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Cisco unveils industry’s first threat-focused next generation firewall

Cisco is changing the way in which organisations protect themselves against sophisticated threats with the introduction of the industry’s first threat-focused next generation firewall. Cisco ASA with FirePOWER Services provides the full contextual awareness and dynamic controls needed to automatically assess threats, correlate intelligence and optimise defences to protect all networks.

By integrating the proven Cisco ASA 5500 Series firewall with application control, and the industry-leading Next Generation Intrusion Prevention Systems (NGIPS) and Advanced Malware Protection (AMP) from Sourcefire, Cisco is providing integrated threat defence across the entire attack continuum – before, during and after an attack.

Cisco ASA with FirePOWER Services is an adaptive, threat-focused next generation firewall that delivers superior multi-layered protection, extending its capabilities far beyond legacy solutions.

Until now, next generation firewalls have focused on policy and application control, and have been unable to address advanced and zero-day attacks. Cisco ASA with FirePOWER Services changes this dynamic, adopting a visibility-driven, threat-focused and platform-based approach.

• Visibility-driven: Delivering full contextual awareness of users, mobile devices, client-side apps, virtual machine‐to-machine communications, vulnerabilities, threats, URLs and other important telemetry. The enterprise-class management capabilities provide users with dashboards and drill-down reports of discovered hosts, suspect applications, threats and Indicators of Compromise (IoCs) for comprehensive visibility
• Threat-focused: Incorporating leading NGIPS for comprehensive protection from known and advanced threats, as well as AMP to combat zero-day and persistent attacks. Big data analytics, continuous analysis and Cisco Collective Security Intelligence (CSI) work together to provide detection, blocking, tracking, analysis and remediation capabilities protecting against the full spectrum of attacks – known and unknown
• Platform‐based: Cisco ASA with FirePOWER Services combines proven firewall functionality and application control, leading NGIPS capability and advanced breach detection and remediation in a single device. The integration provides organisations with better protection while also reducing operating costs and complexity. This new solution simplifies an organisation’s security architecture and reduces its network footprint with fewer security devices needed to manage and deploy and an ability to license subscriptions as well as extend functionality

Cisco ASA with FirePOWER Services is an adaptive, threat-focused next generation firewall that delivers superior multi-layered protection

Cisco ASA with FirePOWER Services is an adaptive, threat-focused next generation firewall that delivers superior multi-layered protection

Reducing times from breach to recovery

Given shifting business models and the fast-changing threat landscape, an organisation’s approach to reducing the time from breach to recovery needs to be truly integrated and threat-focused.

With mounting concern at the executive level regarding the threat of lost intellectual property and compromised customer information and confidence, organisations require broad coverage across all potential attack vectors that can rapidly adjust and learn from new attack methods and then implement that intelligence for protection.

Cisco ASA with FirePOWER Services provides that integrated threat defence to truly help businesses address their biggest security risks — advanced and zero-day threats.

Cisco ASA with FirePOWER Services provides superior visibility and continuous analysis to detect advanced, multi-vector threats and streamlines and automates responses for both known and unknown malware. It also offers holistic, actionable IoCs that speed threat investigation and retrospective remediation, along with integrated incident response scoping and automated detection policy updates.

All of these innovations are supported by an enterprise-class firewall, VPN, advanced clustering and granular application layer and risk-based controls that evoke tailored NGIPS threat detection policies to optimise security effectiveness.

Open source security integration with Snort, OpenAppID and ClamAV further allows end users to easily customise security and address new or specific threats and applications as quickly as possible.

Customers can gain the benefits of the solutions in two ways:
• Cisco ASA with FirePOWER Services (customers can purchase ASA 5500-X Series and ASA 5585-X Series firewall products with a bundled FirePOWER Services license)
• FirePOWER Services for Cisco ASA (customers can enable FirePOWER Services on existing ASA 5500-X Series and ASA 5585-X Series firewall products)

Along with its partners, Cisco also provides professional and technical security services to help accelerate migration from customers’ current security environments to the integrated threat defence of Cisco ASA with FirePOWER Services. With deep expertise, proven processes and tools and global resource availability, Cisco’s security services help organisations migrate quickly and with minimal disruption.

Industrialised hacking and sophisticated cyber crime

“In today’s climate of industrialised hacking and sophisticated cyber crime, we’ve entered an era in which legacy next generation firewall solutions are simply not enough to thwart attackers,” said Christopher Young, senior vice-president for the Security Business Group at Cisco.

“Now more than ever, organisations need to be able to implement dynamic controls to manage the pace of change of their environments and address security incidents. Cisco ASA with FirePOWER Services is a major step forward for the next generation firewall market, empowering customers to deepen their protection from the data centre through the network to the endpoint with the agility to identify, understand and stop advanced threats both in real-time and retrospectively.”

