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Manchester Arena security searches under scrutiny following suicide bombing

Terror attack Security screening at the Manchester Arena, which was the scene of a suicide bombing last night, has come in for criticism from visitors. Among the criticisms aired on Twitter were comments that you could easily walk in with things under a coat , while several said their bags were not even checked. Entertainment and sporting venues in the UK are now urgently reviewing security procedures.

At least 22 people, many of them children, have so far being confirmed as fatalities and 59 injured in the attack at a pop concert in the city. The events occurred at about 10.30pm on Monday 22 May at the end of a concert by the American singer Ariana Grande. Chaos The attack took place in the foyer, leaving hundreds of people fleeing in terror and confusion. Many children and young teenagers were separated from their parents in the ensuing chaos. The injured had wounds consistent with shrapnel injury, according to medics. A nail bomb may have been used in the attack, as according to a witness nuts and bolts were strewn on the floor of the foyer. Greater Manchester police have confirmed that they believe the bombing was the work of a single man armed with an improvised explosive device. The attacker is among the dead. The investigation into the attack involves the police counter-terrorism network and Britain s domestic security service, MI5.

Britain s prime minister, Theresa May, said: We are working to establish the full details of what is being treated by the police as an appalling terrorist attack. All our thoughts are with the victims and the families of those who have been affected. Flags outside Downing Street flew at half mast. All political parties have suspended campaigning for the general election, which is less than three weeks away. May chaired an emergency meeting of the government s crisis committee, Cobra, on Tuesday morning. Chief constable Ian Hopkins said: We have been treating this as a terrorist incident and we believe that while the attack last night was conducted by one man, the priority is to establish whether he was acting alone or as part of a network. The death toll makes the attack in Manchester the worst of its kind since the bombings in 2005, where several suicide bombers detonated explosives they were carrying in backpacks in several busy London locations including a bus and tube stations, killing 52 people. Visit Europe s leading security event in June 2017 Visit IFSEC International for exclusive access to every security product on the market, live product demonstrations and networking with thousands of security professionals. From access control and video surveillance to smart buildings, cyber, border control and so much more.

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Edesix launches head and torso-mounted body-worn cameras

New head and torso-mounted cameras have been launched by Edesix, a specialist in body-worn cameras. The X-100 is a side-mountable tactical head camera, for attaching to headwear used by police firearms divisions. The X-100 offers automatic rotation of footage, so it can be worn on either side of the head without requiring configuration by the wearer to rotate footage.

The X-200 is for use on uniform vests and tactical body armour. Both the X-100 and X-200 can capture 1080p video at 30fps, or simultaneously record and stream at 720p. Both accessories are easy to operate. Recording is triggered by a toggle push-button. Haptic, audible and visual alerts leave the operator and the public aware of recording beginning and ending. Both cameras are available with a various connectors for attachment to different mounting options. The X-100 and X-200 are accessories to be used along with the VideoBadge-300. They are plugged into a VB-300 with a two part cable, which allows a VB-300 to be worn under a uniform or on a belt pocket. Richie McBride, managing director of Edesix, says: We feel these new body worn camera accessories really enhance what we can offer, and help provide a flexible solution to customers requiring a lightweight, multifunctioning camera.

Body worn cameras are now making a real difference to the protection of staff, and the general public, across an ever-growing list of sectors, including security, retail, local authorities, emergency services to name but a few. The X-Series of cameras are already in use by UK-based police forces. Check out Edesix s latest products in the flesh at IFSEC International, 20-22 June 2017, London ExCeL. You can find Edesix on stand E350. Get your free badge now. Visit Europe s only large-scale security event in 2017 Taking place in London, 20 22 June 2017, IFSEC International gives you exclusive hands-on access to over 10,000 security solutions, live product demonstrations, and networking with over 27,000 security professionals. Covering every aspect of security, from access control and video surveillance to smart buildings, cyber, border control and so much more.

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Genetec announces product line-up

IFSEC 2017 During IFSEC in June, Genetec will be exhibiting Security Center 5.6, with new HTML5 web client, as well as previewing access control-as-a-service and new applications for retail and law enforcement. Montreal-based Genetec, which provides open architecture security and public safety solutions, will be at stand F500 at IFSEC taking place at ExCeL in London from 20-22 June. On its stand the company will demonstrate and preview its latest technologies that help integrators as well as end-users protect, improve and implement security measures within their environments.

