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Bill Matthews appointed acting chairman at the SIA

Bill Matthews appointed acting chairman at the SIA Lord Taylor of Holbeach has announced that Bill Matthews is now the acting chairman of the Security Industry Authority. Matthews succeeds Baroness Ruth Henig, whose term of appointment came to an end yesterday (after two full terms in office), with the decision on the Baroness’ replacement having been made following a formal recruitment campaign. The appointment is for one year, and Matthews’ main responsibility will be leading the Security Industry Authority (SIA) through the transition to a business licensing regime.

Bill Matthews began his career as an engineer with Motorola, leading to a 15-year career in operations, marketing and senior management roles. Following a subsequent period in the SME sector, he developed a portfolio of non-executive roles in the public and private sectors. Matthews has worked in criminal justice and law enforcement since 2004, including roles as a member of the Management Board of the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service and the Scottish Police Services Authority.

He became the Scottish Board Member of the Security Industry Authority in 2008 and has worked closely with Scottish Government on the successful implementation of regulation. Matthews holds degrees in engineering, psychology and business administration and is a member of both the BBC Trust and the British Transport Police Authority. Speaking about the new appointment, Home Office minister Lord Taylor said: “I’m pleased to announce the appointment of Bill Matthews as acting chairman of the SIA.

I’m sure that he will bring his energy and experience to this vital and challenging role as the SIA moves towards a new regime based on the regulation of businesses.

The Home Office will begin the recruitment process for a permanent chairman in due course.

RIM attracts 15,000 apps for BlackBerry 10 in two days | Fire and …

It s starting to look like the BlackBerry store will be well stocked with apps when Research In Motion launches BlackBerry 10 at the end of this month.

The company held an event over the weekend where it offered app developers incentives to port their programs to the BlackBerry 10 platform and managed to attract 15,000 app submissions.

Well there you have it.

37.5 hours in, we hit 15,000 apps for this portathon. Feel like I ve run a marathon. Thanks to all the devs!

wrote Alec Saunders, vice president of developer relations at RIM, in a Twitter message.

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The port-a-thon event was held in two parts.

One was aimed at Android developers and the other at apps written in other platforms, including Appcelerator, Maramalade, Sencha, jQuery, PhoneGap and Qt.

RIM was offering US$100 for each app ported and subsequently approved for sale in the BlackBerry 10 app store, up to certain limits. Developers could also win BlackBerry 10 development handsets and a trip to RIM s BlackBerry Jam Europe developer event.

(Watch a preview of the BlackBerry 10 operating system in this YouTube video.)

Research In Motion is due to launch the BlackBerry 10 OS and unveil the first handsets to support the platform at a news conference in New York on Jan.

30.

Martyn Williams covers mobile telecoms, Silicon Valley and general technology breaking news for The IDG News Service. Follow Martyn on Twitter at @martyn_williams1.

Martyn s e-mail address is [email protected]

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Close Protection PSD Jobs: Regional Security Director

Position: Regional Security DirectorCompany: Levi StraussLocation: Singapore

Position Summary: The APD Regional Security Director is an integral part of LS&Co s worldwide security and brand protection teams. The Director maintains security across all regional business units, and helps executes LS&Co s global anti-counterfeiting strategies in Asia Pacific. The APD Regional Security Director s primary focus is to respond to, and reduce, corporate security risks in Asia Pacific.

The Director serves as the principal contact in Asia Pacific for security analysis, travel safety, executive personnel protection, and a broad range of investigative matters, including diversion and counterfeit investigations. The APD Regional Security Director provides leadership to all security professionals, contract consultants, security and brand protection coordinators that are employed by the company in Asia Pacific. The APD Regional Security Director will report directly to the VP of Worldwide Security, and work in close coordination with the Chief Counsel Intellectual Property and Global Anti-Counterfeiting Director on brand protection matters. This position is based at our Asia Pacific Head Office in Singapore.

