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Newsletter 08/01/09
08 January 2009

Message from the Editor

With the festivities over and a busy year ahead of us, its sometimes hard to know where to start but for our staff, organising work around exhibitions will be the main activity. Two key events in the diary are IIPSEC and Intersec both taking place this month. We'll be running a newsletter on the 29th January dedicated to the world of IP technology featuring news from the IT industry and security suppliers who focus on IP technologies.

Intersec runs from the 18th to the 20th January in Dubai and I'll be going along to find out the latest news and announcements from key industry players and getting home in time to run a newsletter featuring news from the event on the 22nd January.

I hope you enjoy this edition of the newsletter and if you have any comments or feedback, I'd be delighted to hear from you at jon.newell@prosecurityzone.com

Jonathan Newell
Editor

Newsletter 15/01/09
15 January 2009

Despite the ongoing financial problems in the world, IT security budgets have been increased this year, according to Network Box. This should be no surprise with the continuing increase in cyber-crime and the number of rather clumsy data loss incidents that have been reported throughout the last two years. As the subject becomes more complex, users are going to be spending their money on solutions that are easy to deploy, provide comprehensive protection and allow adaptation as the threats continue to evolve. I also predict that they'll offset some of the cost by shedding IT staff and opting for the Software-as-a-Service approach. By doing so, it could be argued that control is being unnecessarily devolved but it provides access to a breadth of expertise that is hard to establish with expensive in-house teams. Read more about Network Box' findings in the newsletter below and through the link to our website. I hope you enjoy this edition of the newsletter and if you have any comments or feedback, I'd be delighted to hear from you at jon.newell@prosecurityzone.com

Jonathan Newell

Editor

InterSec Special Newsletter - 22/01/2009
22 January 2009

Message from the Editor

With over 17,000 visitors from 50 countries and 700 exhibitors, InterSec 2009 in Dubai was a thriving event for both buyers and sellers most of whom flew in the face of the financial crisis by filling order books and injecting further optimism into a market which is showing little sign of slowing down.

Although falling oil prices have hit the Middle East hard and the building industry has slowed down as a result, there is still a lot of infrastructure development and existing projects are being completed. Coupled with high demand for high quality, modern security systems, this was good news for the exhibitors at InterSec. The general mood of those I spoke to was that although the halls weren't packed with visitors during the entire three days, those who arrived were there with a purpose.

It was also a good exhibition for visitors with all the major suppliers in the access control, biometrics and surveillance markets in attendance along with scores of smaller suppliers offering system specifiers the full range of choices. With some of the big surveillance suppliers already withdrawing from IFSEC this year, Intersec could well be the last opportunity to see such a range of suppliers in one place for the rest of this year.

During next week, ProSecurityZone will be publishing editorial reviews of interviews and demonstrations at InterSec including such major suppliers as Dallmeier, IQinVision, Iomniscient, Sagem Securite, FLIR CVS, March Networks, Salto Systems, Simtix and Cross Match Technologies. You can read these reviews in the blog section accessible from the home page so keep checking back to read the latest from these companies.

InterSec 2010 will be held in Dubai from January 17th to 19th 2010 and I suspect that many stands will already have been re-booked.

I hope you enjoy this edition of the newsletter and if you have any comments or feedback, I'd be delighted to hear from you at jon.newell@prosecurityzone.com

Jonathan Newell
Editor

IIPSec Special Newsletter 30/01/09
30 January 2009

The annual IIPSec exhibition in the UK is dedicated to the concept of converging security systems using IP technology, a logical step to take in order to get the best advantages from the available technology. Its inconceivable to think that IT systems would operate independently and that each system would network using coax cabling today but many security systems, especially in the UK, have not yet made the leap into structured cabling and IP technology. Such events as IIPSec are there to show the unconverted what they're missing and with its full conference program, provide some insight into how it can be achieved.

