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FSA to celebrate 10th anniversary with free drinks reception

IFSEC 2017 In addition to a free drinks reception at its stand, the Fire & Security Association (FSA) will also be presenting a smart technology-focused seminar, during the show. Fire and security business representatives are invited to attend the FSA s 10th birthday celebrations at the IFSEC and FIREX International conference taking place next month. The FSA will be hosting a free drinks reception on its stand, number C230, which is within the FIREX area, on Wednesday 21 June from 5-7pm.

Speeches will be given by the FSA s chairman, Pat Allen, and head of the FSA, Steve Martin, on the trade body s achievements since its formation in 2007. Martin will also give a talk titled Connected buildings disconnected people? on Thursday 22 June at 2pm, focusing on the commercial and social opportunities associated with smart technology. Martin said: IFSEC and FIREX International is undoubtedly one of the biggest occasions on the fire and security calendar. The FSA is delighted to be celebrating our tenth birthday at this year s show and we look forward to welcoming attendees to the FSA stand to recognise our achievements. He hopes the seminar on the commercial opportunities associated with smart technology provides engineers and installers with new ideas on how to grow and diversify their businesses. IFSEC and its sister event FIREX International are being held from Tuesday 20 to Thursday 22 June at ExCeL London. 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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Five Simple Ways For Computer Science Graduates To Make …

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There are many jobs that require the application of computer science principles for graduates who would like to make money online. The online job market is increasing and people who find online opportunities enjoy the benefits of using their degree without having to commute or neglect their family and home life. From independent work to home-based businesses, graduates with computer science degrees can make money.

Listed below are the five easy ways to earn money online with a degree in computer science.

Freelance Software Developer

Freelance software developers oversee the process in which software is created. They also develop the supporting applications and systems that are behind larger networks. Freelance developers assist in project management, programming, and the research and testing part of developing software, all from the comfort of their home.

Freelancing allows software developers to work at their own pace and apply to work for the companies they want to work for according to their own schedule. Peter Norton is an example of a software developer who worked for himself and became a success after developing Norton Utilities. He started from home as an entrepreneur.

Graduates who have a degree in computer science can do the same.

Network Security Consultant

Many private and corporate organizations rely on applications and databases that are accessible through the web. When there are weaknesses in the networks they build, individuals with ill intentions may attempt to exploit it by hacking into their system or setting up another website that is similar to deceive customers into giving them private information instead. After a series of exploits, companies are now being proactive and hiring network security consultants to provide security and assist with known and unknown threats of identity theft, privacy concerns, and other vulnerabilities.

They also help businesses comply with the regulations set by acts like (HIPAA), to protect customer information. Consultants typically work from home and may meet with the company on occasion only by choice, as it is a job that handles websites, databases, servers, and other information on the web.

Computer Systems Analyst

Computer systems analysts offer organizations solutions for computer problems after studying their network. They use new technology to configure software and create applications and computer systems.

Many analysts work for design firms, but there are other industries which they can work in. Analysts can do all of this from any location.

Home Based Business

Home-based businesses are made easy with new project management tools and individuals can now run their own businesses with simplicity and create their own schedule for convenience.

Computer Tutoring Services

Graduates with computer science degrees can run their own business from home teaching others what they learned in college. They can offer services from simple courses to online assessments to consumers who want to learn computer basics without leaving their home.

This type of job is easy because helping others with information one already knows is a fulfilling thing.

Internet Marketing Services

Since individuals with computer science have an understanding of its principles, it would be easy for them to have their own business offering internet marketing services to companies that don t have the same knowledge.

Individuals who run an internet marketing business can teach other organizations different marketing strategies while using the information they were required to learn before obtaining their own degree.

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Jack Willis is a software developer and guest author at www.bestcomputerscienceschools.net1, where he has contributed guides to top online computer science degree programs.

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Who cares about protecting small merchants from a security breach?

Who cares about protecting small merchants from a security breach? Alan Stephenson-Brown explains why he believes a multi-layered approach to security is required across the board in order to improve current practices. Security is not just for merchants and card users to take care of…

Central Government at both the national and European level, as well as the payments industry should step up and take responsibility, too. A 2011 report published by Trustwave showed that 90% of incidents where card data is compromised occur in Level 4 merchant environments – typically small to medium-sized businesses, or SMEs for short. Larger organisations are better educated, funded and resourced so are increasingly harder for criminals to target, although not totally immune (as demonstrated by recent high profile data breaches).

