Converged security management: The key to mitigating cybersecurity risks

Converged Security Management: The Key To Mitigating Cybersecurity Risks

The IoT revolution has come about thanks to falling component prices, global mobile device adoption, improvements in telecoms infrastructure and the rise of application programming interfaces (APIs). Unsecured and therefore vulnerable devices are now easily searchable through online vulnerability search engine Shodan, among many other means. A series of cyber-attacks targeting such devices as conduits to wider corporate networks has exposed the complacency of some manufacturers over cybersecurity.

The consequences of successful breaches the loss of sensitive data and potentially multi-million pound fines levied for breaches of the forthcoming Global Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) mean the issue is finally getting the attention it warrants. The arguably lower standards of security for consumer devices is a problem, as is the use of third-party suppliers who may not take security as seriously as they should. According to the Department of Homeland Security, this inter-connectedness of devices introduces cyber-physical technologies that connect cyber systems to physical systems, thereby removing the barrier between the cyber and physical worlds but the greater connectivity also expands the potential attack surface for malicious actors. Author bios James Willison BA MA MSyI James is founder of Unified Security Ltd and vice chair of the ASIS European Convergence/ESRM committee. James was awarded the Imbert Prize for an outstanding contribution to the Security Industry in 2011 for his work on convergence with ASIS Europe and the Information Security Awareness Forum. He has worked with BP, Loughborough University, Mitie TSM, the EU and AXIS Communications on convergence. He is an ISACA Academic Advocate and a member of the draft ASIS/ISACA/ISC(2) Security Awareness Standard Working Group. Unified Security Ltd provide consultancy to organisations on how to align their physical and information security functions. This encompasses security policy, common reporting processes, converged security risk assessment, training courses and white papers.

Sarb Sembhi CISM Sarb is CTO and CISO at Virtually Informed, and has previously been a CTO and CISO for the Noord Group. A former consultant in risk and security, Sarb has also worked with the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry Defence and Security Committee and its cybersecurity working group. Other roles have included president of the ISACA London Chapter, chair of ISACA International GRA Region 3 Sub-Committee, chair of ISACA International GRA Committee, ISSA UK Advisory Group member and InfoSecurity Magazine Editorial Group member. Sarb has also served on several security standards groups and speaks at risk and security events around the world. Sarb was shortlisted in IFSEC Global s Top 50 influencers in security & fire 2017: Cybersecurity.

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Watch: Highlights from the Drone Zone 2017

IFseC 2017 The Drone Zone returned to IFSEC International in 2017 for the second time. Drones have applications in perimeter surveillance, intruder alerts, mobile CCTV, emergency communications networks, facilities surveillance, criminal tool prosecution, fire scene investigations and drone detection. Watch our highlights video from the Drone Zone, which took place within Borders & Infrastructure Expo at London ExCeL between 20-22 June 2017.

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Turn your employees into human security sensors: Qognify launches Qognify Extend

situational awareness Qognify has launched a range of integrated mobile solutions with which organisations can enhance situational awareness by harnessing field resources and responders. Cloud-based and powered by CloudScann, Qognify Extend effectively extends the reach, coverage and effectiveness of the control room by turning personnel and their smartphones into human sensors. Qognify Extend integrates with Qognify Situator, an open platform, situation management solution, and VisionHub, Qognify s video management system.

It also works as a standalone solution. Qognify Extend triggers incidents automatically in Situator, including textual, visual and geographic information captured by a smartphone. Features Advanced GIS capabilities display map location Video feed from surveillance cameras in area will pop-up and an adaptive response plan , based on organisation s best practices, guides operator actions Connectivity to VisionHub and Qognify s video analytics suite enhances automatic information analysis and takes effective action eg through apprehension of a suspect through Suspect Search. Qognify Extend modules SeeItSendIt: Field personnel can report into control room with their smartphones Live Video Broadcast: Personnel can broadcast live video directly to control room Dispatch : provides operators with simple Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) functionality, including locating closest guard, suggesting best route to the incident, sending notifications and comments to guards mobile phones. Personal Safety: Personal security features include monitoring an individual s progress along a route, immediate report of distress situations via a panic button, and raising an alert for any failure to arrive safely Qognify VICC (Visual Intelligence Command Center) a desktop application that collects and aggregates information from various mobile applications, presenting it on a map Qognify and CloudScann say We re proud to partner with Qognify, the leader in Situation Management, said Dan Kerning, CEO of CloudScann, a specialist in crowdsourcing, human intelligence and data mining for the enterprise market. . extending to the field is firstly about collecting invaluable information, yet the trick is establishing the link to the control room, and providing a new layer of data and intelligence, allowing operators to act faster to resolve them. Says Moti Shabtai, CEO and president of Qognify: The ubiquitous nature of smartphones together with their range of capabilities, makes them an ideal tool to leverage for improving security, safety and operations. Bringing these into Situator and VisionHub is a no-brainer, as it s the Qognify vision is to provide as many sources of information as possible- smartly. With Qognify Extend, organisations can literally extend coverage, turning personnel and their mobile phones into smart sensors.

