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Cyber Security Assessment

Today’s businesses are faced with unprecedented threats from sabotage, theft of intellectual property and compromised sensitive data. Have you considered how your physical security products affect your cyber security?

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Take a look at our infographic and assessment quiz to see if you are asking the right questions and taking the next step to be cyber secure.

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Learn more about Tyco’s industry-leading Cyber Protection Program.

Cyber Security Language

Security breaches are in the news today more than ever before. Security integrators and security officers must work with IT departments to ensure the physical security system is successfully deployed, maintained and upgraded on the network with minimal impact and without compromising network security.

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To create a complete cyber secure environment, IT and security departments must effectively work together. However, physical security and IT often use the same words to mean different things – resulting in everyone being confused. Sometimes security integrators and security officers even avoid the IT department due to the misunderstanding.

For example, IP may mean intellectual property to a corporate security officer but internet protocol to IT security professionals. Or perimeter may mean the exterior building wall to the security officer and network connection to the outside to the IT professional.

To make sure all departments are speaking the same, common language, we suggest developing a list of terminology definitions that everyone can use.

Terms to be Clearly Defined:

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  • Key
  • Patch
  • Firewall
  • Vulnerability
  • Social engineering
  • Perimeter
  • Intrusion detection
  • Bandwidth
  • Directory
  • Security logs
  • Revocation
  • Signature

Having a common subset of terms will help you understand how to ask the right questions and quickly comprehend the answers. After establishing your company common language, clearly explain the information you need from IT to be able to define the network and security requirements.

Learn more about the Tyco Security Products Cyber Protection program.

Responding Rapidly to Security Vulnerabilities

While hardening is important, it does not guarantee that the device you install today will be secure tomorrow. Potential problems can lie dormant for years and then provide easy access for hackers when uncovered. For example, Shellshock was actually introduced as a product feature in 1989. Its vulnerability existed undetected in numerous products — including “hardened” versions of Linux and Unix operating systems — for 25 years. But within a single day of the vulnerability announcement in 2014, hackers reportedly were taking advantage of this critical bug.

At Tyco Security Products, we understand that a vulnerability discovered in one of our security products could potentially put your entire business at risk. That’s why we’ve put a team and process in place designed to deliver a fast, actionable response to help protect your investments from harm.

Our Cyber Protection Team continuously monitors for vulnerabilities using multiple resources. When a new bug is discovered, the Cyber Protection Team and key product engineers work quickly to tackle and resolve security concerns before they become critical to your operation.

This dedicated response enables us to create a security advisory, typically within 24 hours. The notification includes information about which products are vulnerable along with mitigation steps. It also lists products that we have confirmed are not vulnerable for greater peace of mind.

In the case of significant vulnerabilities, advisories are updated as needed until the issues are resolved. Quality engineers ensure that software patches are fully tested and validated. While we cannot predict how long it will take to resolve an issue, it took the team just two weeks to deliver patches for ShellShock and Heartbleed, both critical vulnerabilities.


Learn more about our Cyber Protection Program and how we’re working to protect our physical security products from attacks, damages, disruptions and misuse. You can also sign up to receive security advisories.

New Illustra Pro 2MP Mini-Domes

Illustra ProThe new high definition Illustra Pro 2 megapixel mini-dome IP cameras introduce UltraVision low light color video technology.

Watch this video to see the new Illustra low light video quality in action.

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The new Illustra UltraVision technology allows the camera to effectively maintain color video well below 1 lux. This drastically improves the ability to identify people and objects of interest in environments near total darkness. Illustra UltraVision is ideal for applications such as parking lots, alleyways, warehouses and other lowlight settings where maintaining color and video quality is critical to the surveillance operation. In low light mode, UltraVision provides the color detail needed for users to more quickly find clear video evidence for investigations.

Superior Image Quality in Low Light Environments

  • 2MP resolution at fast frame rates
  • Ultravision maintains high quality color video at low light levels below 1 lux
  • Simultaneously view high contrasting areas with true wide dynamic range 100db

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Intelligent Analytics

The Illustra 2MP mini-dome also features advanced on-board analytics including motion detection, face detection, blur detection and tampering. The camera’s features minimize bandwidth use, storage requirements and optimize performance and video quality.

  • Program up to 5 individual regions of interest for integrated analytics
  • Minimizes bandwidth use and storage requirements with H.264
  • Rotates to the optimal image orientation with 9×16 field of view aspect ratio in corridor mode

Simple Installation

Compatible with American Dynamics VideoEdge and exacqVision video management system (VMS) software and recorders, Illustra Pro mini-dome cameras can be easily configured into a video security system saving installation time and money.

The camera is exacqVision Edge ready, so exacqVision VMS software can be installed directly on the camera for a complete high definition IP video solution.

Indoor and Outdoor Models for Most Environments

  • Operates in extreme temperatures as low as
    -30° C 
    with PoE or -40°C with 24Vac power
  • Durable indoor and outdoor models with IK10 rating to protect against vandalism, outdoor models are IP66 rated with an environmental enclosure to protect against water and dust

Learn more about the new Illustra Pro mini-domes and UltraVision low light technology on the Illustra website.

New Illustra Pro Series 2MP Micro Camera

The Illustra Pro 2MP micro camera provides a low profile with a high performance solution Watch this video to see how the Illustra Pro 2MP micro camera excels.

