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Axis Security and The Axis Academy nominated for 2020 OSPAs

Integrated security, Front of House and cleaning services business the Axis Group starts 2020 as a finalist in the UK Outstanding Security Performance Awards (OSPAs) with nominations in two categories: Outstanding Contract Security Company (Guarding) for Axis Security and Outstanding Security Training Initiative for The Axis Academy, Axis Group’s learning and development division.

The OSPAs recognise and reward companies and individuals across the security sector. Axis Security has been recognised as an outstanding security business which is making a positive difference, successfully motivating and up-skilling staff, making the most of technologies and forging new approaches and thinking around security guarding.

This nomination comes off the back of Axis Security’s most successful year of organic growth, turning over £24 million in new business alone, which represents a 140% increase on last year’s business results.

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The Axis Academy, the training division for Axis Group, has been nominated for the Outstanding Security Training Initiative for its Mental Health First Aid course, which was launched in the summer of 2019 and has already trained 220 people across three levels including mental health awareness, mental health First Aid and supervising mental health.

The course supports Axis’ aim to raise awareness of mental health in the workplace, with specific training to equip people with the required knowledge and skills to act as workplace mental health First Aiders. It has been designed to help participants understand why people develop mental health conditions, and how a First Aider for mental health can provide advice and practical support for an individual presenting with a suspected mental health condition.

David Mundell, managing director of Axis Security, believes that the company’s dedication to customer service continues to underpin its success. “We see ourselves as one of the outstanding performers in the security sector, doing our utmost to support our talented people and deliver top quality customer service to our clients.”

Mundell added: “Giving the right kind of support to employees remains key to everybody’s success so we’re especially pleased to see the response to our new training initiatives, notably so around the area of mental health. The course also helps people to recognise and manage their own stress, and how to implement a positive mental health culture in the workplace, so it’s a really beneficial addition to our learning offer.”

The 2020 OSPAs Ceremony takes place at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in central London on 26 February.

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HID Global names Björn Lidefelt as company’s next president and CEO

HID Global, a worldwide leader in trusted identity solutions, has announced that Björn Lidefelt is the company’s new president and CEO.

Lidefelt joins the company after serving as chief commercial officer at HID parent company ASSA ABLOY, where he oversaw branding, communications, commercial development and strategy.

Lidefelt also has extensive experience in international sales and marketing, having spent more than nine years in Asia Pacific markets including China and Malaysia.

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Björn Lidefelt

“Björn has had a very successful journey with our organisation and will bring a wealth of experience and perspective to HID from various roles and markets,” said Nico Delvaux, president and CEO of ASSA ABLOY.

Lidefelt holds an MSc degree in Industrial Engineering and Management from the University of Linköping in Sweden, wherein he majored in computer science and marketing. He succeeds Stefan Widing, who led HID Global for over four years.

On his new appointment, Lidefelt stated: “I look forward to leading a dedicated and talented global workforce focused on delivering industry-leading solutions for Governments, universities, hospitals and financial institutions and creating trusted physical and digital environments.”

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dormakaba expands business offer in wake of Action Doors acquisition

dormakaba UK has acquired Action Doors. It’s a business move that will see dormakaba UK further expand its service and maintenance offer. 

Action Doors, based in Hertfordshire, has been in operation since 1996, and is a long-standing service provider of 24-7 maintenance and installation of automatic and manual doors, predominantly working on a commercial client base comprised of local authorities, education, care and retail sector businesses.

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This acquisition will enhance dormakaba UK’s current service offer, providing an opportunity for greater customer reach. The move stands as yet another example of the commitment from dormakaba to become a trusted industry leader.

Paul Wright, regional service director at dormakaba, said: “It has been another successful acquisition for our business, demonstrating our desire for further growth with early communication and interactions with Action Doors. We met both parties’ expected timescales, which is always the most challenging part of the process.”

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Radware reports increase in companies targeted by nation state hackers

Radware, the provider of cyber security and application delivery solutions, has released its 2019-2020 Global Application and Network Security Report. The report finds that more than one-in-four respondents attribute attacks against their organisation to cyber warfare or nation-state activity. In 2018, 19% of organisations believed they were attacked by a nation state. That figure increased to 27% in 2019. At 36%, companies in North America were more likely to report nation state attribution.

“Nation state intrusions are among the most difficult attacks to thwart because the agencies responsible often have significant resources, knowledge of potential zero day exploits and the patience to plan and execute operations,” said Anna Convery-Pelletier, chief marketing officer at Radware. “These attacks can result in the loss of sensitive trade and technological or other data. Security teams may be at a distinct disadvantage.”

These findings come at a time of heightened anxiety for security managers. Organisations are increasingly turning to microservices, server-less architectures and a mix of multiple cloud environments. Two-in-five managers reported using a hybrid environment that included cloud and on-premises Data Centres. Two-in-five said they relied on more than one public cloud environment. However, only 10% of respondents felt that their data was more secure in public cloud environments.

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As organisations adapt their network infrastructure to enjoy the benefits of these new paradigms (such as microservices and multi-cloud environments), they increase their attack surface and decrease the overall visibility into their traffic.

For example, 22% of respondents don’t even know if they were attacked, 27% of those who were attacked don’t know the hacker’s motivations, 38% are not sure whether an Internet of Things (IoT) botnet hit their networks and 46% are not sure if they suffered an encrypted DDoS attack.

Convery-Pelletier added: “This report finds that security professionals feel as though the battlefield is shifting under their feet. Companies are increasingly adding and relying upon new paradigms, which means the infrastructure is harder to monitor for attacks. These new technologies force a shift in security implementation into the development teams. Security is often an afterthought as businesses march forward, and there’s a misconception that ‘good enough’ is enough.”

