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Unisys Security Index Survey: ‘Britons place greater trust in banks to protect personal data than they do the NHS or central Government’

The latest Unisys survey shows a nation divided on the question of personal data protection ahead of NHS’ Care.data launch. The survey reveals lower levels of trust in many private sector organisations and that financial institutions are most trusted with personal data by members of the UK public. 15% of UK respondents to the survey do not trust any organisation with their personal information.

UK citizens place greater trust in banks and financial institutions to protect their personal data than they do the National Health Service (NHS) and central Government. This is a key finding of the annual global Unisys Security Index survey, the results of which are announced today.

The findings may raise concerns for the UK Government ahead of the launch this Autumn of Care.data, the NHS’ national health database.

The most recent Unisys Security Index asked UK respondents to select three types of organisation they most trust with their personal data from a list including financial institutions, the NHS, employers, central Government, private companies and service providers.

The largest percentage (53%) of respondents selected financial institutions. The NHS was the second most trusted of the organisations listed, and cited by 50% of respondents.

Among the lesser trusted organisations cited by the UK respondents are employers (44%), central Government (31%) and private companies (23%). Service organisations such as broadband, TV or telephone providers are seen as trustworthy by only 16% of those surveyed.

A significant 15% of the population said they do not trust any of the listed organisations with their data.

The UK Government has much work to do in reassuring the public of its data security measures before the delayed roll-out of the Care.data NHS database this autumn

The UK Government has much work to do in reassuring the public of its data security measures before the delayed roll-out of the Care.data NHS database this autumn

In addition, the Index revealed varying levels of trust in the NHS from different generations, with only 44% of UK respondents over 50 reporting that they trust the NHS with their personal data, in contrast to 555 of 18-49 year olds.

The proposed roll-out of Care.data, designed to hold NHS patients’ digital medical records for the care and health services, was delayed earlier this year due to public confusion over the initiative.

Work to be done on reassurance

Dr Gerhard Knecht, head of global security services and compliance at Unisys Enterprise Services, commented: “The NHS has work to do in reassuring a large part of the population that it can safely handle their personal data. We believe the Government must focus on educating the public on how their data will be treated and what security measures will be taken before its second attempt to launch the programme.”

Only 27.7& of UK respondents over the age of 65 listed central Government as one of their most trusted organisations compared to 39% of 25-34 year olds.

Dr Knecht added: “Despite widespread acknowledgement that the current Government has favoured older generations with its policies, the coalition clearly has more work to do in convincing old people of the benefits of its Digital Strategy, which was introduced well over two years ago in the 2012 budget.”

Sceptical North versus Trusting South

The research also reveals how Northerners are less trusting than Southerners when it comes to personal data, with 7% more respondents from the North claiming they don’t trust any of the organisations listed in the survey.

This divide is particularly apparent in their respective views on private companies, with just 20% of Northerners placing trust in them compared to 29% of Southerners.

Concerns over identity and financial protection

The Unisys Security Index results also show Brits are more worried about personal security than financial, Internet or national security threats.

More than half of respondents harbour concerns over identity theft and misuse of personal information. Financial security is the second greatest area of concern, with just under half (48%) of those surveyed expressing serious concern about other people obtaining and using their credit or debit card details.

The overall Unisys Security Index for Britain has dropped considerably from 2013, with a significant drop in the National Security Index score contributing the most to this decline. The National security index score for the UK has dropped 48 points, in fact, from 130 in 2013 to just 82 in 2014.

Despite 2013 being widely acknowledged as a bumper year for data breaches, less than a third (30%) of Brits surveyed are seriously concerned about computer security in relation to viruses or spam.

About the Unisys Security Index

Lieberman Research Group conducted the survey in Latin America, Europe, Malaysia and the USA. Newspoll conducted the research in Australia and New Zealand.

The Unisys Security Index surveys nearly 11,000 people in 12 countries: Australia, Brazil, Colombia, France, Germany, Malaysia, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States.

