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Cyber Protection Program – Security Features

What Comes After Device Hardening?

It’s common knowledge that encrypted communication and other device hardening features are necessary for cybersecurity, but it’s vitally important to think beyond hardening.  Now that the security industry has adopted IP technology, manufacturers and integrators must consider not only the security operator’s needs, but also those of the IT manager.

An unsecured device can be the target of a cyber attack that might affect the entire network. While IT managers in government agencies, utilities, transportation, retail operations and financial enterprises are most acutely aware of the dire consequences of a successful hack, IT managers in all sectors are demanding security measures that go well beyond hardening before accepting devices onto their networks.

Here are four features that Tyco Security Products offers to achieve network acceptance for our Software House C•CURE 9000 Access Control Systems and American Dynamics victor Unified Video Management Systems that incorporate iSTAR controllers:

 

  1. Archive and Failover featuresto ensure continual operation and fast recovery
  1. LDAP Support to manage credentials.
  1. FIPS 140-2, Level 2, end-to-end validated encryption
  1. Network Storm Protection that ensures an iSTAR controller continues to operate during a denial of service attack.

Not every industry or enterprise requires the same security features for network acceptance. Our application specialists are available to advise which features are relevant to a specific application.

Learn more about our Cyber Protection Program and how we’re working to protect our physical security products from attacks, damage, disruptions and misuse.

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.

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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.

Tyco Security Products Technology Partner for NIST Cybersecurity Best Practices Guide for the Financial Services Sector

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) developed an IT asset management and cybersecurity best practices guide for the financial services sector.  Tyco Security Products served as a collaborating vendor for the creation of this guide. The guide provides a comprehensive view of how to implement standards-based cybersecurity technologies to reduce vulnerabilities, improve response to security alerts and increase resilience. Security engineers and installers will find examples of installation, configuration and integration tips to increase cybersecurity resilience.NIST

Cybersecurity Risk Factors

IT asset management (ITAM) lays the foundation to implementing an effective cybersecurity strategy. Consider risk factors like size, sophistication, risk tolerance and threat landscape. Often the challenge users face is tracking a diverse set of hardware and software. Lack of control of the entire system is another challenge confronted by companies. Many have several different third-party technologies and various contractors involved, which makes a standard across the products a challenge.

Financial Services NIST Cybersecurity Practice Guide

The guide details security characteristics and best practices for addressing security controls that should be considered by security program managers. Learn more about:

  • Managing assets connected to the enterprise network
  • Developing accountability
  • Detecting and alert authorities
  • Develop software restriction policies
  • Tracking assets on the system
  • Reducing risk on data encryption, authentication, incident reporting, scanning and more

13ITL002_nccoe_logoIf you have feedback on the guide or further questions email financial_nccoe@nist.gov.

The National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence, part of NIST, addresses businesses’ most pressing cybersecurity problems with practical, standards-based example solutions using commercially available technologies.

Download the guide.

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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.

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Introducing the Cyber Protection Program from Tyco Security Products

Developed over five years, Tyco Security Products Cyber Protection Program is one of the first in the industry to offer a holistic approach to cybersecurity for physical security products. We’re committed to cybersecurity through a product’s entire lifecycle — from requirements through obsolescence.

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We’ve developed our cybersecurity expertise after many years of providing critical solutions for the United States government and large multinational customers, and we hold several industry firsts, including FISMA-ready access control and video solutions.

Six Part Approach to Cyber Protection
Our Cyber Protection Program’s six -part approach to cyber protection for physical security products looks far beyond components and devices and cyber security hardening. The scrutiny begins with the initial product concept and requirements, continues through analysis of system design and programming, and culminates with final testing, integration and evaluation.

  • Secure Product Development Practices – Secure coding and testing reduces the possibility of inadvertently introducing vulnerabilities during product development
  • Inclusive Protection of Components and Systems – Include range of capabilities to complement diverse security needs
  • Configuration Guidelines for Compliance – Provide comprehensive procedures on how to configure C•CURE 9000, VideoEdge and victor systems
  • Testing Procedures – Products undergo rigorous, continuous testing both internally and with an independent test house, to minimize the risk of security updates and new configurations in our cyber-compliant products
  • Rapid Response to Vulnerabilities – Quickly assesses the situation, distributes an advisory bulletin and follow up with fully qualified patches
  • Education and Advocacy – Maintain critical training and development certifications, speaks and advocates for cyber protection for security systems

Tyco’s Cyber Protection Team
Our autonomous cyber protection team, an independent branch of the development group, has deep process control knowledge and specialized expertise in cyber concerns with physical security systems.

Learn more about our Cyber Protection Program and how we are working to protect physical security products from attacks, damages, disruptions and misuse.