Articles by Robert Liscouski

How the Internet of Things Impacts Surveillance

If the revelations by Edward Snowden proved anything, it is that the U.S., its allies and its enemies possess tremendous capabilities to know as much about individuals, groups, companies, and virtually any other entity, as they want. While Snowden’s revelations give specific insight to U.S. capabilities, many of the same technologies our intelligence apparatus use are either commercially available or within the ability of nations or non-state actors to acquire on their own. 


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How PSIM and Unified Platforms Drive Risk Management

 Risk management too often is perilously fragmented and insufficiently funded. Managing the overall risk equation is assuredly a CEO-level and management team obligation. But the design and execution of effective strategies to identify and moderate risk is, of necessity, complex and typically spread among numerous organizational silos.  


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Integrating Security Systems for Greater Business Value

 Security countermeasures, such as surveillance, address threats and if done effectively eliminate them; this is more likely the case when an integrated solution is deployed.  In looking at integrated security solutions, there exists an opportunity to move beyond a view of providing countermeasures to threats toward a new perspective of security as a means of delivering critical business value. 


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Leveraging Surveillance Technologies for Safer Cities

Most U.S. cities are currently experiencing historic lows in crime rates.

Safe City initiatives typically start with the integration of security video. In most cases the cameras are operated by the police department or other local government entities such as Departments of Transportation, or Emergency Operations Centers.


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In Defense of Post-9/11 Surveillance

The disclosures by Edward Snowden over the past year have raised the public’s awareness about the U.S. Government’s surveillance tactics and capabilities to defend our nation against another 9/11 magnitude attack.

Surveillance was performed by putting people on the street and watching from parked cars and vans disguised at Bell Telephone service vehicles with portholes cut out for still cameras.


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Using Security Convergence to Enable the Enterprise

Enterprises realize tremendous benefits from this convergence as well as some serious downsides, but the trend is irreversible.

The concept of remote decision making, while necessary in 2000, is not necessary today. Let’s use the significant security and power of existing IT networks, let it all be managed by IT and let security get back to their primary job, deciding who should get in and responding to those who should not.


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Making Surveillance a Business Intelligence Necessity

There are two types of successful CSOs today: those that have cross-purposed their investment in video surveillance, and those that will.

In business, anomalies (events that differ from the norm) should get your attention. From a loss prevention perspective, one of the most effective ways to counter theft and fraud is to identify and track POS transactions that differ from the norm.


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Measuring the Role of Risk Transfer in Cybersecurity Management

Recent events have catapulted cyber threats from a compartmentalized CISO responsibility to a boardroom discussion about director liability.

An engaged leadership team already understands the greater domain awareness provided by converged surveillance systems, but how about the next step toward robust risk management: cybersecurity and cyberspecific insurance?


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Changing the Definition of Surveillance in the Age of Converged Risk

Surveillance deals with the act of carefully watching someone or something with the specific intent to prevent or detect a crime.

The role of the CSO has significantly changed in the past 10 years and will change even more drastically over the next 10. For example, mention “convergence” and lines begin to blur – lines demarcating previously clear-cut, albeit traditional areas of management responsibility, budgets, reporting hierarchies, resourcing needs and geography.


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ASIS International 59th Annual Seminar and Exhibits, September 24-27 in Chicago, Illinois, will include an exhibit hall packed with innovative security solutions. Here are some of the products that will be shown at ASIS this year.

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Virtualization and Data Center Security: What You Need to Know for 2014

Data centers are increasingly becoming the center of the enterprise, and data center and cyber security is following the same path for security departments. According to Justin Flynn, a consultant at the Burwood Group, the virtualization of data centers allows enterprises to scale more easily and faster, with a smaller footprint.

However, hosting enterprise data in the cloud can make intrusion detection more difficult – how can enterprise security leaders team up with other departments to keep aware of cyber risks and traffic, and physical and data compliance during the virtual transition? How can CISOs and CSOs discuss cyber threats with the C-Suite to get the resources they need? And how can the proper infrastructure test and verify possible malicious attacks? 

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This issue of Security Magazine covers our 12th annual Top Guarding Firms list. Check out the best of the best as of December 2014. The 21st century has brought with it new types of security threats. Read how to combat and protect against these threats.

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