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E-learning and counter-terror training are increasingly popular, survey reveals

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT More than half of security professionals cited counter terror as an area they d like to train up in, according to a survey about training needs in the industry. Asked which topics they are most keen to upskill in, respondents most commonly said security management (63%), followed by security consultancy (61%), counter-terrorism (55%) and crisis management (47%). The survey, which was conducted by the Linx International Group, also reveals that continuous professional development (76%) is the biggest motive for undertaking training, followed by certification/training (71%) and personal development (64%).

Just over half (51%) of all respondents who are employed in a range of sectors, both public and private paid for training themselves, while 45% were funded by their organisation and 4% were financed by other means. Most security professionals said training had a meaningful benefit to themselves, their organisation and the security industry as a whole but the biggest benefit was to their own career prospects (81% recognised the benefits versus 74% for the industry as a whole and 68% for their organisation). Classroom-based training remains the most popular teaching method, e-learning is growing more popular. Some 60% of respondents having already taken part in some form of e-learning and 70% likely to do so in the future. A majority of respondents also expect their participation in distance learning, blended learning and training led by a virtual instructor, to rise. There is a clear trend towards upskilling and individuals taking responsibility for their own career development, as well as demand from industry for better qualified, certified and accredited professionals, said Ken Livingstone, group training director of the Linx International Group, which provides security, risk management and training services. This is evident through our support of the CTSP a professional register of Certified Technical Security Professionals with applications for Registration already in the hundreds within the first month of its launch. Linx International Group surveyed 1,000 respondents from around the world, with UK and Ireland accounting or 49.46%, followed by Africa (19%), mainland Europe (13%), Middle East (8%), Asia (5%), US and Central America (4%) and Australasia (1%). The research was conducted by the Linx International Group on behalf of its group companies: Linx Consultancy, ARC Training, Perpetuity Academy and Tavcom Training.

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Registration for Engineers of Tomorrow 2018 security & fire apprentice competition now open

Adding a fire installation challenge for the 20th anniversary year Registration for Engineers of Tomorrow 2018 has now opened, as the competition returns to IFSEC International for it s 20th anniversary year, 19-21 June 2018. This year the competition is taking a further step towards tackling the the growing engineering skills gap by adding a live installation challenge for fire apprentices, as well as for those from the security sector, following a successful trial in 2017. This will mean that in 2018, more than 60 young apprentices will compete against each other in teams of 2, live on the IFSEC show floor.

The 3 heat winning teams of security apprentices from this summer s Engineers of Tomorrow competition will be joining their industry next month at the Security Excellence Awards, where the overall winners will be awarded the 1000 prize. Next year the heat winners from both the security and fire challenges will receive their invitation to the awards, in addition to earning credits towards NVQ qualifications and fantastic industry recognition. Whether you re a security or fire apprentice, or the employer or college lecturer of apprentices, you can now register yourself or nominate a colleague for Engineers of Tomorrow 2018 here. embedded content Free Download: A Technical Guide to Fire Detection and Alarm Systems Fire legislation, which is written for the purpose of life safety, requires duty holders in non-domestic premises to assess fire risks and put in place arrangements for the prevention of fire and to protect people from fire when it occurs. This guide provides an overview of the need to know information for fire detection and alarm systems and your legal requirements, key actions, key terms and more.

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Cowboy operators beware: Certification scheme breaks new ground

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

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

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

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

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

Being able to show your professional skill set to employers and customers themselves will give them much greater confidence in you. Having been in the industry for nearly 10 years I have certainly come across some dreadful levels of workmanship which certainly doesn t match the standards required. Becoming a CTSP will certainly start filtering out the rough from the smooth and start bringing the level of installation work up to where standards should be. Said David Wilkinson, BSIA s director of technical services: We are very pleased to see this innovative register that recognises many of our security systems members. In such a challenging technical environment, it is more important than ever to demonstrate the professionalism of the personnel that represent our market sector. Free Download: The key to mitigating cybersecurity risks Exploiting IoT technology without creating cybersecurity vulnerabilities is one of the defining challenges in today s security landscape. This report will help you to see why third parties should adhere to secure by design principles and why the necessary convergence of IT and security departments demands a holistic approach .

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Women in Security Awards 2017: Winners announced

Picture above, left to right: Richard Jenkins (NSI), Michelle Bailey (Active Response ) Keeley Watson (Wilson James), Samantha Bamford (Pelco by Schneider), Siobhan Plunkett (GSLS), Roy Cooper (Professional Security magazine) Samantha Bamford from Pelco by Schneider, Michelle Bailey from Active Response, Siobhan Plunkett from GSLS and Keeley Watson from Wilson James have triumphed in the Women in Security Awards 2017. Hosted by the National Security Inspectorate (NSI) and organised by Professional Security Magazine, the ceremony took place on 14 September aboard the Harmony cruise boat of Bateaux London on the River Thames. The awards were founded six years ago by Una Riley, CEO of iAudit Consultants, to recognise the outstanding achievements of women working in the security sector.

