Monthly Archives: February 2019

Oncam improves design and functionality of Evolution surveillance cameras

Oncam, the dedicated provider of 360-degree video capture and business intelligence technology, has announced the release of its new and improved Evolution 05 and 12 stainless steel camera line with design enhancements that further position the device as the ideal solution for surveillance needs in the most demanding environments.

Evolution cameras provide resilient protection in areas where resistance to the elements and compliance with stringent regulations are paramount. The updated design includes:

Enhanced aesthetics The camera enclosure is more compact and aesthetically pleasing, making it an elegant solution for applications that feature high-end architecture

High-level certifications In addition to the camera’s NSF Certification and IP69K rating, the new design adds more certifications that demonstrate its effectiveness in harsh atmospheres: NEMA 4X and 6P (for enhanced compliance in the North American market), IP68 (certifies protection against submersion) and IK10+, which certifies enhanced protection against impact/vandalism

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Extended accessories range A comprehensive range of stainless steel accessories and mounting options

Tamper-proof security The front cover of the camera can only be opened using a bespoke tool, in turn providing increased safety and protection

The Evolution camera is a core part of Oncam’s specialist camera line, which includes the Evolution EXD models certified for explosive environments. This suite of specialist cameras is designed for markets that experience extreme conditions and require durable surveillance equipment to avoid inefficiency or damage. 

“The enhanced stainless steel camera line incorporates various improvements that, when combined, deliver a powerful and dependable safety device for environments that need durability the most,” said Jon Marsh, vice-president for products at Oncam. “Our customers require surveillance technology that’s set apart from standard video security solutions. The upgrades we’ve made create a robust feature set that’s specifically designed for a number of critical applications.”

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International security consultant Michael Chandler launches book and online training course

International security consultant and author Michael Chandler will bring his Technical Surveillance Countermeasures training programme to the fore as he launches a brand new book and online training programme based on his globally-renowned teachings.

With his counter-surveillance and close protection courses recognised in most English speaking countries, Chandler is a familiar name in the security industry. The course and book offer a comprehensive introduction to bug sweeping in addition to a wealth of technical and practical instruction.

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“Having taught this course all over the UK and the US, I’m delighted to be making it available to all in the form of a new online training programme backed up by the launch of my new book,” said Chandler. “Not all bodyguards have bug sweeping expertise, but it’s clear that, in today’s landscape, it’s an exceptionally useful tool to have. Most attacks are planned and, therefore, a principal is very likely to be monitored in one way or another which is why electronic monitoring or technical surveillance should be something that a modern day bodyguard is able to detect.”

The new online bug sweeping course makes this vital skill more readily accessible to anyone working in the security industry, regardless of location. The course syllabus covers everything from the history of eavesdropping to vehicle tracking devices, hidden camera detection, legislation, mobile phone monitoring, thermal imagery and standard operating procedures along with practical lessons on bug sweeping.

Those registering for an online course will receive a complimentary copy of the book, but it’s also available to purchase from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, Kindle, Google Books and other book retailers around the world, priced circa £19.99.

*The original in-person training sessions are also open for registration, with a series of seminars set to take place in London, Manchester, Accra, Sydney and New York during 2019. To find out more, register for a course or order the book visit https://www.thesecurity.academy/online-tscm-course

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HawkSight SRM unveils latest version of “game-changing” security risk management software

HawkSight SRM has launched HawkSight Software V2, the latest variant of the company’s ISO 31000-compliant, award-winning security risk management platform. HawkSight Software V2 is powered by Esri and its enhanced API and mapping interface is helping security teams rapidly review, assimilate and respond to the latest information and incident data impacting their portfolio.

Putting strategic, operational and tactical security risk assessment, mitigation and management at its clients’ fingertips is the company’s goal. The software is scaleable to suit even the biggest of global conglomerates and can include offices, project sites, fixed and mobile assets as well as business travellers in its project portfolio.

New for V2 are selectable mapping layers including street map, topographical and satellite overlays. Enriched incident analysis tools are also included with cluster, heat mapping and incident charting.

The latest version of the software reflects the growing demand for an enterprise security risk management approach which dovetails into enterprise-wide risk reporting and also supports organisation-wide collaboration.

