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Watch: Honeywell s Mick Goodfellow on cybersecurity, connected solutions and critical national infrastructure

IFSEC 2017 Honeywell s Mick Goodfellow visited the offices of IFSEC International to preview the show s forthcoming 2017 edition. Just appointed GM EMEA of commercial security, Goodfellow discusses synergies between Honeywell and Xtralis products (the latter acquired in 2016 by the former), new products, integrations with other vendors, cybersecurity and critical national infrastructure. embedded content Honeywell is showcasing its latest tech in an integrated control room at IFSEC International between 20-22 June 2017 at London ExCeL.

You will find them on stands D250 and D300. Get your free badge now. Honeywell is unveiling a series of new products across its building technology and home security solutions portfolios at IFSEC and FIREX 2017. Honeywell s connected solutions are designed to help homeowners and business managers interpret and exploit the huge and growing volume of data generated by connected buildings. At IFSEC the building management systems giant will be showcasing integrated video solutions and advanced detection technologies. IP video Honeywell s new portfolio of IP video solutions empower site staff to be more productive by providing greater insight and control across the facility. With a connected Honeywell system, staff are informed 24/7 of the status of their system, and alerted immediately when an alarm is triggered so they can take appropriate action. With end-to-end solutions for different budgets, the range includes advanced features including recording failover, facial and audio detection, and EDGE analytics on ONVIF-compliant 4K Ultra HD and H.264 cameras. These products also feature enhanced forensic capabilities, supporting integration with Honeywell s Xtralis IntrusionTrace video content analytics and ADPRO iFT Series NVR+ solutions.

For those looking to protect harsh environments, the new range also includes explosion and corrosion proof thermal cameras with temperature monitoring. Fire Honeywell will be showcasing enterprise class fire solutions including Xtralis VESDA-E VEP and VEA detectors. Yieldsing 1.5 times greater sensitivity and offering six times better dust rejection than the previous generation of products, VESDA-E VEP detector reduces the risk of nuisance alarms and attendant costs. VESDA-E VEA works by dividing a protected space into sampling locations, enabling the localization of possible causes of fire for faster incident response. Both detectors feature built-in Wi-Fi for remote detector access from smart devices to review and monitor status in real time. For smaller sites, FAAST XS aspirating smoke detectors deliver highly accurate very early warning fire detection. Connected home Honeywell is unveiling a professionally-installed, self-monitored wireless security system for the residential market. Called Total Connect Box, it is supported by Total Connect Pro Manager, a maintenance tool that allows installers to perform diagnostics and offer cost-effective maintenance services to homeowners remotely, so homeowners can get the best out of their Total Connect Box system. For those who prefer a monitored solution, the wireless Videofied Video Live Verification with Monitoring Systems will also be showcased.

The new MotionViewer PIR sensors are wireless and equipped with the Video Live function that allows the instant transmission of video to the alarm receiving centre in the event of an alarm, enabling swifter response to genuine alarms and eliminates unnecessary intervention and call outs to false alarms. It also provides homeowners greater peace of mind with the ability to view their homes live anytime day or night. Advanced technology solutions have the power to turn buildings and homes into responsive assets, linking disparate devices and management systems to create truly connected, intelligent buildings that span the most demanding applications, said Dino Koutrouki, vice president and general manager, Security and Fire EMEA, Honeywell Home and Building Technologies. But systems shouldn t be connected just to be connected. They should optimise a person s daily routine, whether at home or work, to improve safety, security and peace of mind. Honeywell is showcasing its latest tech in an integrated control room at IFSEC International between 20-22 June 2017 at London ExCeL. You will find them on stands D250 and D300. Get your free badge now. Join other high-end security professionals at the launch of Borders & Infrastructure Expo In conjunction with Europe s most renowned security event , IFSEC International, B&I is addressing your critical needs for large scale security projects affecting national security, integrated systems, border protection and much more.

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Watch: The security door that refuses to yield to a flurry of hammer blows

BRE Global/LPCB Attack Testing Zone Watch a security door being put to the test by a hammer-wielding technician from the LPCB in the video below. This gives a flavour of what visitors to IFSEC International, which takes place between 20-22 June at London ExCeL, can expect to see in the BRE Global/LPCB Attack Testing Zone , which will take place within Borders & Infrastructure Expo . Live on the show floor, technicians from the LPCB will expose perimeter fencing, security doors, shutters and covers to attack from a variety of powerful hand-held tools that criminals might deploy.