Here is confirmation of the victors, chosen from among more than 150 nominations, across four categories: Technical Samantha Bamford, Pelco by Schneider Contribution to industry Michelle Bailey, Active Response (NSI Guarding Gold-approved) Best manager Siobhan Plunkett, GSLS Frontline Keeley Watson, Wilson James (NSI Guarding Gold-approved) Left to right: Richard Jenkins (NSI), Dianne Gettinby (NSI), Javeria Ayaz Malik (ActionAid International), Roy Cooper (Professional Security magazine) Some 120 guests attended the black tie event, which featured a welcome address from NSI CEO Richard Jenkins and a four-course dinner. And Javeria Ayaz Malik, international security advisor and head of the staff security department at ActionAid International, delivered an address on coordinating the organisation s safety and security policy and establishing external relationships with global security networks. Roy Cooper, publisher of Professional Security Magazine, and Una Riley introduced the awards. It was a pleasure to host these awards and see so many people gather to celebrate achievements of women within our industry, said Richard Jenkins. The evening was a huge success and we were delighted with the number of nominations received. The security sector has a wealth of varied and fulfilling roles, including product development, technical support, managerial and frontline and it s encouraging to see more and more women choosing careers which have been traditionally male dominated. I congratulate last night s winners and finalists on their outstanding achievements and contribution and have no doubt they will help to inspire other women to take forward their careers in the security sector. NSI certifies security companies by auditing their compliance with relevant British and European standards, codes of practice and certification schemes. The IFSEC International team Free Download: The key to mitigating cybersecurity risks Exploiting IoT technology without creating cybersecurity vulnerabilities is one of the defining challenges in today s security landscape.

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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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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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Converged security management: The key to mitigating cybersecurity risks

Converged Security Management: The Key To Mitigating Cybersecurity Risks

The IoT revolution has come about thanks to falling component prices, global mobile device adoption, improvements in telecoms infrastructure and the rise of application programming interfaces (APIs). Unsecured and therefore vulnerable devices are now easily searchable through online vulnerability search engine Shodan, among many other means. A series of cyber-attacks targeting such devices as conduits to wider corporate networks has exposed the complacency of some manufacturers over cybersecurity.

The consequences of successful breaches the loss of sensitive data and potentially multi-million pound fines levied for breaches of the forthcoming Global Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) mean the issue is finally getting the attention it warrants. The arguably lower standards of security for consumer devices is a problem, as is the use of third-party suppliers who may not take security as seriously as they should. According to the Department of Homeland Security, this inter-connectedness of devices introduces cyber-physical technologies that connect cyber systems to physical systems, thereby removing the barrier between the cyber and physical worlds but the greater connectivity also expands the potential attack surface for malicious actors. Author bios James Willison BA MA MSyI James is founder of Unified Security Ltd and vice chair of the ASIS European Convergence/ESRM committee. James was awarded the Imbert Prize for an outstanding contribution to the Security Industry in 2011 for his work on convergence with ASIS Europe and the Information Security Awareness Forum. He has worked with BP, Loughborough University, Mitie TSM, the EU and AXIS Communications on convergence. He is an ISACA Academic Advocate and a member of the draft ASIS/ISACA/ISC(2) Security Awareness Standard Working Group. Unified Security Ltd provide consultancy to organisations on how to align their physical and information security functions. This encompasses security policy, common reporting processes, converged security risk assessment, training courses and white papers.

Sarb Sembhi CISM Sarb is CTO and CISO at Virtually Informed, and has previously been a CTO and CISO for the Noord Group. A former consultant in risk and security, Sarb has also worked with the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry Defence and Security Committee and its cybersecurity working group. Other roles have included president of the ISACA London Chapter, chair of ISACA International GRA Region 3 Sub-Committee, chair of ISACA International GRA Committee, ISSA UK Advisory Group member and InfoSecurity Magazine Editorial Group member. Sarb has also served on several security standards groups and speaks at risk and security events around the world. Sarb was shortlisted in IFSEC Global s Top 50 influencers in security & fire 2017: Cybersecurity.

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Watch: Installer World debuts with Tool Zone, Trade Counter and Engineers of Tomorrow competition

IFSEC 2017 IFSEC International this year launched an area dedicated to the needs of installers of fire and security technologies. Sponsored by RISCO, Installer World brought together manufacturers and distributors, the Tool Zone, workwear, the Engineers of Tomorrow competition, recruitment consultants and a networking bar. In the Tool Zone (big thanks to its exclusive partner, Anglia Tools), visitors sampled a wide range of hand and power tools and took advantage of exclusive discounts and special offers.

