Daily Archives: 12/02/2014

Graeme Powell Marketing (GPM) Rally Team contests first race of 2014 season

Graeme Powell Marketing (GPM), the specialist security industry PR and marketing consultancy, contested its first rally of the 2014 season on Sunday 9 February.

Consisting of ten gravel stages located within the North Yorkshire Moors National Park forests, on the day the Riponian Rally’s tracks were extremely wet, muddy and slippery throughout the event.

Graeme Powell drives the Escort MkII RS2000 in the Riponian Rally

Graeme Powell drives the Escort MkII RS2000 in the Riponian Rally

Driving an Escort MkII RS2000, Graeme Powell (GPM’s director) said: “The opening rally of the season was a real challenge, with the forest stages saturated from weeks of heavy rain. To be honest, witnessing the amount of cars with substantial bodywork damage, or that had rolled in the treacherous conditions, I was just pleased to have finished and still be in one piece! A respectable final position in the ‘Over 2.0 litre’ class was a real bonus.”

Regular GPM Rally Team news and updates can be viewed on the company’s website at: http://www.gpm.org.uk

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Skyguard announces lone worker safety and security collaboration with VSG

Skyguard has announced a distribution agreement with VSG in providing lone worker protection across the UK and Ireland.

The agreement will see Skyguard supplying personal safety devices, mobile phone software and client administration tools to link directly with VSG’s 24-hr Alarm Receiving Centre.

VSG is one of the UK’s leading security services suppliers, offering solutions that encompass guarding, systems, remote monitoring, training and background screening. The company is part of the Compass Group UK & Ireland, a leader in the supply of food and support services across 10,000 sites including workplaces, famous sports and leisure venues, hospitals, schools and oil rigs.

VSG has now added the MySOS personal safety device and Skyguard for Smartphone applications to its already impressive range of services. With its ever-expanding blue chip client base and outstanding reputation, there’s no security organisation better placed to promote lone worker protection across the United Kingdom and Ireland.

MySOS and Skyguard for Smartphone

The MySOS personal safety device and Skyguard for Smartphone applications have been exclusively developed by Skyguard. With one button alarm activation, GPS tracking and locating and two-way audio communications, the devices and handsets afford users the ability to call for help quickly and easily in the event of any emergency.

All lone worker connection tools purchased through VSG will connect to VSG’s ARC, which is accredited to National Security Inspectorate Category II ARC Gold standard. As soon as an alarm is raised, controllers at VSG’s ARC will know who is calling and where they are, listen in, assess the situation and send the appropriate emergency response.

James Murray: CEO at Skyguard

James Murray: CEO at Skyguard

Organisations purchasing the service via VSG will also have full access to Skyguard’s Customer Service Centre (CSC) – a secure, online interface that allows client administrators or end users to create and update their account details in real-time. This information is instantly available to controllers at the ARC upon the activation of an alarm.

The CSC also allows personal alarms to be assigned to different users at the click of a mouse. This is ideal for clients who share a pool of devices for shift workers or those who share job roles.

The CSC further empowers client administrators with access to a full suite of activity reports which can be exported for further analysis.

Delivering first class safety and security

Speaking about the partnership, Skyguard’s CEO James Murray said: “We’re thrilled that we’re partnered with VSG who have so much experience and expertise in delivering world class security solutions. VSG’s mission falls perfectly in line with our own and we’re both passionate about delivering first class safety, security and personal protection across the UK and beyond. This agreement enables both Skyguard and VSG to further expand into the lone worker protection market.”

VSG’s head of remote monitoring services, Chris McNally, also spoke keenly of the collaboration. “We’re pleased to add Skyguard’s personal alarms and mobile phone software to our range of services. We wanted a reputable, robust solution to integrate with our ARC. Skyguard’s excellent work with the oolice, the NHS and the wide array of industries that trust them, demonstrates that they are, by far, the best choice for VSG.”

McNally concluded: “It’s a relationship that I’m confident will not only benefit both businesses but also lone workers right across the UK and Ireland.”

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‘UK companies lag behind the US in cyber security readiness’ reveals BT survey

Many Board level executives around the world are still failing to address cyber security issues, while hacktivism and malicious insider threats (intentional leaks) are perceived to be on the rise.