Non-approved products will be tested in demonstrations against LPCB-approved alternatives that have reached a minimum of LPS 1175 SR-3 compliance levels. You can also speak directly to the manufactuers of the products being tested on their adjacent stands. David Cerquella, MD of Gilgen Door Systems, which is putting its security shutters up for testing, said: For the first time live LPCB test demonstrations are being made available to the public and we are delighted to give visitors to the show the opportunity to experience the strength of Gilgen high security shutters first hand. Visitors will gain an appreciation of the stringent nature of the LPCB test program conducted by experienced test engineers and the need for security shutters in today s high threat environment to repel various forms of attack . Click here to view the full attack testing schedule across all three days of IFSEC below. embedded content Join other high-end security professionals at the launch of Borders & Infrastructure Expo In conjunction with Europe s most renowned security event , IFSEC International, B&I is addressing your critical needs for large scale security projects affecting national security, integrated systems, border protection and much more. You will have access to test the latest security innovations in; Physical & perimeter, Barriers & bollards, Command & control, Emergency response, Cyber solutions, Drones & UAVs, Transport security and much more.

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

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

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

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

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MmWave technology and its powerful role in CCTV

In recent years, there has been incredible growth in the video surveillance market with law enforcement agencies harnessing CCTV to enhance security in problematic areas across cities. But these projects require connectivity to carry video feeds from multiple deployed cameras distributed over one or more sites, to the control room for viewing and recording and analysis. Because of network congestion and interference issues, it is critical for transmission technology capabilities to improve.

Below, three systems integrators discuss the challenges they face with network CCTV projects and how millimeter wave technology has helped them provide the speed, capacity and connectivity needed for today s data-heavy security system deployments. Q: What are some of the challenges inherent in designing and installing video surveillance systems? Marc Hancock, technical director, Net View Systems : There is so much noise, as we like to call it, or traffic on traditional wireless networks (sub-6 GHz networks) that interference proves to be quite a common problem. Obviously, that is a significant issue when the wireless network is part of a city s critical infrastructure, used for its CCTV security. CCTV security deployments require high reliability and availability in order for the CCTV system to prove truly effective but with traditional wireless networks, there is often not enough bandwidth or reliability to deliver the camera responsiveness required. Craig Lerman, president and CEO, LTW : Reliability is paramount when you are working in the public safety space, no matter what the current weather or ambient radio frequency environment is outside. It is critical that wireless network-based surveillance solutions are engineered properly for the environment in which they are operating. In addition, the wireless network components must be resilient, temperature hardened and be designed to operate in the target environment. Public safety networks employ mission critical voice, data and video solutions that cannot lock up or go offline during a storm.

Nick Metcalfe, technical sales, TrellisWorks : Five years ago, two megabytes per second (mbps) was enough bandwidth for each camera on a traditional wireless CCTV network. As camera technology has progressed, that number has gone up significantly. Today, each camera requires anywhere from 10 to 32 mbps of bandwidth, due to the high resolution of 1080p HD cameras and the addition of analytics and other tools. When designing an enterprise or town CCTV network, you can very quickly need 100 mbps. Getting that much bandwidth on a traditional 5 GHz wireless network is very difficult. Find out more about this technology at IFSEC International, 20-22 June 2017, London ExCeL. Siklu, which develops, builds and delivers the best millimeter wave wireless connectivity radios on the planet , is exhibiting on stand E750 . Get your free badge now. Q: How is millimeter wave technology affecting your surveillance projects and designs?

What is it helping you do that you couldn t achieve before? MH, Net View: MmWave has provided huge cost savings, while delivering a better network and higher video resolution to the customer. We began using mmWave to address the interference experienced on traditional wireless networks, particularly with our city CCTV and traffic projects, and also with critical infrastructure customers, such as power companies. The mmWave backhaul links that we are using for security deployments are cost effective for us as a company and for our end users due to the power and speed of mmWave technology. We can install fewer links or hops as a result. For some projects, we also previously had to lease Internet Service Provider (ISP)-controlled fiber lines for customers to get the required reliability, capacity and speed. Because of mmWave s fiber-like performance, we can use the radios to replace fiber lines, which provides cost reductions and allows us to directly design and control the entire network. CL, LTW: We have been using millimeter wave for a while now and have deployed many links in our larger city-wide deployments. We recently deployed millimeter wave radios in our project with the City of Bethlehem, Pa, for the Hoover-Mason Trestle, which is a recreational walking path 40 feet above the ground at an old steel mill that has been converted to an entertainment venue.

