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The rise of China, changing power dynamics, territorial disputes in the East and South China Sea, and the U.S. rebalance to Asia have all led to the re-emergence of the Indian Ocean as the center stage for power politics in the Indo-Pacific. Much has been written about China s assertive behavior in the South and East China Seas and it remains a cause of concern for all key actors in the region.

However, looking beyond these islands in Southeast Asia to the ones in the Indian Ocean, one realizes that Beijing has been working incessantly to secure its strategic interests and strengthen its role as a major player in the Indo-Pacific alarming other regional powers such as India and the U.S. The conflict in the South China Sea can be describe as a frozen situation with no dispute resolution in sight. While a number of mechanisms exist, none has been successful in solving the territorial claims. Apart from the occasional confrontation and verbal protests, Beijing seems to be in good control over the South China Sea. Having fairly secured its interests in the Western Pacific, China is now looking to expand its presence in the Indian Ocean.

While Beijing has the capabilities to venture out into the Indian Ocean, alarming a host of other nations in the region, it does not have the means to sustain its presence, especially in the event of a conflict. What China now seeks to do is court and improve relations with the small island nations in the India Ocean to facilitate its increasing presence in those waters. Beijing is thus using commercial initiatives to achieve its security and strategic aims in the region. In turn, New Delhi and Washington too are scrambling to strengthen relationships with their friends and allies and re-assert their influence over the small island nations.

This essay looks at the geo-strategic competition unfolding between China, the U.S., India, and their friends in the Indian Ocean.

The Malacca Dilemma

China is well aware of its challenges in projecting power in the Indian Ocean. Beijing has always been concerned about the security of its oil and gas imports from the Middle East and Africa transiting through the Indian Ocean and the Strait of Malacca. What is emerging as a greater concern is the reliance on American forces to secure the sea lines of communications (SLOCs) and chokepoints along the route. With no sustainable presence in the Indian Ocean, Beijing s energy imports are highly vulnerable in the event of a military standoff with New Delhi or Washington. Former Chinese President Hu Jintao talked of the Malacca Dilemma and the need to secure China s strategic and economic interests in the region. For China, the debate boils down to two key points either they find a way to reduce their dependency on the Malacca Strait or they maintain a credible presence in the Indian Ocean to equally secure the SLOCs.

This is perhaps one of the driving factors behind China s aggressive pursuit of good relations with the island nations in the Indian Ocean. In an effort to moderate its strategy and avoid attracting attention, Beijing is relying more on economic initiatives to strengthen its ties with small but critical islands in the Indian Ocean.

Kyauckpyu, Myanmar

Kyauckpyu is a small port town in Myanmar and possibly Beijing s answer to its Malacca Dilemma. The Chinese presence in Myanmar and the Bay of Bengal is too close for comfort for policymakers in New Delhi. However, undeterred by Indian concerns, China has continued to invest in Myanmar, resulting in two gas and oil pipelines ferrying Chinese energy imports straight from the Indian Ocean without crossing the Straits of Malacca. The first project to materialize was the gas pipeline connecting Kyauckpyu to Kunming in 2013.

The pipeline enables Beijing to completely avoid using the Malacca Strait and tap directly into Myanmar s offshore gas fields. The second project is an oil pipeline starting from Maday Island in Kyauckpyu and transiting to China s Yunnan province. The oil pipeline entered its operational stage as recently as January 2015. This oil pipeline runs parallel to the gas pipeline, directly transferring Beijing s oil imports from West Asia and Africa. The gas and oil pipelines help solve China s Malacca Dilemma, increasing its energy security tremendously.

While the pipelines have great economic benefits for Myanmar as well, the underlying strategic dimension of the project cannot be overstated.

Coco Islands

Geographically a part of the Andaman group of islands, Great Coco Island and Little Coco Island are controlled by Myanmar. Since the early 1990s, there have been frequent reports of China using those islands for military and naval purposes but there is no certain proof of whether the islands are actually under Chinese control. Thus, Chinese presence on the Coco Islands, developing intelligence systems and other naval facilities, is unnerving for nearby India. While it is yet not certain whether the Great Coco island hosts Chinese intelligence systems, there is greater acknowledgement11 on the building of runways and other connectivity infrastructure on the Cocos. The Andaman and Nicobar Islands (ANI), controlled by India, are located southwest of the Cocos, closer to Indonesia and to the busy sea lanes of the Malacca Strait.

