This is my third year attending TechSec Solutions and I must say I always learn a lot during this event (and for transparency reasons, SDN is one of the media sponsors and educational organizers of TechSec).
On day one of the event, attendees heard from a variety of end users about how they’re solving real-world problems using IP technology. The keynote speaker, Gareth Webley, started the conference off by talking about the effort of National City Corporation, a large financial institution, to converge its physical security with its IT department. Here’s a link to the full story I posted, but I think this is an interesting initiative and probably a little scary for security practitioners, especially those who are uncomfortable with technology.
We also heard from Altantic Health, a large healthcare provider in New Jersey, about the risks they face and the challenges they face as an open environment. One of the more interesting points was their use of facial recognition technology to alert security when someone of interest enters the facility. The hospital also is able to vet people entering its hospital through Info-Corp, which is a database used by federal and local law enforcements. This technology checks driver’s licenses against the National Crime Information Center database, federal terrorist screening center watch lists and all 50 state’s department of motor vehicle databases. While the hospital can’t deny service to anyone, Errol Brudner told attendees that they notify their security team as well as local law enforcement when the system sends on an alert.
We also heard from Gary Smith from IBM about the organization’s effort to consolidate his control centers throughout the country. Gary shared with the audience about how he was able to talk to the financial department and come up with a formula to quantify savings of the system. Even if you weren’t in attendance, I would recommend checking out IBM’s white paper (which I don’t have a link to at the moment) which included his entire proposal and I think could really help the end users out there formulate their own plan.
Overall, it was a great conference and we got a lot of great feedback that people enjoyed the real-world based approach of TechSec this year. Be on the lookout for more end-user focused story on next week’s Newswire. Until then, I’m going to do my best to soak up the last of the sun down here ih Delray Beach, Fla.