Kevin Kerr – CISO at Oak Ridge National Laboratory – added: “Like any high profile organisation, Oak Ridge National Laboratory must be diligent about its security strategy because the sad reality is that every organisation is the target of an attack. We saw this at first hand in 2011. We cannot afford another surprise malware attack to disrupt our operations, which is why we’re looking at the next generation of protective tools. Cisco ASA with FirePOWER Services is among some of the tools we are considering to help us defend the Lab.”

Further information about Cisco ASA with FirePOWER Services is available at: http://www.cisco.com/go/asafps

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The Risk UK Interview: Jong Wan Lim (Samsung Techwin)

Shortly after being appointed managing director of Samsung Techwin Europe, Jong Wan Lim presented his vision for the future at a conference attended by the company’s various business partners. Lim stated that 2014 would be: “A Year of Change: A New Beginning,” with Samsung Techwin striving even harder to create new business opportunities for its customers.

Risk UK: What would you say are the most significant changes that have taken place since you joined Samsung Techwin?

Jong Wan Lim: Our world is changing. Our customers’ requirements are changing and, as a result, we’re changing the way in which we do business to face the challenges of the future.

To meet these changes we have reviewed – and we’re continuing to review – the way we manage our business model. Our new ‘regional powerhouses’ have enabled us to be more efficient in our use of resources and provide a more sales oriented structure. Now, we can better employ the expertise of our sales and support services across the countries within these regions to provide a fast, efficient and consistent service to all.

To ensure the success of our ‘regional powerhouses’, we’re continuing to review the way in which we manage our operations within the countries concerned. This will create a platform for the continuous drive for sales and service in our key sales target areas.

Our aim is to be Number One in these key sales target areas and success will be achieved through concentrating our focus on these areas.

We all know that successful business partnerships are built around trust. At Samsung Techwin we are no different as we look to create the highest level of trust with all of our distribution, system integrator, end user and technology company partners. There’s no doubt that the new sales orientated strategy is improving the quality of our processes and policies to strengthen this trust.

Jong Wan Lim: managing director of Samsung Techwin Europe

Jong Wan Lim: managing director of Samsung Techwin Europe

Shared values are further strengthened by engaging end users through our vertical market business development specialists who are concentrating on key verticals in their regions. These include transport, retail, banking and city surveillance. Business is being driven through our distribution partners. This has resulted, for example, in Samsung Techwin being awarded PADs approval (from Network Rail) for a large number of network products, including our award-winning open platform WiseNetIII camera range. Pleasingly, this puts us in the position of being the only manufacturer to have IP cameras approved for use on the UK rail network.

Risk UK: Can you expand on what you mean by reorganising and restructuring your sales areas?

Jong Wan Lim: As we continue to develop our IP portfolio and realise smarter technologies, we are also aware that in today’s competitive marketplace it’s working collaboratively that will help improve and advance the quality of our service offer. Our European regional centres are continually benefiting from our successes as we continue to knowledge share.

By embracing a transparent methodology, our new regional centres have been able to seamlessly disseminate and replicate successes through a fully integrated sales and business development team. This synergy has allowed us to work smarter, more efficiently and effectively, all of which will help to improve the quality of our services to all of our customers and, particularly, our value added partners.

As we learn quickly from the successes of our more empowered local teams, the new regional centres will swiftly disseminate and replicate their successes through the natural synergy that has been created from integrating the sales and business development teams.

A fundamental part of this reorganisation has been the introduction of the Samsung Techwin Eco Partnership (STEP) Programme whereby we provide support, resources and tools to help our partners extend their business opportunities and increase their profits.

The benefits of this include project registration discounts, lead sharing, co-marketing/marketing and technical tool support.

Within the first couple of months of starting the STEP Programme we’re delighted to be in the position that over 150 partners have already signed up.

Risk UK: The STEP Programme would appear to be an integral element of your new strategy. Is it only open to system integrators?

Jong Wan Lim: Our STEP Programme is designed for different types of partners: channel, technology, application, A&E and clients. One main difference is that our customers can access our open platform partners’ information and services, in turn allowing us to add further value to our offer.

We also work very closely with our distribution partners. We not only pull the channel partners’ business through to them, but we also exhibit together at trade shows in order to highlight the strength of our co-operation. For example, at Essen in Germany this year we are partnering with Videor Technical and at ExpoProtection in France with Aasset Security.

Risk UK: At the beginning of the year you discussed the importance of service and support. Can you elaborate on this?

Jong Wan Lim: Most certainly. Our market is a very crowded place wherein there’s no shortage of manufacturers with which we must compete. On that basis, we believe that quality over quantity is the key – delivering quality products, quality services and quality support levels. Quite rightly, this is what customers require and expect.

