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Watch: Honeywell s Mick Goodfellow on cybersecurity, connected solutions and critical national infrastructure

IFSEC 2017 Honeywell s Mick Goodfellow visited the offices of IFSEC International to preview the show s forthcoming 2017 edition. Just appointed GM EMEA of commercial security, Goodfellow discusses synergies between Honeywell and Xtralis products (the latter acquired in 2016 by the former), new products, integrations with other vendors, cybersecurity and critical national infrastructure. embedded content Honeywell is showcasing its latest tech in an integrated control room at IFSEC International between 20-22 June 2017 at London ExCeL.

You will find them on stands D250 and D300. Get your free badge now. Honeywell is unveiling a series of new products across its building technology and home security solutions portfolios at IFSEC and FIREX 2017. Honeywell s connected solutions are designed to help homeowners and business managers interpret and exploit the huge and growing volume of data generated by connected buildings. At IFSEC the building management systems giant will be showcasing integrated video solutions and advanced detection technologies. IP video Honeywell s new portfolio of IP video solutions empower site staff to be more productive by providing greater insight and control across the facility. With a connected Honeywell system, staff are informed 24/7 of the status of their system, and alerted immediately when an alarm is triggered so they can take appropriate action. With end-to-end solutions for different budgets, the range includes advanced features including recording failover, facial and audio detection, and EDGE analytics on ONVIF-compliant 4K Ultra HD and H.264 cameras. These products also feature enhanced forensic capabilities, supporting integration with Honeywell s Xtralis IntrusionTrace video content analytics and ADPRO iFT Series NVR+ solutions.

For those looking to protect harsh environments, the new range also includes explosion and corrosion proof thermal cameras with temperature monitoring. Fire Honeywell will be showcasing enterprise class fire solutions including Xtralis VESDA-E VEP and VEA detectors. Yieldsing 1.5 times greater sensitivity and offering six times better dust rejection than the previous generation of products, VESDA-E VEP detector reduces the risk of nuisance alarms and attendant costs. VESDA-E VEA works by dividing a protected space into sampling locations, enabling the localization of possible causes of fire for faster incident response. Both detectors feature built-in Wi-Fi for remote detector access from smart devices to review and monitor status in real time. For smaller sites, FAAST XS aspirating smoke detectors deliver highly accurate very early warning fire detection. Connected home Honeywell is unveiling a professionally-installed, self-monitored wireless security system for the residential market. Called Total Connect Box, it is supported by Total Connect Pro Manager, a maintenance tool that allows installers to perform diagnostics and offer cost-effective maintenance services to homeowners remotely, so homeowners can get the best out of their Total Connect Box system. For those who prefer a monitored solution, the wireless Videofied Video Live Verification with Monitoring Systems will also be showcased.

The new MotionViewer PIR sensors are wireless and equipped with the Video Live function that allows the instant transmission of video to the alarm receiving centre in the event of an alarm, enabling swifter response to genuine alarms and eliminates unnecessary intervention and call outs to false alarms. It also provides homeowners greater peace of mind with the ability to view their homes live anytime day or night. Advanced technology solutions have the power to turn buildings and homes into responsive assets, linking disparate devices and management systems to create truly connected, intelligent buildings that span the most demanding applications, said Dino Koutrouki, vice president and general manager, Security and Fire EMEA, Honeywell Home and Building Technologies. But systems shouldn t be connected just to be connected. They should optimise a person s daily routine, whether at home or work, to improve safety, security and peace of mind. Honeywell is showcasing its latest tech in an integrated control room at IFSEC International between 20-22 June 2017 at London ExCeL. You will find them on stands D250 and D300. Get your free badge now. Join other high-end security professionals at the launch of Borders & Infrastructure Expo In conjunction with Europe s most renowned security event , IFSEC International, B&I is addressing your critical needs for large scale security projects affecting national security, integrated systems, border protection and much more.

