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Social engineering “a top cause of cyber incidents” finds Cyber Resilience Report

Research commissioned by Crises Control from the Business Continuity Institute for its annual Cyber Resilience Report 2016 confirms much of what we already suspected about the changing nature of the cyber threat and the way that cyber criminals have found new ways to defeat corporate perimeter security.

66% of respondents to the survey reported that their companies had been affected by at least one cyber security incident over the last 12 months. The costs of these incidents varied greatly, with 73% reporting total costs over the year of less than €50,000, but 6% reporting annual costs of more than €500,000.

The increased difficulty of breaching perimeter security and the increased human resources available to cyber criminals has combined to produce a new point of attack. This is focused on the weakest link in the corporate security chain, which is now human beings rather than technology.

The term ‘social engineering’ describes this attack vector, which relies heavily on human interaction and often involves tricking people into breaking normal security procedures. The BCI research shows clearly that phishing (ie obtaining sensitive data through false representation) and social engineering is now the single top cause of cyber disruption, with over 60% of companies reporting being hit by such an incident over the past 12 months.

A further 37% were hit by spear phishing (ie phishing through identity fraud).

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The research has also confirmed that, to effectively counter this threat, companies now need behavioural threat detection provided by a cyber security network monitoring solution. These plug-in devices monitor your network for signs of suspicious insider activity and failed attempts to hack into the system.

They can also provide invaluable intelligence to be acted upon proactively to nip a successful hack or insider threat in the bud.

Traditional anti-virus monitoring software is no longer enough. The BCI research shows that 72% of companies have this software in place, but only 26% of real cyber security incidents were actually discovered through this route. Much worse, 18% of incidents came to attention through an external source such as a customer, a supplier or the impact on a public website.

Network monitoring solutions are much more effective than anti-virus software in terms of alerting companies to a cyber breach, with 63% of businesses having network monitoring software in place and 42% of cyber incidents being brought to attention through the work of the IT Department to whom such systems report.

The scale of the cyber threat can feel overwhelming at times, but educating your own employees about the nature of the threat and then putting in place the right solutions can go a long way towards mitigating the social engineering threat and significantly enhancing your corporate cyber resilience.

The message is simple… Act now before it’s too late.

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GJD publishes all-new product catalogue

GJD, the manufacturer of professional external detector equipment and LED illuminators, has just announced the launch of the company’s new product catalogue featuring the complete GJD product range.

The 96-page publication introduces innovative new products and updates to existing ones, while also being packed full of technical information, product descriptions and part numbers. The catalogue has been designed to provide customers with a valuable resource for all of their perimeter detection and illumination information.

Ana Maria Sagra-Smith, GJD’s sales and marketing director, commented: “We’re so proud to launch the new catalogue and showcase the full spectrum of GJD products. Due to our extensive product range, this is our largest product catalogue ever with products to suit every application. The new catalogue is organised by product categories, which makes it quick and easy to use.”

One of the new product ranges included is GJD’s Clarius PLUS IP Infrared and White Light LED illuminators. The Clarius PLUS IP is an IP-connected illuminator with an integrated web browser interface. The range incorporates the latest dual core surface mount LEDs with enhanced optical output.

GJD2017ProductCatalogueThe catalogue includes information about models in GJD’s laser range, which offers precise and accurate detection. Also featured is the D-TECT IP motion detectors, which offer versatile solutions for quick and easy installations.

In addition, the catalogue highlights GJD’s commitment to quality and product certifications, as well as its bespoke capabilities such as detailed site assessments to provide tailored presence detection, LED illumination and security lighting systems.

*The catalogue can be downloaded for free from the GJD website at: www.gjd.co.uk

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Wavestore expands into North America with focus on customer service and support

Wavestore, the open platform Video Management Software (VMS) developer, has opened a new office – designated Wavestore Americas Inc – in Montreal to service the company’s expanding customer base across the USA and Canada.

In combination with the firm’s headquarters in Uxbridge, the new office space significantly expands Wavestore’s footprint and supports the company’s growth strategy. With a dedicated team of sales and support professionals already in place to promote and drive the highly successful Channel Partner Program, the local office will offer the business’ portfolio of VMS products to customers across the whole of North America.

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James Smith, managing director of Wavestore Global, commented: “Wavestore is currently enjoying record sales into its key focus markets, but we know that simply having great products isn’t enough. Our customers tell us that they really appreciate the fact we’re there for them when they need help with things like specification and technical support. By opening an office in North America with a dedicated team to meet local demands, we can ensure we live up to the high expectations that our customers place on our brand.”

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James Smith

Mark Cup, director of Wavestore Americas, added: “We’re very proud of the success Wavestore has seen after the release of Version 6. With that success comes a need to scale our efforts, especially in a growing security market like North America. We’re looking forward to signing up customers to our Channel Partner Program. We’ll soon be running our first day-long Systems Integrator training sessions where delegates can be ‘hands on’ with the system.”

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“New Government must help deliver productivity boost” urges ADS

Defence and security sector Trade Association ADS Group has stated that the UK’s future economic success will depend on the new Government working with industry to achieve a major boost in productivity.

Launching ADS’ five-point ‘General Election Manifesto’, CEO Paul Everitt said the spotlight would be on the new Government’s commitment to putting in place the foundations for substantial gains in productivity by attracting investment, supporting innovation and delivering a Brexit deal designed to sustain UK competitiveness.

“The UK needs a step change in productivity to fully achieve our potential and put vital sectors of our economy on the right footing to compete around the world,” stressed Everitt. “The Government elected on Thursday 8 June will face economic challenges that it must work in partnership with industry to address if we’re to achieve sustainable and long-term economic growth. Any failure to prioritise productivity gains would put at risk the UK’s future ability to generate high value jobs and maximise the economic potential of our ingenuity.”

