Modernizing Security for the Banking Segment



The banking market is continuing to evolve with the growing use of mobile devices, and more branch operations are aiming to enhance service and convenience for the customer. With these advancements come greater potential for fraud and associated loss. Naturally, increasingly sophisticated fraud technology and techniques will require organizations to look at new approaches to prevent and detect these activities. Here we will take a look at how solutions such as Verint EdgeVR and Op-Center aim to protect this market segment in the near future.

Financial institutions face more day-to-day challenges than retail or other business environments as a general rule, due to the nature of the services they provide and how enticing they are to fraud. The industry has relied on advanced video surveillance solutions for many years already, but actively seeks to keep up with trends and the latest technologies available in order to minimize losses. Furthermore, previous solutions are less and less able to support requirements for video retention, and so catalyze this move forwards.

Solutions that hybridize a mix of both analog and digital video cameras through a secure platform to limit cybersecurity risks, enhance video capture through analytics, and simplify the process of ongoing maintenance are preferred here. One such solution is Verint’s EdgeVR and Op-Center. This platform manages video surveillance and data capture across multiple branches and is an enterprise-class, IP-based network video recording system. It is built for large scale operations distributed geographically and is fully capable of hybrid IP/analog, permitting migration to digital video to enhance long term value and reduce integration costs.

The system provides for high quality video, optimized bandwidth use, a secure, proprietary operating system and industry-leading interfaces which increases ROI.

This is paired with Verint’s Op-Center which allows the enterprise to monitor, manage and troubleshoot NVRs from a central location. Adding Op-Center reduces the cost of video system management and allows the user to configure NVRs, change device properties, set passwords, download firmware, create audit reports, and manage user rights remotely. Remote diagnostics allow rapid troubleshooting and threat identification for large NVR deployments. Using this platform, administrators can monitor an entire network of surveillance, prevent loss of video, and maximize up-time.

Video analytics are also a valuable addition for fraud mitigation. Banks can search through footage much more easily and intelligently to locate any persons of interest throughout various locations. Analytics allows operators to address red flags and suspicious events much more rapidly than in the past. The technology is useful in identifying “slip and fall” events and ensuring long term capture of relevant video for use in later investigations. One banking chain estimates that this solution from Verint has provided them an 85 percent time savings over manual methods.

Verint continues to create technologies that simplify, automate and modernize, while also allowing for migration of old video surveillance technologies. Their solutions can be a significant force multiplier to help secure a branch’s footprint, alleviate risk, improve investigations into fraud, and maintain operational compliance over many locations. Moving past the first quarter of 2019 we should expect to see more use of “Big Data” for video analytics sourced from distributed spans of IOT devices to allow the banking industry to investigate threats rapidly and produce intelligence that can be acted on.



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Healthcare Cyber Security Challenges


Healthcare institutions already face a variety of security challenges both physically and in the digital space, and these of course will only continue to evolve. As this happens, the security industries must keep up with change. Particularly vulnerable to data breaches and ransomware are hospitals. This is due in part to the relatively high value of medical data. Besides this, most modern facilities and doctors now use electronic prescriptions which can be vulnerable to fraud and theft. Hospital administrators are under the pressures of a cost only alleviated through the improvement of operational security and workflow efficiency. Here we will look at some ways to accomplish that.


A key component in overall healthcare securities is knowing who is going where and when within the different zones of the installation. One way to accomplish this is using “Trusted Identities”. This approach to identity and authentication uses multi-factor authentication, digital certificates, management of credentials, and physical security in a four-pointed approach sometimes called PIAM. Reliable and efficient credential verification has given rise to a more connected and efficient system for hospitals in what is called the IoTT (Internet of Trusted Things). This also opens the door to making use of big data and machine learning to create fundamental changes in how healthcare institutions manage risk and operate in general.


Regarding electronic prescriptions, the DEA mandate for a separate two factor authentication for controlled substances is one out of many regulatory requirements facing the digital arm of healthcare. Intelligent systems built to automate much of this type of “red tape” can realize significant decreases in cost. Using integrated systems that can talk to each other will almost always result in better efficiency, done properly. Digital certificates, signatures and signing are backed by public key infrastructure and can incorporate One Time Password (OTP) tokens and biometrics to comply with both DEA and HIPAA. These same systems can be used to solve the fundamental issues of protecting patient data and remotely authenticating through VPNs using mobile devices.


Perhaps the most promising up and coming weapon in fighting healthcare fraud like malware and data breaches is real-time risk profiling, which protects against both known and recent threats targeting both online users and mobile devices. Risk profiling in the healthcare setting can use a wide variety of known information to make best guesses about a subject trying to gain access to some device in the network. These data driven cyber surveillance systems combine evidence-based approaches to risk analysis with behavioral biometrics to give the best picture of the real risks to an institution, much in the same way big retail chains can guess who is about to steal from a store.
Security Technology of South Texas is happy to offer custom access control and surveillance solutions to the healthcare market, designed either turn-key and from the ground up, or integrated into an already existing series of cameras.


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STST’S Newest Team Member

Roxann Corralejo

Security Technology of South Texas, Inc. is happy to introduce our newest member of our sales and design team, Roxann Corralejo. Roxann comes to us with a successful history in professional sales, and already she has achieved sales well beyond her initial objectives as she has helped several businesses protect their property and employees with our unique security solutions. Welcome to the STST family Roxann!!!