The exhibition publicity ran the slogan 'why wait until May?', a reference to the IFSEC exhibition also held in the UK and the answer is that although IFSEC doesn't focus only on IP technology, it has the scope which this year IIPSec unfortunately suffered from with around 40% of the exhibitors representing the surveillance industry. Surveillance is clearly a major part of any security installation but in an exhibition dedicated to the concept of convergence, more representation from other security technologies and the IP infrastructure itself would have been more beneficial. The majority of the IIPSec exhibitors will also be at IFSEC so apart from the conference program, if you missed IIPSec, you have a second opportunity to see the exhibitors in May.

I hope you enjoy this edition of the newsletter and if you have any comments or feedback, I'd be delighted to hear from you at jon.newell@prosecurityzone.com

Jonathan Newell
Editor

Newsletter 09/02/09
09 February 2009

Message from the Editor

This week's Counter Terror Expo event is currently being held in London. With a sell-out conference program and high profile exhibitors, the exhibition promises to be an insightful few days for enforcement bodies and security professionals interested in the prevention of terrorism. Coinciding with this, TPS Consult is extending its series of free anti-terrorism seminars so keep an eye on our home page for news updates announcing the dates.

I hope you enjoy this edition of the newsletter and if you have any comments or feedback, I'd be delighted to hear from you at jon.newell@prosecurityzone.com

Jonathan Newell
Editor

Newsletter 16/02/09
16 February 2009

Message from the Editor

The loss of sensitive data particularly from mobile and removable devices doesn't seem to be improving despite the flood of technology being made available more cheaply. Details of some of that technology is included in this newsletter with SmartPhone data protection and a very inexpensive single user solution from Avanquest for travellers who carry their data around on USB sticks.

There's also a report from Absolute Software on DLP and a link for signing up to InfoSecurity Europe exhibition which is the very popular IT security show held annually in London and which features all the leading suppliers in data loss prevention. Anyone involved in IT security should definitely make time to attend this event.

I hope you enjoy this edition of the newsletter and if you have any comments or feedback, I'd be delighted to hear from you at jon.newell@prosecurityzone.com

Jonathan Newell
Editor

Newsletter 23/02/09
23 February 2009

Message from the Editor

Cloud Computing is the direction many security companies seem to be heading for as their next source of revenue and there's certainly enough hype and publicity to drive many end users in this direction. The concept of cloud computing is nothing new, software-as-a-service, ISP's and web-hosting are all examples of cloud-based infrastructures but the trends are towards more computing functions being distributed on rented server space over time. The security implications of this are large since the systems under the direct control of the Security Manager are becoming less. Indeed, with organizations become increasingly nervous about security, this is one of the limiting factors which is preventing more rapid uptake.

I've included two articles about security 'in the cloud' in this week's newsletter but check the main site regularly for more news in this area. You can find links to the most recent stories from our home page or browse the categories in each of our 'zones'.

I hope you enjoy this edition of the newsletter and if you have any comments or feedback, I'd be delighted to hear from you at jon.newell@prosecurityzone.com

Jonathan Newell
Editor

Newsletter 02/03/2009
02 March 2009

Message from the Editor

Trains, boats and planes in this issue with mobile surveillance systems reaching every sphere of transportation. Air Italy, the British Royal Navy and the Mexican railway system have all recently installed some kind of surveillance system as wireless networks and smart cameras take CCTV off the street corners and into a wider variety of applications.

I hope you enjoy this edition of the newsletter and if you have any comments or feedback, I'd be delighted to hear from you at jon.newell@prosecurityzone.com

Jonathan Newell
Editor

Newsletter 09/03/09
09 March 2009

Facebook had nowhere to hide last week with Web 2.0 applications and Facebook in particular being the focus of significant criticism from all angles. Developers of malicious code have increased the pace with which they're using social network sites as a distribution medium for their wares causing problems for those who don't have application control protection on their computers.

Apart from malicious code, the social implications have also come back into focus particularly with regard to the protection of children from the dangers of unrestricted online networking. Finally, a UK law firm backs up recent sackings of Facebook users in the workplace and is calling on UK companies to get tougher on the use of Web 2.0 in the workplace.