Obviously, there was concern for visitor safety due to the height of the walkway and its use at night, so LTW installed millimeter wave radios for increased bandwidth and throughput for the site s video surveillance system, addressing a lot of the same issues that we mentioned above: bandwidth loads, throughput speeds and reliability and durability in extreme weather conditions. We have found that millimeter wave is really the most cost effective way to access high capacity throughput. The attractive price with the high performance make it a perfect fit for video surveillance wireless networks. Currently, you can buy millimeter wave radios with five GB/sec throughput, which will soon be 10 GB/sec throughput, which is as fast as fiber. Millimeter wave radios have the right form factor, capacity and scalability for the ever-evolving video surveillance systems of today. Craig Lerman, president and CEO, LTW NM, TrellisWorks: As the density of deployment in the 5 GHz frequency band increased, we began using mmWave radio links because the mmWave frequency bands can provide much greater throughput for wireless CCTV systems and at a very affordable price. With mmWave, you never run out of bandwidth and you always have the ability to change an uplink or downlink as needed. Interference from other networks is a rare occurrence. In our designs, we often use a combination of mmWave radio links in conjunction with traditional 5 GHz links, depending on the nature of the project.

Now, we are seeing a trend in which many town councils are replacing leased fiber infrastructure with wireless networks that use mmWave radios for their CCTV systems. The speed and bandwidth are nearly the same as fiber, but the cost is significantly less. Q: Do you expect that adoption of mmWave technology will increase within the physical security industry? MH, Net View: Many of Net View s security projects involve traffic light control systems and variable message signs near roadways as part of a city s CCTV security network. Obviously one can t trench fiber in all of those locations and even when it is possible, it is costly. Since its prices have decreased significantly in the last few years, mmWave technology has become the best choice when fiber is not an option. It is the underlying network design and topology that makes a security system effective and mmWave is allowing us to provide the powerful network needed for today s bandwidth-heavy CCTV systems. CL, LTW: CCTV is being driven by the need for capacity and millimeter wave lends itself perfectly for that application, especially when priced competitively. Millimeter wave radios have the right form factor, capacity and scalability for the ever-evolving video surveillance systems of today.

In addition, the millimeter wave frequency band enables high density deployments without the frequency re-use limitations imposed by lower frequency (sub 6 GHz) solutions. NM, TrellisWorks: As I mentioned, many cities are considering replacing fiber or traditional wireless networks with mmWave technology and in general, the need for higher capacity and more robust wireless CCTV networks is certainly increasing. Through rapid product development, Siklu enables integrators like TrellisWorks to meet our customers demands and requirements. In the future, I think we will see more interest from systems integrators in deploying mmWave links because of how effective mmWave is and because it is easy to install. Ofcom is the UK regulatory body for communications and it requires systems integrators to register all wireless networks and links. Five years ago, there were a few hundred registered mmWave links. Today, there are thousands and that number is only going to continue to grow as technology advances and bandwidth demands increase. Find out more about this technology at IFSEC International, 20-22 June 2017, London ExCeL. Siklu, which develops, builds and delivers the best millimeter wave wireless connectivity radios on the planet , is exhibiting on stand E750 .

Get your free badge now. Meet the integrators LTW: Pine Brook, NJ, United States Specialty: systems integration for wireless, network, security and energy solutions. Primary focus in public safety deployments, including law enforcement, municipal and state and local government. Net View Systems: Bradford, West Yorkshire, United Kingdom Specialty: designing and installing integrated electronic security systems and their infrastructure, including traditional analogue systems and High Definition and IP systems. TrellisWorks, Ltd.: Thatcham, Berkshire, United Kingdom Specialty: designing and installing comprehensive network wireless solutions, radio and 4G communications, IT support maintenance, mobile data routing and simulation. Visit Europe s only large-scale security event in 2017 Taking place in London, 20 22 June 2017, IFSEC International gives you exclusive hands-on access to over 10,000 security solutions, live product demonstrations, and networking with over 27,000 security professionals. Covering every aspect of security, from access control and video surveillance to smart buildings, cyber, border control and so much more.