The islands give India a strategic advantage in the Indian Ocean Region perhaps why New Delhi established there its first and only tri-command (Army, Navy and Air Force) service in 2001. India s control over the islands has proved instrumental in collaborating with the navies of the region and carrying out critical exercises such as MILAN and MALABAR. Chinese control of the Coco Islands in Myanmar would mean that Beijing would have the advantage of monitoring the Indian Navy in close proximity. With growing Chinese investments in Myanmar and developing ties between the two nations, Beijing s military presence in the Cocos is definitely a possibility over time, if not an overnight development. A military presence in the Coco Islands,if truly established, would give China the edge to monitor India s naval activities with other powers in the region.

It will also affect other regional powers such as Australia and the U.S. and strengthen China s foothold in the Indian Ocean. In February 2014, China carried out naval exercises through the Lombok Strait near Indonesia, deploying its largest landing ship, the Changbaishan. The drill was closely watched by countries like India, Australia, and the U.S., as it underlines China s ability to project power beyond its shores.

While as of now China is only projecting into the Indian Ocean, Beijing s growing ties with the island nations of the Indian Ocean will allow the PLA Navy to maintain a more sustainable presence in the IOR. Conscious of Beijing s Indian Ocean strategy, the Indian government under Prime Minister Modi is paying a considerable amount of attention to maritime security and to strengthening ties with the IOR islands and littorals. With a new government coming into power in Sri Lanka, India is eagerly looking to step up its security ties with the island nation. Chinese infrastructure and development projects such as the Hambantota port and the frequent docking of Beijing s submarines at Colombo for re-fueling and refreshment is a growing concern for India.

Capitalizing on the new opportunity extended by the Maithripala Sirisena government (India was the destination of Sirisena s maiden overseas visit), Modi is scheduled to travel to Colombo in March to discuss key issues of interest and concern between the two countries. Modi will also travel to the Maldives and Seychelles during the same leg of the trip, strengthening New Delhi s Indian Ocean act. While India cannot block Beijing s entry into the Indian Ocean game, New Delhi is in dire need of strengthening its own.

Cocos (Keeling) Islands

The Cocos (Keeling) Islands are an Australian Indian Ocean territory and an area of strategic importance given the critical SLOCs that pass through the region. While at present there are no military establishments in the islands, the Cocos could serve as a U.S. military base in the future as a result of competition for strategic space in the Indian Ocean. According to Australian Defense analyst Ross Babbage22, the Cocos (keeling) Islands can extend Australia s reach into the surrounding region for surveillance, air defense, and maritime and ground strike operations.

The islands could, in effect, serve as unsinkable aircraft carriers and resupply ships. These islands could prove critical to Australia and its allies during a time of emergence in the Indian Ocean. According to a report by the Wall Street Journal33 in February this year, Washington is looking to expand its maritime ties with Australia and India and hence is looking for a feasible Australian port and base to function out of. The report quotes U.S.

Chief of Navy Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert as saying We re doing a study to see what might be feasible for naval cooperation in and around Australia, which might include basing ships. The U.S. military presence in a base outside of Darwin is already set to increase, given Obama s announcement in 2011 that the U.S. will deploy 2,500 marines at the base on a rotational basis. As a part of the U.S.

rebalance strategy and growing defense ties with Canberra, American presence in the Indian Ocean will only increase, especially in the face of a stronger China. Small islands dotting the Indian Ocean are emerging at the center stage of great power politics unfolding in the Indian Ocean Region. These islands are critical in sustaining credible presence in the vast Indian Ocean outreach, encompassing the key SLOCs forming the backbone of the global economy. Control and authority over the Indian Ocean will help a nation emerge as true maritime power.

Access to and control of islands (through military and commercial initiatives) seems to be a key part of China s strategy to establish itself as a maritime power. However, unlike in the South China Sea, the Indian Ocean cannot be controlled by one particular nation because of the sheer vastness of the area and the presence of multiple regional powers (or, as one may say, middle powers). What the Indo-Pacific region needs is a security architecture that can contain the territorial disputes in the Western Pacific and stop the hostility from spilling over to the other side of the Malacca strait.

The author has written a companion piece on the topic of Indian Ocean security architecture, which can be accessed here44.

Darshana M.

Baruah is a Junior Fellow at the New Delhi based think tank the Observer Research Foundation.