For more information visit: http://www.unisyssecurityindex.com

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TDSi set to demonstrate benefits of integrated security solutions at IFSEC International 2014

Integrated security solutions manufacturer TDSi will be introducing visitors to the benefits of truly integrated security systems on Stand F1100 at IFSEC International 2014, which is taking place at ExCel London from 17-19 June 2014.

The company will also be talking about how its channel partner programme can help partners to grow their business, offering dedicated technical and sales support to ensure they’re highly competitive and able to offer the highest levels of customer assistance and support.

The TDSi stand at IFSEC International 2014 will be part of the ‘Harmony Village’ group of stands with fellow Harmony Alliance partners Texecom, GJD, Elmdene and Advanced LED Technology. There’s also a refreshment area sponsored by TDSi’s distribution partner Midwich.

TDSi’s managing director John Davies commented: “IFSEC International’s new home at ExCeL is the perfect venue to meet visitors from across the UK security sector and worldwide. Our aim is to show visitors what integrated security solutions can offer in terms of high-end security, usability and value for money.”

John Davies: md at TDSi

John Davies: md at TDSi

Davies added: “Given their high degree of compatibility with other systems, our integrated solutions allow security professionals to continue using and building upon existing security investments, in turn making the most of even the tightest budget. We work with our customers and end users to understand their needs such that we can then provide solutions that best suit them and their particular issues or circumstances.”

Commitment to business partners and installers

TDSi is keen to demonstrate its commitment to partners and installers.

“Our partners are the cornerstones of TDSi’s business,” enthused Davies, “and I encourage anyone who is interested in joining our programme to visit Stand F1100. We pride ourselves on the support we offer to partners. The TDSi team will be keen to demonstrate how benefits such as enhanced services, pricing and dedicated technical support can add real additional value to the proposition you offer your customers.”

TDSi will also be showcasing how its products and services can be incorporated into real-life projects. Highlights this year include its new range of readers.

The company will be demonstrating the latest version of its EXgarde PRO 4.3 integrated security software solution, which now includes full integration with industry leaders such as Texecom, Aperio, Milestone and Microsoft Active Directory.

Additionally, as part of the IFSEC Academy education programme, TDSi will be participating in three detailed presentations during IFSEC International 2014:
• ‘Functionality, reliability, performance: security solutions for smarter buildings’ with fellow Harmony Alliance members (Smart Buildings Theatre, 1.00 pm-2.00 pm, Tuesday 17 June)
• ‘Security and Access Control: key trends for 2014-2015’ (Smart Buildings Theatre, 11.00 am-11.30 am, Thursday 19 June)
• ‘UK Security on the World Stage: advice for exporters’ (IFSECGlobal.com Centre Stage Theatre, 1.00 pm-2.00 pm, Thursday 19 June)

For more details on TDSi’s range of products and service visit: http://www.tdsi.co.uk

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Topsgrup/Shield Group leader Dr Richie Nanda featured in Sunday Times Rich List for third year in a row

For a third consecutive year, Dr Richie Nanda – executive chairman of The Shield Group and Topsgrup (the Indian security solutions brand) – features in The Sunday Times Rich List (the UK’s definitive guide to wealth).

Dr Nanda enters the prestigious list of high-net-worth individuals with a sustained increase in personal wealth, from £187 million in 2013 to £195 million in 2014, placing him at number 490 in this year’s Rich List.

Dr Nanda has demonstrated financial prowess and sound entrepreneurial ability in his astute leadership of two flourishing businesses – Topsgrup and The Shield Group. In the last financial year, both Topsgrup and The Shield Group displayed outstanding results with a growth in EBIDTA of 25%. In the current financial year, annual turnover is expected to be £160 million (US$ 270 million).

The increase in Dr Nanda’s personal fortune is attributed to his successful implementation of an innovative strategy to acquire and strengthen the corporate structure of The Shield Group, taking it to the coveted position of being the UK’s largest independent total security solutions provider. Topsgrup was in fact the first Indian MNC to acquire a British security company.

The Rich List 2014 entry is also reflective of the company’s new contract wins, including the award of the visitor services and security contract with the Imperial War Museum Group.

