Mark McCourt


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    Enterprises Sit on a Time Bomb

    [fa icon="calendar'] Apr 6, 2020 8:41:12 PM / by Mark McCourt posted in cyber, physical security, IoT

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    The Security Industry Association's Primer: Minimize Risk by Protecting Privacy is an important first step in changing the profile of physical security solutions from having significant cyber vulnerabilities to being trustworthy.

    The recommendations published are the association's (and perhaps the industry's) effort at having manufacturers build component-level cyber features within their products.

    This is critical as enterprise customer RFPs are starting to require physical security products be trustworthy. Further, they are demanding transparency documenting cyber hygiene for passwords and firmware.

    Specific to the physical security market, a recent study by Palo Alto Networks' Unit 32 found that while security cameras account for only 5% of IoT devices, they represent 33% of the cyber risk, concluding "the general posture of IoT devices is declining."

    Since IoT devices are not IT devices, IT tools do not work to secure them. Uniquely, Viakoo's Cyber Hygiene Suite is an OT or operational technology solution providing customers enterprise-wide cyber solutions for physical security and broader IoT applications at scale.

    To learn more about this important issue write info@viakoo.com, or visit https://www.viakoo.com/cybersecurity-solutions-physical-security/

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    Orphaned Video System in Philadelphia?

    [fa icon="calendar'] May 1, 2015 2:44:41 PM / by Mark McCourt posted in Blog

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    My recent trip to Philadelphia was enlightening. It has been widely reported that only 40% of the camera’s in the city’s $15 million video surveillance system work and the city auditor has pegged that number as low as 32%. Where are things at now?

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    What is Your Uptime Number? (And Why It Matters)

    [fa icon="calendar'] Mar 9, 2015 6:42:19 PM / by Mark McCourt posted in Blog

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    While customers, integrators and designers rightfully focus on the cost of a new IP video system and work to reduce it, the other critical question that needs to be asked is what is the cost of maintaining and servicing system failures and downtime. For a case study that shows how important this question is you need only look at the City of Philadelphia audit of their surveillance system. The initial audit identified that only 43% of the cameras were working. Download the report here: Philadelphia_PoliceSurveillanceVideo-FollowUp_2013

    The mayor’s office disputed that finding claiming 90% of the cameras worked. So they had a follow up audit and a year later…. Well, they’ve got only 32% percent working. Yep, a year later, after this scathing report got the city to leap into action, a follow up audit found only 32% of the city’s cameras are working.

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    The Timing Is Perfect

    [fa icon="calendar'] Feb 9, 2015 2:24:16 PM / by Mark McCourt posted in Blog

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    Week one of the “End of Missing Video” Tour was met with enthusiasm, interest and new trial activations with leading enterprises by forward thinking CSOs.

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    The Tour Begins! First stop New York...

    [fa icon="calendar'] Feb 2, 2015 7:36:03 PM / by Mark McCourt posted in Blog

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    Tired of missing video, video downtime and having no executive oversight of your infrastructure? Then help us be “The End of Missing Video” and meet with me during this amazing cross-country tour!

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    On Tour: Roadies Welcome!

    [fa icon="calendar'] Jan 28, 2015 3:17:49 PM / by Mark McCourt posted in Blog

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    This is an exciting time, so I am taking a minute to write about it. Next week I embark on my “The End of Missing Video” tour visiting leading executives at Security 500 enterprises across the country to introduce them to Viakoo, which enables them manage their security applications with the unique and vital automation and information, for the first time.

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