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Radiation-blocking underwear and 18 other bizarre smart things that could let hackers into your smart home (and one device to protect you)

No object, however mundane, cannot be improved with a computer chip: this seems to be the philosophy driving development of smart things in the smart home arena. It was partly this scattergun approach that prompted Wired magazine to prophesise the demise of the internet of things (IoT) at the start of 2017. Click on the icons in our infographic below to check out 19 of the most bizarre or according to IoT sceptics pointless devices that are creating new vectors of attack for cybercriminals.

Security is little more than an afterthought on too many devices, with criminals able to guess default usernames and passwords by trawling Google. We haven t chosen these 19 devices based on security some may have very rigorous security mechanisms in place. Rather, we chose the most bizarre devices, and paradoxically, in this context, bizarre also means mundane the point being: is a smart hair brush or smart fork really going to deliver benefits that warrant creating new avenues through which hackers could break into your home network? Several products designed to boost IoT security were launched at CES 2017, suggesting the industry is waking up to the threat. We ve included one of them below flagged with a red icon. Free Download: the Cyber Security Crashcourse This report contains 40 slides packed with insight into the trends shaping the industry and how you can protect yourself. Eric Hansleman from 451 Research presents a rapid-fire overview of cyber security.

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Manned Guarding – Andron Facilities Management

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Manned Guarding - Andron Facilities Management

Andron can supply any number of trained security guards, for any setting and for any length of time. When building up a team, we take into account the operational nature of a client’s business to ensure we provide the most appropriate solution for the specific location whether it is standard or more specialised. The security we provide fits seamlessly into a client’s existing infrastructure, resulting in an amalgamated, responsive service and personnel who know their role. Extensive induction training, regular refresher courses and the continuous identification of skill gaps against role requirements and legal compliancy delivers a team equipped with relevant, practical abilities. Sometimes, a particular setting requires a certain type of security personnel and we are experienced in finding the right person for the individual needs of the business. In security, one size does not fit all and we always bear this in mind when matching security guards with clients. Andron’s team of security experts work hard to protect not only the premises they work in, but the reputation of their clients too. Our security guards act at all times as ambassadors and every individual is well-presented, well-mannered and well-trained. We understand our duty to protect the wider community and we train and encourage our security guards to be vigilant at all times when dealing with the public.

We recognise that our teams can retrieve vital information and use this to help protect our cities and communities. We are pleased to say that we partner with the police and key organisations as part of Project Griffin. Our involvement includes the gathering and sharing of intelligence to assist counter-terrorism and crime prevention.
Andron’s security personnel are licenced by the Security Industry Authority (SIA) and we are proud to be in the ACS’s top 5 per cent of accredited suppliers through its Approved Contractor Scheme (ACS).

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The pioneer behind the world s first unpickable lock: Abloy celebrates 110th birthday

Security lock pioneer Abloy is celebrating its 110 th birthday. The venerable Finnish brand, which merged with ASSA in 1994, revolutionised the locking industry when it patented the disc cylinder-operated lock in 1919. The innovation was the brainchild of founder Emil Henriksson, who in 1907 decided to redeploy the rotating detainer discs inside cash registers inside locks.

The precision mechanics engineer patented the idea 12 years later and registered the Abloy trademark. Virtually unpickable, the lock propelled Abloy to being a market leader not just in Finland but globally too. Henrickkson later integrated electromechanical technology with the mechanical lock, during the 1960s and 1970s. In 1994, Abloy merged with ASSA to form the ASSA ABLOY group. In recent years Abloy has developed access control systems such as PROTEC2 CLIQ and CLIQ Connect, which reduced the number of keys required. Abloy s product range includes both mechanical and electric locks, as well as access control systems, which are deployed in a wide range of sectors. From museums and sporting venues to hospitals, airports and government buildings, its locks protect some of the world s most iconic landmarks.