At Samsung Techwin, we have introduced a staff-specific training programme ensuring the service delivered by our sales and technical teams adds value to our customers’ businesses. We have also introduced an Advanced Replacement Scheme on all products purchased after 1 July 2013. This is designed to highlight the confidence we have in the quality of our products and also to afford our customers peace of mind by putting them first.

In addition, we have combined our warehouse and service centre in the Netherlands. It’s a convenient hub for continental Europe and the UK. We use the services of DHL, the global market leader in the logistics industry, to deliver our products.

Risk UK: You mention quality products. What’s new this year from Samsung Techwin?

Jong Wan Lim: This year, we’ve expanded our WiseNetIII range so that it now includes 1.3, 2 and 3 Megapixel resolutions. We were delighted when we won the Benchmark Product Innovation Award at IFSEC International 2014. The powerful processor offers the user simplicity and choice through our open platform technology.

Together with our technology partners who are specialists in video and audio analytics, and our expertise in camera manufacturing, this allows us to create truly exciting solutions.

At IFSEC International we changed our booth such that it was vertical market solutions-centric rather than device-centric as has historically been the case.

Risk UK: This all sounds extremely innovative. How much of a difference will moves like this one make to your business?

Jong Wan Lim: We believe this will help ‘Change the face of IP’ as the WiseNetIII cameras will accept multiple applications that can be downloaded into the camera in a similar way to adding Apps to a SmartPhone. It gives the end customer total flexibility, allowing them to use a surveillance camera for many more applications outside the scope of pure security. Marketing, Health and Safety and man management are but a few examples of this.

Such an approach allows us to offer solutions to different vertical market sectors like retail where, for example, an App from Agent-Vi using its savViTM software can provide retailers with a powerful tool to analyse customer traffic patterns or better understand the implications of customer behaviour in relation to signage, store layout and promotions.

Samsung Techwin's SNV-6013 camera

Samsung Techwin’s SNV-6013 camera

Risk UK: Samsung Techwin has just introduced a new analogue solution in the form of the Beyond 1280H Series. With the market moving towards IP, can you explain why you’ve chosen to take this approach?

Jong Wan Lim: Without doubt the future lies with IP solutions. That sais, we must support all of our customers and there’s a countless number of existing analogue CCTV systems whose end users, for various reasons, are not ready to migrate to a network-based set-up.

The new Beyond Series harnesses the power of 1280H camera technology, in turn enabling analogue cameras and DVRs to deliver 1000 TV lines.

The key to supporting all existing solutions is that the Beyond Series is interoperable with existing analogue products as it conforms to the PAL standard.

Risk UK: From which other areas of your business do you see growth emanating?

Jong Wan Lim: In 2014, our Business to Consumer (B2C) range has grown rapidly among retail stores, online retailers and telecommunication companies with products such as the Smart Home camera SNH-6410 that uses the WiseNetIII technology designed for the professional market in a form that would grace the smartest of homes.

This B2C range has expanded rapidly to meet a growing demand from end user customers who are rapidly embracing smart technology and HD quality images in the home.

Risk UK: What does the future hold for Samsung Techwin?

Jong Wan Lim: In 1962, Marshall McLuhan famously said that we live in “a global village”. Remember that was a time when electronics were in their infancy. Today, our world is changing rapidly. It’s becoming more compact and showing us that ‘big is not always best’.

Our changing approach has already delivered tangible benefits for our targeted vertical markets thanks to developing partnerships with end user customers, integrators, distributors and technology partners and the subsequent delivery of quality products, services and support.

One clear example is the Gabling Prison project where our business development team has worked with the end user and system integrator HSS Sicherheit Berlin, passing the project through to the distributor Dekom.

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Zaun’s ‘Ring of Steel’ takes centre stage at NATO Summit

One of the UK’s largest-ever policing operations ensured that the recent NATO Summit held at Newport’s Celtic Manor passed off without any security incidents. Parts of South Wales were locked down inside a ‘Ring of Steel’ (reportedly the world’s biggest ever installation of temporary high security fencing) realised by Zaun.

Up to 9,000 police officers were deployed for the two-day NATO gathering at Newport’s Celtic Manor and various key sites around Cardiff. Zaun manufactured and installed the 13 kilometres of high security fencing erected around the hotel and conference centre, Cardiff Castle, Bute Park, Cardiff Bay, the Millennium Stadium and the nearby airport.

More than 60 world leaders attended the NATO Summit, including UK Prime Minister David Cameron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Barack Obama, the first-ever serving US President to visit Wales.

Police officers seconded from 29 of the UK’s 43 police forces were on duty, with planning initiated the moment the NATO Summit was first announced back in October 2013.

Two roads in Newport were closed for more than five days, while all footpaths crossing the Celtic Manor Resort were also shut. A team of 30 project managers, site managers and installers from Zaun complete with 35 articulated lorries full of fencing, barriers and accessories put up the ‘Ring of Steel’, part of which ran alongside the M4 motorway at Junction 24 and the A449.

