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UK Joint Security Associations Annual Charity Dinner: 30 September 2014

The inaugural Joint Security Associations Annual Fundraising Dinner will be held on Tuesday 30 September 2014 at the Grange City Hotel, a spectacular five star venue which overlooks the Tower of London.

This will be a prestigious Black Tie event, and will allow those attending the perfect opportunity to network with colleagues, entertain guests or simply enjoy a relaxed atmosphere while at the same time helping to support two very worthy charities.

The ticket price of £100 includes an exquisite three-course dinner menu and one free entry into the £20 ticketed prize raffle.

This year, the guest speaker will be Lord Carlile of Berriew CBE QC (President of The Security Institute).

The event will begin with a welcome reception at 6.30 pm followed by the dinner which will conclude at 11.00 pm, with a cash bar in operation both during and after.

The Grange City Hotel near Tower Bridge in London

The Grange City Hotel near Tower Bridge in London

Security associations and their nominated charities

The security associations involved (including The City Of London Crime Prevention Association, The Security Institute, ASIS International, the International Professional Security Association and ADS Group) are hoping to raise in excess of £20,000 which will be split equally between the two charities – the St Giles Trust and PTSD Resolution.

St Giles Trust aims to help break the cycle of prison, crime and disadvantage, creating safer communities by supporting people to help them change their lives. The charity offers a range of services which have helped over 16,000 clients overcome any barriers which might be holding them back from moving forward. Ultimately, it equips people with skills to help them live independent lives.

PTSD Resolution is a charity that offers a unique service counselling to the UK Armed Forces, TA and Regular Reserves (including their dependants) to relieve mental health problems resulting from Military Service and the traumas that they have faced.

The PTSD Resolution Outreach Programme has over 200 counsellors trained in trauma-focused cognitive behavioural therapy and provides a valuable contact point for anyone requiring counselling, complimentary to the work of the other armed forces charities.

Unique and exciting initiative

Don Randall – chairman of the organising committee and the City of London Crime Prevention Association – explained: “I’m honoured to be part of this fundraising project which has brought together professionals from the various security associations in the UK and will deliver what I hope will be an annual event on everyone’s calendar for many years to come.”

Don Randall: chairman of the City of London Crime Prevention Association

Don Randall: chairman of the City of London Crime Prevention Association

Emma Shaw, chairman of The Security Institute, added: “This event provides a perfect opportunity for the security profession to work together to raise substantial funds for two extremely worthwhile charities closely associated with the security sector. The Security Institute is absolutely delighted to be involved in this unique and exciting initiative.”

Emma Shaw CSyP: chairman of The Security Institute

Emma Shaw CSyP: chairman of The Security Institute

*To secure your place at this very special event, please access the booking link:
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-joint-security-associations-fundraising-event-2014-tickets-11414066781

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Axis Communications issues Sustainability Report for 2013

Axis Communications has published its Sustainability Report for 2013. The fourth of its kind, the report describes the company’s successful work in the areas of environmental responsibility, business conduct and social responsibility.

“Sustainability issues are an integrated part of Axis’ business operations, and I am happy about the progress we have made in terms of minimising our environmental impact, promoting good working conditions and fighting corruption,” explained Ray Mauritsson, president of Axis Communications.

“Our employees’ commitment and efforts play a very important role in ensuring sustainable and successful growth for Axis in the longer term.”

Ray Mauritsson: president of Axis Communications

Ray Mauritsson: president of Axis Communications

Axis’ intelligent security solutions in the network surveillance arena enable a smarter and safer world. The company takes long-term social responsibility for how its operations impact employees, shareholders, partners, suppliers, end users and other important target groups.

All the while, the company aims to drive the shift towards innovative security solutions, but also when it comes to advancing corporate sustainability.

“Based on our position as global market leader, we want to serve as a model for our industry and many of our sustainability initiatives have substantial commercial benefits for us as well as for our partners and end users,” continued Mauritsson.

Business relations: responsible, transparent, trustworthy

Business relations should be handled in a responsible, transparent and trustworthy way.

Environmental considerations pervade everything from product development to logistics flows and the final stage of products.

Axis Communications’ products and solutions feature leading edge technologies which are environmentally friendly and energy-efficient in the end-use phase.