I hope you enjoy this edition of the newsletter and if you have any comments or feedback, I'd be delighted to hear from you at jon.newell@prosecurityzone.com

Jonathan Newell
Editor

Newsletter 16/03/09
16 March 2009

The annual Global Security Challenge is an ideal opportunity for entrepreneurs, inventors and small start-up companies to gain recognition for their efforts, receive a financial boost and get assistance in reaching new markets. This year, the challenge focuses on cyber crime and entries are now being accepted from anyone who believes they have a cutting edge solution to the huge problems the IT industry is facing.

There will be a short break in newsletter distribution during the next two weeks while the editor takes annual leave and we will recommence at the beginning of April. The site will continue to be updated with news on a daily basis. With such major events as InfoSecurity Europe and IFSEC taking place in the UK during April and May, keep looking at the site for the latest news and watch out for our special newsletters covering these events.

I hope you enjoy this edition of the newsletter and if you have any comments or feedback, I'd be delighted to hear from you at jon.newell@prosecurityzone.com

Jonathan Newell
Editor

Newsletter 06/04/09
06 April 2009

Message from the Editor

I will admit that thoughts of IP convergence and the Conficker worm rarely crossed my mind during the last two weeks while I was sipping fresh coconut juice on the beach but apart from timing this period of relaxation with the regional weather, it also represented time to take a deep breath before the busy spring exhibition season. The vast ISC West show ended last week, InfoSecurity Europe is just around the corner and my diary is filling fast for appointments at IFSEC in May. The site is already bulging with news surrounding these events and its flooding in daily so if you want to know the latest from ISC West or are planning to visit either of the two big European events in the UK, take a daily glance at the news headlines on our home page or search for technology specific items of archived news in our category listings.

The site organises your news conveniently by zone, category, date or supplier so we hope it is easy for you to find whatever you're looking for. We also have key phrases highlighted in some stories to help you find related news of interest. By clicking on the highlighted phrase (such as '3G' or 'IP Surveillance'), you can find all the news on the site containing these key phrases.

I hope you enjoy this edition of the newsletter and if you have any comments or feedback, I'd be delighted to hear from you at jon.newell@prosecurityzone.com

Jonathan Newell
Editor

Newsletter 14/04/09
15 April 2009

Message from the Editor

Utilities providers are suffering a major headache after the US electricity grid was hacked earlier in April, bearing out earlier predictions that national infrastructures are becoming increasingly vulnerable as a result of their adoption of smarter technology for controlling their networks. Although no disruption occurred in the US hack, the software left behind could easily have been used for disruptive purposes. Read about Comodo and PGP's thoughts on this matter and expect much more response to this growing concern.

At a time when everyone is looking for new markets to boost waning revenues, Netavis have illustrated how security technology can be deployed in other industries with some lateral and innovative thinking. The video analytics supplier has installed analytics software in a Bulgarian tile manufacturing company to count output and improve productivity. You can read about this at the end of the newsletter or find the full story by browsing the 'Video Analytics and ANPR' category on our site where there is currently about 200 items of news about this technology.

I hope you enjoy this edition of the newsletter and if you have any comments or feedback, I'd be delighted to hear from you at jon.newell@prosecurityzone.com

Jonathan Newell
Editor

Newsletter 22/04/09
22 April 2009

Message from the Editor

Despite forecasts from analysts that the staunchly set analogue surveillance base in the UK won't budge until financial stability returns, we've seen some high profile installations recently and the IP suppliers will be out in force at IFSEC next month. Axis has focused on delivering the message through demonstrating and explaining the technology drivers in the industry in an argument that they hope will convince users to adopt the IP approach. Finnish IP VMS supplier will also be there and has recently opened a UK office in a Bullish move reflecting the optimism that is still felt in the supplier base.

Our next two issues of the Pro Security News newsletter will be looking in more detail at the IT security and IP Surveillance with next week's edition being a show preview for InfoSecurity Europe and the following week's being an IP Surveillance edition leading up to the IFSEC show in the UK.

I hope you enjoy this edition of the newsletter and if you have any comments or feedback, I'd be delighted to hear from you at jon.newell@prosecurityzone.com

Jonathan Newell
Editor

InfoSecurity Europe Special Newsletter 28/04/2009
28 April 2009

Over 100 companies, or about a third of the InfoSecurity Europe exhibitor list, regularly contribute to our news pages and represent all the leading specialist vendors catering for information security. This year, with budgets tightened and cyber-crime booming, the InfoSec exhibition is a better place than any to provide answers to the security dilemmas faced by many companies.

