The value of cyber risk assessments and how to reinforce your soft underbelly: your employees

Headlines revealing the latest cyber-attack have cropped up with concerning regularity in 2017. It will therefore come as little surprise to learn that the latest institutions to be found wanting in the cybersecurity department are universities, as reported recently in The Times . Following a Freedom of Information request, the paper discovered that the number of attacks experienced by leading universities has almost doubled in the past two years, with advances in military and energy technology being particularly targeted.

The director of cybersecurity research at the University of Warwick was reported as saying that lax cybersecurity was a problem at many universities. Another security expert claimed this was due to their use of open networks, insufficient investment in both software and staff to monitor security, and the difficulty of managing a range of different networks. While universities are an obvious target for cyber-attacks (many of which appear to be sponsored by nation states) due to their rich seam of research data and inadequate defences, every business should be aware of the damage cybercriminals can inflict by disrupting their operations. The ransomware attack on a range of organisations (including the NHS) demonstrated this only too clearly earlier this year. Protecting your networks from cyber-attacks Cybercriminals are always looking for the chink in the armour so every business must take cybersecurity seriously to avoid becoming a victim. The first step is to carry out a risk assessment to establish what personal data and other confidential data the company holds and how it is used, transmitted and stored. Once you have identified any weak spots where cybercrime poses a particular risk, the next step is to implement security measures to protect your networks from cyber-attacks. Employees are a weak spot It is right to acknowledge that one of your major weak spots is likely to be your employees. You need to put clear procedures in place, encapsulated in a company policy, to deal with the risk of cybercrime.

And all staff should be trained on what steps they can/should take to prevent it. You can insist that any memory sticks, tablets or mobile phones used by employees outside the workplace must be scanned before using them on company network systems. Indeed, you might even consider whether every employee should have permission to use portable media. Companies should bear in mind the reputational damage it might suffer if found to be excessively monitoring employees You can consider taking out insurance or engaging a third party to manage your cybersecurity where the risk of attack is high or the implications particularly severe. Employees use of social media can also compromise your cybersecurity unless you have a clear social media policy that sets out limits to social media use in the workplace. This is particularly relevant where employees work with, or have access to, sensitive information. Individuals right to privacy versus security Naturally, there are implications for companies which need to monitor and store employee information or data. Any such monitoring must be proportionate and carried out in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998. Individuals rights regarding their data will be further strengthened by the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in May 2018.

The Employment Practices Code contains further guidance for businesses on monitoring employees at work. You need to inform employees that they may be monitored and it may be necessary to seek employees express consent in cases where employee communications are being intercepted. Failure to do so could mean a business facing a claim for damages from the sender, recipient or intended recipient of the communication. Employees also have a right to privacy under the Human Rights Act 1998. An employee can bring a claim for unfair dismissal where they believe their dismissal was based on evidence gathered about them through their employer s monitoring equipment that interfered with their right to privacy. Companies should also bear in mind the unquantifiable reputational damage that it might suffer if it is found to be excessively monitoring its employees. All businesses can be badly affected The bottom line, as university cybersecurity chiefs will attest, is to: Carry out a risk assessment Invest in security measures to keep your networks safe Train your staff to understand the risks to the business from cybercriminals Put clear policies in place so everyone knows what they can and cannot do in relation to portable devices and social media use Although cybercrime poses a particularly virulent threat to high-tech research, development and manufacturing organisations, everyone needs to be aware that a cyber-attack can have very serious financial implications for any business. Free Download: the CyberSecurity Crashcourse Are you even aware if you have been the victim of a cybersecurity breach? This report will help you to find out and protect yourself, Eric Hansleman from 451 Research presents a rapid-fire overview of cybersecurity , because a firewall just won t do, you need multi-layered defences to truly protect your data.