Responsibilities: –Develop security procedures and programs to prevent, detect, and react to known or suspected cases of criminal activity or unethical business conduct violating the Company s Worldwide Code of Business Conduct. –Manage or conduct complex and sensitive investigations regarding employee impropriety, criminal activity impacting the company, ethical allegations, violations of corporate policy and non-financial due diligence. –Oversee office site security operations to ensure to ensure protection of executives, managers and employees, physical assets and proprietary information, while ensuring optimal use of personnel, equipment and budget. –Research and deploy state-of-the-art technology solutions and innovative security management techniques to safeguard company assets in compliance with Worldwide Security guidelines. –Lead the continuous risk assessment of threats against personnel and assets, identifying areas of vulnerability (including personnel, property and operations, proprietary information and reputation) to include strategies for mitigating the potential impact of an emergency incident. –Develop and conduct security awareness training programs for employees. –Participate and manage security function emergency incident response exercise and events, and lead the APD Emergency Operating Committee. –In partnership with Business Continuity, further develop and implement disaster recovery and contingency plans necessary to ensure the adequacy of the security related components as part of the region s Emergency Operating programs. –Manage an executive and expatriate family protection program for the region. –Develop and maintain working relationships with law enforcement and intelligence agencies, government regulatory agencies, and private industry security counterparts. –Development and reporting of metrics and measurements on the effectiveness of the regional security program. –Propose anti-counterfeiting and anti-diversion actions, including investigations, raids, seizures, and press/media releases, for review by the Global Anti-Counterfeiting Director. –Train and manage local country brand protection coordinators on product authentication, enforcement training, investigations, raid, seizure, and reporting procedures. –Collaborate with local Customs officials to seize imports/exports of counterfeit LS&Co products. –Organize and provide anti-counterfeiting training sessions for Customs, judicial, and enforcement officials across Asia. –Partner with LS&Co s Global Supply Organization to minimize risk of product and sundry leakage in supply chain. –Establish relationships with local anti-counterfeiting coalitions, brand owner organizations, and government agencies. –Initiate and ensure that diversion and counterfeit investigations are carried out in compliance with highest professional and ethical standards and local laws. –Execute approved raids with local investigators, outside counsel and government officials. –Liaise with outside counsel on civil and criminal counterfeit actions. –Ensure accurate records of APD anti-counterfeiting actions are maintained in internal Legal Department databases. –Review and approve vendor invoices in Legal Department s Serengeti e-billing system. Requirements: Bachelor s Degree or equivalent qualification; at least 12-15 years of combined experience with a major law enforcement, intelligence, public service or private sector corporate security organization; must have demonstrated multi-country security experience; Fluency in English, Asian language a plus. To Apply: Please send your resume with contact details to: [email protected]1

All details received will be treated confidential and used only for recruitment purposes

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Mavericks' Dirk Nowitzki has stand-off with security guard during …

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By Ben Golliver1

Dirk Nowitzki has been down in the dumps a bit lately, wondering aloud2 whether the Mavericks will be players in free agency, prompting owner Mark Cuban to publicly assure his franchise forward3 that he wouldn t be traded.

So it s good to see Nowitzki back to his jovial self in this hilarious video from Dallas 117-112 overtime victory over Sacramento on Thursday.

With the Mavericks leading 100-98 with less than a minute remaining in regulation, the three referees gathered around courtside video monitors to conduct an official review. Nowitzki wanted to poke his head into the group, perhaps to get a look at how the replay would fall or to conduct a little gamesmanship given the tight time/score situation. Two Sleep Train Arena security guards were assigned to create a buffer between the officials and the players, and one of the security guards got the unenviable task of staying between Nowitzki and the referees as he non-violently tried to wind his way towards the officials.

Once Nowitzki realized how seriously the security guard was taking his job, he upped his own antics, walking back and forth a little more quickly, gesturing to distract him, pump-faking different directions and then finally mock punching the guard in the stomach.

The guard stayed in character throughout, trying to avoid a smile as he shuffled back and forth, keeping Nowitzki at bay.

