certification

Cowboy operators beware: Certification scheme breaks new ground

A register of competent installers and maintainers of electronic security and fire systems was launched recently. Endorsed by the BSIA, SSAIB, SIRA (a Dubai security regulator) and Tavcom Training, the CTSP Register includes individuals who have demonstrated that they have at least a year s experience and are suitably qualified in the disciplines including Video Surveillance Systems (CCTV), access control and fire, intrusion and hold-up alarm systems they claim to provide services in. The initiative, it is hoped, will help customers find trustworthy, suitably qualified operators and undermine cowboy traders.

But buyers of security installation or integration services can already filter prospects down to those certified by the SSAIB or NSI so what problem is the new certification solving? Where the CTSP Register breaks new ground is that individuals, not their employers, are certified. This makes it easier for security firms to recruit competent installers, in turn further reassuring their customers. Long bemoaned across the industry, the previous accreditation vacuum for individual installers has arguably allowed incompetent or unscrupulous traders to flourish. Installers and integrators are being urged to become Certified Technical Security Professionals (CTSP) to demonstrate their bona fides and enjoy greater exposure to potential customers. Registrants, whose presence on the register is subject to an ethics code and disciplinary process, can adorn their business cards, vehicle and marketing materials with the CTSP insignia. There is clear evidence many installation and maintenance jobs are often subcontracted, leading to unnecessary risks and potential claims. David Gill, MD, Linx International Group In a widely shared article published by IFSEC Global last November, Michael Lines, a senior consultant for security integrations, said that increasingly, suppliers who provide certification on their products also certify individuals. They often accept the transfer of individuals from one installer company to another.

Those of us who are reputable companies accept this even if it does mean the possibility of investing in training an individual only for them to move on after the event. Although, in real terms, this offers a stronger incentive to both parties to ensure satisfaction in the workplace and, hence, long-term staff retention. Equal footing Fast forward a year and Lines would surely back the principles underpinning the new register. If individual, independent installers had to be both accredited and certified, it would help the industry s overall professional standing, he wrote. It would help accredited businesses compete on an equal footing. It could also tie in with insurance, much as CORGI has achieved in the gas equipment installation business. David Gill, managing director of the Linx International Group, which owns CTSP backer Tavcom Training, has reflected on the problems that gave rise to the scheme: There was a lot of unrest about the lack of standards, he told Security Buyer in a recent interview. You can have a gold standard manufacturer, and a gold standard security system but there is no assurance for the end user that the installer of that system is qualified. There is clear evidence many installation and maintenance jobs are often subcontracted, leading to unnecessary risks and potential claims.

He hopes that, ultimately, the CTSP will reach critical mass and become the de facto gold standard for installer competence. I hope in time, that with strong industry backing, procurement managers seeking tenders for security systems will automatically specify that installation and maintenance work must be conducted by a registered CTSP technician. The CTSP Register is modelled on the framework used by the Register of Chartered Security Professionals the equivalent register for heads of security and other end users . I have personally experienced as a chartered security professional heightened respect from industry colleagues, members of other chartered professionals, clients and even the courts, Gill told Security Buyer. Gill also mentioned plans for networking opportunities, workshops, webinars, and possibly career advice related to the CTSP. Think about it: you wouldn t think of using a gas fitter who wasn t on the Gas Safe Register. Paul Tennant, group sales director, Tavcom Training Speaking to Professional Installer magazine, Tavcom group sales director Paul Tennant contrasts the existing status quo with the situation in the gas fitting trade. Think about it: you wouldn t think of using a gas fitter that wasn t on the Gas Safe Register (formerly CORGI). Security systems which fail due to incorrect installation, or substandard maintenance can result in major consequences for those responsible (for companies and directors), extending to criminal charges, litigation, untold reputational damage.

He also implies that the rapid evolution of technology is leaving many installers behind. Maintaining CTSP accreditation year after year would reassure customers that they are keeping pace with change, he suggests. These security systems (including fire detection) have advanced beyond all recognition in the last decade .. In response to this huge change in the market and in the absence of any meaningful regulation or code of conduct governing installers and maintenance technicians, a professional register has never been more necessary. Criteria Installers and integrators must demonstrate a minimum of 12 months practical experience and a minimum level 3 qualification such as a BTEC/City & Guilds or equivalent in one or more technical disciplines in order to gain certification. Two character references and no criminal convictions for dishonesty, assault or sexual crimes are also prerequisites. Registrants are required to maintain CPD (continual professional development) too. The CTSP Register, which charges a 50 annual fee to registrants, is now available online. I think this is a fantastic idea for the industry and for the individuals, said Lee Dowling, at installation firm West London Security.

