Will convergence make the problem worse?

Posted on by Gib Sorebo

As I had written earlier, there seems to be a resurgence in the interest in converge security.  Like any resurgence, the second time around often looks different.  In this case, advancements in technology and the increasing use of Internet Protocol (IP)-based components for video surveillance, motion detection, and other physical security controls has led the use of common networks for all this data.  In their presentation at the RSA Conference, Ray Coulombe of Gilwell Technology Services and Robert Beliles with Hirsch Electronics will ask:  “What new vulnerabilities to the network are created as these devices migrate to the network?”  Moreover, they’ll inquire as to whether manufacturers, who are used to closed proprietary networks that they control from end to end, will function appropriately when other data competes for bandwidth.  They ask whether network integrity will be affected. 

Moreover, this discussion seems to be the tip of the iceberg as industrial control systems, building management systems, and physical security systems all vie with traditional information technology for the same IP-based network.  In many instances, this will provide for richer data for security professionals and facilities personnel of all flavors to digest.  It may also mean dramatic cost-savings.  However, as with any new technology, unintended consequences are not far behind.  This session proves to offer some fascinating insights on what we’re likely to see.

Gib Sorebo

Security Associate Director, Accenture

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