That s the best defense Sacramento has played, the Mavericks announcers joked on the broadcast.

You understand your man not getting in front of you.

Indeed, the security guard showed excellent lateral agility, moving left-to-right and right-to-left seamlessly while avoiding any ticky-tack fouls by keeping his hands behind his back.

Bravo for a job well done.

Video via YouTube user dallasmavericks | Hat tip: @Marcel_Mutoni54

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BlackBerry 10 Has Backing of Verizon, AT&T,… | Gather

Research In Motion has insisted that its carrier partners around the world are excited about the BlackBerry 10 platform and smartphones that it will show off later this month. In the United States, Verizon Wireless, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint have now all confirmed that they’ll back the platform.

AT&T CEO Lowell McAdam, speaking to Reuters1 at the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show Jan.

9, said that he’s “hopeful” it will be a good device, while AT&T Senior Vice President Jeff Bradley said it was only “logical” that AT&T’s customers “will have the best BlackBerry devices to choose from.”

John Legere, T-Mobile’s charismatic new CEO who delighted CES attendees during his keynote address, cracking jokes, calling AT&T’s network in New York City “crap” and saying that porn will be the undoing of shared-data plans offered the most enthusiastic response. He told Reuters that his team is “extremely optimistic” that BlackBerry 10 will be successful and that T-Mobile’s business customers will be “extremely interested in it.”

Sprint which took a wait-and-see approach to Microsoft’s Windows Phone platform, even after all of its major competitors had signed on was notably missing from the Reuters report.

However, a Sprint spokesperson confirmed to eWEEK that it does indeed plan to offer BlackBerry 10 its customers “later this year.”

Sprint spokesperson Mark Elliott added, “We will share more details soon.”

BlackBerry smartphones, once leaders of the smartphone market, have been unable to compete against Apple iPhones and smartphones running Google’s Android operating system. Enterprises, and even those in regulated industries which had long been RIM’s bread and butter have opened their doors to devices beyond the BlackBerry. While IT departments argue in favor of the BlackBerry’s security features, workers want to use slicker, cooler devices, and that’s what RIM will need to soon deliver.

After twice delaying BlackBerry 10’s release, RIM plans to introduce the platform and smartphones at a New York City event Jan.

30.

During an earnings call Dec.

20, RIM CEO Thorsten Heins said that throughout the organization, “excitement for BlackBerry 10 is high.”

The excitement, he added, is such that employees seem to be “wearing a badge of honor right now. … It’s a great time to be with BlackBerry.”

Heins and his team have been vocal about the changes they’ve been working on, which include a new user interface and workflow style, improvements to the touch keyboard as well as to the QWERTY keyboard, better integration with applications, software that learns about the user with time, a great consumer experience, as well as a business one, and a smarter separation of personal and business data.

At CES, the Los Angeles Times2 received a private, hands-on demo of a BlackBerry 10 smartphone albeit one wrapped in a rubber bumper to maintain a bit of suspense.

“It was black all over, appeared to be very thin, had no home button and featured front-and rear-facing cameras,” wrote the Times’ Andrea Chang. “The phone takes HD video, has a screen resolution better than the iPhone 5, features a faster browser and … was missing that signature BlackBerry physical keyboard.”

RIM has promised to release at least two models, one with a QWERTY keyboard and one without.

Chang wrote that the challenge RIM faces isn’t lost on Richard Piasentin, RIM’s managing director for the U.S.

market.

“We’re very aware of our market, very aware of our position,” he told Chang. “We have aggressive goals, but they’re reasonable goals. And before you can be No.

1 you’ve got to be No.

2, before you can be No.

2, you’ve got to be No.

3. We’re building our plans for the long, slow climb back to the top.”

BlackBerry smartphones, once leaders of the smartphone market, have been unable to compete against Apple iPhones and smartphones running Google’s Android operating system.

