Data, Data Everywhere

The Right Tools Can Make Security Information Actionable – Even Predictive

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Alan Stoddard is president of Cognyte North America.

The future of the security industry is right in front of us, and it is being driven by data from sensors, smart devices, mobile phones, and other intelligent technologies. This connected environment leads to new opportunities to make informed, real-time security decisions. However, harvesting relevant information is only half of the equation. Security leaders need to make the data actionable to experience its true value.

Security practitioners have always used data to identify new risks, emerging trends, and program enhancements. But locating the correct information at the right time within vast databases is equivalent to finding a needle in a haystack. To extract value from captured information quickly and efficiently, security leaders are turning to technologies that can help automate data mining to identify what matters most. Deploying and using these platforms, including situational awareness solutions, unified software, and artificial intelligence-based devices, can be complex. If not deployed correctly, missed opportunities may result.

Modern security leaders rely on large amounts of data from connected devices, such as video surveillance cameras and access control sensors. Many are not experts at information analysis, however, so they often turn to specialists to work on identifying what is needed to gain operational benefits. This can be an expensive approach.

The intelligent security operations center is designed to address this challenge head-on. By bringing multiple security systems and devices into a single interface and exposing it to an analytic layer, security practitioners can see what is happening at any given time and, more importantly, how it impacts the security program. Unifying information into a centralized hub allows security leaders to embrace a predictive security model and more efficient program management.

By aggregating data capture, stakeholders are empowered to spot opportunities and risks by cultivating intelligence and managing and responding to situations more efficiently. With a single view across what were once disparate systems and technologies, security leaders experience new levels of situational awareness, lowered operational costs, and increased efficiency. A centralized approach also allows security information to be shared with other parties, including first responders, private businesses and local agencies. The ability to quickly connect and share findings during a security incident can be a decisive factor when rapid response is paramount.

Having the correct data at the right time helps protect what matters most: people, assets and infrastructure.By gaining additional insights into the data that are most important to a business, security leaders have the opportunity to rise above the noise – orchestrating the pieces that make up their security program for better command and control.

​​These centralized security solutions are being adopted by organizations across the globe because they are an ideal way to build an effective program and support increased collaboration internally and externally. Security teams are empowered to analyze data points to address future risks and achieve greater situational awareness across the enterprise.

This approach is important because intelligent systems and sensors are the backbone of any modern security program. Data obtained from smart security solutions help ensure safety and security. To achieve these goals, however, stakeholders need ways to transform raw data into valuable insights that empower them to make informed, intelligent decisions.

From video surveillance to health and safety monitoring systems to emergency response, security teams can streamline operations to help achieve higher levels of situational awareness, while gaining more visibility of their efforts. Open, scalable, adaptable solutions support a converged infrastructure and a more secure program.

We live in a world where security leaders need to move faster than the time it takes to understand data. But they can stay one step ahead if they combine the security department’s inherent investigative and risk management capabilities with advancements and technologies that empower growth.