Being able to show your professional skill set to employers and customers themselves will give them much greater confidence in you. Having been in the industry for nearly 10 years I have certainly come across some dreadful levels of workmanship which certainly doesn t match the standards required. Becoming a CTSP will certainly start filtering out the rough from the smooth and start bringing the level of installation work up to where standards should be. Said David Wilkinson, BSIA s director of technical services: We are very pleased to see this innovative register that recognises many of our security systems members. In such a challenging technical environment, it is more important than ever to demonstrate the professionalism of the personnel that represent our market sector. 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. This report will help you to see why third parties should adhere to secure by design principles and why the necessary convergence of IT and security departments demands a holistic approach .

Download now Related Topics Oncam s 360-degree Evolution becomes first surveillance camera to earn NSF food sanitation certification Register of certified fire and security installers launched to combat rogue trader problem Watch: The LPCB Attack Testing Zone at IFSEC 2017

Oncam s 360-degree Evolution becomes first surveillance camera to earn NSF food sanitation certification

Food processing The 360-degree stainless steel Evolution camera from Oncan has earned certification from NSF International to standard 169 the first CCTV camera to do so. Certification to the standard, which relates to special purpose food equipment and devices , gives the Evolution camera a strong USP in the food and drink manufacturing sector where sanitation is a top priority. The NSF mark is a testament to the fact that Oncam s stainless steel camera was designed and produced to demonstrate our commitment to quality, compliance and safety, said Justin Wheatley, VP of product management for cameras at Oncam.

The unique form factor opens up a world of possibilities for those applications with the need for stringent sanitation requirements and protection from the elements. It is the perfect addition to our product range and innovative 360-degree surveillance technology offering. The Evolution camera is commonly used in harsh environments because of its corrosion resistance to salt and chemical spray. Suitable sectors include food processing, industrial/chemical plants, vehicle wash stations, ports and marine applications and prestige architecture. Available in 5MP and 12MP models, it was awarded a Gold Award at the 2016 Merilon Awards at the Safety & Security Asia event in Singapore. In 2017, it received the Money-saving Product of the Year award from Buildings Magazine. Evolution is also rated to the most stringent rating for IP protection against water and dust ingress, IP69K, and is IK-10-rated against vandalism. The camera enclosure, which is constructed from electropolished marine-grade 316 stainless steel, is more resistant to corrosion and rusting than traditional steel. NSF independently tests, audits, certifies, trains and consults for the food, water, health science, sustainability and consumer product sectors.

Free Download: Securing the UK s borders. Getting national security and Brexit right first time is crucial , we do not want to get this wrong. This report considers the implications of leaving the EU for the management of the UK s borders and making it as easy as possible for international business to thrive and legitimate movement to occur in a post-Brexit UK.

Click here to download now Related Topics Register of certified fire and security installers launched to combat rogue trader problem Watch: The LPCB Attack Testing Zone at IFSEC 2017 Should individual security installers not just security firms be accredited?

Register of certified fire and security installers launched to combat rogue trader problem

A register has been launched for installers and those maintaining electronic security and fire systems who meet certain standards around experience, qualifications and trustworthiness. The CTSP Register, which has been endorsed by the BSIA, SSAIB, SIRA and Tavcom Training, will only include individuals who have demonstrated that they have at least a year s experience and are suitably qualified in the disciplines they claim to provide services in. Tavcom, the security systems training specialist, believes the initiative will help customers find reputable, suitably qualified operators and undermine unscrupulous traders.

