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Key Holding | IQ Fire & Security

IQ Fire & Security Keyholding provides a professional Keyholding and Alarm Response service, giving our clients the peace of mind that their home and business properties are safe wherever they may be. As well as responding to emergency alarm activations, our experienced Key Guards can visit the property on request and stay on site for as long as necessary.

Locked out? IQ can access you to your property and even arrange replacement locks or cylinders to be fitted should they be required. Our services include (but are not limited to) response to:

  • Burglar Alarm and Fire Alarm activations
  • Gas leaks, floods, electricity problems
  • Security Presence
  • Locked out, Keys Lost, Forgotten or Stolen
  • Pet feeding/plant watering while you re away
  • Key duplication

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With IQ Keyholding complete peace of mind is surprisingly affordable. Professional keyholding services are often seen as an optional luxury with a price tag to match. Our philosophy is the exact opposite!

Our clients agree that our services are an invaluable necessity for everyday living but come at everyday prices. As an added bonus, we offer discounts for multiple sites and a variety of price packages to suit your required level of cover. Contact us for more information about our price packages and how we can help secure your business or residential property.

BSIA endorses guide on prevention of false hold-up alarms

The British Security Industry Association (BSIA) has contributed to a new guide published to help installers of hold-up alarms (HUAs) to reduce the number of false alarms. The document, created by the National Police Chiefs Council Security Systems Group, discusses the impact that false alarms can have on police resources before offering recommendations on how installers can help to reduce these incidents. Recommendations include taking HUAs out of service before work starts and remembering to return them to full service once work has been completed.

Others including reminding users of the proper use of HUAs as advised by the police. The guide reiterates such alarms are for use during an attack or threat of an attack involving people and staff at premises protected by this type of alarm. These, and other, simple steps can cut the number of false alarms, reducing the impact on the police whilst maintaining the reputation of alarm receiving centres and installers. David Wilkinson, the BSIA s director of technical services, said: Preventing false hold-up alarm activations will help to ensure that hold-up alarms remain an effective method to deliver a rapid police response and maintain users confidence in security systems. 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. Click here to download now Related Topics Free cybersecurity seminar will focus on physical security systems and star ethical hackers Mike Tennent of Tavcom Training wins posthumous industry contribution award all winners revealed Want to export outside the UK in the defence and security markets?

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Online security threats you need to protect your business from

Cyber criminals are continually coming up with newer more sophisticated ways of attacking businesses, which can make it hard to stay protected from the latest threats. The role of the web in running a business is also increasing, giving criminals more potential targets. According to 2017 s Cyber Security Breaches survey, 85% of businesses now have websites, 59% have social media pages and 61% hold personal customer data electronically.

The survey found that nearly half of all UK businesses were hit by a cyber attack in the past year. The consequences of such attacks ranged from websites being taken down and software being corrupted, to loss of access to third party systems the businesses relied on. The data held by retailers is making them a prime target for hackers and the number reporting data breaches has doubled in the past year. While there are numerous types of online attacks, the following are some of the most common ones your business needs to be protected from. Fraudulent emails are the most common type of attack experienced by businesses in the UK Ransomware The cyber attack on the NHS in May brought ransomware to the attention of many people, who may previously never have heard of it. Such attacks either completely lock users out of their computers, or encrypt their information, and demand payment in order to restore access. For the attackers to gain access to your system, someone usually needs to download an infected attachment, or click on a link. How to protect yourself To begin with, employees need to be taught to be wary about emails from senders they don t recognise. It s impossible to guarantee you ll never fall victim to such an attack, so you also need to back up your data.

This means you won t have to experience significant downtime, which can affect your business operations. Phishing Phishing attacks send out emails designed to trick the sender into revealing sensitive information, such as passwords or personal details. Criminals then use these details for further crimes, like identity theft. Fraudulent emails are the most common type of attack experienced by businesses in the UK. How to protect yourself Employees need to be educated about the risk of sharing sensitive information online. Rather than calling the phone number given in such emails, or clicking the web address, it is best to find out such information yourself to ensure it is legitimate. CEO fraud/whaling Unlike other attacks which target users en masse, whaling or CEO fraud is designed to hit specific companies. The attackers spend time researching their victim and gathering information they can easily find online. Employees also need to learn to look out for telltale signs an email may not be genuine, such as a slight alteration in the format of the email address They use the information to impersonate senior executives at companies and send out emails in their name.

They ll then ask for large sums of money, or sensitive information. How to protect yourself Intelligent email security can be used to check if emails are from a genuine source. Employees also need to learn to look out for telltale signs an email may not be genuine, such as a slight alteration in the format of the email address. Hackers sometimes simply add an extra symbol or letter to the real email address. Sensitive requests should also be verified via another channel before they are authorised. Simply calling the email s sender to confirm the request is enough to identify such attacks and prevent huge losses to your business. Malware Malware is an umbrella term for several types of attacks including viruses, worms and trojans. Viruses can be sent via emails, or automatically downloaded when you visit an unsecure website. They replicate themselves and spread through computer networks where they cause damage to files, or even allow criminals to access your computer.

