At the Frontline: Former IBM Security Director Timothy Giles

Giles discusses selling management on the benefits of new technology when budgets are tight

If you put in an analog camera, you have to run (coax) cable, you’ve got run power to it, you’ve got to try to run power to the backup circuits, you’ve got to do all of these things. If you install an IP camera, you can get power through the network, you don’t have to run (coax cable), you don’t have to run the power cabling so there is a lot of installation savings there if you have the bandwidth to handle the IP cameras. Most medium-sized businesses probably have more bandwidth capability than they really need and they could actually add IP cameras to their system with less impact than a lot of large businesses.

What are some of the additional risk factors that IP technology can help mitigate?

It depends on the industry you’re in. In the finance industry, you have people who are processing transactions. Well, most of the finance industry now is moving to biometrics and tying biometrics to terminals while at the same time adding more cameras to view cash transactions and that’s a big advantage. Now, it’s not just if I can get your password, I can sign on the computer and make this financial transaction look like you did it. Now knowing the password doesn’t do you any good if you don’t have the biometric to go along with it. In the healthcare industry, they’re using radio frequency technology to track important assets they have around the hospital. You can also tie the radio frequency technology into access control system to make sure no one walks out the door with them too. So, there are a lot of different things that technology is doing to improve asset control and reduce risk factors.