Security Dealer & Integrator

NOV 2018

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38 Security Dealer & Integrator / www.SecurityInfoWatch.com November 2018 2018 STATE OF THE SECURITY INDUSTRY REPORT Access the full report online at www.securityinfowatch.com/12432021 Sponsored by HID Implementation of Cybersecurity strategy and policy Respondents were asked if their firm has created a Cybersecurity strategy for internal policy and/or for your clients. Internally only 34.8% Both internally and as a trusted advisor for our clients 32.9% No 25.2% As a service/trusted advisor capacity for our clients only 7.1% "With all of the concerns over cybersecurity with (some) video surveillance manufacturers, it is simply not worth the risk to be included with those on a race to the bottom where price is concerned." – David Vermillion, President, Vermillion Systems Inc. Cybersecurity is the Buzz As end users continue their migration to IP-based physical security with applications like access control in the Cloud and remote monitoring of video surveillance, the deployment of each additional IP security devices enhances the threats of a network hack and data breach. According to a recent article in Security Dealer & Integrator magazine, one industry expert suggests security professionals – both end-users and integrators – should follow the cyber controls laid out in standards, such as the "CIS Critical Security Controls" from the SANS institute. " The CIS Critical Security Controls are a recommended set of actions for cyber defense that provide specific and actionable ways to stop today's most pervasive and dangerous attacks," SANS explains on its website. Considering several recent headline-grabbing incidents involving Asian camera manufacturers who were charged with embedding suspicious software in their devices, the call for integrators to be more discerning when it comes to potential cyber threats is even greater. As one integrator said; " We have increased our internal training efforts and have hired a third-party consultant to help us evaluate and continuously improve our own cyber practices. At the same time, we have increased our work with clients to help them understand what they can do to better protect themselves." Using some of these simple practices, integrators can help clients identify vulnerabilities, discover relevant actors and assess services and strategies. This year's survey shows a slight increase over last year with more than 7% responding integrators are either increasing their internal strategies for battling cyber threats or working as a trusted advisor for the clients as well. As one integrator said; " With all of the concerns over cybersecurity with (some) video surveillance manufacturers, it is simply not worth the risk to be included with those on a race to the bottom where price is concerned."

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