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CESG Certified Training rebranded as GCHQ Certified Training

CESG Certified Training (CCT) was established in November 2014 to deliver training which satisfies the high standards set by CESG, the information security arm of GCHQ. APMG International is announcing that the scheme has been rebranded as GCHQ Certified Training (GCT). Effective as of 1 January 2016, the name change has been enacted to drive market recognition of the scheme and improve access to professional and relevant cyber security training.

APMG is GCHQ’s independent certification body, responsible for ensuring that training providers meet GCHQ standards. GCT helps professionals and organisations navigate the increasingly saturated cyber training market, and quickly identify training courses that meet the highest standards in terms of both content and delivery.

GCT certifies high quality cyber security training and trainers and is based on the IISP Skills Framework. This includes training suitable for those aspiring to certification under the CESG Certified Professional (CCP) scheme. The criteria for GCT are also aligned with the standards GCHQ uses for the GCHQ Certified Cyber Security Master’s degrees.

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CCT has been rebranded as GCT in recognition that GCHQ is a more widely known brand and is already used to certify cyber security Master’s degrees while also recognising high quality cyber security research. The instantly recognisable brand of GCHQ will increase awareness of the scheme for those working within cyber security, ultimately improving the availability of – and access to – cyber security training that’s fit for purpose.

Building cyber skills

A GCHQ spokesperson told Risk UK:  “One of the biggest challenges for the UK in cyber space is developing enough skilled people. Vital to building cyber skills is having relevant and high quality cyber security training. GCHQ Certified Training helps to deliver that by providing confidence in cyber security training providers and the courses they offer.’’

Commenting on the name change, Richard Pharro (CEO of APMG) said: “GCHQ is widely recognised as the pre-eminent authority on cyber intelligence and data security, which is why we fully support changing the name of the scheme. By bringing CCT under the GCHQ banner, training providers that have certified against the scheme will benefit greatly from the rebranding. This move will make it easier for end users to better understand what the certification signifies: quality, assurance and security.”

Andrew Fitzmaurice, CEO of Templar Executives (one of the first training companies to have achieved CCT certification for its courses) added: “The rebranding to GCT is a positive step for training providers and clients alike. In a market with a plethora of products, the GCHQ brand immediately helps delegates recognise which training and trainers have been rigorously assessed to deliver the highest quality learning and development, in turn reflecting Best Practice in cyber security.”

Sarah Rudge, information assurance manager at Ofqual (the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation), found that the GCT-certified course she recently attended to be of a high quality, confirming the scheme’s value in the market.

Rudge commented: “I cannot recommend highly enough the information risk management course from Ultima Risk Management, which has been certified under the GCT scheme. I found it to be the perfect mix of tuition and practical exercises. It was so refreshing to find a course which is so relevant and directly applicable to my work.”

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Guardian24 attains Secured by Design approval for MicroGuard personal safety device

Guardian24 has been awarded the prestigious Secured by Design accreditation for its specialist MicroGuard personal safety device.

The MicroGuard has met the extremely stringent specifications set by Secured by Design – the official UK police initiative that supports ‘designing-out crime’ through the use of high quality and innovative products and processes.

MicroGuard is also fully approved to BS 8484.

The coveted Secured by Design award provides end users with reassurance that the MicroGuard is effective in assisting lone workers and those at risk in an emergency. The device is one of very few lone worker alarms to be granted police service national approval.

James Murray, CEO of Guardian24, stated: “We’re extremely proud to have been awarded the Secured by Design accreditation. The MicroGuard device is now fully certified and compliant to the highest industry standards. End users can rest assured in the knowledge that Guardian24’s service provision is constantly monitored, assessed and subjected to rigorous external testing.”

Combining the latest GPS, GPRS and fall alarm technologies, the lightweight MicroGuard provides lone workers with discreet and convenient protection at the touch of a button.

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Xtralis’ VESDA-E VEA smoke detectors to protect new IMG Worlds of Adventure indoor theme park

Xtralis’ VESDA-E aspirating smoke detectors have been selected to safeguard IMG Worlds of Adventure, the world’s largest indoor theme park which is due to open in Dubai.

