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Registration for Engineers of Tomorrow 2018 security & fire apprentice competition now open

Adding a fire installation challenge for the 20th anniversary year Registration for Engineers of Tomorrow 2018 has now opened, as the competition returns to IFSEC International for it s 20th anniversary year, 19-21 June 2018. This year the competition is taking a further step towards tackling the the growing engineering skills gap by adding a live installation challenge for fire apprentices, as well as for those from the security sector, following a successful trial in 2017. This will mean that in 2018, more than 60 young apprentices will compete against each other in teams of 2, live on the IFSEC show floor.

The 3 heat winning teams of security apprentices from this summer s Engineers of Tomorrow competition will be joining their industry next month at the Security Excellence Awards, where the overall winners will be awarded the 1000 prize. Next year the heat winners from both the security and fire challenges will receive their invitation to the awards, in addition to earning credits towards NVQ qualifications and fantastic industry recognition. Whether you re a security or fire apprentice, or the employer or college lecturer of apprentices, you can now register yourself or nominate a colleague for Engineers of Tomorrow 2018 here. embedded content Free Download: A Technical Guide to Fire Detection and Alarm Systems Fire legislation, which is written for the purpose of life safety, requires duty holders in non-domestic premises to assess fire risks and put in place arrangements for the prevention of fire and to protect people from fire when it occurs. This guide provides an overview of the need to know information for fire detection and alarm systems and your legal requirements, key actions, key terms and more.

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Residential landlords still haven t learned Grenfell lessons especially in social housing, survey reveals

Fewer than one in four (23%) private landlords have been in touch with tenants to discuss fire safety measures since the Grenfell Tower fire and even fewer social landlords have done likewise. Three months on from the fire, which killed at least 80 people, only 10% of tenants in social housing say they have been contacted by the landlords about fire safety. That s one of the headline findings of a survey released to coincide with Fire Door Safety Week (25 September-1 October), and the results seem to demonstrate the need for such a campaign.

Some 39% of tenants polled said they had seen fire doors propped open and 21% had noticed damage to their building s fire doors. Forty percent of renters said there is no clear fire escape route displayed. Of the 18% that have reported a fire safety infringement or concern to their landlord, almost a quarter (24%) waited weeks for a response. It is astounding to learn that in the last three months so little has been done to address the concerns of tenants and residents. Hannah Mansell, spokesperson, Fire Door Safety Week A majority (55%) say they feel uninformed about what they should do in the event of a fire and about one in four (24%) feel more anxious about living in a rented apartment since the Grenfell Tower fire. This new research shows that landlords and building owners still have a long way to go meet their fire safety responsibilities, said Hannah Mansell, spokesperson for Fire Door Safety Week. It is astounding to learn that in the last three months so little has been done to address the concerns of tenants and residents. Misunderstood The role and importance of fire doors remains widely misunderstood, believes Mansell, who is also BWF technical manager, chair of the Passive Fire Protection Forum and a trustee of the Children s Burns Trust. Many people do not realise that the real job of a fire door is to hold back fire, smoke and toxic gases, delaying the spread around a building and keeping the vital means of escape route clear.

They only work properly if they are specified, manufactured, installed and maintained correctly and, of course, closed when a fire breaks out. This is especially important in high rise buildings, houses of multiple occupancy and other types of shared sleeping accommodation. Checking fire doors should be part of a regular fire-risk assessment. This should examine all aspects of fire safety management, including active and passive fire protection measures, signage, means of escape and the specific fire plan procedures. Mansell who has spoken to IFSEC Global more extensively about the fire safety landscape believes better education and greater transparency are essential to effect meaningful change. Crystal clarity There needs to be crystal clarity about the responsible person and a total transformation of attitude towards fire safety of tenants in rented accommodation. Our focus for Fire Door Safety Week in this pivotal year is to ensure all landlords and tenants have the knowledge and resources they need to stay safe. Dany Cotton, London Fire Commissioner, oversaw the fire and rescue service s response at Grenfell Tower. London Fire Brigade fully supports Fire Door Safety Week, she said.