You will have access to test the latest security innovations in; Physical & perimeter, Barriers & bollards, Command & control, Emergency response, Cyber solutions, Drones & UAVs, Transport security and much more.

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Genetec announced as sponsor for Borders & Infrastructure Expo

IFSEC International 2017 Genetec, the company behind unified security platform Security Center, has been confirmed as sponsor for IFSEC International s brand new show within a show , Borders & Infrastructure Expo (20-22 June 2017). Genetec is a good fit for Borders & Infrastructure Expo, which is pitched at critical national infrastructure. The company s security systems are popular in the enterprise space, with many customers in high end retail, train stations, airports Genetec systems are installed in 70% of airports in the Middle East and the the city surveillance space.

Its most prominent platforms are Security Center, which unifies access control, surveillance and ANPR systems; the Omnicast IP video management system (VMS); the Synergis TM IP access control system; and AutoVu automatic license plate recognition system. Cybersecurity is now a major focus. We recently spoke to Simon Cook, sales engineering manager EMEA and APAC, about the company s defining mantra: the security of security. embedded content Speaking at the show s launch event in October, IFSEC brand director Gerry Dunphy outlined the vision for a new show within a show which will meet the need for Britain s and the World s response to the growing terror and security threat. Borders & Infrastructure, which will take place between 20-22 June 2017 as part of IFSEC International and the wider Protection & Management Series, will feature products, solutions and visionary content aimed at central and local government, transport and utilities, sports stadia and events, logistics, border security and law enforcement, and offers a significant addition to the usual array of products and services that you can usually see at what is already Europe s largest security show. In view of the existing broad horizon of security products on offer at IFSEC, it will richly enhance IFSEC s position as the UK and Europe s industry-defining event in the security sector. IFSEC brand director Gerry Dunphy Dunphy outlined the reasoning s behind this welcome addition to the IFSEC lineup: The heightened terror threat, unprecedented migration levels and the growing cyber threat mean that demand is huge for a show like Borders & Infrastructure. Cyber security, counter-terror, border security and protecting critical infrastructure are near the top of the priorities list of governments in Europe and around the world. Attended by a wide range of manufacturers and customers including representatives from the Home Office s Security Industry Engagement Team, last night s guests heard keynote speaker Sir David Veness CBE, ex-Metropolitan Police and former UN Under-Secretary-General for Safety and Security, preview the findings of a London First report into the potential impact of Brexit on the security and resilience industries.

The event also included an address from the BSIA s Director of People, Trevor Elliott, who welcomed the addition of IFSEC s new event. Dunphy also added: In view of the existing broad horizon of security products on offer at IFSEC, it will richly enhance IFSEC s position as the UK and Europe s industry-defining event in the security sector. Borders & Infrastructure will take IFSEC to an even higher level, providing deeply enriching and strategic security solutions for major customers. With its own, distinctive branding, can sign up to an exclusive VIP 1-2-1 meetings service free of charge which matches them with potential suppliers, partners or customers. The event will serve as a hub for senior decision-makers from key verticals, government and law enforcement to strike major deals in procurement and supply contracts. The new event will feature everything from airport security tech to physical perimeter protection and even drones (the new area will incorporate the Drone Zone, which returns for a second year). UBM Group Director Simon Mills, who introduced last night s speakers, said: The strategic addition of Borders & Infrastructure to IFSEC is a historic moment in the 30-year-plus development of the IFSEC brand. It should be viewed as something very different to the show s more traditional elements. IFSEC International is proud to announce that Borders & Infrastructure has the support of the BSIA, ASIS, BRE Global and the Security Institute.

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A brief history of the transformative effect of innovation on the physical security industry

Photo: Closed circuit TV monitoring at the Central Police Control Station, Munich, Germany, in 1973 When considering the role of technology in security, it s easy for those outside the industry to think about the cyber side of things. Of course, more traditional and physical security services have changed profoundly through technological innovation over the decades too. Keeping buildings and personnel secure historically depended on the use of eyes and ears, people looking and listening for intruders and potential threats.

