Monthly Archives: May 2016

Top 10 business continuity disasters over last 12 months revealed by IT Specialists

Whether it was a fire that brought a halt to a bustling city centre, structural damage to a bridge that diverted 80,000 commuters daily or a 106 mph storm that disrupted 130 flights, the last 12 months had its share of incidents that kept businesses on their toes and put their revenue at risk.

As part of the Business Continuity Institute’s Business Continuity Awareness Week (BCAW) 2016, managed service provider IT Specialists (ITS) put together research highlighting some of the biggest threats to business continuity over the last 12 months.

BCAW, which ran from 16-20 May, was designed to raise awareness about business continuity and resilience following both high-profile and smaller incidents that threaten businesses.

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As a managed service provider itself, ITS offers a number of services that protect its clients in the face of major upheaval, including business continuity, IT support, field service and outsourced service desk.

The company compiled this research to help businesses understand the types of incidents that could affect them. Without a thorough business continuity programme, there’s a risk of negative consequences such as lost inventory, reduced productivity due to employees being unable to work remotely, property damage and the all-important revenue loss.

ITS’ goal is to help businesses mitigate the impact of business interruptions with its business continuity solutions, which include BlackVault Managed Recovery Platform, a fully managed disaster recovery as a service platform using a hybrid cloud infrastructure.

“Investing in forward planning can save valuable time, protect an organisation’s revenue and preserve its customer base,” said Matt Kingswood, UK head of ITS.

“We urge businesses to formulate a business continuity programme to identify inefficient processes that cost the organisation money on a daily basis and can prove a barrier to disaster recovery.”

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“Funding to cease for Locksmith Apprenticeship” announces Skills for Security

Skills for Security has been officially notified that funding will cease for new starts on the Locksmith framework 571 from 1 December 2016. From this date, there will be no further starts.

Apprentices still completing their apprenticeship on this framework will continue to do so on their agreed funding arrangements, while their apprenticeship completion certificate can be claimed in the usual manner.

The UK Government has been making changes to apprenticeships with the approach for all new apprenticeships to be developed against employer standards.

Groups of employers (the ‘Trailblazers’) have been responsible for developing new apprenticeships and they’ve been working together to design apprenticeship standards and assessment approaches.

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Skills for Security has been working with Trailblazer groups to develop new frameworks, and employers from the locksmith industry have recently met to submit their expression of interest in order to develop a framework to ensure there’s a locksmith apprenticeship going forward.

There’s no other apprenticeship for locksmiths. The current scheme has enabled learners to gain a recognised qualification, expand their knowledge and elevate industry standards.

Having a recognised qualification has made the industry more attractive to new recruits.

Employers must come forward to show their support to develop a new framework.

*If you would like to be involved with the development of the locksmith apprenticeship or join a Trailblazer group please contact Skills for Security via e-mail at: info@skillsforsecurity.org.uk or on (telephone) 01905 744000

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Evolution Security opens new office in Edinburgh

Evolution Security, the international integrated security and fire solutions business, has moved to new offices in Edinburgh in order to support the continued expansion of the group in the north.

Conveniently located on a business park two miles from Edinburgh International Airport and only five miles from the city centre, the new Scottish headquarters will be home not only to the sales and commercial teams, but also service and maintenance, projects and administration. It includes a stores and workshop area as well as a bespoke in-house training facility.

John Baillie, regional sales manager for Evolution in Scotland, states that the company’s steady success in the region over the last ten years warrants the move to a larger site.

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“The office provides a new base from which we can even better serve our customers with their fire and security needs and accommodate an expanding workforce,” said Baillie.

With its main headquarters in Buckinghamshire, Evolution Security is one of the UK’s fastest-growing fire and security systems businesses, with proven expertise over the last 20 years within a broad range of blue chip, defence and Government-centric projects.

The address for the business’ new Scottish office is: Evolution (Electronic Security Systems) Ltd, No 2 The Roundal, Roddinglaw Business Park, Roddinglaw Road, Edinburgh EH12 9DB (Telephone: 0131-333 4781)

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Smarter protection on Savile Row thanks to Trigion Security Services

Trigion Security Services has signed a tailor-made contract with a prestigious London managing agent to provide security at its properties in Savile Row, Berkley Street and Duke of York Street in London.

The contract for the tenanted office buildings will include security officers providing Front of House/concierge services. Trigion offers ‘Hostmanship’ training to all of its officers such that they have high levels of competence and confidence in offering customer care.

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Trigion’s popular ‘People Plus’ option means that clients receive manned and electronic solutions from a single supplier. The business provides technical security remotely from its Security Operations Centre so that there’s always protection in place.

Neil Barham, operations director for security guarding at Trigion, told Risk UK: “The work we’ve done on our existing contract for the client’s Park Lane property has shown our ability to provide quality security services to their clients. They can also see that we provide quality team members thanks to our investment in training and development and the fact that we’re London Living Wage employers.”

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