The so-called 'Insider Threat' is one area of growth in IT crime and a recent UK survey showed that over a third of employees surveyed in London would hand over confidential company information for the right price. 'The right price' for personal identities and financial data is falling as the demand for ready cash in the criminal world increases. Trading prices on the identity theft market have never been lower. Against this backdrop, information security has reached new levels of importance and the timing is ideal to gain insight into the latest developments at InfoSecurity Europe.

I hope you enjoy this edition of the newsletter and if you have any comments or feedback, I'd be delighted to hear from you at jon.newell@prosecurityzone.com

Jonathan Newell
Editor

Sample Entry for IQeye
04 May 2009

IQinVision is a world leader in megapixel IP video and home of the IQeye security camera line. Leading the high resolution and network camera industry since 1998, we offer complete surveillance camera systems, including day/night, vandal-resistant, and weatherproof IP cameras. With smart security camera systems featuring outstanding IP surveillance video quality, video analytics software, network stability, product reliability and customer support you can count on - we continue to deliver innovative security system solutions for any situation.

Visit the IQeye website 

Pre-amble about IFSEC and IP surveillance (link to IFSEC site also agreed)

 

Newsletter 06/05/09 (IP Surveillance Special)
06 May 2009

Message from the Editor

With IFSEC opening its doors next Monday for Europe's main annual security exhibition and conference, we're focusing this week on IP Surveillance as our main feature. The UK market has proven to be difficult to convert from analogue systems with the country having the largest CCTV deployment in Europe. With so many legacy networks in the country, a lot of work needs to be done to make a convincing argument for re-investing in newer technology. The technological argument is straight-forward enough with the functional benefits of IP technology as an integration enabler and platform for superior cameras being clear. However, the majority of the UK installed base remains to be convinced. The exhibitors at IFSEC therefore have a tough job ahead of them next week. Visit the IFSEC exhibition website here.

 

One supplier at the forefront of the technology is IQinVision who, after 10 years of innovative leadership, is continuing to deliver a wide range of highly differentiated IP network products designed for stability and reliability in the most demanding, mission-critical applications and environments.  IQinVision offers a complete product portfolio in two distinct product lines-IQeye PRO LINE and IQeye BASIC LINE.  

IQeye PRO LINE IP cameras are full-featured, rugged, intelligent security cameras, ideal for professional surveillance installations. Every IQeye PRO LINE camera can operate as a stand-alone system or integrate seamlessly with third party systems like NVRs, DVRs, video analytics, access control, POS, alarm systems, and building automation systems. PRO LINE camera features include:  

o Variety of High-Definition Megapixel Camera Models
o H.264 Compression with Audio Options
o Innovative Recording Solutions with NO BANDWIDTH Consumption
o On-Camera Intelligence 
o Multi-Stream Video Capability and More!
 
IQeye BASIC LINE cameras offer a robust operating system and industry-leading image quality in an easy-to-install, affordable package. Designed for cost-sensitive applications, these cameras are ideal when you don't need the complete feature set of the IQeye PRO LINE, but still want reliable network performance.  


Visit the IQinVision website here

 

I hope you enjoy this edition of the newsletter and if you have any comments or feedback, I'd be delighted to hear from you at jon.newell@prosecurityzone.com

Jonathan Newell
Editor

Newsletter 19/05/09
19 May 2009

Last week's IFSEC exhibition in the UK managed to quell the fears of many that the security industry was being badly affected with the crisis. With many key exhibitors having earlier announced that they wouldn't be attending this year, there was a mood of pessimism in the air. However, the enthusiasm of the exhibitors and crowded stands painted a very different story. Norbain has already announced its return in 2010 and I'm sure others will follow.

Sanyo, Optex and Dedicated Micros picked up prestigious IFSEC awards and it was also good to see Slovenian TAB Systems win an award at last after three years as runner up for it's Smarti biometric face recognition system.