References

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  2. ^7 Ross Babbage (www.atimes.com)8
  3. ^9 Wall Street Journal (www.wsj.com)10
  4. ^11 accessed here (thediplomat.com)12

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Fire alarm and detection qualifications: FIA reveals more details on pioneering training

skills crisis The FIA, in conjunction with the new awarding organisation for the fire industry, the FIA AO, is going to be releasing not one, but four new formal qualifications in fire detection and alarm systems later this summer. The new qualifications in fire detection and alarm systems will be officially launched at FIREX this year (20-22 nd June, ExCel, London). There will be a range of seminars and workshops to help you understand more about what is actually involved, as well as a large FIA networking bar, where you will be able to meet with FIA staff and ask questions 1:1 (over a beverage, if you like).

But before we talk about the actual content of the qualifications themselves what actually is the FIA AO? The FIA AO (Fire Industry Association Awarding Organisation) is a nationally regulated organisation that is externally quality assured by OFQUAL, QIW and CCEA specifically for the purpose of setting qualifications. The same regulators are responsible for the standards adhered to by the awarding bodies of GCSE s, A Levels and vocational qualifications studied through schools and colleges nationwide. Therefore, learners and business owners looking to embark on the new qualification pathway can be assured of the quality mark of the new qualifications and that the qualifications on offer are validated and properly approved with the relevant government authorised qualification bodies. Ian Gurling, Manager to the new FIA AO, explained how the qualifications were initialised: To get the qualifications off the ground, we started off with gaining recognition for the FIA with the regulators to be an awarding body an awarding organisation as they call us to essentially set up a new company within the FIA. The regulators wanted us to set it up outside of the FIA with its own offices, but I managed to persuade them through proving our integrity, and our corporate governance, that we could do this within the organisation and still have a training arm as well. Ian Gurling of the FIA Composition of the courses As for the qualifications themselves, the FIA AO has developed four qualifications each for the job roles of installer, maintainer, designer, and commissioner of fire detection and alarm systems. Each qualification is made up of four units, all of which have to have a pass recorded against them in order to achieve the qualification. The first unit is a foundation unit, which is covers the common aspects of fire safety across all four roles including legislation and guidance, technology and how they relate to each other.

we ve also tailored them to account for regional variations so if you re in Ireland for example we include IS 3218, and so on and so forth for the various standards and requirements, explained Gurling. Once you ve completed the foundation you can complete the other units in any order you want. We have a Health & Safety unit, and an environmental unit so in that the environmental unit we re covering the environmental impact of a fire alarm system; for example, how to transport and handle ionisation detector heads how to handle gaseous systems if you re working on them in any way. We ve also got the role specific advanced unit for the design, install, maintain, and commission. Once you ve got all four units recorded as a pass, you ve got your qualification. So what level of detail do the qualifications go into and what sort of technical content can we expect? The qualifications call for an in-depth technical knowledge, so it s not just a simple matter of knowing BS5839 or IS 3128 or 7671 actually say (or any other number of standards on the syllabus for the qualifications) technicians will have to be able to apply that knowledge. So it s not just a matter of knowing them and being able to read them, it s understanding how to interpret them as well. The qualifications also explore many other areas such as legislation and the different technologies involved in a fire detection and alarm system.

How does a point detector work? How does a beam detector or an aspirating detector work? What are the effects of a sound alarm system? What about the difference between bells and sounders? Voice alarm how does that work? A lot of depth of knowledge is going to be involved in the qualifications, said Gurling. The implications of the system as it is attached to the fabric of a building how does it affect passive protection, fire stopping? How does it affect or is affected by evacuation strategies? All of that is brought out in the new qualifications.

embedded content Knowing why as well as what and how The difference here is that technicians will be able to develop professionally much further than before, because of the level of thinking required for the qualification. No longer will technicians simply be able to perform the various tasks that they need to carry out they will be able to use their knowledge of standards and legislation to know why certain things need to be done a certain way. No longer is it a case of knowing what to do it is 2017 and it is all about knowing why you re doing it. The important thing to note here is that the study required for the qualification is much wider and the examinations are set externally by the Awarding Organisation, so it will be impossible to teach to the test , meaning that candidates undertaking the exam must really have absorbed the knowledge and understanding in order to pass. Unlike during any other form of training, where assessments are just a test, the qualification examinations are a much more formal process. The benefit here is clear: a formal exam means that candidates must demonstrate not just that they can parrot out the information they have been given ad nauseum , but be able to analyse, apply, and answer the examination questions correctly. Hopefully, this will mean that technicians will be able to do the same once they are out working in the field, using their new knowledge and deeper understanding to analyse and solve problems. We ve developed a system now, where the formal examinations going to be conducted electronically, said Gurling. Learners are going to be provided with a tablet, and they re going to be asked to log-in to their own assessment paper online.

