Interesting ISC West Education Session Tackles the Need for Collaboration Between IT and Physical Security

Interesting ISC West Education Session Tackles the Need for Collaboration Between IT and Physical Security

So, who really "owns" video surveillance? That was the big question posed during a great education session during the first day of ISC West on Wednesday in Las Vegas.

Entitled "IT vs. Physical Security Turf Wars," the session was moderated by Fredrik Nilsson, general manager of North America for Axis Communications.

Speakers during the sessions included Christian Romero, director of corporate investigations for the Neiman Marcus Group; Ken Mills, senior manager of global business development for EMC2; and Kent Browne, principal security architect – global infrastructure solutions for IBM.

Nilsson said a driver for the session was a survey of IT managers conducted by Axis. In 2009, only 39 percent indicated that they were involved in decisions for video surveillance systems. That number skyrocketed to 91 percent in 2013.

But separate research from EMC showed a big disconnect between IT and physical security professionals. Seventy-six percent of physical security manager say the responsibility of network video surveillance is shared between both parties. Only 33 percent of IT managers said the duty was shared.

And the same survey said that security managers tag the search and retrieval of video surveillance data as their top challenge. IT managers are most concerned about the difficulty in storing data.

While many companies look to share a common infrastructure for both video and IT data, Romero said that Neiman Marcus is doing it differently and building a completely separate network for video.

But both Browne and Mills said that companies who use a single network for data need to collaborate with each other.

"In my experience, companies some times have a lot of 'fiefdoms' for both physical and IT security," Browne said. "The best way to handle that is get all of the players in a single room and make them realize there part of the same infrastructure."

Mills told the audience that physical security professionals need to see their IT departments as a true service provider of the network surveillance data is carried. Using that philosophy oftentimes helps the two sides understand their role in the "ownership" dilemma.

"The best case to make for video surveillance data is how it can be used to reduce risk," Mills said. The panel members also discussed the benefits and risks of moving to the cloud.

"The cloud is coming to the space a in a meaningful way," Mills said. "You need to learn how to be prepared and have an intelligent conversation about the technology."

And there are both positive and negative aspects of moving video data externally.

"When you move to the cloud, you must consider that you'll need both external and internal bandwidth to handle the data," Browne said. "We advocate putting certain things on the cloud. Using the cloud opens up a whole new set of other possibilities – both good and bad."

About the Author

Brent Dirks is senior e-news/Web editor for Security Products and Network-Centric Security magazines.


  • Until We Meet Again

    A short three years ago we were all pondering whether to attend any tradeshows all thanks to COVID-19. Sorry to bring that nightmare up again, but it seems that little pandemic is in the rear-view mirror, and it’s time to meet again. Read Now

    • ISC West
  • Cyber Hygiene: What it Looks Like for IoT Devices

    Cyber Hygiene: What it Looks Like for IoT Devices

    For our second pillar about the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) Pillars of Security, we are going to discuss what cyber hygiene looks like for IoT devices. Read Now

  • ISC West Announces 2023 Keynote Series Speaker Lineup

    The International Security Conference (ISC), in collaboration with premier sponsor Security Industry Association (SIA), announced five of this year’s ISC West Keynote Series speakers. ISC West will kick off its annual conference on March 28 (SIA Education@ISC: March 28-30 | Exhibit Hall: March 29-31) at the Venetian Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada. Read Now

    • ISC West
  • Accelerating Security Modernization

    In recent years, the term “digital transformation” has been one of the most frequently used buzzwords across industries. On its most basic level, it refers to the reimagining of how an organization leverages its technology systems to improve business processes. Read Now

Featured Cybersecurity

New Products

  • Dinkle DKU Barrier Terminal Blocks

    Dinkle DKU Barrier Terminal Blocks

    New DKU screw type terminal blocks use a spring-guided system where the screws are integrated and captive within the terminal enclosure. These screws can be backed out so that ring- or U-shaped cable lugs can be inserted, without the possibility of losing the screw. 3

  • Pivot3 Surety

    Pivot3 Surety

    Pivot3 has announced Surety, a new intelligent software framework to simplify the management and monitoring of physical security environments. 3

  • Paxton10 CORE Cameras

    Paxton10 CORE Cameras

    The new CORE Series cameras feature edge processing for ultimate scalability, built-in edge storage, and plug-and-play installation. The addition of the CORE Series gives installers new hardware, better choice, and more value than ever before. 3