You may not know you ve been infected with a worm or virus until your computer begins to slow down or programs start to crash repeatedly Worms exploit security vulnerabilities in operating systems and can give attackers the ability to remotely control your computer. They can do this to several computers, which they then use to create a network to carry out further attacks like distributed denial-of-service attacks. DDOS attacks are used to overwhelm websites and cause them to crash. You may not know you ve been infected with a worm or virus until your computer begins to slow down or programs start to crash repeatedly. You can also be unwittingly infected by trojans which infect your computer by getting you to download software which appears to be legitimate. How to protect yourself Installing security updates and patches to operating systems and software is crucial to remaining protected from such attacks. Firewalls and anti-virus software can also be used to prevent criminals from infecting your computer. If you re unsure about a website, look for the HTTPS letters at the start of the URL, which indicates it meets certain security standards. It s best to have several layers of cybersecurity, which use a number of methods to protect your business Password attacks Guessing passwords is another incredibly common way attackers can gain access to your business.

Password cracking software can be used to go through all the words in the dictionary and any common combinations. It can run through thousands of combinations in seconds, which means even if you only disclose partial information you ll make their job easier. How to protect yourself Strong passwords need to make use of a combination of letters, numbers and symbols, which don t make up a word, or use an obvious date like a birthday. A good way to set a strong password you ll remember is to use the first letter of each word in a phrase. Always change the default password you get for any system and limit the number of unsuccessful login attempts someone can make. Security essentials Antiviral software, firewalls and backing up data are just some of the fundamental security measures you need in place. It s best to have several layers of cybersecurity, which use a number of methods to protect your business. In many cases, humans are the weakest link, so you can achieve a lot by training staff in cybersecurity. The Cyber Essentials scheme addresses the most common online threats, which use widely available tools and require little skill.

The government-endorsed scheme focuses on ways to protect yourself from hacking, phishing and password guessing and is a good way to ensure you have the essential security controls in place. 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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Milestone Q&A: R&D, cybersecurity and collaboration with tech partners are our top priorities

Milestone has long banged the open platform drum and the physical security industry is now following its lead. But collaboration with other vendors is about more than just creating new integrations and affording end users more flexibility, says Neil Killick, who joined the award-winning VMS software specialist in February 2017 as country manager for UK and Ireland. Killick, formerly of Honeywell Security Group, says that strengthening cybersecurity also demands cooperation between technology partners and across the supply chain.

IFSEC Global: You recently won an award for being the number one provider of VMS solutions for the ninth year in a row. Why do you think you ve had this gong sewn up for so long? Neil Killick: As a new person looking in, I think it s the fact we are so diverse in who we work with. We re an enabler in many areas. It s not just video surveillance. As the market grows in terms of integrations with different products, different manufacturers, Milestone becomes in my mind even more important because we have the device that links it all together. Also consider that we are investing more in R&D than ever before. And a lot of that is integration work and we don t turn anyone away. IG: Milestone has long championed open platforms, which are now becoming the dominant medium NK: Pretty much.

We ve had that constant, persistent message. And we talk a lot about our community. We re trying to engage our partners more than we perhaps have in the past. You ll see that over the next 18 months to two years: a community approach, much like you see with Apple, where we re getting input from others. Agility is so key in software. Other manufacturers are trying to get into software but they can t work at the same speed IG: How big a priority is cybersecurity for Milestone? NK: We re open platform, which on the face of it could cause an issue in that department. Our greatest expenditures at the moment are in cybersecurity and energy saving. That s the message we give in every conversation we have, every presentation, particularly with end users who have grave concerns over cyber.

We re doing three releases a year with updates on cybersecurity. I think we re quite open to talking to third parties who are there to try and integrate with us. I don t always see that with other manufacturers. We re saying: let s work together to make it even safer. IG: What has your message been at IFSEC? NK: Again our message is around strengthening our position, our brand in the UK. I ve come on board to increase our footprint both in the UK and Ireland, especially in the south of the UK. Before we had someone looking after the south of the country; now we have someone sat just outside London, someone sat in the southwest. We ve doubled our headcount, more or less, in six or seven months.

But that s not just to cater to your typical integrator; it s the whole value chain end user, integrator, distributor The wider scope is beyond security. Who else can we work with? And it s not just about video surveillance. We do get inundated with different technologies, different manufacturers, sometimes in the same space, because they see us as a gateway. Certainly in areas like the UK, where perhaps these guys wouldn t have feet on the street , if you like, or local support, they see Milestone as a way into the market. IG: Why did you leave Honeywell to join Milestone? NK: Because of all the things they re talking about now. Because it s an aggressive, agile business. Agility is so key in software.