Genetec will demonstrate Security Center 5.6, the latest version of the company s unified, open architecture IP security platform. Visitors will also be able to learn about Genetec Retail Sense, an analytics application for retail marketing and operations, as well as Genetec Clearance, which is a collaborative case management offering for law enforcement and security professionals. In addition a wide range of supported video, access control, and storage hardware and software systems from the Genetec ecosystem of partners will also be demonstrated. Synergis Genetec plans to offer a preview of its upcoming Synergis access-control-as-a-service, which can minimise reliance on corporate IT, eliminating the need for servers on premises and other costly IT equipment. Connected to Microsoft Azure, the technology can be deployed quickly and readily and can also be scaled as companies grow, providing maximum security for customer data. Genetec will also sponsor a new, speaking series called Borders & Infrastructure Theatre, to address the specific needs for managing large-scale multi-stakeholder security issues, like border control, critical national infrastructure, law enforcement and transport security. Andrew Elvish, vice president of marketing at Genetec says: Visitors to our stand at IFSEC this year will see that despite the extraordinary technology on display, Genetec s focus remains squarely on protecting the everyday. This latest version of Security Center includes advanced authentication, authorisation and encryption standards plus a new HTML5 web client with an enhanced mapping interface, new access control and video device integrations, as well as the ability to use number plates as access control credentials with the new AutoVu SharpV camera. Genetec recently released the latest version of off-street parking enforcement software Free-Flow.

The company has also been confirmed as sponsor of the Borders & Infrastructure Expo, which makes its debut within IFSEC this year. Check out the latest solutions from Genetec at IFSEC International, 20-22 June 2017, London ExCeL. You can find Genetec on stand F500.

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2000ft drone-busting invisible fence erected by Guernsey prison

Anti-drone tech Les Nicolles prison on Guernsey in the Channel Islands has become the first in the world to use an invisible shield to foil drones programmed to smuggle in drugs, weapons and mobile phones. The fence s technology works by jamming electronic transmissions that return the drone to its sender preventing its delivery of contraband. Sensors act as disruptors to jam the drone by blocking radio frequencies.

Sky Fence has been developed by Nottingham-based firm Drone Defence and Eclipse Digital Solutions with installation costs upwards of 100,000. Drone Defence founder and CEO Richard Gill said: It disrupts the control network between the flyer and the drone. The drone then activates return to home mode and it will then fly back to the position where it had signal with its flyer. Someone described it as the final piece in a prison s security puzzle. I think it could have a significant worldwide impact. Gill said the technology neither hacks nor damages the drones. The technology can combat the increasing number of unmanned aerial vehicles that are being dispatched to jails to drop off illicit goods that are fuelling growing violence and disorder among inmates. Les Nicolles prison is a mixed category jail with 139 inmates. Prison governor David Matthews said: This is the first time this technology has been used in any prison anywhere in the world.

I would like to see it adopted in other UK prisons because it has become a significant problem there. Drones can carry weapons, contraband, mobile phones and drugs. This is about prevention. The Drone Zone one again returns to IFSEC International in June for its 2017 edition. Brought to you in partnership with The UK Drone Show, the Drone Zone will feature demonstrations of drone and anti-drone technology from Yuneec, Dedrone, Hitachi and Magos. The Drone Zone will form part of Borders & Infrastructure Expo, a brand new show within IFSEC dedicated to the protection of borders and critical national infrastructure. Get your free badge for IFSEC 2017 now. Join other high-end security professionals at the launch of Borders & Infrastructure Expo In conjunction with Europe s most renowned security event , IFSEC International, B&I is addressing your critical needs for large scale security projects affecting national security, integrated systems, border protection and much more. You will have access to test the latest security innovations in; Physical & perimeter, Barriers & bollards, Command & control, Emergency response, Cyber solutions, Drones & UAVs, Transport security and much more.

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BSIA responds to cash courier shooting in London

Walthamstow shooting The trade body representing the private security industry in the UK has issued the following statement relating to the recent shooting of a cash-in-transit courier in Walthamstow, north-east London. The cash-in-transit courier was injured from the shooting ambush. James Kelly, chief executive of the British Security Industry Association (BSIA) said in a statement: Every day, cash-in-transit couriers perform a vital public service, transporting cash around the country and supporting banks, retailers and businesses by facilitating millions of financial transactions across the UK.

