Daily Archives: 17/11/2015

IS cyber attack on the UK “could cripple all forms of communication and infrastructure” warns Bitdefender

Following the news that the British Government is set to double UK cyber crime funding to combat the IS threat, Catalin Cosoi (chief security strategist at Bitdefender) offers an insight into what an Islamic State-orchestrated cyber attack might look like and where defences must be improved.

“A cyber attack from Islamic State could have devastating consequences for British businesses and infrastructure.

“As organisations continue to deploy innovate technologies to increase productivity, the number of attack surfaces is increasing and leaving businesses exposed.

“A possible worst case scenario is the crippling of all communication and critical infrastructures, ranging from mobile phones to water supplies, electricity and gas. This could be co-ordinated alongside a physical tactical assault, as disrupting any form of communication or Internet-connected technology could be used as a serious tactical advantage on the ground.

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“It’s conceivable that, although IS might not have the necessary technical skills, it could potentially outsource these types of attack to parties that do. After all, the black market is now riddled with such services, all waiting for the right buyer.

“Adding £1.9 billion per annum to the budget for fighting cyber crime is a step in the right direction, but this needs to be supported with an extensive review of critical infrastructure.

“There have been several incidents where industrial SCADA systems have been found plugged directly into the Internet and accessible by anyone. If this situation doesn’t change, we’re leaving the door open for any organised attacker including IS.”

Security threat countermeasures

Catalin Cosoi’s work is helping to set the agenda for the development of new security threat countermeasures.

Over the last 11 years, Cosoi has acquired a thorough understanding of key areas of technology such as cloud computing, outbreak detection, proactive phishing detection and mobile threats.

Bitdefender is a global security technology company that delivers solutions in more than 100 countries through a network of value-added alliances, distributors and reseller partners.

Since 2001, Bitdefender has consistently produced award-winning business and consumer security technology, and is a leading security provider in virtualisation and cloud technologies.

*More information is available at: http://www.bitdefender.com/

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Apollo set to showcase intelligent suite of products at Intersec 2016

Independent fire detection system manufacturer Apollo Fire Detectors will showcase its new SOTERIA range of products at Intersec 2016, which takes place in Dubai from 17-19 January.

Visitors to Apollo’s Stand E09 in Hall 4 will have the opportunity to find out about the company’s extensive product and service offering and witness in action the SOTERIA detection range – badged as “the next generation” in fire recognition technology which is designed to improve detection, reduce false alarms and deliver improved reliability.

Ed Browning, sales and marketing director at Apollo, commented: “Intersec presents Apollo with the ideal platform to show our new SOTERIA range to the region. The GCC region is an important sector for us, and we’re looking forward to meeting our partners and customers in Dubai and discussing how we can develop our businesses together.”

Complementing SOTERIA is Apollo’s enhanced protocol, namely CoreProtocol, the next generation in fire loop communication giving greater control, higher levels of efficiency and significantly more loop power.

The new protocol builds on the established capabilities of XP95 and Discovery, with forward and backwards compatibility and the ability to manage a significantly increased number of devices.

SOTERIA is the start of an ongoing technology innovation. The new range covers all detection areas such as heat, optical and CO, either individually or in combinations.

Initially comprising of three key products (an optical smoke detector, heat detector and multi (optical/heat) detector, Apollo has plans to extend the range to include three further detectors encompassing TRI sensor (optical 4, heat, CO), multi (optical 4/heat) and an optical 4.

Other additions to the range are the intelligent manual Call Point and addressable auto-aligning beam detector.

These new products reflect Apollo’s ambition of delivering a real focus on innovation and represent the start of “an evolutionary journey” with more exciting products in the pipeline.

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Zaun enhances ArmaWeave with ability to rake and PIDs

The “most intruder-resistant fence” on the high security market can now be raked across undulations in ground levels due to manufacturer Zaun developing an installation method to make best use of the properties of the high security fabric.

The ArmaWeave fencing is produced on the world’s largest mesh weaving machine at Zaun’s West Midlands manufacturing base. It limits the need for stepping panels on slopes and reduces installation costs significantly compared with standard welded mesh systems while still conforming to the highest rated standards for fencing products defending against forcible attack.