However, technology has now evolved to a point where they don t work alone. CCTV CCTV is perhaps the prime example of this. A staple of physical security, it catches things that may be missed by patrolling eyes. It s come a long way since its inception too. Initially developed during the Second World War, closed-circuit television became commercially available in 1949 and a domestic version was granted patent in 1969. There was one big problem, though: there was no functionality for recording so constant monitoring of the playback screen was required to render the system useable. CCTV 1980s style Things got easier in the 70s with the emergence of the VCR. Video surveillance and security were boosted dramatically. Monitors could be left unattended, safe in the knowledge that nothing would be missed.

Concrete proof of anything happening could be attained and criminals caught on the back of captured video. Further advancements in technology allowed CCTV to further tighten security. The VCR, which wasn t exactly renowned for its image and video quality, was supplanted by superior digital technologies throughout the 90s and noughties. Better resolution, more efficient storage and easier retrieval made for the basis of new innovations. In modern times, high-definition display and cloud-based systems have made for further improvements including an ability to monitor larger areas and provide clearer views of perpetrators if required. Walkie-Talkies Affectionately known as walkie-talkies, handheld transceivers play a pivotal role in many security setups, particularly larger ones. Offering instant communication, they are used by the likes of the police forces and military units around the world. They have helped to secure some of the toughest climates it the world and continue to do so. The initial eyes and ears model of physical security is toughened up with findings being able to be reported immediately.

This is of particular use when findings are time sensitive, for example, a thief running from the scene of a crime. A very able deterrent, walkie-talkies provide the link between seeing and doing that is so often need when it comes to security. Lighting So simple yet powerfully effective, security lighting illuminates an area making it easier for potential wrongdoers to be seen. Whilst it may seem pretty straightforward on the surface, many elements of lighting have had to change over the years to make them it as competent as it is today. Whilst bright lights have always been used, lighting that is overbearing can actually make it harder to see from the outside. On top of this, mismanaged lighting setups can result in glare, which again has an impact on the ability to see what is going on. There are also considerations needed for the processes for monitoring the illuminated area human eye or CCTV. With this in mind, lighting has been crafted to stand in line and not potentially be obstructive to security. Illuminated glows that highlight areas are likely to deter criminals, boosting surveillance.

Alarms Visual and audible deterrents in equal measures, security alarms are incredible at their job. The usual sensors used in these systems are PIR sensors will trigger an alarm when a person walks past. They ve stood the test of time for sure but more advanced technology is making for a new level in alarm security. There are a whole host of alarm triggers and actions that can be used to further strengthen and safeguard premises. Modern triggers may include: Glass or windows breaking Vibrations, such as those in building attacks Increased soundwaves, sometimes ultrasonic Photo-electric beams, laser alarms In most cases, security is strengthened thanks to the high-pitched sound that is made when one of these is triggered. More modern approaches can use a number of alternative actions based on a specific environment. Doors can be slammed shut, CCTV can begin rolling and services halted to protect anything of value. Biometric Recognition Technology Limiting access to certain areas can sometimes be tricky. Recognition software, however, takes all of the difficulty away whilst simultaneously improving security.

There are three main types facial, iris and fingerprint. All three provide stronger protection than a key. Without pre-cleared fingerprints, iris patterns or facial features, entry is impossible. These systems generally work very well. Fingerprint identification is impossible to clone or fool so is mightily secure. Early versions of facial and iris recognition software came in for criticism as they were sometimes able to be manipulated by using photos of somebody with authorisation. Later and more modern versions have been developed with a view to eliminating such problems. Advanced technology means that it is much harder to crack these systems, tightening security significantly. Shut Down Rooms In a similar way to light sensors detecting no movement and turning lights off, some people have implemented whole rooms based on such technology.

