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What’s the Most Important Element of Electronic Security Solutions?

What’s the most important element of any electronic security systems – hardware or software?

A: The most important element of any electronic security system is power supply and you should give serious consideration to selecting the uninterrupted power supply to support it. Part of this process is going to be deciding whether or not the security system is mission critical – if it is, then your budget just increased 10x and you can create a capable solution.

You’ll need to think about load, about runtime, whether the unit is rack or enclosure mounted, you might want to think about sine wave form – pure is best – remote management and monitoring via app. Something else that’s going to be important is load shedding in the event the system goes over onto UPS. What parts of the electronic security solution can be powered down? UPS can be additionally supported with a generator. It’s also possible to use local solar generation to support the system during daylight hours.

 

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Risk analysis in the security environment.

What’s the most important element of any electronic security systems – hardware or software?

A: The most important element of any electronic security system is power supply and you should give serious consideration to selecting the uninterrupted power supply to support it. Part of this process is going to be deciding whether or not the security system is mission critical – if it is, then your budget just increased 10x and you can create a capable solution.

You’ll also need to think about load, about runtime, whether the unit is rack or enclosure mounted, you might want to think about sine wave form – pure is best – remote management and monitoring via app. Something else that’s going to be important is load shedding in the event the system goes over onto UPS. What parts of the electronic security solution can be powered down? UPS can be additionally supported with a generator. It’s also possible to use local solar generation to support the system during daylight hours.

Encryption

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Be prepared for a breach.

We believe storage strategy can play an important part in eliminating data destruction and corruption. Providing a hardened archive for storing data completely and securely is also necessary. What is the point of a secure system if the attacker can delete or take your footage and files? An on-prem hardware archive and an offsite data storage systems like AWS S3 that ensures data preservation. You can create a globally unique serial number in the meta-data that’s stored in a cryptographically protected system. Take an inventory of files to ensure they are all there and this is all immutable. This allows us to superimpose a layer of integrity and authenticity on top of the system. Clients can encrypt files with a different encryption key for each file without human intervention.

Regularly update your operating system

A key step in securing your server is ensuring that you are always running the most recent version of your operating system. Hackers routinely expose weaknesses in software that developers then work to shore up. Updates are released as security patches and should be installed immediately, ideally automatically. Failing to keep your operating system, or any other software running on your server, up to date, effectively leaves it open to known vulnerabilities.

Backup Uninterruptable Power Supply

UPS or an uninterruptible power supply is a device which immediately provides backup power during power failure.

A UPS is normally used for computers or other devices such as networking equipments. This will allow the users to save everything to avoid data loss and properly shut the computer down.

Having a UPS in a company is a must. Based from our experience, it is really a must to have a UPS for companies in order to prevent downtime. This is also used to prevent damages to equipment and devices especially with electricity fluctuations.

You can never be sure with those small fluctuations because sometimes, it could still affect your devices.

In the past, a single UPS was not enough to accommodate all IT equipment. Some routers were only plugged into a direct socket. There was this time that fluctuations were present once in a while. It becomes a big problem when the said routers need to reboot again because of the power failure. That also resulted to the delay of business operation.

Having a UPS in a company has become a non-negotiable business necessity. Emergency power depends on the size of the UPS and its current load. If you have a small UPS, it could give you 5 – 15 minutes backup power. If you want more minutes, we would recommend you to get a larger capacity UPS because it can accommodate more charge compared to a small size UPS. Whilst a UPS can come at a cost, it is an imperative investment for a company.

In order to maximize the use of a UPS, connect only the important or critical pieces of equipment like servers and other related equipment. Don’t connect the devices which do not require immediate power or emergency power such as photo copiers and coffee machines!

Some of you might ask if a UPS and a generator have the same features. The answer is No. A UPS differs from a generator because a UPS instantly provides emergency power during power failure. A generator only acts as a standby power which means that devices will still shut off for some time during a power failure and will only resume if the generator is already powered on.

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