With the digital revolution continuing apace, technology mega-trends such as the Internet of Things (IoT) and Big Data are having an ever greater impact on diverse areas of business, and perimeter security is no exception to the general rule. Organisations of all types and sizes need to be aware of the opportunities and threats which are arising as a result.
The threat of cyber attack is now so prevalent that any asset connected to the Internet should be protected with suitable encryption. Meanwhile, continually increasing reliance upon ever more capable mobile devices, by a substantial and growing majority of the workforce, is making mobile-friendly security solutions essential.
Technology of all sorts is developing at a faster rate than ever before, with new systems and solutions coming to the market in a constant stream. Identifying which of these are of genuine, long-term value, and which will be here today and gone tomorrow, is essential, but in many cases a significant challenge.
More specifically, technological developments are driving significant changes in the ways in which perimeter and other physical security systems deliver value.
In particular, IP security systems allow the integration of access control, fencing, gates, CCTV and alarm systems with each other, as well as with other business management systems. No longer a collection of disparate platforms, security can today be an all-encompassing solution, easy to use, simple to monitor, and highly effective.
Looking to the near future, the smart business, much like the much-vaunted smart home, is just around the corner. Various devices can be improved with smart technology but, inevitably, along with the benefits come various risks and threats. Businesses will need to be vigilant and well-informed, taking care to distinguish between technologies which add value and enhance protection, and those which will prove to be passing fads.
FIDO – Guarding Your IoT
In 2016, against this tumultuous background, security solutions specialist Gallagher Security partnered with Nok Nok Labs, specialists in leading-edge authentication systems and a founder-member of the Fast IDentity Online (FIDO) Alliance. Gallagher and Nok Nok Labs bring security to the IoT with an open standards platform enabling the authentication of IoT systems through mobile devices.
With this platform, Reliance High-Tech can now give organisations with IoT systems requiring human authentication the strong physical access controls they need.
The new platform represents a significant leap forwards in access control, addressing challenges faced by facilities managers across all sectors. As well as enabling access control through mobile devices, the app employs triggered outputs to enable a rich feature set, including alarm management and interaction with building systems.
Deploying fingerprint and facial recognition technology in conjunction with PIN numbers to implement two factor authentication, the platform enhances security, ensuring only authorised users can access secure facilities. Meanwhile, management and administration costs are reduced by the elimination of the need for physical access cards.
Easy to Use
Once registered, a user can access facilities for which they are authorised, with a few taps in the simple, easy-to-use FIDO-enabled app on their mobile device.
“Strong authentication is a must for IoT systems which are accessible not just by devices but also by individuals,” said Phillip Dunkelberger, President and CEO of Nok Nok Labs. “Working together, Gallagher’s high performance access control devices and the Nok Nok S3 Authentication Suite give organisations the usability and security they need, in an easy to deploy, easy to use mobile authentication solution.”
Nok Nok Labs’ FIDO-certified S3 Authentication Suite is integrated with the Gallagher Command Centre, via the FIDO Universal Authentication Framework (UAF) protocol. Covering credentials, readers and intermediate controllers, this on-premise solution can overlay multiple Gallagher Command Centres, supporting the use of cloud registration for FIDO enablement to reduce complexity and management workload, and enhance site security.
“Gallagher customers require powerful access control solutions. We’ve developed this strategic partnership with Nok Nok Labs because of their deep roots in the authentication landscape and their first-to-market FIDO-based solution,” Steve Bell, Gallagher’s Chief Technology Officer explained. “This state-of-the-art, standards-based platform will deliver a tremendous user experience.”
At Reliance High-Tech we’re convinced this alliance will be one to watch. Gallagher Security’s upcoming Talking Heads session on cyber security promises to be fascinating – Dave Bentley, the company’s Regional Manager, and Cyber Security Consultant Mike Gillespie will be exploring this new solution and other innovations.
Keep any eye on Gallagher Security’s LinkedIn pages for more information, or give us a call at Reliance High-Tech on 0845 121 0802 to discover how we can help you take your perimeter security to the next level.