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Security to be tightened at Christmas markets amid fears of Berlin-style attack

COUNTER TERROR Security will be bolstered at forthcoming Christmas markets around the UK as councils aim to prevent a repeat of the Berlin attack that left 12 dead and 56 injured last year. Concrete bollards, armed police and random bag searches are among the measures being considered by police and local councils. The Local Government Association is reported to have urged councils to adhere to government guidance on protecting crowded places from attack.

Some Christmas market organisers are working with police to provide anti-terror training to staff as part of Project Griffin, a counter-terrorism initiative aimed at businesses. Depending on the terror threat level currently severe (an attack is highly likely) at the time, armed officers could be stationed around markets perimeter. Councils are stressing, however, that an armed police presence does not necessarily mean that an attack is imminent. Demand for concrete bollards has surged in the last two years following a series of attacks including incidents in Nice, Berlin and London Bridge where terrorists have weaponised vehicles in order to inflict mass casualties. Physical barriers were installed on three of London s bridges in the wake of June s terror attack at London Bridge and Borough Market. A Southampton city council spokesman has confirmed that concrete bollards will be installed ahead of 11 November when the city s own Christmas market opens. However, temporary outdoor events like Christmas markets and street festivals also require temporary solutions and the market is responding. ATG Access, for instance, has launched a lightweight road block system that can be deployed quickly and withstand the force of a 2,500kg vehicle traveling at 30 miles per hour. Avon Barrier Corporation, another UK firm, is even considering how to provide protection from gunfire.

Speaking to Arab News in August, Paul Jeffrey, the company s managing director, said: We are also looking at advertising boarding, so you incorporate some kind of ballistic protection within an advertising boarding so people run and hide. I am working on some very big projects that include that sort of thing. In London, the Metropolitan Police Service has said that additional safety measures around Christmas markets like Hyde Park s Winter Wonderland are likely. The public may see additional protective security measures and barriers at events this year, in response to a number of vehicle-based terrorist attacks we have sadly seen both here in the UK and abroad, said a force spokesman. There could also be increased security checks at some events and venues so we advise the public to arrive in plenty of time to allow for this. Guidance for mitigating security vulnerabilities around major public transport hubs, recently issued by the Department for Transport to local authorities, also incorporated recommendations about deterring attackers using vehicles as a weapon . German Christmas markets have proliferated in the UK in the last two decades and are regularly packed with people, day and night. 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.

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We find the needle in the haystack and fast

As well as enhancing safety and security, Qognify solutions distill mountains of data into meaningful intelligence to optimise business processes, cut costs and reduce the risk, and mitigate the impact, of shutdowns and service disruptions. The company sells solutions for airports, rail, traffic management, utilities, the financial sector and other environments where even minor setbacks can cost millions of pounds in lost revenue or cause major economic disruption. We spoke to Moti Shabtai, Qognify CEO and president, about the company s suite of big-data solutions, including Qblock, Suspect Search and Operational Intelligence Center.

IFSEC Global: Please tell us about your Operational Intelligence Center? Moti Shabtai: The Operational Intelligence Center (OIC) can be described as a big data machine that sits on top of our Qognify Situator PSIM solution and provides intelligence to the security team, the operational team, the executive suite as well as the wider organisation. It correlates huge amounts of data to give a snapshot overview, along with deep insight into how the organisation is performing. Using the OIC, an airport can run predictive analytics to assess what would happen if a runway were to be closed One sector where the OIC is proving very popular is airports. They are measured on how many connections airlines choose to have through their airport versus another. If they re not providing a good service, it costs airlines money and therefore they may choose to go with another airport. So, knowing your response times, whether you are meeting your service level agreements and being aware of the number and the root cause of flights being diverted, is vitally important. Using the OIC, an airport can run predictive analytics to assess what would happen if a runway is to be closed. How would it impact the capacity to contain landings?

When would planes need to be diverted because the airport can t absorb more landings? We have been working with one of the biggest airports in the world that is using the OIC to check how it is performing and how it is trending against its own KPIs as well as how to predict what may happen if the airport continues on a certain trend. IG: Where other than airports is the OIC useful? MS: The OIC is ideal for any mission-critical environments where the cost of business obstruction is very high. So airports, mass transit, seaports, financial institutions and utilities are key sectors for the solution. Also, smart cities initiatives around the world, where we are having conversations with governments and mayors, looking at how they can improve safety and security for their citizens, but also to optimise essential city infrastructure such as telecoms, water supply, sewer systems and traffic management. We take a sea of data which is getting bigger all the time and turn it into usable intelligence For example, we have a city that uses OIC and Situator to handle tickets for traffic violations. It has tripled the number of tickets by automating the process and making it much more efficient! So, Qognify Situator is the solution that enables operators or managers to manage situations and incidents, whereas the OIC focuses on operational intelligence and performance.

