Life as a Security System Integrator

Did you know that the global market for security system integrators will grow to $75.7 billion by 2020, up from $60.3 billion in 2015 (source: IHS Markit)? It only makes sense that just as the security and surveillance industry continues to transform with the move to higher resolution cameras, longer data retention times, and the increase in usage of analytics, that the security system integrators market would also transform. What these integrators may have built their business on—manned guarding, alarm and fire detection, and so on — is quickly changing to focus more on the technology solutions they can provide to their customers.

The Untold Stories Behind Security

The apparatus of security is something that can be easily taken for granted. We may grumble about taking our shoes off at an airport security line, or having our bag searched on the way into a concert, but we largely accept these inconveniences as the price of security. The infrastructure that is necessary to make us all feel secure in order to conduct business, travel, and live our lives freely is vastly more complex than many of us typically think about. At the ASIS International 61st Annual Seminar and Exhibits last week in Anaheim the world’s experts in security management gathered to share insights on what it takes to mitigate risk and maintain security. These are the guys who think about security every day and never take it for granted. Experts presented on topics such as “The Future Effects of Rapidly Changing Security Technology” and “Living the New Normal of Sophisticated and Determined Attackers.” I listened to the head of security at The Mall of America describe behavior detection and assessment, and how they have responded when the mall was specifically mentioned in a terrorist threat video. He recounted some specific successes you probably haven’t heard about because security successes don’t make the news – security failures do.

Talking Network Forensics and Cybersecurity on Federal News Radio

My Fed colleagues tell me that their favorite morning news station for the D.C. beltway commute is Federal News Radio (1500 on your AM dial). So I was thrilled when I was invited to talk to Tom Temin on the “Federal Drive” morning news show about Cybersecurity and Network Forensics. With the latest Home Depot breach still fresh in the news, we talked about the growing awareness that breaches are going to happen, and the importance of putting robust incident response plans in place—in advance.

What Does Scale-out Storage Have to Do with Cybersecurity?

Recent news reports have shined a big bright light on some very public cybersecurity breaches. And more organizations are asking: Could this happen to me? Am I doing enough to protect my business from a breach? Have I already been hacked—and I just don’t know it yet? There is a growing sense that a cyber attack is inevitable—a sense that traditional signature-based defenses are insufficient. As a result, organizations are increasingly adopting next-generation security solutions— that will help them to detect, investigate, and resolve the inevitable cyber attack.