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Equifax will be first of many victims of Apache Struts vulnerability, says cyber specialist

PATCHING PROBLEMS Equifax is probably just the first known victim of a software vulnerability that could take years to remedy, a top cyber expert has warned. Credit monitoring company Equifax recently revealed that hackers gained access to names, social security numbers, dates of birth, addresses and driver s license numbers of 143 million Americans between mid-May and July of this year. Credit card numbers for about 209,000 US consumers were also accessed.

Traced to a vulnerability in a web app framework called Apache Struts CVE-2017-5638, the Equifax breach is the biggest-ever theft of social security numbers, eclipsing the 2015 hack at health insurer Anthem Inc that exposed the personal data of 80 million people. While it isn t the biggest data breach in history Yahoo claims that mantle it could be the most damaging, because the data stolen is routinely used to verify people s identity by banks and other institutions. A patch for Apache Struts, a commonly used open source component used by companies to absorb and process data, was apparently available at the time of the breach. We should expect a long tail of incidents and breaches in the months and potentially years to come. Jeff Luszcz, vice president, product management, Flexera Unpatched systems According to Flexera Vulnerability Review 2017, patches were available at the time of disclosure for 81% of the vulnerabilities in 2016. The WannaCry attacks in May also exploited unpatched systems, which hackers can do faster than organisations can patch them up. Equifax is probably just the first known victim, said Jeff Luszcz, vice president of product management at Flexera, which provides tracking for open source components, vulnerability intelligence and tools to simplify remediation. Once a case like this hits the news, it ignites the fire in the cybercrime community and hackers start poking around for new opportunities. We should expect a long tail of incidents and breaches in the months and potentially years to come, as we still see attacks targeting Heartbleed, a vulnerability more than three years old.

Offering tips on how organisations can protect themselves, Kasper Lindgaard, senior director of secunia research at Flexera, said: Patching this type of vulnerability is certainly not as simple as patching a desktop application. When it comes to vulnerabilities affecting the software supply chain, it s important to align software design and engineering, operational and security requirements. This isn t an easy task. However, the time frames of initial disclosure of the vulnerability and its patch on March 7 up to two months before the first reported unauthorised access at Equifax, and the further delay of the actual detection of the breach on July 29 currently indicates that the vulnerability was not handled with the priority that it should have. This is a common issue across industries that business leaders need to address rather sooner than later. Free Download: the CyberSecurity Crashcourse Are you even aware if you have been the victim of a cybersecurity breach? This report will help you to find out and protect yourself, Eric Hansleman from 451 Research presents a rapid-fire overview of cybersecurity , because a firewall just won t do, you need multi-layered defences to truly protect your data.

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Shocking levels of neglect and complacency among responsible persons reported by fire installers

More than a third of installers report that up to 80% of sites they visit don t comply with fire safety regulations, research from Hochiki Europe has revealed. Based on feedback from installers across Europe, the survey also found that more than 60% of respondents attended sites at least once a month where the responsible person for fire safety was unknown. Almost a third (32%) regularly encountered buildings with poorly positioned or outdated life safety equipment.

Asked about systems maintenance, 70% of installers got the impression their customers generally saw the upkeep of life safety systems as merely a tick-box exercise , with just 11% believing they recognised it as a potentially property- and life-saving process. Two in five (40%) installers say their customers are not even aware of their legal obligations regarding system maintenance. On average, 55% of fire detection logbooks and 64% of emergency lighting logbooks were not up to date, despite these being legal requirements. Top 5 maintenance and emergency lighting issues Asked what the most commonly encountered fire safety maintenance issues were, installers most frequently cited the following: Change of building/room use without correctly altering the fire system (50%) Inadequate logbook records (43%) Original installer didn t install the best system for the environment (40%) Detectors need cleaning (32%) Detectors need replacing (26%) The top five emergency lighting maintenance issues, meanwhile, were: Broken/faulty lamps (44%) Inadequate logbook records (42%) Inadequate emergency lighting signage (39%) Batteries not charged in emergency lighting units (35%) Inadequate lux levels (25%) Having a correctly designed safety system installed by a qualified engineer in a building is vital when it comes to protecting lives, said Tracy Kirk, general manager of sales and marketing for Hochiki Europe. This being said, a fire detection device or emergency lighting unit can only safeguard occupant safety if it is in working order. This year s installer study has resulted in some stark findings for the industry and sheds light on serious gaps in terms of our customers attitudes towards life safety in Europe. It s clear that there needs to be an increased focus on educating duty holders throughout our built environment on how important it is to look after life safety systems. Those with the responsibility of system upkeep should also ensure they are up to speed with the latest legislation and regulations to keep building occupants safe. Hochiki Europe offers training courses and technical information to support building owners and facilities managers in understanding their legal obligations and how to protect assets and building occupants.