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Paul Everitt: CEO at the ADS Group

Everitt continued: “We need to see the development of an ambitious industrial strategy with full political and financial backing, support for SME investment in technologies and the latest advanced manufacturing processes, and prioritisation of innovation to make sure the UK benefits from the jobs, exports and growth that flow from new ideas.”

The five election priorities set out by ADS are as follows:

(1) Develop an ambitious Industrial Strategy that attracts global investment

The Government must build on successful sector strategies with long-term political and financial backing for an ambitious industrial strategy

(2) Prioritise productivity by investing in supply chains

Given the UK’s long-term productivity challenge, the UK must support SMEs in their ability to invest in new technologies, develop world-class skills and adopt the latest manufacturing processes

(3) Invest in industrial innovation

Prioritising and focusing funding on industrial innovation, as well as scientific research, would ensure that the UK benefits from the jobs, exports and growth that flow from our innovative ideas

(4) Enhance national security by investing in UK capability

The next Government should ensure its value for money analysis recognises and reflects the benefits of equipping a UK supply chain with the capabilities, technologies and engineering services necessary for our long-term national security

(5) Deliver a Brexit deal that sustains our global competitiveness

Our sectors’ ability to compete globally depends on a stable transition to a new deal with the EU that delivers what might best be termed ‘frictionless’ trade and access to regulators, R&D programmes and skills

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Ryanair adopts Ideagen Coruson as new safety and security management system

Ryanair has implemented a new safety and security management system developed by software firm Ideagen. Ideagen Coruson, a cloud-based software product, has been rolled out across Ryanair’s operations to further enhance the company’s safety reporting and risk identification processes and assist the airline in managing regulatory compliance.

Coruson simplifies identification, collection, collation and analysis of all information on safety and security-related events, thus enhancing risk management processes across Ryanair’s Safety, Security, Flight Operations, Ground Operations, Engineering, In-Flight and Health & Safety Departments.

Through this project, Ryanair has become the first airline in Ireland to submit electronic ECCAIR reports in E5X format to the Irish Aviation Authority by dint of using Coruson’s smart form functionality.

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David Hornsby, Ideagen’s CEO, said Coruson would be used by more than 10,000 Ryanair employees. “We’re delighted to have won this significant contract with Ryanair. Coruson will be used by more than 10,000 Ryanair employees as part of this project, which will further enhance safety and security processes and ease compliance around the requirements of national and international aviation authorities.”

Hornsby added: “This is a significant project for Ideagen. It strengthens our position in the aviation safety sector. We continue to see strong new business demand for our software and, with 10% of the Tier 1 market currently using our products, we’re confident of further extensive growth in this particular area.”

Ryanair carries 130 million customers every year on more than 1,800 daily flights from 86 bases. The airline connects over 200 destinations in 34 countries on a fleet of over 400 Boeing 737 aircraft, with a further 300 Boeing 737s on order, which will enable Ryanair to lower fares and grow traffic to 200 million passengers by FY24.

Michael Hickey, Ryanair’s COO, said: “Ryanair was one of the first airlines in Europe to recognise the value of data analysis to help improve the safety performance of airlines and is committed to the adoption and integration of enhanced data analysis tools. The introduction of Ideagen Coruson will provide us with a further opportunity to capture and analyse safety and security data in real time both quickly and efficiently and help to ensure that effective risk mitigation is put in place.”

Hickey concluded: “We’re delighted to be working with Ideagen and implementing Coruson which will make our reporting systems more effective and assist us in maintaining and continuously improving our safety and security performance.”

Ideagen is a specialist in the provision of safety management software and services to the aviation industry. The business currently has a global customer base of over 3,000 organisations (including more than 300 airlines) and counts Boeing, Emirates, Thomas Cook, British Airways and KLM among that cohort.

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IDIS cuts the ribbon on new UK office

To support continued robust growth and an expanding customer base, IDIS has opened new offices and training facilities in London.  Remaining in the recently refurbished The Mille in Brentford, the new facility features significant additional desk and recreational space and meeting rooms and doubles the capacity of the company’s training and demonstration facility.

Over the last two years, IDIS has significantly grown its sales force in the UK as well as strengthening its technical support team. This growth has corresponded with a larger partner network and customer base that has seen the demand for IDIS product demonstrations and training soar.

Brian Song, managing director of IDIS Europe, said: “Our new UK office is testament to the growth surge IDIS has experienced over the last four years. Since the launch of our own brand business in 2013, we’ve expanded our workforce and infrastructure both here in the UK and at our global headquarters and manufacturing facility just outside Seoul, as well as opening regional headquarters in the Middle East and the US. The new facilities in Brentford mean that we can continue to deliver world-class sales and technical support at a local level both now and in the years to come.”

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Last year also saw Sean Um join the IDIS Europe team following an eight-year tenure at the IDIS global headquarters in various product and sales roles. In his new position as product manager, Um works closely with system integrators, installers and end users to drive the IDIS product road map. His remit is to work at a local level to understand the needs of European customers and ensure a continuous cycle of innovation that builds upon the IDIS signature of easy-to-use and high performance surveillance.

Song, added: “Since joining us last year, Sean has been instrumental in liaising with our product planning and development team in South Korea. His appointment has ensured that we continue to bring new products and technologies to market that deliver improvements upon common industry offerings that strengthen security and improve the user experience.”

IDIS will showcase its core technologies, including the flagship DirectIP offering (a true plug-and-play solution that eliminates the complexity of installing and operating networked surveillance), at this year’s IFSEC International. The show runs at London’s ExCeL from 20-22 June. IDIS can be found on Stand G700. The business will be celebrating 20 years of innovation.

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