I hope you enjoy this edition of the newsletter and if you have any comments or feedback, I'd be delighted to hear from you at jon.newell@prosecurityzone.com

Jonathan Newell
Editor

Newsletter 26/05/09
26 May 2009

With the loss of sensitive RAF vetting data and a lost terabyte drive from the US National Archives, the subject of data encryption has far from come off the boil and our news pages continue to swell with data protection stories. We've also found that despite the need for compliance, companies aren't spending as much as they maybe should on compliance and asset management.  To redress this, IT Governance has produced a guide to Governance and why it should be undertaken and FAST Ltd has published details of how good IT Asset Management can save money through the prevention of over-licensing.

I hope you enjoy this edition of the newsletter and if you have any comments or feedback, I'd be delighted to hear from you at jon.newell@prosecurityzone.com

Jonathan Newell
Editor

Newsletter 02/06/09
02 June 2009

Message from the Editor


TransSec World Expo starts tomorrow in Amsterdam providing a showcase for suppliers to the transportation security industry where there is a strong focus on biometrics for worker access control and the prevention of terrorism. If you haven't registered yet, you can read a little about it in our events diary here and click through to their site for registration.

Anybody involved in the surveillance industry with even a passing interest in high definition imaging should read this week's article from Vidicore written by Michael Korkin of Arecont vision. The article provides some insight into H.264 compression, a standard that everyone's talking about and few fully understand. Cut through the hype and take another step towards understanding this important aspect of tomorrow's video surveillance systems.


I hope you enjoy this edition of the newsletter and if you have any comments or feedback, I'd be delighted to hear from you at jon.newell@prosecurityzone.com

Jonathan Newell
Editor

Newsletter 18/06/09
18 June 2009

More focus has been placed lately on insider threats with organisations becoming
increasingly concerned about employees feeling under threat of redundancy and the
temptation to collect information assets that might be useful in the future. This is a
sensitive issue requiring an equally sensitive approach, something which Cyber-Ark
has recently been prompted to write about to share its thoughts on getting the balance
right between security and privacy.

 

Similarly, the use of Instant Messaging in the workplace has long been under debate.
A recent report from a large software distributor takes the rather extreme view that
you should ban it completely. Others recognise that it has a use as a valid
communication tool if it is controlled correctly. Network Box recognises that the use
of IM isn't going away and has published a free guide on how to secure it.

 

I hope you enjoy this edition of the newsletter and if you have any comments or
feedback, I'd be delighted to hear from you at jon.newell@prosecurityzone.com

 

Jonathan Newell
Editor

Newsletter 25/06/09
25 June 2009

Message from the Editor

DVTel have announced their support this week for ONVIF, one of the two primary organisations set up to promote and develop open standards for IP surveillance, the other organisation being the PSIA. Both organisations were set up comparatively recently and the industry is rapidly dividing itself into two camps with camera manufacturers generally either opting for one or the other. Notable exceptions are the video management systems suppliers, most notably Milestone, who are declaring their support for open standards regardless of the organisation that ultimately comes out on top. We'll be covering more on this debate in the coming weeks and look out for editorial on the main site page where I will be explaining the standards in more depth and the reasons why the camera manufacturers are opting for one or the other.

I hope you enjoy this edition of the newsletter and if you have any comments or feedback, I'd be delighted to hear from you at jon.newell@prosecurityzone.com

Jonathan Newell
Editor

Newsletter 02/07/09
02 July 2009

Message from the Editor

The fast and furious development of Web 2.0 add-on applications to keep pace with the escalating demand has been highlighted as the main cause for the security instability in such popular providers as Twitter which has recently suffered some very high profile security failures. This hasn't gone un-noticed by the malware writers or the simply mischievous who are putting social networking users to considerable levels of inconvenience and threat.

The security vendors are also responding and we've featured some advice from Webroot on how to avoid falling victim to web 2.0 security complications and also a free plug-in from Finjan for preventing damage from malicious tweets.

Two weeks ago, we featured a Cytech Europe special newsletter about the company's innovative home security systems. If you haven't got round to having a look through this, you can either click on the link in the sidebar of this newsletter to view it in its original form or visit Cytech at www.cytech-europe.co.uk

I'd particularly recommend their You-tube video, to which there's a link in the special newsletter.