Dr Richie Nanda

Dr Richie Nanda

With the issue of global security at the forefront of most countries’ agendas, Dr Nanda’s vision in implementing an innovative total security solutions delivery model at The Shield Group has regenerated the British security sector and paved the way for a fresh approach to business security provision in the UK.

As well as modernising the security sector in India and the UK, Dr Nanda has also implemented grass roots-level changes at The Shield Group in the form of such enterprising facets as the launch of the company’s regional headquarters in Manchester and the establishment of a new state-of-the-art ARC in Preston.

The inclusion of Dr Nanda and other prominent Asians in the Rich List also further enhances the successful synergy between the Asian sub-continent and the UK. The powerful ‘super class’ of Asian entrepreneurs has made a positive impact on the British economy, contributing substantially to the UK’s GDP level through a mixture of business interests (from security to steel, pharmaceuticals, property, finance and on to social care).

Pioneer in the Indian security world

A self-made entrepreneur, Dr Richie Nanda is regarded as a leader in the global security sector, ensuring that the likes of high-profile sporting events, businesses and premier venues are protected. He’s widely acknowledged as the pioneer and the most prominent spokesperson of the burgeoning security industry in India.

Dr Nanda was recognised as an outstanding entrepreneur after he took over the reins of Topsgrup at the age of 22. Back then, it was an ailing company with revenues of just £30,000 per annum and eight customers. Dr Nanda built the business into India’s largest security group with revenues in excess of £160 million (FY2015), 93,000 employees, 130 offices worldwide and approximately 8,500 customers.

The multi award-winning Topsgrup has also embarked on a global leadership mission with a vision to become a leading brand in the global security space and a US$10 billion security group by 2020.

Speaking about his inclusion in The Sunday Times Rich List 2014, Dr Nanda commented: “I am overcome with pride at being included in The Sunday Times Rich List for a third consecutive year. I consider the Rich List to be a testament of the hard work, dedication and courage of those visionary and enterprising individuals who have made sacrifices and taken gut instinct risks to achieve success for their businesses, partners and countries alike.”

Dr Nanda continued: “I would like to state that my inclusion in The Sunday Times Rich List is very much a team effort. I owe this recognition to my vast family of 93,000 employees, 8,500 customers and hundreds of business partners whose commitment to our vision, their unstinted loyalty and hard work has made Topsgrup and The Shield Group leaders in the global security industry.”

He went on to add: “The growth in the industry also confirms the importance of security as a service, especially within the business sector. There has been an increased demand from customers for more cost-effective, high quality security services, especially in the face of more advanced and varied security risks arising in the world and in the UK. As a result, The Shield Group has introduced its Total Security Solutions (TSS) delivery system model offering risk-based, bespoke and holistic security solutions to a variety of clients.”

Leading entrepreneur from the security sector

Philip Beresford, who combines The Sunday Times Rich List each year, explained: “The Sunday Times Rich List is an annually compiled index of the UK’s wealthiest individuals across an array of sectors, from enterprise, entrepreneurship, entertainment, sport and public life. Since its inception over 20 years ago, the Rich List has become an integral part of the UK’s business and social foundation. It is regarded by many people, both in the UK and internationally, as an invaluable source of information.”

Beresford also stated: “I heartily congratulate all those individuals who have made it into the 2014 Sunday Times Rich List. We have a number of esteemed millionaires in this year’s Rich List, including Dr Richie Nanda. Dr Nanda is featured in 490th position in the Rich List, and is one of the few leading entrepreneurs from the security sector to be featured this year.”

In conclusion, Beresford said: “Dr Nanda is widely acknowledged to have rejuvenated the security industry in India. With the acquisition of The Shield Group in 2012, he has once again shown exemplary leadership, business vision, dynamism and an innovative approach to take The Shield Group to the position of being the largest independent total security solutions provider in the UK.”
Dr Nanda joins the ranks of the super-rich steel magnate Lakshmi Mittal, industrialist Alisher Usmanov and Chelsea Football Club owner Roman Abramovich as one of the wealthiest UK citizens born overseas but who predominantly work and/or live in Britain.

Since its inception in 1989, The Sunday Times Rich List continues to be the definitive annual guide to showcasing Britain’s richest men and women across a broad spectrum of sectors.

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