Zaun's high security fencing designed to protect the Celtic Manor Resort was installed during night closures on the M4

Zaun’s high security fencing designed to protect the Celtic Manor Resort was installed during night closures on the M4

Zaun designed special sections of steel panels that were fixed to existing fencing on a horizontal basis, flipped upright and then dropped into the Roath Basin at Cardiff Bay (as well as next to the Millennium Bridge on the River Taff directly beneath the walls of Cardiff Castle).

Designed to resist mob attack

Twelve-feet high fencing designed to resist mob attack and, in places, hostile vehicle attack was installed in the village of Caerleon in the north of Newport and at a string of sites across Cardiff used by the world leaders.

Minutes after those world leaders left Cardiff Castle on the Thursday night, Zaun’s team moved in and worked 24/7 to dismantle all of the traffic management measures by 6.30 am on Sunday morning (7 September) ahead of the 10K Cardiff road race and fun run. They then removed the remains of what had become a part of life in central Cardiff for weeks – dubbed as Cardiff’s ‘Berlin Wall’ and ‘The Great Wall of Wales’ – to allow traffic and businesses to return to normal on the Monday morning.

The NATO Summit generated its fair share of protesters. News channels including the BBC, ITV and Sky News reported that: ‘People are trying unsuccessfully to tear down the fence’.

Cameron, Obama and Merkel first experienced Zaun’s RDS and SecureGuard fencing last year at the G8 Summit in Enniskillen, which was previously the largest UK security operation with 8,300 police officers deployed at a cost of £60 million.

In March, Zaun also provided the security fencing for the Nuclear Security Summit in The Hague. In addition, Zaun installed 20 miles of permanent and temporary fencing to secure the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. This included VIP emergency gates at the Olympic Stadium – dubbed ‘The Obama Gates’ – in case of attack attempts during the highest profile and most sought-after events (such as Usain Bolt’s historic 100 metres Gold medal triumph).

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Fike’s video fire detection protects UK’s Battle of Britain heritage

The SigniFire Video Fire Detection (VFD) system from Fike Safety Technology (FST) has been deployed in the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF) hangar to protect some of the nation’s most valuable historic assets.

Based at RAF Coningsby, the aircraft of the BBMF are regularly seen at events commemorating World War II, British State occasions and at air displays around the UK and Europe.

Most notable among the WWII aircraft are the Spitfire, the Hurricane and one of only two flight-worthy Lancaster bombers in the world. It was therefore imperative that when the fire protection needs of the BBMF hangar were reviewed, a state-of-the-art solution was chosen to provide effective and reliable fire detection.

The new system was designed and installed by T.I.S., an integrated solutions specialist and part of Fike’s nationwide Integrator Network.

The camera-based SigniFire VFD visually detects the presence of fire or smoke at its source. Multiple cameras have been installed covering both the floor of the hangar and the roof space. The technology offers many benefits including fast and reliable response, effective protection in demanding environments, excellent value for money and the bonus of providing CCTV images for security purposes (if required). The video can aid incident response with recordings made for post-incident analysis.

The SigniFire Video Fire Detection system has been deployed in the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight hangar

The SigniFire Video Fire Detection system has been deployed in the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight hangar

Following a rigorous competitive tender, SigniFire was chosen for its advanced technology, resilient and redundant architecture and a field-proven reliability.

Testing phase at RAF Coningsby

The testing phase at RAF Coningsby created an unusual problem, as Mark Wilson (head of contracts for T.I.S.) explained. “Due to the nature of the environment and the priceless value of the assets held in the hangar we were not allowed to light real test fires for the commissioning of the system. On that basis we developed a unique artificial flame and smoke simulator. At the time of testing both the original fire detection system and the VFD were operational. These tests demonstrated SigniFire’s excellent fast response to the initial presence of both smoke and flame.”

Unlike conventional fire detection systems, SigniFire doesn’t use traditional forms of smoke, heat or flame detection. Instead, it works by automatically analysing video images at the point of detection in each video fire detector, looking for tell-tale characteristics that indicate the presence of smoke and/or flames.

Distributing the video processing to within each fire detector camera delivers improved resilience and, with the use of fire resistant cable, allows the system to be BS 5839 certified. Video is recorded by way of NVR and monitored remotely on a touchscreen SpyderPanel. SigniFire is also connected to a newly installed addressable fire alarm system in the building.

An aircraft hangar creates one of the most demanding environments for VFD, with day/night light changes, slow moving aircraft, bright sunlight and constantly opening hangar doors. The application of video exclusion zones and double-knock triggers on both flame and smoke detection ensures false alarms are minimised and that the BBMF hangar has reliable and effective protection around the clock.

In addition, LED white lighting has been installed next to each camera to ensure minimum illumination at all times.

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