Enterprises, and even those in regulated industries which had long been RIM’s bread and butter have opened their doors to devices beyond the BlackBerry. While IT departments argue in favor of the BlackBerry’s security features, workers want to use slicker, cooler devices, and that’s what RIM will need to soon deliver.

After twice delaying BlackBerry 10’s release, RIM plans to introduce the platform and smartphones at a New York City event Jan.

30.

During an earnings call Dec.

20, RIM CEO Thorsten Heins said that throughout the organization, “excitement for BlackBerry 10 is high.”

The excitement, he added, is such that employees seem to be “wearing a badge of honor right now. … It’s a great time to be with BlackBerry.”

Heins and his team have been vocal about the changes they’ve been working on, which include a new user interface and workflow style, improvements to the touch keyboard as well as to the QWERTY keyboard, better integration with applications, software that learns about the user with time, a great consumer experience, as well as a business one, and a smarter separation of personal and business data.

At CES, the Los Angeles Times3 received a private, hands-on demo of a BlackBerry 10 smartphone albeit one wrapped in a rubber bumper to maintain a bit of suspense.

“It was black all over, appeared to be very thin, had no home button and featured front-and rear-facing cameras,” wrote the Times’ Andrea Chang. “The phone takes HD video, has a screen resolution better than the iPhone 5, features a faster browser and …

was missing that signature BlackBerry physical keyboard.”

RIM has promised to release at least two models, one with a QWERTY keyboard and one without.

Chang wrote that the challenge RIM faces isn’t lost on Richard Piasentin, RIM’s managing director for the U.S. market.

“We’re very aware of our market, very aware of our position,” he told Chang. “We have aggressive goals, but they’re reasonable goals. And before you can be No.

1 you’ve got to be No.

2, before you can be No.

2, you’ve got to be No.

3.

We’re building our plans for the long, slow climb back to the top.”

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BCI survey: 65% of firms fear cyber attack in 2013

BCI survey: 65% of firms fear cyber attack in 2013 A new survey published by the Business Continuity Institute in association with the BSI has revealed that 65% of organisations are fearful of a cyber attack in 2013. The survey also reveals that 71% see the use of the Internet for malicious attacks as a major trend that requires a business continuity response, with 42% seeking to manage the prevalence and high adoption of Internet-dependent services (such as the Cloud) within their preparedness activities. The Horizon Scan 2013 Survey Report concludes that the level of concern across sectors and geography over a cyber attack is “a major challenge” for public policy makers and Boardrooms.

More needs to be done to gain a better understanding of the threat and underlying trends that drive the vulnerability to ensure that a proportionate business continuity approach is in place. The survey* questioned 730 organisations from sectors as diverse as financial services, public administration and defence, retail and manufacturing in 62 countries including the USA, the UK, India, China, South Africa, Egypt and Brazil. Further findings from the report, which is now in its second consecutive year, include the following observations: The leading threat of concern in 2013 is unplanned IT and telecom outages, with 70% of organisations surveyed stating they were extremely concerned or concerned about this threat in 2013.

This was followed in second place by concern over a data breach (at 66%) Supply chain disruption and the underlying trend of increasing supply chain complexity figure prominently in the overall results and are lead concerns in the manufacturing and retail sectors 60% of respondents see the influence of social media as a major trend affecting reputation management and crisis communications – the second highest rated trend in the survey. Investment in business continuity is robust despite the difficult economic times, with 22% seeing increased investment in 2013 and 54% stating that investment will be maintained at appropriate levels.

14% of respondents expected investment to be cut, thereby limiting the scope or effectiveness of the programme Short term threats and underlying trends brought together Lyndon Bird FBCI, technical director at the BCI, commented: For the first time, we see a study that brings together short-term threats with the underlying trends that drive disruption. This provides business managers with both an immediate term focus and insight into the longer term needs for capability development.” He continued: “The dominance of technology and Internet-related threats and trends in this year s survey mirrors events we have seen in the real world of late with, for example, PayPal, RIM, O2 and RBS.

