Technological Security Methods Advance, but Don't Replace Need for Strategy

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Technological Security Methods Advance, but Don't Replace Need for Strategy


Security has always been an important aspect of business management. With the introduction and advancement of technology, security methods are becoming more and more intelligent.

But technology also makes way for cybercrime.

When it comes to traditional threats - break-ins, physical theft, trespassing - the technological ways to prevent such crimes have advanced tremendously in the past couple years.

When looking at the newer threats, technological advancements have created even more complications.

Traditional threats

In the past, video analytics was a reactive source to verify data, Breck Ellison, chief operating officer of Gallaher & Associates integrated technology systems company, said.

If a break-in or theft occurred, video footage would be reviewed to find out more about the incident.

In some cases, a live video camera could be monitored by security around the clock. The problem there, though, is that a person had to sit in front of the monitor and watch if the goal is to stop the incident from happening as it occurs.

Ellison said in today's digital world this is becoming a problem.

"Now that people have less attention span than a goldfish, that doesn't really work," Ellison said. "Now we're looking at video analytics as a proactive response."

The first versions of proactive response video analytics worked based on pixel change or background modeling. Instead of recording 12 hours of an empty hallway, the video program would record based on a change in pixels or a change in the "normal" background.

"But that's not smart," Ellison said. "It just knows something's changing. So if the wind blows the trees, 'Well there's movement, so I'm going to record now.' The data doesn't really help you, because you're going to get so many false alarms."

But the most advanced method of video analytics, pattern detection, changes the game. Now, technology allows for various "rules" within the recording.

"It takes the scene and knows what certain things look like," Ellison said. "It knows how a human moves. If trees blow, if a bag blows across the way, we won't have an alert for that. I can program it for, 'This is what a car looks like and people.' It can say, 'Hey, there's a car and we want to know when a car comes in.' "

Multiple other rules can be set depending on the company's needs. For example, moving left is okay, but moving right is not. Walking on the sidewalk is okay, but moving toward the building past a certain time is not.

If any of the set rules are broken, the system can notify the business in a variety of ways - computer pop-ups, cell phone notifications, etc. …

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