This is an important campaign which drives home the potentially life-saving role that fire doors play in buildings, especially residential buildings such as tower blocks. It is extremely concerning that the lives of the public and our firefighters are still being put at risk by poorly maintained fire doors and people acting irresponsibly by removing self-closers or by keeping doors wedged open. We do what we can to advise the building owner, but it s time for the responsible person to really step up. Paul Fuller CBE, chief fire officer, Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service Good fire doors help stop fires from spreading. Fires that spread put more lives at risk and I would urge everyone to check that their fire doors are properly maintained and kept shut. Remember they don t just protect you, but everybody in the building. Paul Fuller CBE, chief fire officer of Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service and chairman of the Fire Sector Federation says: It is simple. Proper fire doors save lives, but only if they are correctly made and installed, and certainly not if they are wedged open or in disrepair. Too often our officers walk into a building and see fire doors in an appalling state.

We do what we can to advise and enforce the responsibilities of a building owner, but it is time for the responsible person to really step up. That s why we are supporting Fire Door Safety Week. There can be no excuse; all the resources you need to promote door safety are there on the website and free to download. Fire Door Safety Week is run by the BWF, the BWF-Certifire Scheme and the Fire Door Inspection Scheme in partnership with the Government s Fire Kills campaign. On 30 August the Government issued fresh advice for tenants and residents on steps to take if they have any concerns about fire safety in their building: In the first instance, contact the landlord or building owner with any concerns. If still concerned and not receiving reassurance, then contact the relevant local authority or local fire and rescue service for advice. IFSEC Global is proud to support Fire Door Safety Week, which runs from 25 September to 1 October. You can pledge your support for the campaign here, and by tweeting under the hashtag #FireDoorSafetyWeek and sharing or using the wealth of resources found in the campaign s toolkit which includes a downloadable Responsible Person poster. The site also includes advice aimed at fire and health and safety professionals.

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OPTEX revamps VX Shield (VXS) outdoor intrusion sensor

Product upgrade Sensor manufacturer OPTEX Europe has upgraded the VX Shield (VXS), its best-selling sensor. The outdoor intrusion detector, which provides 12m x 90-degree detection coverage, is easier to install, according to the Maidenhead-based company. New features Housing has been redesigned Rotation lock makes it easier to open/close the cover Sensor adjustment components are now blue to for easier identification of parts that manipulate sensor detection area.

Spirit level Automatic walk test mode starts upon closing the cover Two off the shelf colours white body with white front cover and black body with white front cover while front covers in black and silver also available to create multiple combinations Four models There are two PIR (passive infrared sensor) models VXS_AM and VXS-RAM and two dual-techs: VXS-DAM (wired) and VXS-RDAM (battery operated). Algorithm integrates PIR and microwave detection for digital triple layer detection, so upper and lower PIR detection areas and microwave detection area must be simultaneously crossed to generate an alarm High false alarm immunity in scenarios where sunlight is strong or ambient temperature high All four models are equipped with digitally-enhanced signal recognition logic and super multidimensional analysis (SMDA). Analysing detection patterns and environmental information, SMDA improves immunity against temperature changes or moving trees and vegetation, reducing risk of false alarms. And IR anti-masking detects objects covering or blocking the lens when monitoring the detector status. OPTEX says The new look housing for the VX Shield has made our most popular sensor even more appealing, said Jacques Vaarre, managing director of OPTEX, EMEA. And customers now have the option of customising their sensors with either black, white or silver covers. With these design options and new installation features such as the walk test mode and level indicator, we now have the all-round sensor of choice for all residential or small commercial sites. About OPTEX OPTEX offers high performance intrusion detection systems to help protect perimeters, sites, roofs and buildings. Featuring thermal detection, active infra-red, microwave, laser and Fiber Sensys s fibre optic technologies, OPTEX provides solutions for all types of environment.

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Three data breaches that should alarm the healthcare industry

Recent data breaches from the past several years seem to be following a trend. More and more target health service providers, and it s little wonder why. Few industries regularly hold as much sensitive data as the health industry.