The high level of concern over a cyber attack may well be misplaced, but it demands a considered independent analysis of the threat to avoid hype and disillusionment and ensure a proportionate response is in place.” Bird also stressed: “The BCI is willing to bring its unique view on disruption and preparedness to the debate.” Howard Kerr, CEO at the BSI, commented: This latest report shows that businesses need to be more prepared than ever for every type of risk. The Top 5 threats highlight that the digital age is continuing to bring new challenges to organisations around the world. In order to counter this, cyber resilience must become part of an organisation s wider business resilience strategy.

Businesses can benefit from an integrated implementation of standards in areas such as business continuity management (ISO/IEC 22301) and information security (ISO/IEC 27001) to identify, prioritise and manage these threats.” Kerr also said: “The BSI is continuing to work with security experts, Government bodies and Trade Associations to develop standards that specifically address risks such as Cloud security. *Online survey: respondents were from 62 countries with the total number of responding organisations amounting to 730. Access copies of the new report A copy of the report is available on request via e-mail to: [email protected] or copies may be downloaded from the BCI website (www.thebci.org, registration required) To contact the BCI call Donna Monkhouse on +44 (0) 118 947 8215 or e-mail: [email protected] Find out more about business continuity during Business Continuity Awareness Week, the global free education event that runs from 18-22 March 2013. Access experts, free resources and activities (including BC24, the online incident simulation game) through the portal: www.bcaw2013.com About the Business Continuity Institute Based in Caversham in the UK, the Business Continuity Institute was established in 1994 to promote the art and science of business continuity management and to assist organisations in preparing for (and surviving) minor and large-scale man-made and natural disasters.

The Institute enables members to obtain guidance and support from their fellow practitioners and offers professional training and certification programmes to disseminate and validate the highest standards of competence and ethics. It has over 8,000 members in more than 100 countries in an estimated 3,000 organisations in private, public and third sectors. For more information go to: www.thebci.org About the British Standards Institution BSI (British Standards Institution) is the business standards company that equips businesses with the necessary solutions to turn standards of Best Practice into “habits of excellence”.

Formed in 1901, BSI was the world s first National Standards Body and a founding member of the International Organisation for Standardization (ISO). Over a century later it continues to facilitate business improvement across the globe by helping its clients drive performance, manage risk and grow sustainably through the adoption of international management systems standards (many of which BSI originated). Renowned for its marks of excellence including the consumer-recognised Kitemark , the BSI s influence spans multiple sectors including aerospace, construction, energy, engineering, finance, healthcare, IT and retail.

With over 65,000 clients in 147 countries, BSI is an organisation whose standards inspire excellence across the globe.

Close Protection Operator / Mechanic , Mogadishu, Banaadir, Somalia

Employer: G4SJob Reference: G4S/RM/1156Number of Positions: 2Contract Type: Full TimeClosing Date: January 18, 2013

Job Introduction: G4S Risk Management is the specialist protective security and consulting arm of G4S plc, the world s leading international security solutions group and a FTSE 100 listed company. It builds on the comprehensive experience and the global expertise of G4S, with its 600,000 employees and an annual turnover in excess of 5 billion. G4S Risk Management provides a range of services for clients operating in complex or sensitive environments.

G4S Risk Management s primary focus is to provide national governments, multinational corporations and international peace and security agencies operating in hostile or sensitive environments with: Protective security servicesRisk advisory and consultancy servicesSpecialist trainingMine action services including Weapons Reduction and Explosive Ordnance ManagementDevelopment and reconstruction services. We are continually recruiting for a dual role of CP Operators/Mechanic to work at the front end of the delivery of our operation, the role requires individuals people who are suitably experienced and qualified in firearms and armoured vehicle driving, they must be able to follow instructions clearly but also able to make command decisions on the spot in order to achieve the aims of the organization. We have operations in Somalia on a rotation of 9 weeks in-country, 3 weeks on leave.