The benefits of this from a security viewpoint are huge. Where rooms are keeping sensitive information and valuable possessions, it is often imperative that strong security measures are in place. Timers can be set to manage closing and locking windows, powering down electronics (which may require a password to turn on again) and locking doors. Rooms can also be shut down manually or remotely offering controlled security for any situation. An Evolving World Although physical security still has somewhat of a dependence on eyes and ears, technology has played a huge role in its advancements over the years. There are literally thousands of ways in which security has benefitted from advancements made in tech and will surely find even more further on in the future. Chris Perry of NVC Security works to make more secure environments a reality. From outdoors to indoors and commercial to domestic, he believes tech can help in all areas of security. Visit Europe s leading security event in June 2017 Be the first to see the very latest in security tech for 17/18 at IFSEC International, where around 600 manufacturers will be attending, including this year s new additions to the show; OSI Electronics, Redvision, L3, ABLOY, Cisco and Meraki to name just a few.

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FLIR Systems acquires developer behind world s smallest drone: Prox Dynamics

FLIR Systems Acquires Developer Behind World  S Smallest Drone: Prox Dynamics

FLIR Systems has acquired Prox Dynamics AS, the developer behind the world s smallest drone. FLIR, a world leader in the development of thermal imaging infrared cameras, has paid around $134m in cash for the Norway-based company. Founded in Oslo in 2007, Prox Dynamics develops nano-class unmanned aerial systems (UAS) for military and para-military intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance applications.

The PD-100 Black Hornet Prox Dynamics also develops small, light, covert aerial sensors. The Prox Dynamics Personal Reconnaissance System (PRS) features their pocket-sized, hand-launched Black Hornet aerial sensor and hand controller. The PD-100 Black Hornet is the smallest operational drone in the world by far, according to Prox Dynamics. Weighing only 18 grams equivalent to just three sheets of paper they are mounted with day or night-vision cameras. The Black Hornet aerial sensor already uses FLIR s Lepton micro thermal camera, visible spectrum cameras, advanced low-power rotor technology and proprietary software for flight control, stabilisation and communications. Weighing less than one ounce, the Black Hornet helicopter can fly for up to 25 minutes at line-of-sight distances of up to one mile. FLIR, which extends its airborne sensor product line with the acquisition, says it intends to invest in optimising the PRS platform to enhance range, cost, flexibility and performance. The Prox Dynamics team, said FLIR in the announement, will benefit from close interaction with FLIR s thermal sensor development group as well as the ability to leverage FLIR s brand, distribution, and customer support infrastructure to better serve a global base of users. Prox Dynamics will become FLIR s Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) division within its surveillance section.

This acquisition adds a unique unmanned aerial systems capability to our portfolio, says Andy Teich, President and CEO of FLIR. The Prox Dynamics team has created a highly-differentiated solution, incorporating our Lepton sensor, for advanced intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance that fits well with our vision for growth for our surveillance segment. The team at Prox Dynamics operates with a commercial mindset, which is a great fit for FLIR s commercially developed, military qualified, or CDMQ, operating philosophy. We are excited to welcome the Prox Dynamics team to FLIR and look forward to working together to further advance this remarkable system capability. IFSEC International 2017 (20-22 June 2017, London ExCeL) will again feature the Drone Zone. Brought to you in partnership with the UK Drone Show, the Drone Zone will bring together exhibitors with drone and anti-drone technology into a dedicated area to showcase their high-quality UAV products. Download: The Video Surveillance Report 2016 This exclusive report covers the security needs of surveillance systems as shaped by the physical environment including: What do security professionals think about plug-and-play systems Challenges like low-light conditions or large spaces and the threats posed in various sectors Which cutting-edge features such as mobile access, PTZ smart controls or 4K resolution are most important to security professionals What are the most important factors driving upgrades and would end users consider an upgrade to HD analogue Download the full report here.

UK Drone Show flies back to the NEC in December 2016

UK Drone Show Flies Back To The NEC In December 2016

The UK Drone Show is Europe s largest and most exciting gathering of drone, camera and smart technology all under one roof. New features have been added to the show this year including the amazing Drone Racing iSeries, the RC Car zone and the very latest in smart technology and home robots. With over 8000 visitors expected and a wide range of exhibitors including the country s leading retailers and independent specialists, the UK Drone Show is a must for the drone and technology loving community.