I hope you enjoy this edition of the newsletter and if you have any comments or feedback, I'd be delighted to hear from you at jon.newell@prosecurityzone.com

Jonathan Newell
Editor

Newsletter 09/07/09
09 July 2009

Message from the Editor

Despite considerable resistance to the casual use of Web 2.0 in the workplace, there was never really any doubt that this useful technology would filter into our everyday working routine. IIAM Europe has reported a doubling in the use of Web 2.0 for business purposes in the last 12 months as social networking particularly has caused considerable excitement in marketing departments. The same period has also seen a corresponding increase in security scares, all of which help to nail down the security weaknesses and bring the technology into the mainstream of business communications.

I hope you enjoy this edition of the newsletter and if you have any comments or feedback, I'd be delighted to hear from you at jon.newell@prosecurityzone.com

Jonathan Newell
Editor

NCP Engineering Special Newsletter 16/07/09
17 July 2009

Message from the Editor

When people think of remote access today, they are seemingly faced with two contrary VPN technologies - IPSec and SSL. Whether you have chosen the right VPN type, however, will only become apparent once you have invested your money

Choosing NCP's integrated VPN solution means that you avoid the risk of investing in the wrong VPN-Technology. Simply because NCP has perfected IPSec VPNs to the 'New IPSec'. The headaches are now a thing of the past. Therefore the secure and easy operation of a remote access VPN is guaranteed by: the central management, network access control, universal VPN Clients with integrated, dynamic personal firewall, simplified 3G card support, VPN Gateways and high availability services.

'Next Generation Network Access Technology by NCP' means fewer clicks, less documentation, less support calls and certainly integrated SSL-technology too for special remote access environments. This implies: the highest level of profitability. The easy virtualization and comfortable change management are other advantages of this pure software solution.

You can make the most of mobile computing's streamlining potential in your company with the first step being to visit the NCP Engineering web site. (http://www.ncp-e.com/index.php?id=368&L=1)

 

I hope you enjoy this edition of the newsletter and if you have any comments or feedback, I'd be delighted to hear from you at jon.newell@prosecurityzone.com

Jonathan Newell
Editor

Newsletter 07/08/09
07 August 2009

Message from the Editor

 

One or two events in the calendar for security suppliers to consider this week. The Queen's Award for Enterprise 2010 is now open for entries and the closing date is the 30th October. Of the four awards available, 3 are for companies to apply for and 1 is for entrepreneurs who have to be nominated. The other event is the Global Security Challenge with a prize of $10000 and mentorship for the best idea for tomorrow's security technology. The closing date is the 1st of September so there's little time left for this one.

I hope you enjoy this edition of the newsletter and if you have any comments or feedback, I'd be delighted to hear from you at jon.newell@prosecurityzone.com

Jonathan Newell
Editor

Newsletter 13/08/09
13 August 2009

Message from the Editor

While Z Microsystems is producing software to ease the pain of users of the massive installed base that still uses tapes for recording surveillance footage, IndigoVision is pushing on at the other end of the technology spectrum with the release of their latest Network Video Recorder. The system can be configured in different RAID arrays depending on criticality. Whilst RAID 0 provides improved performance and storage capacity, the disadvantage is that if you lose a disk, you lose everything. Providing options for RAID 1 or 5 is a wise move by IndigoVision, giving users the option of recovering from different degrees of data loss.

I hope you enjoy this edition of the newsletter and if you have any comments or feedback, I'd be delighted to hear from you at jon.newell@prosecurityzone.com

Jonathan Newell
Editor

Newsletter 27/08/09
27 August 2009

Message from the Editor

It may not come as a surprise this week that Social Networking sites have hit the top of the list of sites that are most likely to be attacked. What may be of more surprise is the number of businesses turning their backs on the technology and blocking access to Web 2.0 sites for their employees. With the same platform being used for both business networking and social chit-chat, its hard to strike the balance between a valuable business resource and an object of employee abuse. So far, anecdotal evidence would suggest that social networking sites have marginal business benefits which are far outweighed by the risks which is why they're being blocked. However, that situation isn't likely to remain the same for very long and ways will have to be found to strike the right balance and reduce the risks.

