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‘Demonstrating Cyber Security Readiness to Regulators through Risk Assessments’: White Paper issued by Hatstand

Specialist financial technology company Hatstand has issued a White Paper around regulators in the financial services world increasing their focus on cyber security and the need for businesses operating in this sector to view this as part of the overall enterprise risk management of a company. 

The White Paper discusses how performing a risk assessment can help a business deliver clarity, not only to the regulators, but also to the key stakeholders of its key assets concerning current status and gaps in controls and processes. A baseline assessment can then be used to evolve a Working Plan designed to mitigate the gaps and demonstrate to the regulators and stakeholders that the business is taking its cyber risk management responsibilities extremely seriously.

Cyber security is, of course, a key concern for our senior political leaders, regulators and industry professionals. However, keeping business and client data secure can be a challenge as it crosses global networks, computing and PDA devices.

Hatstand has produced a White Paper on cyber security for those companies operating in the financial services sector

Hatstand has produced a White Paper on cyber security for those companies operating in the financial services sector

Many industry experts predict that it’s not a matter of ‘If’ but ‘When’ a company will experience a cyber security breach. Indeed, it has been reported that the number of cyber security attacks increased by over 50% in 2014 when compared with the statistics recorded for the previous year.

The Security and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) have made cyber security preparedness a top priority for their 2015 member firm examinations. Furthermore, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) is weighing in to the debate as indicated by the recent remarks made by its chairman, Timothy Massad, who said: “Cyber security is the most important single issue facing our markets today in terms of market integrity and financial stability.”

Policies and guidelines

More countries are taking the initiative to educate their ‘net’ citizens and are creating policies and guidelines for firms and individuals to create awareness of such crimes. In Europe, the EU is putting together a Cyber Security Directive that’s planned to apply to all business sectors. Although some of the EU regulations recently passed or currently under consultation have some cyber security elements, nothing has been specifically aimed at the financial services sector.

With cyber security directly affecting clients, data, networks, hardware, software and operations, the need to protect them from theft, business disruption and destruction is paramount.

Hatstand’s White Paper evaluates why businesses need to have sound governance practices in place and recognise that cyber security is more than just an IT-related issue. It also examines how the threat of a cyber attack should be viewed as part of the overall enterprise risk management of the firm, with Board oversight and a proper risk framework covering identification, protection, detection, response and recovery.

Firms should be identifying their possible risks, assessing the likelihood of events occurring and preparing their response(s). Once armed with this information, they can then determine their risk tolerance and prioritise their cyber security counter-measures. This is an iterative process that needs to be continuously reviewed and updated as the environment is constantly changing.

*Download a full copy of Hatstand’s White Paper

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UK security exporters Pyronix, TDSi and Texecom preview latest solutions at IFSEC Southeast Asia

Members of the British Security Industry Association’s (BSIA) Export Council are preparing to exhibit at IFSEC Southeast Asia, the region’s leading security, fire and safety exhibition and conference which takes place from 2-4 September in Kuala Lumpur.

Billed by organiser UBM Malaysia as the focal point for local security buyers and decision-makers, the event continues to grow year-on-year with no less than 350 exhibitors set to take part in 2015. Among them are 14 companies exhibiting as part of the UK Pavilion. This is organised by the BSIA.

“UK security companies enjoy an enviable global reputation for their expertise in producing innovative products and services which meet stringent quality standards and are trusted by buyers around the world,” explained Daren Wood, membership and export services manager at the BSIA. “As such, the UK Pavilion provides international buyers with a focal point to view the very latest in security technology from reputable, reliable and knowledgeable suppliers.”

IFSEC Southeast Asia 2015 runs from 2-4 September

IFSEC Southeast Asia 2015 runs from 2-4 September

Leading security technology manufacturer Pyronix is exhibiting as part of the UK Pavilion in Hall 4 on Stand UK02. Here, the company will be showcasing its new HomeControl+ App as well as the I-CAM/PT Internal and X-CAM/S External cameras which allow end users to control their security systems from the palm of their hand from anywhere in the world.

