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The international league table of cybersecurity: How cyber-safe is your country?

infographic The infographic below details the countries that are the most and least safe in terms of vulnerability to cyber-attack. Full of fascinating comparisons, the visual gives league tables for the countries with the highest and lowest rates of malware infection; the highest number of users attacked with ransomware; the most targeted countries for web app attack traffic; the highest percentage of global DDoS attacks; those most affected by cyber espionage; and many more Thank you to Comparitech.com for letting us use this infographic. Comparitech.com is a consumer advice resource that helps consumers make better decisions when they subscribe to tech services such as VPNs, antivirus and security products.

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Chubb launches traffic monitoring system for smart motorways

product launch Chubb Systems has launched a surveillance camera solution designed for the growing number of smart motorways around the UK road network. The Television Out Station (TVOS) is an all-weather traffic monitoring system. Sectors/verticals The TVOS is designed specifically for smart motorways, which uses enforces variable speed limits and hard shoulder running at busy times in order to boost capacity.

A raft of UK motorways have been converted to smart status and several more are currently being redeveloped to the same end. The TVOS meets specific technical specifications set out by Highways England inits road investment strategy. Chubb Systems was awarded a position on Lot 2 (Traffic Monitoring and Traffic Enforcement Cameras) of the Crown Commercial Services/Highways England Traffic Management Technology 2 Framework agreement and Lot 15 , the framework s product catalogue. Features Comprises long-range, high-resolution camera with optical zoom and back-light compensation; infrared array with 500m range; and television base unit (TVBU) Delivers images in ultra-low and zero-light conditions Provides regional control centres (RCC) with images to monitor traffic flow and motorway incidents as well as protect highways workforce Possesses physical and cybersecurity accreditation Remote maintenance service for software upgrades and alterations VBU connects relevant cameras to National Roads Telecommunication System, which connects to relevant RCCs Chubb Systems says With emphasis being placed on providing improved technology to the UK s highways, we can deliver a product and service that matches expectations and offers excellent value for money, said Dave Dunnagan, sales director at Chubb Systems. Alongside the TVOS camera head s technological benefits are significant cost reductions. Capital costs are reduced with no special brackets needed to hold the camera head in place. The unit s ongoing costs are minimal as power consumption has been significantly reduced. About Chubb Chubb is a truly heritage brand, having been founded by the inventor of the first patent detector lock in 1818. Acquired for 622m by United Technologies Corporation in 2003, Chubb now provides security and fire-safety solutions as part of UTC Climate, Controls & Security.

The company offers an extensive range of products and services, including fire-risk assessments, alarm monitoring and security audits, among many others. Free download: The video surveillance report 2017 Sponsored by IDIS The Video Surveillance Report 2017 covers all things video surveillance based on a poll of hundreds of security professionals. Specifically looking at topics such as open platforms, 4K, low-light cameras, video analytics, warranties and this year due to the growing threat posed, the cybersecurity landscape.

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False alarms: The fake news of the control room

Functioning democracies are based on the ability of well-informed public to shape its views and cast its vote accordingly. However, when the public cannot discern between genuine facts and alternative facts (AKA fake news), it undermines the foundation of our democracies. To fill this gap Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales recently introduced the WikiTRIBUNE, a website where news stories are backed by a community checking and rechecking all facts geared to be a source for verified evidence-based journalism.

The situation in the control room is analogous. These unwanted alerts are the fake news of the security industry. They clutter the view of the operators and limit their ability to understand the situation at hand and make an informed decision on how to respond. But can they be filtered out to leave only actionable intelligence about real incidents, as the WikiTRIBUNE does? As new sensors and systems have been diligently invested in, with the intention of improving the ability to prevent, detect and respond to incidents, an unwanted consequence has been a sharp uplift in false alarms. There has been evidence to suggest that US forces are losing as much as 6.5 million man hours to false alarms In fact, it has been suggested that false alarms can consume 90% of a control room operator s shift and that comes at considerable cost, far above and beyond the operator s time (although the impact should not be underestimated). In the extreme, closing a platform in a rail station, shutting an airport terminal, or evacuating a bank, for example, can see costs rises to millions in the blink of an eye. To illustrate the extent of this problem, we worked with a large European bank that was having to deal with a massive 19,000 false alarms each year. To place this in context, the cost of every resulting police dispatch was $50.