Installers or integrators that become Certified Technical Security Professionals (CTSP) will burnish their credibility and enjoy greater exposure to potential customers by being on the register. Many in the industry have long lamented the lack of regulation around installation companies and the ease with which many cowboy operators have thrived to the detriment of reputable operators and customers alike. Becoming a CTSP will certainly start filtering out the rough from the smooth and start bringing the level of installation work up to where standards should be. Lee Dowling, sales consultant, West London Security I think this is a fantastic idea for the industry and for the individuals, says Lee Dowling, sales consultant at installation firm West London Security. Being able to show your professional skill set to employers and customers themselves will give them much greater confidence in you. Having been in the industry for nearly 10 years I have certainly come across some dreadful levels of workmanship which certainly doesn t match the standards required. Becoming a CTSP will certainly start filtering out the rough from the smooth and start bringing the level of installation work up to where standards should be. Criteria In order to gain certification and a place on the Professional Register for Certified Technical Security Professionals (CTSP), installers or integrators must demonstrate a minimum of 12 months practical experience and a minimum level 3 qualification such as a BTEC/City & Guilds or equivalent in one or more technical disciplines (like CCTV, access control, fire, intrusion and hold-up alarm systems). They must also provide two character references and have no criminal convictions for dishonesty, assault or sexual crimes.

Registrants are required to maintain CPD (Continual Professional Development) and conform to a strict code of ethics and disciplinary procedure. The industry has for many years expressed concerns over the absence of any meaningful controls and problems associated with unqualified installers and maintainers of security systems, says Kevin Matthew, the registrar and operations director at Tavcom. We have developed what we believe to be a robust professional register, which will have a significant impact on raising industry standards. We are delighted the register has been endorsed by the UK s largest security association the BSIA and Dubai s Security Industry Regulatory Agency. Indeed, the register has received overwhelming support from across the industry including the main inspectorate bodies. Said David Wilkinson, BSIA s director of technical services: We are very pleased to see this innovative register that recognises many of our security systems members. In such a challenging technical environment, it is more important than ever to demonstrate the professionalism of the personnel that represent our market sector.

The CTSP Register is now available online.

Tavcom takes on rogue traders with register of certified fire and security installers

Tavcom Training has launched a register of installers of electronic fire and security systems who meet certain standards around experience, qualifications and trustworthiness. The register will only include firms that have demonstrated that they have at least a year s experience and are suitably qualified in the disciplines they claim to provide. Tavcom, a security systems training specialist, believes the initiative will help customers find reputable, suitably qualified operators and undermine unscrupulous traders.

Installers or integrators that become Certified Technical Security Professionals (CTSP) will burnish their credibility and enjoy greater exposure to potential customers by being on the register. Many in the industry have long lamented the lack of regulation around installation companies and the ease with which many cowboy operators have thrived to the detriment of reputable operators and customers alike. Becoming a member of CTSP will certainly start filtering out the rough from the smooth and start bringing the level of installation work back up to the current standards. Lee Dowling, sales consultant, West London Security I think this is a fantastic idea for the industry and for the individuals, says Lee Dowling, sales consultant at installation firm West London Security. Being able to show your professional skill set to employers and customers themselves will give them much greater confidence in you. Being in the industry for nearly 10 years now, I have certainly come across some dreadful level of workmanship which certainly doesn t match the standards required. Becoming a member of CTSP will certainly start filtering out the rough from the smooth and start bringing the level of installation work back up to the current standards. Criteria In order to gain certification and a place on the Professional Register for Certified Technical Security Professionals (CTSP), installers or integrators must demonstrate a minimum of 12 months practical experience and a minimum level 3 BTEC/City & Guilds qualification (or equivalent) in one or more technical disciplines (like CCTV, access control, fire, intrusion and hold-up alarm systems). They must also provide two character references and have no criminal convictions for dishonesty, assault or sexual crimes.

Registrants are required to maintain CPD (Continual Professional Development) and conform to a strict code of ethics and disciplinary procedure. The industry has for many years expressed concerns over the absence of any meaningful controls and problems associated with unqualified installers and maintainers of security systems, says Kevin Matthew, the registrar and operations director at Tavcom. We have developed what we believe to be a robust professional register, which will have a significant impact on raising industry standards. We are delighted the register has been endorsed by the UK s largest security association the BSIA and Dubai s Security Industry Regulatory Agency. Indeed, the register has received overwhelming support from across the industry including the main inspectorate bodies. Said David Wilkinson, BSIA s director of technical services: We are very pleased to see this innovative register that recognises many of our security systems members. In such a challenging technical environment, it is more important than ever to demonstrate the professionalism of the personnel that represent our market sector.