VESDA-E VEA is badged as the only addressable detector on the market that delivers “assured detection” through active sampling, proactive self-supervision and auto-cleaning and which offers “the highest longevity with sustained sensitivity”.

The centralised detection architecture features up to 120 sampling points per detector, coupled with auto-supervision and cleaning, in turn lowering servicing times by up to 90% and decreasing total cost of ownership for the end user.

VEA will protect the entire facility, with over 50 detectors and over 2,000 sampling points. The detectors are going to provide constant early and reliable smoke detection to ensure absolute fire prevention.

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State-of-the-art protection

Lennard Otto, CEO of IMG Worlds of Adventure, commented: “When we open to the public, IMG Worlds of Adventure will be an industry leader, not only in the provision of entertainment, but in all areas of operation, including guest security and protection. Ultimately, the safety of our guests is of the utmost priority. We’re delighted to partner with Xtralis in offering state-of-the art protection to ensure that our guests are offered the best and safest theme park experience possible.”

Samir Samhouri (chairman, CEO and president of Xtralis Group) responded: “IMG Worlds of Adventure is something of an architectural marvel. The fire detectors on site must ensure the best protection for visitors, personnel and the many valuable assets at the location with no operational disturbance.”

Samhouri continued: “VESDA-E VEA is transforming traditional smoke detection, delivering pinpoint addressability and unique assured detection with centralised testing and maintenance. It can now address all market segments and applications that traditional ASDs couldn’t address before.”

Layout of the site

IMG Worlds of Adventure will consist of four zones including global brands Cartoon Network and MARVEL and original concepts IMG Boulevard and the Lost Valley – Dinosaur Adventure, plus 28 themed F&B concepts and 25 retail outlets.

The theme park will feature an array of adrenaline-pumping roller coasters, thrill rides and spine-tingling attractions as well as a 12-screen Novo Theatre. Set to become a must-visit international destination, IMG Worlds of Adventure will bring the best of family entertainment to Dubai’s growing leisure sector.

To offer this unprecedented entertainment experience, IMG Worlds of Adventure has partnered with over 20 blue-chip companies including Bose, Avaya, Pelco, Cisco, Microsoft and Xtralis.

As a multi-channel addressable system, the VEA detector is able to divide a protected space into sampling locations, enabling the localisation of potential sources of fire for faster incident response.

The detectors are ideal for the protection of areas facing challenges, and where the pinpoint location of fire events is essential. Detector testing and maintenance with VESDA-E VEA is both simple and unobtrusive, allowing service technicians to maintain the detectors without scaffolding or lift equipment.

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BRE schedules Workshop to explore reduction of false fire alarms

Across the past 12 months, the Building Research Establishment (BRE) has been working with the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service to investigate the underlying causes of false fire alarms. The live investigations of false fire alarms research work is now complete and a briefing paper detailing the findings is available from www.bre.co.uk/firedetectionresearch.

The work has identified 35 recommendations for nine Stakeholder Groups that could lead towards a reduction in UK false alarms.

With the support of the Fire Industry Association and BAFE, the BRE is now scheduled to host a Workshop aimed at promoting the study’s findings, and is inviting key individuals that will adopt the recommendations from the Briefing Paper and reduce false alarms in their sector.

The Workshop is being held at the BRE’s Watford site on Monday 8 February. The overriding aim is to discuss and develop actionable methods for implementing the research findings as quickly as possible.

“Over the past ten years we’ve seen a reduction in false alarms,” stated Raman Chagger, principal consultant in fire detection at the BRE. “However, this is starting to plateau. The Workshop is aimed at reducing the more difficult false alarm causes.”

*For further detail send an e-mail to: conferences@bre.co.uk

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Tyco’s Fire Protection and Security Products now BIM ready

Tyco Fire Protection Products and Tyco Security Products are launching their own living Building Information Modelling (BIM) library from this month. Users will be able to access Tyco’s extensive range of BIM objects for security and fire protection products, including detection, mechanical and suppression solutions.

The library will also feature the company’s BIM user guide to support architects and engineers, providing additional information about Tyco’s BIM objects.