This issue of false alerts is also having a significant impact on police resources, with estimates of annual costs reaching $1.8bn (in the US) for their response. With police resources stretched, as a result of budget tightening and the global threat level, which remains high, it is an unwanted and wholly unnecessary distraction. In fact, there has been evidence to suggest that police forces (again in the US) are losing as much as 6.5 million man hours to false alarms. Root-cause analysis A root-cause analysis to determine the scale of false alarms in your organisation is imperative, but the critical factor in beginning to reduce them is to understand what is triggering them and this can throw up some surprises. Is there an issue with the location of a sensor? Has the right piece of kit been specified for its specific use? Has it been installed correctly? Is there a reliability issue with a certain vendor over another? Crucially, this isn t a one-off exercise.

It needs to be an ongoing, ingrained programme of monitoring to ensure operators are presented with actionable intelligence that is combined with a best-practice-driven response to every incident: situation management. It is not to suggest that it is possible to eradicate all false alarms, but it is a realistic expectation to drastically reduce the volume and frequency of them. In turn this helps operators to filter the noise and focus on the meaningful aspects of their job. The aforementioned European bank was able to reduce its false alarms to 1,200 per annum. It has achieved this through the use of its situation management (otherwise known as PSIM) system to correlate information and provide video confirmation of alarms in real time. By integrating all data feeds coming in to the control room and presenting a single operating picture, a situation management system provides situational awareness that in turn enables operators to be far more confident in being decisive about what is false, what is fact and how to best respond. Jon Denial is executive director at JPMorgan Chase and is quoted as saying: Filtering false alarms and focusing on the important information gives us real-time situational awareness. With an ever-increasing array of sensors and systems being made available to control rooms, the issue of false alarms is not abating. If anything, it is only going to get worse if it goes unchecked.

The time has come to filter out the fake news in the control room. Free download: The video surveillance report 2017 Sponsored by IDIS The Video Surveillance Report 2017 covers all things video surveillance based on a poll of hundreds of security professionals. Specifically looking at topics such as open platforms, 4K, low-light cameras, video analytics, warranties and this year due to the growing threat posed, the cybersecurity landscape.

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FIA spells out challenges surrounding PSTN shutdown

FIREX 2017 BT s decision to phase out the UK Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN) is set to present a major challenge for the fire and security industry, the chairman of the Fire Industry Association has warned. Martin Harvey told delegates at FIREX International 2017 that the move to VoIP would affect millions of fire alarm systems which require a PSTN line. PSTN is the traditional phone line, whereby analogue voice data flows over circuit-switched copper phone lines.

BT intends to switch off the PSTN and ISDN networks by 2025, with customers migrated to a single IP core network. There are about four million digital communicators which use PSTN signalling fire and security system alarms, said Harvey, who is also head of regulatory affairs EMEA at Tyco/ADT. The industry has a big challenge ahead to see how it can overcome this. He added the other obstacle the FIA is talking to Ofcom about surrounds power cuts. Fire and security systems will generally run for about eight hours minimum fire systems often 24 and phone lines going into houses will continue to work because the telephone exchange powers it at 50V DC. That is going to come to an end. That means your alarm system if you have a power cut will no longer work. There s therefore a challenge for the industry is to how we can power that broadband pipe from the premises as oppose to from the telephone exchange. We don t have the answer to that at this moment in time.

Speaking in the Expertise & Guidance Theatre, Harvey added: We re currently trying to negotiate with Ofcom but unfortunately the alarm industry is not seen as a primary user of communications within the UK, and government mandate seems to say sorry, it s your problem, not ours.’ 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. From the brand new Drone Zone, the ARC Village, ASFP Passive Protection Zone, the Engineers of Tomorrow competition and more, it s all under one roof so you ll never miss a beat.

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Once a licence has been issued, details about the licence holder are held on a register and made available to the public. Establishing and maintaining a register is required under section 12 of the Private Security Industry Act 1 You will be able to search the register on the date of birth field if known to you, but this information will not be made available from any result which is obtained. Where a result is obtained from entering the date of birth, it can be taken as confirmation that the date entered is correct.

The address of an individual will not be made public

References

  1. ^ section 12 of the Private Security Industry Act (www.sia.homeoffice.gov.uk)

SIA Security Guarding in Norwich

The nearest Training Centres to Norwich for SIA Security Guarding are Norwich and Peterborough. This new three day course that was introduced on 1st January 2015, and is designed to train new Security Guards and Security Officers to be employed in industrial or commercial premises, enabling you to achieve the required accreditation to apply for an SIA Licence in Security Guarding. You should also consider the Door Supervision Course1 which qualifies you for both Security Guarding and working at Licensed Premises.

