Monthly Archives: April 2019

Milestone Systems opens new UK Innovation Hub

Milestone Systems, the instigator of the open platform community in networked video management software (VMS), opened its new UK headquarters on Thursday 25 April at the Landmark Business Park in Reading, Berkshire.

The new Innovation Hub has been designed to support Milestone’s wider community of technology partners and features a new state-of-the-art Experience Centre complete with wall-to-wall screens for a fully immersive virtual presentation experience.

Attendees at the launch were able to witness the Experience Centre in use during a presentation by Dave Gregory, business development manager for Northern Europe at Milestone Systems.

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Dave Gregory of Milestone Systems making a presentation at the launch of the company’s all-new Innovation Hub

The Experience Centre is the focal point of the new Innovation Hub and features six 65-inch screens as well as a video wall. The Experience Centre’s look and feel can be easily adapted to mirror that of the company brand using the Centre, and offers users a dynamic virtual presentation experience that captures the innovative nature of the Milestone community of technology partners.

The Innovation Hub has a working demo set-up of Milestone’s software and hardware solutions, together with some of its ecosystem partner integrations including – but not limited to – partners such as Axis Communications, BriefCam, Venzo, Nedap, Lenel and Bosch. This means that end users and channel partners alike can experience Milestone’s next generation open platform capabilities such as Artificial Intelligence-based video analytics (eg facial recognition) or user-friendly integrations for perimeter protection solutions like radars and intrusion detection systems.

A new training facility was also showcased at the launch event and will welcome up to 25 attendees at a time to take part in a variety of one-hour Continuing Professional Development courses in addition to Milestone’s certification courses that are already up-and-running. The training facility is also available to the Milestone partner community to use as training hub for a range of sessions.

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Neil Killick briefs attendees at the official opening

Neil Killick, regional leader for Northern Europe at Milestone Systems, commented: “The launch of this new Innovation Hub in the UK is testament to the performance and dedication of the UK team. I’m proud to open this new facility that’s as much for our wider community as it is for the team here. Milestone’s open platform is the driver of innovation and collaborative solutions in the security space and beyond. The same spirit of openness is behind the launch of this new Innovation Hub.”

The overriding aim of the new facility is to nurture Milestone community partnerships, better showcase the open platform capabilities and introduce Milestone and its technology partners to vertical sectors beyond the security space.

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Cyber security firm Foregenix scoops Queen’s Award for Enterprise

A cyber security firm has picked up the Queen’s Award for Enterprise. Foregenix, which celebrates its 10th Anniversary this month, received the award for its work in international trade and is believed to be the first cyber security consultancy with a determined focus on protecting the payment and finance industries to pick up the accolade.

Headquartered in the UK, Foregenix has generated around 60% of its revenue from international sales over the past four years, helped by new offices in Boston servicing North America, Frankfurt, Europe, Sydney, Australasia and São Paulo, Brazil and a new base in Singapore in 2019.

Foregenix offers a range of services including managed detection and response, digital forensics, compliance and risk. It’s one of the leading certification companies for payment systems on PCI point-to-point encryption and an authority on ATM ‘cash-out’ attacks.

The Queen’s Award for Enterprise follows on from recognition by The Sunday Times as one of the Top 100 SME exporters in 2017 and 2018.

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Left to Right: Paul Humpage, Andrew Henwood and Benjamin Hosack of Foregenix

The Queen’s Awards have recognised the achievements of British businesses since 1965. Around 200 businesses receive the accolade each year.

Co-founder and CTO Andrew Bontoft commented: “It’s testimony to the brilliant work and dedication of our global team that we’ve received this prestigious award. We’re very proud of what the team has achieved and grateful for the recognition this award signifies. We would also like to thank our clients and suppliers for helping us to achieve this honour.”

CEO Andrew Henwood added: “Foregenix aims to protect businesses and organisations from criminals who attempt to endanger people’s livelihoods and futures for their own enrichment. It’s a cause that resonates with our customers. We offer them practical advice and solutions for baked-in security and real risk reduction.”

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Global accolade viewed as Milestone for Secom

Secom’s ongoing and diligent work at the cutting edge of CCTV-based security has won a global accolade for the nationwide company. Use of the internationally acclaimed Milestone VMS for systems serving some of its leading UK customers has resulted in Secom being named as Milestone’s 2018 Northern Europe Partner of the Year.

The award was announced at the recent Milestone Integration Platform Symposium, an event that brings together partners from the Americas, EMEA and APAC regions who collaborate, network and learn about global trends in the VMS space.

Secom’s commercial, sales and marketing director Alan Blake enthused: “We were delighted to hear that we had been nominated for an award and even more so to be named as the winner. This award is evidence of the sterling work that Secom has delivered in leveraging innovative, industry-leading solutions on the Milestone platform. We look forward to engineering more solutions in this way during 2019.”

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Milestone’s open platform provides VMS options for applications ranging from single retail stores through to multi-site and city-wide monitoring systems.