That assessment paper will then be conducted live and the learner will receive a pass/fail result at the end of it. That pass/fail result is provisional only on possible necessity that I need to investigate the conduct of the exam, in which case, learners will be notified. Otherwise, after 2 weeks, that result is confirmed. Other FIA training If you re wondering about other forms of training currently available from the FIA, and whether it is still relevant, be in no doubt that it absolutely still is as beneficial to technicians in the fire industry as it ever was. The existing FIA units are incredibly valuable, said Gurling. They serve the industry very very well and they remain just as relevant and current as they ever have done. Technicians undertaking current FIA training courses will still gain indispensable knowledge that will help them on the road to success, and whilst they might receive a certificate of completion, that unfortunately doesn t make them qualified technicians . This is a phrase that gets bandied around a lot within the fire industry, but as from the launch of the new qualifications, only those that have actually undertaken the qualifications and passed successfully will be able to use the above moniker as a badge of proficiency and professionalism. Current FIA training courses remain popular due to their high level of technical knowledge and recognition within the industry among employers and technicians across the board.

The standard is high and well respected but the qualifications go one step further, increasing the amount of content delivered, and the amount of time spent in the classroom developing that knowledge and understanding. From now on, a higher bar has been set for the industry to increase the level of professionalism throughout. However, if you re still wondering whether the new qualifications will be right for you, the FIA are exhibiting at FIREX International (20-22 nd ) June this year, with a full programme of seminars and workshops where you can listen to presentations about the new qualifications, pick up a brochure, or drop by the FIA s networking bar to ask FIA staff a few questions in an informal setting. For more information, go to the FIA website or find us on our brand-new Facebook page. 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. From the brand new Drone Zone, the ARC Village, ASFP Passive Protection Zone, the Engineers of Tomorrow competition and more, it s all under one roof so you ll never miss a beat.

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New RISCO programme provides marketing support for distributor and installer partners

Installer news Supplier of access control and integrated security systems RISCO Group has launched a new rewards programme to support the marketing activities of its installers and distributors. RISCO s Stars Partners Programme awards Stars to participants whenever they buy eligible products from the company. The stars can then be redeemed against various marketing activities that will help RISCO s partners increase exposure of their businesses and target new potential customers.

To join participants can download the RISCO Group HandyApp, which is free, from the Apple App Store or Google Play, and register their details. After purchases participants scan the QR code on the packaging and RISCO s stars are added to their account. Each product scanned automatically receives a six-month warranty extension, with an additional 12 months for RISCO Stars members. When a sufficient number of RISCO Stars have been collected, they can be redeemed for rewards to help with marketing. These include development of a business Facebook page, bespoke email marketing templates, printed company literature, a third-party website audit with a strategy of improvements and branded workwear. Greg Smith, marketing manager for the UK and Ireland at RISCO Group, says: We ve now made gaining access to first class specialist marketing support as easy as possible through the purchase of our innovative products and training, so that there s always something for everyone to save for. Check out RISCO s latest products at IFSEC International, 20-22 June 2017, London ExCeL. You can find them on stand D1275. Get your free badge now.

Visit Europe s leading security event in June 2017 Register here to attend IFSEC International where you will be able to take advantage of our meetings service, allowing you to select and meet with the manufacturers you want to see and with 600 companies exhibiting you are not short on choice. There are also discounts of up to 20% across a large range of products at the show, helping you to get the best value for your money. Click here to register your place now to join us at London Excel on 20 22 June 2017.

Old Buckenham blog

Minutes of March meeting
These minutes have been written by the blog editor from the draft minutes and so may contain information that is amended at a later date.
Old Buckenham Parish Council met on Thursday 2 March at 7.30pm in the Village Hall. There were six members of the public present including John Fernihough and Sarah Dye in relation to the Green. The Vice Chairman Jonathan Kemp took the chair as Adrian Joel was unable to attend.