Other manufacturers are trying to get into software but they can t work at the same speed. That s the number one reason I m here. The second is the opportunity in the UK. What was your most recent software launch? NK: We had our ER2 launch, which was basically a software update. But what we ve done now is include two new software products in one package, which we call plus products , which are targeting the mid to low end sector. VMS can be viewed as very technical and it can be if you want it to be. But certainly Milestone can work in all areas, from small to big enterprises in all verticals with all end users. These two key products launched June 8 th .

We expect a big interest in it. We ve already seen incremental revenue within a week of it being launched. Again, with that launch the messaging is around putting a lot of investment into cyber and energy saving products. A lot of companies have carbon footprint responsibilities we can help them reduce that. That s becoming a bigger message with the big end users we re going after. If they don t comply they get severely financially penalised. IG: In what ways can you help reduce a business s carbon footprint? NK: It s really about storage space. The more storage space you have, the higher the carbon footprint.

Because of our software capability, we allow you to get more out of the system. So you pay less for storage and there s less power consumption. We ve done quite a few tests, comparing what they would have paid before updates and what they pay now in terms of storage space.

They re saving tens of thousands. 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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University campuses: How to strike the right balance between a relaxed atmosphere and efficient security

Security at universities is not as publicised as security at banks and casinos, which are so often attacked in Hollywood films, but the challenges it raises are also considerably complex. Security mechanisms at educational institutions, where the future of the country is formed, are of vital importance. International recognition of the quality of our universities has gone much further than the old Oxford Cambridge rivalry, and dozens of institutions appear in rankings of the best universities in the world year after year.

Currently, more than half of students at the prestigious Imperial College London come from abroad, which demonstrates its international recognition. Training the most qualified professionals in the world is a task for the classroom, but universities consist of many other areas within these education buildings such as halls of accommodation and outdoor spaces. Security cannot be overlooked in any of these places because there are diverse physical and psychological threats, including thefts, muggings, vandalism and assaults on students and members of staff. A recent survey of roughly 2,000 people on university campuses in the United Kingdom showed that 64% of students say they leave valuables like wallets and electronic devices out of sight. Almost half (48%) of those who stay at halls of residence admitted that they do not lock the main door to the building before going to sleep, even if they arrive back late. A little caution and responsibility would not do these students any harm, but enhancing security at universities is, of course, not their job. The only moments of tension experienced by students during their academic life should be due to demanding exams or tight work deadlines, not incidents caused by lack of security. Counterbalancing the relaxed lifestyle on university campuses, which no-one wants to see change, is up to security mechanisms and systems like AGORA. Intelligent workflow that streamlines solutions To overcome universities security challenges, AGORA software includes solutions that can be adjusted to the different areas found on a campus, whether they are classrooms, laboratories, libraries, dining areas, sports facilities, halls of residents or others.

The software s multifunctionality is the result of a series of procedures that are defined to meet user needs. This makes day-to-day life in control rooms less hectic, precisely as a result of implementing those procedures. Whenever the security system warns of an event, AGORA shows the operator the most efficient procedure to follow, thanks to it s intelligent workflow. An essential tool for dealing with exceptions to the everyday routine, such as delivering keys or cleaning services, is provided by AGORA s on-demand alarms. These alarms establish procedures to streamline the resolution of situations that, although common in everyday life at universities, pose problems for inflexible security systems. More and more universities throughout the United Kingdom request a service to escort people. AGORA also provides that service, which is so important for people leaving the university late, at times when there are few people present, which is the case for post-graduate students and members of staff. As soon as an emergency is identified, the system shows the operator how to respond. If the procedure to follow involves calling law enforcement, the relevant contact details are displayed immediately.

Response times to events are therefore reduced. In short, AGORA Intelligent Workflow enables more effective, quicker and less costly security compared to increasing the number of night guards patrolling the campus every night. As well as keeping students and staff safer, operators also appreciate AGORA solutions, particularly the automatic, digital activity reports it generates, which frees them from having to spend a large amount of time recording data in Excel tables. Centralising information, managing based on collected data AGORA does not live by procedures alone, it also stands out by automatically selecting the most suitable camera for evaluating a certain event, however far away it s happening. If operators receive better information, it is possible to drastically reduce the number of false alarms, a situation that causes disturbances as well as unnecessary costs. With ubiquitous control from a central point, there is no need for multiple control centres spread around the campus. All the data collected by cameras and sensors is channelled into the same place, which is also, of course, good news for university budgets. The data collected by the system also makes it possible to improve operations by using Business Intelligence tools. AGORA provides security directors at universities with activity reports, which are essential to achieving the best possible management of resources, in terms of distributing security staff and security equipment such as cameras and sensors.