This is subject to a 12 month service agreement. Role Responsibility: Provide Close Protection in accordance with SOP s for all clients as directed during Ops briefs or other Quick Orders briefs to take positive action and accountability for assigned work.To assist the CPO Team Leader to execute the day to day assigned tasks.Hands on repair and maintenance of the entire project fleet, largely consisting of Toyota Landcruiser B6 vehicles and similar soft skin vehicles.To assist the Vehicle Commander in prior and post mission administration for serviceability and accountability of all designated equipment.To provide statements when requested for the preparation of all incidents and accident reports.To maintain a high standard of welfare, morale and discipline.Execute any other tasks commensurate to the Operator s role as deemed appropriate by the Project Manager.Where required, working with local partners / workshops as may be needed from time to timeManage the field workshop, carry out or supervise repairs, develop and work to a servicing schedule.Set up and implement vehicle maintenance plan.Deploy from base camp into the field to repair / recover vehicles as necessary.Work outside normal hours as necessary to keep the fleet on the road.Maintain a professional operational relationship with the clients.Maintain an acceptable level of physical fitness. The Ideal Candidate: Formal military / police training with at least 7 years service.Recognised Close Protection course and current SIA licence in Frontline Close Protection.Qualified Vehicle Mechanic.

City and Guilds, NVQ, BTEC or equivalent; previous British Army Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME) Class A, B or C mechanic or Royal Engineers Fitter.Possesses SC clearance or has a history which will facilitate the issuance of SC clearanceRecent experience in a volatile or relevant environment (active service / commercial experience in low infrastructure environments).Experience of firearms / off-road driving / first aid.Excellent communication skills and the ability to follow instructions.Experience of working as part of a workshop team.Very good all round mechanical and electrical expertise.

Able to do basic welding and fabrication.Must be a self starter who can cope under pressure.Must be able to handle working in isolated environments with other international and national staff for their allotted rotation.Management of spares including stock.

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Oracle Updates Java, Security Experts Say Bugs Remain

Jump to Link in ArticleOracle Corp released an emergency update to its Java software for surfing the Web on Sunday, but security experts said the update fails to protect PCs from attack by hackers intent on committing cyber crimes.

The software maker released the update just days after the U.S. Department of Homeland Security urged PC users to disable the program because of bugs in the software that were being exploited to commit identity theft and other crimes.

Oracle s failure to quickly secure the software means that PCs running Java in their browsers remain vulnerable to attack by criminals seeking to steal credit-card numbers, banking credentials, passwords and commit other types of computer crimes.

Adam Gowdiak, a researcher with Poland s Security Explorations who has discovered several bugs in the software over the past year, said that the update from Oracle leaves unfixed several critical security flaws.

We don t dare to tell users that it s safe to enable Java again, said Gowdiak.

Some security consultants are advising businesses to remove Java from the browsers of all employees except for those who absolutely need to use the technology for critical business purposes.

HD Moore, chief security officer with Rapid7, a company that helps businesses identify critical security vulnerabilities in their networks, said it could take two years for Oracle to fix all the security bugs that have currently been identified in the version of Java that is used for surfing the Web.

The safest thing to do at this point is just assume that Java is always going to be vulnerable. Folks don t really need Java on their desktop, Moore said.

An Oracle spokeswoman declined to comment.

ORACLE S UPDATE

Oracle said on its security blog on Sunday that its update fixed two vulnerabilities in the version of Java 7 for Web browsers.

It said that it also switched Java s security settings to high by default, making it more difficult for suspicious programs to run on a personal computer without the knowledge of the user.

Java is a computer language that enables programmers to write software utilizing just one set of code that will run on virtually any type of computer, including ones that use Microsoft Corp s Windows, Apple Inc s OS X and Linux, an operating system widely employed by corporations.

One version is installed in Internet browsers to access web content.

Separate versions are installed directly on PCs, server computers and other devices including phones, webcams, and Blu-ray players.

