IFSEC International 2018 organiser UBM unveils plans for Converged Security Centre

Event organiser UBM has announced that IFSEC International 2018 (which takes place at London’s ExCeL from 19-21 June) will play host to a dedicated learning and demonstration area – dubbed the Converged Security Centre – wherein visitors will benefit from “a real-time immersive experience” of integrated physical and cyber security.

Networked systems and applied technologies are presenting security management professionals with rising levels of information outputs and data, which are rapidly becoming core aspects of their business strategies. The business intelligence available from this deepening level of integration is now a core competency, providing commercial, industrial and Government end users with unparalleled levels of insight.

However, these systems also represent major security vulnerabilities. The nature of their networked capabilities means that there’s a strengthening need for higher levels of understanding and vigilance in combating threats to information security. It’s a simple equation: greater complexity of technologies will lead to greater threats. This is where IFSEC International and its partners can provide the solutions.

IFSEC International has worked closely with key thought leaders in this space, including James Willison MA MSyI (the founder of Unified Security) and Sarb Sembhi (CISO at Virtually Informed). Together, Willison and Sembhi have long advocated the use of converged technological solutions managed by cross-functional security teams to identify and mitigate security risks posed to organisations.

In the development of the Converged Security Centre, UBM and Unified Security have recognised the capabilities of Vidsys’ Converged Security and Information Management (CSIM) solution and the company’s partners. The Converged Security Centre will be powered by the experts at Vidsys, the pioneering architect of CSIM, to offer visitors that aforementioned real-time immersive experience of an integrated cyber physical Security Operations Centre, in turn demonstrating ways in which to enable multi-disciplinary security teams to respond to the whole range of security risks present across an enterprise.

Combined learning and demonstration area

The Converged Security Centre will be a combined learning and demonstration area hosted by Vidsys, Unified Security and partner representatives, delivering a series of panel discussions by way of leading information and physical security professionals on the exceptional capabilities of a fully-integrated CSIM platform.

Visitors will learn how, with a fully-converged security system, users can correlate multiple events into one situation, track major assets, execute efficient building management operations, monitor social networks and enable high-level information security resilience for true situation management.

The presentations will show the simulated outputs of CSIM across a range of applications including transport, the utilities and critical infrastructure and discuss how these benefit all areas of security management. Visitors to IFSEC International will be able to see how CSIM operates in real-time and ask experts from Vidsys, Unified Security and their partner organisations how this will empower their future security strategies.

The Converged Security Centre will also display capabilities from a selected range of Vidsys partners. These include IFSEC International premier partner Axis Communications (whose expertise in IP networked surveillance is acknowledged worldwide), Unisys (which provides expertise and guidance on cyber and information security) and Micro Focus International. The latter will be demonstrating precisely how IDOL – an Artificial Intelligence-powered analytics platform for video, image, text and audio data – can automate real-time 360 degree intelligence for dedicated security operators.

The Converged Security Centre is a key part of the ‘Show Me How’ programme, providing direct access to learning and insights that IFSEC International’s visitors would otherwise not have the opportunity to see.

Immediate need for converged security

James Chong, CEO at Vidsys, stated: “We’re excited to be part of the Converged Security Centre at IFSEC International this year and to be working with our global partners to showcase what a truly converged security solution can provide for organisations worldwide. We believe there’s an immediate need for a converged security solution that unifies the monitoring of both physical and cyber security under one platform. By leveraging disparate sources of data, organisations can effectively manage a situation in real-time without having to go to multiple sub-systems, including analytics and cyber security, in order to get the job done.”

Gerry Dunphy, brand director for IFSEC International at UBM, responded: ‘’IFSEC International is delighted to welcome Vidsys to this year’s show as the major driver behind the Converged Security Centre. Our recent research revealed that there’s an absolute need for our customers to gain greater understanding of the capabilities of CSIM as well as a deeper awareness of the growing threats of cyber penetration into their networks so this project is an ideal solution. We’re thankful to our good friends James Willison and Sarb Sembhi who have helped us to co-ordinate this exciting new project for IFSEC International.”

In a joint statement, James Willison and Sarb Sembhi added: “We have long advocated the use of converged technological solutions managed by cross-functional security teams to identify and mitigate security risks to organisations. We were delighted to assist Gerry and his team in this new project and bring together Vidsys and other partners to establish the Converged Security Centre. We look forward to leading some of the sessions to promote this immersive, real-time, multi-disciplinary approach towards cyber-physical attacks on all security systems. It’s a significant step forward in terms of bringing physical and information security professionals closer together in a bid to more efficiently protect people and organisations.”

About the Author
Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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