Watch: The LPCB Attack Testing Zone at IFSEC 2017

Security doors, perimeter fencing, shutters and covers were subjected to hammers, wire cutters and other handheld tools in the LPCB Attack Testing Zone at IFSEC 2017. The new area, which took place within Borders & Infrastructure Expo itself debuting and is expected to return again for the 2018 show, saw technicians from the LPCB put non-approved products to the test alongside LPCB-approved alternatives that have achieved a minimum of LPS 1175 SR-3 compliance. We ve put together a highlights video, below, from the Attack Testing Zone.

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Manned Guarding Security Services Company

Our mission is to assist our customers in solving business protection issues with a Security Patrol Services or Guard Dog Security Services to Construction Site Security Services solutions by coordinate the right management team and high-level solutions to solve any security problem within a budget, schedule and scope in addition to a top priority of Customer service, we meet with our customers to discuss issues and formulate a strategic solution and safety measure plan, that denote the scope ensure and effective implementation of health and safety, risk assessment and environmental guiding.

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Our Manned Guarding Security Services Company provide a uniformed security guards are trained to the high standards that are set by Security Industry Authority (SIA), they also undertake further training and gain accreditation from customer service and investigation technique courses. Our Guards maintain positive working relationships with visitors and company staff and they have the ability to think quickly and make quick decisions and deal effectively with unexpected situations. Our uniformed dog handlers (Guard Dog Security) are trained to the high standards that are set by Security Industry Authority (SIA), they also undertake further training and gain accreditation from the National Association of Security Dog Users (NASDU) and British Institute of Professional Dog Trainers (BIPDT), and many also have police and army experience.

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Our Uniformed Mobile Security Patrol officers are trained to the high standards that are set by Security Industry Authority (SIA), they also undertake further training and gain accreditation from customer service and investigation technique courses. They communicate effectively with staff and customers and have the ability to think quickly and make quick decisions to deal effectively with unexpected situations.

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Our Uniformed Construction Site Security Guards are SIA Licensed, Insured, and NASDU BIPDT trained, at work they use the infrastructure of a conditional objectives to the Knowledge of health and safety and Risk Assessment, they undertake further training and gain accreditation from customer service, know how to maintain positive working relationships, also have police and army experience.

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9Guard Security Services company, operation policy`s and the associated procedures are monitored and reviewed every year on a regular basis to ensure that they remain current and applicable to the company s activities. We do inducting our guards on every new site, all so we do have regular refreshment of induction every 1 to 2 months, in addition we provide guidance and tools to help our Guards understand what they need to do to control and assess the risks in workplace.

9Guard Security Services and employees have a responsibility to assist in the effective implementation of the Policy within their work area and included within their duties, they understood and aware of their responsibilities contained in the Company Health and Safety Policy, al so they taking the necessary training, instruction and generally assist management in carrying out its duties under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974.

9Guard will fully comply with the duties placed upon it within the requirements of legislation, whilst at all times complying with, as a matter of best practice, the requirements and duties set out within Approved Guidance as issued by the Environment Agency and other organisations

9Guard Security dedicated to providing Insured, consistent and dependable security services in line with the Insurance requirements and contract specifications of our clients. We do this through our 10000000 Public liability insurance to protects us and our clients or members of the public or property damage.

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9Guard Security Services deter shoplifting as well as vandalism, we are the most effective security methods for Industrial Estates and Retail Security we provide with cost effective all so we aim to give 100% customer satisfaction

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9Guard Security Services provide our customers with professionally SIA NASDU BIPDT trained Guards with Cost Effective Construction Security along with risk assessment and professionalism, using well skilled and experienced construction security guards with environmental guidance for our customers

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We work as a part of your team to ensure a customer friendly approach is consistently achieved. Our security guards are one of the most effective security methods utilized in the security field, all so have the able to get along well with co-workers and accept supervision and the ability to convey thoughts in a focused and tangible manner.

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We will provide you with FREE high-profile Security Warning Signs around the perimeter of your premises.

