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Manchester Arena security searches under scrutiny following suicide bombing

Terror attack Security screening at the Manchester Arena, which was the scene of a suicide bombing last night, has come in for criticism from visitors. Among the criticisms aired on Twitter were comments that you could easily walk in with things under a coat , while several said their bags were not even checked. Entertainment and sporting venues in the UK are now urgently reviewing security procedures.

At least 22 people, many of them children, have so far being confirmed as fatalities and 59 injured in the attack at a pop concert in the city. The events occurred at about 10.30pm on Monday 22 May at the end of a concert by the American singer Ariana Grande. Chaos The attack took place in the foyer, leaving hundreds of people fleeing in terror and confusion. Many children and young teenagers were separated from their parents in the ensuing chaos. The injured had wounds consistent with shrapnel injury, according to medics. A nail bomb may have been used in the attack, as according to a witness nuts and bolts were strewn on the floor of the foyer. Greater Manchester police have confirmed that they believe the bombing was the work of a single man armed with an improvised explosive device. The attacker is among the dead. The investigation into the attack involves the police counter-terrorism network and Britain s domestic security service, MI5.

Britain s prime minister, Theresa May, said: We are working to establish the full details of what is being treated by the police as an appalling terrorist attack. All our thoughts are with the victims and the families of those who have been affected. Flags outside Downing Street flew at half mast. All political parties have suspended campaigning for the general election, which is less than three weeks away. May chaired an emergency meeting of the government s crisis committee, Cobra, on Tuesday morning. Chief constable Ian Hopkins said: We have been treating this as a terrorist incident and we believe that while the attack last night was conducted by one man, the priority is to establish whether he was acting alone or as part of a network. The death toll makes the attack in Manchester the worst of its kind since the bombings in 2005, where several suicide bombers detonated explosives they were carrying in backpacks in several busy London locations including a bus and tube stations, killing 52 people. 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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Genetec announces product line-up

IFSEC 2017 During IFSEC in June, Genetec will be exhibiting Security Center 5.6, with new HTML5 web client, as well as previewing access control-as-a-service and new applications for retail and law enforcement. Montreal-based Genetec, which provides open architecture security and public safety solutions, will be at stand F500 at IFSEC taking place at ExCeL in London from 20-22 June. On its stand the company will demonstrate and preview its latest technologies that help integrators as well as end-users protect, improve and implement security measures within their environments.

Genetec will demonstrate Security Center 5.6, the latest version of the company s unified, open architecture IP security platform. Visitors will also be able to learn about Genetec Retail Sense, an analytics application for retail marketing and operations, as well as Genetec Clearance, which is a collaborative case management offering for law enforcement and security professionals. In addition a wide range of supported video, access control, and storage hardware and software systems from the Genetec ecosystem of partners will also be demonstrated. Synergis Genetec plans to offer a preview of its upcoming Synergis access-control-as-a-service, which can minimise reliance on corporate IT, eliminating the need for servers on premises and other costly IT equipment. Connected to Microsoft Azure, the technology can be deployed quickly and readily and can also be scaled as companies grow, providing maximum security for customer data. Genetec will also sponsor a new, speaking series called Borders & Infrastructure Theatre, to address the specific needs for managing large-scale multi-stakeholder security issues, like border control, critical national infrastructure, law enforcement and transport security. Andrew Elvish, vice president of marketing at Genetec says: Visitors to our stand at IFSEC this year will see that despite the extraordinary technology on display, Genetec s focus remains squarely on protecting the everyday. This latest version of Security Center includes advanced authentication, authorisation and encryption standards plus a new HTML5 web client with an enhanced mapping interface, new access control and video device integrations, as well as the ability to use number plates as access control credentials with the new AutoVu SharpV camera. Genetec recently released the latest version of off-street parking enforcement software Free-Flow.