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Genetec announces product line-up

IFSEC 2017 During IFSEC in June, Genetec will be exhibiting Security Center 5.6, with new HTML5 web client, as well as previewing access control-as-a-service and new applications for retail and law enforcement. Montreal-based Genetec, which provides open architecture security and public safety solutions, will be at stand F500 at IFSEC taking place at ExCeL in London from 20-22 June. On its stand the company will demonstrate and preview its latest technologies that help integrators as well as end-users protect, improve and implement security measures within their environments.

Genetec will demonstrate Security Center 5.6, the latest version of the company s unified, open architecture IP security platform. Visitors will also be able to learn about Genetec Retail Sense, an analytics application for retail marketing and operations, as well as Genetec Clearance, which is a collaborative case management offering for law enforcement and security professionals. In addition a wide range of supported video, access control, and storage hardware and software systems from the Genetec ecosystem of partners will also be demonstrated. Synergis Genetec plans to offer a preview of its upcoming Synergis access-control-as-a-service, which can minimise reliance on corporate IT, eliminating the need for servers on premises and other costly IT equipment. Connected to Microsoft Azure, the technology can be deployed quickly and readily and can also be scaled as companies grow, providing maximum security for customer data. Genetec will also sponsor a new, speaking series called Borders & Infrastructure Theatre, to address the specific needs for managing large-scale multi-stakeholder security issues, like border control, critical national infrastructure, law enforcement and transport security. Andrew Elvish, vice president of marketing at Genetec says: Visitors to our stand at IFSEC this year will see that despite the extraordinary technology on display, Genetec s focus remains squarely on protecting the everyday. This latest version of Security Center includes advanced authentication, authorisation and encryption standards plus a new HTML5 web client with an enhanced mapping interface, new access control and video device integrations, as well as the ability to use number plates as access control credentials with the new AutoVu SharpV camera. Genetec recently released the latest version of off-street parking enforcement software Free-Flow.

The company has also been confirmed as sponsor of the Borders & Infrastructure Expo, which makes its debut within IFSEC this year. Check out the latest solutions from Genetec at IFSEC International, 20-22 June 2017, London ExCeL. You can find Genetec on stand F500.

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2000ft drone-busting invisible fence erected by Guernsey prison

Anti-drone tech Les Nicolles prison on Guernsey in the Channel Islands has become the first in the world to use an invisible shield to foil drones programmed to smuggle in drugs, weapons and mobile phones. The fence s technology works by jamming electronic transmissions that return the drone to its sender preventing its delivery of contraband. Sensors act as disruptors to jam the drone by blocking radio frequencies.

Sky Fence has been developed by Nottingham-based firm Drone Defence and Eclipse Digital Solutions with installation costs upwards of 100,000. Drone Defence founder and CEO Richard Gill said: It disrupts the control network between the flyer and the drone. The drone then activates return to home mode and it will then fly back to the position where it had signal with its flyer. Someone described it as the final piece in a prison s security puzzle. I think it could have a significant worldwide impact. Gill said the technology neither hacks nor damages the drones. The technology can combat the increasing number of unmanned aerial vehicles that are being dispatched to jails to drop off illicit goods that are fuelling growing violence and disorder among inmates. Les Nicolles prison is a mixed category jail with 139 inmates. Prison governor David Matthews said: This is the first time this technology has been used in any prison anywhere in the world.

I would like to see it adopted in other UK prisons because it has become a significant problem there. Drones can carry weapons, contraband, mobile phones and drugs. This is about prevention. The Drone Zone one again returns to IFSEC International in June for its 2017 edition. Brought to you in partnership with The UK Drone Show, the Drone Zone will feature demonstrations of drone and anti-drone technology from Yuneec, Dedrone, Hitachi and Magos. The Drone Zone will form part of Borders & Infrastructure Expo, a brand new show within IFSEC dedicated to the protection of borders and critical national infrastructure. Get your free badge for IFSEC 2017 now. Join other high-end security professionals at the launch of Borders & Infrastructure Expo In conjunction with Europe s most renowned security event , IFSEC International, B&I is addressing your critical needs for large scale security projects affecting national security, integrated systems, border protection and much more. You will have access to test the latest security innovations in; Physical & perimeter, Barriers & bollards, Command & control, Emergency response, Cyber solutions, Drones & UAVs, Transport security and much more.

