Over the decade that Vidsys has worked in the security industry, we have seen a giant shift in the way organizations structure and run their security platforms. The creation of the title “Chief Information Security Officer” (CISO) was necessary to encompass the role of overseeing the security and management of information and company assets. The CISO role has become one of the key decision makers within an organization, as he or she is responsible for ensuring that security initiatives align with a business’ programs and objectives, as well as that all business technology is adequately protected. Over time, these responsibilities have shifted to identifying, developing, implementing and maintaining security-related processes that reduce the organization’s operational risk.
At ASIS International this year, there was a key focus on the CISO’s role. One of the key sessions called, “CISO Impact: Driving Security into the Business” explored the importance of a CISO’s team and overall impact on business success. The growth of the CISO role signals the merging of physical and cybersecurity, and Vidsys’ technology is at the center of this movement.
Vidsys was founded on our first platform, Physical Security Information Management (PSIM), designed to help law enforcement make educated decisions by continuously and instantly correlating vast amounts of data gathered from any number or virtually any type, brand or generation of physical security system or sensor, as well as from networked management applications. As technology has rapidly evolved, we saw the need for further security integration with IT to create better solutions across all company assets.
When it comes to Integrated IT and Physical Security, Vidsys is moving in lockstep with how the two disparate functions are becoming one.
Vidsys sits at the intersection of physical and cyber, and our CSIM platform encapsulates the solutions needed to drive better situational awareness, real-time data correlation, and actionable information that can do everything from improving business efficiency to potentially saving lives. Our CSIM software takes the premise of PSIM, but enhances it through geospatially aligning information and assets into a single user interface. The rules engine and workflow tools give management the ability to pre-determine what data should be correlated and what should be filtered out based on time, location, duration, frequency and type. Since it’s programmed to present potential situations for evaluation, it’s an extremely valuable tool for CISOs to implement within their organizations.
With greater connectivity and the growth of IoT and Smart Cities, the merging of physical and IT security is essential to creating smarter, safer cities. A key part of this transformation will be in the hands of security leaders, proving the role of the CISO more important now than ever.