The most important measures implemented by Axis Communications during the year included:

• a comprehensive programme for employees and distributors in order to counter corruption, bribes and conflicts of interest
• continual audits of subcontractors to ensure that they comply with Axis’ requirements relating to environmental responsibility as well as working environment and safety
• new requirements for component suppliers and a new requirement concerning so-called conflict minerals has been added to the Code of Conduct which Axis applies for its suppliers
• two new configuration and logistics centres (in Suzhou, China and Memphis, USA) which will provide increased capacity in the important US market and enhance the presence in China and will also mean greater proximity to the suppliers that are located in the region (and thus reduce transportation)
• phase-out of PVC in several products
• optimisation and reduction in the size of certain product packaging, in turn generating a positive effect both on the environmental impact of transport and the volume of consumables
• entrepreneurial spirit, openness and commitment has been strengthened through a variety of activities such as training in the company’s core values and international introductory courses.

The Axis Communications Sustainability Report for 2013 may be downloaded by visiting: http://www.axis.com/corporate/sustainability/index.htm

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Thales Report: ‘More than half of businesses own up to sensitive information being ‘readable’ when stored in the cloud’

Thales’ annual global survey reveals widespread uncertainty about cloud security and a negative impact on security posture. Thales has announced that the cloud is losing the ‘scare factor’ for businesses.

In its latest report, entitled: ‘Encryption in the Cloud’, Thales reveals that more and more organisations are transferring sensitive or confidential information to public cloud services even though more than a third expect a negative impact on security posture.

In response, the use of encryption is increasing but more than half of respondents still admit their sensitive data goes unprotected when it’s stored in the cloud despite data security regularly topping the global news agenda.

Thales Encryption in the Cloud Report April 2014

The independent global study of more than 4,000 organisations was conducted by The Ponemon Institute, and reveals differing opinions over who is responsible for security in the cloud – the cloud provider or the cloud consumer – and how best to protect the sensitive data that’s sent there.

The ‘Encryption in the Cloud’ study was commissioned as part of a larger international study on Global Encryption Trends. More than 4,000 organisations were surveyed in the US, UK, Germany, France, Australia, Japan, Brazil and Russia.

The report explores the impact on security posture of moving to the cloud, the transparency of cloud providers, how organisations are treading the line between trust and control with regard to encryption and how encryption keys should be managed.

Staying in control of sensitive data

Larry Ponemon, chairman and founder of The Ponemon Institute, commented: “Staying in control of sensitive or confidential data is paramount for most organisations, and yet our survey shows they are transferring ever more of their most valuable data assets to the cloud.”

Ponemon continued: “It’s perhaps a sign of confidence that organisations with the highest overall security posture were most likely to use the cloud for operations involving sensitive data, and it’s encouraging to find significantly fewer respondents believe that use of the cloud is weakening their security posture. However, there are still concerns that many organisations continue to believe their cloud providers are solely responsible for protecting their sensitive data even though the majority of respondents claim not to know what specific security measures their cloud provider is taking.”

Richard Moulds, vice-president (strategy) at Thales e-Security, explained: “Encryption is the most widely proven method to secure sensitive data in the enterprise and in the cloud, but more than half of respondents report that sensitive data in the cloud goes unprotected. Those that are using encryption have adopted a variety of deployment strategies, but once again a universal pain point is key management.”

Richard Moulds: vice-president of strategy at Thales e-Security

Richard Moulds: vice-president of strategy at Thales e-Security

Moulds went on to state: “Very often, the way that keys are managed makes all the difference, with poor implementations dramatically reducing effectiveness and driving up costs. Key management is a critical control issue for respondents, who are increasingly focused on retaining ownership of keys as a way to control access to data. Deployed correctly, encryption can help organisations migrate sensitive data and high risk applications to the cloud, in turn allowing them to safely unlock the full potential for economic benefit that the cloud can deliver.”

Key findings of the report

Cloud security is here to stay
The use of the cloud for processing and storing sensitive data seems inevitable. More than half of all respondents say their organisation already transfers sensitive or confidential data to the cloud and only 11% say that their organisation has no plans to use the cloud for sensitive operations (down from 19% only two years ago).

Cloud confidence is on the up, but at what cost?
Although nearly half of respondents believe that their use of the cloud has had no impact on their overall security posture, those that believe it has had a negative effect (34%) on their security posture outnumbered those that experienced a positive effect (17%) by a factor of two-to-one.