It’s smaller merchants that are being targeted, and the payments industry needs to be helping these vulnerable merchants now. Regularly speaking to retailers has enabled me to gain a better understanding of the traumas that PCI compliance causes them. At a recent Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) Conference, one retailer told me that the prospect of not being compliant, suffering a breach and the potential reputational damage that would follow causes him sleepless nights.

The possibility that word-of-mouth between customers that their data wasn t secure with him would be crippling to his reputation – even now without a legal obligation to report it. Others, meanwhile, are overwhelmed by the complexities of achieving compliance. Another retailer recently asked me about a letter he had received from his bank informing him that he wasn t PCI compliant and should he not rectify this he would be penalised they had no idea of the full implications of PCI compliance, how important it is and the severe financial impact to their business should they suffer a data breach.

The reality is they are not alone: far too many businesses take far too few steps towards adequately securing their payment and non-payment systems. Lack of publicity: a major problem A key problem facing the payments security industry in Europe is the lack of publicity when compared to other countries such as the USA. One of the key differences is the relationship between merchants, banks, Government and the requirements imposed upon merchants and payment service providers to publicise such breaches.

In the United States, California was the first state to legislate for publicising data breaches in 2003, an example now replicated by 38 of the 50 states. This is encouraging, but the differences in legislation globally makes the process fragmented – legislation for breach announcements as a deterrent should be universal as fraud is global and fraud rings see no boundaries. This fragmentation when reporting breaches globally presents a false perception of where the problems are occurring.

In the rest of the world, breaches can be brushed under the carpet. Currently, in the UK and Europe there is no legal requirement for the greater majority of businesses to declare breaches, but that does not mean they don t happen. According to UK Fraud Statistics, in 2010 more than 417.5 million Euros in UK card fraud – well over a million Euros per day – was detected.

Need to enhance security The problem the industry faces is the lack of understanding of smaller retailers when it comes to the need for increased security. The new European Data Protection Regulation due in 2014 will give the card schemes additional back-up to enforce the fines which are presently seen as hollow threats. This is a step in the right direction, for sure, but there needs to be another message alongside it.

It needs to be clear that Best Practice security measures for the payments environment are good business and will go a long way towards protecting a business holistically. It shouldn t be treated as a task where a merchant does as much as they are obliged and no more. Too many merchants are unaware of their obligations to PCI DSS, or otherwise demonstrate apathy towards the risk they are susceptible to by not adhering to these measures.

Merchants found in breach of PCI can be fined 1000s per card breached it takes minutes to steal thousands of card details electronically, and the ramifications for a small business can be crippling. This is not necessarily the fault of the small merchants who were not the initial focus for the PCI council following the inception in 2004 of the Payments Card Industry Data Security Standards (PCI DSS). As Jeremy King (European director of the PCI Council) stated at a recent roundtable discussion: We ve started off with the big retailers and we ve gone down to the next level and now we re getting down to the smaller merchants.

The brands don t differentiate between the big and small merchants when there s a data breach – they just come in and hit you. For smaller merchants it s ‘end of game’. What the fraudsters are up to Merchants think that there isn t a problem in the UK as they never hear about it this couldn t be further from the truth.

Fraudsters are now targeting small, local, independent businesses and the PCI Council, banks, acquirers and security vendors have a duty to educate and provide cost-effective, quality solutions to these smaller merchants to equip them in the fight to maintain security (and, ultimately, their business). The Verizon 2012 Data Breach Investigations Report found that 96% of the breach victims investigated were not PCI DSS compliant when they were last assessed. Perhaps this is because compliance measures are complicated for the average retailer, especially the technical network specifications referred to in self-assessment questionnaires.

This is something which Phoenix as a security vendor is tackling head on by investing heavily and embarking upon extensive research and development to get the right product to help protect smaller merchants. Phoenix is reaching out to smaller merchants via trade bodies such as the Retail Motor Industry (RMI) and the Association of Convenience Stores (ACS), educating them on payment security and correcting some of the misconceptions surrounding Internet security and PCI compliance. Phoenix is doing this not just because it helps the business, but because we can see that something needs to be done.