These state-of-the-art IP cameras provide live video streaming for home and business monitoring straight to an end user’s smart device.

Also on display will be Pyronix’s new flush and surface-mount keypads, innovative and original designs in wired, wireless and hybrid control panels and solutions, backlit sounders, pet-immune detectors and dual technology detectors.

On Stand UK01 in the UK Pavilion, integrated security solutions developer TDSi will be showcasing the latest version of its powerful security management software EXgarde 4.4 and its new range of readers, as well as offering sales and technical advice to visitors.

The main additions to EXgarde 4.4 include a new EXgarde web interface, integration with SimonsVoss SmartIntego wireless locking solutions, a Tenant Event Split option, an Elevator Dispatch facility and an updated EXtour Module.

The new features are designed for myriad uses. These include ensuring elevator systems work in conjunction with access control systems in order to maximise efficiency and save users time in high-traffic buildings.

Daren Wood

Daren Wood

Outside of the UK Pavilion, Europe’s largest independent security alarm specialist Texecom will be displaying its flagship Premier Elite Series on Stand number K518.

Texecom’s award-winning products cover every aspect of external and internal security requirements. The Premier Elite Series provides a single, comprehensive system architecture and peripheral range that scales from the simplest and smallest security applications through to the largest and most complex.

Daren Wood concluded: “With a focus on innovation and product development, UK suppliers can provide buyers with the very latest in security expertise. Choosing security solutions from a BSIA member company provides added peace of mind as these organisations are subject to stringent credentials checks and required to adhere to the international quality standard ISO 9001 at all times.”

*Visitors to IFSEC Southeast Asia can find out more about the BSIA’s Export Council and the expertise of the Trade Association’s member companies by visiting the BSIA’s Stand UK10 in Hall 4. Alternatively, visit the BSIA’s website at: www.bsia.co.uk/export-council

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Essentra Security supports introduction of national Disabled Identification (DID) card

ID cards supplied by Essentra Security are being used to make life easier for disabled people. The ID cards – which, when printed, resemble a driving licence – negate the need for people to have to carry around documents verifying their disabilities.

There are approximately 11 million disabled people in the UK. The majority of impairments are not visible, with less than 8% of disabled people using wheelchairs.

The idea to create a national Disabled Identification (DID) card was thought up by Tanya Beaney following her observation that there were an increasing number of comments being posted on social media sites that disabled people were frustrated at having to constantly produce paperwork to prove they were entitled to some form of disability benefit in order to obtain a concessionary rate.

The DID card in detail

The DID card in detail

These cards works as certified ID for anyone who is registered as blind or is receiving qualifying disability benefits from the DLA, PIP, AFIP and the AA. It has been approved by various regulators of ID cards including the National Police Chiefs’ Council, the Security Industry Authority and Trading Standards.

Tanya Beaney’s idea has clearly caught the attention of a large number of people as their votes have resulted in the DID card making the shortlist for the semi-finals of the 2015 Virgin Media Pitch-to-Rich Competition.

Essentra Security supplied Beaney with a Magicard Rio Pro printer, software and ID card stock to enable her to set up a card issuance programme. The Rio Pro printer was chosen because of its reputation for being reliable, as well as its high print speed and an ability to offer single or double-sided printing.

Tanya Beaney

Tanya Beaney

“We’re very pleased to have had the opportunity to support Tanya with the launch of the DID card,” enthused Sue Woodcock, marketing manager for Essentra Security. “ID cards are commonly used day-to-day in so many different ways, including for access control, cashless vending, library systems, time and attendance and for visitor management systems. It’s good news that our ID solutions are now helping people with disabilities who are rightly entitled to concessionary pricing at theatres and museums, etc and for many other public environments.”

*Disabled individuals or their guardians can apply for a DID card by visiting: www.did-card.co.uk/apply.php

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Videx expands digital door entry panel range with development of 4212 model

Videx has introduced a new series of digital door entry panels for end users complete with advanced features designed to strengthen building access control regimes.

