A digital revolution for unmanned enclosures

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improve real-time understanding and security personnel to better respond to immediate threats and manage future risks. However, cybersecurity must be considered at the outset as, they do introduce a potential new point of entry to your wider IT and communications network for cyber criminals. Managing IoT devices through a unified security system that looks at physical as well as cyber threats together is a logical step for any security team. It is also vital to carry out due diligence on IoT vendors, and ensure that the have the appropriate cyber security, ISO 27001 and Cyber Essentials certification, as well as making sure suppliers are committed to ensuring all data is encrypted at all times, whether in transit or at rest Living in a digital world The limits of IoT devices are being pushed every day, but what can the energy and utilities industry introduce today to bolster cyber and physical security on unmanned sites? Genetec hosted a panel of industry A secure and functional energy and utilities infrastructure underpins the health, safety, and prosperity of any country. However, as much of this infrastructure is geographically remote, and spread across disparate locations, the challenge for security teams is huge. It is impossible to have an accurate and comprehensive view of security when relying on the data from legacy access control systems or mechanical locks and keys. Re-energising the industry The Internet of Things, IoT, offers huge benefits to the wider utilities sector, especially in the area of securing and monitoring unmanned locations. For instance, replacing a traditional padlock with an IoT- enabled lock immediately simplifies the processes around keyholder management and provides useful information back to the security team. It eliminates the problem of misplaced or stolen physical keys and automates the auditing of who had access, to what, when and for how long. Used intelligently IoT devices Digital Revolution experts to discuss where digitisation is aiding operations. The IoT landscape has changed rapidly, with advancements in connectivity, such as secure WiFi and 5G providing increased flexibility. Paul Wood, Operational Technology Manager (Security) at Thames Water, confirmed, that secure point-to-point transmission is providing instant information, for rapid decision making. Speaking specifically on IoT enabled access control solutions, Steve Wintle, Head of Critical Infrastructure at ABLOY UK, outlined how digital keys are simple and efficient, "We are able to control physical keys remotely. If someone turns up on site in an emergency and needs access, he can phone the security team to get his key updated. A contractor could have an app on their phone and make an access request on a web browser minutes before they arrive. Using the Bluetooth on the phone they can then gain access. All of this is auditable, simplifying compliance processes." and the impact on connecting, securing and monitoring unmanned enclosures

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