ISERIES The new Drone Racing iSeries is coming to the UK Drone Show this year. Fresh from testing their skills at the awesome ISeries1 this summer, see top international drone pilots battling it out around an amazing indoor drone circuit live! TECH This year at UKDS we are super excited in bringing you the very latest in smart technology and home robots. Experience some of this year s leading and newest home technology including the amazing quality of 4K and the latest in home technology allowing you to monitor and control your home with the touch of a button. DRONES The biggest, best and most innovative companies in drone retail will be bringing the latest products for you to get hands on with. Enjoy great prices and one-off Show specials, as well as talking face-to-face with experts to make sure you get the very best out of your drone experience. CAMERAS UKDS once again brings back the best names in the business for the latest in camera products, demos and advice. Witnesses the very best in 4K camera technology, on the ground and in the air. INNOVATION For 2016 the UK Drone Show is delighted to be showcasing some of the cutting-edge work being done in the drone and related sectors by high tech start-ups, university researchers and entrepreneurs.

The Innovation Zone will give you an early look at some of the technology that will be making headlines in 2017. EXCLUSIVES Be part of the action and watch special UKDS only product launches and exclusive showcases. RC CAR ZONE UKDS are proud to announce they will be demonstrating FPV car racing and live on board image streaming. This exciting addition to the main show will be the first truly dedicated RC Car Expo the UK has seen in a very long time, and aims to play a pivotal role in the future promotion of this aspect of the hobby industry. SPEAKERS At the UK Drone Show this year we are lucky enough to have the industry s leading innovators. With topics such as the future of digital and the proposed EASA prototype commission regulation on the agenda, make sure to check the speakers programme throughout the show. WHEN The UK Drone Show takes place at the NEC on the 3rd and 4th December 2016. Tickets available from: www.ukdroneshow.com SPONSORS AND SUPPORT Technology giant Panasonic is sponsoring the event for a second year, joined for 2016 by drone industry leaders DJI and Parrot. The Show is also being supported by the CAA, Ofcom, Yuneec, eHang, Avensys and many more.

QUOTES It s been an amazing experience for Panasonic UK, it s been a real eye-opener for us. We knew our cameras were good and much the industry standard amongst professional drone flyers, but the interest we ve had from amateurs, professionals and from the non-flyers, the photographers, has been amazing. Panasonic UK It s been absolutely brilliant, it s actually exceeded all our expectations. Jessops The interest for our drones from consumers and professionals alike has been overwhelming, making our participation in the UK Drone Show 2015 a great success. We look back on a well organised event. DJI The first UK Drone Show was amazing. To see so many people sharing the same interest and passion together under one roof was fantastic. i-Drone The drone sector in the UK has seen another year of strong growth with more new products being brought to market by these key players and by an amazing range of UK independent producers and suppliers. We re excited to be increasing the show area and to bring many additional attractions and features to this year s show.

It makes the UK Drone Show not only a great place to see all the latest in drones, but also the best in RC cars, consumer home technology and more.

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Supply-chain risk management: how to lock down compliance in the security industry

Supply-chain Risk Management: How To Lock Down Compliance In The Security Industry

In an 8.5bn industry, outsourcing and contracting out is now common in many security companies, but how can you be 100% sure that you know who all your suppliers are? Read this guide to locking down compliance and tightening your supply-chain risk management to find out more. Yes, you re likely to have a good idea of who is at Tier 1 in your supply chain, but are you aware of who is supplying them further down the line?