However, in doing so, they place themselves at risk of extreme violence, as today s incident sadly reminds us. Kelly goes on to point out that the number of attacks on cash-in-transit couriers remains at an all-time low. There were 76 injuries to cash-in-transit crew members, police and the wider public in 2016. However, the risk of violence and injury remains a very real threat to couriers. This is something that the private security industry together with its partners in police and government is continually working to reduce through initiatives like SaferCash, which shares intelligence about attacks and suspicious incidents between couriers and the police, continued Kelly. Our thoughts are with the injured courier and his family who have made a very personal sacrifice for the sake of our nation s economic security and we wish him a full and speedy recovery. The BSIA is a longstanding and valued partner of, and exhibitor at, IFSEC International, Europe s biggest fire and security trade show taking place 20-22 June 2017, London ExCeL. Get your free badge now. Take your security knowledge to the next level at IFSEC International 2017 Experts from across all areas of the industry will attend to share their expertise on critical topics on 20 22 June 2017.

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London 2012, the ATP Tour and the Kings of Leon incident: Fire safety at the O2 Arena

Paul Andrews, project manager at AEG Europe, has played a major role in the fire safety operation at the O2 Arena in London. Below he gives a detailed account of the fire protection/safety systems and fire-engineered strategy at the erstwhile Millennium Dome, including measures implemented for concerts, the 2012 Olympic Games and the ATP tennis tour. IFSEC Global: Hi, Paul.

Please tell us a bit about your role at the O2 Paul Andrews: I ve been working at The O2 since its opening in 2007. For the first four years I worked in the in the building services team. My job was to maintain the fire alarm system and coordinate the maintenance of the other fire protection systems across the venue. Unfortunately the venue had a serious fire incident in December of 2010. The Kings of Leon were due to play a number of concerts, but on the first morning, whilst the production team were loading-in the stage, a tour bus caught fire in the arena s service yard. The fire was extinguished by the London Fire Brigade. Their swift actions, coupled with the efforts on the in-house teams, meant that the incident only lasted for a matter of hours on that fateful day. Essentially the band still could have played that night, but the mutual decision was for the show not to take place. Off of the back of that and due to other restructuring taking place, the business created an enhanced role in the health and safety team, the role of fire safety manager, and since 2011 I ve been in that role for AEG.

Both the building services and health and safety teams are part of the facilities department. The O2 concourse (photo: Liam Daly under CC 2.0) CW: What was the thinking behind this restructuring? PA: I don t know how well you know the changes in fire legislation over the last 10 years but, basically, in 2005 there was a change in UK fire legislation. The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (RRO) was created and enforced in 2006. For premises like The O 2, prior to 2006 the London Fire Brigade would carry out an annual audit and issue a fire certificate to say everything s OK . With the introduction of the new legislation this responsibility was placed back on the businesses and the employees (competent people) who work at the premises. The implementation of the new legislation roughly coincided with the opening The O2. IG: It s quite an unusual structure you have to protect PA: The building formerly the Millennium Dome initially opened in 2000 for the Millennium Experience. It was only open for a year to celebrate the coming of the third millennium, but even today there are lots of bits about the building, infrastructure-wise, that we ve inherited from the legacy of The Dome .

The building sits on the Greenwich Peninsula at the edge of South East London. Its western edge is passed by the Prime Meridian, which is the birthplace of time. The O2 has 12 iconic yellow support masts that jut out from the fabric to represent the 12 months of the year and the 12 hours on a clock face The building is constructed out of tensioned fabric over a skeleton of steel. Of the many large domes worldwide which share this construction scheme, the Millennium Dome is one of the largest. Symbolism was key to the design of the dome and there are many symbolic pieces of the structure. It has 12 iconic yellow support masts that jut out from the fabric that represent the 12 months of the year and the 12 hours on a clock face. This is an attempt to pay homage to the role of Greenwich mean time and the prime meridian. The circular dome shape also has a diameter of 365 metres to represent the days of the year. The centre of the dome is a full 52 metres tall to represent the 52 weeks in each year.

Prince s 2007 performance at the O2 IG: Can you give us an overview of fire safety tech and procedures in what is such an unusual building? PA: From a fire safety point of view, due to the bespoke design and construction, compliance with normal building regulations wasn t exactly possible. So we have what s known as a fire-engineered strategy. It s a unique combination of comprehensive fire protection and detection systems, plus a strict set of fire safety management rules that have to be adhered to. The venue has a number of perspex shutters that raise automatically when the fire alarm goes off and essentially they re our final fire exits The biggest challenge in terms of fire is because we are an enclosed environment, if we were to have a fire, how do we vent the smoke from The O2? One of the legacy items from the dome design is right on top of the roof. We have a number of smoke vents which open when the fire alarm is activated to assist with smoke ventilation. In each one of the structural yellow support masts there s a large smoke extract fan. These systems assist with the problem of venting the smoke out of the space if there is an incident.