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API configurations are already agreed with a number of leading incident data and tracking feeds including Protection Group International and Vismo. All data and incident feeds are delivered to a single mapping overlay, in turn putting security professionals in the driving seat of analysis for critical assets.

Locations and Points of Interest can be mapped and incident analysis carried out based on timeframe, incident type and incident source. The end result is instant visualisation of critical information (including live tracking if required).

HawkSight SRM’s powerful reporting tools allow the creation of bespoke reports and risk modelling which together adds up to a system which can deliver business-critical information at every level of an organisation.

Paul Mercer, managing director of HawkSight SRM, commented: “We’ve listened to our clients and HawkSight Software V2 is set to deliver the enterprise-wide collaborative tools they tell us they need. Critically, it allows them to quantify risk and financial exposure to the business and apply mitigation measures which reflect risk appetite and ensure best deployment of budgets. HawkSight Software V2 is also delivering the kind of information overview that security risk professionals and business leaders need to make informed and timely decisions. Further improvements to customisation and the embedded e-learning tools mean that developing and adopting Best Practice can be achieved from one subscription.”

Mercer concluded: “We’re excited to be talking to businesses across a host of sectors as diverse as hospitality, professional services, healthcare, oil and gas, manufacturing and logistics about how we can revolutionise their approach to security risk management.”

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KnowBe4 study reveals 92% of organisations’ biggest security concern is end users

KnowBe4, the provider of the world’s largest security awareness training and simulated phishing platform, has released the results of new research. The company’s report examines over 350 organisations globally and reveals the security weaknesses and concerns within them. On average, 81% of organisations had some degree of concern around security issues.

Cyber crime continues to evolve and become more sophisticated. Artificial Intelligence and machine learning are leveraged by many criminal organisations to help them better understand how to improve their attacks and they’re now targeting specific industry verticals, organisations and even individuals.

Increases in the frequency of ransomware, phishing and crypto-jacking attacks have been experienced by businesses of nearly every size, vertical and location.

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When it comes to attack vectors, data breaches are the primary concern, with credential compromise coming a close second. These two issues go hand-in-hand as the misuse of credentials remains the foremost attack tactic in data breaches. That’s according to Verizon’s 2018 Data Breach Investigations Report.

Phishing and ransomware ranked next, demonstrating that organisations are still not completely prepared to defend themselves against these relatively “old” attack vectors.

Other key findings

*92% of organisations rank end users as their primary security concern. At the same time, security awareness training along with phishing testing tops the list of security initiatives that organisations need to implement

*Organisations today have a large number of attack vectors to prevent, monitor for, detect, alert and remediate. In terms of attacks, 95% of those organisations surveyed are most concerned with data breaches

*Ensuring security is in place to meet General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) requirements is still a challenge for 64% of organisations, despite the GDPR’s fine details having been public knowledge for quite some time

*Attackers’ use of compromised credentials is such a common tactic. 93% of organisations are aware of the problem, but still have lots of work to do to stop it

*When it comes to resources, 75% of organisations don’t have an adequate budget

“2018 was a prolific year for successful cyber attacks, with many of them caused by human error,” said Stu Sjouwerman, CEO of KnowBe4. “IT organisations are tasked with establishing and maintaining a layered security defence. The largest concern, as demonstrated again in this report, is employees making errors. Organisations must start their defence by establishing a security culture. In order to combat the escalation of social engineering, they absolutely have to ensure that users are trained and tested.”

To read the full report visit www.KnowBe4.com

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Genetec awarded Platinum Premier status in Mercury Security’s partner programme

Unified security, public safety, operations and business intelligence solutions provider Genetec has announced that Mercury Security (part of HID Global, the global leader in OEM access control technology) has awarded the company the highest status level – ie Platinum Premier – within its successful partner programme.

The Platinum Premier status recognises Mercury Security’s select business partners who demonstrate continued market growth, strong integration with Mercury’s own solutions and a shared interest in the open architecture approach towards access control.