Analysing this data can be particularly important when, for example, students leave to give way to other kinds of visitors at the dozens of halls of residence that become tourist accommodation in the summer. It is clear that there are many reasons for AGORA to be offered a place at universities in the UK. Resources are optimised, costs that weigh on budgets are reduced and, most importantly of all, the balance between efficient security and the relaxed atmosphere usually enjoyed on university campuses remains. AGORA Systems is exhibiting at IFSEC International between 20-22 June 2017 at London ExCeL. You can find them on stand D400. Get your free badge now. Visit Europe s leading security event in June 2017 Visit IFSEC International for exclusive access to every security product on the market, live product demonstrations and networking with thousands of security professionals. From access control and video surveillance to smart buildings, cyber, border control and so much more. It is the perfect way to keep up to date, protect your business and enhance your career in the security industry.

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In what scenarios are thermal surveillance cameras the best choice?

Axis Communications speaks to Securitas

Low-light surveillance When is a thermal camera the best choice for a low-light surveillance scenario? This was the theme of an interview conducted with Jonas Bergstr m, business development manager at Securitas, by Axis Communications, which is a major partner of the manned guarding giant. Securitas regularly installs thermal cameras from Axis.

Axis Communications: What is the single greatest advantage of thermal cameras compared to optical cameras? Jonas Bergstr m: The absolute greatest advantage for us is that thermal cameras result in significantly fewer false alarms. This means our operators in the security operation center do not need to evaluate as many incoming alarm calls and therefore become significantly more time-efficient. For what installation scenarios are the thermal camera models most suited? JB: We primarily use thermal cameras in perimeter protection installations. An intelligent video application is integrated into the cameras and forms a virtual fence. If anybody or anything crosses this virtual line then an alarm call is sent to our security operation center (SOC). What have thermal cameras contributed in terms of savings for Securitas with the reduced number of alarm calls? JB: Securitas always aims to minimise the number of false alarms.

A minimum number of false alarms means that the operators can be more efficient when authentic alarm calls come in. In extreme cases, too many false alarms can affect an operator s attention and ability to identify authentic alarm calls. We estimate that the ratio of false alarms generated by intelligent video analysis in a thermal camera in relation to an optical camera is approximately 1 in 10. By keeping down the number of alarm calls per camera, each operator can handle more alarm events within a certain time frame. The result is major savings. embedded content Do you have an example of an installation where thermal cameras have been of great benefit and resulted in different types of savings for both the end customer and yourselves? JB: For a very large number of our customers, the implementation of thermal cameras, with intelligent video analysis connected to our security operation center (SOC), has resulted in major savings. The result has been reduced vandalism, interrupted and halted burglary attempts, reduced number of emergency call-outs from security guards and reduced use of operator time. AC: Why have you chosen to only use thermal cameras for perimeter monitoring?

JB: The number of alarm calls generated is significantly lower than when using optical cameras. Thermal cameras do not need extra lighting to be installed. Thermal cameras are not as sensitive to different weather conditions, such as snow, rain, fog, etc. We can cover a larger area with a smaller number of cameras. With thermal cameras we can detect movement in areas of vegetation. In this environment we would have greater difficulty in creating enough contrast in the image to generate an alarm. AC: At what distance from the camera can you detect people with a high degree of certainty? JB: It all depends on the camera model used, with regard to the focal length of the lens. At up to 200 meters, it is normally no problem to detect and generate an alarm for people or objects moving in the image.

AC: Based on your experience, are there any weather conditions that are particularly tough for thermal cameras? JB: Dense fog, very heavy snowfall and certain reflections from puddles of water may cause problems, even for a thermal camera. Our experience is that thermal cameras work considerably better than optical cameras in unfavorable weather conditions. AC: Are there any other conditions that make things difficult for thermal cameras? JB: Yes, vibration caused by an unstable mounting surface or a wind-sensitive mast is always a problem when working with alarms triggered based on intelligent video analysis. This primarily applies to long distances, because here even small vibration has a significant effect on the camera. However, Axis thermal cameras have built-in electronic image stabilisation (EIS) that helps in these conditions. You may also encounter problems even when the surroundings or backgrounds are the same temperature as an object in the image. This happens because a thermal camera cannot distinguish an object from its surroundings.

Exactly as with optical cameras, its surrounding environment affects the thermal camera. In general, the point is that a thermal camera is less affected by external factors than an optical camera. Check out the latest thermal cameras and other surveillance solutions from Axis Communications at IFSEC International, 20-22 June 2017, London ExCeL. You can find Axis on stand E1000. Get your free badge now. Visit Europe s leading security event in June 2017 Visit IFSEC International for exclusive access to every security product on the market, live product demonstrations and networking with thousands of security professionals. From access control and video surveillance to smart buildings, cyber, border control and so much more.

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