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The 10 musts of museum access control and one technology that does them all

When Munch s The Scream was stolen from an Oslo museum in 1994, the thieves left a handwritten postcard. It read: Thanks for the poor security. As that famous heist and others show, every exhibit risks theft, damage, vandalism or terrorism both carefully planned and opportunistic.

In 2008, a gallery in Z rich lost artworks by Monet, C zanne, Degas and van Gogh in under five minutes. According to the FBI, less than five percent of stolen masterpieces are ever recovered. Evidence suggests most thefts occur where security systems are inadequate. Within a multi-layered system, effective access control can play a key role in ensuring the worst does not happen whether in a heritage property with historic architecture to maintain, or in a modern building where contemporary security blends in easily. The basic principles of access control are well established: only authorised people should have access to display or storage areas, only at times that can be defined in advance, and only within a system that can identify exactly who went where, and when. Traditional mechanical lock-and-key systems cannot accomplish this at least, not without a huge admin burden on security staff. But modern, electronic wireless access control has the functionality and flexibility to achieve it, if a simple checklist of 10 musts is covered: Is your system comprehensive, covering all doors and other openings, including basements, storage areas and the roof? Are locks certified for resistance to physical attack (e.g. anti-picking technology)?

Can any compromised lock be re-keyed and/or replaced instantly? Is key tracking straightforward so you always know who exactly has keys or access permissions, and can amend those permissions quickly? Are full audit trails easy to generate, detailing who has gone where, and when? Have you minimised the number of keys in circulation, and only issue them based on need, not convenience or seniority? Can you offer fine-grained levels of access to different site users as required? Are your physical keys protected against unauthorised copying? Is remote unlocking or locking of the main door enabled if there s an emergency? Are locks and other devices discreet enough to maintain a property s appearance (castle treasury, country house, historic theatre, church sacristy, and so on)? CLIQ has the credentials for national heritage CLIQ is a locking system which combines high-end mechanical and electronic protection.

A range of key-operated cylinders maximise physical security. CLIQ technology then adds an extra layer of encrypted, user-friendly electronic security on top. Security managers at Berlin s Deutsches Theater chose CLIQ to protect their historic premises, an icon of 19 th -century Neoclassical architecture. The theatre s new system integrates CLIQ s cutting-edge microelectronics with a high-quality mechanical cylinder system. Security staff simply program each CLIQ key with the exact access rights its user needs. Fine-grained permission schedules, right down to the individual door, can be set for every employee and contractor. Using straightforward system software, any CLIQ key can be scheduled to permit entry only at pre-set times during public opening times, for example, or after hours for cleaning staff. Permission updates are communicated from system to door via CLIQ programming keys. Because CLIQ locks are wireless, no major alterations were needed to existing door hardware or building aesthetics a critical feature when refitting an historic property like the Deutsches Theater.

In Sweden, Stockholm s Vasamuseet also upgraded an old mechanical system to CLIQ . Staff used to carry heavy keychains with 10 or more keys. Now facility managers can amend the access rights of everyone s single CLIQ key at any time, even remotely. Previously, the biggest problem was lost keys, says Michael Andr sen, Operations and Security Officer at the State Maritime Museums, Sweden. Then the lock had to be replaced, which was expensive. With CLIQ , a lost key s access rights are simply removed, instantly, and it no longer opens any doors. With CLIQ , it s clear where our keys are. Making museums more cost-efficient CLIQ can be installed from scratch or retro-fitted to existing mechanical locks. Once CLIQ has been installed, administrators can immediately de-authorise a lost key or change a key s permissions, at any time and from anywhere.