Click here to download now Related Topics How to follow up sales leads following IFSEC and FIREX International How content marketing is boosting web traffic and engagement in the security industry Many engineers are far more valuable than their managers and their salaries should reflect this

Five Reasons Your Business Needs A Security Guard (Maximum …

Security Guard

Not every business needs to hire security, but it s important to think about it. If any of the following situations apply to you, you may want to invest your time and resources to benefit your company, property & your employees.

Customer service. If your company has a lot of visitors, security guards can help prevent guests from becoming lost or accessing areas they probably shouldn t. Guards will limit their access while helpfully pointing the right way to go. Meetings will run smoother and you can rest securely in the knowledge that your employees are not getting interrupted elsewhere in the facility.

Theft prevention. The mere presence of a man in uniform can influence a would-be criminal to decide to back out at the last minute. Not only that, but employees are more likely to behave properly and less likely to swipe small items on their way out of work.

Vandalism deterrent. When you think of a professional building, you probably don t include graffiti on the walls and other signs of vandalism. Security guards can prevent vandalism, which is defined as intentionally mischievous or malicious destruction or damage of property, including public buildings. Whether you set up routine patrols or surveillance cameras with a security guard to monitor the grounds, your buildings are less likely to be messed with.

Increase perceived workplace safety. Studies show that workers who believe their workplace is very safe are less likely to engage in dangerous behavior. While that s a broad statement the studies conclusions show a definite plus to overall safety and show how security guards can help reduce employee absenteeism and turnover. If there are ways to make your workplace safer and more cost-effective, why wouldn t you get behind them?

Experience. If an incident were to occur on your premises that involved the police or medical attention, most security guards are trained on the correct procedures and paperwork. The average businessperson who does not deal with medical or legal documents regularly can become overwhelmed or confused pretty easily when faced with an emergency situation. Why worry? Investing in security for your business (or home) can help.

Contact us today for more details about our security programs and to learn more about how we can tailor our services to fit your specific needs.

Tags: , , , , , 123456

This entry was posted on July 17, 2012 at 1:38 pm. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.07 feed. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

Posted in Maximum Security8 by admin


  1. ^ (
  2. ^ (
  3. ^ (
  4. ^ (
  5. ^ (
  6. ^ (
  7. ^ RSS 2.0 (
  8. ^ View all posts in Maximum Security (

No Entry Red & Black sticker workplace safety sign 150 x 150 mm

No Entry Red & Black sticker workplace safety sign 150 x 150 mm

List Price

Only Price

  • No Entry Red & Black sticker workplace safety sign 150 x 150 mm
  • this vinyl sticker is approx 150x150mm
  • this sticker is printed in red with black text
  • text only no back ground colour
  • manufactured, designed and printed by us

easy to apply. . the application area must me clean, dust free and dry. instructions provided with your purchase.

if you would like the product printing in a different colour we can do this for you. We have Black, Red, Yellow, Blue & Pink vinyl.

please email us as soon as you have bought and paid for this item if you would prefer a different colour to white.

we despatch this product next working day second class post

Find More Safety Products

Are you planning a career in Security or Door Supervision?

Our next four day Level 2 Award in Door Supervision will take commence on 9th July 2012


Target Audience


Door Supervisors who wish to apply for the SIA Licence

Any Security Personnel who wish to apply for the Security Operatives (Manned Guard) Licence


Course Objectives

On successful completion of this course students would be able to apply for the SIA National Door Supervisors Licence.This qualification also enables the holder to apply for the Security Operatives (Manned Guard) Licence.


Course Programme


Unit 1 Working in the Private Security Industry


By the end of this session the learner will:

Know the purpose and main features of the private security industry

Understand the legislation that is relevant to people working in the private security industry

Understand relevant aspects of health and safety in the workplace

Know how to apply the principles of the safety

Know how to deal with non-fire-related workplace emergencies

Understand the principles of effective communication and customer care in the private security industry

The unit is assessed with a multiple choice examination consisting of 25 questions that will take 40 minutes to complete.Candidates have to answer 20 questions correctly to pass.


