Effective branch security hinges on reducing the number of opportunities that criminals have to engage in malicious activity on site. This requires a proactive physical security plan that takes standard video surveillance and alarm systems to the next level with technology and integration.
Optimizing the technology begins with intrusion prevention systems (IPS) and intrusion detection systems (IDS). While these terms are often used interchangeably, they represent two very distinct technologies with different objectives. The former specializes in recognizing physical incursions and the latter specializes in impeding criminals from stealing physical assets or hacking equipment. Ultimately, however, intrusion dection and prevention systems work in collaboration.
While not exactly new, the remain effective thanks to advancements in their respective capabilities. Through the use of increasingly sophisticated sensors that are as smart as they are responsive – thereby reducing false positives – FIs can more effectively guard against suspicious activity in real time.
"Intrusion detection and prevention systems often work collaboratively and reinforce one another."
IDS and IPS now smarter and more intelligent
Security Infowatch reports that the speed with which technology is advancing has enabled IDS and IPS to be more significant members of the team by virtue of the fact that they are more precise, accurate and receptive to suspicious activity. Through developments in processing power, artificial intelligence, data analytics and machine learning, intrusion detection and prevention systems are more powerful than ever before and can serve as effective deterrents.
The same goes for perimeter intrusion detection systems (PIDS), which enable FIs to guard against break-ins before they step through the door and place their hands on anything.
Erick Reynolds, vice president of the Americas for Future Fibre Technologies, told Security Infowatch that machine learning and growth in internet of things performance has helped to harden FIs' physical defenses while at the same time reducing false alarms.
"The most important performance measure of any PIDS system is its ability to maintain a high probability of detection (POD) to intrusions while minimizing alarms due to nuisance events, in particular, those caused by wind, rain, traffic or other nuisance activities," Reynolds explained. "Simply increasing sensitivity to increase POD also increases sensitivity to nuisance events. To tip the scales in favor of POD, intelligent and advanced algorithms are required so that the PIDS system can adapt to different environments and intelligently discriminate between intrusions and nuisances."
Reynolds further stated that intrusion detection and prevention systems are constantly learning, and because of this, they're more readily equipped to adapt to changing conditions, which makes them more intelligent than they have been previously.
Video surveillance adds context
Many other advancements have come to the forefront in recent years. This includes the added role video analytics plays when integrated with intrusion detection and prevention systems. Physical security expert Stewart Dewar related to Security Infowatch that the furtherance of video analytic capabilities has given FIs more visibility into their brick-and-mortar facilities and also helped to lower costs. Community banks that may not have the means to purchase state-of-the-art physical security technology are now ready to take on the investment.
Video surveillance is a particularly important aspect to intrusion detection, given the modus operandi of rogue intruders and the portions of a facility that they target. In 2018, for example, more than 2,800 robberies involved the counter, as opposed to night depositories or safe deposit areas, according to the FBI's reporting. Cameras give banking and public safety officials the ability to better determine when crimes transpired and other relevant details, such as what the perpetrator looked like or was wearing at the time.
Ultimately, pairing electronic security with physical security enables FIs to more fully protect their branch in a holistic, all-inclusive way. Every corner of a facility – from the entrance to the back room – requires ongoing visibility, as thieves are constantly refining their strategies to outmaneuver what systems are in place and get away without a trace, sometimes faster than we could possibly imagine. As noted by Positive Technologies, so-called "black box" attacks – which involve placing devices on ATMs so they dispense cash in large quantities – can be completed in as little as 10 minutes.
The robust defense of your financial institution cannot be overemphasized. That's why we take a customized approach at BranchServ to determine best in breed technology for your intrusion detection and prevention systems. We'll help you select the right solution so your specific vulnerabilities are proactively addressed. Contact us today to learn more.