2017 in review

Our most read security articles and downloads of 2017

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, 2017

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Counter terror inevitably loomed large this year, but arguably the most noticeable trend topic-wise was the growing importance of cybersecurity – right across the supply chain.

Fully five of the top 10 articles across the year were about cybersecurity or the GDPR, the data protection law coming into force from May 2017 – and sure to be an even bigger topic in 2018.

Nevertheless, video surveillance in general – notably the latest trends and how-to advice – continues to generate huge interest. As does the ongoing skills crisis in fire and security engineering, including efforts to combat the problem, as well as that of the cowboy traders who continue to undermine standards in the sector.

Below are the most read articles month by month, as well as the most popular downloads and the top 10 most read articles of the year.

Thanks for visiting IFSEC Global in 2017. Have a great Christmas and Happy New Year!


6 trends in video surveillance to watch out for in 2017
Wayne Arvidson, Quantum’s vice president of video surveillance and security solutions, surveyed the CCTV market and shared his predictions.


Many engineers are far more valuable than their managers – and their salaries should reflect this
Integrations consultant Michael Lines offered tips on recruiting and retaining engineers/integrators and argued that muddled thinking over managerial roles is exacerbating the skills gap.


Faceless recognition: is it really superior to facial recognition?
Not necessarily, said Mostapha Benhenda, but it’s improving all the time, and it certainly boosts your hit rate in identifying suspicious persons when both are used in conjunction.


5 reasons why video analytics is now the big focus in CCTV surveillance
The director of product management EMEA for Tyco Security Products on why the technology has matured to a tipping point of ubiquity, versatility and usability.


The seven security firms that made it onto the FT1000
All but one are based in the UK or Ireland and the list comprised three cybersecurity firms, three integrators and an access control vendor.


Top 50 influencers in security & fire 2017: cybersecurity
After extensive consultation with a panel of judges from across the industry, we revealed our roll call of the Top 50 influencers in security & fire 2017: cybersecurity (UK and international).


Watch: drone demonstrations in the drone zone on IFSEC TV
Watch Jason Woodcock, MD of UAS Flight Ops, showcase two commercial drones in the Drone Zone at IFSEC 2017.


Home automation systems: a guide to the smart home market
Everything you need to know about the smart home market, including growth rates, barriers to adoption, key players and the latest home automation systems.


From cameras to the court: How to make full video integration a reality
David Spreadborough, a regular expert witness in criminal investigations, charts the technical history of bringing CCTV images to court and provides an insight into the challenges associated with preparing surveillance images as evidence.


Cowboy operators beware: certification scheme breaks new ground
Endorsed by organisations across the industry, the CTSP Register certifies individuals rather than their employers. Was this the long advocated breakthrough needed to combat rogue traders?


Watch: iPhone X facial ID fooled within week of launch by 10-year old boy
Cybersecurity researchers have found an ingenious way to fool Apple’s Face ID just a week after the launch of the iPhone X. More embarrassing still for the tech giant, a 10-year old boy found a way round the security check.


Watch: CCTV signage – how to avoid GDPR penalties
Unsure about what signage is required and where to position it? Here’s a useful guide – written and on video – on CCTV signage.

Most read articles of the year

10. Watch: iPhone X facial ID fooled within week of launch by 10-year old boy

9. Face-pixellating module is first video surveillance product to be declared ‘GDPR-ready’ by EuroPriSe

8. Top 50 influencers in security & fire 2017: Security management, education and thought leadership

7. Watch: CCTV signage – how to avoid GDPR penalties

6. How public CCTV operators can avoid eye-watering fines under the GDPR

5. Perimeter security: the big picture

4. Top 50 influencers in security & fire 2017: security manufacturers/service providers

3. Many engineers are far more valuable than their managers – and their salaries should reflect this

2. Top 50 influencers in security & fire 2017: cybersecurity

1. 5 reasons why video analytics is now the big focus in CCTV surveillance


5. Access control in the Asia-Pacific 2017: legacy infrastructure, innovation and the internet of thing

4. The smart buildings report 2017: installed base, benefits and challenges, cyber threat and barriers

3. Access control in the connected workplace 2017

2. The security drones report 2017

1. The video surveillance report 2017

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