VanTainer also provided racking and storage systems. Check out our video review of Installer World below. embedded content Free download: The video surveillance report 2017 Sponsored by IDIS The Video Surveillance Report 2017 covers all things video surveillance based on a poll of hundreds of security professionals.

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Relive FIREX 2017: Watch the highlights across three days at London ExCeL

We ve compressed hours of footage into a few minutes of highlights from FIREX International 2017.

Filmed on the show floor over three busy, eventful days at ExCeL London, this video features interviews with top industry figures and the latest fire-detection and protection technologies.

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IFSEC 2017 in review: Borders & Infrastructure Expo makes triumphant debut and Brian Cox draws biggest-ever keynote audience 

Professor Brian Cox gave a thought-provoking lecture on the origins of the universe in front of a record audience at the Honeywell-sponsored Keynote Theatre in Safety and Health Expo 2017, which was co-located with IFSEC 2017. Addressing a packed audience, the TV presenter and physicist extraordinaire said he had asked the organisers if they needed me to talk about safety and security. They said no; just talk about the universe.

Other keynotes included double Olympic gold medallist Dame Kelly Holmes, rugby union Referee Nigel Owens MBE and Falklands War veteran Simon Weston CBE. Product launches Elsewhere, IFSEC International which took place over three days between 20-20 June at London ExCeL was, as usual, the chosen launchpad for a plethora of brand-new, cutting-edge products. Among the innovations unveiled at the show was Veracity s end-to-end command and control system, Edesix s new body-worn camera series, Calipsa s AI-powered video monitoring platform and Redvision s quietest, fastest ever PTZ and mould-breaking rugged camera enclosure. IDIS, meanwhile, introduced a new seven-year warranty the longest in the industry. Read more about the products launched at IFSEC here. Borders & Infrastructure Expo Perhaps the most significant new feature introduced for the 2017 edition was Borders & Infrastructure Expo. Sponsored by Genetec, this show within a show featured the Drone Zone, BRE Global/LPCB Attack Testing Zone, VIP Meeting Service, JSaRC and the Borders & Infrastructure Theatre. Former IATA (International Air Transport Association) chief John Hedley argued that we re making life too easy for terrorists in the Borders & Infrastructure Theatre on day one. We also reported on how police and security drone use on the rise.

Speaking of drones, The Drone Zone wowed the crowds with live airborne demonstrations of drone technology from Yuneec and Aviat Drones, among other innovative developers and service providers, with support from the UK Drone Show. Installer World An area of the show dedicated to installers was another IFSEC first. Sponsored by RISCO, Installer World featured the Tool Zone where, courtesy of Anglia Tools, visitors could sample a wide range of hand and power tools and take advantage of exclusive discounts workwear, the Engineers of Tomorrow competition, recruitment consultants and a networking bar all in one place. Installers, engineers and integrators could test and trial more than 10,000 of the latest products from leading suppliers such as Hikvision and Panasonic. embedded content Videos and photos The whole experience was documented expertly once again by IFSEC TV (courtesy of Silverstream), with exhibitors demonstrating some of their latest innovations to camera as they did to visitors. Among the interviewees was Martin Gren, who co-founded the surveillance giant in 1984 and recently topped the security manufacturers/service providers category in our roll call of the Top 50 influencers in security & fire 2017. Watch some highlights from across the three days here or check out some of the best photos from London ExCeL. As is becoming an IFSEC Global tradition, we challenged security technology vendors at IFSEC 2017 to pitch their products to camera in just 30 seconds. The challenge was taken up by Paxton, HID Global, Pelco, CSL, AxxonSoft, Dahua, Uniview Technologies, Vanderbilt, Kedacom, LT Security, Promise Technology and Genetec.

Seminars The seminar theatres were particularly busy in a year when security-related issues have rarely been out of the national and international headlines. In the Security Management Theatre, a packed audience heard how video analytics was oversold and underutilised but key to preventing terror attacks. We also reported from the same theatre on the trends shaping the future of access control. The Tavcom Theatre, meanwhile, featured presentations on cybersecurity, preparing CCTV evidence for the criminal courts and how to optimise your network for CCTV, among other things. Browse through all our content about IFSEC International 2017 here. Free download: The video surveillance report 2017 Sponsored by IDIS The Video Surveillance Report 2017 covers all things video surveillance based on a poll of hundreds of security professionals. Specifically looking at topics such as open platforms, 4K, low-light cameras, video analytics, warranties and this year due to the growing threat posed, the cybersecurity landscape.

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