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Watch: The top 5 global influencers in cybersecurity revealed

After consultation with a panel of judges with wide knowledge of the cybersecurity sector, we revealed our top five global influencers in cybersecurity earlier this year. Part of our Top 50 influencers in security & fire 2017, the cybersecurity category also included five influencers in the UK. Watch the video below to find out who made the international list or click here for the cybersecurity top 10, also comprising the top five in the UK.

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Soaring recorded crime rates put police cuts under the spotlight but reported crime drops

ONS figures Recorded crime has surged to a 10-year high, according to figures published today by the Office of National Statistics (ONS). The news shines a spotlight on cuts to police budgets, with Scotland Yard needing to make savings of 400m by 2020 although the government disputes this figure. And the rate at which police-recorded crime is rising is accelerating: a 5% rise was recorded in the 12 months to June 2015, followed by a 7% jump the subsequent year and 13% in the latest figures.

The latest overall 13% rise is eclipsed by an even larger rise in the violent crime category, which encompasses knife crime, sexual offences and violence against the person. The underlying murder rate has risen by 8% excluding the 35 people killed in the London and Manchester terrorist attacks (and 96 Hillsborough deaths from 1989, which were recently ruled as manslaughter and therefore included in the headline figures). There were 629 homicides recorded in the 12 months to June. The ONS figures, which are released quarterly, also highlight 711 deaths or serious injuries caused by illegal driving, a 6% rise on the previous year. Opposite trend However, figures from the Crime Survey for England & Wales which polls the general public on their experience of crime reveal the opposite trend: a 9% reduction in overall crime. However, the Crime Survey is generally regarded as less reliable at gauging trends in low-volume offences, like many types of violent crime, or nascent trends. Today s figures suggest that the police are dealing with a growing volume of crime, said John Flatley of the Office for National Statistics. While improvements made by police forces in recording crime are still a factor in the increase, we judge that there have been genuine increases in crime particularly in some of the low-incidence but more harmful categories. Police figures cannot provide a good measure of all crime in society, since we know that a large volume of it never comes to their attention.

The recent increases in recorded crime need to be seen in the context of the overall decline in crime indicated by the Crime Survey of England and Wales. Several categories of violent crime, though still rare, posted some alarming rises: A 27% rise in gun crime to 6,696 offences A 26% increase in knife crime to 36,998 offences Robbery up 25% to 64,499 Sexual offences up 19% to 129,700 Stalking and harassment up 36% to 243,086 Overall violence against the person including homicide, death or serious injury caused by illegal driving, violence with injury, violence without injury, and stalking and harassment up 19% to 1,229,260 Double-digit increases in domestic violence and public order offences Even burglary up 21% and car crime, which have been falling for two decades, are now climbing again. It isn t all bad news, with drug offences down 9% to 132,935, and incidents of non-domestic burglary falling. Severe cuts With police battling rising crime with shrinking budgets, the latest figures have given critics of austerity plenty of ammunition. The Tories can no longer hide behind claims that crime is falling to justify their severe cuts to the police, said shadow home secretary Diane Abbott. They have left our communities exposed, with police numbers the lowest on record at a time when forces are under unprecedented pressure from surging crime, an ongoing terror threat, and from covering for cuts to other services. The Sun, once seen as a staunch defender of the police, blasted Humberside Police in a bizarre front page exclusive this week about officers downtime spent on funfair dodgems, seemingly to switch the conversation from cuts to the inefficient spending of taxpayer s money. Police boss defends hard-working officers slammed by Sun for playing on Hull Fair dodgems https://t.co/4DVaHaMxQO Hull Daily Mail (@hulldailymail) October 17, 2017 Meanwhile, Simon Jenkins, a longtime critic of counter-terror policy, has noted gang violence up 18% and youth killings up 84% in the capital while resources have been bled from the police into MI5 and other counter-terror initiatives. The number of Met officers has fallen from 30,300 from 32,000 and is expected to fall further.

The Met has also revealed plans to stop investigating some low-level crimes in order to balance the books . Sarah Newton, a Home Office minister, sought to downplay the rise in crime, saying that it is clear that much of the rise in police-recorded violent offences is due to better recording . However, she did accept that some of this increase is likely to be genuine, which is why have taken urgent action to stop these crimes and keep our communities safe. This week, we began consulting on tough new laws to crack down on acid attacks and knife offences. Our domestic abuse bill will help to bring this heinous crime out of the shadows and ensure victims receive both support and justice, as we invest 100m to prevent and confront violence against women and girls. We are also investing 1.9bn to counter the cyber threats we face. 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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UK s first fire door installation qualification is piloted

installer training The UK s first fire door installation qualification has been piloted with a view to delivering the full course in December 2017. Run by NPTC Group of Colleges it is the first qualification in the UK to specifically how to correctly specify and install fire doors. The pilot was delivered by NPTC Group of Colleges, a British Woodworking Federation (BWF) centre of excellence, on 4 and 5 October 2017 to a group of six advanced Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) modern apprentices.