The 4212 panel is vandal resistant and best suited to student accommodation, business establishments and housing association properties. It adds to the existing Videx range of digital door panels but carries better, more advanced features. It’s also Secured by Design accredited.

Steve Natton, special projects manager at Videx, explained: “The 4212 includes many new features, among them a graphical LCD screen which displays text and intuitive icons during the calling process. The voice annunciation feature verbally guides the visitor through the process of calling. What’s more, the backlit keypad with piped number 5 key not only allows the keypad to be used when lighting is poor but also aids visually impaired visitors, making it fully compliant with the Disability Discrimination guidelines stipulated under the Terms and Conditions of the Equality Act 2010.”

Further features include an integrated wide angle (155°) 570k pixel camera and proximity reader.

The 4212 includes access for up to 2,800 codes. Proximity access can be self-contained for up to 2,800 users or the integral reader can be used with the Portal Plus access control system or third party access control supporting the Wiegand protocol.

Natton continued: “The 4212 carries a number of features that makes the door entry system a lot easier to use, helping manage access control on a better footing. For example, the name scroll facility enables a more seamless approach to entry. The wide-angle day/night camera includes infrared illumination and will automatically switch from colour to grey scale in poor lighting conditions to give a crisper image. Programming can be carried out using either the keypad and LCD display or through the USB port and PC software. The PC software enables all programming and management of the door panel while also allowing a custom logo to be imported and displayed on the LCD display. When using the proximity access control facility in self-contained mode, the PC software will also allow a USB desk mount proximity reader to be connected to simplify the adding of new proximity fobs and cards.”

The panels are available in flush or surface variants and in the standard vandal resistant form or in the 4000 Series frame.

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Clay by SALTO access control solution on show at MLA Expo in October

SALTO Systems, together with partner EMS Distribution, will be presenting Clay by SALTO on Stand 217 at this year’s MLA Expo, which runs at the Telford International Centre from 2-4 October.

In a world where everything is becoming smarter, security and risk management professionals are looking for new solutions that make sense in an increasingly digital-focused environment. They want to substitute mechanical locks with secure electronic products, in turn creating keyless buildings that are smart to own, operate and manage.

Clay by SALTO is the ideal solution for achieving this. It’s a secure, cloud-based wireless locking solution that provides security professionals with a smart access control system that’s easy and quick to install, commission and manage.

Existing mechanical locks would be replaced with Clay smart locks. They fit any type of door. It’s then a case of installing Clay IQ that serves as the hub between the wireless lock and the cloud. This is simple to set up. There’s no configuration needed. It’s truly a plug-and-play solution.

The Clay by SALTO access control solution

The Clay by SALTO access control solution

The software is then set up for end users to control the access rights around ‘Whom?’, ‘When?’ and ‘Where?’

There’s no requirement for installation on a server. End users simply manage and control their Clay access control system by downloading the my-Clay app. This works with any Internet-connected device, be it a PC, tablet or smart phone. The result is immediate access control from everywhere, with alarms and notifications as they happen.

Clay by SALTO provides end users with excellent functionality and performance. It offers a flexible management system that requires no software installation nor the cost of a fully-wired electronic product.

Advanced SALTO access set-up secures No Man’s Fort 

A mile offshore from the Isle of Wight you can find one of Britain’s most unique Victorian structures. Built between 1867 and 1880, No Man’s Fort has recently been re-launched as a luxury hotel and party venue by AmaZing Venues, part of the Clarenco Group. 

Originally designed to house 80 soldiers defending the country from possible invasion, No Man’s Fort has been turned it into a unique ‘get-away’ destination playing host to 22 luxury bedrooms, a dining room that can seat 200 people, games rooms, a laser battle arena, an outdoor terrace with a sun deck, a hot tub, a sauna and, of course, that much-needed parking space for your helicopter!

No Man's Fort: now a luxury hotel development

No Man’s Fort: now a luxury hotel development

SALTO Systems’ partner Lock-Tech Systems was employed to design and install the hotel’s access control system.