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How 360 cameras are a hit in casinos and why Oncam is relishing its Milestone partnership

Oncam is a leader in 360-degree network cameras and recently launched a 360-degree dewarping preview tool and a visualisation tool to give users a way of virtually sampling its signature innovations. To find out more about the company s latest products and strategy for growth, we spoke to Simon Reed, regional sales director for EMEA at Oncam. IFSEC Global: Hi, Simon.

So how did IFSEC 2017 go? Simon Reed: It was a super busy show for us. We were, for the first time, exhibiting in the main hall, as one of the partners featured on the Milestone Systems stand. Over the course of three days we did 70 presentations to individual companies, so we felt we had a really good response from the people coming to the booth and hearing about our technology and vertical market offerings. An Oncam 360-degree camera can cover an entire gaming table up close or several gaming tables while still maintaining picture quality and retention rates While retail is one of our strongest vertical applications, we have made significant strides within the casino and gaming industry, as well as hospitality, transportation and manufacturing. So overall, the show was good for us as a brand and a team. IG: Interesting that you have a strong present in gaming and manufacturing; they must have quite specific requirements? SR: Yes, they typically do and this applies to the global market. There are stringent regulations in place that have to be met when implementing security technology, such as video surveillance cameras, and the 360-degree camera we produce does lend itself well to the environment.

An Oncam 360-degree camera can cover an entire gaming table up close or several gaming tables in an area while still maintaining picture quality and retention rates. Within a manufacturing environment, larger areas can be monitored with fewer cameras which isn t the same with fixed and pan-tilt-zoom cameras that only cover specific focused areas. Additionally, the day-to-day mechanisms in use within the plant can be seen using the advanced picture quality found in Oncam cameras, so security managers can be made aware if people are putting foreign objects into food being processed, for example; so the development of this camera has been a big win for us in these applications. embedded content IG: Did you launch any new products at the show? SR: While we didn t launch new products, we did demonstrate a rewritten version of our software development kit (SDK) as it works with products from Milestone Systems. As they released their upgraded version of their product line, we delivered our updated SDK, ensuring that our products integrate seamlessly with one another for customers. As a result, we re able to speak with Milestone customers about our technology, and they are able to recommend panoramic cameras like ours to their customers. Over the last year, we introduced our new Evolution Stainless Steel camera in both 5MP and 12MP solutions, which has opened up a world of possibility within the pharmaceuticals, food processing, industrial/chemical plants, ports and marine industries. It was specifically designed to meet the needs of customers operating in more extreme environments, with special attention to ensuring the casing is resistant to corrosion from power washing and extreme heat/cold.

NSF International recently certified the camera in the United States with the NSF mark for food service, and it s the first video surveillance camera to have such a distinction. It also boasts IP69K/IK10 ratings, which make the enclosure resistant to high-pressure water jets, dust and vandalism. It s a very unique offering with multiple uses across applications. IG: What s the company s strategy? Where are the most auspicious areas for growth? SR: As we continue to grow and add more technology to our portfolio, there are several vertical market applications that are natural fits for our technology. We have a strong client base in retail, and anticipate adding to that in the coming years, while adding significant presence in the hospitality sector, such as on cruise ships and hotels/resorts. These facilities with their wide-open expanses are ideal for the 360-degree technology we offer. We will also continue to grow within the casinos and gaming market.

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The government has ordered councils to review and upgrade fire safety in social housing across England and Wales. After decades of neglect, however, the bill for remedying myriad shortcomings is astronomical and many councils are nearly technically insolvent. The public inquiry into the Grenfell Tower fire opens today.

It s the start of a very long process, with the interim report due to be published in Easter. The inquiry s remit encompasses the cause and spread of the fire, high-rise regulations, and the actions of the local authority, Kensington and Chelsea Council. Residents and victims will watch retired judge Sir Martin Moore-Bick give a 45-minute statement. The fire, which killed at least 80 people in June, has pushed the fire safety debate beyond the fire-safety sector and into the national media. Long frustrated with being stonewalled by government, suddenly leading figures in the industry were thrust in front of TV cameras. The debate focused on cladding initially but has widened to almost every aspect of fire safety. So horrendous was the Grenfell tragedy that people are finally taking fire safety seriously in a way that never happened after Lakanal. That central and local government are finally taking the issue seriously is no cause to celebrate it shouldn t have taken such loss of life to jolt people into action. And where there s a will there isn t always a way where money is involved as our infographic below shows.

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