The security week that was: 07/10/09

A weekly surveillance of the news shaping your profession

Video standards got a huge promotional push this week when IMS Research released info on what percentage of the CCTV and IP video business is done by companies involved in either the PSIA or ONVIF standards groups. According to Alastair Hayfield, the IMS researcher who crunched the numbers, some 66 percent of all the revenues coming to IP video companies are coming to companies involved in either PSIA or ONVIF, or both standards bodies. ONVIF members, by far, has the larger percentage of IP video revenues, which Hayfield credits to the fact that ONVIF was established by three of the industry's biggest names in video surveillance: Axis, Bosch and Sony. But it's not truly competition between ONVIF and PSIA, he says, adding that the standards wouldn't be mutually exclusive.

In other news
Cyber attack on U.S. and South Korea, GAO gets bombs into federal buildings, more

Panasonic Corporation of North America's COO Joseph Taylor has stepped in as the head of Panasonic System Solutions Company, following the resignation of J.M. Allain. … CNL, makers of the IP video and systems integration platform IPSecurityCenter, announced intentions to establish a North American facility as it simultaneously announced key personnel appointments to grow its North American operations. … The GAO released a report detailing lax security from the Federal Protective Service that allowed them to smuggle bomb-making components into federal buildings and subsequently build makeshift bombs inside the facilities. … The U.S. government and South Korea are investigating hacker attacks on computer networks that they believe may have come from North Korea.