Thousands of security installers are contracted every day to conduct high risk activities such as working at height, in confined spaces or electrical maintenance so effective health and safety management must be a high priority. To ensure that health and safety is watertight throughout your supply chain, you must insist that suppliers provide evidence of the competence of any subcontractors they use As security companies can be held liable for supply chain partners mistakes, a faulty barrier system, for example, could cause liability for the designer, manufacturer, shipper, distributor, seller and installer. If suddenly your supply chain is full of weak links, could you and your customers withstand this disruption? After the appointment of the Tier 1 contractor, they are in a position to appoint subcontractors to undertake the service on their behalf. This approach means that companies attending site are several tiers removed from the Tier 1 contractor, and have not been under the same level of health and safety scrutiny that the Tier 1 contractor received prior to their appointment. Brand reputation If a contractor has not gone through the relevant checks and assessments, you and your brand reputation could be exposed to a great deal of risk. To ensure that health and safety is watertight throughout your supply chain, you must insist that suppliers provide evidence of the competence of any subcontractors they use. Whilst at first glance, risk management can appear to be a headache; it actually supports positive, strong supplier partnerships and is helping organisations in many sectors to secure a more efficient supply chain. Who wants to work with suppliers or installers that don t manage health and safety?

Whether you implement an in-house system or outsource to a professional supplier, ensuring a fully health and safety compliant network of suppliers will enhance as well as protect your business. The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) has published a Guide to Managing Contractors which should help small security firms and suppliers gain a better understanding of these issues. Mitigating risk in your supply chain is no longer the headache it once was Unlike other sectors such as aerospace and defence, where the focus rests on several large companies, SMEs tend to dominate the security sector. This February saw the introduction of tougher corporate penalties for health and safety failings by the Sentencing Council, putting the topic firmly back on the board agenda for businesses of all sizes. The security industry must set stringent health and safety standards that all contractors abide by to protect workers and corporate reputation. Cost-efficiencies Whilst the upfront investment to set up a vetting system may seem sizeable, getting compliance right throughout the supply chain early on will not only ensure that you employ best of breed suppliers, it will also help to create significant cost-efficiencies through long-term partnerships. The consequences of disruption within the supply chain when things go wrong are many and varied, all of which could have an immediate financial impact on your organisation, but there s also the potential for long term damage. This could include a loss of revenue, damage to reputation or loss of productivity to name just a few. You could witness your services failing to meet demand, see delays in your cash flow and even go through legal proceedings.

Ultimately, all of these issues will contribute to customer dissatisfaction and your credibility as a supplier. From advice on developing your own in-house compliance supplier framework, to advisors and full service professionals who handle the entire process for you, mitigating risk in your supply chain is no longer the headache it once was. Whether you re a large manufacturer or specialist service provider, there are cost-effective solutions on the market to help. If you re questioning the integrity or professionalism of any contractor, go with your gut and seek professional advice. For security manufacturers keen to shake up their supply chain, the industry recommendations cited in the previous coalition government s Strengthening UK Manufacturing Supply Chains makes an interesting read.

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IFSEC launches Borders & Infrastructure “show within a show” for 2017

IFSEC Launches Borders & Infrastructure “show Within A Show” For 2017

IFSEC International, Europe s largest security trade show, has announced the launch of a new show dedicated to border security, counter-terror and the protection of critical national infrastructure. Borders & Infrastructure, which will take place between 20-22 June 2017 as part of IFSEC International and the wider Protection & Management Series, will feature products and solutions aimed at central and local government, transport and utilities, sports stadia and events, logistics, border security and law enforcement. The new event will feature everything from airport security tech to physical perimeter protection and even drones (the new area will incorporate the Drone Zone, which returns to IFSEC for a second year).