The same can't be said about peer-to-peer communication tools which are rife in the employee community. Easy to install and providing a hotline into your network, these tools represent a serious risk as described by an article by Network Box which is definitely worth taking heed of.

I hope you enjoy this edition of the newsletter and if you have any comments or feedback, I'd be delighted to hear from you at jon.newell@prosecurityzone.com

Jonathan Newell
Editor

Newsletter 04/09/09
04 September 2009

Message from the Editor

IP video networking is continuing to push the boundaries and move closer to working interoperability standards with the Physical Security Interoperability Alliance (PSIA) having successfully completed testing of the first release of its specification. One of the detractors commonly cited for moving to IP systems is the storage demands, a challenge which Stretch has stepped up to with the release of scalable CODECS to balance risk over time. The system works by decoding and recompressing stored video over time to enable extended retention of video at gradually reducing quality levels.

I hope you enjoy this edition of the newsletter and if you have any comments or feedback, I'd be delighted to hear from you at jon.newell@prosecurityzone.com

Jonathan Newell
Editor

Newsletter 09/10/09
09 October 2009

With the Biometrics Exhibition and Conference coming up in London, there's the opportunity to take a closer look at the considerable advances that have been made in the technology during the last 12 months and how it can be combined with other security systems to bring identification and verification advantages to surveillance and access control.

Prosecurityzone has had a great summer with constant growth in readership month on month and news flooding in each day at unprecedented levels so keep checking the site home page for the latest headlines updated daily to keep ahead of what's happening in the industry.

From our events diary, the following shows are coming soon:

Storage Expo, London 14-15 October
Explosives Detection 2009 Symposium and Workshop, San Diego 20-23 October

The Biometrics Exhibition and Conference, London 20-22 October

IDGA Border Management Summit, Washington 26-29 October

PABS 09 North America, Chicago 26-27 October

IFSEC India, New Delhi 29-31 October
Holo-Pack Holo-Print 2009, Budapest 11-13 November
All-Over-IP Forum, Moscow 19 November

 

I hope you enjoy this edition of the newsletter and if you have any comments or feedback, I'd be delighted to hear from you at jon.newell@prosecurityzone.com

Jonathan Newell
Editor

Newsletter 21/10/09
21 October 2009

If there could be any further doubt about the advantage of IP surveillance technologies, two stories featured this week are sure to dispel them. With the behaviour analysis and people counting facilities embedded by Mate onto Pelco cameras, the obvious security benefits are further enhanced by the commercial benefits to the retail market for analysis of purchasing trends and promotional activities.

Cognitec's live streaming face recognition software adds further value to the application integration advantage of networked video. Although controversy still surrounds some of the privacy issues, there is plenty of case history, particularly from CIS states, of the effectiveness of biometric 'face in a crowd' recognition in the fight against terrorism and serious public order incidents.


From our events diary, the following shows are coming soon:

Explosives Detection 2009 Symposium and Workshop, San Diego 20-23 October
The Biometrics Exhibition and Conference, London 20-22 October
IDGA Border Management Summit, Washington 26-29 October
PABS 09 North America, Chicago 26-27 October
IFSEC India, New Delhi 29-31 October
Holo-Pack Holo-Print 2009, Budapest 11-13 November
All-Over-IP Forum, Moscow 19 November

 

I hope you enjoy this edition of the newsletter and if you have any comments or feedback, I'd be delighted to hear from you at jon.newell@prosecurityzone.com

Jonathan Newell
Editor

Newsletter 29/10/09
30 October 2009

Message from the Editor

IT threats are picking up again with the inevitable explosion of malware attacks on Halloween, the current massive Facebook password changing scam and the increased risk of falling victim to increasingly sophisticated phishing attacks in the run-up to Christmas.

Many inboxes are receiving a dozen or more supposed e-mails from Facebook per day so its likely to become clear very soon to people that its s hoax but not before considerable damage has already been done. By opening the attachment, users potentially become another node on a botnet, providing extra power for mass mailings of more malicious mail.

