Daily Archives: 13/01/2014

Counter-terrorism awareness operation launched in London

A major initiative designed to increase awareness of security and counter-terrorism policing in London has been launched today by the Metropolitan Police Service.

The initiative – known as Operation Penna – is the second operation of its kind run by the Met. It involves co-ordinated activity focused on reminding members of the public of the vital role they can play in helping to protect the capital.

Activity will be taking place across all 32 London Boroughs between 13-24 January 2014, with tactics including high visibility patrols around crowded places such as shopping centres and transport hubs.

Officers will be providing detailed, in-depth information and briefings to businesses explaining the ongoing threat from terrorism and what they can do to protect themselves from it.

Operation Penna has been launched at New Scotland Yard

Operation Penna has been launched at New Scotland Yard

Briefings will also be held for officers and staff on every Borough to highlight the key part they play in counter-terrorism policing by providing a link between national expertise and mainstream neighbourhood policing.

Everyone has a role to play

Commander Richard Morris from Specialist Operations said: “Everyone has a role to play in keeping London safe from terrorism. This operation sees specialist officers working closely with neighbourhood officers and communities raising awareness of security in London.”

Morris added: “We want to build on our engagement with communities and businesses in a variety of ways to counter the threat from terrorism. Our aim is to raise awareness and improve protection from a terrorist attack and other crimes.”

In conclusion, Morris commented: “The threat to London from terrorism remains real and serious so we encourage the public to remain vigilant and alert and to report anything suspicious to police.”

The operation is being co-ordinated by Specialist Operations in partnership with local officers across the Met.

Anyone who has any information about unusual activity or behaviour should contact the confidential Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321.

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SSAIB recruits Malcolm Craighead as Compliance and Scheme Manager

The Security Systems and Alarms Inspection Board (SSAIB) has appointed Malcolm Craighead to the newly-created post of Compliance and Scheme Manager.

Craighead has been a self-employed auditor and consultant for the past six years, previously gaining over 30 years’ service within the paper and packaging industry.

In his new role with the SSAIB, Craighead is responsible for the upkeep of the organisation’s UKAS accreditation to ISO/IEC 17021 2011 (in turn enabing the SSAIB to certify organisations’ management systems) and the transition of BS EN 45011 to BS EN 17065 (covering requirements for product certification).

Looking ahead, significant changes/revisions to ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 14001:2004 are planned for 2015 which will require awareness training for all auditors and personnel employed within the SSAIB.

Malcolm Craighead: joining the SSAIB

Malcolm Craighead: joining the SSAIB

Management systems for ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 14001:2004

While employed in the paper and packaging sector, Craighead was involved in writing and implementing management systems for ISO 9001:2008, ISO 14001:2004 and BS-OHSAS 18001:2007 as well as being part of a BSI Committee for writing and implementing ISO 11093 Parts 1-9 (which are still in use today).

He also brings to SSAIB considerable auditing experience across a range of sectors and a close involvement with UKAS through witnessed audits and Head Office audits from his time with another local certification body.

“I’m genuinely excited about being appointed as SSAIB’s new Compliance and Scheme Manager,” explained Craighead. “This is a natural step into a larger organisation which will help me support all personnel within the SSAIB to achieve ongoing growth and development for the benefit of our Registered Firms. At the end of the day this, together with raising industry standards, is what the SSAIB is all about.”

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Kings Security Systems attracts new equity backers

Kings Security Systems has announced new equity backers for the business.

In a statement issued this morning by the family-owned business, managing director Anthony King said: “The new backers understand our culture and business and, more importantly, share our vision for continued future growth.”

King continued: “We welcome Robin Fisher (group chairman) and Peter Swain (director) as our new partners. The additional new investment means that the Kings name will continue to be at the forefront of the security industry in the UK.”

Anthony King: managing director of Kings Security

Anthony King: managing director of Kings Security

Kings Security Systems has been trusted with the protection of people and property for more than four decades now. Throughout the UK, many domestic dwellings as well as businesses of every size, including many of the High Sstreet’s best-known brands, enjoy the peace of mind that being a customer of Kings brings them.

Still owned by the Kings family and with strong roots in the north of England, Kings Security Systems has grown to be the largest independently owned provider of security alarm systems in the UK.

For further information visit: http://www.kingsltd.co.uk/

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UK Government campaign urges citizens to be Cyber Streetwise

A new campaign designed to change the way in which people protect themselves while shopping, banking or socialising online in order to avoid falling victim to cyber criminals has been launched today by the UK Government.

The Cyber Streetwise campaign aims to change the way people view online safety and provide members of the public and businesses alike with the necessary skills and knowledge required for them to take control of their own cyber security.

Building on the National Cyber Security Programme1, the campaign includes a new easy-to-use website and online videos.

With more than 11 million Internet-enabled devices received as gifts during the Christmas period2, Cyber Streetwise will help in the fight against online criminals. People are encouraged to protect themselves and their families online by visiting the website for tips and advice.