More people are transferring to IP for their payment needs, but this means that cyber criminals have even more opportunity to strike and are now targeting smaller retailers. We believe the industry should be doing the right thing by the smaller retailer so they are better protected. Security cannot be achieved through regulation and enforcement alone.

Rather, it needs to be adopted as a culture in business with all parties including banks, acquirers or merchants adopting a collaborative approach to help themselves and their customers. Only once this is achieved will we be in a position to be truly secure. Alan Stephenson-Brown is managing director of Phoenix Managed Networks UK With over 25 years’ experience in the global payments industry, Alan Stephenson-Brown has a wealth of knowledge gained through high level roles within internationally recognised companies including TNS, HSBC and Tuxedo.

In 1997, Stephenson-Brown joined Transaction Networks Services (TNS) where he was one of the founders of the UK business and, ultimately, became global VP for business development with responsibility for expanding the business internationally and researching new initiatives. Additionally, he has held a number of senior positions at Serverside Group, Tuxedo Money Solutions, HSBC and the Halifax Building Society covering all aspects of business strategy and management in POS and ATM card issuing and acquiring. Stephenson-Brown is a qualified Chartered Director, a member of the Institute of Directors and holds a Masters degree in Company Corporate Direction.

Alan is also professionally qualified in telecommunications, company direction and strategy .

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Security shake-up revealed | Scottish Licensed Trade News

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SECURITY companies face regulation and being handed responsibility for ensuring their employees have undergone ID and qualification checks under proposals for a radical shake-up of the private security industry.

The UK government wants to replace the Security Industry Authority (SIA) with a new regulator.
Under the proposals, which are out for consultation until January 15, 2013, private security businesses would be regulated, with companies then taking on responsibility for ensuring the required checks on individual employees are carried out; the regulator would continue to handle criminality checks. The existing voluntary business accreditation Approved Contractor Scheme would be replaced with a new scheme controlled by an industry-led organisation.
Eddie Tobin, of Security Scotland, welcomed the proposals, claiming the security industry has seen little improvement since the SIA was set up in 2003. People should be licensed to be door stewards, but the cost should be proportionate to the number of hours you work, he told SLTN.
For someone doing 18 hours a week as a part-time job, a 500 investment for a badge and training is a bit excessive.
As regulation of the security industry is devolved, the Scottish Government will decide which changes, if any, to introduce.

A spokeswoman said it will take a view on the proposals after the consultation.

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Private Officer Breaking News: Fired security guard kills replacement …

Houston TX Nov 26 2012 A fired security guard allegedly hunted down and killed his replacement at a northwest Houston meat market Saturday, according to witnesses and the Harris County Sheriff’s Office. Gregory Griffin, 56, is charged with murder in the shooting death of a security guard at the La Veracruzana Carniceria and Taqueria at 1210 West Road, the sheriff’s office said. The owner of the meat market, who declined to give his name, said in a telephone interview that Griffin arrived at the meat market a few minutes after 2 p.m.

and shot his replacement three times in the head. Deputies withheld name of the victim pending notification of next of kin. “I’m feeling bad. This is not good for my store,” the owner said. “I’m feeling very bad for the (victim). (The victim) was a very nice person, friendly, he had family.

He was a pretty nice guy.” The sheriff’s office said Griffin was employed by Texas Pioneer Control Officers as a security guard but was fired three weeks ago. Griffin continued to show up for work at the meat market after being fired, the sheriff’s office said. The victim also worked for Texas Pioneer Control Officers, the sheriff’s office said.

Griffin confronted the victim when he arrived to take Griffin’s place. The meat market owner said the confrontation took place in view of the owner, several customers and employees. “He said ‘What are you doing here?'” the owner recalled. He cursed the new security guard then allegedly shot him point blank in the head three times, the owner said.

The shooter stood with the gun in his hand waited for police to arrive, the owner said. The owner and other witnesses immediately dialed 911, but the owner believes that the shooter phoned police as well because he could see him talking on a cell phone. The owner locked his door, but could see patrons of nearby businesses coming out to see what happened.

He believes that there were at least a dozen witnesses. Sheriff’s deputies arrived within minutes and spent at least four hours at the scene with the suspect, he said. The owner said he knew the victim well because he had worked security for him about six months ago.

