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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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