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Botched software update disables unlocking function on hundreds of smart locks

LockState The demise of the humble mechanical lock and key might be some way off yet. For all the possibilities they open up, so-called smart locks can readily become dumb in several scenarios. Hundreds of people recently discovered that they were unable to open their doors by their usual means when their smart locks were disabled digitally, at least by a botched software update.

Earlier this month LockState issued an update to its 6000i series smart locks that was designed for its later-generation 7000i models. The 6000i locks were subsequently unable to reconnect to the company s web service. As well as the remote locking and unlocking function, the mistake cost users access to remote access, status alerts and keypad entry code-management. The company couldn t even remedy the situation with a remote fix, meaning customers have to return part of the lock for repair turnaround time one week or wait three weeks or longer for delivery of a replacement lock. In a statement, the company attempted some damage limitation by giving owners one free year of access to connected services. Roughly 500 locks have been affected, says LockState. Users had to resort to the time-honoured method of inserting a metal key. Anyone using the locks for Airbnb hosting may be more inconvenienced still. Users of the peer-to-peer accommodation portal can make letting out property easier in theory by recruiting the services of LockState through the Host Assist program.

Around 200 Airbnb hosts are reported to have been affected. 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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Best of both worlds: Why an IoT that is both open and secure should be a right, not a privilege

A recent report by SAS and the Centre for Economics and Business Research estimated that by 2020, big data and the internet of things (IoT) will be worth 322bn to the UK economy, and account for 2.7% of GDP. Gartner forecasts that IoT endpoints will reach a global installed base of 20.4 billion units by 2020. IoT networks are already critical to global public and private sector infrastructure, delivering ever expanding capacities and potential benefits.

However, among the many pressures that are rising from the growth of IoT, two are becoming critical: throttled growth of new applications caused by non-interoperative, proprietary technology; and a widening field of security vulnerabilities, only growing more pressing as IoT permeates modern life. As IoT networks connect more and more services throughout our cities, business and homes they are rapidly becoming one of the most critical technologies underpinning our daily lives. Yet we see a great discrepancy in the requirements and demands of cities, utilities and enterprises on the network operators. Does this mean they are not taking their role as seriously as they should, or instead that the essential requirements are not yet well understood? It might seem like wishful thinking to expect that IoT networks should be both open to future development and secure against attack. It isn t. In fact, demanding the best in both these areas is utterly essential. IoT is moving beyond its roots, where devices were predominantly single-ownership/ single-use solutions. They are now able to connect to several different domains and work best when they have open and equal access to data, controllers and platforms simultaneously.

At the same time, security standards are being agreed to ensure that all devices are insulated against and able to respond to breaches. At Silver Spring Networks, we felt it was time that the buyers of IoT Networks understood how important and achievable balancing security and openness has become. Delivering security at a city-wide scale Persistent detection and safeguards from unauthorised access are two of the most important rights that all IoT network providers should confidently demand. Many IoT network platforms have only the most introductory and basic security measures which, given the interconnected nature of most networks, permits serious vulnerabilities to develop. The 2016 DDOS attack on Dyn, one of the companies running the internet s domain name system, provides an example of the repercussions of insufficiently secured IoT devices: disrupting of the connection of thousands of internet users from big online retailers and other popular sites. Shortly after this attack, a tech industry veteran demonstrated the vulnerability of unsecured IoT devices even further. By connecting a $55 IoT security camera to the internet, it was discovered that a full penetration cyber-attack could be carried out in just 98 seconds. IoT networks are large and are often very complex, with multiple points of entry and multiple touchpoints. Furthermore, when compared to computers, tablets and phones they typically have simplified user interfaces to reduce cost and simplify installation.