Around the perimeter of the building we also have some unique assets from the history of the dome. The venue has a number of perspex shutters that raise automatically when the fire alarm goes off and essentially they re our final fire exits. So they re just some of the main quirky things that we ve inherited from the old design of the Millennium Dome and that we have to maintain even now almost 20 years later. Inside the arena we ve got pretty much the full complement of fire safety arrangements: a comprehensive, networked fire alarm system throughout the whole venue with a PAVA, audible warning system. There are certain areas of the fire alarm system where we ve got an aspirating type of smoke detection, called VESDAs very early smoke detection apparatus. That includes inside the auditorium itself at high level. We ve got a couple of areas inside the arena that have sprinkler coverage. One of those areas is the loading bay where we had the fire; the second area is the American Express invites lounge. All kitchen canopies at the venue incorporate a UV filtration system, which use UVC rays to break down grease particles in extracted cooking smoke/air Around the perimeter of The O2 Arena is The Avenue , which is where all the bars and restaurants are still inside the building!.

All of the buildings there have sprinklers throughout. Due to the higher risks associated with these premises higher fire risk because of the kitchens and cooking activities sprinklers are included to mitigate that risk. As you can imagine we ve got fire extinguishers in all areas of the site. All the restaurants units on The Avenue and the catering kitchens in the arena have a special arrangement in terms of extraction, which is quite unique as well. All of the kitchen canopies at the venue incorporate a UV filtration system, which use UVC rays to break down the grease particles in extracted cooking smoke/air. IG: Is that common in restaurants in general? PA: In some, but not others, but again, it s one of the stipulations of our fire engineering strategy at the O2. All 27 plus restaurants and bars have to follow our fire safety requirements inside The O2. Prospective tenants may or may not have done it in their other restaurant franchises across the country but they had to comply here.

Entrance to Cineworld (photo: Zeisterre under CC by SA-3.0) IG: What about firefighter access and evacuation routes? PA: There are four main firefighting staircases in the arena. During an evacuation spectators would use one of these four protected staircases each, which also consist of a firefighting lift. The O2 also has its own private fire hydrant water main onsite. In terms of fire brigade access, having the luxury of those perspex shutters at regular frequencies around the perimeter means they can access where need be in the event of an emergency. They re big enough to get a fire engine inside. So there s a clear route round the arena itself and around the perimeter of the venue. So they can utilise those fire hydrants and everything else. IG: Have any particular events posed the biggest challenges?

PA: The biggest event that I ve been lucky to part of to date was the Olympic Games in 2012, The O2 (was called the North Greenwich Arena for the duration of the Olympics) hosted the gymnastics and the finals of the basketball and the Paralympic basketball events as well. For some of larger events like the Olympics, organisers can erect temporary structures to support the main event in the arena. In previous years, for the Brit Awards for example- they will build a marquee structure for an after show party. Similarly for the world finals of the ATP tennis tour; hospitality structures & practice tennis courts and more are housed in temporary structures. Each and every time, as per the requirements of our fire engineered strategy, a fire detection system will installed throughout all of those marquees. We work with an external fire design consultant to scrutinise all of the construction materials that are used to make sure that fire size/fire loading limits of the existing smoke ventilation systems are complied with and not exceeded. It is very common for special effects to be part of the production for an incoming arena event. Whether its pyrotechnics, lasers, water effects all is demonstrated to the licensing team at Greenwich council. CW: Do you have to work closely with LFB?

PA: Yes. Because of our fire engineered strategy and these rules and requirements that we have to enforce, the LFB have also enforced what s known as an alterations notice on the venue. That s not a bad thing, like the HSE handing out an improvement or enforcement notice. An alterations notice means that if any physical or non-physical change to the existing fire precautions is planned, we have to notify the London Fire Brigade of how we plan to manage the risk. We may also notify our insurers, Greenwich building control and the Greenwich licensing team. Visit FIREX International for cutting-edge solutions, essential knowledge and the ability to grow your business by getting direct access to the whole fire safety industry. It is the perfect place to get your product in front of thousands of buyers, across a multitude of featured areas.

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Milestone Systems video: Are you ready for the next step in video management software?