The client was particularly concerned about providing a feature-rich technical solution in keeping with the aesthetics of the doors inside No Man’s Fort. To meet this specification, Lock-Tech selected SALTO’s Aelement electronic locking system, which combines all the features of SALTO’s award-winning access control solution with the ability to incorporate the uniqueness of the client’s existing door handles.

Aelement has been developed with the needs of hotels in mind and features a range of hospitality-specific applications, including the ability to control the security of the entire hotel from a single location. This encompasses granting access privileges to individual guest rooms and gathering audit trail data from every door in real-time – all without leaving the front desk.

Other benefits for the hotel include instant room move and instant extended stay abilities, as well as lost card cancellation, intrusion alarm, door ajar alarm, remote opening, real-time audit trails, passage mode activation for meeting rooms and automated low battery reporting.

This technology mix affords the hotel’s management the ability to continuously upgrade security without having to upgrade the locks, saving on operating costs while providing what’s most needed – total control.

“This project stood out for me because of the logistics involved in just getting to the site,” urged Lock-Tech’s systems manager Anthony Harvey. “A helicopter may have come in handy at times to be honest! Despite the logistical challenges, our team pulled together and delivered a system that exceeds the customer’s expectations. I’m sure it will continue to do so for many years to come.”

Phil Harvey, managing director at Lock-Tech, added: “This project demonstrates Lock-Tech’s ability to meet customer requirements no matter how difficult or impossible the task may seem. We look forward to continuing to work with AmaZing Venues on any of the company’s exciting future developments.”

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Home Counties Data Centre perimeter zones secured by Zaun’s bespoke ArmaWeave Plus solution

A significant upscaling in UK data centre capacity is being secured by one of the most intruder-resistant security perimeter solutions on the market. High security fencing expert Zaun is supplying its 3.6 metre-high ArmaWeave Plus fencing system for a new data centre in the Home Counties. Zaun subsidiary Binns Fencing will install almost 650 metres’ worth of the high-specification fencing.

ArmaWeave’s properties add “substantial resistance” to cutting attacks perpetrated by powered and non-contact tools. The tight mesh pattern provides no climbing aids, again limiting the potential for intrusion.

A further development with a differing mesh pattern allows the mesh to be raked, in turn limiting the need for stepping panels across undulations in ground levels. The mesh still conforms to the high standard but reduces installation costs significantly for the end user when compared with standard welded mesh systems.

In addition, Zaun has supplied 250 metres of enhanced 2.4 metre-high ArmaWeave and just under 100 metres of SR1-rated 358 fencing around an internal compound.

Including security gates and bollards, the total order could reach a value of £700,000.

In the UK, the data centre market has sustained double digit growth since 2012, fuelled by strong demand from the technology, media and telecom industries and a growth in hybrid cloud services.

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Ipsotek’s Image Recognition and Incident Detection solution assists Transport for London in combating traffic congestion

Helping to keep traffic flowing through one of Europe’s busiest cities, video analytics specialist Ipsotek has developed a highly effective new technology in partnership with Transport for London (TfL). As one of a range of measures that’s helping to ease traffic flow in the capital, Ipsotek has worked closely with TfL to develop new CCTV analytics technology that can automatically detect traffic build-up and alert traffic operators to implement congestion-relieving procedures.

Ipsotek has developed the Image Recognition and Incident Detection (IRID) system, making use of the company’s own advanced video analytics technology. The technology constantly analyses each video stream from existing CCTV traffic monitoring cameras and uses pre-configured ‘congestion definitions’ to alert operators at TfL’s London Traffic Control Centre (LTCC) when a build-up of vehicles threatens to develop into a problematic congestion situation.

London’s LTCC is unique in that it carries out ‘real-time’ traffic management, while at the same time providing up-to-date traffic information to the media and other interested stakeholders including other highway authorities in London.

The Ipsotek IRID system works by monitoring each camera feed, ignoring ‘background’ image details which are of no interest to traffic co-ordinators. Those details would include trees and lamp columns. The remaining ‘foreground’ objects, namely vehicles, are analysed for behaviour.

