Defining PSIM

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PSIM as a concept emerged because end user managers of security
environments cried out for better management of their security
information. They wanted to be able to do with security data what every
other business unit does with the data from their respective business units
- that is, to make intel igent business decisions.

PSIM is a better, more flexible and much more useful way of managing
security events and the information needed to respond to incidents than
traditional command centre solutions.

Currently, improvisational, fragmented and off-the-cuff security
management is the norm. It's common to find security operations and
traditional command-and-control centres using paper-based processes
and not sharing information. Business units and IT departments rarely
have access to data in corporate security departments. Events are
managed separately.

PSIM is simply
Access-control-related events are monitored and managed separately
from intrusion detection systems, and separate also from environmental
the security
sensors and other alerting systems. Often the people and systems are
not even located in the same facility, inhibiting information sharing and
version of the

larger, more
Converged security and IT networks need to be managed to mitigate any
important business risk of negative impact through the flood of data induced by an IP CCTV
tool of Information Ensuring interoperability across different vendors' devices/systems is a
chal enge. The physical security market as a whole lacks common, open
standards. Thus, virtually, any deployment requires the development of
new drivers to integrate various systems.

Choosing the right system. The capability to intel igently analyse and cross
-reference incoming data represents a further challenge, most PSIM
systems, stil process individual alarms.

PSIM principles may be used to produce better situational awareness,
prompting better security and business decisions. Situation management
Technology software creates useful information out of raw video by contextualizing it
(unifying video, alarm and sensor data) which improves situational
as a Solution awareness and makes incident responses more efficient.

Data management best practices are more pervasive now. Regulatory

compliance and management best practices dictate that computer
Present a situational systems and data be handled in standardized ways. Security
departments are, in general, not compliant with these best practices.
view of data.

The PSIM system wil aggregate, correlate and analyse data from
various sources, including alarms, environmental sensors, intrusion-
Guide standard
detection systems and video surveillance to ....

operating procedures by

Present a situational view of data.
documenting efficient best

Guide standard operating procedures by documenting efficient
best practices for every situation.
practices for every

Identify trends by searching through data from current and past
events to create reports.

Audit operator behaviour by recording al responses to all alerts for
later analysis.
Physical Security Information Management systems provide specific security information based on intelligent
analysis of data from a range of sensors from what would traditional y be disparate systems. It enables an
organisation to manage risk and ensure that standard procedures are carried out at an enterprise level.
c-hq provides effective technical advice based on the understanding of your threats, the associated hazards and
their potential. Working in line with CPNI guidelines, we provide advice and guidance for the security of people and
property, critical national infrastructure and the high security estate.
We provide support in the development and the design of your system. Producing schematics, schedules, interac-
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Credit: Steve Hunt
Frost & Sullivan