Standards: The Superglue for Security Systems
Axis Communications' Security Industry Liaison, Steve Surfaro, examines how standards bind security systems together.
From: Security InfoWatch
This graphic highlights all of the players in the security ecosystem (end users, systems integrators, manufacturers, etc.) and their relationship to the various standards development organizations. Photo credit: (Graphic courtesy Axis Communications/Steve Surfaro)
Examining different standard types, who creates them and how they are being used.
If you think about it, without standards to govern the products and services we manufacturer and buy, whole industries would collapse. Cars wouldn’t run. Buildings would crumble. Service people would be at a loss as to how to fix things or even get the correct replacement parts.
The electronic security sector is no different. Without standards, cameras and video management software couldn’t communicate with each other. Integrators wouldn’t know how to install systems and end users wouldn’t be able to view and search their video for forensic evidence.
So, who decides which standards should be adopted and how do those standards permeate the various industries that depend on them to protect their businesses?
Normative vs. Informative Standards – Requirements vs. Recommendations
Before we delve into those questions, it’s important to understand that there are two kinds of standards. Standards with a capital “S” – also known as normative standards – contain specific requirements that must be followed. Standards with a small “s” – also known as informative standards – are best practices guidelines for achieving a specific security goal.