Keep Calm and Prepare for ISC West 2015

SSI offers an overview of the collosal event known as ISC West 2015.

What does the survival rate look like in the next 10 years for a systems integrator/ dealer? Attendees can learn the answer for that in the session titled, “How to Survive in the Security Industry: The Next 10 Years.”

Moderated by NICE Systems’ Dr. Bob Banerjee, the three-person panel, which includes SSI Business Fitness and Convergence Channel columnist Paul Boucherle, will compare and contrast the state of the industry 10 years ago, now, and 10 years in the future. The session will not only take a look into the future of the security industry, but also provide tips on what it will take not only to survive, but to thrive.

With the Internet of Things (IoT) being such a hot topic as of late, ISC West show-goers might want to stop by “The Internet of Things: The Promise for the Security Industry.” In this session, attendees will gain an IoT introduction, learn about current applications of the technological trend and explore the potential for interconnected devices and systems as it pertains to security deployments.

Attrition Busters President Bob Harris, who also serves on SSI‘s Editorial Advisory Board, will team up with MicroKey Software to present the session “Creating Your Own Economy Regardless of the Economy – Picking Up Money You’re Probably Leaving on the Table.” As a follow-up after the session, Harris will schedule one-on-one meetings operations with company leaders to share ideas on how to improve business.

IT and Cybersecurity Take Center Stage

As IP-based security technologies and IT-centric systems become more prevalent in today’s physical security solution set, electronic security companies are questioning whether they are prepared to meet the demand. With that in mind, show planners have developed “IT Security One2One @ ISC West.”

The two-day symposium begins on April 14, and will cover critical issues regarding the convergence of IT and physical security. David Cass, CISO for Reed Elsevier, will conduct the session “Why Convergence Matters,” during which he will discuss the synergy among physical security and information security constituents.

“We are seeing more convergence among [physical security and information security] and the technology they utilize,” Cass says. “In 2015, I expect to see more synergy among these disciplines. Cyber criminals and hackers have a common language and approach that is well understood by their community. As we see convergence among physical and information security there is a need for a common language, which includes risk management and resiliency.”

Attendees can also stop in for the four-person panel, “To Have or To Hire: The Advancement of IT Skills in the Physical Security Space.” During the session, integrators and manufacturers, including SSI Editorial Advisory Board member Eric Yunag, will weigh in on how IT-centric systems are affecting operations, recruiting, partnering, outsourcing and go-to-market strategies for security companies.

Anoth
er challenge facing the electronic security industry is cyber-attacks since many devices today are at risk because they reside on enterprise networks and are connected to the Internet. ISC West organizers have taken that into consideration as well, and will offer several session focused on cybersecurity solutions.

During “Protecting the Protectors: Cyber Hygiene for Physical Security,” SecureXperts President and CEO Darnell Washington and Bosch Security Systems Technical Information Engineer David Brent will teach attendees how to reduce risk to their network and enterprise by identifying the most common sources of risk and exposure that can be prevented by effective cyber hygiene.

Central stations are not immune to cyber-attacks, thus on April 15 at 7:30 a.m., Secure Global Solutions’ Bill Brousseau and Hank Goldberg will host “Avoiding a Cyber Security Disaster in Your Central Station: A Review of Security Best Practices in an IP World” (see Goldberg’s article “How to Protect Your Security Business Against Cyber Espionage“). The duo will cover cybersecurity best practices in key operating domains, including data, voice, signaling, video and the cloud.

Watchful Software Chairman and CEO Charles Foley will lead “The Evolving Cybersecurity Perimeter” session on April 15 at 10 a.m. Foley will dis-cuss new research targeting data-centric information security techniques that ensure sensitive data is identified, classified, marked and encrypted such that only those with valid credentials can access it, regardless of its location. Additionally, the session will cover e-biometrics, a new technology that analyzes a user’s pattern of interaction with the system, validating that the user entering the ID/password is in fact the person to whom the credentials were assigned.

Maneuver the Show Floor With ISC Apps

With so many education sessions and vendors on the show floor, attendees could be overwhelmed.

Thankfully, event organizers offer the ISC Mobile app for Web-enabled cell-phones and “My Show Planner” to help attendees navigate the show floor.

Each resource allows users to search for exhibitors, view floor plans, review educational sessions and build show agendas.

For more information about all aspects of this year’s big event, visit iscwest.com.

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