However, the assumption that large IoT networks cannot be made secure is wrong. Best in class IoT networks harness top-tier, military grade security, including features such as automated, asymmetric key exchange and rotation; hardened crypto processors used in key generation and storage; AES encryption to protect data in transit; and authentication via certificates at multiple layers, including prior to network enrolment. The ability to deploy formware upgrades swiftly and reliably to all nodes in a network is also an essential feature to ensure that networks remain secure across coming decades. Organisations working with IoT networks should be able to confirm that this level of security is present across their entire network, and address any segments where those standards are not or cannot be met. Ensuring an open, adaptable and future-fit network Cyber-attacks will always present a significant and costly liability to IoT networks, but they are not the only threat to consider. We live in a world where technology is evolving at a break-neck pace and new applications are emerging constantly. Networks which are locked into a single vendor s products or proprietary platform, which can t easily adapt to innovation, will also be the cause to painful costs down the line. The best insurance against this future is to deploy a solution based on proper industry standards. Proprietary technologies posing as standards (LoRaWAN, for example) effectively lock in to an ecosystem built around a single chipset.

This threatens interoperability down the line, which leads to massive and costly technical iteration and system integration efforts, all while capping the network s ultimate functionality. The best way to ensure a diverse ecosystem is to implement open, standards-based technologies that are demonstrated to be interoperable at every level of the system. The Wireless Smart Ubiquitous Network (Wi-SUN) standard is set up on this principle. Wi-SUN was designed to underpin the operation and deployment on next-generation star, mesh and hybrid networks. These networks are designed to capitalise on many connected paths, to deliver fast, reliable and city-scale coverage. Each node relays data for the network to provide strong and stable connectivity. Wi-SUN is maintained by a third-party organisation that constantly tests to certify that the IoT equipment is both conformant to the standard and interoperable with other certified networks, fostering a diverse ecosystem. Open standards allow a far greater number of providers to develop solutions, which are tested for interoperability, ensuring those solutions can work together. The best new IoT software, whether it be for management of Smart Grid applications (smart metering, real time grid balancing, renewable management etc.), management of city services (Smart street lighting, traffic flow optimisation, flood monitoring and management, Smart parking optimisation etc.), smart logistics, smart agriculture or many others the best and most effective functionality will only be unlocked through comprehensive, integrated end-to-end solutions.

Networks built around an industry standard that emphasises openness and development is essential to delivering this. Your right to best-in-class IoT At Silver Spring Networks, we think that its past time that IoT network providers were held to standards which reflect the incredible impact of IoT technology on society, now and into the future. We have set out the lessons we have delivering 26 million IoT devices across five continents into a bill of 10 rights IoT customers must be empowered to demand be enshrined in any IoT network services agreement. Security and openness are just two of these. IoT s potential to provide an incredible uplift to society across the world has only just begun to unfold. The buyers of IoT networks have the means to steer this future, by arming themselves with the information and courage to demand nothing less than the absolute best from their providers. 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.

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Watch: 30-second product pitch from Vanderbilt Industries on IFSEC TV

IFseC 2017 At IFSEC 2017, we challenged security tech vendors to pitch their products to camera in just 30 seconds. Below is a pitch from Michael Moyna, product manager for access control technology for Vanderbilt Industries. The challenge was also taken up by Paxton, HID Global, Pelco, CSL, AxxonSoft, Dahua, Uniview Technologies, Kedacom, LT Security, Promise Technology and Genetec.

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Comelit s IP door entry system used for Battersea Power Station development

IFSEC exhibitor One of the UK s most iconic developments Circus West apartments at Battersea Power Station in London is using Comelit s IP video entry system. The first phase of the development comprises of 865 apartments at the Circus West site and uses Comelit s IP-enabled ViP entry system that sits on a shared network. The apartments are fitted with ICONA monitors.

More than 50 entrances are equipped with a mixture of 3one6 Sense flush-mounted panels, Vandalcom digital panels and Vandalcom single button panels. Help points have also been fitted in the carparks so residents can speak to the concierge/security office. The ICONA monitors in each apartment feature a 16:9 4.3-inch colour screen with capacitive, touchscreen and swipe activation. The 3one6 entrance panels feature LCD graphic displays, in 4mm mirror-finishes or brushed steel, and have a concealed loudspeaker. The network itself, supplied by Skanska Konnect, incorporates the site s access control system, as well as Comelit s video entry system, which consists of over 900 devices. Because it is IP-based, the system has no distance limitations and can provide an unlimited number of users with simultaneous video and audio communications. The on-site concierge is able to manage calls made from call points to apartments, and can call individual apartments. Residents can call the concierge via the intercom directory on their ICONA monitors, and can communicate with the other apartments via the same directory, which can be programmed by the installer on request. We are absolutely thrilled to have been chosen to take part in this iconic and exceptional project, said Francesca Boeris, Comelit s managing director.