The company has also been confirmed as sponsor of the Borders & Infrastructure Expo, which makes its debut within IFSEC this year. Check out the latest solutions from Genetec at IFSEC International, 20-22 June 2017, London ExCeL. You can find Genetec on stand F500.

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BSIA responds to cash courier shooting in London

Walthamstow shooting The trade body representing the private security industry in the UK has issued the following statement relating to the recent shooting of a cash-in-transit courier in Walthamstow, north-east London. The cash-in-transit courier was injured from the shooting ambush. James Kelly, chief executive of the British Security Industry Association (BSIA) said in a statement: Every day, cash-in-transit couriers perform a vital public service, transporting cash around the country and supporting banks, retailers and businesses by facilitating millions of financial transactions across the UK.

However, in doing so, they place themselves at risk of extreme violence, as today s incident sadly reminds us. Kelly goes on to point out that the number of attacks on cash-in-transit couriers remains at an all-time low. There were 76 injuries to cash-in-transit crew members, police and the wider public in 2016. However, the risk of violence and injury remains a very real threat to couriers. This is something that the private security industry together with its partners in police and government is continually working to reduce through initiatives like SaferCash, which shares intelligence about attacks and suspicious incidents between couriers and the police, continued Kelly. Our thoughts are with the injured courier and his family who have made a very personal sacrifice for the sake of our nation s economic security and we wish him a full and speedy recovery. The BSIA is a longstanding and valued partner of, and exhibitor at, IFSEC International, Europe s biggest fire and security trade show taking place 20-22 June 2017, London ExCeL. Get your free badge now. Take your security knowledge to the next level at IFSEC International 2017 Experts from across all areas of the industry will attend to share their expertise on critical topics on 20 22 June 2017.

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More than half of UK business owners unaware of incoming data protection law

GDPR Some 84% of small business owners and 43% of senior executives of large companies in the UK are unaware of the forthcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), according to a study by Shred-it. From May 2018 the GDPR will replace existing European data protection laws. The purpose of the law is to bring greater strength and consistency to the data protection given to individuals within the EU.

Shred-it s Security Tracker survey, conducted by Ipsos, also found that only 14% of small business owners and 31% of senior executives knew the fine associated with the new regulation, which is up to ‘ 20 million or 4% of global turnover, even despite 95% of senior executives and 87% of small business owners claiming to have some understanding of their industry s legal requirements. If businesses breach the forthcoming legislation and fail to grasp its implications they not only risk severe financial penalties, but also any reputational damage. Research shows that 64% of executives agree that their organisation s privacy and data protection practices contribute to reputation and brand image. Only 40% of senior executives, claiming to be aware of the law, have begun to prepare for the GDPR. This is in spite of 60% agreeing that the change in legislation would put pressure on their organisation to change information security policies. Robert Guice, senior vice president Shred-it EMEAA, says: From implementing stricter internal data protection procedures such as staff training, internal processing audits and reviews of HR policies, to ensuring greater transparency around the use of personal information, businesses must be aware of how the legislation will affect their company to ensure they are fully compliant. According to Guice, governmental bodies such as the Information Commissioner s Office (ICO), must take a leading role in supporting businesses to get GDPR ready, by helping them to understand the preparation needed. We recently reported on how the Minister for Digital and Culture offered reassurances over the impact of a data protection law coming into force next year on the use of facial recognition technology for crime-fighting purposes. Check out the findings of the Shred-It survey in infographic form below Attend IFSEC International 2017 to stay protected As systems and software become increasingly connected, the consequences of a cyber-attack become greater every day, with the average breach costing businesses up to $3.8 million, do not leave it until tomorrow to act.

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FSA to celebrate 10th anniversary with free drinks reception

IFSEC 2017 In addition to a free drinks reception at its stand, the Fire & Security Association (FSA) will also be presenting a smart technology-focused seminar, during the show. Fire and security business representatives are invited to attend the FSA s 10th birthday celebrations at the IFSEC and FIREX International conference taking place next month. The FSA will be hosting a free drinks reception on its stand, number C230, which is within the FIREX area, on Wednesday 21 June from 5-7pm.