Video analytics developer Ipsotek has been working alongside Transport for London to configure a highly effective new technology that aids traffic management in cities

Video analytics developer Ipsotek has been working alongside Transport for London to configure a highly effective new technology that aids traffic management in cities

Many algorithms can be used, but for the IRID system, stationary or slow vehicles are the primary concern. Once the system detects a build-up of stationary or slow vehicles, a desktop alert is sent to traffic co-ordinators prompting them to address the situation with a number of appropriate actions.

Automatic detection in practice

Before the introduction of IRID, LTCC operators had to manually trawl through images generated by more than 1,200 CCTV cameras, painstakingly looking for congestion issues across the capital’s road network. Consequently, traffic situations were often not spotted until they became severe congestion incidents with the obvious severe delays then affecting traffic movements across the capital.

Once a problem is automatically detected by the Ipostek IRID system, TfL’s traffic operators are able to implement traffic signal timing plans to clear any impending congestion. Traffic signals can be co-ordinated to keep traffic away from an area, or otherwise help to move the flow of vehicles around an incident on a safe basis.

“Traffic congestion can develop very quickly, from a small jam to a lengthy tailback,” said Bill Flind, CEO at Ipsotek. “That’s why fast detection and an effective response to these situations is vital.”

Positive outcomes

The LTCC’s 48-strong team of traffic controllers works to cover the capital’s main routes 24 hours a day, seven days a week. In their daily work they make use of many different tools to manage London’s traffic. The Ipsotek-powered IRID system integrates seamlessly into these systems, adding an extra layer of ‘intelligence’ to help the team make informed decisions and secure positive outcomes on traffic management.

The Ipsotek IRID technology is currently linked to cameras at 20 known congestion ‘hotspots’ in London, including Battersea Bridge and Marylebone Road.

Designed to be future-proof from the outset, the Ipsotek IRID system does not require any additional on-street infrastructure as it uses the existing traffic cameras. This ensures simple and cost-effective system expansion, duly increasing the return on investment with each additional camera covered.

One of the key benefits of using the IRID system at the LTCC is that it works in the background and only requires a response from the user when alerted to a potential problem. This means that TfL’s operators are able to pro-actively focus their efforts on keeping London’s traffic moving and not reactively looking for traffic problems.

The IRID system is pre-configured with a ‘definition’ of congestion which can be variable by location, time of day, day of the week or even the season. The alerts are activated when the real-time CCTV traffic images match one of these definitions. The preconfigured definition of congestion can also be adjusted to reflect the ever-changing nature of London’s busy road network and the different demands that are placed on it (for instance, when a new shopping centre or housing development results in different levels of traffic for a particular localised area).

While TfL uses a number of tools to beat congestion, Ipsotek’s IRID system has proven a key tool to ensure traffic keeps moving along London’s busy roads. For example, a road was recently blocked by a goods vehicle accident. IRID identified this incident and, within 30 seconds of the incident occurring, alerted LTCC staff.  They were then able to alert the appropriate Emergency Services and swiftly put in place remedial action to quell the rapidly developing build-up of traffic around the incident – helping traffic to keep moving and emergency vehicles to arrive on scene with little delay.

Powerful algorithms within IRID

The powerful algorithms within Ipsotek’s IRID have proven their worth in all weather conditions, including bright sunshine, rain and mist, and particularly on dark and wet days when other systems may be fooled into generating a false alarm by the many reflections/shadows from puddles, walkways and vehicles.

This advanced capability is an essential benefit, as the occurrence of adverse weather is usually when the risk of accidents is at its greatest, requiring extra vigilance to ensure that the roads are kept clear and traffic moving.

Ipsotek and TfL have been researching and working on the development of this technology for more than five years, producing a viable tool that could also be used by other highways authorities across the country.

To date, TfL has invested £180,000 in trials, training and the deployment of the system to the existing 20 cameras that make up the pilot scheme. The success of the system underlines Ipsotek and TfL’s commitment to improving road travel journey times and increasing traffic flow.

With a planned expansion to the scheme, this groundbreaking technology will continue to benefit London’s road users and will ultimately see the development by TfL spread to benefit other cities across the UK.

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