Apologies had also been received from Graham Hart and Carol Marshall.
Minutes of the Council meeting held in February. These were approved as a true and accurate record of the meeting. There were no matters arising.
Public participation in relation to agenda items only. Points were raised about the Green including what investments and funds the Green Right Proprietors (GRPs) have. Sarah Dye said that whilst the GRPs have some funds, a lot of these would be used to remove the tree that had been damaged in the recent storm.
The Parish Council has a lot of projects in progress but few of them are reaching fruition, the Neighbourhood Plan being one of them. Sarah Hornbrook reported that no one had come forward to drive the initiative and she has too many commitments to lead the project herself. It was suggested that the Parish Council took a decision in April as to whether or not continue with the Neighbourhood Plan production. It was also suggested that those attending the Annual Parish Meeting should be apprised of the need for more help with the Neighbourhood Plan production and that an item put in the village newsletter to the same affect.
(Councillor Ben Devlin arrived at7.45pm).
Terry Cracknell suggested that the Parish Council paid someone to do the Neighbourhood Plan work. It was also suggested that Old Buckenham residents were contacted to see if anyone was interested in helping.
The issue of the Local Plan was raised. It was felt that two sites were now not needed if only 35 properties were required. The next opportunity for consultation will be when the next version of the Plan is published in May/June before the final document goes to the Planning Inspectorate.

It was believed that Breckland Council would not want potential development sites removed from the Local Plan.
Update on the Green. Sarah Dye reported that the AGM and a normal meeting of the Green Right Proprietors had taken place in February. The GRPs had voted in favour of entering into an agreement with the Parish Council and had authorised Sarah Dye to sign the document on their behalf. Sarah Dye had been asked to bring up one issue with the Parish Council regarding ownership of the Green. This was not an issue for particular discussion, more a request to put on record that by signing the lease with the Parish Council, to which the Lord of the Manor was a party, was not an affirmation by the GRPs that the Lord of the Manor was owner of the Green. Sarah Dye handed the Clerk a letter confirming this viewpoint.
John Fernihough reported that a local farmer was willing to cut the Green free of charge in return for keeping the grass crop but the substantial amount of moles in the Green would make this task too difficult so the moles had to be eradicated first. The Council resolved to proceed with mole eradication on the Green by Able Pest Management Services at a cost of 750 to 900 plus VAT provided that the poll at the Annual Parish Meeting favours the Parish Council taking over management of the Green.
Planning application consultations. Downmoor, Banham Road, Old Buckenham. Erection of double garage. The Parish Council agreed to support this application.
Castle Hill Garage, New Buckenham. Detailed application following earlier outline permission.

The Parish Council did not wish to make any comments on this application.
Planning permission received from Breckland Council. Oak Lodge, 2 Fen Street. Permission for single storey extension.
District Councillor s and Chairman s reports. The Chair read out a report from Adrian Joel in his absence and then reported that most of work on the new BT box has been completed but an easement to provide energy to the box still has to be resolved.
Attleborough Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group. Tom Johnson reported that the draft Neighbourhood Plan has now been submitted and he had obtained a hard copy which he had given to the Clerk.
Attleborough Development Plan meeting. Rona Boggia reported that there has been some discussion about the constructors getting a loan to fund the building of the relief road before development was started instead of building the road piecemeal.
Road Safety Working Party. Rona Boggia had written a draft letter in response to Paul Donnachie s (NCC) recent communication which she distributed to councillors and then read out aloud. Essentially it countered his reasons for not allowing the safety crossing. The Council is to send this letter to Paul Donnachie and to send copies to County Councillor Steve Askew and MP George Freeman.
Parish Councillors reports. Andy Nicholls reported that the ditch in front of the Asparagus Field is over full and should be reported to Highways.
Terry Cracknell reported on the Village Hall Management Committee. The Scouts would like to put a container on the area leased by the Parish Council for the recreation area to house their trailer; the Parish Council will consider this request at its next meeting. He also reported that the Village Committee would like a donation of 5,000 towards further work on the car park. Steve Milner reported that the memorial walnut tree at Stacksford had come down in the recent storm. The trunk has been cut into discs which are being sold to raise funds to replace the fallen tree and it has been agreed to give any surplus monies to the Green funds. Steve Milner also reported that the application for the mobile telephone mast in New Buckenham is likely to be refused.

He has emailed the company involved to let them know that Old Buckenham might be able to help with a site.
Ben Devlin apologised for arriving late at this evening s meeting. He reported that he had spoken to the Play Area s chosen fencing company but it was not willing to reduce the quotation. An ash tree opposite the Ox and Plough requires attention as the trunk is splitting. The Clerk agreed to contact the Green Right Proprietors about this.
Sarah Hornbrook reported that the Neighbourhood Plan document is a legal document and a specific procedure must be followed. The Parish Council might need to appoint a private consultant to complete the rest of the work if no one in the village is willing to spearhead the initiative but she is willing to brief such a person.
Village Hall car park. There was a discussion about the drainage issue in the car park and a feeling that this needs to be well and truly resolved this time. Professional help might be needed to solve this issue before the remaining work is done. Finally, the Council resolved to lend the Village Hall Committee 5,000, interest free over five years, on condition that the Village Hall Committee finally resolves the drainage issue.
Almshouses Charity. There was a need for the nomination of a Parish Council Trustee for next four years. The Clerk reported that a current member of the trustees is willing to switch to being the Parish Council nominated trustee and that she will contact the person involved.
Highways matters. The Council was still awaiting further details about verge cutting from the Highways Department. Steve Milner had done some speed checks on Doe Lane.