Christmas poses an online threat not only to individual users, but also to businesses and ISACA this week provides advice to both employers and employees on how to minimise the risks associated with online shopping in the workplace.


From our events diary, the following shows are coming soon:

IFSEC India, New Delhi 29-31 October
Holo-Pack Holo-Print 2009, Budapest 11-13 November
All-Over-IP Forum, Moscow 19 November


I hope you enjoy this edition of the newsletter and if you have any comments or feedback, I'd be delighted to hear from you at jon.newell@prosecurityzone.com

Jonathan Newell
Editor

Newsletter 06/11/09
08 November 2009

Message from the Editor

A recent report from the Information Commissioner's Office has shown that the loss of sensitive data in the UK is continuing unabated with almost one significant incident every single day. These incidents included stolen laptops, stray memory sticks and even data disks lost in transit, reminiscent of the HMRC scandal in 2007. Origin Storage is one of a number of vendors offering solutions completely on a plate. With automatic encryption, additional PIN or password protection and massive removable storage capacity, there's simply no excuse for the data loss scandals to continue.

From our events diary, the following shows are coming soon:

Holo-Pack Holo-Print 2009, Budapest 11-13 November
All-Over-IP Forum, Moscow 19 November

 

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Newsletter 13/11/09
15 November 2009

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Both Arecont Vision and Dedicated Micros last week released megapixel cameras with on-board storage and removing another detractor from the cited reasons for not moving to IP surveillance. With storage technology becoming more compact and processing power increasing to enable more complex analytics to run 'at the edge' (or on the camera rather than at a central server), IP surveillance is moving more towards a distributed processing environment placing lower demands on infrastructure. With distributed storage and on-board analytics, its not difficult to foresee a requirement for very low bandwidth and storage requirements with cameras only transmitting alarm conditions and 'off-peak' video streams.

From our events diary, the following shows are coming soon:

All-Over-IP Forum, Moscow 19 November


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Newsletter 20/11/09
23 November 2009

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Is social networking in the workplace an example of 'cyber-slacking' or could it be deployed as a useful business tool? Palo Alto Networks looks at the question in a bit more detail in a report it has recently published and suggests that rather than banning it outright, now is a good time to look at how Web 2.0 applications are being used in the workplace and whether it can be channelled as a resource. The results may be disappointing initially, but as take-up increases in the commercial world, those who take a more enlightened approach from the outset are more likely to suffer less as the technology becomes more widespread.

In the meantime, various filtering and monitoring tools such as those offered by GFI Software can provide the information necessary to know what your employees are doing and whether their browsing activity amounts to cyber-slacking or something more useful.


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Newsletter 27/11/09
29 November 2009

Despite the gloomy financial forecasts at the start of the year, development activities in the security industry are continuing unabated. Combined under-vehicle inspection with ANPR enables comparisons to be made for changes to specific vehicles, JVC are still ploughing money into analogue development and producing high specification cameras and Qinetiq are even analysing butterfly wings to see if their unique light defraction properties can help in the future of anti-counterfeiting measures.

However, the innovation that caught my attention this week was the joint project between Brivo and Dell to provide a secure hosting service for surveillance camera footage. At the start of the year, there were few options beyond what had already existed and many security professionals were bemoaning the storage demands placed on them by storage-hungry megapixel cameras. Since that time, the options have grown with on-camera solid state storage and now a hosted option. Read more in the Surveillance Zone.

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Editor

Newsletter 04/12/09
07 December 2009

Message from the Editor

A lot of progress has been made this year in achieving open standards for IP Security systems. Companies such as CEM Systems are developing their proprietary applications to include APIs enabling the integration of other manufacturers' equipment onto their systems.

In the surveillance market, two standards bodies (ONVIF and PSIA) are making progress on an open framework for IP surveillance systems and IndigoVision has achieved a landmark by producing and demonstrating the ONVIF version of the company's popular Control Center video management system.

A significant advance in IT security came from Check Point Technologies with the introduction of application level filtering to provide more granular control to IT Administrators who are locked in the battle of preventing Web 2.0 applications from being abused in the workplace without losing the business advantage of having them.


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