Year in review

Our most read security articles and downloads of 2016

Adam Bannister

Editor, IFSEC Global

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Adam Bannister is editor of IFSEC Global. A former managing editor at Dynamis Online Media Group, he has been at the helm of the UK's leading fire and security publication since 2014.
December 19, 2016

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Welcome to IFSEC Global’s most read articles and downloads of 2016.

Major new stories with a security angle – like the Donald Trump’s border wall, security concerns around Pokemon Go and the Virgin Trains-Jeremy Corbyn row were prominent on this year’s list.

Ranked number one for May, meanwhile, Hikvision’s purchase of Pyronix was arguably the most seismic of the many acquisitions concluded in another busy year for mergers and acquisitions in the security sector.

This year also saw the cyber vulnerabilities of IP CCTV cameras become a dominant issue, with every story we published on the topic attracting huge interest.

We’ve also, once again, provided a rundown of the year’s top five downloads, with the top position occupied by the follow-up edition to the report that topped the rankings in 2015.

Anyway, thanks for reading IFSEC Global in 2016 and Merry Christmas – we hope you’ll be back with us in 2017.


10 security innovations from CES 2016

A camera in the form of a rolling ball, an iris reader for ATM machines and a solar-powered door lock were two of the products on show at the world’s largest consumer electronics show.


CCTV Camera Settings: Here’s how to get the best picture possible

CCV consultant Simon Lambert delivered a tutorial on turning your CCTV images from ‘ho-hum’ to ‘wow’. Accompanied by illustrative images the article explains how to adjust your camera settings to get the best images possible in dim light, when objects ae moving and other challenging conditions.

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Major security flaws found in surveillance systems – both DVR and cloud-based

Find out why your CCTV system is probably highly vulnerable to cyber attack, courtesy of research by Cloudview.


ONVIF on profile T, H.265 and IoT interoperability beyond security

An interview with Greg Alcorn, vice chairman of Communication Committee, who looks at the achievements of 2015 and reveals the organisation’s current priorities.


Hikvision to acquire Pyronix

The deal, which Hikvision has just announced, is the latest in a number major acquisitions in the video surveillance market in recent years.


Top 50 most influential people in security and fire 2016: results announced

Last year Avigilon CTO Dr Mahesh Saptharishi topped IFSEC Global’s top 50 influencers. Who is our most influential person in security and fire this time around?


Pokémon go security risks flagged by CIA, Gulf states and data security experts

Even by the standards of online viral trends, Pokemon Go’s trajectory is quite astonishing. Within a week of launch the augmented-reality mobile exploration game could boast 20 million downloads. To put that into some sort of context, it’s twice the number achieved by dating app Tinder over a timescale 208 times as long (four years), […]



Did Virgin Trains breach data protection laws by releasing CCTV footage of Jeremy Corbyn?

IFSEC Global put the question to a CCTV control room operator and a senior professional in corporate security.


Donald Trump’s “big, beautiful, powerful wall”: everything you need to know

Trump’s penchant for bigness has manifested in the most emblematic promise of his US presidential bid: the construction of a “big, beautiful, powerful wall” along the US-Mexico border.


Watch how to hack a security camera. It’s alarmingly simple

Sophos researcher James Lyne shows you how to hack a security camera. It’s alarmingly easy and should concentrate minds in the security industry.


CCTV field trial footage: Sony SNC-VB770 ultra-high sensitivity 4K cameras

Watch footage from a field trial of Sony’s SNC-VB770 (4K) cameras, conducted by northeast-based integrator Universal Systems Solutions.

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Security & Fire Excellence Awards 2016: winners revealed

Digital Barriers, Mitie Total Security Management and Assured Fire and Security were among the winners at this year’s Security & Fire Excellence Awards.

Top story of the year

Our story on the Pokémon Go phenomenon and the attendant security risks, both cyber and physical, was the most read topical story of the year.

More generally, however, Simon Lambert’s tour de force on optimising the quality of images generated by network cameras eclipsed the competition by some distance.

Top 5 downloads

5. Analysing the total cost of ownership of video surveillance systems

In this paper, Axis presented the results from a study conducted in 2015, resulting in a model with 40 costs relating to system components and stages. The analysis looks at how hardware, software, installation maintenance and operation costs combine towards the total cost of ownership.

4. The access control report 2016: legacy infrastructure and motivations for upgrading

Packed with stats and charts, insight from research firm IHS and comment from sponsors HID Global, this trend report explores the motives – technological, budgetary and political – behind investment decisions and demand for various innovations in the access control market.

3. The smart-home security report 2016: the growing market for smart door locks

What kind of functionality do customers want in their smart locks? Would they prefer to unlock their front door with a card or fob, to use a PIN code or smartphone? How much are they willing to spend? Sponsored by ASSA ABLOY.

2. The wireless access control market in 2016

Sponsored by ASSA ABLOY the Wireless Access Control Report 2016 examines the installed base, the merits of wireless versus wired systems and training requirements, among other things.

1. The 2016 video surveillance report

The Video Surveillance Report 2016: Security Needs and Plug and Play is the follow-up to IFSEC Global’s most popular ever white paper, Video Surveillance: Market Trends and Expectations (2015). It looked at the security needs of surveillance systems as shaped by the physical environment, which cutting-edge features are most important to security professionals, the most important factors driving upgrades and What security professionals think about plug-and-play systems.

Free Download: The Wireless Access Control Report

Based on a poll of hundreds of professionals involved in the procurement, operation, deployment or maintenance of access control systems, this report offers a unique into the perception and demand around wireless technology.

Discover how your peers think standards, sustainability, mobile and the cloud shape the future of access control.

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