Course content includes legislation in force pertaining to: Fitting of fire doors, fire door frames and linings Specification and fitting of fire door ironmongery Fitting of fire seals on doors and frames Inclusion of apertures and associated fire regulation related to fitting of glass Effects of use on fire door performance The qualification will be available in three formats: As an optional unit for apprentices Two to three-day course aimed at experienced tradespeople Four to five-day course for individuals and organisations that specialise in fitting and replacing fire doors The qualification is expected to link with the Construction Skills Certification Scheme, which is used for larger sites to demonstrate individual competencies. Fire doors are often the first line of defence for users of a building in the event of a fire and yet they remain a significant area of neglect. Hannah Mansell, spokesperson, Fire Door Safety Week I am delighted that Wales is once again leading the way on fire safety, said Ann Jones, Labour Assembly Member for the Vale of Clwyd. Practical thinking and effective collaboration is needed to drive much needed change and it is particularly encouraging to see the fire door industry and NPTC Group of Colleges working so closely with the British Woodworking Federation and wider industry to meet this challenge head on. I very much hope that this pilot is the start of a change process that embeds competence at the heart of construction, increasing skill, knowledge and reducing risk. Said Mark Dacey, chief executive of NPTC Group of Colleges: As NPTC Group of Colleges, we are proud to be a centre of excellence for BWF. The fire door training, a first in the UK, shows clearly the innovative approach the college takes, working with partners and the sector, to meet their needs. Coupled with our fire sprinkler courses, the college is in prime position to deliver quality training to make buildings safer and better equipped, to meet modern safety standards. Hannah Mansell, spokesperson for Fire Door Safety Week and BWF technical manager, said: Fire doors are often the first line of defence for users of a building in the event of a fire and yet they remain a significant area of neglect.

Subsequently, every year lives are lost or put at risk, and property unnecessarily damaged, because fire doors have been wrongly specified, fitted or maintained. There are many critical elements to get right in the construction of fire doors, and a host of regulations governing their manufacture, installation and maintenance. But a single mistake in specification, fitting or use can render a fire door ineffective or turn it into a death trap.

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Majority of renters left in dark on basic fire safety measures Residential landlords still haven t learned Grenfell lessons especially in social housing, survey reveals

Watch: Fire, security and fire escape doors are you putting lives at risk?

ABLOY UK Six out of 10 people don t know how to identify a fire door, according to research by Fire Door Safety Week. To mark the event, which took place in September, Abloy UK created a video explaining why complying with fire door regulations is so important and not just for legal reasons. You can watch the video which also touches on fire escape doors and security doors, below.

Abloy UK manufactures electric and mechanical security locking solutions.

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Smart door locks give agencies, service providers and rental platforms a competitive edge whatever their size

New market forecasts predict continued strong growth in the European holiday rentals market. The data and trends also hint at ways small, medium- and global-sized providers can ensure their short-term rental portfolio stays ahead of the competition. According to exclusive SAC Insight research* commissioned by ASSA ABLOY, from a base of ‘ 23.28bn in 2016, the European holiday rentals market will be worth ‘ 32.5bn by 2023.

Compound annual growth (CAGR) is forecasted at 5.8%. For the segment incorporating agencies and other booking platforms, the numbers are equally encouraging. SAC Insight expects European revenue in the agent market to grow from ‘ 14.55bn to ‘ 20.93bn over the same period. Estimated CAGR is 5.1%, a healthy rate for holiday rentals agencies and the blossoming service ecosystem that surrounds them. For modern travellers, the smartphone is their remote control for any trip. It s a boarding pass, a credit card, a travel guide why not a door key, too? The growth through sales and acquisitions of international players like Airbnb, HomeAway, Wimdu and Tripadvisor will continue. Yet smaller, often localised, increasingly professional agents, individuals and booking platforms still generate almost 90% of holiday rentals revenue across Europe. A winning strategy, whatever your scale One important success factor is the value proposition of a holiday rental versus a hotel or hostel at a similar price.

