Daily Archives: 05/11/2013

Tavcom Training website redesigned for 5 November launch

Today witnesses the launch of a totally revamped Tavcom Training website.

http://www.tavcom.com has been redesigned so that it’s easier for visitors to navigate and find the information they need – be it a list of Tavcom’s traditional award-winning, BTEC-certificated classroom courses or distance learning courses, which allow participants to learn in their own time and at their own pace.

“The website now has a section dedicated to the Tavcom Academy where students can learn about and sign up for a comprehensive CPD (Continual Professional Development) course, or they can purchase individual ‘Knowledge’ courses which cover a wide range of security systems subjects and also allows students to acquire valuable CPD points,” said Paul Tennent, Tavcom’s managing director.

“I believe the new version of our website is much easier on the eye as we have used images as links to various sections. Most importantly, it allows clients to quickly hone in on a learning training opportunity which is most relevant to their current levels of knowledge and personal circumstances.”

CCTV systems training at Tavcom

CCTV systems training at Tavcom

The launch of the new website follows on from the announcement that Tavcom has completed a major upgrade of its CCTV training facilities at the company’s Bishops Waltham Training Centre.

The investment made in the new training facilities, as well as the new website, reflects Tavcom’s determination to maintain its position as a market leading security systems training provider.

Tavcom offers security systems training courses to installers, operators, managers and designers of CCTV, network IP, intruder alarm, access control, fire alarm and all other types of electronic security systems.

A wide range of technical and non-technical courses cover all security systems-related fields including security management, Control Room operations, system planning and project management, structured cabling, disaster recovery, PAT testing and covert CCTV.

Tavcom’s workshops provide unrivalled ‘hands-on’ facilities which offer immediate opportunities to put theory into practice – a Tavcom tradition of blended learning that has refined the knowledge and skills of thousands of delegates over nearly 20 years.

Paul Tennent: managing director at Tavcom Training

Paul Tennent: managing director at Tavcom Training

Courses are available to meet the training requirements of security personnel at all levels, from foundation courses for those with little or no previous experience to highly advanced programmes for Control Room supervisors, security managers and company executives.

In total, Tavcom currently offers over 50 regularly scheduled training courses ranging from one-day seminars to five-day fully residential programmes.

Tavcom Academy and Technical Services Division

The Tavcom Academy specialises in the development, promotion and provision of accredited online e-learning courses to students from around the globe.

A subscription-based arm of the Academy offers online education, technical tips, industry news and generous discounts on Tavcom products and services to its members.

Tavcom’s Technical Services Division offers a wide diversity of expertise including product and system testing, security audits, risk assessment and training needs analysis.

‘Under one roof’, the company has assembled a highly qualified team of experts who can collectively provide professional advice on all aspects of electronic security.

All members of this hand-picked team are recognised as leading authorities in their respective fields, with unrivalled technical knowledge underpinned by a thorough understanding of ‘real world’ security issues.

For further information telephone +44 (0)1489 895099 or e-mail: sales@tavcom.com. Alternatively, visit: http://www.tavcom.com

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BOSS and AVCIS sign information sharing agreement

The British Oil Security Syndicate (BOSS) has signed an information sharing agreement with the Association of Chief Police Officers Vehicle Crime Intelligence Service (AVCIS) that will enable the wider circulation of vehicles of interest, particularly with regards to linking vehicles that owe money for fuel to be linked to other criminality.

Kevin Eastwood, executive director at BOSS, said: “This is another positive step on behalf of all UK fuel retailers to reduce crime on Britain’s forecourts. By securing an agreement with AVCIS, BOSS will be able to share and develop data and intelligence on criminal activity with a view to identifying, detecting, disrupting and bringing to justice those committing forecourt crimes.”

Kevin Eastwood (left), executive director of BOSS with Chris Hearn, deputy head at AVCIS

Kevin Eastwood (left), executive director of BOSS with Chris Hearn, deputy head at AVCIS

Chris Hearn, deputy head of AVCIS, added: “Working more closely with BOSS and forecourt retailers, we will help us to reduce vehicle and vehicle-enabled crime by building greater knowledge of criminal activity.”

AVCIS is a national intelligence unit that not only runs its own operations and investigations but also disseminates key data, intelligence and advice to police forces, industry, Government and other enforcement agencies.

In recent years, the UK has seen a notable reduction in vehicle crime, with thefts of vehicles falling from 378,000 in 1997 to around 90,000 in 2013.

BOSS is a not-for-profit independent trade organisation campaigning to reduce forecourt crime. Formed in 1991 by the oil industry, membership is available to all fuel retailers and oil companies.

BOSS is supported by the United Kingdom Petroleum Industry Association (UKPIA), UK Payments Administration and the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO).

For more information visit: http://www.bossuk.org

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‘Invisible criminals’ set to replace people as biggest perpetrators of fraud

Computers, rather than conmen, are set to be the future face of fraud as criminals turn to robotics in an effort to avoid detection.