He said the victim was divorced with two children. The owner described the suspect as seldom speaking with anyone and living alone. Four hours after the shooting, two men poured bleach and sprayed the parking lot with a hose near the sidewalk of the La Veracruzana Carniceria and Taqueria.

Most of the police officers had already left.

One HarrisCounty sheriff’s investigator remained inside, but declined to comment.

Those inside exited the store briefly, placed two memorial candles on the corner where the bleach had just been poured and returned inside.

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KPMG: "Most Boardrooms unaware of cyber threat"

KPMG: “Most Boardrooms unaware of cyber threat” According to KPMG, the impact of cyber attacks means security should become a corporate governance issue. British businesses are not taking the threat of cyber security seriously enough, despite increasing publicity about online security breaches in some of the world s best known companies. The warning from Stephen Bonner – KPMG s head of information protection and business resilience – comes in the wake of cyber security minister Chloe Smith reiterating the Government s commitment to tackle cyber crime.

It also follows the publication of data suggesting that 15% of organisations in the Forbes 2000 have corporate websites which offer hackers access to private login details. The UK s digital economy accounts for 8% of our GDP,” urged Bonner, “so why organisations are yet to develop a mature approach to cyber security is a question that must be answered. It does seem that, with our economy in a state of sluggish growth, cyber crime is the one area bucking the trend as a shady growth industry.” He continued: “My worry is that Boardrooms up and down the country are only slowly wising up to the threat and understanding the damage that can be inflicted on operations and reputation if they fail to create the appropriate defences.” Bonner went on to state: It may be tempting to allow IT to dictate cyber strategy, but to do so is to delegate responsibility for the business whole security as well as that of every customer and supplier.

To my mind this is a cardinal sin and for Boards it is a dereliction of duty.” Cyber risk frameworks begin with IT Bonner feels it s true that many successful cyber risk frameworks begin within IT, but as these gain momentum and scope they usually take responsibility for broader issues like privacy and data quality. “At that point,” he said, “they should surely become a governance function that needs to be separate from IT?

Anything less runs the risk of losing an independent eye ensuring everything remains on track.” Bonner believes there is a sense that the sheer scale of a business involvement in the digital space makes cyber threats inevitable and impossible to avoid, but a strong response can inspire confidence in a brand.

He concluded: “While many new risks will emerge, Boards of Directors have to ensure that a safe approach doesn t stop them adopting the latest technology to remain competitive in the future.

SMEs and changes to the Data Protection Act

Info4Security Web Exclusive SMEs and changes to the Data Protection Act Bill Farmer outlines what the proposed changes to the EU’s Data Protection Regulations in 2014 will mean for SMEs, and why it’s so important those changes are addressed. The essential measures needed for merchants to comply with the new European Union Data Protection Regulations of 2014 should be implemented now if those same merchants want to truly protect their businesses. Though these regulations will not take effect for another year, the processes involved coupled with the scale of change to be implemented mean that savvy businesses will begin the journey now instead of waiting and risking the ramifications of being unprepared.

So what s changing? UK organisations should implement practices and procedures in accordance with the UK Data Protection Act (UKDPA), which is intended to ultimately protect personal and commercial data held by organisations from compromise or theft. While other countries currently set their own data protection guidelines, the European legislative changes planned for 2014 will unify data protection practices across the EU, standardising requirements around public disclosure and the penalties to be incurred if a breach should occur at a business that has failed to adequately protect its data.

Larger organisations are more typically cognisant of their obligations under the existing UK DPA requirements and aware of how to future-proof systems and processes to meet the changing regulatory road map, but what will all this mean for SMEs? No less susceptible to data breaches Smaller organisations are no less susceptible to data breaches and are increasingly seen as easier pickings than larger enterprise targets. They often lack resources like a dedicated data controller or chief security officer, so the ‘policing’ role is often foisted upon the business owner or simply delegated to an employee.

The introduction of legislative changes surrounding data protection is a clear message that Europe’s lawmakers are taking data protection seriously, and SMEs have no option but to find a way to implement appropriate processes or procedures. Otherwise, they may well face the ignominy of a data breach. For organisations that store or process payment card transactions, the significant change that 2014 will bring is classification of payment card information as personal data, and therefore legally treated as such.

