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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.

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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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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Grenfell video: Scotland s decisive response to its own tower-block tragedy put England to shame

Stephen Mackenzie Q&A There are so many dimensions to the Grenfell fire that it s hard to know where to start. In the video below, fire-risk consultant Stephen Mackenzie examines everything from the privatisation of fire-safety research to the inadequate logistical response on the ground in the immediate aftermath and the glacial pace of regulatory change in England versus Scotland. Below you can also read the transcript of the interview, which was conducted at fire safety exhibition FIREX 2017.

embedded content I m aware that the building regulations are under constant review, but there s a dichotomy in the turnaround time: four years for the Lakanal report, one year for the Scottish Garnock report. Stephen Mackenzie on the privatisation of fire research provision We ve increasingly seen over the past decades, our fire research provision within the UK, which is internationally renowned, becoming increasingly privatised. Whether it s a research establishment which is now a charitable trust, whether it s a fire service college which is now under the major government support contracts, or the emergency planning college which is under another support service provider On funding challenges for academic fire research The other thing we ve seen is it s increasingly more challenging for fire research academic teams to give that true independence in UK regions to secure funding for more fashionable, thematic areas. We have very small programmes with research, very important given life safety issues, and property protection issues, but we re in competition with larger, more profitable business degrees, MBAs and suchlike. On the skills shortage in fire engineering We ve also seen an erosion of succession routes for younger engineers in a challenging environment to become industry captains. Where we re seeing a throughput, so young professional awards, we didn t have recipients. So we need to look at that through funding of the fire cadet programme nationally, fire service trainees, encourage others to support those endeavours, and also look to how we fund our research. Ten or 11 years ago the Department of Community at local government was trying to get a national fire research academy off the ground. Unfortunately the commentary that came back on a very comprehensive research proposal, sponsored and supported by the whole sector, was you ve already got many organisations, therefore we can t fund it.

but it needs that focal point, that independence, and we need that international recognition and response. On the government s immediate response and failure to convene COBRA I think we ve seen a comparison between the Grenfell fire and Finsbury Park terrorist attack. Immediately following the Finsbury Park attack, Theresa May convened COBRA. That should have been the case on Thursday the day after the fire, or the latter hours of Wednesday. Convene COBRA, get emergency personnel leads in, coordinate with local authority responders, and have a better response and management of media, and to the families and residents concerns. Not only for Grenfell Tower blocks, but for all tower blocks in the UK. I feel it could have been sharper, more effective, and then the central government may not have received some of the criticism it has. I fully recognise the multi-agency response by the emergency services was fantastic. Those individuals in all three emergency services put themselves at significant risk, with debris falling down from the building on top of them.

Significant injuries occurring with the fire personnel, they still went into that building. When their dynamic risk assessments have said this is too risky for even emergency services personnel, possibly. The other thing we need to see is the softer services where we move from coordinated triad of emergency services. We have London-based annual emergency services exercises. We had one last year, a unified exercise, it went very well. We re very experienced. But then we seem to see some local stress and shocks with the local authority response. But now see that they have now caught up to speed. So I think moving from the emergency services response into the softer response by local authorities and the government, and there are a number of professional bodies in the UK that can facilitate and exist with that.

So it might be another line of enquiry for the coroner report, and also the public inquiry. On the Lakanal House report There s actually about 30 case studies, both in the UK and internationally, that we can refer to. Some of the more contemporary ones and two of the more important ones I ll draw attention to: the Lakanal report in 2013 following the Lakanal Camberwell fire where ladies and children expired. There were a number of recommendations made in that coroner court enquiry, predominantly looking at emergency service response and also looking at the complexities in interpretation of our building legislation, and the need for reducing, streamlining it, and making it more practical in application. That s a longstanding issue. I believe some of the professional bodies in the fire service community are doing research, campaigning, and petitioning government on that. I ll let them report on their own positions. On the Garnock Court enquiry The other more significant one that I have been talking about in the international press is quite a well-known report done by one of the legal councillors in the UK. It makes reference, and I m making referencing to the source, a public enquiry report, for the Garnock Court fire in Scotland in 1999.