IG: Please tell us a bit about Qblock MS: Qblock is a converged IT solution for mass video storage. It s meant for those mission-critical organisations that cannot afford to lose anything and are seeking a zero-failure solution. They appreciate the benefits that network-attached storage is providing. IG: Do Qognify solutions deploy machine learning or deep learning? MS: Yes, our Suspect Search video analytics application is heavily based on both deep learning and neural networks, to analyse huge amounts of people and create a digital signature of whoever you are. IG: What kind of sectors or adjacent areas might you want to diversify into? MS: We are open to any opportunities to do with big data that complements our solution. We re a software company that specialises in finding the needle in the haystack and fast. We take a sea of data and that sea is getting bigger and bigger all the time and turn it into information and usable intelligence.

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Verint wins Frost & Sullivan accolade

Verint wins award and is named physical security intelligence solutions company of the year by Frost & Sullivan. The New York company Verint wins the award which recognises leadership, technology innovation and commitment to customer success. For the award Frost & Sullivan evaluated important factors, including visionary innovation and performance, and customer impact, which includes visionary strategies, financial performance and customer experience.

Danielle VanZandt, industry analyst at Frost & Sullivan said: As organisations continue to demand converged business intelligence, IT and security platforms, Verint serves as a trusted partner to its customers by helping connect their physical and cyber security operations. Through the firm s independent research, Verint s technology was found to be pivotal in helping customers leverage large data volumes in a more effective manner to help them respond faster and more efficiently to situations. Physical security intelligence platforms and services from Verint uses an open architecture that integrates diverse cyber and physical security sub-systems and applies intelligent analytics across many domains. The Verint Situational Awareness Platform aims to modernise security functions within an enterprise by automating critical duties and gathering and applying valuable intelligence to enhance efficiency. embedded content 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.

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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.

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The TSA s bizarre, brilliant Instagram account

Airport security Who said security had to be an unremittingly earnest business? Few scenarios in modern life are fraught with more tension and frustration than airport customs (does anyone else feel nervous even though they re carrying nothing illegal?). However, the Transport Security Administration, a US body created in response to the 9/11 terror attacks, has shown it has a sense of humour via its Instagram account.

Racking up 1,320 posts and 795,000 followers, the TSA account features tongue-in-cheek requests sent in by the public, an array of confiscated weaponary and some weird and wonderful items that landed in lost property. From a knife-nana and nun-chuks to an abandoned Grim Reaper and 61 firearms seized in one week across all US airports, it s phenomenal what airport security staff find in the course of their day. Below we ve picked out some of the funniest/most shocking posts but you can check out the account itself here . Live WWI grenades Knife-nana Is it a gun or a camera? Just a week s work My, oh my Banana-based weapons are a running theme it seems Cattle prod Who has the Grim Reaper come for? Post-apocalyptic bullet-adorned mask Mummified head of Jeremy Bentham Gun mug (or mug gun?) Nun-chucks 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.

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Critical infrastructure industries face eye-watering fines for cybersecurity shortcomings

Cyber consultation The UK government has proposed imposing punitive fines on critical national infrastructure companies that neglect their cybersecurity resilience. The fines, which could be as high as 17m or up to 4% of annual turnover, have been proposed as part of a consultation by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport. Critical national infrastructure, which encompasses sectors critical to the national economy and normal civilian life, includes energy and other utilities, transport, healthcare and digital infrastructure.

In common with other sectors, these industries are increasingly connecting critical systems via large networks in order to enjoy the benefits of interoperability, data analysis, remote monitoring and management. Although cybersecurity regulations will require significant effort for the companies that are affected, this new legislation by the UK government demonstrates that they understand the severity of cyber threats in today s digital world and the destruction they can cause, if undeterred, says Eldon Sprickerhoff, founder and chief security strategist at cybersecurity firm eSentire. Even if you re not a CNI, cyber threats should concern you. With cybercriminals constantly adjusting their tactics, it is imperative that companies never stop defending themselves by constantly improving and expanding their cybersecurity practices. Managed detection and response and incident response planning are common ways companies can stay ahead of their attackers. The government consultation was opened on 8 August and closes 30 September 2017. Businesses in all sectors could also receive heavy fines 7.9m or 2% of an organisation s global turnover under the forthcoming General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR), which strengthen EU data protection laws. Despite the ongoing Brexit negotiations, the regulations will be incorporated into British law. eSentire has suggested some steps that organisations can take to make their systems less vulnerable to cyber-attack: Encryption store sensitive data that is only readable with a digital key Integrity checks regularly check for changes to system files Network monitoring use tools to detect suspicious behaviour Penetration testing conduct controlled cyber-attacks on systems to test their defences and spot vulnerabilities Education train your employees in cybersecurity awareness and tightly manage access to confidential information Free Download: Securing the UK s borders.