Blake continued: “On this platform we’re able to offer our customers the ability to monitor several cameras simultaneously. This provides enhanced security as well as the opportunity to make management decisions – such as the need to open additional till points – based on real-time observations of in-store conditions.”

In addition, Blake stated: “Coupled with our track record in addressing retail crime through the analysis of intelligence gathered from CCTV, Secom can now offer an advanced security process with the potential to slash retailers’ losses to crime and enable the police to successfully prosecute repeat offenders.”

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Echosec launches security-focused anonymous search tool for The Dark Web

Online data aggregation and information discovery specialist Echosec has introduced Beacon, a search platform for The Dark Web purpose-designed to help discover threats and prevent future attacks.

Beacon is an intelligence tool that helps security teams and public safety professionals alike to find key information from The Dark Web safely through a regular web browser. Previously, the only way to access The Dark Web was through a TOR browser.

The Dark Web is non-indexed and non-secure, yet searching it is crucial for security and public safety organisations as it’s a veritable hotbed for nefarious activity. Beacon provides end users with a single point of entry into The Dark Web and presents critical information in a structured and consistent way.

Organisation of Dark Web data makes analysis of it more efficient and threat intelligence actionable for law enforcement, security and risk managers.

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“Beacon helps teams to quickly identify information that can prepare them for the worse case scenario,” said Michael Raypold, CTO at Echosec. “Through Beacon, end users can identify threats quickly and enable efficient issues management.”

A basic Beacon search can provide intelligence on subjects like drug trafficking, the sale of firearms and hacker data. A UK search conducted on 12 April found 14,849 instances of hacker data using the keyword “UK + hacking,” while “UK + credit card” returned 16,600 and “UK + guns” 2,650 results respectively.

More advanced search functions in Beacon have produced thousands of results for information on the sale of identities, e-mail addresses and other personally identifiable information. One excerpt from a credit card search result on a Dark Web site reads: “Hello all clients ! – I’m a hacker, good seller, best tools, sell online 24h. – I want introduce to you my services and sell fresh cvv (visa/master,amex,dis,bin,dob,fullz..) all country, Dumps track 1&2, Account paypal, SMTP, RDP, VPS, Mailers, do WU transfer and Software Bug Transfer Western Union. – I sell cvv Fresh – Fast and Good price.”

Beacon is commercially available and simple and safe to interact with for users of all backgrounds. However, due to the sensitive nature of The Dark Web, Echosec meets with potential customers to review and approve their case before providing access. Echosec also takes steps to ensure that Beacon use is compliant with the current privacy laws and data provider terms.

*More information about Beacon may be found at https://www.echosec.net/darknet/

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Awards recognise outstanding achievements in secure ID documentation systems

Special awards have been made to those newly introduced personal ID document programmes that have demonstrated outstanding technical sophistication and the best in verification system infrastructure.

The Regional ID Document of the Year Awards form part of the industry’s High Security Printing EMEA Conference held recently in Malta and recognise the highest levels of achievement among Government passport and national identity card schemes.

Awards were made in three categories: Best New Passport, Best New National ID Card and Best New ID or Travel Document.  

The first award went to the Immigration Department of the Ministry of Home Affairs of Tanzania for the new Tanzanian ePassport. Tanzania recently moved from a machine-readable booklet to the phased implementation of a complete electronic immigration (or ‘eImmigration’) system. The passport is one component of a complete ‘end-to-end’ system solution to support citizen enrolment, adjudication, personalisation, issuance and authentication along with border control and eVisa systems.

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The new ePassport features a polycarbonate data page incorporating laser engraving technology, an optically variable feature and positive and negative embossing incorporating an MLI lens. The data page also carries an ICAO-compliant secure RFID microcontroller chip and operating system.

Other notable security printing features include end papers with duplex patterns and rainbow-split duct printing, as well as two colour intaglio printing incorporating a latent image and an optically variable print feature. Other features include the use of both visible and invisible inks, a Foredge registration feature and hidden page identifiers.

One of the benefits of the new ePassport solution is that the holder can have an emergency passport on their smart phone if their passport is stolen or lost in another country.

Best New National ID Card

In the Best New National ID Card category, the award went to the Police and Border Guard Board of Estonia, itself part of the Ministry of the Interior, for the new eID programme introduced in December last year.

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The new cards use Estonia’s own font and elements of its national brand and feature a colour photograph, a transparent window and an invisible secondary photograph that will only appear when viewed from an angle. One new detail is the inclusion of a QR code which will make it easier to check the validity of the ID card.

The new eID card integrates a chip that allows contactless use in the future once service providers start offering corresponding solutions (validating public transport trips, for example). The chip on the new card carries embedded files and uses 2048-bit public key encryption, allowing its use as definitive proof of ID in an electronic environment.

Best New ID or Travel Document

The final award, recognising the Best New ID and Travel Document, went to Germany’s Bundeskriminalamt, the Federal Criminal Police Office and Bundesdruckerei, the country’s state printer, for the new EU Visa sticker project.