Raj Arora, vice-president and general manager for Fire Detection and Special Hazard Products at Tyco Fire Protection Products, commented: “The creation of BIM tools and families of objects is critical in supporting the technological advances in the design, construction and maintenance industries. At Tyco, we’re already seeing demand for BIM. Our investment in creating a range of BIM content based on a selection of our core products means we’re well placed to help designers, specifiers, contractors and engineers working within the BIM framework.”

By increasing the amount of data available and making it fully sharable from building design through to construction and maintenance, the BIM process enables users to immediately access and interrogate objects and models, helping to save time and unnecessary costs.

The technology will also enhance the accuracy of the planning and design stages of fire protection and security systems, improving efficiencies and delivering cost savings for the construction sector.

Available in Revit format, Tyco’s BIM objects will prove invaluable to users thanks to the depth of information made accessible. The files will comprise a 3D geometric representation of the product and contain all details about its specification, including size, dimensions and materials.

BIM objects for Tyco’s fire detection solutions will also provide further relevant information such as voltage, colour code and electrical data. Translated versions of Tyco’s BIM files will be available this year.

New era of digital modelling

“This is an exciting time for the construction industry,” said Peter Ainsworth, director of marketing across the EMEA region at Tyco Security Products.

“Tyco is ready to be part of the new era of digital modelling, supporting the UK Government’s Construction Industry Strategy mandate that all public procured construction projects from 2016 achieve BIM Level 2. Thanks to its future-proofing ability, BIM can provide facility management information throughout a building’s life, making maintenance and repairs simpler and more cost-effective.

Raj Arora added: “Offering BIM objects for our security, detection, mechanical and suppression products will enhance the design process for architects and engineers, providing them with an abundance of valuable information such that they can work more efficiently. A key feature of BIM when looking to install fire protection solutions in a building is the process’ spatial co-ordination capability. BIM enables multiple trades to integrate objects concurrently as if they were in a single model, therefore detecting any potential clashes which can be resolved in the design process ahead of the construction phase. That saves on both time and money.”

By making its fire protection and security products accessible through BIM files, Tyco is helping the construction sector in its mission to reduce build and operation costs, lower carbon emissions and save production time by 2025.

*For more information and to download Tyco’s BIM objects and user guide visit: www.tyco-fire.com/BIM

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Norbain announces arrival of latest Seos Profile range from HID

Norbain has announced the launch of HID’s latest Seos technology, which now includes the ability to use mobile devices for secure access and efficiently manage multiple applications.

The new range consists of the following components:

HID Seos Profile Readers

The latest readers in the SE Portfolio. The readers use the Seos platform which offers the simplest configuration and Best in Class security and privacy protection. Additionally, the readers are available to be used with HID Mobile Access.

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HID Mobile Access

Allows the user to download an app to their smart phone and take advantage of either NFC or Bluetooth to communicate with the reader and allow entry. The system is seamless to set up and install, offering the next generation in access control. The app can be downloaded via the Apple app store or Google Play (Android).

iClass Seos Cards

Based on the latest technology from HID Global, Seos cards work seamlessly out of the box with Seos Profile readers and offer Best in Class security and privacy. The cards represent the perfect solution for environments where multiple legacy reader technologies are in place and the move to advanced, more secure technology is desired.

Anne Wesley, product marketing manager for access control at Norbain, commented: “Products in HID’s new Seos range of readers and cards allow end users to advance to the more secure technology now being offered. With products that can seamlessly integrate into legacy systems, this allows end user customers to not only manage the move into more advanced security, but also upgrade security at a pace that’s suitable for their budget.”

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Heald Ltd granted ‘Made in Britain’ marque and md Debbie Heald nominated for two awards

Security products manufacturer Heald Ltd has been granted use of the ‘Made in Britain’ marque for its solutions offering.

The company designs, manufactures and installs bollards, roadblockers and barriers from its Hornsea base with the aim of preventing aggressive criminal organisations from carrying out targeted attacks on high profile sites such as Government buildings, airports and shopping centres.

The ‘Made in Britain’ marque will enable consumers to distinguish between Heald’s British-made products and other goods manufactured abroad. The logo appears on thousands of products worldwide, supporting and promoting the manufacturing skills that exist in Britain today.