Or We will provide you with a dog handler trained to the high standards that are set by Security Industry Authority (SIA) with further training set by National Association of Security Dog Users (NASDU) and the British Institute of Professional Dog Trainers (BIPDT).

We will provide you with a dog unit marked in the style of a police car and specially adapted to ensure the welfare of our dogs, including air conditioning.

Patrolling every hour & perform security checks to ensuring site or property are maintained; door and gates are kept secure. Carry out a visual inspection to ensure equipment is save.

UK Metal Theft

The Association of British Insurers (ABI) said UK metal theft had doubled in the past five years to about 1,000 reported incidents a week, the crime causes costs the UK economy about 770m a year, And Britain s 5bn-a-year scrap industry is facing tougher regulation as part of a government crackdown on metal theft

Cost of Retail Crime

Cost of retail crime rises to 1.6bn. The figure covers retail crime of all types and includes the value of goods stolen and damage done. The survey gathers data from 44 retails groups 58% of the sector by turnover and is claimed to be its most comprehensive crime survey so far. It found that nearly one in 20 stores was robbed during the year. The average cost of each incident tripled to 3,005, from 989 the previous year, a result of more organised offending

Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW)

Vandalism in the UK is falling at a quicker rate than almost any other type of crime, according to official figures.

What are the possible reasons behind this The 2011/12 Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW) estimates that there were 2,051,000 violent incidents against adults in England and Wales.

As in previous years, assault without injury accounted for the largest proportion of all CSEW violent incidents (42%), followed by wounding (24%), assault with minor injury (22%), and robbery (12%)

Advising and counselling visitors and making sure they have access to professional help if needed, in addition to Monitor and authorize entrance, visitors, and other persons to guard against theft and maintain security of premises
We will provide you with guard dog, whilst offering a deterrent to the criminal is appropriately trained and controlled by our experienced dog handlers.

We will provide you with a daily activity report.

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References

  1. ^ Mobile Security Patrol Services (9guard.co.uk)
  2. ^ Construction Site Security Guard Services (9guard.co.uk)

How to use a fire extinguisher safely and effectively

In many occurrences of fire, it s not always safe or practical to try to put it out yourself, so evacuation and calling the fire brigade may be the only option. This is especially the case if the fire is large or spreading, the room is filling with deadly smoke, or there is no fire escape route. But for lesser fires contained in a small space, using a fire extinguisher, if it is safe to do so, can be very effective.

Deploying a fire extinguisher correctly depends on which type it is and on what type of material is on fire. Using the wrong extinguisher is at best ineffective, and at worst could intensify the fire, so ascertain the fuel first and then ensure you have the right type of extinguisher to hand before you tackle the fire. Materials present in the area to be protected from fire in the UK can be divided into six categories of fire involving different substances: Class A , combustible carbon-based solids eg paper, wood or textiles Class B , flammable liquids eg paraffin, petrol, diesel or oil (but not cooking oil) Class C , flammable gases, eg butane, propane or methane Class D , burning metals, eg aluminium, lithium or magnesium Fires caused by electrical equipment (indicated by an electric spark symbol and not the letter E) Class F , fats and cooking oils. The following types of extinguishers can be used to quench the various types of fire: Class A water, water mist, foam, dry powder, wet chemical Class B water mist, foam, dry powder, CO2, some wet chemical Class C water mist, dry powder Class D specialist dry powder Electrical some water mist, some foam, CO2 Class F water mist, wet chemical. General safety principles Familiarise yourself with the extinguisher and how to use it before there is a fire. Most extinguishers include a handle or lever, a hose with a horn or nozzle, a safety pin and seal, a pressure gauge, and the relevant fluid, powder or gas Evacuate everyone else from the building Ascertain the location of your fire exit or escape route Make sure the flames are shorter than you and the fire is contained, eg in a wastepaper basket. Don t stay near the fire or use the extinguisher unless you feel safe to do so Inspect the extinguisher and read the instructions before using it Check it is fully charged or it won t work (the pressure gauge on top should be in the green area. If it s red, the extinguisher has expired) Check the safety pin is not bent or the nozzle clogged or damaged and remove the safety pin to break the tamper seal Use the PASS protocol Pull the pin to unlock the mechanism, Aim the hose at the base of the fire, Squeeze the lever slowly, Sweep the hose from side to side Stand so that your back is towards the nearest exit or escape route never turn your back on a fire Stand between 6 and 8 feet away from the fire, moving closer as it is gradually extinguished. Always aim at the base of the fire Always ensure all areas of the fire are completely out Leave the scene immediately once the extinguisher is discharged and call 999 if the fire isn t completely out Replace or recharge the extinguisher.