Its perceived value includes service and the authenticity a holiday rental offers. But as hotels innovate with keyless check-in via app in Starwood properties, for example can rentals compete for convenience? Absolutely, if they keep pace with the modern traveller. Small providers can use deep local knowledge to ensure properties stay on the right side of local regulations, for example, ensuring guests a hassle-free stay. This will be critical for agencies targeting business travellers seeking short-term, city-centre rentals. More data from SAC Insight points, unsurprisingly, towards faster growth in online revenue, at 9.8% annually versus 3.8% for offline booking. Small-scale landlords cannot match global brands for SEO or advertising spend, so the importance of online reviews and positive word-of-mouth marketing will grow. In other words, target customer satisfaction. This is where a smart door lock provides concrete assistance and potentially, a competitive advantage.

Get smart renting and forget about keys Tired of handing over keys? For modern travellers, the smartphone is an essential companion; they treat a mobile as their remote control for any trip. It s a boarding pass, a credit card, a travel guide why not a door key, too? The technology is already available and affordable for rental booking agencies and the property owners they represent. Potential admin benefits for agents are obvious. With a smart door lock, you spend less time managing physical keys; you eliminate the risk of lost or stolen keys, and unauthorised copying. It s less hassle all round. If every smart door lock in your portfolio connects to a single system, even one with additional smart home features, managing multiple properties is easier. The best smart door locks can be operated via an app, whether stand-alone or as part of an integrated smart home system.

Key handling is not just an agent problem; it s a big worry for guests, too. With a smart door lock, they will never get locked out. A PIN code or smartphone app opens the front door, so there s no need to carry keys or worry about losing them. With a smart door lock, it s easy for everyone in a group to come and go as they please, because each guest can have their own temporary key. Harmonious groups are happier groups! High occupancy and satisfied customers In Italy, boutique agency Home at Hotel has already reaped the benefits of installing smart door locks on urban holiday rentals in Milan, Rome and Cagliari. Properties are secured with an ENTR lock from Yale and integrated with the user-friendly SCLAK (www.sclak.com) app-powered access system. With ENTR and the SCLAK system, it s easier for Home by Hotel to offer value-added services, including breakfast delivery, grocery shopping and extra cleaning on demand. It s straightforward for agency staff to open doors remotely to admit a cleaner or cook, for example.

Home at Hotel apartments fitted with an ENTR smart door lock receive, on average, a 9/10 customer satisfaction rating No longer are apartment keys running around with the risk of being lost or copied, says Francesco Postiglioni from Home at Hotel. We can see when a guest has left the flat and can inhibit access if they do not respect the rules. We also have full control over our service suppliers, with the exact time they spend in the flat and when an apartment is ready for the next guest. With ENTR from Yale, Home at Hotel entrusts their clients to a lock brand with decades of history securing Europe s homes and offices. Smarter locks make more satisfied guests, which in turn means more return visits and better online reviews for our clients in the holiday rentals business, confirms Omer Sagi, Smart Door Lock Business Development Director at ASSA ABLOY. The outcome has been tangible for this rental agency: Home at Hotel apartments fitted with an ENTR smart door lock receive, on average, a 9/10 customer satisfaction rating. Occupancy is 80%. Get more business from business Looking forward, there are opportunities in short-term rentals for business travel. But here more than anywhere, clients expect a seamless, professional experience.

A smart door lock is one simple way for an agency to enable round-the-clock check-in and check-out, without creating extra work or incurring added staff costs. This is so important, in fact, that Airbnb now require check-in without a person-to-person key handover to qualify for Business Travel Ready status. Business travel will remain a major growth area for Airbnb (and therefore also for the service provider ecosystem that surrounds it). Deals with corporate travel specialists including CWT and Flight Centre**** are already in place. Professional touches such as a smart door lock will help small and medium-sized agencies to grab a slice of this booming market for themselves. With a smart door lock, rental agencies can charge a premium, and still expect the convenience benefits to be reflected in customer satisfaction, positive word-of-mouth, return visits and favourable online reviews. A new eight-page report from ASSA ABLOY Europe s holiday rentals market is packed with more exclusive data and charts, plus expert insight on the European holiday rentals sector and how smart door locks can help you serve it better. * SAC Insight, Europe Vacation Rental Market Analysis and Forecast (2017 2023) About ASSA ABLOY ASSA ABLOY is the global leader in door opening solutions, dedicated to satisfying end-user needs for security, safety and convenience. Since its formation in 1994, ASSA ABLOY has grown from a regional company into an international group with about 47,000 employees, operations in more than 70 countries and sales close to SEK 71 billion. In the fast-growing electro-mechanical security segment, the group has a leading position in areas such as access control, identification technology, entrance automation and hotel security.