Course Length

3 days, plus 9 hours pre-course work.

Assessment

3 multiple-choice exams.

Certification

Successful candidates will receive a Level 2 Award for Working as a Security Officer within the Private Security Industry

Pricing

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Online Price 170

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References

  1. ^ Door Supervision Course (www.trainingforsecurity.co.uk)
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Door Entry IP: There s no margin at the lower end of the residential access control market so installers are flocking to us

With IFSEC International just a few days away, we spoke to Graham Oliver, managing director of Door Entry IP, which is exhibiting at the security trade show. Hatfield-based Door Entry IP, which supports custom installers with home access control systems, will be on stand C1435 in London ExCeL between 20-22 June 2017. IFSEC Global: What products and solutions you will showcasing at the event?

Graham Oliver: We re going to be showing a range of products from a German manufacturer called Siedle. This year we were hoping for higher contact with the installers from what s called the custom install industry, the AV industry. We supply a lot of equipment to AV installers because our kit is definitely at the top end. If it were a car it would start at Mercedes C Class level and the range goes upwards from there. Siedle all about design, finish, performance and reliability What they will see on our stand is internal intercoms finished in leather, for example. And marine-grade stainless steel entry panels as standard. So very different to what security installers are expecting. They re used to commodity products. IG: So what kind of people are you looking to meet?

GO: We re keen to see architects and specifiers, because once they see the product they tend to fall in love with it. That s how most of our business comes in; it s specified. When it s designed into a building solution, that s just one of Siedle s strengths. For example, we can supply an entire entryway with letterboxes integrated, matching the exact finish of the building exterior and much more. So, it becomes part of the building rather than something incongruous stuck on the building afterwards. That stage is often where the security industry becomes involved but we re seeing more and more that they are becoming involved in the bigger projects and dealing more closely with the AV sector. I guess that s the way IFSEC is going to be honest. That s why it s of interest to us. IG: What kind of end customers are you seeing?

GO: We re talking about a complete cross section. We supplied the entry panels for One Hyde Park and many projects throughout London And we re getting involved in larger developments now. Previously it was high end homes. IG: Going back to your stand, do you have any exciting plans for how it will work? GO: It s going to be operational. One thing we do that s very different to others is when someone comes to the entrance door they get the standard camera every time. They push a button, and the image captured is shown on the screen inside. But we have different types of camera to suit. So, if a camera has to be mounted at a certain height, for example in a DDA application, we have integrated cameras with much wider angles including 180 We deliver as standard true day-night cameras.

With a movable IR filter, it is as crystal clear at night-time, in the dark, as it is during the day. Others don t do it at all, but we do that as standard. Our stainless steel panels aren t just stainless steel, because stainless steel isn t stainless it does rust. It s all marine-grade stainless steel as standard. You can just see the difference in the basic finish. We want to show people that door entry doesn t have to be just a commodity product; it can be designed and installed into upmarket properties and importantly installers can make money out of it by treating this are as a profit centre not as a nuisance. They also stand out from other installers. IG: How does your relationship work with people integrating and installing the system? GO: Our job at Door Entry IP Ltd is to support Siedle throughout the UK.

So we do it from start to finish. So, let s say an enquiry starts with an architect, and eventually the project is awarded to the security installer, electrical contractor, AV installer, whoever is going to perform the installation. They ve won the project, they ask: what are we going to do now? So we offer them training courses for free. And we tailor that as close to their project as possible. We assist with all cable layouts and the rest of the stuff and hold their hand all the way through. Our plan is to get repeat business, and the only way to do that is to give the service to match our price level. Our cabling is as easy as it is with lower end commodity systems. They can be conventional bus systems, they can be IP systems, but we re not doing anything different in that direction.

So the skills of the engineers don t have to be different. It s just that we do things with products in a slightly different way, but the installation side is, if anything, perhaps a bit easier. IG: Is there anything else you want to add? GO: We re seeing the trade moving upmarket because over time more and more competitors have been fighting at the lower end and there s no longer any margin in it for them. It s what happened in the alarm industry a number of years ago. So installers are looking to move into other areas to generate a profit and we re a really good leapfrog into the AV industry. Door Entry IP will be showcasing its solutions art IFSEC International, 20-22 June 2017, London ExCeL. You can find them on stand C1435. Get your free badge now.

