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Cybersecurity Acronyms

As with any industry, there are a slew of acronyms that are used. Cybersecurity is no different. To completely understand the standards and best practices for cybersecurity, you must understand the various groups and terminology being used.

Tyco Security Products Cyber Protection Program

Developed over five years from providing critical solutions to the U.S. Government and other multi-national customers, Tyco Security Products Cyber Protection Program is one of the first in the industry to offer a holistic, six-part approach to cyber security for physical security products. We have effectively worked with government agencies to meet the appropriate standards and validations. Below is an explanation of many of the various cyber security groups and common terminology used.

FIPS

Federal information Processing Standards (FIPS) are a set of standards that describe document processing, encryption algorithms and other information technology standards for use within non-military government agencies and by government contractors and vendors who work with agencies.

Having a FIPS validation ensures that encryption completed properly. Test results are validated by the United States National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), yet another acronym.

FISMA

The Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) is United States legislation that defines a comprehensive framework to protect government information, operations and assets against threats.  View the Tyco Security Products FISMA-ready configuration guidelines. These guidelines apply to Software House CCURE 9000 and American Dynamics victor video management system (VMS) software and VideoEdge network video recorders.

NERC

The North American Electric Reliabilty Corporation (NERC) is a non-profit organization that works with all stakeholders to develop standards for power system operation, monitoring and enforcing compliance with those standards.

NERC CIP

NERC Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) is 9 standards and 45 requirements covering the security of electronic perimeters and the protection of critical cyber assets as well as personnel and training, security management and disaster recovery planning. View the Tyco NERC-CIP V5 ready configuration guidelines for Software House CCURE and iStar.

DISA

The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) is a United States Department of Defense (DoD) agency that provides information technology (IT) and communications support to any individual or system contributing to the defense of the United States.

SRG

Security Requirement Guide (SRG) is compilation of singular, actionable statements that comprise a security control or security best. An SRG is used by DISA field security operations and vendor guide developers to build security technical implementation guides (STIGs). I know we cannot stop with the acronyms. A STIG is a guide for implementing IT systems within the DoD. View the Tyco DISA security requirements for VideoEdge using the General Purpose Operating System SRG.

SANS

System Administration Networking and Security (SANS) released Top 20 security vulnerabilities. These are security controls for protecting a network. VideoEdge and victor have been designed and have had the necessary features implemented to assist our installers and users with configuring their networks in the manner they need to implement the SANS controls they elect.

Learn more about our cyber protection program.

TYCO SECURITY PRODUCTS ACQUIRES INNOMETRIKS

InnometriksTyco Security Products announced as of 13 May 2016, it has acquired substantially all of the assets of Innometriksand 2DogsStudios, developers of high assurance readers, software and mobile solutions for FIPS-201 (Federal Information Processing Standard) smart card credentials.

This acquisition strengthens Tyco Security Products’ position in the federal market by adding the Innometriks team’s open, seamless high-assurance solution integrated directly into Tyco Security Products’ Software House C•CURE 9000 access control and security management ecosystem, as well as enabling the ability to integrate with systems from other manufacturers. This is achieved with an open architecture that moves government credential authentication directly into the physical access panel, and leveraging OSDP (Open Supervised Device Protocol) capable readers. These combined technologies will become part of Tyco Security Products’ access control solution portfolio.

The combination of Tyco Security Products and Innometriks creates an offering that provides a fast, open, modular, and cost effective solution for high assurance needs.   The benefits of this acquisition not only extend to the government market, but also to commercial customers who require high assurance access control systems.  We are very excited to have the Innometriks and 2DogStudios become a part of our access control solutions and future roadmaps.

For more information or any questions please contact your local area sales representative or Jason Ouellette.