Small Form Factor

  • Ideal for small indoor locations like ATMs, store entrances, banks
  • Delivers the small form factor needed for limited spaces

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Saves Time and Money with Simple Installation

  • Simple to install the micro IP camera in a confined space for discreet installations
  • Mounting options included
  • Compatible with exacqVision or VideoEdge
  • Reduces time and optimizes installation

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On-Board, Durable Features for the Most Demanding Conditions

  • Delivers high definition video of 1080p at 30 IPS
  • Exceptional video quality in high contrast lighting with true wide dynamic range 82db
  • Automatic rotation to the optimal image orientation with corridor mode
  • Automatically enhances the video quality around detected faces with face detection
  • Lens options available for all viewing areas: telephoto and wide angle
  • Convenient video storage with support for on-board SD card

Learn more about the new Illustra micro camera.

New Illustra Essentials Varifocal IP Cameras

The new Illustra Essentials 1 and 2 megapixel outdoor mini-domes and bullet IP cameras offer a low cost, high definition video solution. Watch this video to see the cameras in action.

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  • See wider field of view with new 2.8-12mm varifocal lens
  • Durable enclosures with IK10 rating on the mini-dome to protect against vandalism
  • High performance wide dynamic range to simultaneously view high contrast areas
  • Excellent low light color and black/white video qualitywith true day/night IR illuminator
  • Easy installation with exacqVision, VideoEdge and Holis

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Learn more about Illustra Essentials cameras on our website. If you have questions, contact your local sales representative or call 317.845.5710.

Illustra IP Cameras Provide Clear Video for Better Surveillance

The Challenge
The new Royal Caribbean Club Casino at the Port of Spain in the Republic of Trinidad & Tabago’s city capital required a surveillance solution to easily monitor slot machines, cashiers, players and money transactions. The Casino needed a cost-effective way to utilize analog and IP video into a unified security system.

Additionally, security managers needed a way to quickly pull up video footage when they detected anomalies. Beyond monitoring the casino floor, security personnel oversee the casino entrances and parking lots.

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The Solution
To meet their needs and stay within budget, Royal Caribbean Club Casino selected a complete, end-to-end Tyco Security Products video security solution. This solution created a cost-effective, seamless transition from analog to IP.

They installed 16 Illustra Flex 3 megapixel mini-dome cameras because of the high resolution quality images they provided. These cameras are located over the gaming tables for a clear view of the gaming chips and movements of the dealers and gamblers.

The system included:


Royal Caribbean Casino was satisfied with the extreme ease of installation and use as well as the new benefits they received from their integrated security system. “The video survelliance system left a very positive impression with our Security/IT management team because of its characteristics, on-time execution and cost-effective plan,” said Alexander Calito, Royal Caribbean Club Casino Director.

Benefits of the new security solution include:

  • Combines analog and IP into one, cost-effective solution
  • Reduces investigation time on gaming table activity
  • Delivers high quality, color video images for faster identification
  • Reliable operation with no downtime or maintenance required
  • Easy for all staff members to navigate and use
  • Faster response to critical events with remote video access 24/7
  • Ensures a safe environment for visitors and staff

Learn more about Tyco Security Products solution to migrating from analog to an IP security system.

Migrating From Analog to IP Video

Is your legacy analog video security system reaching the end of its life? Some companies have been hesitant to make the leap to IP-based video, while other companies continue to look for the most cost-effective solutions to utilize existing infrastructures and maximize their surveillance investment while also adding new IP cameras. Meanwhile, the benefits of switching analog cameras and aging DVR systems to IP-based surveillance systems and network video recorders (NVRs) continue to grow.

Leverage Existing Infrastructure and Add IP Technology
Video surveillance technology is rapidly improving. Hybrid NVRs allow users to connect existing analog cameras and encoders as well as the latest IP cameras to the same server. This approach maximizes a company’s initial security investment while providing the flexibility to upgrade over time. As a result, end users can add IP cameras to their system in order to reap the benefits of high definition resolution, panoramic video, camera-based video analytics and more.

So What Makes IP Video Better?
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Why IP Video

IP-based video provides radical improvements over analog video. IP video is transferred over a computer network cable instead of a coaxial cable, which provides options for more flexible and higher resolution video. IP video improvements include video resolution, event analytics and situational awareness.

  • Larger, flexible viewing areas – Standard definition analog cameras have a maximum resolution of 704 pixels wide by 576 pixels tall—or .4 megapixels of resolution. Most IP cameras are between 1-5 megapixels, and some are up to 20 megapixels. In many cases, one IP camera can cover the same area as four or more analog cameras. Flexible resolutions are available to optimize the viewing area of the user’s environment. IP cameras can define their own aspect ratios to meet specific needs.
  • Panoramic video – There are many IP cameras on the market today that use multiple lenses and imagers to create 180 to 360 degree fields of view. Other cameras utilize panoramic or “fisheye” lenses to achieve these parameters on a single lens. A good VMS will allow you to bring this powerful video into your server with a single stream and to even zoom in and move around within the image for greater detail.
  • Improved camera analytics – Many IP cameras make use of video analytics that are built into the software or firmware utilized by the camera. These “smart” cameras can detect when a person or object crosses a line, detect objects left behind or removed from a field of view and more. These events are sent from the camera to the server so the user can be quickly notified. This approach does not require as much processing power from the server while freeing it up for other video management system tasks
  • Manage video from anywhere – IP-based video gives users the opportunity to easily view live and recorded video from any location through a PC, web browser or mobile device.

How to Configure Your System with Analog and IP
You know the cameras your company has in place or want to add to your system and need to know what server best suits your needs. An online configuration tool can help you calculate the approximate storage and bandwidth necessary for a security system. Users can simply enter the number of analog and IP cameras, the number of streams, compression, desired video resolutions and other features to find the best NVR that fits their needs.

Migrating From Analog to IP Video – Recorded Webinar
Watch our recorded video to learn more about the advantages of IP video and how best to migrate from your analog system.

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