Water extinguishers (Class A) First, it is essential to check that there is no live electrical equipment in the area. Then point the hose at the base of the flames and squeeze the lever slowly to discharge the extinguisher. Keep it moving across the area of the fire or move it slowly upwards if the fire is spreading vertically. Make sure that all areas of the fire are out completely. If not, repeat the process or get help. Water mist extinguishers (Classes A, B, C, F and some electrical) The instructions are the same as for water extinguishers, except that some water mist models can be used on electrical equipment up to 1,000 Volts, such as computers and printers. Foam extinguishers (Classes A, B and some electrical) For fires involving solids (A), point the jet at the base of the flames and keep it moving across the area of the fire. For fires involving liquids (B), aim the jet at a vertical surface near the fire, not straight into the liquid, eg in a container, point the jet at the inside edge of the container or a nearby surface above the burning liquid. Allow the foam to build up and flow across the liquid to break the interaction between the flames and the fuel surface.

Dry powder extinguishers (Classes A, B, C, and some D if specialist powder) Point the jet or discharge horn at the base of the flames, driving the fire towards the far edge with a rapid sweeping motion until extinguished. Make sure the fire does not flare up again, as this type of extinguisher does not cool the fire very effectively. Also, make sure you don t inhale the toxic powder, so do not use in an enclosed space. The use of specialist powder extinguishers to tackle burning metals (D) requires a different technique from standard extinguishers. Potential users should be trained in their use. CO2 extinguishers (Class B and electrical) Switch off the power if an electrical fire, if safe to do so. Direct the discharge horn at the base of the flames. Keep the jet moving across the area of the fire until it is suffocated. Be careful your fingers do not freeze to the horn.

Watch for re-ignition of the fire. CO2 extinguishers have a very short discharge time. Wet chemical extinguishers (Class A, F, and some B) These are mainly used to extinguish chip pan fires using animal or vegetable fats. Turn off the heat source if safe to do so. Apply the wet chemical evenly at arm s length above the fire, at least one metre away from the fire, using the extended long applicator or lance in slow, gentle, circular movements, so that the burning fat or oil does not splash out. Spray until its surface changes into a foamy, soapy substance, which acts as a blanket. Use the entire extinguisher to prevent reignition. Potential users should be trained in how to use these extinguishers properly. Other extinction methods Fire blankets.

Turn off the heat source if safe to do so. Pull the tapes to release the blanket from its container. Carefully place the blanket over the fire keeping hands out of the way. Leave to cool. If a person is on fire, wrap the blanket around them. To use hose reels effectively, point the jet at the base of the flames and keep it moving across the area of the fire. Ensure that all areas of the fire are out.

The water or sand in fire buckets should be thrown at the base of the flames, ensuring that all areas of the fire are out.

Finally, if there is no fire extinguisher to hand, and the fire is very small, you could try using a wet cloth or towel or shovelling sand or dirt, if available, onto the fire.

Upcoming FIM Expo to feature BS 5839-1:2017 revisions and future of qualifications in fire detection and alarms

FIA seminars The next FIM Expo will take place on Wednesday 4 October at the Glasgow Science Centre. Organised by the Fire Industry Association (FIA), the annual free event features two fire-safety seminars and the latest life-safety products from leading fire detection and alarm manufacturers. One seminar will explore the implications of revisions to BS 5839-1:2017 ( Fire detection and fire alarm systems for buildings Code of practice for design, installation, commissioning and maintenance of systems in non-domestic premises ).

The other looks at the future of qualifications in fire detection and alarms. Both seminars are CPD-accredited and free to attend. The event is relevant to installers or maintainers of fire detection and alarm systems, anyone managing such systems in commercial premises or architects or other professionals specifying fire protection systems to be installed in buildings. We are absolutely delighted to present FIM Expo, said Kat Schabowska, the event coordinator. It s a fantastic place for like-minded individuals to meet, exchange ideas, network, and learn more about new products from a wide range of manufacturers. New products are being released onto the market all the time and this is a great way to come and see them first-hand and discuss how these new products might work for you. View the full exhibitor list here or visit the events section on the FIA website to register.