Where does the security buck stop?
The perceived responsibility for protecting sensitive data in the cloud is very dependent on the type of cloud service in question. In Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) environments, for example, more than half of respondents see the cloud provider as being primarily responsible for security. In contrast, nearly half of Infrastructure-as-a-Service/Platform-as-a-Service (IaaS/PaaS) users view security as a shared responsibility between the user and cloud provider.

Visibility improves but gaps remain
The good news is that visibility into the security practices of cloud providers is increasing, with 35% of respondents considering themselves knowledgeable about the security practices of their cloud providers compared with 29% only two years ago. However, half of SaaS users still claim to have no knowledge of what steps their providers are taking to secure their sensitive data.

Encryption usage increases but data still exposed
The use of encryption to protect sensitive or confidential data stored in the cloud (data at rest) appears to be increasing. For SaaS users, the report posts an increase from 32% in 2011 to 39% in 2013. For IaaS/PaaS users, respondents report an increase from 17% to 26% over the same period, but still more than half of respondents report that their sensitive data is in the clear (and therefore readable) when stored in the cloud.

Treading a line between trust and control
There is currently an almost equal division in terms of how stored data is encrypted while in the cloud. Of those respondents that encrypt stored data, just over half apply encryption directly within in the cloud with just over 40% electing to encrypt the data before it’s sent to the cloud.

Who holds the key?
When it comes to key management, there is a clear recognition of the importance of retaining ownership of encryption keys with 34% of respondents reporting that their own organisation is in control of encryption keys when data is encrypted in the cloud. Only 18% of respondents report that the cloud provider has full control over keys.

Standards enable trust in a shared environment
The need to share keys between organisations and the cloud highlights the growing interest in key management standards – in particular OASIS Key Management Interoperability Protocol (KMIP) – where 54% of respondents identify cloud-based applications and storage encryption as the area to be most impacted by the adoption of the KMIP standard.

About Thales e-Security

Thales e-Security is a leading global provider of data encryption and cyber security solutions to the financial services, high technology, manufacturing, Government and technology sectors.

With a 40-year track record of protecting corporate and Government information, Thales solutions are used by four of the five largest energy and aerospace companies and 22 NATO countries, and secure more than 80% of worldwide payment transactions.

Thales e-Security has offices in Australia, France, Hong Kong, Norway, the United States and the United Kingdom. For more information visit: http://www.thales-esecurity.com

About Thales

Thales is a global technology leader in the aerospace, transportation and defence/security markets. In 2013, the company generated revenues of €14.2 billion (equivalent of $18.3 billion) with 65,000 employees in 56 countries.

With its 25,000 engineers and researchers, Thales has a unique capability to design, develop and deploy equipment, systems and services that meet the most complex security requirements. Thales has an exceptional international footprint, with operations around the world working with customers and local partners. For further detail visit: http://www.thalesgroup.com

Positioned as a value-added systems integrator, equipment supplier and service provider, Thales is one of Europe’s leading players in the security market. The Group’s security teams work with Government agencies, local authorities and enterprise customers to develop and deploy integrated, resilient solutions to protect citizens, sensitive data and critical infrastructure.

Drawing on its strong cryptographic capabilities, Thales is one of the world leaders in cyber security products and solutions for critical state and military infrastructures, satellite networks and industrial and financial companies.

With a presence throughout the entire security chain, Thales offers a comprehensive range of services and solutions ranging from security consulting, intrusion detection and architecture design through to system certification, development and through-life management of products and services, and security supervision with Security Operation Centres in France and the United Kingdom.

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IHS Research Note: ‘PSIM software continues to see strong growth despite increased competition’

In the latest Research Note from IHS, senior analyst Paul Bremner discusses the Physical Security Information Management (PSIM) software market.

A new report from IHS reveals that the world market for PSIM (Physical Security Information Management) software is estimated to have been worth $160.3 million in 2013.

While being a small segment of the larger security and fire market, the PSIM market continues to enjoy 20% and higher growth rates, and will do so until at least 2018. This growth is being driven in part by end users deploying PSIM software platforms as a tool to enforce compliance of both internal policies and external legislative requirements.