“As a Mercury Security partner and reseller since 2014, we take pride in having achieved Platinum Premier status in just a few short years,” said Georges Tannous, director of strategic alliances at Genetec. “Mercury Security is a key partner in the development of our access control strategy as we’re aligned in our efforts to provide innovative and cyber-secure access control solutions based on an open architecture.”

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Matt Barnette, vice-president at Mercury Security, responded: “Genetec has demonstrated significant growth with the Mercury Security brand of products over the last several years. This growth, coupled with the business’ continued investment in the open platform philosophy, has driven its well-earned recognition as a Platinum Premier partner. We look forward to working together with the Genetec team to deliver open, scaleable and secure solutions for our collective end users.”

According to the 2017-2018 Access Control Intelligence Database put together by market researcher IHS, Genetec has rapidly risen to become one of the leading developers of access control software with a Top Five ranking in the Americas and a strong global market share growth.

Genetec’s flagship product, Security Center, is an open architecture platform that unifies IP-based video surveillance, access control, ANPR, communications and analytics. Genetec also develops cloud-based solutions and services designed to improve security and contribute towards new levels of operational intelligence for Governments, enterprises and vertical markets including the transport sector.

Founded in 1997 and headquartered in Montreal, Genetec serves its global customer base via an extensive network of resellers, integrators, certified channel partners and consultants in upwards of 80 countries.

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Sarah Hayward-Turton promoted to role of director of sales and marketing at Linx International Group

Linx International Group, the global provider of security, risk management, consultancy and training services, has announced the promotion of Sarah Hayward-Turton to the role of director of sales and marketing for constituent companies Tavcom Training, PerpetuityARC Training and the Linx Consultancy. 

Joining the Linx International Group in 2014 as client relationship manager, Hayward-Turton was leading the sales team within two years and now takes the lead as director of sales and marketing. Her dedication to the security industry sees Hayward-Turton taking an active role in supporting the work of ASIS UK’s Young Professionals, an initiative that supports security professionals under the age of 40 and with less than five years’ experience in the industry. Hayward-Turton has also successfully completed PerpetuityARC’s Security Co-ordination and Management BTEC Level 4 course.

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“This year, not only are we continuing to develop highly relevant courses and pioneering how they’re delivered in the classroom and through e-learning, but also expanding our global presence for training and consultancy,” stated Hayward-Turton in conversation with Risk Xtra.

Ciaran Barry, director of Linx International Group operations, added: “Through our training businesses, we’re wholly dedicated to nurturing and developing talent in the security industry. Sarah’s career trajectory at the Linx International Group is a great example of us practising what we preach.”

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Remote sites upgrade delivers enhanced security for energy provider

Working to a tight ten-week schedule, four teams of Secom engineers recently completed a significant electronic security upgrade at no less than 150 critical sites resident within the UK’s energy infrastructure network.

The project – covering offices as well as remote locations with no staff – involved replacing key legacy equipment and software to create a superior platform for the remote monitoring of CCTV surveillance systems. It brought the 150 sites up to the same high standards of security as the customer’s other 250-plus sites across the UK.

Phil Lamb, Secom’s general manager for regional sales, feels that installation of new transmission units has allowed a switch for all of the customer’s sites to a more robust and cutting-edge video control platform in the Alarm Receiving Centre.

“Security is of course a major consideration for infrastructure service providers, but can prove to be challenging because of the many remote locations needed to ensure uninterrupted delivery to consumers nationwide. Reliable CCTV and alarm systems are important tools in dealing with issues that might affect the continuity of supply or any other risks of compromising security or Health and Safety concerns if, for example, there’s an unauthorised entry.”

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Lamb said the customer was facing a critical need as its existing transmission units had become obsolete. With the existing video management software there was a growing risk of losing connectivity with remote sites – and also, therefore, visibility of site issues.

“The decision to replace obsolete hardware and software was initiated to mitigate the risk of major security incidents by creating a more stable platform. Our role was to replace the end-of-life kit with the latest generation transmission units. As the incumbent service provider, we have intimate knowledge of each site and could evade potential issues, using our engineering skills to design issues out of the tight schedule by dint of using detailed process maps.”

The software platform was upgraded to meet customer expectations. Due to the nature of the replacement project, Secom hand-picked engineers for the four teams and also provided dedicated project managers.

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