By Alan Seymour, President of Cleveland Electric Laboratories, 2018 ‘ASTORS’ Award Winner for Best Intrusion Detection & Prevention Solution
From data centers to zoos, there are levels of protection necessary today to protect us from either a breach, intrusion by an offender to protecting our guests and employees from accidental or purposeful harm.
Today with the integration of physical and cyber security there are multiple layers that should be enacted into our everyday environments.
A zoo could know in seconds if a guest was too close to a cage or animal environment.
We hear time and again of guests falling into animal environments to be hurt badly or killed, or animals getting out of their locked cages and attack a worker, as happened to a young lady in North Carolina in the past year.
(Investigators are searching for answers after a lion escaped its enclosure at a North Carolina animal sanctuary and killed 22-year-old Alex Black, an intern at the Conservator’s Center. Courtesy of NBC News and YouTube. Posted on Dec 31, 2018.)
Not that adding another layer will 100% protect every employee and guest, but it will certainly give a greater advantage to zoo’s and other environments where potential danger to guests and employees is an issue.
Data centers would know if someone just walked up to a door to gain unauthorized access.
In Iceland intruders broke in and stole Bitcoin systems, and there are even breaches of animals getting into data centers without notice, but if the floor itself was now a sensor and teams were notified in seconds, allowing for a much faster reaction time to high secure situations.
“. . .a prisoner jailed for carjacking walked away from a work release program and ended up in a Delaware data center.”
“He’d made his way in through a broken door.”
“Even though nothing was stolen, the event was serious enough to raise the hackles of those in the data center space.”
A platform with fiber optics integrated within it, would have notified security immediately that someone crossed their doorway in less than 5 seconds, allowing for containment of the event quickly.
Unfortunately we don’t hear a lot about physical security breaches because they are usually labelled differently, but they are on the rise according to one report, “But the number of security breaches in the data center is almost 10 to 12 times more than what is reported, according to Technavio’s Panda.
The majority of data center security breaches are to the logical security, but often physical security breaches end up being reported as “data theft,” including most of the insider theft and employee negligence in tier 1 and tier 2 data centers, Panda said.”
Having a strong physical security system that will detect someone who even approaches an unauthorized location is very valuable as it will give more time for security to respond to the intrusion.
When utilizing fiber optic technology, there is no need of electric power at the platform, and the light source to the platform can be kilometers away from the location of use.
Guests or intruders will not be aware that they have set off the platform until it is too late, unless you desire them to through your command/control security system.
If tied into a camera system, identification can happen immediately.
Adding a platform that is not only fiber optic and needs no power, but weight sensitive, will create an additional defense to purposeful or accidental damage to a network, Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility (SCIF), or other high secure location.
There are too many scenarios today where terrorists, criminal and just plain negligence can cause damage, loss and disruption to business and life.
Deploying layered approaches that includes physical detection can create a safer environment, protect from data loss and potentially thwart those striving to create disasters.
The vast number of access points to any secure or sensitive environment dictate that a variety of layers of protection are employed.
One important method of alerting to unwanted or unauthorized pedestrian access is by using a weight sensitive, rugged grating that is durable, weather resistant and sensitive enough to detect either foot traffic or even the effects of devices being placed on such controlled areas.
Introducing the Pedestrian Traffic Monitoring Platform:
Cleveland Electric Labs (CEL), FiberStrike Pedestrian Monitoring Platforms are a first line of defense for detecting pedestrian traffic in restricted or dangerous areas of any facility.
Utilizing fiber optic technology, these platforms are capable of immediately detecting and reporting intrusion events via either analog dry contact outputs or via a software-based command and control system.
The embedded sensors are passive, rugged, and immune to any electrical interferences.
No power is required at the sensing locations, and only single mode fiber is needed to egress back to a control room or cabinet.
Numerous Platforms can be linked together to create long expanses of continuous monitoring with multiple individually addressed zones.
Ideal applications include Mass Transportation Platforms, Unauthorized Areas, Remote Entrances, Railway Tracks, and Industrial/Commercial Critical Infrastructure.
Whether FiberStrike products are to be used as stand-alone intrusion protection or integrated into existing control systems, CEL has the necessary hardware, software and integration expertise to handle nearly any application.
(FiberStrike® consists of two distinctly different technology groups: Courtesy of Cleveland Electric Laboratories and YouTube. Posted on Apr 13, 2018.)
Cleveland Electric Labs Takes Platinum in the Second Consecutive ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Program
Best Intrusion Detection & Prevention Solution
FiberStrike Discrete Relay Interface
*Cleveland Electric is also a 2017 ‘ASTORS’ Platinum Award Winner
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