This means businesses will have to ensure security and compliance processes are up to scratch to meet the mandated requirements and avoid legal action. Fortunately, the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) – a set of Best Practice security guidelines set up by the credit card companies – provides the necessary rigour and form a good basis on which to protect both payment and non-payment data if correctly implemented and continually enforced. However, there’s a counterpoint here: a breach based upon a failure to correctly enforce PCI DSS exposes a merchant to the risk of penalties under both regulatory regimes.

Formally declaring a data breach As things stands today, when data is lost or stolen it s only the Government and the telecommunications industry who are required to formally declare a breach as having occurred. Once the EU regulation is in place, though, investigations by the relevant authorities will be standard across all sectors. So too will be the requirement to proactively notify victims and regulatory bodies alike.

If an organisation fails to adequately protect data, fines are posited to cost a business 2% of global turnover. On top of that, the required forensic investigations are exceptionally disruptive for any organisation. SMEs will be the sector most likely to suffer the after-effects of lost trading time following a breach, and obviously lack the public relations mechanisms and responses available to larger enterprise organisations.

If a data breach occurs, it will also become mandatory for an organisation to inform all affected parties, in turn further eroding customer confidence when businesses can ill afford such a scenario. Organisations of all sizes also have a responsibility to safeguard the personal information of their employees. This is something that’s frequently overlooked within the SME sector, but which can have as dramatic an effect as losing customer data since employee data might also easily form the basis for identity theft.

Working with third parties Under data protection guidelines, an organisation remains responsible and liable for its own compliance (including any relationships it has with suppliers or other third parties). It s recommended that merchants factor regular supplier and partner audits into relationships such that they may remain informed about security activities. Audits of this nature should include an investigation into the relevance of end-to-end encryption, for example.

Deployment of encryption is advisable where particularly sensitive data is transported on portable devices such as laptops or sent by e-mail. Data protection law also requires that service level agreements – or SLAs – are in place with suppliers who have access to personal information. This needs to be regularly checked, as failure to have these measures employed is viewed in a very dim light by regulators should a data breach occur.

What to do before 2014? Before next year, SMEs would be wise to get themselves up-to-speed on security and prepare for further regulation. Good practices today will put SMEs in a more stable position with consumers, employees and European regulators.

Establishing a reliable supplier network will also help relieve the strain of complex data protection issues, paying off for merchants in the long term. Important factors to be considered now by SMEs are: regular and consistent staff training on data protection building long-term relationships with qualified security vendors executing audits and privacy assessments taking time to fully understand all the elements of data protection, including point-to-point encryption, data breach notifications and data transfer compliance, etc supplier/partner audits, encryption, agreed service levels, data breach notifications and supplier due diligence What will happen if SMEs fail to act before 2014? Security breaches are an unfortunate but regular occurrence in the UK.

Currently, such incidents remain widely unreported as there’s no legal demand to do so outside of the telecoms and public sectors. That scenario is set to change and businesses that aren t prepared will be operating outside of a legal requirement. Enterprises and corporations that suffer security breaches have the scale, legal support and policy procedures to deal with incidents swiftly and minimise their impact, but small businesses lack these resources and remain exposed to the ramifications of a potentially crippling data breach incident.

With upcoming regulations increasing the consequences of a data breach, SMEs that do not have procedures in place – or the in-house expertise to be able to cope with the damage of any such breach – may well struggle.

Bill Farmer is CEO at Mako Networks

Tyco release Intevo platform and update EntraPass security software

Tyco release Intevo platform and update EntraPass security software Tyco Security Products have unveiled a new integrated security platform that combines access control, IP video and intrusion detection in one product, aimed at simplifying security procedures. The Kantech Intevo platform comes pre-loaded with Kantech’s EntraPass software which has just been updated. EntraPass 5.02 expands the video integration and adds auto-update capabilities.

Product marketing manager, Rafael Schrijvers, said this is a “direct response to the growing significance of video management within access control solutions.” The new Kantech Intevo product is being aimed at small to medium-sized businesses and is a scalable solution.

Combined with EntraPass Web and EntraPass Go for mobiles, Intevo can be managed remotely and is equipped with the latest generation Intel processor, a solid-state drive for applications and hard drive for storage.

Scott McNulty, Kantech Product Manager said: “Having access, video and intrusion integrated at the ground level in a single appliance will greatly simplify security management functions for users, offering a common user interface and streamlining ongoing maintenance.” Intevo is available now.