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BSIA responds to cash courier shooting in London

Walthamstow shooting The trade body representing the private security industry in the UK has issued the following statement relating to the recent shooting of a cash-in-transit courier in Walthamstow, north-east London. The cash-in-transit courier was injured from the shooting ambush. James Kelly, chief executive of the British Security Industry Association (BSIA) said in a statement: Every day, cash-in-transit couriers perform a vital public service, transporting cash around the country and supporting banks, retailers and businesses by facilitating millions of financial transactions across the UK.

However, in doing so, they place themselves at risk of extreme violence, as today s incident sadly reminds us. Kelly goes on to point out that the number of attacks on cash-in-transit couriers remains at an all-time low. There were 76 injuries to cash-in-transit crew members, police and the wider public in 2016. However, the risk of violence and injury remains a very real threat to couriers. This is something that the private security industry together with its partners in police and government is continually working to reduce through initiatives like SaferCash, which shares intelligence about attacks and suspicious incidents between couriers and the police, continued Kelly. Our thoughts are with the injured courier and his family who have made a very personal sacrifice for the sake of our nation s economic security and we wish him a full and speedy recovery. The BSIA is a longstanding and valued partner of, and exhibitor at, IFSEC International, Europe s biggest fire and security trade show taking place 20-22 June 2017, London ExCeL. Get your free badge now. Take your security knowledge to the next level at IFSEC International 2017 Experts from across all areas of the industry will attend to share their expertise on critical topics on 20 22 June 2017.

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1 GAO United States General Accounting Office Report to Congressional Requesters September 2000 WEST NILE VIRUS OUTBREAK Lessons for Public Health Preparedness GAO/HEHS

Urban resilience: maintaining the flow of assets, information and people in megacities

Take a snapshot of a city on an ordinary day and you ll see people commuting from place to place, rubbish being collected, students attending class, electricity emerging at the flick of a switch and countless other activities, most invisible to even the most focused observer. In many ways, cities are all about the flow of assets, information and people. A lot of people.

Today, more than half of the world s population lives in an urban area. In a little over 30 years, this will rise to two thirds, and it s predicted that, as early 2030, our planet will have 41 megacities with well over 10 million inhabitants each. This is great news. After all, a successful city attracts businesses, fosters innovation and provides incredible opportunities for its citizens. But how do we construct and manage cities so that everything, and everyone, flows smoothly today and in the future? In short, how can we ensure that our cities will continue to succeed as they grow? After all, a city that works is a city you want to be in. A key indicator of success is a city s urban resilience. We know that the ability to get back to normal as quickly as possible following an incident, unplanned event or emergency is essential as it makes citizens feel safe and allows businesses to continue to thrive.

Gone are the days when urban safety was the sole responsibility of law enforcement And since cities are seen as hubs of commerce and leisure, heightened levels of crime or even the fear of crime can fundamentally undermine the quality of urban life for citizens. The challenge then is how to put systems and processes in place that keep our cities safe while allowing them to adapt and grow as populations increase and technology advances. How do we keep our cities resilient even as their make-up changes? Open communication and connection Increasingly, the resilience of cities depends on the open communication and connection between a wide variety of systems and organisations. Gone are the days when urban safety was the sole responsibility of law enforcement. Businesses, traffic control, public works, schools, transit authorities, hospital administrations and so on all have important roles to play and can add meaningful often vital input into any emergency response plan. For example, the earthquake and Tsunami that struck Japan in 2011 destroyed one of the country s main highways. Within six days of the disaster, as part of that country s emergency plan, it was completely repaired, including its road lane markings. This facilitated the movement of supplies and work crews into, and citizens out of, the affected area, thereby increasing their resilience.