VIP 1-2-1 meetings service Speaking at last night s launch event for the show in London s historic Guildhall, IFSEC brand director Gerry Dunphy pointed out that attendees can sign up to an exclusive VIP 1-2-1 meetings service free of charge which matches them with potential suppliers, partners or customers. The event will serve as a hub for senior decision-makers from key verticals, government and law enforcement to strike major deals in procurement and supply contracts. Gerry Dunphy described Borders & Infrastructure as a show within a show with its own, distinctive branding. In view of the existing broad horizon of security products on offer at IFSEC, it will richly enhance IFSEC s position as the UK and Europe s industry-defining event in the security sector. IFSEC brand director Gerry Dunphy Attended by a wide range of manufacturers and customers, including representatives from the Home Office s Security Industry Engagement Team, guests heard keynote speaker Sir David Veness CBE, ex-Metropolitan Police and former UN Under-Secretary-General for Safety and Security, preview the findings of a London First report into the potential impact of Brexit on the security and resilience industries. Last night s event also included an address from BSIA Director of People Trevor Elliott, who welcomed the launch of Borders & Infrastructure. Focused destination for end users and specifiers Gerry Dunphy, Brand Director for IFSEC and FIREX International, said: It s a hugely exciting time for IFSEC. Borders & Infrastructure is a significant addition to the overall offering and will provide a focused destination for end users and specifiers from key areas such transport, utilities, central and local government, events spaces, logistics and law enforcement to meet with manufacturers and solutions providers. In view of the existing broad horizon of security products on offer at IFSEC, it will richly enhance IFSEC s position as the UK and Europe s industry-defining event in the security sector.

Borders & Infrastructure will take IFSEC to an even higher level, providing deeply enriching and strategic security solutions for major customers. UBM Group Director Simon Mills, who introduced last night s speakers, said: The strategic addition of Borders & Infrastructure to IFSEC is a historic moment in the 40-year-plus development of the IFSEC brand. It should be viewed as something very different to the show s more traditional elements. The heightened terror threat, unprecedented migration flows and the growing cyber threat mean that demand for a show like Borders & Infrastructure is enormous. Cyber security, counter-terror, border security and protecting critical infrastructure are top priorities for governments in Europe and around the world. IFSEC International is also proud to announce that Borders & Infrastructure has the support of the BSIA, ASIS, BRE Global and the Security Institute. Download: The Video Surveillance Report 2016 This exclusive report covers the security needs of surveillance systems as shaped by the physical environment including: What do security professionals think about plug-and-play systems Challenges like low-light conditions or large spaces and the threats posed in various sectors Which cutting-edge features such as mobile access, PTZ smart controls or 4K resolution are most important to security professionals What are the most important factors driving upgrades and would end users consider an upgrade to HD analogue Download the full report here.

Hijack of nearly 1.5m surveillance cameras a wake-up call for security industry

Hijack Of Nearly 1.5m Surveillance Cameras A Wake-up Call For Security Industry

Last week hackers managed to bring down a popular security website after hijacking more than a million security cameras. KrebsOnSecurity.com, which is run by freelance journalist Brian Krebs, was flooded with traffic over the course of two days. The distributed denial of service (DDoS) was a rather pointed attack given Krebs record of exposing and reporting on cybercrimes.

Surpassing 660 Gbps of traffic, it was one of the biggest DDoS attacks in history. The hackers harnessed two botnets networks of devices infected with malware comprising 980,000 and 500,000 zombie devices, according to internet service provider and telecoms giant Level 3 Communications. Most of these devices were internet-connected cameras. Because everyone wants to be able to connect physical security to their online world, the potential for attacks is only going to increase. James Wickes, CEO, Cloudview A cyber security expert protecting the website called it the biggest attack we ve ever seen. James Wickes, CEO and co-founder of Cloudview, the world s first corporate grade, cloud-based surveillance solution, said it highlights that CCTV systems are the second most prevalent internet connected devices, and too often are vulnerable to hacking because they don t have even the most basic security protections in place. As powerful computers in their own right, they can be used as a Trojan horse to attack corporate networks, or their combined power can be used to attack and bring down servers and entire networks. Worryingly, because everyone wants to be able to connect physical security to their online world, the potential for attacks is only going to increase. embedded content New front in cyber war The attack heralds a new front in the cyber war as criminals recognise the vulnerability of proliferating connected devices and things .