IFSEC 2017 In the video below Bjorn Skou Eilertsen, CTO of Milestone Systems, previews his forthcoming presentation at IFSEC International 2017. Eilertsen is speaking at 1.30pm on Thursday 22 June 2017 in the Security Management Theatre. Milestone Systems are also exhibiting at IFSEC International 2017, which takes place between 20-22 June at London ExCeL.

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Hanwha Techwin MD Bob Hwang: We spotted the potential of AI before anyone else

A little over a year ago few people in the security sector had heard of Hanwha Techwin. The company has since done plenty of work to instill in the industry s mind that Samsung Techwin has now become Hanwha Techwin following its acquisition by the Hanwha Group in December 2014. It has also sought to reassure installers, system integrators and distributors that nothing has fundamentally changed.

With IFSEC International 2017 where Hanwha Techwin is exhibiting its video surveillance products and solutions only a few weeks away, Bob (HY) Hwang PhD, the company s MD, discusses the company s latest product development, artificial intelligence, warranties and customer support services for the whole supply chain. Check out security solutions from Hanwha Techwin at IFSEC International, 20-22 June 2017, London ExCeL. You can find Hanwha Techwin on stand G800. Get your free badge now. IFSEC Global: Hi Bob. Can we expect to see any new products from Hanwha Techwin over the coming months? Bob (HY) Hwang PhD: There will be a surprise or two for visitors to our stand at IFSEC International, but in the main we have already set out our stall in terms of our product offering for 2017. Although there will be further additions to each of our camera series in order to give customers the widest possible choice, we are now at a stage where we have a formidable range of cameras and recording devices which provide entry level options for small offices and shops, as well as ultra high performance solutions for high security and mission critical applications. Hanwha Techwin s silver, gold and diamond-level STEP Partners are now able to take advantage of an extended five-year warranty programme Our new H.265 Wisenet X cameras, supercharged by the most powerful chipset ever incorporated into a full camera range which we launched just a few weeks ago, have already attracted considerable interest from installers and system integrators throughout Europe.

Collectively, with our feature rich 2MP and 4MP Wisenet Q and premium 4K (12MP) Wisenet P cameras, the 2MP and 5MP Wisenet X models enable us to provide a cost effective solution for any video surveillance project. IG : What else are you doing to stand out in this highly competitive market? BH: As we have said on previous occasions, having Best in Class products is not enough to win additional market share or earn the loyalty of existing customers. We must also offer the highest levels of pre and post sales support, and most importantly, demonstrate the respect we have for our customers. By this I mean we must show that we think of them as business partners and we very much appreciate the part they are playing in our success, and in return, we are doing everything possible to help them succeed. IG: Can you give some examples of what this means in practical terms? BH: The recent announcement that we have enhanced our warranty support is an excellent example. In a fiercely competitive market, we are always looking to provide installers and system integrators with a competitive edge. Hanwha Techwin s Silver, Gold and Diamond level STEP Partners are now able to take advantage of an extended five-year Warranty Program which covers parts and labour on all Hanwha Techwin IP cameras and NVRs, with the exception of zoom/focus functionality, pan/tilt motor assemblies, slip-rings and HDDs, which will remain at three years.

Our video surveillance products have proved to be exceptionally reliable. This provides us with the opportunity to reward the loyalty and support of our STEP Partners by providing them with improved warranty terms which they can offer to their clients. Whilst the five-year warranty is designed for Silver, Gold and Diamond STEP Partners, everyone else will continue to benefit from existing three-year warranty terms. Most camera models in our Wisenet X range provide the ability to immediately check view angles via a smartphone, by using an onboard USB port and Wi-Fi IG: And what are you doing for installers? BH: We are also continually looking to help installers by, for example, reducing the time and cost of installations. This is why most camera models in our Wisenet X range provide the ability to immediately check view angles via a smartphone, by using an onboard USB port and Wi-Fi. The Gyro sensors incorporated into many of the Wisenet X cameras and domes also make life easier for installers as they greatly add to the stability of cameras in windy conditions in exposed open areas. Keeping to our commitment to remain vigilant and ensure Wisenet cameras are equipped to minimise the threat from cyber attacks, is another way in we can show respect and consideration to our customers, as it is not just our reputation which is on the line when end-user client s confidential data is at risk. Installer and system integrators who source video surveillance solutions from Hanwha Techwin can sleep well at night knowing we are protective of their relationships with their clients.

