Who’s Securing Your Security Solution?
As highlighted in my recent blog, ‘The Brave New World of Network Security,’ cybersecurity is top of mind for IT leaders across the globe. The increased frequency of new security breaches is startling. The advent of the Internet of Things (IoT) era has brought new challenges that require a new approach to security.
The irony is not lost on anyone that sometimes it is the very security solutions that we put in place to protect us that can put us at risk.
For example, consider video surveillance. In the past, video surveillance systems were analog and typically resided on physically segregated networks that were ‘locked down’ from a security perspective. However, with the transition from analog to IP-based video surveillance, many security integrators now look to deploy video surveillance on converged IP networks.
The converged enterprise IT network now must support high-resolution video surveillance traffic alongside all of the other applications, such as voice, video collaboration, data, etc. As a result, network security requirements become more important as every physical security device on the IP network can now create another potential backdoor path for a hacker. For example, an unprotected surveillance camera could provide the backdoor entry into the entire enterprise network.
As customers continue to demand more secure IP video surveillance deployments, manufacturers must work together to build validated solutions that drive “Better Together” performance and a higher level of cybersecurity.
This week, Axis Communications, the global leader in network video, in partnership with Avaya, EMC, and Genetec announced the Secure Surveillance Platform, the security industry’s first validated surveillance solution that helps secure video from the device all the way to the storage. It offers a cyber-hardened solution that provides scalability and reliability for enhanced security management while helping to reduce the possibility of a cybersecurity breach.
This partnership ensures customers have the best solution to deliver surveillance at scale with the confidence they have come to expect from market leaders.
Avaya’s industry-leading Fabric Connect technology offers a secure network infrastructure that is optimized for video surveillance. Avaya’s Fabric Connect technology uses the IEEE standard Shortest Path Bridging (SPB). This innovative technology enables a dynamic, agile and resilient network that simplifies IP video surveillance deployments. It allows customers to deploy video surveillance system over a converged, secure, segmented network fabric.
This ensures video surveillance traffic is kept in its own secure zone and is completely isolated from other corporate IT traffic. Sometimes even security solutions need a little extra security.