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Government ID cards are more secure with personalisation, claims HID Global

ID forgeries Greater personalisation and additional levels of security can help tackle ID card forgeries, according to HID Global. It is estimated that more than 90% of photo ID card inspections are undertaken visually in the field and these inspections are the main way of verifying and validating documents. Decisions to use a secondary inspection criteria is often based on the outcome of the visual inspection.

Thus, good badge design and the selection of the right custom ID card printing technology is critical, according to HID Global, a supplier of identity-based security systems and products. Furthermore the speed, cost-effectiveness, convenience and simplicity of visual inspections have made ID cards particularly popular for government applications such as national ID cards and permits. These cards and documents must be clearly authentic, so it is important to have well-designed visual security, advises the company. However, most visual security products tend to be exactly the same on every single document, which has been important for helping with verification as anomalies become quickly obvious. However, an added level of defence can be applied by personalising IDs with visual security features on the card. Josh Nippoldt, director of product marketing with HID Global, said: The ID designs can now play a role in the first line of defence against counterfeiting by taking visual security features and customising them to each unique card holder or user. Typical visual security features include holographic overlaminates and card pre-printing. Holographic overlaminates can include overt, covert and forensic features. Pre-printing options can include different printing techniques, special inks, relief structures and laser images.

Different combinations can be devised. Forgers are becoming more sophisticated as ID cards become more widespread. By implementing a range of diverse and high-level security features, these forgeries can be easily detected, helping to protect the government s citizens from security threats. The more secure the card, the more secure the citizen, says Nippoldt. HID Global are exhibiting at IFSEC International, which takes place between 20-22 June 2017, London ExCeL. You can find them on stand E1250. Get your free badge now.

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FT ranks Paxton as one of Europe s fastest growing companies

FT1000 Paxton CEO Adam Stroud UK-headquartered provider of electronic IP access control and door entry systems Paxton Group has been ranked in the FT1000, the Financial Times compilation of Europe s fastest growing companies. The league table, which the FT publishes with Statista, lists the thousand firms in Europe that have gained the highest percentage growth in revenues between 2012 and 2015. Paxton was established in 1985 by Tony Ratcliffe, who is the company s chairman.

The firm, which is headquartered in Brighton in East Sussex, employs over 300 people. The business includes international sales offices. Paxton makes all its products locally at its factory in Eastbourne, also in East Sussex, and exports to over 60 countries. Over our 32-year history, we have grown from a small Sussex-based company into a truly global business. Paxton CEO Adam Stroud Growth plans include a turnover goal of 100 million by 2020. This summer Paxton plans to open a 29,000 sq ft. technology centre alongside the head office, as part of investment in product innovation and development. Adam Stroud, CEO of Paxton, says: Over our 32-year history, we have grown from a small Sussex-based company into a truly global business. We continue to enjoy significant international expansion which last year, included our move into Scandinavia, supplementing our existing European operations in Benelux, Germany and France.

Paxton invests in the free training and education of its global installer base. The company s products are adapted to cater for the regional differences in different global economies. However they are designed with simplicity in mind to ensure easy installation, deployment and maintenance. All products sold are backed by the company s local technical support and five-year guarantee. Find out about Paxton s latest launch, the new Net2 Entry Touch panel from Paxton: smart, simple door entry with a premium touch. Be one of the first to see the Net2 Entry Touch panel by visiting the Paxton stand (D850) at IFSEC International (20-22 June 2017, London ExCeL). Get your free badge now. Can you afford not to attend? Driven by rising concerns over public and private sector safety, the access control market is set to be worth a substantial $8.6 billion by 2018.

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Care home fire in Hertfordshire kills two elderly residents

Fire News A fire that broke out in a residential home in Cheshunt, Hertfordshire, killed two women, aged 91 and 89. Firefighters called to the blaze at Newgrange residential home, managed to rescue 33 people after flames engulfed the upper floors of the building on Saturday 8th April 2017. Three other residents are in hospital in a serious condition, according to Hertfordshire Police.

Emergency services are continuing to investigate how the fire at the 38-bed facility in Cadmore Lane was started. Hertfordshire County Council said in a statement: Firefighters were faced with an extremely fierce fire, well-established in the first floor and the roof of the building, which has since collapsed. Thirty-three residents were rescued and the firefighters worked closely with police and ambulance colleagues to evacuate them to a nearby emergency reception centre.

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