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VESDA protects thousands of tourists at the largest timber-framed church in Europe

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BRE Global/LPCB Attack Testing Zone back for IFSEC 2018

Security is the biggest challenge the world is facing and the need to safeguard people and property has never been greater. You need to know the products and solutions you re making critical decisions on are fit for purpose, so IFSEC 2018 will once again partner the experts at BRE Global/LPCB to host the Attack Testing Zone. Following the hugely successful introduction of this new demonstration zone in 2017, the Attack Testing Zone will be expanded and moved to a prominent position in the Borders & Infrastructure area of IFSEC 2018, providing dramatic and energetic demonstrations of the capabilities of world class security solutions.

Expert technicians from BRE Global/ LPCB will actively demonstrate the effectiveness of a range of physical security solutions. All of the products on display are LPCB Red Book approved and will have met a range of UK and European standards, so you ll be watching top of the class products being taken to task in real time scenarios. Richard Flint, Physical Security Technical and Business Development Manager at BRE Global says: BRE Global is delighted to once again partner with IFSEC 2018 to continue with the Attack Testing Zone. We were hugely impressed at the volumes and quality of the visiting audience in 2017 and we made sure the IFSEC team expanded and relocated the Zone for 2018- such was the level of interest. It s a unique opportunity for security professionals to see leading products being tested in real time and showcases the levels of security and protection these solutions can provide . Gerry Dunphy, Brand Director, IFSEC & Firex International says: The Attack Testing Zone was the star performer at IFSEC 2017 with visiting customers standing four deep around the area just to get a view of what was going on. It s clearly a major area of interest so we re happy to follow Richard s lead and have expanded and relocated the Zone to an A-list position within the Borders & Infrastructure area of IFSEC 2018. The Attack Testing Zone is a great example of where real time demonstrations capture the imagination of the visiting audience and it adds to whole IFSEC experience. IFSEC International 2018 will take place between 19 th and 21 st June at London s ExCeL venue.

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Global public safety and security market forecast to grow to $537 billion by 2024

In its latest Global Public Safety and Security Market report, NK Wood Research projects the market to grow from $234.57 billion in 2016 to $537.20 billion by 2024. The growth will occur at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 10.91% between 2016 and 2024. According to the report s findings people and enterprises face continuous threats from cyber criminals, natural disasters, and terrorist attacks, which has boosted demand for public safety and security products and services globally.

Governments are contributing to the growth in demand for these goods and services. The global public safety and security market is segmented by products/solutions, services, verticals, and geographical regions. The solutions market is sub-segmented into critical communication networks, surveillance systems, biometric security, authentication systems, scanning and screening systems, C2/C4isr systems, emergency and disaster management, backup and recovery systems, public address and general alarms, and cyber security. Critical communication networks holds largest market share in the global public safety and security market and is expected to continue to be the biggest market over the forecast period. However the emergency and disaster management market is anticipated to grow at the fastest CAGR to 2024. The report splits the market regionally into North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and rest of world (ROW). North America was the highest revenue-generating region in 2016, due to spending on defence, compared with other countries. The report anticipates that the riot control equipment market will grow in the US, following the rise in the number of cases of violent related crimes in North America, especially US. This is partly due to availability of guns and rise in violence among street gangs.

Asia Pacific is expected to grow at the highest CAGR during the forecast period. Japan has been the site of some of the worst natural disasters of the 21st century, a phenomenon that has led to the growth of the public safety and security market in the region. 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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National Cyber Security Centre marks first year of protecting the UK

In the last 12 months cyber experts within the new National Cyber Security Centre received 1,131 incident reports, with 590 classed as significant . A report published to mark the first anniversary of the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) highlights the work undertaken by the organisation to help improve the safety and security of online activities and transactions in the UK. The NCSC, which is part of GCHQ, exists as a single, one stop shop for UK cyber security.

The centre acknowledges there is still a lot of work to be done but points out the progress in the first 12 months, which includes preventing thousands of attacks, providing support for the UK Armed Forces and managing hundreds of incidents. The NCSC has also helped to foster a pipeline of the next generation of experts and is working with businesses and universities to nurture technology for tackling cybercrime. According to Jeremy Fleming, director of GCHQ, cyber is playing an increasingly important part in daily lives and in the UK s approach to security, with threats evolving rapidly as technology advances. Our response has been to transform to stay ahead of them. The NCSC is a pivotal part of that transformation. It is a critical component not only of GCHQ, where it benefits from the data and expertise it has access to as part of the intelligence community, but of how the government as a whole works to keep the UK safe, Fleming said. Free Download: the CyberSecurity Crashcourse Are you even aware if you have been the victim of a cybersecurity breach?

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