Effective video surveillance and audit, an imperative

Industry experts on how technology can transform PSUs

GN Bureau | May 19, 2016

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In the session on ‘Managing network, data and physical security’ experts talked about various technologies and ways in which PSUs can take protection measures via technology. Gaurav Tripathi, head, project sales, Vantage Integrated Security Solutions, a UK headquartered video surveillance solutions provider, said, that the IP video surveillance market is close to Rs 2,500 crore this year. It will grow at 23.1 CAGR between 2015 and 2021, he said, at PSU IT Forum organsied by Governance Now.

In terms of user base, the law enforcement agencies (LEAs) are the biggest users, comprising 44 percent of the total market. The PSUs and government agencies are second biggest users, constituting 35 percent of the overall segment. With 9 percent share, corporates are the third largest user base. The remaining is small office, home office (SOHO) segment, he said. 
Referring to the potential usages, Tripathi said the country has 7,083 railway stations, over 13,000 police stations and 1.5 lakh bank offices, among others. The PSUs, however, are still using analogue, legacy system, he said, indicating that they may not be able to make the most of the surveillance system. The Indian Oil Corporation (IOC), for example, continues to use 1989 surveillance system. 
He said that Vantage has deployed IP Video Surveillance solution at RBI, covering its 10 regional offices. A total of 1,250 cameras have been deployed. Until 2015, the RBI had an analogue video surveillance system. The company has also bagged Delhi government's contract for deploying 3 lakh cameras in the city, he said
While the city authorities are busy deploying more CCTV cameras to enhance security, their efforts would serve no purpose if footage captured in those cameras is not audited, said Gautam Garodia, CEO, COM-SUR India, a Mumbai-based software solution provider. 
While crime rate in India continues to increase, Garodia asked, “Are we seeing what the cameras have seen?” It took eight years for Mumbai to install 6,000 cameras. But is it enough? There must be auditing wherever there are cameras, he said. 
PSUs are not only expanding their physical infrastructure but also their network infrastructure towards public or private cloud. “Hence, it is becoming critical for the PSUs and other industry verticals to monitor people having privilege access to the data,” said Pradeep Saluja, India security lead, CA technologies.
Saluja said the number of users managing privilege data stored on internet-enabled clouds is one the rise. “There are multiple ways with which an attacker can steal credentials of privilege users, and gain access to the sensitive information. Hence, need to bring visibility on what these admins are doing to your critical infrastructure is essential." he said.  




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