The new website, http://www.cyberstreetwise.com, offers a range of interactive resources, tailoring an individual’s visit to provide clear advice on the essentials for enjoying a safe experience online.

Security minister James Brokenshire

Security minister James Brokenshire

Security minister James Brokenshire said: “The Internet has radically changed the way we work and socialise. It has created a wealth of opportunities, but with these opportunities there are also threats. As a Government we are taking the fight to cyber criminals wherever they are in the world.”

Brokenshire continued: “‘However, by taking a few simple steps while online the public can keep cyber criminals out and their information safe. Cyber Streetwise is an innovative new campaign that will provide everyone with the knowledge and confidence to make simple and effective changes to stay safe online.”

National Cyber Security Programme

The launch of the campaign is part of the UK Government’s National Cyber Security Programme1 and comes at a time when an increasing number of people use the web on their laptops, tablets and smart phones.

Findings from the Government’s most recent National Cyber Security Consumer Tracker3 suggest that more than half the population are not taking simple actions to protect themselves online.

While 94% of people believe it’s their personal responsibility to ensure a safe Internet experience, the research highlights the facts that:

• only 44% always install Internet security software on new equipment
• only 37% download updates and patches for personal computers when prompted… a figure which falls even further to a fifth (21%) for smart phones and mobile devices
• less than a third (30%) habitually use complex passwords to protect online accounts
• 57% do not always check websites are secure before making a purchase

The Cyber Streetwise campaign underlines that safety precautions taken in the real world have similar relevance in the virtual world. Research shows that shoppers don’t adopt the same behaviours when shopping online as contrasted with shopping on the High Street. A person wouldn’t walk around with their bag open or wallet on show yet, when shopping online and due to the speed of technology, people can be open to unnecessary risk if they’re not careful when using their credit card.

Five key actions to prevent cyber crime

There are five actions people can take in order to protect themselves and others from cyber crime. The key behaviours the campaign is focusing on changing are:

1. Using strong, memorable passwords
2. Installing anti-virus software on new devices
3. Checking privacy settings on social media
4. Shopping safely online, always ensuring to check online retail sites are secure
5. Downloading software and application patches when prompted

The research shows our biggest concerns when it comes to online safety are identity theft (48%) and losing money (52%). 16% of those surveyed claim to have lost at least £500 as a result of having their card details stolen and used over the Internet (representing a total loss of more than £4 billion).

Almost a third (32%) of those who admit to not installing security software on Internet-enabled devices blame a lack of understanding, while around a fifth (18%) say they did not realise the risk.

With initial funding allocated from the Government’s National Cyber Security Programme, the Cyber Streetwise campaign has been joined by a number of private sector partners who are providing support and investment. Among those involved are Sophos, Facebook, the RBS Group and Financial Fraud Action UK.

References

1. For further information on the National Cyber Security Programme, visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/policies/keeping-the-uk-safe-in-cyberspace

2. Figure provided by retail experts Conlumino and based on items bought in the five weeks up to and including Christmas Week 2013. Figure includes tablets, smart phones, connected e-readers, laptops, desktops and connected games consoles. Data derived from Christmas tracker which surveyed 22,762 consumers over the run-up to Christmas 2013

3. National Cyber Security Consumer Tracker – Wave 3, October 2013

Figure based on 16% of the adult UK population (8,028,924) Population Estimates for UK, England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, Mid-2012 Release, Office for National Statistics, 8 August 2013

4. Cyber Streetwise is a cross-Government awareness and behaviour change campaign delivered by the Home Office in conjunction with the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills alongside the National Crime Agency and Action Fraud and supported by the National Cyber Security Programme (Cabinet Office)

5. The campaign has wide support across industry with over 20 organisations providing access to communications channels to reach their customers or providing monetary support. Organisations involved include: Sophos, Facebook, Financial Fraud Action UK, RBS, Trend Micro and Vodafone

6. The Cyber Streetwise campaign launched on Monday 13 January 2014 with outdoor, radio and digital advertising. The advertising campaign has been designed by M&C Saatchi. To view and download assets please visit: http://www.consolpr.com/outbound/JAN/Cyberstreetwisecollateral.zip

7. To view the online videos visit: http://www.youtube.com/user/becyberstreetwise/videos

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Erik-Jan Jansen to leave Securitas in April

This morning, Securitas has announced a forthcoming change in the company’s Group Management.

Erik-Jan Jansen, Chief Operating Officer of Security Services Europe, is to leave the business on 1 April 2014 to become president and CEO at another international company.

Erik-Jan Jansen, Chief Operating Officer of Security Services Europe, will leave Securitas on 1 April 2014

Erik-Jan Jansen, Chief Operating Officer of Security Services Europe, will leave Securitas on 1 April 2014

Erik-Jan joined Securitas back in 1996 and has held several management positions in the company. He has been a member of Securitas Group Management since 2008.

The replacement process has been initiated.

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