Nicholas Koch is a cybersecurity student at Pensacola State College. He is also the president of Information Security Network, a nonprofit organization dedicated to information security education and training in the Gulf Coast. He has worked for over five years as an operator for a UL listed central station, monitoring burglary and fire alarms.
Inside Job: Exploiting Alarm Systems and the People Who Monitor Them
Alarm systems are a staple of businesses nationwide. When you walk into a building, the door contact separates, making the alarm panel chime. The motion detector sees you... but what about what you don't see? The person in the central station getting a ping and looking at the signals, calling the owner, then the police. This talk covers the basic types of alarms, common panels, and central station procedures, as well as how to exploit them and what you can do to help mitigate these exploits.