The CTSP Register is now available online.

Hanwha Techwin wins Cyber Essentials certification to burnish cyber credentials

Hanwha Techwin Europe has been certified as compliant with the UK government-backed Cyber Essentials scheme. In gaining the certification, the video surveillance brand has proven that it has procedures in place to minimise the threat of a successful attack on the company s IT infrastructure and laptops used by employees working remotely. The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy set up the scheme to help organisations protect themselves against the most common types of cyber-attacks.

We are constantly evaluating and updating our IT security in order to negate the risk of any disruption to our business or our business partners, said Bob (H.Y.) Hwang Ph.D., Managing Director, Hanwha Techwin Europe. Our cybersecurity programme is a key element of our WE MOVE with trust philosophy and reflects the proactive stance we are taking to protect confidential data. Beyond the scope of the Cyber Essentials scheme, we remain vigilant to ensure our Wisenet cameras, recording devices and software entrusted to protect property, people and assets are equipped to minimise the threat from cyber attacks. We have a sustained testing and monitoring programme designed to identify evolving new threats to the integrity of our solutions. We are determined to be open and honest with our customers when new cybersecurity threats are identified and will move quickly to develop further advanced versions of our firmware to combat them. Free Download: the CyberSecurity Crashcourse Are you even aware if you have been the victim of a cybersecurity breach? This report will help you to find out and protect yourself, Eric Hansleman from 451 Research presents a rapid-fire overview of cybersecurity , because a firewall just won t do, you need multi-layered defences to truly protect your data.

Click here to download now

SABRE: the groundbreaking security assessment and certification scheme from BRE Global

SABRE: The Groundbreaking Security Assessment And Certification Scheme From BRE Global

Watch the video below to find out more about SABRE, a security assessment and certification scheme for buildings and built infrastructure assets. Developed by BRE Global, the scheme will be promoted at IFSEC 20176. The video features interviews with Gavin Jones, BRE Global s director of innovation in security and resilience, and Richard Flint, LPCB physical security certification scheme manager.

SABRE is designed to recognise and reward good practice and inspire owners, occupiers and operators to measure their performance so they can make informed investment decisions, communicate their security credentials to interested parties and benefit from greater transparency.

embedded content Download: The Video Surveillance Report 2016 This exclusive report covers the security needs of surveillance systems as shaped by the physical environment including: What do security professionals think about plug-and-play systems Challenges like low-light conditions or large spaces and the threats posed in various sectors Which cutting-edge features such as mobile access, PTZ smart controls or 4K resolution are most important to security professionals What are the most important factors driving upgrades and would end users consider an upgrade to HD analogue Download the full report here.

RIM Blackberry 10 gets FIPS security certificaiton before release …

BlackBerry 10, Research In Motion’s (RIM’s) upcoming operating system for secure mobile devices, has earned a certification showing it is secure enough for government and enterprise use.

RIM security product management and research vice president Michael Brown said this is after the new OS earned FIPS security certification before its consumer launch.

Achieving FIPS 140-2 certification means that BlackBerry 10 is ready to meet the strict security requirements of government agencies and enterprises at launch, he said, according to an article on BlackBerry-oriented site CrackBerry.com (http://crackberry.com/blackberry-10-receives-fips-security-certification-official-release).

RIM had subjected BlackBerry 10 to carrier lab testing before announcing the OS has earned a FIPS security certifcation before its consumer launch.

Brown said BlackBerry is different from other mobile OSes since it “integrates end-to-end security, and includes certified encryption algorithms for data at rest and data in transit.”

“No other mobile solution has achieved the level of security accreditation that the BlackBerry solution has, he said.

CrackBerry said this may be a big deal for RIM, as it may help solidify its reputation as a secure platform, and lets it remain highly competitive in the government, enterprise and consumer sectors.

FIPS 140

Citing a RIM news release, CrackBerry said FIPS 140 is issued by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to coordinate the requirements and standards for certifying cryptographic modules.

Achieving FIPS certification for an entirely new platform in a very short period of time, and before launch, is quite remarkable and a testament to the dedication of our security team, it quoted David MacFarlane, Director of Security Certifications at RIM.