Everyone including researchers, insurance providers and doctors keeps not only sensitive health information, but also billing data and unique identifiers, such as social security numbers. While plenty of legislation aims to provide extra protections for patient data, the fact is that anywhere there are humans, there will be errors. What happens in the doctor s office may not be as confidential as we all hope. Here are three of the most recent data breaches in the health industry. Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield This disaster was one of the biggest data breaches of 2016. The health insurance company is one of the top Medicare providers and partners, and in July, it announced a breach of Medicare members data. Over 18,000 Medicare recipients received notification that their data was no longer secure. Retirees and the elderly have always been a favorite target for spammers and fraudsters. This breach increases their risk significantly.

According to Anthem, the attack came through one of their vendors, LaunchPoint Ventures. Indiana Medicaid Due to an oversight, Indiana s Health Coverage Program left an active hyperlink open that gave direct access to Medicaid recipients information. This data breach revealed full names, addresses, Medicaid ID numbers, doctor information, patient numbers and more. The state of Indiana had over one million people enrolled in their Medicaid programme this April, and the information was available starting in February of this year. The hyperlink was available to the public, so it s difficult to say who had access to the information. Fortunately, Indiana s Health Coverage Program believes the breach has caused no damage to patients. They have offered all notified individuals a free year of credit protection, however, just to be safe. Washington State University This April, Washington State University discovered that a hard drive containing sensitive information concerning survey participants had been stolen. The hard drive was kept in a locked safe, but the safe itself was stolen from storage and has not been found.

Approximately one million individuals may be compromised by this breach. Most survey participants provided names and social security numbers, which are a valuable prize for identity fraudsters. Some participants health data may also be jeopardized. Although there is no sign of the stolen hard drive or its protective safe, WSU has notified all parties put at risk by the breach. Like Indiana s Medicaid programme, WSU has offered a year of free credit monitoring for every notified individual. The university is also taking measures to upgrade and strengthen security procedures to ensure this kind of incident does not happen again. Unfortunately, these three examples are only the tip of the iceberg. New reports and notifications keep hitting the news. Even doctors aren t safe from ransomware.

Ultimately, there is little patients can do to protect themselves, and the burden of responsibility falls heavily on the healthcare industry itself. Free Download: the CyberSecurity Crashcourse Are you even aware if you have been the victim of a cybersecurity breach? This report will help you to find out and protect yourself, Eric Hansleman from 451 Research presents a rapid-fire overview of cybersecurity , because a firewall just won t do, you need multi-layered defences to truly protect your data.

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Grenfell inquiry begins: The numbers that lay bare the funding crisis hampering high-rise improvements

The government has ordered councils to review and upgrade fire safety in social housing across England and Wales. After decades of neglect, however, the bill for remedying myriad shortcomings is astronomical and many councils are nearly technically insolvent. The public inquiry into the Grenfell Tower fire opens today.

It s the start of a very long process, with the interim report due to be published in Easter. The inquiry s remit encompasses the cause and spread of the fire, high-rise regulations, and the actions of the local authority, Kensington and Chelsea Council. Residents and victims will watch retired judge Sir Martin Moore-Bick give a 45-minute statement. The fire, which killed at least 80 people in June, has pushed the fire safety debate beyond the fire-safety sector and into the national media. Long frustrated with being stonewalled by government, suddenly leading figures in the industry were thrust in front of TV cameras. The debate focused on cladding initially but has widened to almost every aspect of fire safety. So horrendous was the Grenfell tragedy that people are finally taking fire safety seriously in a way that never happened after Lakanal. That central and local government are finally taking the issue seriously is no cause to celebrate it shouldn t have taken such loss of life to jolt people into action. And where there s a will there isn t always a way where money is involved as our infographic below shows.

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CSL appoints Didier Faure as new CFO

New hires CSL has announced the appointment of Didier Faure as chief financial officer (CFO). Faure joins CSL from private equity firm AlixPartners LLP, where he was EMEA CFO. Before that, he had a stint as EMEA CFO of Grey Healthcare Group, a communication agency specialising in the healthcare sector.