Five cars had been recorded doing 60mph and one vehicle had been doing 70mph. He will carry out a few more checks and report back again.
Appointing an odd job man. Terry Cracknell presented his case for appointing an odd job man for the village on a self-employed basis. He would be prepared to compile the to do list with the Clerk which would be approved by the Parish Council.

He was also prepared to contribute 500 to the project if the Parish Council would put in 1,500. The odd job man would be paid 120 for a day s work which would be monitored by Terry Cracknell. The Parish Council has included 2,000 in its 2017/18 budget for village jobs.

Any contractor would need to show they had public liability insurance.The Council agreed to appoint a self-employed person as an odd job man at 120 per day up to a maximum cost of 2,000 (including the 500 offered by Terry Cracknell) in 2017/18.
Update on Chapel Green School. A further newsletter has been issued and the 30mph sign has finally been moved closer to Attleborough.
Correspondence. This included a letter from Mr Darby to confirm a recent conversation with Terry Cracknell and a representative of NCC Highways as well as a thank you letter from the Pre School for their 2017/18 Precept grant.
Items for the next meeting. These should include Doe Lane speeding, an Awards evening, update on the reuse of the telephone box, local mobile telephone mast, Chapel Green School, The Green and the Neighbourhood Plan.

The next meeting of Old Buckenham Parish Council will be on Thursday 6 April in the Village Hall, Old Buckenham to start at 7.30pm.

Applying deep learning to cyber security: Q&A with Deep Instinct CEO Guy Caspi

Applying Deep Learning To Cyber Security: Q&A With Deep Instinct CEO Guy Caspi

Deep Instinct is the first company to apply deep learning to cyber security. Guy Caspi, the Israel-founded company s CEO, spoke to SecuritySolutionsWatch.com about the complexities of deep learning and how Deep Instinct spotted a gap in the ballooning market for combating cyber security threats. This interview was originally published on SecuritySolutionsWatch.com.

SecuritySolutionsWatch.com: Before discussing today s cyber security threat environment and Deep Instinct solutions in greater detail, please tell us about your background and company history? Guy Caspi: I ve utilised my advanced degrees in Mathematics, Machine Learning and Business to apply mathematics and machine learning in a technology elite unit of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), as well as in financial institutions and intelligence organizations around the world. Over the past two decades, I ve led some of the largest government cyber and big data projects in Israel and other countries. Founded in 2014, and out of stealth mode since November 2015, Deep Instinct is the first company to apply deep learning to cyber security. With offices in Tel Aviv, Israel and in North America, we now have 65 employees. Our company has a winning combination of people who have the academic knowledge and credentials, paired with unique experiences in cyber security gained through years in the intelligence and elite units that focused on cyber- attacks. We adopt the mindset of hackers in order to be prepared for all vulnerabilities. In addition, Deep Instinct s dedicated deep learning research group is headed by one of the leading researchers in the field of computational intelligence. Moreover, the company has a highly-experienced management team that leverages its cyber security and academic backgrounds to carry out a successful product that offers an effective solution to address a critical need in the industry.

SecuritySolutionsWatch.com: Your site claims that Deep Instinct is The first company to apply deep learning to cyber security . Please give us an overview of how Deep Instinct works. GC: Deep Instinct s core technology is deep learning, which is an advanced branch of artificial intelligence (AI). Deep learning is inspired by the brain s ability to learn: once a brain learns to identify an object, its identification becomes second nature. Similarly, as Deep Instinct s artificial brain learns to detect any type of cyber threat, its prediction capabilities become instinctive. Deep learning has exhibited groundbreaking results when applied to computer vision, speech, and text understanding and we are the first company to apply it to the cyber security domain. In cyber security, there a big need for solutions that can protect against brand new (zero-day) threats in real-time a critical issue that causes great vulnerabilities to almost every business. Deep learning is complex and its application has a very high barrier entry because the neural networks are comprised of tens of hundreds of layers and the mathematics required to create such layers is extremely difficult. Even once this hurdle is passed, the implementation of running massive data sets using GPUs (Graphic User Interface) is not an easy feat.