Debbie Heald – part owner and managing director of Heald – told Risk UK: “I’m delighted that Heald has been accepted for the ‘Made in Britain’ initiative. We’re firmly committed to the development of manufacturing in Britain. The ‘Made in Britain’ marque will instil customer confidence, underlining the company’s high quality products and knowledge of manufacturing processes.”

Research has found that an increasing number of consumers are keen to purchase goods that they know for certain have been made in Britain, but are unable to recognise the origin of the products that they buy.

Directors of the ‘Made in Britain’ initiative include leading business figure James Bradshaw, who’s commitment to buying only British-made goods for a year attracted considerable news coverage, Kate Hills (founder of the website Make it British) and Antony Wallis of Best of Britannia.

Northern Power Women Awards

The Northern Power Women Awards seek to encourage gender diversity in the North of England and increase opportunities for women in business. The awards, which will take place on 3 March 2016 in Deansgate, Manchester, recognise positive role models who actively demonstrate their interest in transforming business culture.

Debbie Heald has been nominated for two of this year’s awards.

Heald has a keen interest in supporting women in STEM careers and hopes to use her position in the security industry to inspire others. She has been nominated in the ‘Outstanding Entrepreneur’ and ‘Small Business’ categories for 2016.

Judges of the awards include a number of leading business figures: Ali Gayward (UK commercial manager of easyJet), former business minister Jo Swinson, Carl Wood (managing director at the Trinity Mirror Group) and Damian Walters, regional director at the CBI.

“These awards top off an amazing 2015,” enthused Debbie Heald. “It’s an honour to be recognised in what are such outstanding categories, and in particular for awards that are instrumental in championing the impact female business owners have on the economy.”

 

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Xtralis VESDA VLS aspirating smoke detectors to protect Abu Dhabi International Airport

Xtralis’ VESDA VLS aspirating smoke detectors will provide fire prevention at the new Abu Dhabi International Airport Midfield Terminal Building (MTB), which is scheduled to open next year. The MTB will be the largest in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, and one of the region’s most architecturally impressive structures.

Xtralis’ VESDA and VESDA-E aspirating smoke detectors (ASDs) now protect many of the United Arab Emirates’ super structures, including the Burj Khalifa, the Emirates Palace Hotel and both Dubai and Abu Dhabi International Airports.

The new Midfield Terminal Complex (MTC) will boast 700,000 square metres of internal space for a passenger terminal (ie the MTB), a cargo facility, a restaurant and retail space.

The size of the MTC is so impressive that it will be visible from 1.5 km away. The facility can accommodate 8,500 passengers per hour and up to 30 million per year. The central space of the terminal building could hold three full-sized football pitches and features a ceiling that’s 52 metres tall at its highest point. This is taller than the Emirates Palace and will include 28,000 square metres of retail outlets and restaurants.

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Chief among the challenges around protecting the MTB is the massive open space where smoke will be diluted, an effect compounded by air conditioning systems. VESDA’s early and reliable detection combined with the VLS capability of monitoring the protected space by sectors were key factors that resulted in the selection of the Xtralis solution.

Additionally, temperatures in the terminal could range from hot to cold, depending on the weather. VESDA is the only detector that could ensure early and reliable detection under these conditions.

The VESDA LaserScanner (VLS) is similar to the VESDA LaserPlus (VLP) detector, but also includes a valve mechanism in the inlet manifold and software to control the airflow from the four sectors (pipes). This configuration enables a single zone to be divided into four separate sectors, for example, distinguishing between separate voids within a room.

The VLS draws air from all sectors in use. If the smoke level reaches the Adaptive Scan Threshold, the VLS performs a Fast Scan of each pipe to identify which pipe is carrying smoke. If more than one pipe is transporting smoke, the sector with the highest smoke concentration is scanned first.

Once Fast Scan is completed and the sector with the highest smoke concentration is identified, the VLS continues to closely monitor all four sectors (pipes) to keep a check on fire growth and maintain full protection of the area.

There are four alarm levels (Alert, Action, Fire 1 and Fire 2) for each sector (pipe). The sensitivity for each alarm level can be set to ensure the optimum alarm thresholds are applied for each sector.

