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Securitas Security Services to exhibit at IFSEC International 2014

Securitas is overhauling its exhibition presence, with an impressive stand to be unveiled at IFSEC International (which runs from 17-19 June 2014 at ExCeL, London).

Securitas Security Services (UK) has announced that it will be exhibiting at IFSEC International 2014, offering the anticipated 45,000 delegates an up-close examination of its specialist security solutions.

In its new London home of ExCeL, IFSEC International is set to enhance its position as the world’s hub for security, bringing together innovation in an evolving market and earmarking future trends that will drive the industry forward.

Securitas will spotlight its surveillance products at the exhibition, with an impactful purpose-built stand being used for the first time. This represents a fresh approach for Securitas, with technology brought to the very heart of the exhibition experience.

Brian Riis Nielsen of Securitas

Brian Riis Nielsen of Securitas

Securitas Country President Brian Riis Nielsen said: “Securitas is delighted to be part of what is a foremost international event for this industry. IFSEC International is the perfect platform to highlight the products and partnerships that make Securitas a global leader. We’re looking forward to sharing our expertise and making valuable connections at this year’s show.”

Peter Poole: IFSEC International's event manager

Peter Poole: IFSEC International’s event manager

Peter Poole, event manager for IFSEC International at UBM Live, said: “It’s fantastic to have the support of Securitas at IFSEC International, and we’re delighted that the company will be present on the show floor. As the show relocates to London, we’re thrilled to have Securitas join the other global leading brands to make this the best edition of IFSEC International yet. We’re pulling out all the stops for 2014, and we’re very excited to see what Securitas will unveil to visitors in June.”

About IFSEC International

IFSEC International is the leading event that caters for the entire security buying chain. Attracting manufacturers, distributors, consultants, specifiers, installers, integrators and end users, IFSEC International is the only event to bring the whole community together under one roof.

Providing education, networking and a showcase for the latest products, IFSEC International brings together more than 28,000 visitors and 650 exhibitors to discover the latest solutions in the security world.

IFSEC International takes place from 17-19 June 2014 at ExCeL, London.

The event is part of the Protection & Management Series which also comprises FIREX International, Facilities Show, Safety & Health Expo, Energy & Environment Expo and Service Management Expo.

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Metro Security systems protect RAF Museum

Leading national security systems installer Metro Security – which celebrated its 35th Anniversary in 2013 – has provided a range of important protective measures for the Royal Air Force Museum in Hendon, North London.

Located on the historic Hendon site of the former London Aerodrome in Colindale, the RAF Museum tells the 95-year old story of the RAF through its people and collections.

Officially opened in 1972, the Hendon site now comprises five exhibition halls containing over 100 aircraft from around the world, along with a range of other integrated attractions (including a 4D theatre, flight simulators and interactive exhibits).

Metro Security’s long-standing partnership with the RAF Museum first involved the upgrading of its existing intruder alarm system. Metro then moved on to expand the system to safeguard buildings on site, newly opened areas of the museum and display cases containing valuable collections.

Metro Security is helping to safeguard the RAF Museum at Hendon

Metro Security is helping to safeguard the RAF Museum at Hendon

The initial success of these measures led to high security movement detectors being fitted in the Art Gallery to alert staff to the presence of intruders out-of-hours, while Metro was also awarded the maintenance contract for all of the RAF Museum’s intruder alarm equipment.

Additionally, the company has installed intruder alarm and surveillance measures in the rebuilt Grahame-White Watch Office, a Grade 2 listed building which was relocated from an area of the former airfield site designated for a housing development.

Metro Security’s involvement with the RAF Museum has recently included the design of a new Control Room that enables integration of the burgeoning security systems around the site.

Using specialist in-house knowledge from Metro’s sister company, Adder Digital Technology, the Control Room is equipped with a video wall allowing operators to monitor surveillance camera views.

A high-spec digital image recording system has been interfaced, in turn providing full management of the multi-camera CCTV network.

Inside the RAF Museum

Inside the RAF Museum

“Metro’s all-round security expertise has enabled us to effectively deal with a variety of potential risks right across the site,” explained Dave Rowe, general manager at the RAF Museum in London. “The company has used its wide range of skills and experience to implement harmonised security prevention and detection measures that protect not only the site itself, but importantly also safeguard our staff and visitors.”

Richard Meakins, sales manager at Metro Security, commented: “This is a prestigious and ongoing contract requiring a variety of systems and services provided by Metro Security. We’re continuing to specify and install equipment at the RAF Museum as needs dictate, for instance to safeguard new display cases containing valuable material which are being introduced around the exhibition halls to enhance the overall visitor experience.”

About Metro Security (GB) plc

Metro Security offers a range of services from access control, CCTV, intruder alarms and fire detection systems through to building management control, ANPR, retail EpoS and fuel PoS analytics.

Having grown steadily since 1978, Metro Security’s expertise now includes integration of advanced IT and other applications into security and business information systems to provide a host of useful management information.

The company, which has achieved the ISO 9001 quality management systems standard, runs its own 24/7 monitoring centre.

Metro Security’s surveyors and engineers are fully trained to relevant standards such as BS 5839 (fire detection and alarm systems for buildings) and its intruder systems comply with EN 50131 and PD 6662, as well as police specification DD 243.

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‘Grave terrorist threat needs urgent solutions’ states UK Home Affairs Select Committee

In its latest report on counter-terrorism, the UK Home Affairs Select Committee has made a series of strong statements urging the Government to take immediate action.

Focusing on foreign fighters, the Committee states that the Government’s response must encompass dissuading and preventing those who wish to go to fight from going, helping countries who are key to intercepting those entering Syria and ensuring those who return do not present a danger to the UK.