As part of the EU Commission’s Action Plan to strengthen the EU response to travel document fraud, all European Union Member States will be introducing the new EU visa sticker. The project was a result of the collective work under the EU Article 6 Committee and associated sub-group on the development of an improved uniform format visa.

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The new EU sticker integrates improved chemical sensitisers, high level security background design, completely re-designed DOVID with improved features, improved intaglio inks and latent images, rip cuts and advanced UV elements.

Upgrade and secure personalisation

The sticker also has a ‘quiet zone’ reserved for a 2D barcode in order to upgrade and secure the personalisation of the sticker, which is seen as a good next step to incorporate digital security into the security document world.

The development project incorporates the distribution of a Best Practice Visa Kit and Technical Specification for 31 EU Member and Associate States. The Visa Kit and Technical Specification will also be used as Best Practice for the basis of the subsequent eResidence Permit Card Project.

*Further details of the High Security Printing EMEA Regional ID awards are available online here

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BAE Systems launches “major update” to NetReveal platform for financial institutions

The latest version of BAE Systems’ NetReveal platform combines the best of advanced analytics and human expertise to enable financial institutions to effectively combat financial crime and fraud in an environment of rapidly evolving regulatory requirements and changing financial crime patterns.

Faced with increasing transactions, evolving regulations, a growing number of payment channels, customer friction, investigation challenges and strengthening privacy regimes, financial crime and fraud investigators are under pressure to make more confident and intelligence-led decisions and do so at an unprecedented pace.

Built on modernised modular technology, NetReveal addresses these challenges by working smarter and faster and supporting an intelligence-led approach:

Smarter: Profiling and detection against transactional data that commonly takes hours to process is now processed within 30 minutes (on average)

Faster: Advanced analytics with machine learning techniques improve operational performance by driving fewer false positives. Integrated Robotic Process Automation (RPA) means that routine tasks are automated, enabling investigators to focus more on high value strategic investigative work. The Real-Time Detection Engine helps institutions to keep pace with sophisticated criminals across growing digital channels

Intelligence-Led: Entity-based investigations deliver efficiency improvements of 20-30% on average by streamlining multiple detections into a single combined alert dashboard. Interactive lists also provide actionable information to adjudicate alerts effectively

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Culmination of major investment

Rob Harrison, head of product and solutions for the financial services sector at BAE Systems Applied Intelligence, said: “This release is the culmination of major investment and engineering development of our financial crime platform and suite of solutions. We’ve focused on providing compliance and fraud teams with the latest advanced analytics, technology advancements and productivity improvements.”

Harrison added: “The latest version of NetReveal combines the best of human expertise and advanced analytics which we believe puts financial institutions in the strongest position possible to address the major market challenges of today, namely regulatory complexity and change, evolving fraud patterns, productivity and efficiency pressures and new risk management approaches.”

Julie Conroy, research director for the Aite Group’s Retail Banking practice, commented: “The use of RPA to improve financial crime operations significantly increases accuracy, reduces operational costs and enhances productivity. Given the growing data challenge, having the ability to advance investigator efficiency by reducing repetitive manual tasks, human error and, by extension, the number of false positives ultimately frees up time to focus on more strategic tasks.”

NetReveal is a single integrated platform for money laundering compliance and fraud prevention, enabling financial institutions to benefit from lower total cost of ownership across their compliance and fraud teams thanks to a single solution.

A comprehensive range of compliance and counter-fraud solutions can be deployed either individually or collectively.

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Halma plc joins Fire Section at Euralarm

The Board of Euralarm has announced the newest member of the organisation. Halma plc is to join the Fire Section of Euralarm and will now benefit from Euralarm’s services in terms of representation towards European institutions and standardisation organisations. This includes the monitoring of legislative and standardisation issues relevant to the industry.

Halma plc will have access to the extended network of national associations and major companies in the electronic fire safety and security sectors which form Euralarm’s membership. The new membership for Halma plc will create opportunities for both sides as it also strengthens the association.

Halma plc is a global group of technology companies. Its Fire and Security Division provides products that protect both lives and property. Within the fire detection and alarm sector these products include wired and wireless fire detection (smoke, heat, gas, multi), audible and visual warning devices, beam and flame detectors, single or networked control and indicating systems.

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In the field of security, the company offers wired and wireless security product solutions covering end user applications from small residential projects through to large-scale commercial premises.

Companies joining Euralarm gain a unique insight into what’s happening on other European markets and the opportunities that they might offer. They not only tap into the political expertise and understanding of the EU policy, but can also make personal connections with technical and political experts and potential business partners.

Being a member of Euralarm enables companies and associations to gain expertise on standardisation. Members have their voice heard in Brussels and can support and direct standardisation and legislative processes.

Euralarm represents the electronic fire and security industry, providing leadership and expertise for industry, market, policy-makers and standards bodies. Founded in 1970, Euralarm represents over 5,000 companies valued at 67 billion Euros. Euralarm’s members are national associations and individual companies from across Europe.

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