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Chiron’s IRIS Touch 4-NG Series certified to EN 54-21/CPR for fire detection systems

Chiron Security Communications has been awarded the highest standard accreditation of EN 54-21/Construction Products Regulation (CPR) for the entire IRIS Touch 4-NG Series, the company’s high-end alarm over IP diallers.

Adopting a strict quality management policy, Chiron has always been at the forefront of obtaining approvals – such as EN and VdS – for its products.

This latest accreditation is of major importance to the company in terms of new market segment development, and will enable Chiron to assist its customers towards better and easier compliance with insurers’ regulations.

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The EN 54-21 European Standard specifies requirements, test methods and performance criteria against which the effectiveness and reliability of routing equipment capable of transmitting fire alarm and/or fault warning signals for use with fire detection and fire alarm systems installed in buildings can be assessed.

The routing equipment is designed to allow the system to function in accordance with the requirements of this European Standard. It also provides for the evaluation of conformity of the equipment to the requirements outlined in the document.

To be compliant with the CPR, products always need to be tested while connected to a panel such that it can be proven they’re communicating. The IRIS Touch 4-NG Series has been tested as part of an overall fire system and approved to EN 54-21 throughout Europe for the fire market.

IRIS Touch 4-NG Series fire panel integration

Traditionally, the signalling for fire alarms has only been applied to two events: ‘Fire’ or ‘Fault’. However, this scenario provided very little information for Monitoring Centre operators in terms of the best way in which to action/escalate an alarm event.

Most fire panels can generate a great deal more information (eg identify that a sensor is activated, and in what zone) on a local serial port. This is normally done in a panel-specific manner with the protocols differing from one manufacturer to another, and therefore not in a format recognised by the Monitoring Centre operators.

For some time now, IRIS Touch diallers have supported the serial ‘ESPA’ pager protocol interface which many fire panels offer and use to signal such additional information. The IRIS Touch dialler converts the ESPA messages from the panel into standard SIA format and sends these to the Monitoring Centre with additional information to the ‘Fire’ or ‘Fault’ signal.

This concept has been extended in the V2.14 firmware of the IRIS Touch NG range so that serial event messages generated by Honeywell Notifier and HHL fire panels can be handled in the same way and converted to standard SIA format for the Monitoring Centre.

Chiron’s CEO Willem Harthoorn stated: “Chiron recognised the fire sector’s requirement for reliable alarm over IP transmission. On that basis, we invested significantly in both development and applicable certification for our IRIS Touch 4-NG Series. These efforts have already resulted in us winning a major project in Germany. We will continue to implement serial fire panel protocols when we’re asked to do so.”

 

*For more information visit: www.chironsc.com

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Happy New Year as Securitas goes on parade with the London Fire Brigade

 

Securitas helped the London Fire Brigade (LFB) kick off the latter’s celebrations for its 150th Anniversary by sponsoring the organisation’s appearance at London’s New Year’s Day Parade.

New Year’s Day 2016 represents the start of the LFB’s year-long celebration marking the organisation’s anniversary.

The event saw over 50 members of the LFB join more than 8,500 performers in the annual parade through central London.

SecuritasCityofLondonParade2016Serving officers, fire cadets and retired firefighters walked alongside an array of LFB vehicles, past and present, including a brand new 17-seater minibus used by the Brigade’s young fire cadets. This has been donated by Securitas.

Securitas’ Chief Operating Officer Shaun Kennedy told Risk UK: “The event on Friday 1 January was great fun. It has been an honour to support the Brigade and the fire cadets as they kick off the 150th Anniversary celebrations.”

London Fire Commissioner Ron Dobson explained: “Friday 1 January marked a very special day in the history of London’s fire service. Londoners have a great affection and trust in the Brigade, and that’s largely down to the huge professionalism exhibited on a continual basis by firefighters past and present.”

Dobson added: “While rescue is at the heart of the service, we have also had incredible success with our preventative work. Fire episodes are now at their lowest levels since 1966, and we will continue to increase awareness of fire safety through our proactive work to keep London safer than ever before.”

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*For more information on the LFB’s forthcoming anniversary celebrations visit: http://www.london-fire.gov.uk/150-events.asp

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