With our emphasis on cutting-edge product design and aesthetics, we are proud to be associated with a development which showcases some of the best designers in the world. Comelit is exhibiting at IFSEC International between 20-22 June 2017 at London ExCeL. You will find them on stand G1150.

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IFSEC Tool Zone: Discounts, new products and other exciting plans from Anglia Tool Centre

IFSEC 2017 welcomes Anglia Tools as its exclusive partner for the Tool Zone, where visitors can sample a wide range of hand and power tools and take advantage discounts and special offers exclusive to IFSEC visitors. Anglia Tool Centre is a specialist in DIY power tools, selling a wide range of top brands online across the UK. We spoke to Ian Thacker, the company s group manager, about the products we can expect to see at the show and what kind of discounts IFSEC visitors will have exclusive access to.

IFSEC Global: It would be good to kick off asking you to tell us a bit about the company and what you do? Ian Thacker: Anglia Tools Centre was established in November 2006. We re part of the Ridgeons Group, a family-owned builder s merchant established since 1911. So lots of heritage behind us. We set up to become a specialist supplier of power tools to the trade. We re not involved in any DIY tools; it s all trade-rated products aimed at general builders, carpenters, plumbers, electricians, security installers you name it, we have tools to suit the requirements of any trade operation. Everything at the show will be at a discounted price compared to what you would normally pay online, either through ourselves or competitor We opened in East Anglia with one showroom and we now have nine standalone showrooms as well as a heavy online presence, accounts facility, contracts business etc So we ve come quite a long way in the last 10 years and are looking to future progression across the UK in the coming years. IG: What are your plans for IFSEC? IT: We re attending IFSEC as the only tools supplier at the show, so we ve created the Tool Zone.

The idea is to build relationships with security installers and become their supplier of choice for their power tool and accessory requirements. We ll be there with products from all the leading manufacturers the likes of Makita, Dewalt, Milwaukee, Bosch, Hitachi etc and we ll have demonstrations throughout the event. It s an opportunity for installers to get hands on with the latest power tools on the market. They ll all be set up for live demonstrations we ll have concrete blocks to recreate their working environment as closely as we possibly can to make sure they buy the right appliances to suit their needs. They ll also have an opportunity to sign up to our loyalty scheme called ATC rewards, which gives them discounts and money to spend on tools when they recommend us to friends, colleagues, relatives etc. IG: And are there any benefits of buying the tools at IFSEC? Any special show discount? IT: Absolutely. Everything at the show will be at a discounted price compared to what you would normally pay online, either through ourselves or competitors.

IG: Are there any newly launched products or products only just added to your range? IT: We ll have a few be featuring product launches from most manufacturers actually. We ve got the latest SDS machines the 54 volt SDS machine from Dewalt will be there, which is quite ground-breaking stuff. It s true corded performance without the hassle of having a cord. We ve got some new SDS drills with integrated dust management systems, which conform to all the latest health and safety regulations. So as you drill the hole it (A) captures the dust to stop it getting into the environment and (B) avoids a lot of clearing up after the job. So we ll have live demonstrations of the latest dust management products as well. IG: I think that covers it, anything else you want to add? IT: It s also a lot of fun on the stand.

Everyone likes to get hands on with the power tools and see the latest technology for themselves. We try and create a nice, fun environment to make it a pleasant experience for the visitor. IFSEC International takes place 20-22 June 2017, London ExCeL. The Tool Zone takes place in the brand new Installer World area. Get your free badge now. Visit 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. Covering every aspect of security, from access control and video surveillance to smart buildings, cyber, border control and so much more.

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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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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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Public Surveillance Unit

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The Public Surveillance Unit or PSU is a fictional institution in the Judge Dredd comic strip in 2000 AD. It was introduced in progs (issues) 954 and 959 (1995). Notable PSU characters in the comic strip are Judge Niles, its chief, and Judge Roffman, who frequently assists Judge Dredd in surveillance, espionage and tracking criminals. Former PSU-chief Judge Edgar was also a recurring character and a rival of Dredd.