In addition, the report also found the following points of note:

The emergence of 5G networks As the push for 5G grows, there exists an important opportunity to build security into networks at its foundations. Despite the increasing buzz around 5G networks, only 26% of carriers responded that they felt well prepared for 5G deployment, while another 32% stated that they were somewhat prepared

Be careful what you wish for in terms of the IoT 5G promises to advance organisations’ implementation of (and the value they derive from) IoT technologies, but that promise comes with a corresponding increase in the attack surface. When it comes to IoT-connected devices, 44% of respondents said malware propagation was their top concern, while lack of visibility followed at 20% and Denial of Service at 20%

Data loss is top concern About 30% of businesses stated that data theft as a result of a breach was their top concern following an attack, which is down from 35% the previous year, followed by service outages at 23%. Meanwhile, 33% said that financial gain is a leading motivation for attacks

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Daniel Sanzeri joins team at BSIA-led intelligence initiative SaferCash

British Security Industry Association (BSIA)-led intelligence initiative SaferCash has appointed Daniel Sanzeri as its new national higher police analyst.

Sanzeri has worked in various intelligence-driven roles for over a decade and joins the SaferCash team from the West Midlands Police. Having worked for Staffordshire Police as a senior force intelligence analyst, Sanzeri managed both strategic and tactical intelligence as well as the delivery of detailed analysis for business change.

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Daniel Sanzeri: joining the team at SaferCash

Sanzeri’s intelligence career began in Training Standards. He was one of the first analysts assigned to the Claims Management Regulator – a unit in the Ministry of Justice and now part of the Financial Conduct Authority –  and rose through the ranks to senior roles within major UK law firms as legal director for intelligence focusing in particular on counter fraud.

Sarah Staff, head of SaferCash, said: “I’m delighted to welcome Daniel as he joins SaferCash. His experience of working directly to disrupt several serious and organised criminal networks which cause harm to communities and businesses alike is going to be vital for SaferCash as we focus on disrupting what many perceive to be ‘victimless’ crimes. I wish Daniel every success in his new role and very much look forward to working with him.”

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IFSEC International announces SSAIB as official Installer Partner for 2020 event

Professional security installers are the essential lifeblood of IFSEC International and FIREX International. Long-standing event partners the Security Systems and Alarms Inspection Board (SSAIB) has been named as the official Installer Partner for the 2020 shows, which take place at London’s ExCeL from May 19-21.

SSAIB is a certification body for security and fire alarm installation professionals, security guarding services and monitoring. SSAIB-approved companies are exclusively invited to IFSEC International and FIREX International 2020 in order to meet with trained SSAIB personnel and engage with over 500 leading manufacturers and suppliers of security and fire safety technologies and services.

IFSEC and FIREX are the perfect learning environments for SSAIB companies where they can spend three days totally immersed in state-of-the-art technologies, solutions and discussions all focused around the driving issues in security and fire. It’s where the entire security and fire communities always come together to collaborate, ask the big questions and find the practical answers to their current challenges.

The SSAIB will also use its time at IFSEC and FIREX to host its regional South East meeting, which makes it convenient for approved companies to make full use of their time at IFSEC, mixing SSAIB business with their own fact-finding and discovery missions.

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The 2020 events also mark the return of the SSAIB to FIREX International, where representatives will be on hand to discuss various BAFE-approved certification opportunities in fire system design and installation, life safety risk assessment and the correct use and maintenance of portable extinguisher equipment. With the national agenda now firmly fixed on promoting certified life safety schemes and awareness, the SSAIB’s presence at FIREX International will rigorously contribute to the show’s stated aims of promoting expertise and guidance in life safety.

In line with the new decade, the SSAIB will once again host the official Installer Bar in IFSEC that will have a dedicated ‘Roaring 20s’ theme to herald 2020.

SSAIB CEO Alex Carmichael commented: “We’re delighted to be named as the official Installer Partner for IFSEC and FIREX International 2020. They are the premier events for both the fire and security industries and we would very much encourage our registered firms to visit us at ExCeL next May.”

Carmichael added: “We’ve also incorporated our South East regional meeting into IFSEC 2020 because it gives the many firms that attend our events the opportunity to immerse themselves in all the latest developments and technologies on show at IFSEC and FIREX. Not only can they do this and hear all the latest updates we’ll be sharing, but they’ll also be invited to join us at our Installer Bar for an informal catch-up.”

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In addition, Carmichael observed: “The SSAIB has enjoyed a lot of success by lending its name to an IFSEC bar over the last two years, so we’ve decided to try and build on that further by making a welcome return to FIREX as well.”

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360 Vision Technology appoints Sara Fisher as business development director

360 Vision Technology, the UK CCTV company, has announced the appointment of Sara Fisher to the role of business development director.

Formerly sales and marketing director at AMG Systems with full responsibility for driving sales and marketing activities, Fisher’s new role will be geared to supporting end users, system integrators and security consultants in the ITS, local authority and oil and gas sectors within the UK and across international regions.

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Sara Fisher

“Having worked with Mark Rees and the team for a number of years, I’m extremely excited to be taking on this new position,” enthused Fisher. “I’ve admired 360 Vision Technology’s innovative and high-performance camera and lighting technologies for some time now and cannot wait to start promoting another great British brand. Primarily, my aim will be to increase 360 Vision Technology’s global presence across a number of key market sectors.”

Rees stated: “Supporting the company’s continued growth plan, we welcome Sara as an excellent addition to the 360 Vison Technology team. Having worked with Sara in a technology partnership with her previous company, it was clear that her experience and tenacity was aligned with our own company’s ethos and aspirations. Sara’s role is set to lead us into new sectors, as well as strengthen those in which we’re already making inroads. I’m thrilled to have someone of Sara’s calibre and experience joining the team.”

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