BlackBerry 10 will deliver security, a superior user experience, the ability to separately manage corporate and personal data on the same device, and ease of manageability for IT managers in an enterprise or government environment, he added. TJD, GMA News

More Mega Discounts


Kings Security Systems awarded ISO27001 accreditation

Kings Security Systems awarded ISO27001 accreditation Security solutions provider Kings Security Systems has been awarded ISO27001 accreditation for its “secure and effective information management systems”. ISO27001 accreditation for the company – which only last week won the Large Security Installer of the Year category at the 2012 Security Excellence Awards – was achieved within only five months and to the very highest of standards. Steve Evans, Kings Security Systems’ commercial director, enthused: ISO27001 is a highly regarded and key business certification demonstrating credibility and trust.

We’re delighted to have achieved this accreditation. It represents a firm commitment to our customers, employees, trading partners and stakeholders that their information, its availability, confidentiality and integrity is protected. The ISO27001 accreditation gives Kings even greater credibility as the largest independently-owned security provider in the UK.

It will open up new avenues for the organisation to take on an even wider range of security contracts, including projects within the Government and companies in the financial services sector. Kings IT director Andrew Oliver added: The accreditation reinforces that we are meticulous over all security policies and procedures, adhere to all relevant laws and regulations and comply to the legal, physical and technical standards involved in our information risk management processes. It was achieved within an incredible timeframe, and that’s a real credit to the commitment of the Kings team and our partnership with consultancy firm Jomu.

Effective partnership with Jomu In partnership with Jomu, over 650 action points were completed and more than 800 pieces of evidence gathered for assessment through a project team consisting of Kings directors and managers alongside representatives from Jomu. The process followed complex, intense and rigorous procedures including information gathering, completion of a new Compliance Management System, training and surveys for over 400 personnel, auditing, pre-assessments and an in-depth, four-day assessment. Kings will hold the ISO27001 award for at least three years, with annual external audits being made to assess and recertify the accreditation, ensuring strict adherence to rigorous security standards.

Kings internal auditing team will also ensure that all processes and procedures within its Information Security and Compliance Management System are rigorously audited across Kings Solutions Group.

Availability of chips implementing the HDcctv standard accelerates the HD surveillance market

Availability of chips implementing the HDcctv standard accelerates the HD surveillance market Conventional CCTV systems are designed by security installers, who mix and match surveillance products made by various manufacturers. Time spent adjusting cameras and DVRs to begin capturing video is part of an installer s costs. If HDcctv cameras and DVRs do not work together straight out of the box, the installer s costs go up.

HDcctv compliance ensures that products from various manufacturers will interoperate upon power-up. Compliance certification is important to installers and manufacturers alike. For installers, the compliance mark in a product brief means plug-and-play, which holds down costs.

For manufacturers and their OEM customers, compliance certification means fewer no-fault-found returns, which increases profit. The following timeline suggests that the impact of the HDcctv standard should become visible in the surveillance camera market during 2013. To be certified HDcctv compliant and eliminate any doubts about transmission performance and interoperability, a camera or DVR must implement certain functions.

Because the chips that power today s HDcctv products were designed before the HDcctv 1.0 standard had been defined, they did not necessarily have the functions embedded that are required for compliance certification. This means that a large proportion of Generation 1 HDcctv cameras cannot be certified compliant. HDcctv equipment buyers will benefit from Generation 2 HDcctv chips implementing the functions needed for compliance certification.

The ten Generation 2 semiconductor products listed in the timeline represent a total investment in chip design, semiconductor manufacturing ramp, and customer assistance that exceeds thirty million U.S. dollars. Problems from non-interoperability Security customers care about colour reproduction, sensitivity, sharpness, dynamic range, privacy masking, ease of use, and so on.

Local-site video transport technology becomes a direct concern to customers only when it creates problems such as arise from non-interoperability. An equipment executive s first reflex is to differentiate his products from those of the other manufacturers. The HDcctv Alliance s mission is to encourage competitors to overcome that reflex and cooperate when it comes to device interface technology.

We re working to help makers executives appreciate that everyone customers, installers, and competing manufacturers alike benefits from the interoperability that HDcctv compliance certification ensures.

Todd Rockoff is executive director of the HDcctv Alliance – the manufacturers association that manages the HDcctv video interface standard.