IFSEC 2017 in review: Borders & Infrastructure Expo makes triumphant debut and Brian Cox draws biggest-ever keynote audience 

Professor Brian Cox gave a thought-provoking lecture on the origins of the universe in front of a record audience at the Honeywell-sponsored Keynote Theatre in Safety and Health Expo 2017, which was co-located with IFSEC 2017. Addressing a packed audience, the TV presenter and physicist extraordinaire said he had asked the organisers if they needed me to talk about safety and security. They said no; just talk about the universe.

Other keynotes included double Olympic gold medallist Dame Kelly Holmes, rugby union Referee Nigel Owens MBE and Falklands War veteran Simon Weston CBE. Product launches Elsewhere, IFSEC International which took place over three days between 20-20 June at London ExCeL was, as usual, the chosen launchpad for a plethora of brand-new, cutting-edge products. Among the innovations unveiled at the show was Veracity s end-to-end command and control system, Edesix s new body-worn camera series, Calipsa s AI-powered video monitoring platform and Redvision s quietest, fastest ever PTZ and mould-breaking rugged camera enclosure. IDIS, meanwhile, introduced a new seven-year warranty the longest in the industry. Read more about the products launched at IFSEC here. Borders & Infrastructure Expo Perhaps the most significant new feature introduced for the 2017 edition was Borders & Infrastructure Expo. Sponsored by Genetec, this show within a show featured the Drone Zone, BRE Global/LPCB Attack Testing Zone, VIP Meeting Service, JSaRC and the Borders & Infrastructure Theatre. Former IATA (International Air Transport Association) chief John Hedley argued that we re making life too easy for terrorists in the Borders & Infrastructure Theatre on day one. We also reported on how police and security drone use on the rise.

Speaking of drones, The Drone Zone wowed the crowds with live airborne demonstrations of drone technology from Yuneec and Aviat Drones, among other innovative developers and service providers, with support from the UK Drone Show. Installer World An area of the show dedicated to installers was another IFSEC first. Sponsored by RISCO, Installer World featured the Tool Zone where, courtesy of Anglia Tools, visitors could sample a wide range of hand and power tools and take advantage of exclusive discounts workwear, the Engineers of Tomorrow competition, recruitment consultants and a networking bar all in one place. Installers, engineers and integrators could test and trial more than 10,000 of the latest products from leading suppliers such as Hikvision and Panasonic. embedded content Videos and photos The whole experience was documented expertly once again by IFSEC TV (courtesy of Silverstream), with exhibitors demonstrating some of their latest innovations to camera as they did to visitors. Among the interviewees was Martin Gren, who co-founded the surveillance giant in 1984 and recently topped the security manufacturers/service providers category in our roll call of the Top 50 influencers in security & fire 2017. Watch some highlights from across the three days here or check out some of the best photos from London ExCeL. As is becoming an IFSEC Global tradition, we challenged security technology vendors at IFSEC 2017 to pitch their products to camera in just 30 seconds. The challenge was taken up by Paxton, HID Global, Pelco, CSL, AxxonSoft, Dahua, Uniview Technologies, Vanderbilt, Kedacom, LT Security, Promise Technology and Genetec.

Seminars The seminar theatres were particularly busy in a year when security-related issues have rarely been out of the national and international headlines. In the Security Management Theatre, a packed audience heard how video analytics was oversold and underutilised but key to preventing terror attacks. We also reported from the same theatre on the trends shaping the future of access control. The Tavcom Theatre, meanwhile, featured presentations on cybersecurity, preparing CCTV evidence for the criminal courts and how to optimise your network for CCTV, among other things. Browse through all our content about IFSEC International 2017 here. Free download: The video surveillance report 2017 Sponsored by IDIS The Video Surveillance Report 2017 covers all things video surveillance based on a poll of hundreds of security professionals. Specifically looking at topics such as open platforms, 4K, low-light cameras, video analytics, warranties and this year due to the growing threat posed, the cybersecurity landscape.

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Securing UK borders: An examination of the implications of leaving the EU for UK border management

Recent tragic events in Manchester and London have, among other things, underscored the importance to national security of getting Brexit right. From Europol membership to the Schengen Information System, the UK is at risk of losing access to vital collaborative tools in a wide range of areas. This report, which was commissioned by London First s Security & Resilience Network, focuses on the implications of leaving the EU for the management of the UK s borders.

