of the regulatory framework to keep pace are just two of the issues raised in questions from the floor.”

Hildage concluded: “From a security and resilience perspective, it’s vital that we grasp the full implications and act on them if we are to maximise the benefits while minimising the risks.”

*The next ASC Business Group meetings will take place on 3 March and 14 May 2015

**For further information about the ASC visit: http://www.securityconsultants.org.uk

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Thales secures connectivity of Highways Agency with five-year Public Services Network contract

Thales has been awarded a five-year contract to provide secure network connectivity services for the Highways Agency.

Let under the UK Government’s Public Services Network (PSN) connectivity framework, the contract will see Thales deliver a range of services to the Highways Agency including network connectivity, encryption security, Wide Area Networks, Local Area Networks and remote access services for employees.

The Thales solution will enable the Highways Agency to exploit modern, secure communications that conform to the Government’s PSN standards, improving cyber security while significantly reducing ICT costs and improving operational effectiveness.

The backbone of the Thales solution is a secure, accredited network service that will link 49 sites across the United Kingdom. That secure network will enable improved information sharing between Highways Agency sites while also supporting secure voice and improved data communications services.

Thales will manage transformation and migration of all users from their existing network to the new encrypted service. The company will also provide gateway services ensuring the data integrity and security of information while at the same time allowing Highways Agency staff to work more flexibly and efficiently.

Thales will also supply a high security Remote Access Solution (RAS) to enable users to connect securely to the Highways Agency networks from remote or home-based locations.

Reduced costs, improved security

“Thales is looking forward to working with the Highways Agency to deliver a network solution that will significantly reduce costs, improve security and enhance operational effectiveness,” explained Phil Naybour, vice-president of secure communications and information systems at Thales UK.

“Thales aims to be a leading provider of secure network and cyber security services for UK Government and Critical National Infrastructure. Securing this contract, which is one of the largest contracts awarded under PSN, helps to confirm Thales as one of the leading providers of PSN connectivity solutions where there’s a requirement for enhanced security.”

Thales will support the Highways Agency contract using project managers and engineers from its Network Operations Centre in Doncaster and its facility in Basingstoke, home to a new Cyber Security Operations Centre.

The Highways Agency is an executive agency of the Department for Transport and is responsible for operating, maintaining and improving the strategic road network in England on behalf of the Secretary of State for Transport.

Aim of the Public Services Network

The aim of the Public Services Network (PSN) is to create a single network based on industry standards and, in so doing, create a more open and competitive ICT marketplace at the heart of the UK public sector.

PSN will substantially reduce the cost of communication services across UK Government and enable new, joined-up and shared public services for the benefit of citizens.

The PSN programme uses two commercial frameworks: one for connectivity and one for services. Both the PSN connectivity and the services frameworks are now operational.

As one of the few companies to supply both PSN frameworks, Thales provides a full suite of secure network and cyber security assessment, audit and assurance capabilities.

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