Just 17% of UK business leaders view cyber security as a major priority compared to 41% in the US, research from BT has revealed.

The research, which assessed attitudes to cyber security and levels of preparedness among IT decision-makers, highlights that UK businesses are lagging behind their US counterparts in crucial areas.

Only one-in-five (21%) respondents in the UK are able to measure the return on investment (ROI) of their cyber security measures compared to nine-in-ten (90%) of US companies. Similarly, 86% of US directors and senior decision-makers are given IT security training compared to just 37% in the UK.

More than half (58%) of IT decision-makers globally stated that their Boards underestimate the importance of cyber security. This figure increases to 74% in the US but drops to 55% in the UK.

Hacktivism set to pose greater risk

The difference in levels of preparedness correlates with attitudes to threats. Non-malicious insider threats (eg accidental loss of data) are currently the most commonly cited security concern globally, being reported as a serious threat by 65% of IT decision-makers.

In the UK, this falls to 60% and is followed by malicious insider threats (51%), hacktivism (37%), organised crime (32%), nation states (15%) and terrorism (12%).

In the US, the proportion of IT decision-makers who see non-malicious insider threats as a severe threat increases to 85% and is followed by malicious insider threats (79%), hacktivism (77%), organised crime (75%), terrorism (72%) and nation states (70%).

Mark Hughes: CEO at BT Security

Mark Hughes: CEO at BT Security

Looking ahead, more than half of global IT decision-makers believe that hacktivism (54%) and malicious insider threats (53%) will pose a greater risk over the next 12 months. In the US, this increases to 73% and 74% respectively. This compares to 29% and 23% in the UK.

Globally, terrorism is seen as the threat least likely to pose more risk over the next 12 months.

Myriad of internal and external threats

Mark Hughes, CEO of BT Security, said: “The research provides a fascinating insight into the changing threat landscape and the challenge this poses for organisations around the world. The massive expansion of employee-owned devices, cloud computing and extranets has multiplied the risk of abuse and attack, leaving organisations exposed to a myriad of internal and external threats which are malicious or accidental.”

Hughes continued: “US businesses should be celebrated for putting cyber security on the front foot. The risks to business are moving too fast for a purely reactive security approach to be successful. Nor should cyber security be seen as an issue for the IT Department alone.”

In response to emerging threats, three quarters (75%) of IT decision-makers globally say they would like to overhaul their infrastructure and design them with security features from the ground up. 74% would like to train all staff in cyber security Best Practice. Similarly, just over half (54%) say they would like to engage an external vendor to monitor the system and prevent attacks.

Hughes added: “As the threat landscape continues to evolve, CEOs and Board level executives need to invest in cyber security and educate their people in the IT Department and beyond. The stakes are too high for cyber security to be pushed to the bottom of the pile.”

About the research

This research was undertaken by Vanson Bourne for BT in October 2013.
Five hundred interviews were carried out with IT decision-makers in medium-to-large sized enterprises across seven countries – UK, France, Germany, USA, Brazil, Hong Kong and Singapore – and in a range of sectors (finance, pharmaceutical, retail and government).

BT Security: staying ahead of the threat curve

BT Security is building on 70 years’ experience of helping organisations around the globe and across all sectors get ahead of the threat curve and reduce the uncertainty and complexity of security.

The company provides an end-to-end capability to help organisations enjoy higher levels of security at a time when security budgets are not keeping pace with the threat landscape.

BT Security thinks about assets, people and processes, and combines these with both network and security intelligence to help customers stay ahead of the security risks.

BT Security protects both BT and its customers. These customers are advised by a global team of 1,300 security practitioners, 600 global security specialists and a professional services team of approximately 4,000.

The BT Security Assure portfolio covers: Assure Managed Firewall, Assure Web Security, Assure Intrusion Prevention, Assure Message Scan, Assure Denial of Service Mitigation, Assure Cyber, Assure Managed Cloud, Assure Threat Monitoring and Assure Vulnerability Scanning.

To find out more about BT Security visit: http://www.bt.com/btassure/securitythatmatters

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