Different agencies can end up working in silos, ultimately leading to breakdowns in communication While road markings might not be at the top of anyone s to-do list following a natural disaster, the Japanese government and other organisations were able to determine the best course of action required to address very real but not obvious problems through advanced communication and preparation. In many cities, however, and for a variety of reasons, we see stakeholders who are not collaborating with one another. Business leaders, city planners, municipal infrastructure leaders, fire departments and law enforcement can end up working in silos, ultimately leading to breakdowns in communication, missed opportunities and lapses in city security. This is felt most acutely during an emergency when silos turn into blind-spots and a lack of cooperation can create opportunities for criminal activity, making a city and its people more vulnerable. Bring stakeholders together Fortunately, we have also seen that, when we break down these silos and share information, great things can happen. As we ve seen in Detroit, a city can almost instantly lower its crime rate by connecting HD video from gas stations and convenience stores with law enforcement. This seemingly straightforward move has the added benefit of increasing public safety while helping local businesses thrive. As a result, a resilient city that embraces these new technologies, can yield stronger and safer communities where citizens want to reside and do business. Our task is to establish strong foundations that support and maintain the efficient flow of people, assets and ideas in our cities.

These foundations must allow our city and community stakeholders to communicate effectively both now and in the future. Because, when given the opportunity to share technology, resources and information, cities can significantly improve the way they meet challenges and solve problems making an ordinary everyday possible via extraordinary technologies and collaboration. Genetec is the official sponsor of Borders & Infastructure Expo, which debuts at IFSEC 2017 in June. Genetec are also exhibiting on stand F500 at the show, which takes place 20-22 June 2017, London ExCeL. Get your free badge now. Join other high-end security professionals at the launch of Borders & Infrastructure Expo In conjunction with Europe s most renowned security event , IFSEC International, B&I is addressing your critical needs for large scale security projects affecting national security, integrated systems, border protection and much more. You will have access to test the latest security innovations in; Physical & perimeter, Barriers & bollards, Command & control, Emergency response, Cyber solutions, Drones & UAVs, Transport security and much more.

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Kitemark standard would be a progressive step towards strengthening IoT security

Symantec internet Security threat Report The recent Internet Security Threats Report from Symantec highlights that last year cyber attackers have been fishing for gold in all areas and frequently finding success, as seen by the sheer regularity of breach reports in 2016. While malicious emails and ransomware continued to wreak havoc on businesses and consumers alike, the study again highlighted new threats coming into the spotlight thanks to the increase in usage of connected devices. In an era where data is becoming the new currency, all personal and professional data needs to be properly protected especially with GDPR regulations fast approaching.

As more businesses take advantage of the benefits the internet of things (IoT) can bring to their business, they also need to utilise technologies available to them such as machine learning to help analyse and help detect and improve weaknesses in a network and spot abnormal activity when it occurs. We can expect various forms of attacks to continue to increase. There is no excuse not to be prepared. As we continue to see the exponential growth of connected devices, we will continue to see security issues that we hadn t even considered before, such as the Mirai botnet of 2016. Lessons will clearly be learned such as avoiding hard coding IP addresses, use of default password, while many of the protocols designed for smart connected devices will have their own potential flaws and vulnerabilities which organisations will have to tackle. Online Trust Alliance (OTA) To help make securing internet-connected devices easier for businesses, the Online Trust Alliance (OTA) has produced a framework in IoT security, offering guidance on how to secure embedded devices. This introduction of a kitemark standard for IoT devices is a progressive step towards ensuring safe practice is followed and that security of such devices against these types of hacks is stopped at source. In short, we can expect various forms of attacks to continue to increase. With this knowledge there is no excuse not to be prepared.

Cybercriminals are entrepreneurial, well-sourced and motivated and Symantec s report once again demonstrates that the threat of attack is a growing problem. Organisations and consumers need to be wary of attacks, as the damage could be far greater than just financial and reputational. Organisations must now realise that they can no longer afford for cybersecurity not to be their number one priority. Ensure a solid security strategy at Borders & Infrastructure Expo Join other high-end security professionals at the launch of Borders & Infrastructure Expo, in conjunction with Europe s most renowned security event, IFSEC International, addressing your critical needs for large-scale security projects. By attending, you ll access leading security providers showcasing the latest advancements in both physical and cyber solutions.

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