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Why Visualization Platforms Are Vital to an Effective Security Operations Center (SOC)
Display solutions play a key role in SOCs by providing the screens necessary for individuals and teams to view and share the multiple data sources needed in a SOC today. Security Operations Center (SOC) Each SOC has multiple sources and inputs, both physical and virtual, all of which provide multiple data points to operators, in order to provide the highest levels of physical and cyber security, including streams of surveillance cameras, access control and alarm systems for physical security, as well as dashboards and web applications for cybersecurity applications. Advances in technology and today’s computing power have not only made security systems much more scalable, adding hundreds or even thousands of additional data points to a SOC, but the rate of data entry. has also increased significantly. Precise monitoring and surveillance This has made surveillance and surveillance much more accurate and efficient, but also more difficult for operators, as they cannot realistically monitor the hundreds or even thousands of cameras, dashboards, calls, etc. etc. reactively. Lack of situational awareness is often one of the main factors in poor decision making. For SOC operators to mitigate incidents less responsively and take meaningful action, streamlined, actionable data is needed. This is what will guarantee SOC operators real knowledge of the situation. Situational awareness is an essential foundation for effective decision making. In its simplest form, “It’s knowing what’s going on.” Lack of situational awareness is often a major contributor to poor decision making and accidents attributed to human error. Achieving ‘real’ situational awareness Situational awareness is not just what has already happened, but what is likely to happen next and of obtaining ‘real’ situational awareness, combination of actionable data and the ability to deliver that information or data to the right people, at the right time. This is where visualization platforms (called visual networking platforms) that provide both situational real estate, as well as support for computer vision and AI, can help clients. SOC to get real situational awareness. data entering the SOC is analyzed in real time and then transmitted to operators who are decision makers and key stakeholders in near real time for actionable visualization. Computer vision is a field of artificial intelligence that trains computers to interpret and understand digital images and videos. It is a way of automating tasks that the human visual system can also perform, the automatic extraction, analysis and understanding of useful information from a single image or sequence of images. There are many potential added values that computer vision can bring to operations centers of different types. Here are some examples: Face recognition: Face detection algorithms can be applied to filter and identify an individual. Biometric systems: AI can be applied to biometric descriptions such as fingerprints, iris, and facial matching. Surveillance: Computer vision supports IoT cameras used to monitor activities and movements of all types that may be related to safety and security, whether it is occupational safety or physical security . Smart Cities: AI and computer vision can be used to improve mobility through quantitative, objective and automated management of the use of resources (parking lots, roads, public places, etc.) based on the analysis of CCTV data. Event Recognition: Improve the visualization and decision-making process of human operators or existing CCTV solutions, by integrating real-time video data analysis algorithms to understand the content of the filmed scene and extract relevant information from it. Surveillance: Respond to specific tasks in terms of surveillance and continuous monitoring in many different application frameworks: improvement of logistics management in storage warehouses, people counting during event gatherings, monitoring of metro stations, coastal areas, etc. Computer vision application, it is important to ensure that the rest of the operations center infrastructure, for example the solution that drives screens and video walls, will connect and work properly with the vision application. by computer. The best way to do this is of course to use a software approach to display information and data, rather than a traditional AV hardware approach, which can have incompatibilities. Open and software-defined technology solutions Open and software-defined technology solutions provide broader support for any type of application that the SOC may need Software-defined and open technology solutions provide broader support for any type of application. application that the SOC may need, including the vision computer. In the modern world, where everything is going digital, all security services and applications have become networked and, as such, belong to IT. AV applications and services are increasingly becoming an integral part of a company’s IT infrastructure. Software-Defined AV Approach IT teams responsible for data protection are more supportive of a software-defined AV approach that enables virtualized open technologies as opposed to traditional hardware-based solutions. The flexibility of the software allows for more efficient refresh cycles, extensions and upgrades. The rise of AV over IP technologies has enabled IT teams in SOCs to effectively integrate AV solutions into their existing stack, dramatically reducing overhead costs, in terms of technology investments, staff training, maintenance and even physical infrastructure. AV-over-IP Software Platforms In addition, with software-defined AV-over-IP platforms, IT teams can more easily integrate AI and computer vision applications into the SOC, and have better control of incoming data, while gaining real situational awareness. Situational awareness is about actionable data delivered to the right people, at the right time, to deal with incidents and security challenges. Situational awareness is about actionable data delivered to the right people. Often, the people who need to be made aware of security risks or violations are not physically present in the operations centers. not provide true situational awareness. Hyper-scalable visual platforms Instead, it is necessary to be able to deliver the video feed, dashboard data and information to any screen anywhere and anytime – including computers desktops, tablets and phones – so the right people can see, whether this is a setting in a different office or working from home, or security guards walking the halls or streets. New technologies continue to extend the reach and benefits of security operations centers. However, interoperability plays a key role in bringing together AI, machine learning and computer vision technologies, to ensure that data is transformed into actionable data, which is delivered to the right people to deliver ” true ”situational awareness. Software-defined AV-over-IP platforms are the perfect way to facilitate this for all organizations with physical security and cybersecurity needs.