Despite these growth rates, confusion surrounding what constitutes PSIM software remains. Competing products such as command and control platforms, advanced video management software and security integration platforms have muddied the water as their capabilities and functionality have expanded into what was once considered PSIM’s territory of situational awareness and situation management.

Connectivity and integration aspect eroded

In previous years, one of the key selling points for PSIM platforms was their ability to connect and integrate multiple disparate systems, both security and non-security. It is this connectivity and integration aspect to PSIM which has been eroded over the past two years, with many other products being able to offer various integrations to expand their software’s reach.

PSIM software has thus had to shift its USP away from this integration aspect. Customers that are buying PSIM now are really coming with a top-down view, with a need to improve their security operations in a cost-effective, operationally efficient way while improving the overall security of the environment in which they are working. This is where the PSIM value proposition lies.

That said, the market has grown in line with expectations from the previous edition of the report, with the market being $7.5 million larger in 2013 than previously expected.

However, longer-term growth will be muted compared with previous expectations. The market’s long-term growth is limited by competing products successfully being deployed in the mid-tier, a market that has historically been out of reach for the high-end PSIM software platforms due to their high price tag.

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TDSi to share security experience and expert advice with presentations at IFSEC International 2014

Security specialist TDSi will present sessions on integrated security and access control trends and offer practical advice on exporting at IFSEC International, which runs at ExCeL London from 17-19 June 2014.

In addition to making presentations at conference, on Stand F1100 TDSi will also be showcasing its latest integrated products and services and talking to visitors about how these can be incorporated into real-life projects.

TDSi’s presentations as part of the IFSEC Academy will kick off with md John Davies co-hosting a session entitled ‘Functionality, Reliability, Performance: security solutions for smarter buildings’ with fellow Harmony Alliance members in the SMART Buildings Theatre. This takes place at 1.00pm on Tuesday 17 June.

TDSi's md John Davies

TDSi’s md John Davies

Davies will be sharing the stage with Jim Ludwig (md at Texecom), Elmdene International’s md Ian Moore and Mark Tibbenham, managing director at GJD.

The presentation will examine how security is a priority for modern businesses, how security technology must offer excellent levels of ROI as well as being efficient and reliable. The presentation will also focus on how individual project needs, such as building layouts and the day-to-day operational needs, must be key installation and maintenance considerations.

Security and Access Control: the key trends

On Thursday 19 June, TDSi’s engineering and operations director Mike Sussman will be presenting ‘Security and Access Control: key trends for 2014-2015’. This presentation also takes place in the SMART Buildings Theatre, this time from 11.00 am–11.30 am.

Mike Sussman: TDSi's engineering and operations director

Mike Sussman: TDSi’s engineering and operations director

Sussman’s presentation will look at the substantial rise in integrated security systems and examine how this trend is likely to evolve.

The presentation will also review how upcoming trends and technology will place the security industry in a strong position to maintain growth.

John Davies will also be a key speaker for a forum entitled ‘UK Security on the World Stage: advice for exporters’, which runs in the IFSEC Global.com Centre Stage Theatre on at 1.00 pm on Thursday 19 June. Along with fellow speakers, including Greg Stuttle (chairman of the BSIA’s Export Council), Davies will be discussing how exports can be a valuable way to maintain and enhance profitability.

By incorporating recent BSIA research on this subject, the presentation will offer Best Practice advice, look at potential pitfalls, the importance of considering an export strategy and how the outlook is shaping up for 2014 and beyond.

Reflecting on TDSi’s participation at IFSEC International 2014 and the speaking opportunities, John Davies commented: “This is one of the key events for the security industry and we are proud to be taking part in three presentations this year as well as exhibiting at this exciting new venue.”

Davies added: “In presenting with my Harmony Alliance counterparts, we will be able to show how a truly integrated security and buildings services systems can offer benefits that far outweigh the sum of their parts. In addition, my colleague Mike Sussman will be imparting his considerable industry knowledge and expertise by looking at the key security trends and their benefits, while I will also be examining the importance of exports – drawing from direct experience through TDSi and also with my fellow BSIA members.”

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AMG Systems announces technology partnership with NICE Systems

The integration of AMG’s PanoCam360 with NICE Systems’ NiceVision Net 2.5 enhances ease of video management and situation handling while at the same time improving the quality and speed of critical decision-making and investigation.