In addition to expertise in the finance function, Didier brings a wealth of experience in business consulting and strategy which will be invaluable to CSL as we look to support our customers more effectively, said CSL CEO Ed Heale. CSL made another big appointment recently, bringing in Andy Fyvie as head of European customer development. The market leader in secure connectivity for M2M/IoT devices has also launched the smallest radio communicator in the fire and security monitoring market and acquired Emizon Networks to accelerate international expansion. Free Download: The key to mitigating cybersecurity risks Exploiting IoT technology without creating cybersecurity vulnerabilities is one of the defining challenges in today s security landscape. This report will help you to see why third parties should adhere to secure by design principles and why the necessary convergence of IT and security departments demands a holistic approach .

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Free cybersecurity seminar will focus on physical security systems and star ethical hackers

BSIA The British Security Industry Association (BSIA) has announced a free seminar on cybersecurity and data protection for both installers and users of physical security systems. The half-day event will focus in particular on addressing vulnerabilities of physical security products that are connected those that are accessed or operated remotely via the internet. So whether you procure, operate or install IP CCTV, IP access control, IP intruder alarms, IP fire systems and other connected systems, the event is relevant to you.

Also supported by the Fire Industry Association (FIA), the seminar will take place in Solihull, West Midlands on 4 October. The introduction of the GDPR, which comes into force from 25 May 2018, is raising the stakes when it comes to strengthening protections against data breaches. Fines for non-compliance could be as much as 79 times greater than under the existing data protection regime. The GDPR and its implications will no doubt be a big attraction for those who attend the seminar. Cybersecurity experts from the West Midlands Police digital cybercrime team and the Scottish Business Resilience Centre s team of ethical hackers will also deliver presentations. Another session will discuss the Cyber Essentials accreditation, while the BSIA will review its own work in the cybersecurity field. Exhibition space is still available to companies wishing to showcase products and services to a wide range of delegates from the fire and security sectors. A limited number of stands are still available to book, priced at 395 + VAT for BSIA and FIA members, and 495 + VAT for non-members. Registration for the event will be open from 9:00am, with presentations kicking off at 9:45am and the event expected to finish at around 13:30.

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Tavcom takes on rogue traders with register of certified fire and security installers

Tavcom Training has launched a register of installers of electronic fire and security systems who meet certain standards around experience, qualifications and trustworthiness. The register will only include firms that have demonstrated that they have at least a year s experience and are suitably qualified in the disciplines they claim to provide. Tavcom, a security systems training specialist, believes the initiative will help customers find reputable, suitably qualified operators and undermine unscrupulous traders.

Installers or integrators that become Certified Technical Security Professionals (CTSP) will burnish their credibility and enjoy greater exposure to potential customers by being on the register. Many in the industry have long lamented the lack of regulation around installation companies and the ease with which many cowboy operators have thrived to the detriment of reputable operators and customers alike. Becoming a member of CTSP will certainly start filtering out the rough from the smooth and start bringing the level of installation work back up to the current standards. Lee Dowling, sales consultant, West London Security I think this is a fantastic idea for the industry and for the individuals, says Lee Dowling, sales consultant at installation firm West London Security. Being able to show your professional skill set to employers and customers themselves will give them much greater confidence in you. Being in the industry for nearly 10 years now, I have certainly come across some dreadful level of workmanship which certainly doesn t match the standards required. Becoming a member of CTSP will certainly start filtering out the rough from the smooth and start bringing the level of installation work back up to the current standards. Criteria In order to gain certification and a place on the Professional Register for Certified Technical Security Professionals (CTSP), installers or integrators must demonstrate a minimum of 12 months practical experience and a minimum level 3 BTEC/City & Guilds qualification (or equivalent) in one or more technical disciplines (like CCTV, access control, fire, intrusion and hold-up alarm systems). They must also provide two character references and have no criminal convictions for dishonesty, assault or sexual crimes.