Overview

PSU is an organisation within the Justice Department of Mega-City One. It is responsible for monitoring every activity of every one of the millions of citizens who inhabit the city. The whole city is full of surveillance cameras which automatically record and log every sighting of each citizen on the PSU computers locations, dates and times, and associates. PSU also records every credit card transaction and every purchase anybody makes. They also keep fingerprints and DNA records. This information is used to build up detailed files on every individual in the city, updated throughout their lifetimes.

It is normally used for solving crimes, but can also be used to keep dissidents under control and to keep an eye on democracy activists.1

PSU has its headquarters inside the Statue of Judgement.2 It also has staff at section houses across the city.

In 2134, the terrorist group Total War destroyed the Statue of Judgement in a missile attack, wiping out most of the unit and disabling its functions. Justice Department had grown too reliant on PSU by this point: the sudden loss of it meant they were crippled in the pursuit of a Soviet plot and that criminals in every sector ran amok. A senior judge went as far as to say “we might as well pack up and hand the city over to the Sovs”.3 The remnants of PSU were merged into the new Undercover Operations Division.4

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  1. ^ 2000 AD prog 959
  2. ^ 2000 AD prog 954
  3. ^ 2000 AD progs 1774-5
  4. ^ 2000 AD progs 1803

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Blocked fire exits lead to 100,000 fine for care home

Fire news round-up A care home in Somerset, England, has been fined 100,000 after fire doors and escape routes were blocked. Charges were brought against Almondsbury Care Ltd, in Burnham-on-Sea, following a routine inspection of staff accommodation. Fire safety officers said the care home had failed in its duty to protect staff.

District judge David Taylor told Taunton Magistrates Court the company knew its premises had a whole range of abundantly obvious failures. During the inspection, fire safety officers found the three-storey house did not have a sufficient fire detection and warning system in place. Fire exit doors could not be opened. The inspectors also found a lack of fire-resistant doors and found escape routes blocked by cupboards. Paul Bray, business safety manager of Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service, said: It was extremely fortunate that a fire did not occur at these premises. Almondsbury Care Ltd would have been well aware of the need to implement suitable fire safety measures yet failed to ensure the safety of those working for their company. The severity of the fines imposed by the court gives out a clear message to those who have control of a premises and show a disregard for the law and those they have a duty to protect. Fire engulfs Dubai skyscraper A fire raged through a 72 storey tower complex being built alongside Dubai s largest mall, on the morning of Sunday. Though authorities said the fire caused no injuries, three workers were rescued from the blazing structure, just a block away from the 63-story The Address Downtown Dubai hotel, which itself had caught alight back in 2015 on New Year s Eve.

The fire at The Address Residences Fountain Views complex began at around 5:30am on Sunday 2 April. Major General Rashid Thani al-Matrooshi, the director-general of Dubai Civil Defense, described the fire as accidental. It started in a parking level of the 72-story Fountain Views building. A cause has not been attributed. A witness at the scene said firefighting crews arrived quickly. However it took much of the morning to get the fire under control, which was punctuated by small explosions due to the propane gas and welding tanks in the building. The high-rise Fountain Views complex, which is being built by state-backed Dubai developer Emaar Properties, will eventually connect to the huge Dubai Mall across the street. It will hold over 750 apartments and a hotel when built. Emaar, which built both the Dubai Mall and the tower struck by the 2015 blaze, declined to comment.

Fires are not uncommon in skyscrapers in Dubai and other cities in the United Arab Emirates. Building and safety experts think a potential cause can be found in a popular type of cladding covering for the buildings, made of highly flammable materials. Fire blazes near Chessington World of Adventures Dozens of firefighters tackled a large fire at a disused village hall near to the Chessington World of Adventures theme park, on the outskirts of south-west London. Photos posted on social media showed thick smoke billowing into the sky and six fire engines lining the Leatherhead Road, just a few miles of the M25. Crews from Surbiton, New Malden and Kingston fire stations attended and colleagues from Surrey Fire and Rescue Service. The cause of the fire is under investigation. The blaze took about two hours to bring under control. Read more about this blaze on the Evening Standard 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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