AMG Systems (the British manufacturer of sophisticated Megapixel cameras and CCTV transmission technology) has completed the integration of AMG-Panogenics’ 5 Megapixel, 360 degree PanoCam360 cameras with NICE Systems’ NetVision Net 2.5 – a comprehensive enterprise class, open VMS platform for end-to-end IP video surveillance applications.

The technology integration is a significant move for introducing AMG-Panogenics’ range of cameras into applications in a number of vertical markets, among them the transport sector.

AMG Systems has completed the integration of AMG-Panogenics’ 5 Megapixel 360 degree PanoCam360 cameras with NICE Systems' NetVision Net 2.5

AMG Systems has completed the integration of AMG-Panogenics’ 5 Megapixel 360 degree PanoCam360 cameras with NICE Systems’ NetVision Net 2.5

“NiceVision Net 2.5 provides superior value to security operators, integrators and IT managers with its focus on evolving market needs,” said Yuval Kiselstein, head of product management for surveillance solutions at the NICE Security Group.

“We base our solutions on an open, IT-friendly design which makes it easy for third parties to integrate while still complying with end users’ IT requirements. We have found that AMG’s PanoCam360 lends itself incredibly well to our markets, including many transport-related applications, and we look forward to a fruitful partnership that will help users gain the most from their video technology.”

Sara Bullock, international sales and marketing director for the AMG Group, added: “The transport market has always been very important for AMG. It’s where our transmission technology stems from, and the AMG-Panogenics camera range, which includes TotemCam360 and PanoCam360, is particularly well suited for applications in this market.”

Sara Bullock: international sales and marketing director at the AMG Group

Sara Bullock: international sales and marketing director at the AMG Group

Bullock went on to state: “NICE Systems’ sophisticated VMS solution fits a wide range of customers and implementations while ensuring the best total cost of ownership and unsurpassed reliability. In combination with our camera range, this creates a compelling market offering. I’m therefore delighted to announce this technology partnership.”

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SSR Personnel Charity Golf Day in aid of PTSD Resolution: 22.9.14

Stapleford Abbotts Golf and Country Club is the venue for SSR Personnel’s upcoming Charity Golf Day in aid of PTSD Resolution, which takes place on Monday 22 September 2014.

PTSD Resolution is a charity (No 1133188) that offers counselling with a 78% success rate to UK Armed Forces’ TA and Regular Reserves and dependants in order to relieve mental health problems resulting from military service and ease reintegration into a normal work and family life.

The PTSD Resolution national outreach programme has over 200 counsellors. It is private, confidential, local and one-to-one. No referral is needed, thus reducing any sense of stigma. Counselling is brief and effective – an average of five one-hour sessions.

PTSD Resolution also offers employers trauma awareness training to support the successful integration of veterans and reservists in the workplace. The half-day modular courses enable line managers and HR staff to recognise potential symptoms of trauma and identify a clear route to resolving any workplace difficulties.

Details of the course at Stapleford Abbotts

The golf complex at Stapleford Abbotts in Essex consists of 45 holes. The main course is the Abbotts (a par 72, 6,501-yard Championship Golf Course designed in 1989 to exacting USGA specifications by distinguished golf course architect Howard Swan.

Stapleford Abbotts Golf and Country Club

Stapleford Abbotts Golf and Country Club

The Abbotts course has eleven separate water features, all of which certainly come into play and can be assured to capture those stray shots!

The Abbotts course is a renowned test for any low handicap golfer. For further information visit: http://www.staplefordabbottsgolf.co.uk

Logistics for the Competition Day

The day will begin from 9.00 am with registration, bacon rolls and a choice of tea or coffee. Warm-up/practice facilities are available before the first tee time of 10.34 am.

The competition will be an individual full handicap, stableford competition over 18 holes to decide the prizes. Maximum handicap: Men – 24, Women – 28.

There will be a nearest the pin and longest drive prize on selected holes.

Once your round is complete, you will be able to enjoy a two-course dinner with prize giving and raffle to follow.

Cost to enter the competition is £60 per individual player with a concession for four-balls booked at £220.

If you would like to be part of this great event contact John Oliver at SSR Personnel, 5 Blackhorse Lane, London E17 6DN. e-mail: joliver@ssr-personnel.com or telephone 020 8626 3100

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