Moreover, creating a deep learning-based technology that can run as an on-device client requires great expertise that raises the bar even higher. The few companies that have demonstrated these capabilities have mostly been acquired by giants, such as Google, Facebook and Salesforce. Furthermore, Deep Instinct does not use open source deep learning libraries but instead, has created its own. SecuritySolutionsWatch.com: What are the major benefits with respect to detection, prevention, accuracy, ease of deployment and other features. Guy Caspi: Deep Instinct offers a unique solution of prevention, which includes blocking malware before it is activated and can cause harm. Many new solutions on the market can only offer detection and prevention once the business has been infected, but we can detect and prevent before any damage occurs. By way of analogy, if a business were a person and the malicious attack were poison, other cyber security vendors need the person to first touch the poisonous object to then they can act and prevent the poison from spreading throughout the body. From Deep Instinct s perspective, we can tell the person not to touch the poisonous object in the first place because we immediately identified it as harmful. Moreover, Deep Instinct focuses on unknown threats and APT (Advanced Persistent Threat) attacks whether they are in a file-less manner or already existing in the system.

Instead of waiting for the next unexpected attack, the next unknown attack is identified and blocked in real-time before any harm can occur. The ability to offer immediate prevention extends beyond a network or Internet connection by covering the device even when it is not connected to them. Furthermore, our detection rates are substantially higher that existing solutions on the market. This unprecedented accuracy in predicting unknown cyber threats is enabled by the application of proprietary deep learning algorithms. Deep learning s capabilities of identifying malware from any data source results in comprehensive protection on any device, platform, and operating system, filling in gaps by providing complete solutions. Finally, deployment is fast and seamless and the solution s operations do not affect the user experience. Click here to read the full interview on SecuritySolutionsWatch.com 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.

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Security Company Wymondham

Key Holding Service | Security Company

Hastings Direct have been using Phaseone as a security supplier for over a year now, where they provide services at our sites in both East Sussex and Newmarket.

During this time we have always found Phaseone to be very responsive to our requirements, coping with new challenges we ask of them, and always willing to offer support and advice to improve our site security.

They are a company who carry out their duties with a professional approach, whilst offering a flexible and personal face to our employees and customers alike.

The staff provided by Phaseone Security carryout their roles professionally and effectively, with both the staff and management going above and beyond the call of duty.

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Key Holding Service | Security Company

SIA licence – How to get your SIA licence


1. What is the SIA?

The Security Industry Authority (SIA), which was created under the Private Security Industry Act 2001, is an independent organization responsible for effectively regulating the private security industry across the United Kingdom in order to reduce criminality, raise standards and recognize quality service. The sia license was created to regulate the security industry and improve its image. It covers physical, manned security roles as well as CCTV surveillance. Licensing ensures that private security operatives are properly trained and qualified to do their jobs.


2. Who needs SIA licence?

Since The Security Industry Act 2001, it is compulsory for all those who work in the security industry to undergo SIA Training1 and possess a current, valid SIA license. If you need an sia license, you ll normally need to take the right SIA courses2 and pass exams before applying. You might also need a First Aid3 qualification. Some of the popular security jobs you ll need an sia license to work in:

Traning Hub4, with our experienced SIA training specialists for years, will provide you the best sia license training courses in many locations across the UK and help prepare for your sia license exams.


3. Why you need an SIA licence?

An SIA licence allows the licence holder to legally practice in the industry. Working without a valid SIA Licence is a criminal offence, which means you could be fined and even put in prison. Upon summary conviction at a Magistrate’s Court, Sheriff Court or District Court, a maximum penalty of six months imprisonment and/or a fine of up to 5,000. Moreover, getting an SIA license helps Security Officers and Door Supervisors gain more trust from people, because people would like to be sure that security officer or Door Supervisor has been legally permitted to carry out security roles and that he is enough knowledgeable in his field.


4. How long does it take to process an SIA licence application?

The SIA says they aim to process a minimum of 80% of all correctly completed applications within 25 working days, but it normally takes around six weeks for each SIA licence application to be processed. This time starts from when a correctly completed SIA licence application form is received (when SIA receives a correctly-completed application, they will write to the candidate in order to confirm).


