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E-learning and counter-terror training are increasingly popular, survey reveals

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT More than half of security professionals cited counter terror as an area they d like to train up in, according to a survey about training needs in the industry. Asked which topics they are most keen to upskill in, respondents most commonly said security management (63%), followed by security consultancy (61%), counter-terrorism (55%) and crisis management (47%). The survey, which was conducted by the Linx International Group, also reveals that continuous professional development (76%) is the biggest motive for undertaking training, followed by certification/training (71%) and personal development (64%).

Just over half (51%) of all respondents who are employed in a range of sectors, both public and private paid for training themselves, while 45% were funded by their organisation and 4% were financed by other means. Most security professionals said training had a meaningful benefit to themselves, their organisation and the security industry as a whole but the biggest benefit was to their own career prospects (81% recognised the benefits versus 74% for the industry as a whole and 68% for their organisation). Classroom-based training remains the most popular teaching method, e-learning is growing more popular. Some 60% of respondents having already taken part in some form of e-learning and 70% likely to do so in the future. A majority of respondents also expect their participation in distance learning, blended learning and training led by a virtual instructor, to rise. There is a clear trend towards upskilling and individuals taking responsibility for their own career development, as well as demand from industry for better qualified, certified and accredited professionals, said Ken Livingstone, group training director of the Linx International Group, which provides security, risk management and training services. This is evident through our support of the CTSP a professional register of Certified Technical Security Professionals with applications for Registration already in the hundreds within the first month of its launch. Linx International Group surveyed 1,000 respondents from around the world, with UK and Ireland accounting or 49.46%, followed by Africa (19%), mainland Europe (13%), Middle East (8%), Asia (5%), US and Central America (4%) and Australasia (1%). The research was conducted by the Linx International Group on behalf of its group companies: Linx Consultancy, ARC Training, Perpetuity Academy and Tavcom Training.

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Krack wifi flaw could compromise IoT devices for decades to come

WPA2 protocol Reverberations of the wifi vulnerability revealed this week could be felt for many years to come, a security researcher has claimed. Speaking to Wired, HD Moore, a network security researcher at Atredis Partners, said: We re probably still going to find vulnerable devices 20 years from now. The rapid proliferation of internet-connected devices, the infrequency of software patches, and multiple barriers to getting users to launch updates mean the vulnerability could compromise IoT security for a long time yet.

The vulnerability exposes wireless internet traffic to malicious eavesdroppers and attacks. Made by Mathy Vanhoef, a security expert at Belgian university KU Leuven, the discovery is not without precedent. However, previous wifi weaknesses were found in wifi protocols that had already been largely superseded by other, more secure protocols. WPA2, by contrast, comfortably remains the most commonly used wireless security protocol. The attack works against all modern protected wifi networks, said Vanhoef in his report. Infrequently if ever updated to guard against vulnerabilities, wireless routers used in the home are seen as problematic. Attackers can use this novel attack technique to read information that was previously assumed to be safely encrypted. Mathy Vanhoef, who discovered the vulnerability All major operating systems, including Android, Linux, Apple and Windows, are affected. If your device supports wifi, it is most likely affected, said Vanhoef, who dubbed the weakness Krack (Key Reinstallation AttaCK).

Attackers who successfully exploit the weakness and mercifully that is difficult to do, say experts can cause havoc in a variety of ways. Attackers can use this novel attack technique to read information that was previously assumed to be safely encrypted, said Vanhoef. This can be abused to steal sensitive information such as credit card numbers, passwords, chat messages, emails, photos and so on. Additionally, depending on the device being used and the network setup, it is also possible to decrypt data sent towards the victim (eg the content of a website). Depending on the network configuration, it is also possible to inject and manipulate data. For example, an attacker might be able to inject ransomware or other malware into websites. Developers of IoT devices are limited mostly to email or notices on community forums in how they can notify customers and many will only find out via news reports. Some will not find out at all. Users that do become aware of the problem will have to find the patch download and navigate the sometimes irksome login process of the device s web-management interface.

Glimmer of hope But Wired says there is a glimmer of hope in pioneering new mesh-network routers with less convoluted user interface and an auto-update function. This means fixes can be implemented without input from users themselves. In a statement the UK s National Cyber Security Centre, which opened a year ago, sought to reassure the public that using the internet wouldn t necessarily expose them to risk. The attacker would have to be physically close to the target and the potential weaknesses would not compromise connections to secure websites, such as banking services or online shopping. Connections to secure websites, virtual private networks (VPN) and SSH communications are still safe, because the attack is unlikely to affect the security of information sent over the network that is protected in addition to the standard WPA2 encryption. Websites that don t display a padlock icon in the address bar, on the other hand, will create an opening for attackers. The United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (Cert) issued a warning on Sunday in response to the vulnerability: The impact of exploiting these vulnerabilities includes decryption, packet replay, TCP connection hijacking, HTTP content injection and others. Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) and Linux are particularly vulnerable because of another bug that results in the encryption key being rewritten as zeros. Not fully implementing the WPA2 protocol iOS and Windows are among the most secure, but no device or software tested has been fully immune to the weakness.

Most tech companies have already had a month and a half to fix the flaw since they were notified of the problem by the international Cert group, based at Carnegie Mellon University, on 28 August. Responding to a request for comment from The Guardian Google said: We re aware of the issue, and we will be patching any affected devices in the coming weeks. Microsoft said: We have released a security update to address this issue.

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Security to be tightened at Christmas markets amid fears of Berlin-style attack

COUNTER TERROR Security will be bolstered at forthcoming Christmas markets around the UK as councils aim to prevent a repeat of the Berlin attack that left 12 dead and 56 injured last year. Concrete bollards, armed police and random bag searches are among the measures being considered by police and local councils. The Local Government Association is reported to have urged councils to adhere to government guidance on protecting crowded places from attack.

Some Christmas market organisers are working with police to provide anti-terror training to staff as part of Project Griffin, a counter-terrorism initiative aimed at businesses. Depending on the terror threat level currently severe (an attack is highly likely) at the time, armed officers could be stationed around markets perimeter. Councils are stressing, however, that an armed police presence does not necessarily mean that an attack is imminent. Demand for concrete bollards has surged in the last two years following a series of attacks including incidents in Nice, Berlin and London Bridge where terrorists have weaponised vehicles in order to inflict mass casualties. Physical barriers were installed on three of London s bridges in the wake of June s terror attack at London Bridge and Borough Market. A Southampton city council spokesman has confirmed that concrete bollards will be installed ahead of 11 November when the city s own Christmas market opens. However, temporary outdoor events like Christmas markets and street festivals also require temporary solutions and the market is responding. ATG Access, for instance, has launched a lightweight road block system that can be deployed quickly and withstand the force of a 2,500kg vehicle traveling at 30 miles per hour. Avon Barrier Corporation, another UK firm, is even considering how to provide protection from gunfire.

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Verint wins award and is named physical security intelligence solutions company of the year by Frost & Sullivan. The New York company Verint wins the award which recognises leadership, technology innovation and commitment to customer success. For the award Frost & Sullivan evaluated important factors, including visionary innovation and performance, and customer impact, which includes visionary strategies, financial performance and customer experience.

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