The Department of Homeland Security and computer security experts said on Thursday that hackers figured out how to exploit the bug in a version of Java used with Internet browsers to install malicious software on PCs. That has enabled them to commit crimes from identity theft to making infected computers part of an ad-hoc networks that used to attack websites.

Oracle said that the flaws only affect Java 7, the program s most-recent version, and versions of Java software designed to run on browsers.

Java is so widely used that the software has become a prime target for hackers. Last year, Java surpassed Adobe Systems Inc s Reader software as the most frequently attacked piece of software, according to security software maker Kaspersky Lab.

Java was responsible for 50 percent of all cyberattacks last year in which hackers broke into computers by exploiting software bugs, according to Kaspersky.

That was followed by Adobe Reader, which was involved in 28 percent of all incidents.

Microsoft Windows and Internet Explorer were involved in about 3 percent of incidents, according to the survey.

The Department of Homeland Security said attackers could trick targets into visiting malicious websites that would infect their PCs with software capable of exploiting the bug in Java.

It said an attacker could also infect a legitimate website by uploading malicious software that would infect machines of computer users who trust that site because they have previously visited it without experiencing any problems.

Security experts have been scrutinizing the safety of Java since a similar security scare in August, which prompted some of them to advise using the software only on an as-needed basis.

Meanwhile, Microsoft said on Sunday that would it release an update on Monday to fix a previously disclosed flaw in Internet Explorer versions 6, 7 and 8 that made PCs vulnerable to attacks in which hackers can gain remote control of the machines.

Microsoft previously released a temporary fix to prevent such attacks.

(Reuters)

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Mayor shapes future of policing in London

Mayor shapes future of policing in London Mayor Boris Johnson has set out his priorities for policing in London, pledging to realise more constables than ever before on the Capital’s streets and drive down crime. Johnson’s draft Police and Crime Plan, developed by the Mayor s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC) and subject to an extensive public consultation, confirms the Mayor s commitment to maintain police numbers at or around 32,000. The draft plan includes a new local policing model that redeploys officers from the back office to the frontline with an additional 2,600 officers in Safer Neighbourhood Teams.

The new policing model will “make the police more visible and accountable” to local people. In the current economic climate, the decision to focus on street policing and prioritise keeping police numbers high means it will be necessary to sell many of the under-used and outmoded buildings in the Met estate. With almost 500 buildings costing 203 million a year to run, that estate is both vast and expensive.

Focus on the Met Estates Strategy The draft Met Estates Strategy, which is published alongside the draft Police and Crime Plan, proposes a reduction in the size of the estate from 900,000 sq metres to 600,000 sq metres. To achieve that aim, as rumoured the Met plans to sell its New Scotland Yard hq and around 200 of its least-used buildings (the majority of which currently have no form of public access). Alongside reductions in civilian staff and savings in IT and back office functions, the estate plans are projected to save 60 million in running costs that can help balance the Met’s budget and protect frontline policing.

The estate includes 136 front counters open to the public. The overwhelming majority of visits take place at around half of these counters. Across the whole of London, less than 50 crimes a night are now reported at front counters in police stations.

As a result, 65 of the least used front counters are proposed for closure.

71 will remain open. The draft plan guarantees at least one 24-hour station in each London Borough while seeking to make it easier and more convenient for Londoners to access the police in new ways. Bringing police officers to the public The emphasis is on bringing police officers to the public.

The Met has already guaranteed that every victim of crime in London will receive a personal visit from the police should they want one, and local people will be asked to help identify new locations for crime prevention desks and police bureaus where they can meet the police face-to-face. These contact points will be in busy High Street locations in supermarkets or co-located with other public services in council buildings or libraries (or potentially the Post Office). The Mayor is currently in talks with the Post Office to see how the Met Police might use some of their High Street branches to set up these access points, with a pilot earmarked to begin this summer.

This means that, overall, the number of contact points where Londoners can access the police will increase significantly. The final locations will be determined locally in discussion with councils and partners. Speaking about the plans, Boris Johnson said: Putting more officers on the streets is key to driving down crime and boosting public confidence in the police.