Unit 2 Working as a Door Supervisor


By the end of this session the learner will:

understand the behaviour appropriate for individual door supervisors, as defined by the Security Industry Authority s (SIA) Standards of Behaviour

Understand the elements of civil and criminal law relevant to door supervisors

Understand admission policies and search procedures and the reasons for having them

Understand the powers of citizen s arrest and related procedures

Understand relevant drug legislation and its relevance to the role of the door supervisor

Understand incident recording and crime scene preservation

Understand licensing law and social responsibility

Understand safety and security issues relevant to door supervisors

The unit is assessed with a multiple choice examination consisting of 40 questions that will take one hour to complete.Candidates have to answer 28 questions correctly to pass.


Unit 3 Conflict Management for the Private Security Industry


By the end of this session the learner will:

Understand the principles of conflict management appropriate to their role

Understand how to recognise, assess and reduce risk in conflict situations

Understand how to communicate effectively in emotive situations and de-escalate conflict

Understand how to develop and use problem solving strategies for resolving conflict

Understand good practice to follow after conflict situations

The unit is assessed with a multiple choice examination consisting of 30 questions that will take 45 minutes to complete.Candidates have to answer 17 questions correctly to pass.


Unit 4 Physical Intervention Skills for the Private Security Industry


By the end of this unit the learner will:

Understand physical interventions and the legal and professional implications of their use

Understand how to reduce the risk of harm when physical intervention skills are used

Be able to use non-pain related physical skills to protect yourself and others from assault

Be able to use non-pain related standing holding and escorting techniques, including non-restrictive and restrictive skills

Understand good practice to follow after physical interventions

This unit is completed with a physical intervention assessment.





Duration:Four days.


Location:Medway Campus, Medway Rd, Gillingham


Fee: 280


Dates:9 12 July 2012


Call 01634 383667 to apply


Sussex-Based Workplace Health & Safety Advisor Offers Free Safety

You are here: Home // Media and News1 // Sussex-Based Workplace Health & Safety Advisor Offers Free Safety Inspection

Haywards Heath, West Sussex ( Kazor ) June 18, 2012 Simple Safety Advice, the leading Sussex based workplace health & safety advisors are reportedly offering a free of cost safety check for its clients. The company has been in the construction safety market for more than 15 years and assures of helping with easy and practical suggestions as per the current standards of Health & Safety Legislation.

Every company must comply with the set standards of Health & Safety Legislation to ensure a secure work ambience for staff. But unfortunately many are not aware of the regulations and thus we have come up with the mission to provide companies with relevant and honest information regarding the safety standards, assuring a proper safety culture for the business , says the spokesperson of the company, whilst speaking about their vision. This Health and Safety agency works under the leadership of James Cumming, the Director of the company and is offering its services in and across the areas of South East London, Kent and Sussex.

The company assures of competent, suitable and commercially aware workplace security consultants for each assignment. Also announced is a free of cost safety check for clients companies by the agency s seasoned and specialist safety inspectors.

The Construction Safety Sussex firm is reported to provide a vast range of services and has the experience of working for different business types. The services offered here include auditing of health and safety conditions in the industry sectors, risk assessment Sussex for employees and the workplace, asbestos safety, waste management, retainer services and CDMC Sussex. The company has a special section for laundry and dry cleaning companies.

We provide training support for all office staff, in easily understandable ways, to assure that everybody in your office gets a clear grasp on the present safety standards & procedures. Our goal here is to assist as the critical friend who encourages everyone from the workforce, starting from your newest staff to the Director, to ask the questions & seek consultancy for an effective compliance with the needed business safety standards , adds the company spokesperson. It has also promised assistance regarding industry safety documentation and policies.

Simple Safety Advice further guarantees a long term back-up for every client, and help with changing safety updating.

To know more you have to go to:



  1. ^ View all posts in Media and News (
  2. ^ (