The public inquiry was published in 2000, to the House of Commons. So we ve heard with Grenfell, Theresa May saying we ll go to a full public inquiry, we ll have parallel coroner court inquiries, and parallel criminal, and possibly civil actions as well. But in 2000, there was a report, and I ll quote, while this inquiry did not suggest the majority of external cladding systems in the UK currently in use pose a serious threat to life safety or property in event of fire, they did go on to add, we do not believe it should take a serious fire in which many people are killed before all reasonable steps are taken towards minimising the fire risk. They then go on to make commentary about the inclusion of standards through the British Standards Institute, revision of the Approved Document B, and the title of that report under the reference was The Potential Risk of Fire Spread in Buildings via External Cladding Systems. We have known about this problem and issue in the fire sector, the House of Commons are aware of it. the Prime Minister s office is now aware of it, I imagine, through the national press and their own technical advisors. On the glacial pace of regulatory change in England versus Scotland Let s look at legislation. We did it in Scotland. When we reviewed our fire safety legislation we also brought in new building regulations, we brought in new technical handbooks.

And I believe, if memory services me correct, the most recent release was either in June 2016 or June 2017. I am aware that the building regulations are under constant review. But there seems to be a dichotomy in the turnaround time: four years for the Lakanal report, one year for the Scottish Garnock report. Fire legislation report in Scotland was reviewed in 2005, and continued on the new basis, performance basis, whereas we appear to be limping on with a very outdated and outmoded document. Our colleagues at yesterday s expert panel FIREX International 2017 held a debate on the Grenfell fire were quite vocal about that position.

Why has a life-changing industry been ignored?

Private Eye s FIREX cartoon

Britain s leading satirical magazine reveals conversations overheard at FIREX International following the fire at Grenfell Tower. Asking Why has a life-chaning industry been ignored , the cartoon provides is a cross-section of industry opinion about Grenfell and its causes. Some of the anonymous quotations from visitors and exhibitors include: We push for adequate regulations and are basically told as long as we re only killing 300 people a year in ones and twos they won t happen Austerity hasn t decided not to review approved document B, it s been the de-regulatory environment at the DCLG of the last 30 years You do an inspection and say what s not right but you re dealing with so many levels of command, each squeezed of funds, that eventually they don t do anything.

The cartoon is part of a feature chronicling how residents of Grenfell have been let down by Kensington & Chelsea Council, the Homes and Communities Agency and building regulations. Read more in the latest issue of Private Eye. 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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Watch: The ASFP Wall of Fire on FIREX TV

FIREX 2017 In this video, ASFP COO Niall Rowan shows FIREX TV the Wall of Fire, which debuted on the ASFO s stand at FIREX 2017. Competing to win a bottle of champagne, FIREX visitors chose from a range of passive fire protection solutions to prevent fire from spreading from compartmentation breaches in the wall. embedded content 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.

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Watch: Reacton Fire Suppression on FIREX TV

FIREX 2017 Watch Ed Barnes, director at Reacton Fire Suppression, interviewed on FIREX TV during FIREX 2017. Reacton Fire Suppression is a specialist manufacturer of high performance automatic fire detection and suppression systems. embedded content 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.

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Theresa May calls for major national investigation into use of cladding

The use of non-flame retardant cladding on tower blocks will be part of a major national investigation possibly attached to the Grenfell Tower fire inquiry reports have claimed. Prime minister Theresa May made the comments after the cabinet was informed by Communities secretary Sajid Javid that the number of towers which had failed fire safety tests on cladding was now 95 blocks all of those tested so far. The study of cladding has taken place across 32 local authority areas, and as a result of the findings and other fears, hospitals and schools may now also assess their cladding where concerns have arisen, Javid said.

Although May has not detailed the precise scope of the national investigation into cladding, it is believed that the study could form a second phase to the judge-led Grenfell Tower inquiry. A spokesperson for the prime minister said it was clear that everybody is concerned about this and everybody wants to establish what went wrong. The original article was published on our sister site, SHP Online.

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