We are doing whatever is possible to protect the integrity of the systems they install and will not endanger their reputation with their clients by allowing hackers to get in through the back door . We are also able to justify the decision of customers to choose Hanwha Techwin as their preferred supplier by helping them keep one step ahead of their competitors. We are doing this by continuing to research and develop innovative new technologies and by establishing technology partnerships with other manufacturers who are experts in their respective fields. We are concentrating on developing AI cameras and storage devices capable of autonomously detecting abnormal movements and situations by utilising the NVIDIA platform IG: We ve noticed that Hanwha has been speaking a lot about AI (artificial intelligence) BH: We are the first manufacturer operating in the electronic security sector to recognise the tremendous potential of AI technology. This is reflected in the global partnership we have established with NVIDIA. We are planning to collaborate on the intelligent video analysis platform which is currently being developed by NVIDIA. This will feature AI GPUs based on deep learning on security devices, such as cameras and storage media, and will allow for fast and accurate video analysis data which provides meaningful information to customers. We will be concentrating on developing AI cameras and storage devices capable of autonomously detecting abnormal movements and situations by utilising the NVIDIA platform, which we will apply to our city surveillance, retail and traffic solutions. With market requirements constantly evolving, an open platform provides the opportunity for existing edge-based specialist applications (and those that will be developed in the future) to be run on board Wisenet cameras.

IG: Research company Marketsandmarkets has estimated the video surveillance market was worth $30.37 Billion in 2016 and is projected to reach $75.64bn by 2022. How well equipped is Hanwha Techwin to take advantage of this growth? BH: From a production point of view, the recent announcement that we are developing a new production facility on a 60,000m site in Vietnam as part of a $100m investment in our new subsidiary, is a clear demonstration we intend to have the capability to fulfil the growth in demand for our products. We are also determined to excel in everything we do and we will move forward by listening, innovating, thinking outside of box and most importantly, by respecting and valuing our business and technology partners. With this mindset, I have no doubt that we will achieve great success for ourselves and our customers. Check out security solutions from Hanwha Techwin at IFSEC International, 20-22 June 2017, London ExCeL. You can find Hanwha Techwin on stand G800.

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The seven security firms that made it onto the FT1000

Fast-growing firms Seven security firms have made it into the FT1000, the Financial Times listing of Europe s highest growth companies. All but two the others were based in Germany and Ireland were based in the UK. Integration firm Hadrian Technology ranked the highest at number 252 in the list.

Established 18 years ago in Seaham, north-east England the company advises clients, in retail, hospitality and leisure industries as well as the public sector, on the design, installation and maintenance of bespoke CCTV, operating software and digital cloud-based storage. The FT1000, which compiled the rankings with the help of Statista, measures growth, in terms of profitability and other factors, between 2012 and 2015. Over this period Hadrian Technology saw its revenue grow by 486%, with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 80.3%. Cybersecurity firms Next, at number 305, is Defenx, a cybersecurity company founded in 2009. The firm saw a 404% growth in revenue between 2012 and 2015, and a CAGR of 71%. Defenx provides extensive security and cloud backup services for desktops, mobiles and business networks. Established in 2003, MWR InfoSecurity is a consultancy providing targeted security expertise and solutions for industries including finance, insurance and energy. The firm also provides training in proactive web, network and mobile defence. The company saw a 119% growth in revenues and a CAGR of 29.9% between 2012 and 2015.

London-based Ward Security saw a 66% revenue growth and a CAGR of 18.3% Hornet Security, based in Germany, is another cyber security firm, which offers cloud based security services to business customers. Services include spam filters, advanced web protection, email encryption, archiving and continuity, encrypted online security and hosted exchanges. The firm saw a 93% growth in revenues between 2012 and 2015, with a CAGR of 24.6% over the same period. Synergy Security Solutions in Ireland saw a 92% revenue growth and a CAGR of 24.3% between 2012 and 2015. The company provides bespoke security offerings and services to corporates, as well as to the retail, shopping centre, manufacturing, IT and industrial sectors. Services include manned security, switchboard personnel, to security scanning and CCTV operation and monitoring. London-based Ward Security saw a 66% revenue growth and a CAGR of 18.3%. The company provides security services spanning CCTV operation and monitoring, property management, guard dog security, keyholding services, security guard patrol services and response alarm systems. At 997 on the list Paxton, based in Brighton, is primarily a producer of security products including access control systems and security panels.

The company has been in business since 1985. Paxton saw a 57% growth in revenue between 2012 and 2015 and a CAGR of 16.2%. Can you afford not to attend?

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