According to the latest report from KPMG, organisations are set to battle against so-called ‘seeker bots’ defined as self-learning and self-replicating Artificial Intelligence that will render the faces of criminals invisible.

KPMG’s Profile of a Fraudster report is based on the analysis of 596 fraudsters investigated by the firm between 2011 and 2013. Based on the modus operandi of fraudsters’ crimes, the report predicts that traditional fraudsters (identified by KPMG as 36–45 years of age, acting against his/her own organisation and in executive positions) will be replaced by ‘seeker bots’.

Infographic produced by KPMG KPMGInfographicFraudsters

These ‘bots’ will be designed to continuously test a company’s cyber defences in an attempt to find a ‘hole in the fence’, meaning that attempts to second guess or pre-empt tactics used by real people will not always be worthwhile.

The KPMG report warns that, on finding a gap, the bots will analyse the potential for fraud and then launch a highly specialised ‘attack bot’ uniquely designed to suit the type of business, size, infrastructure and data set-up of the victim. The ultimate aim will be to remove assets to a virtual delivery location which can then be accessed by the fraudsters.

Taste of things to come

Hitesh Patel, UK head of forensics at KPMG, commented: “This is not science fiction, but a taste of things to come. We are already seeing highly trained hackers link up with the organised crime network. The ‘faceless’ criminal is not far away. Cyber crime is already on the rise and we expect cyber attacks and high-tech fraud to grow exponentially.”

Hitesh Patel: UK head of forensics at KPMG

Hitesh Patel: UK head of forensics at KPMG

KPMG’s report argues that, to unravel the frauds of the future, the best investigators will be those who are able to reduce large amounts of data to identifiable events. Yet some skills will remain as current tomorrow as they are today, with successful defence requiring an ability to operate seamlessly across borders, sharing corporate intelligence to ensure quick historical and geographical reach enables organisations to track ‘bot behavioural patterns’ as swiftly as they happen.

At the same time, the report reveals that the criminal(s) behind the changing face of fraud are by nature collaborative, preferring to collude with others instead of following the perceived stereotype of a reclusive loner.

The data shows that the proportion of cases involving collusion rose from 32% in the 2007 survey to 61% in 2011 and 70% this year. In many cases, perpetrators were highly respected (39% of all cases analysed), regarded as sociable (35%) and/or an extrovert (33%).

Patel added: “A few years ago, hackers were motivated by political objectives and seen as disruptive influences targeting computer networks to make an ideological point. Most were seen as individuals trying to make a name for themselves. However, with an ability to master Artificial Intelligence, it’s only a matter of time until the fraudsters harness the full power of technology to enrich themselves and criminal organisations. That is unless legitimate businesses take steps to defend themselves.”

He concluded: “A plausible person is no longer needed to present a stolen cheque to a bank teller. All that’s needed is a hacker who can access a protected computer network. Perhaps human features and emotions will no longer be a significant part of the profile. Instead, electronic features, signatures and behaviours may be all that a victim organisation will know of the cyber fraudster.”

Copy of the full report

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Ex-forces jobseekers can secure their future with Octavian

Security solutions provider Octavian Security has begun its initiative to provide crucial employment opportunities for former military personnel.

The business (which is headquartered in Nottingham but operates at various locations across the UK) has teamed up with the Career Transition Partnership (CTP). The latter is partly run by the Ministry of Defence, and is the official provider of Armed Forces resettlement in the UK.

Octavian’s initiative with the CTP allows those who have served in the military to adapt to what can be a difficult change of routine, a different sector and different duties. It allows the company to easily recruit people who are highly skilled for work in the private security sector.

Understanding of the challenges involved

With many of the Octavian group’s contract managers already from military backgrounds, its workforce has an acute understanding of the challenges that ex-forces individuals face, while also understanding how they can adapt their unique skills and talents.

Octavian Security officers on duty

Octavian Security officers on duty

New recruits are given all of the necessary training and support to allow them to flourish in a commercial environment.

“Former military personnel are often ideally suited to a career in the security industry,” explained Tony Mellor, commercial director and head of Human Resources at Octavian Security.

“They have tremendous self-discipline, dependability and professionalism, and we have found that they make excellent employees for the business across a variety of departments. It’s good to support such a worthwhile organisation as the CTP, and we’ve found it to be very efficient in recruiting quality staff quickly.”

Excellent start to the programme

Octavian has so far employed nine people through the programme, all of whom have settled into their new careers extremely well.

Octavian has previously made headlines around the world for employing ex-Gurkhas as security officers. It has also developed a strong reputation for its industry-leading training standards and professionalism, with numerous accreditations and awards.

For more details on Octavian Security and its recruitment for military personal visit http://www.octaviangr.com

For information on the CTP visit http://www.ctp.org.uk

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