Data Management and Security in Today’s Control Rooms

Posted in: Command & Control , Government , Healthcare , Security , Transportation , Utilities

By Lianna Russell on Jan 17, 2019

As today’s Global Security Operations Centers (GSOCs) transform into the command centers of the future by way of technology evolution and innovations, there’s one very important piece of the puzzle that must always be streamlined for maximum effectiveness: data.

Any addition of intelligent sensors and systems to an organization’s security solution is likely to generate an influx of information, which is arguably one of the most critical components of a GSOC — when it’s properly managed.

An increased amount of data proliferating a control room is exceptionally beneficial, as it provides operators with enhanced situational awareness and enables them to make more informed decisions. This is especially true when it comes to the convergence between a number of security components, all of which can contribute to an elevated level of safety for people and property.

But for operators to achieve this goal, the incoming data must be thoroughly analyzed at a moment’s notice to elicit a timely response. In order to become more predictive and preventative with security, GSOCs must leverage the power of analytics, big data, and artificial intelligence (AI) to turn an overwhelming amount of information into the necessary action.

For both this data that has been used and what remains unused, the next crucial step involves ensuring its protection and efficient storage. As more and more organizations turn to the cloud for remote access and flexibility, this also creates a greater possibility for cyber threats, which must be considered alongside physical security in today’s GSOCs.

Bringing an IT team into the picture is paramount for the comprehensive level of protection needed, as nearly every piece of a physical security system now poses a risk when it comes to cybersecurity. And within a command center, one small breach can lead to significant damage when all of these systems are connected.

As the amount of data available in today’s technological environment only continues to increase, its true value within a GSOC can be recognized through advanced analysis and the appropriate storage and protection that keeps it in the right hands.

To learn more about this topic, check out Vistacom’s Dan Gundry as moderator of the “Protecting, Storing and Leveraging Data” panel on Feb. 25 during the TechSec Solutions Conference in Delray Beach, Fla. Panelists include Cliff Dice, CEO and President, DICE Corp.; Greg Mummah, Senior Sales Engineer, Strategic Accounts, Everbridge; and Ty Richmond, President, Integrated Security Solutions and Technology, Allied Universal.

This year’s TechSec Solutions’ theme, Securing a Connected World, looks at how new technologies are being used in real-life scenarios and how they are leveraged by security professionals to provide cost-efficient and highly effective security services and solutions for the betterment of the entire security industry. We hope to see you there!

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