Speeches will be given by the FSA s chairman, Pat Allen, and head of the FSA, Steve Martin, on the trade body s achievements since its formation in 2007. Martin will also give a talk titled Connected buildings disconnected people? on Thursday 22 June at 2pm, focusing on the commercial and social opportunities associated with smart technology. Martin said: IFSEC and FIREX International is undoubtedly one of the biggest occasions on the fire and security calendar. The FSA is delighted to be celebrating our tenth birthday at this year s show and we look forward to welcoming attendees to the FSA stand to recognise our achievements. He hopes the seminar on the commercial opportunities associated with smart technology provides engineers and installers with new ideas on how to grow and diversify their businesses. IFSEC and its sister event FIREX International are being held from Tuesday 20 to Thursday 22 June at ExCeL London. Visit FIREX International for cutting-edge solutions, essential knowledge and the ability to grow your business by getting direct access to the whole fire safety industry. It is the perfect place to get your product in front of thousands of buyers, across a multitude of featured areas.

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Genetec releases latest version of off-street parking enforcement software Free-Flow

Security Center During the 2017 International Parking Institute (IPI) Conference and Expo, Montreal-headquartered Genetec will demonstrate the latest version of Free-Flow, its off-street parking enforcement software. Genetec, a provider of open architecture software, hardware and cloud-based solutions for security and public safety, will be at booth number 1115 at the IPI conference and expo in New Orleans on 24 May. The company is also exhibiting at IFSEC International 2017, Europe s largest security exhibition, at London ExCeL, between 20-22 June.

Free-Flow will be offered within Genetec Security Center, the company s holistic security platform that combines video surveillance, access control and automatic license plate recognition. Using AutoVu Free-Flow, parking enforcement officers can identify lots with unenforced violations and then adjust their patrol routes in response to improve the rates at which they record and process violations. Compliance Increasingly parking property owners are choosing to implement gateless parking to reduce vehicle congestion and improve convenience for parking. AutoVu Free-Flow allows owners to maintain compliance with parking rules in the absence of gates. As Free-Flow now forms part of Security Center, parking managers can monitor occupancy and violations across all parking lots under their management, from one location. Genetec Plan Manager is an interactive and graphical mapping application allowing operators to visualise and manage environments. With Plan Manager and Free-Flow in Security Center, parking lot owners can navigate and oversee many car parks via the installed automatic licence plate recognition that is also installed with Security Center. Free-Flow provides parking officers a real-time view of how many vehicles are in parking lots across all their facilities, and how many are parked illegally. With these precise details of where and when violations are taking place, parking managers know where to dispatch officers to ensure higher compliance, says Charles Pitman, Genetec s product marketing manager at Genetec.

All attendees to the IPI trade show are welcome to attend A Pragmatic Look at Big Data: Perspectives from License Plate Recognition , which Pitman is presenting. The first series of updates for Genetec Free-Flow are expected to be available at the end of May 2017 with further updates planned in July 2017. Genetec also recently integrated gunshot detection into Security Center and expanded its access control platform with SimonsVoss e-locks. And Genetec has been confirmed as sponsor of IFSEC International s brand new show within a show , Borders & Infrastructure Expo. Check out the latest solutions from Genetec at IFSEC International, 20-22 June 2017, London ExCeL. You can find Genetec on stand F500. Get your free badge now. Europe s only large-scale security event in 2017 Taking place in London, 20 22 June 2017, IFSEC International gives you exclusive hands-on access to over 10,000 security solutions, live product demonstrations, and networking with over 27,000 security professionals. Furthermore, take advantage of discounts up to 30% available exclusively at the show.

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Milestone Systems video: Are you ready for the next step in video management software?