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The growing menace of cyber-attacks targeting critical national infrastructure

infographic The number of cyber-attacks targeting critical infrastructure grew by 20% between 2014 (245 incidents) and 2015 (295 incidents), according to a 2015 report by the Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team (ICS-CERT). The infographic below, which was designed by Norwich University s online Master of Science in Information Security & Assurance degree programme, provides some insights into the growing problem. It explores how attacks breach computer networks in the energy sector, transport and other critical infrastructure, as well as the economic impact and efforts to mitigate risk.

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How evolving terror tactics have driven advances in perimeter security

Many urban threats used to be seen, at least in the eyes of the public, as things that happened on other shores. However, an increase in urban attacks of late has put pressure on security services to come up with innovative solutions that allow business to continue as normal and the public to enjoy some peace of mind. Amid these new threats, coupled with geopolitical fears and the ongoing refugee crisis in Europe, governments are attempting to make borders more secure and event venues and stewards of high-risk public areas are following suit.

With terrorists now using vehicles as weapons, many existing security solutions need reassessing as they are inadequate at preventing vehicular attack. This month marks the anniversary of the Nice attack and similar incidents have occurred since in Berlin, Stockholm and London. The change in tactics has rendered current security provisions outdated. A proactive, preventative approach is now required if security personnel are to put a stop to such incidents. Mitigating risk While no guarantee can be made about the safety of those attending events or conducting their daily lives in high-risk, crowded public areas, perimeter security does provide an increased level of protection and has seen advancements designed to mitigate the risk and impact associated with today s urban threats. Previously seen on military bases, oil and gas fields and other important infrastructure, perimeter security products have become popular for those looking to secure their event and put public safety firmly back on the agenda. Threats are, of course, unpredictable. However, providing a readily-available solution for areas deemed high-risk due to large volumes of the public passing through, including stadiums or other event spaces, can help deter or reduce the impact of vehicular and some other attacks. The concrete blocks so far installed have actually been found to be near to useless when tested by researchers in Germany While video cameras and security guards are two of the most common security measures that organisations have in place, they aren t always the most effective.

With hostile events increasing in frequency, there has been a reliance on video surveillance to identify perpetrators and ensure that every angle is covered. However, surveillance cameras are mostly effective when the attack has already happened. There s no doubt that the increased threat level has meant that event organisers and those managing security in high-risk areas have had to look at alternative ways in which they can prevent attacks or reduce their impact. Protecting civilian areas has become a higher priority, with perimeter security generating much interest and innovation. In reaction to the London attacks, Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick announced that vehicle barriers were to be installed across London in some form or other. Yet while such reactive measures are of course welcomed, it s imperative that everyone involved in public security should take action in the threat against urban terror. The concrete blocks so far installed have actually been found to be near to useless when tested by researchers in Germany, who found that they would be unable to prevent similar attacks. These revelations have prompted the development of barriers that are crash-resistant up to speeds of 50mph and use an anti-climb mesh to prevent further intrusions. As the solutions are flat-packed and can be earth-filled, they are an effective option for event security, minimising installation time and the impact on the surrounding environment.

Units can also be branded, so they remain inconspicuous and in line with an organisation s existing branding. New threats are presenting themselves every day. Organisations and urban spaces are aware they can no longer be just reactive in the wake of a hostile event. Precautionary measures are becoming increasingly advanced and accessible, and where public safety is concerned, you truly cannot put a price on it. Free Download: Securing UK borders: An examination of the implications of leaving the EU for UK border management. Recent tragic events in Manchester and London have, among other things, underscored the importance to national security of getting Brexit right. 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.

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Watch: Borders & Infrastructure Expo makes its debut at IFSEC 2017

IFSEC video A convergence of trends has made border security and the protection of critical national infrastructure (CNI) two of the most pressing priorities for governments around the world. From Madrid to Manila, nowhere is fully insulated from the global terror threat, inter-state cyber warfare and historically high migration flows. Recognising growing demand for technologies that help combat these problems, IFSEC International launched Borders & Infrastructure Expo for its 2017 edition.

Watch below our highlights video from Borders & Infrastructure Expo, which took place within IFSEC International at London ExCeL in June and was sponsored by Genetec. Borders and infrastructure encompasses central and local government, transport and utilities, sports stadia and events, logistics, border security and law enforcement and any other sectors critical to the functioning of a country s economy or civil society. embedded content Free Download: Securing UK borders: An examination of the implications of leaving the EU for UK border management. Recent tragic events in Manchester and London have, among other things, underscored the importance to national security of getting Brexit right. 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.

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Watch: Highlights from the Drone Zone 2017

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

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