I'm a bit behind in posting my wrap-up of day two of our TechSec Solutions event because I spent most of the day traveling yesterday. I suppose I could have blogged on Wednesday night after the event wrapped-up, but I thought dinner and drinks were more important. Sorry ...
Anyway, day two kicked off with the Technology Lightning Round, a session that gave five manufacturers a chance to showcase their "cool" products to the audience. I was especially impressed with Vumii's camera, and Randall Foster's declaration that the company website is not "a porn site."
Next up was a great presentation by Paul Bodell, chief marketing officer for IQinVision and Bob Hellmuth, director of the Department of School Safety and Security for Montgomery County Public Schools. Bob outlineg the huge security overhaul Montgomery has gone through since it experienced a few issues — once a guy came to the school with roses expecting to meet a girl he met online and another time, a gun went off. Lesichen is working on a story on this for next week's newswire so stay tuned.
Although turnout to the Cyber Insurance session, led by Privaris' Steve McDorman, was light it is my humble opinion that people missed out. Steve talked about how a company's desire to have cyber insurance will affect the physical security of an organization. Although the process to gain this type of coverage is more confusing and cumbersome than I can tackle in this forum, the bottom line is that stronger physical security protocols can equate to lower policy premiums. Rob Zivney said he's going to steal this as a sales tactic.
The final panel of the day was all about standards: ONVIF, PSIA, Smart Card Alliance and SIA. These groups are fighting it out for the title of best standards group but I think it might be best for them to all work together to complete this task. Are many standards better than one? As an end user, do you care about standards? Or do you just care whether or not products are interoperable?
I, along with the rest of the team here, put a lot of work into TechSec over the year (sometimes more work than I put into the book!) and there are always some positive and negatives. The negatives this year? Attendance was down. The positives? Quantity overcame quality. As I look to 2010, all I really want is to figure out how to make people stay for the closing session. And let's be honest, that might be more challenging than figuring out this whole convergence thing.