Zaun co-founder and director Alastair Henman told Risk UK: “We had to invest in the weaving machine ahead of the sales in the belief that we could produce an innovative product which installers, specifiers and managers at high security facilities would want.”

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ArmaWeave is tested to the very highest standards and can be combined with other intruder systems, electronics and access control to create the “optimum integrated fencing” solution.

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

In a further development, ArmaWeave has been approved for use with a range of microphonic perimeter intrusion detection (PID) cable systems after testing for many months at a Ministry of Defence facility.

Zaun wins MEI Physical Security Award 2015

Zaun Group has won the Physical Security Award 2015, which was presented by former England cricket captain Graham Gooch at the Major Events Summit in London.

Trade body Major Events International (MEI) has established the Summit as what it plans to become an annual flagship event aimed at showcasing the expertise of its members and offering a peer-to-peer knowledge sharing forum for the sector.

The Summit takes place over two days with day one covering safety, security and resilience and Day Two focused around venue technology and operations.

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Zaun joined MEI a year ago to extend its opportunities to supply temporary high security fencing systems to major sporting events worldwide.

MEI has provided international business services and market penetration for more than eight years to companies who want to take advantage of Olympic and World Cup opportunities and win more business in major events.

It interfaces with the international mega sporting events market and can offer in-country early entry support including proposal development, translation, sustained customer contact and market intelligence.

MEI boasts contacts and connections with the key players in the UK, Europe, Russia, Qatar, Brazil, USA, China, Japan and Australasia.

Zaun supplied temporary high security fencing for last summer’s 20th Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and for the 2012 London Olympic Games and Paralympic Games.

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Vicom helps London Underground protect key depot with security solution from MOBOTIX

MOBOTIX AG, a leading manufacturer of digital high resolution, network-based video security systems has been involved with a project for London Underground (LU) using thermal imaging technology to protect a service depot.

At one of its service depots, LU began a security upgrade project that needed to take into account the limitations imposed by the depot’s location while addressing the need to maintain 24-hour a day access complete with a full audit of who has accessed the site and what equipment had been removed.

LU was also keen to avoid using cumbersome PTZ cameras and external housings while still ensuring the site was always covered and using the least number of devices to increase reliability of the system.

Vicom, a highly-regarded systems specialist with a number of successful rail sector projects under its belt, duly proposed an innovative solution using a combination of MOBOTIX thermal and hemispheric cameras featuring advanced analytics with local access control and remote monitoring.

By using MOBOTIX’s decentralised concept and dual lens cameras, the proposal would provide intelligent analytics able to detect site intruders during the day and night without the need for external perimeter lighting.

Site survey and capability testing

Vicom carried out a detailed site survey and capability test at the depot location to ensure the site could be monitored both day and night.

Due to the dual lens capabilities and hemispheric models, the entire site was designed to be secured using just six cameras.

The system is also integrated alongside IP access control, intruder alarm and Public Address systems which are remotely monitored 365 days per annum by an NSI Gold-accredited Alarm Receiving Centre (ARC).

Through the use of built-in Power-over-Ethernet capability and the MOBOTIX MxPEG video encoder technology, all video from the site is relayed back to the ARC over a single BT provisioned broadband circuit.

The simplicity of the installation meant that the whole project, including exhaustive testing and sign-off phases, took just 12 weeks to complete.

The flexibility of the system means that different areas can be armed independently while the thermal imaging combined with the MOBOTIX MxAnalytics system built into each camera can detect movement and emit an audible alarm, warning any intruders to leave the area.

MxAnalytics also makes it possible to track the movement of people and objects in a given image. The end user is able to collect statistical behaviour data to maintain a complete audit of site activity.

Since implementation, the system has been extremely effective with only some minor remedial work required to secure the site against the encroachment of urban wildlife such as foxes that occasionally trigged alarms.

Adoption at other sites

John Hinds CEng MIET, senior telecommunications engineer at London Underground, said: “This has proven to be a successful project. Based on the results, it’s definitely an approach we could consider adopting at other sites across the capital.”

Paul Bonnet, managing director for Vicom, added: “This is a great example of how innovative IP video surveillance systems can help save hundreds of thousands of pounds each year in security guarding costs while at the same time delivering the flexibility and accessibility that customers require without compromising on security.”

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