That’s why it’s at the heart of our plans for policing in the Capital. In the current economic climate there’s no denying that tough decisions will have to be made, but policing in the Capital is changing and we must change with it by creating a police force that’s ready to tackle the issues that matter most to Londoners. Assistant commissioner Simon Byrne said: We’re determined to be the best police force for London.

That’s why we need to change. We will be putting more officers into local policing across the Capital and devoting more to our Safer Neighbourhoods Teams. We’re changing the emphasis of what we do.

Neighbourhood policing will be the foundation of the service we provide. We will have an Inspector in every neighbourhood area who’s held locally accountable to drive down crime and boost the number of criminals we arrest. Deputy Mayor for Policing Stephen Greenhalgh added: “The changes proposed by the Mayor will give London the police force it needs for the 21st Century and reconnect Londoners with the first public service.

By putting bobbies before buildings and being smarter about how we use budgets we can not only create a police force to be proud of but one that we can afford. Over the next eight weeks we’ll be travelling to every Borough in London listening to what people have to say. These views will inform our final plan and help shape the future of policing in London, so I d urge people to get involved.” Further highlights of the Police and Crime Plan Other highlights of the draft London Police and Crime Plan include: Creation of a 1 million Crime Prevention Fund from which new Safer Neighbourhood Boards in every Borough (from 2014) will be able to bid to fund local projects Better working with partner organisations to identify crime hotspots and develop smarter solutions to alcohol and drug-related crime including the roll-out of the pilot Alcohol Abstinence Monitoring Requirement Extending existing funding agreements for all four rape crisis centres in London, guaranteeing the continuation of their services During the eight-week consultation period both Stephen Greenhalgh and Simon Byrne will host a Town Hall meeting in every Borough in the capital to listen to people s views.

The final Police and Crime Plan will be published by April 2013.

View a copy of the draft Police and Crime Plan

Logue Corporate assist FGH Security with their divestment of their …

Logue Corporate ran a divestment process on behalf of FGH Security to divest of their electronic security business and monitoring centre in Accrington. The process included identifying potential acquirers, developing an Information Memorandum, running a process to identify the best bid and then managing the negotiation process. The process started with six bidders and a final bidder was identified.

The business was sold to Lodge Service.

FGH Guardhall MD Peter Harrison

FGH Guardhall MD Peter Harrison

FGH Guardhall MD Peter Harrison commented about Logue Corporate s services during the sales process: Bobby Logue and his team were excellent. From my initial point of contact I knew we were dealing with professionals Bobby was able to let me know comparable prices of similar sales and put a fair market valuation on the part of our portfolio we chose to dispose of. Within a week or so we had some potential buyers and Bobby helped us rank them into an order of preference.

As an entrepreneur who is guilty of missing sleep for work I was glad to find Bobby had a similar ethos and our conversations and emails would range from 5pm to 11pm to 4am he seemed to be available at all hours of day. In order to finalise the deal Bobby came and met with me and the buyer to assist in the negotiation. At no point did I ever feel Bobby was working for the buyer or for me he took a fair approach .

Bobby Logue - Principal, Logue Corporate

Bobby Logue – Principal, Logue Corporate

Logue Corporate was established in 1997 and has played a key role in several major acquisitions.

Bobby Logue, our Principal, has been in the security business sector for over 30 years. He has received industry accolades such as the BSIA Services to Security Industry (2012), Skills for Security Services to the Security Business Sector (2006), and twice a finalist in the Association of Security Consultants, The Imbert Prize (2010 and 2012). Since 1997 Logue Corporate has produced the security industry news website, Infologue.com which provides industry analysis, Infologue.com table of the Top 20 UK security companies and a table of the top 5% ACS companies in the UK.

Logue Corporate is the business services division of Interconnective Limited, the security products, business services, and security industry training group.

Logue Corporate Website1

References

  1. ^ Logue Corporate Website (www.loguecorporate.com)