5. What is SIA licence cost?

The SIA licence cost is 220. Only payments made in UK pounds sterling will be accepted but the SIA accepts various payment methods from applicants. Available payment methods are Cheque from a UK bank account, a valid UK debit or credit card, a UK banker’s draft or a UK postal order. Any cheques should be made out to the Security Industry Authority .

The SIA license fee must be full paid at the time you submit your application and will not be refunded to you even if your application is eventually denied. In some rare situations, some employers will cover the cost of your SIA licence application.


6. How to get SIA licence form?

Once you finish your training course and got your qualifications you ll be ready to apply for your SIA license. You can apply online or download an SIA application form5 and fill in the form that way.

Don t forget, you ll need to renew your licence before your old one runs out, or you may have to take the relevant course again.


7. Can I appeal an SIA decision to refuse my licence application?

Yes, you only have 21 days to appeal from the date on the SIA decision letter notifying you of their SIA licence refusal. Your appeal should inform the factual errors in the SIA assessment, for example, an error of identity, an error in assessing your qualifications or a criminal conviction. In some circumstances you will be invited to supply mitigating information including detailed evidence of your rehabilitation since the offence took place.

The letter from the SIA with details of their refusal will advise you on whether they are in a position to consider your case for mitigation. If you do not send the SIA license appeal within the 21 day period, the decision of refusal will automatically take effect. Once this has happened, the only way to appeal from this point onwards is to seek a right of appeal is through the Magistrate s Court, Sheriff Court or District Court. However, if you reach this stage you do risk substantial court costs in both lodging the appeal and then the potential of losing the appeal at court.


II. Conditions for an SIA licence

SIA licences are issued subject to certain conditions, which you must abide by. If you do not meet the conditions, the SIA has a right to revoke or suspend your licence.

Find out the Sia licence conditions6 in details issued in the SIA page.


III. Process to get an SIA licence

The followings are basic steps to get an SIA licence:

  • Identify which SIA license you need
  • Take your training courses at Training Hub.

    Our dedicated SIA licencing consultants will provide you with one to one advice and guidance to apply for your SIA Licence.

  • Pass the relevant exams at the end of the training course
  • Make sure you ve done your First Aid training, if necessary
  • Apply and pay for your SIA licence
  • Receive your SIA licence you re now ready to start work in the security industry

References

  1. ^ SIA Training (www.traininghub.co.uk)
  2. ^ SIA courses (www.traininghub.co.uk)
  3. ^ First Aid (www.traininghub.co.uk)
  4. ^ Traning Hub (www.traininghub.co.uk)
  5. ^ SIA application form (www.sia.homeoffice.gov.uk)
  6. ^ Sia licence conditions (www.sia.homeoffice.gov.uk)

Door Supervision.

Security Training in Sheffield

Course overview:

This accredited qualification is ideal for anyone wishing to work as a Door Supervisor, as it provides the necessary skills and knowledge to apply for an SIA licence and work as a Door Supervisor within the Private Security Industry. Subjects covered include legislation relevant to the role, search procedures, powers of arrest, working on licensed premises, recording incidents and crime prevention, reducing risk, conflict management and effective communication. You will receive a training book, which is yours to keep, and dinner will provided on each day of the course.

Assessment:

The course is divided into 4 units and is assessed through 3 multiple-choice examinations, a theoretical assessment and a practical assessment. These units are as follows:

Unit 1: Working within the Private Security Industry

Assessed by a 1 hour, 40 question multiple-choice examination. Candidates must achieve a score of at least 28 out of 40 to pass this unit.

Unit 2: Working as a Door Supervisor within the Private Security Industry

Assessed by a 75 minute, 45 question multiple-choice examination. Candidates must achieve a score of at least 32 out of 45 to pass this unit.

Unit 3: Conflict Management within the Private Security Industry

Assessed by a 30 minute, 20 question multiple-choice examination. Candidates must achieve a score of at least 14 out of 20 to pass this unit.

Unit 4: Physical Intervention within the Private Security Industry

This unit is the Maybo Physical Intervention programme and is assessed on your practical skills and a theoretical paper at the end of the course, all question must be answered correctly.

What next?

Individuals achieving this qualification may also be interested in:

  • Level 2 Award in Security Guarding within the Private Security Industry (QCF)
  • Level 2 Award in Working as a CCTV Operator within the Private Security Industry (QCF)
  • Level 3 First Aid at Work
  • Level 2 Emergency First Aid
  • Level 2 Health and Safety
  • Level 2/3 Risk Assessment

For further information or to book one of our courses, please contact Marie Wright on 0114 263 5650.