Registrants are required to maintain CPD (Continual Professional Development) and conform to a strict code of ethics and disciplinary procedure. The industry has for many years expressed concerns over the absence of any meaningful controls and problems associated with unqualified installers and maintainers of security systems, says Kevin Matthew, the registrar and operations director at Tavcom. We have developed what we believe to be a robust professional register, which will have a significant impact on raising industry standards. We are delighted the register has been endorsed by the UK s largest security association the BSIA and Dubai s Security Industry Regulatory Agency. Indeed, the register has received overwhelming support from across the industry including the main inspectorate bodies. Said David Wilkinson, BSIA s director of technical services: We are very pleased to see this innovative register that recognises many of our security systems members. In such a challenging technical environment, it is more important than ever to demonstrate the professionalism of the personnel that represent our market sector.

The CTSP Register is now available online.

Hikvision UK & Ireland launches series of events aimed at installers and integrators

Hikvision INsight Hikvision is launching a series of events that will showcase its latest technologies and feature seminars on their benefits and how to exploit them to their fullest. Aimed at installers and systems integrators, Hikvision Insight 2017 will visit seven cities across the UK and Ireland. The world s biggest-selling surveillance brand will showcase its ultra-low light camera DarkfighterX, which produces full colour images 24 hours a day, the all in one iVMS station Hikvision Blazer, Hikvision s video wall technology, thermal technology, ultra-high definition 4K solutions and the latest in deep learning including face capture and face comparison technology.

We re looking forward to taking Hikvision out on the road again and demonstrating our latest products and solutions, says Andy Keeley, head of marketing for Hikvision UK & Ireland With plenty of new solutions on show including our deep learning technology, thermal, 4K and updates to our IP3.0 and Turbo 4.0 ranges, we at Hikvision are looking forward to giving professional security installers and systems integrators an insight into the future of video surveillance. Hikvision will showcase its latest models in a demonstration area as well as hosting seminars on how the technologies will benefit the customers of installers. Authorised Hikvision distributors ADI Global, DVS, Dynamic CCTV, EZCCTV, Mercury, Norbain and RWL will be in attendance, as will technology partners Pyronix, Seagate and Milestone.

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National Business Crime Solution launches Associate Membership scheme for security solutions providers

NBCS The National Business Crime Solution (NBCS), a platform for sharing crime-related data between law enforcement agencies and the business community, is launching an associate membership scheme targeting security solutions providers. The scheme will kick off with a series of one-day member events that aim to promote greater understanding and collaboration between risk management providers and security professionals that protect people and assets. Daniel Hardy, the managing director of NBCS who came up with the idea, says the scheme will help NBCS become self-sustainable and make membership even more attractive to suppliers.

Our new associate membership scheme will give vendors unfettered access to senior decision-makers at some of the nation s most prestigious organisations, he said. They will get a unique opportunity to demonstrate their risk management, security, fraud and loss prevention solutions to our members at organised events that are cost-effective to attend and will eliminate the hassle normally associated with trade shows and exhibitions. This saves all parties significant time and money and makes the experience far more effective by ensuring that end users meet vendors that are directly relevant to their businesses. Available in a variety of packages, associate membership will cost between 4,000- 15,000 a year. The basic package will offer advertising and promotion to existing members, while the premium package will include consultancy from senior NBCS personnel on subjects like fraud risk, risk management, enterprise risk management and security deployment. Each event update members on NBCS strategy and news and feature a talk from a guest keynote speaker several other presentations. Members can network, ask questions and get hands-on with product demos during regular breaks throughout the day during the day. NBCS, a not-for-profit initiative, recently secured significant government funding as part of the Police Transformation Fund, a Home Office programme intended to help police leaders and police and crime commissioners respond to the changing nature of crime. We want to bring members, suppliers and all those involved in business crime risk management closer together, said Hardy.

Everyone s time is precious these days, so cutting through the noise that is usually associated with getting members of these two interdependent groups in the same room allows NBCS to offer real value to all members. It will also help cement our position as a critical friend of business, the police service and all business reduction partnerships, by furthering the use of the National Business Crime Solution model for all those affected by business crime. Suppliers can find out more about becoming NBCS Associate Members by sending an email to [email protected] Free Download: The key to mitigating cybersecurity risks Exploiting IoT technology without creating cybersecurity vulnerabilities is one of the defining challenges in today s security landscape.

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