Only genuine CLIQ keys with a valid software authorization will open a CLIQ lock, eliminating any potential risks from stolen or copied keys. Returns on security investment for museums are often measured in what doesn t happen. CLIQ , however, also has a positive impact on workflows, saving time and money. By eliminating the need for physical key handover, CLIQ removes delays caused by logistical bottlenecks. When facility needs change, site users simply update their key with programming devices or via an encrypted Bluetooth connection to their CLIQ Connect mobile phone app. It s enough to make an art thief scream. ASSA ABLOY sells and supports CLIQ technology under several locking brands, including IKON, ABLOY, Mul-T-Lock, ASSA, Vachette, FAB and KESO. About ASSA ABLOY ASSA ABLOY is the global leader in door opening solutions, dedicated to satisfying end-user needs for security, safety and convenience. Since its formation in 1994, ASSA ABLOY has grown from a regional company into an international group with about 47,000 employees, operations in more than 70 countries and sales close to SEK 71 billion.

In the fast-growing electromechanical security segment, the Group has a leading position in areas such as access control, identification technology, entrance automation and hotel security.

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Residential landlords still haven t learned Grenfell lessons especially in social housing, survey reveals

Fewer than one in four (23%) private landlords have been in touch with tenants to discuss fire safety measures since the Grenfell Tower fire and even fewer social landlords have done likewise. Three months on from the fire, which killed at least 80 people, only 10% of tenants in social housing say they have been contacted by the landlords about fire safety. That s one of the headline findings of a survey released to coincide with Fire Door Safety Week (25 September-1 October), and the results seem to demonstrate the need for such a campaign.

Some 39% of tenants polled said they had seen fire doors propped open and 21% had noticed damage to their building s fire doors. Forty percent of renters said there is no clear fire escape route displayed. Of the 18% that have reported a fire safety infringement or concern to their landlord, almost a quarter (24%) waited weeks for a response. It is astounding to learn that in the last three months so little has been done to address the concerns of tenants and residents. Hannah Mansell, spokesperson, Fire Door Safety Week A majority (55%) say they feel uninformed about what they should do in the event of a fire and about one in four (24%) feel more anxious about living in a rented apartment since the Grenfell Tower fire. This new research shows that landlords and building owners still have a long way to go meet their fire safety responsibilities, said Hannah Mansell, spokesperson for Fire Door Safety Week. It is astounding to learn that in the last three months so little has been done to address the concerns of tenants and residents. Misunderstood The role and importance of fire doors remains widely misunderstood, believes Mansell, who is also BWF technical manager, chair of the Passive Fire Protection Forum and a trustee of the Children s Burns Trust. Many people do not realise that the real job of a fire door is to hold back fire, smoke and toxic gases, delaying the spread around a building and keeping the vital means of escape route clear.

They only work properly if they are specified, manufactured, installed and maintained correctly and, of course, closed when a fire breaks out. This is especially important in high rise buildings, houses of multiple occupancy and other types of shared sleeping accommodation. Checking fire doors should be part of a regular fire-risk assessment. This should examine all aspects of fire safety management, including active and passive fire protection measures, signage, means of escape and the specific fire plan procedures. Mansell who has spoken to IFSEC Global more extensively about the fire safety landscape believes better education and greater transparency are essential to effect meaningful change. Crystal clarity There needs to be crystal clarity about the responsible person and a total transformation of attitude towards fire safety of tenants in rented accommodation. Our focus for Fire Door Safety Week in this pivotal year is to ensure all landlords and tenants have the knowledge and resources they need to stay safe. Dany Cotton, London Fire Commissioner, oversaw the fire and rescue service s response at Grenfell Tower. London Fire Brigade fully supports Fire Door Safety Week, she said.

This is an important campaign which drives home the potentially life-saving role that fire doors play in buildings, especially residential buildings such as tower blocks. It is extremely concerning that the lives of the public and our firefighters are still being put at risk by poorly maintained fire doors and people acting irresponsibly by removing self-closers or by keeping doors wedged open. We do what we can to advise the building owner, but it s time for the responsible person to really step up. Paul Fuller CBE, chief fire officer, Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service Good fire doors help stop fires from spreading. Fires that spread put more lives at risk and I would urge everyone to check that their fire doors are properly maintained and kept shut. Remember they don t just protect you, but everybody in the building. Paul Fuller CBE, chief fire officer of Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service and chairman of the Fire Sector Federation says: It is simple. Proper fire doors save lives, but only if they are correctly made and installed, and certainly not if they are wedged open or in disrepair. Too often our officers walk into a building and see fire doors in an appalling state.