Mostly using direct traffic, this was an unusual DDoS attack. Rather than tricking faulty servers into boosting malicious traffic, as previous DDoS attacks have tended to do, this amplification or reflection attack compelled the servers to generate multiple response packets for each packet sent. Wickes said it served as a wake-up call for the physical security industry as it becomes increasingly intertwined with and replaced by, if they re not careful the IT sector. This represents either a huge threat or a tremendous opportunity to the security industry, he said. The threat is that the IT industry will take over and become the go-to place for secure online products and services. The opportunity is for the security industry to rise to the challenge and proactively integrate cyber security services into their IoT products. Clearly, whoever succeeds will win a huge market.

To quote Rudyard Kipling: NOW this is the law of the jungle, as old and as true as the sky and the wolf that shall keep it may prosper, but the wolf that shall break it must die.

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Men can t multi-task and that s good news for the security control room

Men Can  T Multi-task   And That  S Good News For The Security Control Room

It is easy to assume that multi-tasking, plate spinning and keeping balls in the air is the harder challenge. This is perceived as being especially true for men. In fact, ask any man and chances are he will tell you that he cannot multi-task, or testify that his wife/girlfriend claims that men at large lack the ability.

Humour aside, we are all living in what has been recently referred to as the attention economy , where we are bombarded with constant distractions. As humans we are hugely adaptable and until recently it has been considered that we (men and women) would evolve and become a race of accomplished multi-taskers. Yet, recent studies now show that this is itself a myth. Experiments at Stanford University showed that people who regularly multi-task are a lot worse at basic tests of spatial perception, memory and selective attention than people who don t Multi-tasking is unproductive. That s right, I called multi-tasking unproductive. A recent blog by my colleague Udi Segall mentions the classic 2007 study of Microsoft workers, which found that when they responded to email or instant messaging alerts, it took them another 10-15 minutes to really get back into their original tasks. A series of experiments at Stanford University in California showed that people who regularly multi-task are a lot worse at basic tests of spatial perception, memory and selective attention than people who don t. Antony Wagner, an associate professor of psychology at Stanford, provides a possible explanation on what is slowing down multi-taskers: When they re in situations where there are multiple sources of information coming from the external world or emerging out of memory, they re not able to filter out what s not relevant to their current goal. That failure to filter means they re slowed down by that irrelevant information.

Wagner s comments will resonate with anyone working in, or responsible for a modern control room, where there are multiple screens, pushing masses of information from dozens of systems (connected to thousands of sensors) to the operator. In such a noisy environment it is very difficult to focus on the situation at hand without being distracted by irrelevant data coming from other data sources. What is more, it can be a challenge to prioritise what needs to be done and when. Technology is the problem and the solution This ever increasing data overload that operators experience has been created by technology and it is therefore fitting that technology also provides a solution. The reason we still have operators in control rooms is that there are still things that humans do far better than machines. The key is to enable people to do what they do best (mono-task) and let technology do what it does best (multi-task). This is exactly the point of situation management systems. Situation management systems are adept at absorbing all of the information that is entering the control room, filtering it and presenting the operator with only the relevant information relating to the incident that he or she is currently managing. Here an example of what happens when a smoke detector alert is raised and how the operator and the system work together This laser focus approach which provides the operator only with the information he or she needs and guides his actions with best practices, results based on our experience, in 70% faster resolution time.

Multi-tasking and shifting from one task to another depletes our brain power resources, so we feel exhausted and disoriented after even a short time. On the other hand, mono-tasking ie focusing on the situations at hand engages the central executive mode and staying in that state uses less brain energy than multi-tasking and yields productive results. So, lets lay to rest the debate over which sex is better and multi-tasking, because the computer will win out every time! Embrace your ability to mono-task. Download: The Video Surveillance Report 2016 This exclusive report covers the security needs of surveillance systems as shaped by the physical environment including: What do security professionals think about plug-and-play systems Challenges like low-light conditions or large spaces and the threats posed in various sectors Which cutting-edge features such as mobile access, PTZ smart controls or 4K resolution are most important to security professionals What are the most important factors driving upgrades and would end users consider an upgrade to HD analogue Download the full report here.