For effective management, the desire to have secure borders must be balanced against making it as easy as possible for international business to thrive and legitimate movement to occur. Finite resources can then be targeted effectively. The report considers how this can be achieved in a post-Brexit UK. It follows an earlier report by the Security & Resilience Network that examined the Security and Resilience Implications of Brexit. The report was launched at a London First briefing on 7 June 2017 and distributed at the IFSEC International 2017 exhibition (20-22 June 2017), which includes for the first time the Borders and Infrastructure Expo. UBM, the organiser of IFSEC, sponsors this report. Get your free badge for IFSEC now.

The authors of the report are: Alison Wakefield PhD, Senior Lecturer in Security Risk Management, University of Portsmouth Claire Bradley, European Law Monitor CIC Joe Connell, Director, Praemunitus Ltd Intelligence & Risk Consultants and Chairman, Association of Security Consultants John Vine CBE QPM, former Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration Robert Hall, Director, Security & Resilience Network, London First.

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EU data protection proposals: comment from Ernst & Young

EU data protection proposals: comment from Ernst & Young Ernst & Young forensic investigator Sanjay Bhandari comments on the considerations required in rethinking EU data protection proposals across borders. Sanjay Bhandari, a partner in Ernst & Young s Forensic Technology and Discovery Services Team, assists companies in complex cross-border disputes involving fraud, bribery, corruption or competition investigations and data privacy-compliant strategies for handling electronic evidence across borders. Bhandari firmly believes that more needs to be done in order to understand the challenges involving differing interpretations of European data privacy law.

Commenting on the EU s most recent data protection proposals, Bhandari told Info4Security: It’s a good thing to rationalise data protection law. The current problem with the Directive is just that: it’s a Directive, so it’s up to Member States to implement and it means we have as many laws as there are member states of the EU. This creates problems when it comes to two lawyers in the same jurisdiction agreeing on the interpretation of that local law.” He added: Having a regulation will add certainty.

Effectively adopting a German mindset (as the most stringent country in the EU) is always going to be difficult for English practitioners to get used to, but everyone will adapt. Better technological solutions are possible when law is harmonised Bhandari continued: One benefit of having a truly harmonised law is that it affords a chance to create technological solutions to the compliance problem – this is practically impossible when you have 30 or more different and often conflicting laws. Even if the law is more stringent, the fact that it’s more predictable gives the technology a chance.

He added: Nobody seems to have considered the impact of this on companies who need to comply. Many businesses have very diverse infrastructures, particularly those that have grown by acquisition. How are they meant to give effect to an individual’s right to be forgotten under the proposed regime?

Do the lawmakers understand the potential cost of that? The Ernst & Young professional went on to state: Moreover, there’s an inter-generational conflict here. This is legislation made by Baby Boomers based on their fears.

By the time any such laws are implemented in two-to-four years’ time, around 50% of the workforce will be Net Natives – Gen Y or Gen Z. They simply do not care so much about privacy. They are naturally collaborative and open in their communications.

Clearly, their views may change as they mature and they may care more about privacy as they start looking for jobs and worry that prospective employers are going to look at their photos on social media sites to assess their characters. However, the genie is already out of the bottle. One has to wonder whether a lot of time has been spent on considering how to change the privacy laws without thinking about two fundamentals: why do we need to do it, and for whose benefit are they being changed?

Privacy and data protection: dependent on context Emma Butler of Ernst & Young’s Information Security Team added: One of the main aims of the current EU proposals to update data protection is to harmonise national laws and avoid different interpretations by the Member States. That leads to the Regulation being more prescriptive than it maybe should be. Privacy and data protection are so context dependent that it makes it difficult to prescribe all the circumstances in which something is or isn’t allowed.” Butler continued: “Think of the case of sensitive data, for example.

Most people in the UK consider financial information to be sensitive, but it’s not on the list of sensitive data categories. However, in Finland they release everyone’s tax details annually. The EU Regulation will only be able to harmonise national laws to a certain extent.

There always has to be room to accommodate the differing legal traditions, social norms and cultural values of the 27 EU Member States.

Afrah Nasser: Saudi Security Guards Torturing Yemeni Illegal …

I just watched another heartbreaking video about Yemeni men in Saudi Arabia being tortured.

Reportedly, it shows Saudi Security Guards torturing Yemeni illegal immigrants caught at the Yemeni-Saudi borders.

One year ago, I have posted similar blog post of the same case, you can read it here1. Somehow, the clip was removed.

The horrific bad treatment Saudi security guards’ treatment to Yemeni men is a daily saga that the Yemeni authority has not seriously addressed. I hope Yemen’s Human Rights minister, would take this matter into serious consideration.


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