We do what we can to advise and enforce the responsibilities of a building owner, but it is time for the responsible person to really step up. That s why we are supporting Fire Door Safety Week. There can be no excuse; all the resources you need to promote door safety are there on the website and free to download. Fire Door Safety Week is run by the BWF, the BWF-Certifire Scheme and the Fire Door Inspection Scheme in partnership with the Government s Fire Kills campaign. On 30 August the Government issued fresh advice for tenants and residents on steps to take if they have any concerns about fire safety in their building: In the first instance, contact the landlord or building owner with any concerns. If still concerned and not receiving reassurance, then contact the relevant local authority or local fire and rescue service for advice. IFSEC Global is proud to support Fire Door Safety Week, which runs from 25 September to 1 October. You can pledge your support for the campaign here, and by tweeting under the hashtag #FireDoorSafetyWeek and sharing or using the wealth of resources found in the campaign s toolkit which includes a downloadable Responsible Person poster. The site also includes advice aimed at fire and health and safety professionals.

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Sia Security Jobs – September 2017

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2 years Security experience, preferably Mobile Security Officer. Must have a current SIA License. We are currently recruiting for a Mobile Security Officer… We are a private Security company based in London, Our Company is looking for reliable and trustworthy operatives to represent us working around the central… Prior experience of working as a Security Officer in the Security Industry. PRIORITY WILL BE GIVEN TO THOSE APPLICANTS WHO HOLD A VALID FRONTLINE SIA LICENCE OR… SIA Door Supervisor Licence. We are now looking for a Security Officer to join our team in London. Offering pioneering security solutions across the globe,… Reporting to the Security Manager our Security Officers will ensure exemplary standards of security and customer services are provided to clients and visitors… SIA. Hold a valid SIA Door Supervisor Licence. Are you looking for Event Security work within the *Wembley*.

Good rates of pay and hours offered…. SIA. At Whyte Burton Security we don’t believe you are just a Security Guard, we believe in partnering with our team members…. SIA. We are currently seeking a full-time professional Corporate Security Officer starting immediately with 10.65 per hour…. Security, construction logistics and business services.*_. Ensure all relevant checks are carried out as requested by the Duty Security Manager…. Previous Distribution Security Experience. Maintaining the highest standards of security. The ideal candidate will have previous security experience, and… Sia. Retail & Static Security GuardNationwide Security Services Ltd – Birmingham B9. .THE POSTIONS AVAILABLE ARE DOOR SUPERVISORS- EVENT SECURITY – RETAIL &…SIA Door Supervisor Licence. A valid SIA card grade 2. A vital role has arisen to join our team and be an integral team member as Security Guard working…SIA.

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Job Title: Security Supervisor Location: Abingdon Salary: 32,000 per annum

Job Type: Full Time, Permanent Working Hours: 60 hours per week, Monday to Friday days, although some flexibility is required as operational circumstances dictate Our Client looking to recruit an experienced Security Supervisor to work at a premium business park in Abingdon. This is a very high profile and visible role and they are looking for individuals who are professional, well-mannered and able to manage both a team of Security Officers and the expectations of our client. About the role: This role will be responsible for supervising a team of security officers encompassing a day shift and a two-person night shift. In total, you will have five team members to manage. As Supervisor, you will be required to ensure that standards are maintained, that all processes and procedures are completed as per site instructions, complete daily checks and audits, including keys, equipment and computer use, manage and report on incidents, perform annual appraisals and deliver training, complete rosters and create a set of assignment instructions. You will act as a central communication point for security staff, your Account Manager and our Customer.