There should be engagement with communities through peer-led schemes to prevent radicalisation, such as the Abdullah X programme.

The Committee recommends that the Government implements a programme (similar to Channel) for everyone returning to Britain where there is evidence that they have fought in Syria.

UK response to the terrorist threat

There should be increased oversight of the vital power to withdraw passports, and the Committee also suggests that the power to make individuals stateless ought not to be employed while the individual is in the UK.

The responsibility for counter-terrorism policing should be moved from the Metropolitan Police Service to the National Crime Agency.

Keith Vaz MP: chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee

Keith Vaz MP: chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee

All police forces should ensure that local shopping centres have received the British Council of Shopping Centres guidance and put in place and tested a Response Plan.

Oversight of the security and intelligence agencies

The Committee raises concern over the weak nature of the oversight system which has an impact upon the credibility of the agencies accountability, and to the credibility of Parliament itself.

The Commissioners who scrutinise the intelligence services should be full time and properly resourced.
The scrutiny of the work of the security and intelligence agencies should be not the exclusive preserve of the Intelligence and Security Committee.

The Commons membership of the Intelligence and Security Committee should be elected.

The chairman, who should always be a member of the Commons, ought to be subject to election of the whole House and should always be a member of the largest opposition party.

International emergency terrorist platform and capacity building

The UK should lead in the establishment of an international terrorism platform, using existing resources and knowledge at Interpol, which will allow nations access to advice, intelligence and expertise in dealing with terrorist threats.

Overseas Development Aid money could be used to increase resource for capacity building abroad.

Speaking about the Home Affairs Select Committee’s report, the Rt Hon Keith Vaz MP (the Committee’s chairman) stated: “Recent events involving Boko Haram, Al-Shabab and Al Qaeda show that the terrorist threat to the UK is as grave as at any point in the past thirteen years. The international community must act as one to tackle this global problem. Interpol has the resources and experience to build a platform and the UK must take the lead in bringing others to the table. However, ensuring public safety cannot be the sole purview of the counter-terrorism command and the security service. It is a responsibility in which all UK citizens and companies take a share.”

Vaz continued: “Stopping British men and women going to become foreign fighters, in Syria and other theatres of conflict, and engaging with them when they return is vital to avoid endangering the security of the UK for many years to come. Whether in classrooms, local community centres or through the global reach of the Internet and social media, a clear message needs to be sent to those at risk. Fighting in Syria is not the answer and without the Government helping peer-led projects to tackle this problem many more may be lost to radicalisation.”

Continuing this them, the MP added: “The current system of oversight is designed to scrutinise the work of George Smiley, not the 21st Century reality of the security and intelligence services. The agencies are at the cutting edge of sophistication and are owed an equally refined system of democratic scrutiny. It is an embarrassing indictment of our system that some in the media felt compelled to publish leaked information to ensure that matters were heard in Parliament.”

In conclusion, Vaz said: “The Intelligence and Security Committee should be given a democratic mandate in the same way as other Select Committees. We will then be able to robustly defend our methods of scrutiny and better serve those who protect us and the public.”

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Top IT data security threats revealed in ICO security report

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has published a new security report highlighting eight of the most common IT security vulnerabilities that have resulted in organisations failing to keep people’s information secure.

The flaws were identified during the ICO’s investigations into data breaches caused by poor IT security practices. Many of these incidents have led to serious security breaches resulting in the ICO issuing monetary penalties totalling almost a million pounds.

The breaches could have been avoided if the standard industry practices highlighted in today’s report were adopted.

They include the £200,000 penalty issued to the British Pregnancy Advice Service after the details of service users were compromised due to the insecure collection and storage of the information on their website. There’s also the £250,000 fine issued to Sony Computer Entertainment Europe after the company failed to keep its software up-to-date, leading to the details of millions of customers being compromised during a targeted attack.

The top IT data security threats have been revealed by the ICO in its latest report

The top IT data security threats have been revealed by the ICO in its latest report

Announcing the publication of today’s report (entitled: ‘Protecting Personal Data in Online Services: Learning from the Mistakes of Others’), the ICO’s group manager for technology, Simon Rice, said: “In just the past couple of months we have already seen widespread concern over the expiry of support for Microsoft XP and the uncovering of the security flaw known as Heartbleed. While these security issues may seem complex, it’s important that organisations of all sizes have a basic understanding of these types of threats and know what action they need to take to make sure their computer systems are keeping customers’ information secure.”

Rice continued: “Our experiences investigating data breaches on a daily basis shows that while some organisations are taking IT security seriously, too many are failing at the basics. If you’re responsible for the security of your organisation’s information and you think salt is just something you put on your chips rather than a method for protecting your passwords, then our report is for you.”

In conclusion, Rice commented: “The report provides an introduction into these established industry practices that could save you the financial and reputational costs associated with a serious data breach.”

Top 8 computer security vulnerabilities uncovered

The Top 8 computer security vulnerabilities covered in the ICO’s report are as follows:
• a failure to keep software security up-to-date
• a lack of protection from SQL injection
• the use of unnecessary services
• poor decommissioning of old software and services
• insecure storage of passwords;
• failure to encrypt online communications;
• poorly designed networks processing data in inappropriate areas
• continued use of default credentials including passwords

In addition to the report’s publication, the ICO’s Simon Rice will be publishing a series of blogs this week explaining the key aspects of the ICO’s latest advice in further detail.

Rice’s first blog, published this morning, explains the pressing need for today’s report and how it was developed.

Rice will also be taking part in a Q&A session this coming Friday (16 May) to respond to any questions people have about today’s report. Those who would like to send in a question can e-mail the details to: pressoffice@ico.org.uk or tweet @ICONews by 10.30 am on Thursday 15 May

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