IFSEC 2017 In the video below Bjorn Skou Eilertsen, CTO of Milestone Systems, previews his forthcoming presentation at IFSEC International 2017. Eilertsen is speaking at 1.30pm on Thursday 22 June 2017 in the Security Management Theatre. Milestone Systems are also exhibiting at IFSEC International 2017, which takes place between 20-22 June at London ExCeL.

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Breaking: NHS IT chaos as systems are infected by malware

Malware called Wanna Decryptor is being blamed by NHS Digital. At this stage we do not have any evidence that patient data has been accessed, the organisation said in a statement. We will continue to work with affected organisations to confirm this.

NHS Digital is working closely with the National Cyber Security Centre, the Department of Health and NHS England to support affected organisations and to recommend appropriate mitigations. This attack was not specifically targeted at the NHS and is affecting organisations from across a range of sectors. The National Cyber Security Centre, which was only opened in February, is assisting NHS Digital. That East and North Hertfordshire has had to suspend all of their non-urgent activity and shut down A&E is a testament to how much they rely on their data to operate. Jason Allaway, VP UK and Ireland for RES Jason Allaway, VP UK and Ireland for RES, a specialist in digital workspace security, said: It s becoming more common an occurrence to see ransomware attacks against healthcare organisations; after all, they are a prime target for attackers due to the nature of the data they hold. It s not just a monetary loss when it comes to medical facilities: it s far more important. The fact that East and North Hertfordshire has had to suspend all of their non-urgent activity and shut down A&E is a testament to how much they rely on their data to operate. Education, vigilance and proven technology such as context-aware access controls, comprehensive blacklisting and whitelisting, read-only access, automated deprovisioning and adequate back-up need to be put in place by healthcare organisations to both prevent and combat this problem as efficiently as possible. Today s events are clear evidence that many healthcare organisations still need to invest in this integrated approach to security.

Wake-up call Dr Jamie Graves, CEO of ZoneFox, which specialises in combating insider threats, said: The large-scale cyber-attack on our NHS today is a huge wake-up call. The effects of this data breach include hospitals having to divert emergency patients, with doctors reporting messages from hackers demanding money, a clear signal of ransomware activity. It also highlights the ever-increasing importance of having a 360-degree visibility of activities and behaviour around business-critical data particularly for large organisations like hospitals. Because the NHS holds some of the most sensitive data of all individuals health records it s a goldmine for criminals. While we are still waiting to find out the scale of this attack, it could possibly have severe impacts on critical medical procedures not just a case of reputational damage and financial loss.

Fundamentally, the government needs to pool cyber security specialists together to tackle this growing threat to ensure this does not happen again.

Lodge Service to showcase Lodgic intelligence network, which slashes loss prevention operating costs

IFSEC International 2017 The Lodgic intelligence network, developed by Lodge Service, will be demonstrated at this year s IFSEC show, taking place June 20-22 at London Excel. The network enables security, facilities and logistics managers to remotely monitor and control an extended range of systems across multiple sites. Applications are varied, ranging from conflict management systems to remotely monitor and protect staff from assault, to alarm response and heating, ventilation and air conditioning controls in buildings and offices.

The Lodgic intelligence network is designed to cut operational costs for loss prevention and facility management by up to 50%, claims Lodge Service, by reduce staffing levels on sites, for example, or by enabling efficiencies in managing round-the-clock appliances like lighting and refrigeration. The Alarm Receiving Centre can despatch and manage on-site security, repair and maintenance teams in response to alarms, protect sites and minimise operational downtime. Lodgic intelligence network allows alarm signal verification and reporting, as well as GPS tracking and remote access control. Most web-enabled systems or services can be supported by the network, with real-time monitoring and alerts sent to smartphones, tablets or other devices. The Lodgic team will be on hand at IFSEC to answer visitors questions about the technology, including connectivity, compatibility and testing questions. IFSEC International takes place between 20-22 June 2017, London ExCeL. You can find them on stand C1030. 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.

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