The ideal candidates should have:

  • Prior experience working within the security industry
  • Prior experience of working in a supervisory role
  • A valid frontline SIA licence (Security Guarding, Door Supervision or Close Protection)
  • A full UK driving licence
  • Unrestricted right to work on a full-time basis within the UK
  • Excellent IT skills
  • Be fluent in spoken and written English

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  • An employer contributed pension scheme, company sick pay scheme, personal accident cover and full uniform will be provided

Please note that due to the nature of the roles, all successful candidates will be required to be security screened in accordance with BS 7858 and as such will need to have a five-year checkable employment or educational history or able to provide evidence of any periods of unemployment. If you are interested in applying for this role then please submit an up to date CV, ensuring that it covers at least the last five years. Candidates with the experience or relevant job titles of; SIA Security Officer, SIA Security, SIA, Security Officer, Security Officer, Gatehouse Security Guard, Security Officer, Security, Security Enforcement Officer, SIA Licence, SIA Licenced Security Officer will also be considered for this role.

Bitcoin exchange seized over $4bn money laundering indictment, but regulations remain a minefield

Cryptocurrencies Six US law enforcement agencies, including the Secret Service, recently seized a bitcoin exchange, despite the fact it was registered in another country. Alexander Vinnik, alleged to be the operator of BTC-e, has been charged with 19 counts of illegal money transmission and money laundering. Vinnik and the bitcoin trading platform stand accused of laundering more than $4bn worth of illicit funds since 2011.

The value of bitcoin reached record highs recently, breaking through the $4,500 barrier. The world s most widely used cryptocurrency, which is transacted between parties without an intermediary such as a bank, is used widely in cybercrime. In the wake of several high profile ransomware attacks, many businesses in the UK have preemptively purchased Bitcoin in case they need to pay a ransom to unlock time-sensitive files. A leading cybersecurity executive believes improving regulation of the cryptocurrency won t be easy, but directed wisely, could be very effective in undermining bitcoin s value to criminals. Recent raids of by US law enforcement agencies against the companies involved in bitcoin mining and exchange business, probably exposed a lot of inconvenient truths about the dark side of unregulated cryptocurrencies, said Ilia Kolochenko, CEO of cybersecurity firm High-Tech Bridge. We should expect more attempts to regulate bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. However, few of them will likely be successful due to technical infeasibility. Nonetheless, the administrative burden and costs, and severe penal sanctions for non-compliance can play a major role and preclude cybercriminals from using bitcoin in total impunity. It s similar to gold: if you cannot sell it for cash, or other tangible and untraceable goods, it becomes useless.

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BT Redcare and Cougar Monitoring announce midlands roadshow aimed at fire and security installers

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It s tried, tested and the majority of its products are third-party certified. Having met with the new BT Redcare management team recently it s clear that they have a renewed focus and intention to work closer with us and installers. We re delighted to join them to reinforce that message to our installers. John Ware, general manager of BT Redcare, said: I met personally with the senior leaders of Cougar Monitoring recently and it s clear that they, like us, are looking to the future and to expanding their operation. And we re perfectly placed to help them do this. The combination of our expertise in the market and their reach to installers means attendees to the roadshow will get the best advice, value and support from both companies. BT Redcare, which is one of the biggest players in the alarm signalling market, recently revamped its website and pledged to work closer with ARCs and installers to help grow their businesses. Cougar, which was established in 1996, is approved by the Security Industry Authority as an approved contractor for keyholding, security guarding and public space CCTV and has received the NSI s Gold Standard EMS & Health and Safety accreditations. More details on the roadshow will be issued soon but installers can register their interest straightaway.

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Security Guards UK provide a 24 hour key holding services. We can deploy a member of our mobile response team to attend to alarm activations 24/7.

We provide our key holding services at a National Level. We endeavour to provide a “Rapid Response” key holding service. Clients’ keys are coded, security sealed and secured within our Control Centre Safes. They are only issued out to our response team for alarm activations.

Our Security Officers attend site, assess the situation and patrol the site, report all incidents and fill out all relevant paperwork. Our Security Supervisors monitor all incidents and relay all information to our dedicated 24 hour control room. We can arrange a FREE consultation with one of our experienced security solution Consultants and draft up a fully managed, integrated service.

Initial client meetings help to establish exact requirements and then a service level agreement is constructed which details specifics of the operation.

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