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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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Meggitt CEO Tony Wood appointed president at ADS

Tony Wood, CEO of Meggitt and former president of Rolls-Royce Aerospace, has been appointed president of the ADS trade organisation for the security, defence, aerospace and space industries. Wood succeeds Colin Smith. The appointment comes ahead of the 2020 Farnborough International Airshow, where the spotlight will be on the UK’s aerospace, defence and space industries, the latest developments in sustainable aviation technology, and attracting future engineering talent.

Wood commented: “It’s an honour to be appointed ADS president and I look forward to championing the industries we represent: industries that connect people across continents, ensure our national security and put advanced technology into space.”

He continued: “2020 marks a year where both sustainability and social purpose will be high on our agenda, underpinned by the innovation that continues to be the hallmark of the industries we represent. We’re looking forward to working with the new Government to take forward our industrial partnerships, investing to create a more sustainable future and deliver a national space programme. We keenly anticipate contributing to the Government’s planned Security, Defence and Foreign Policy Review and ensuring that our industries remain equipped to provide outstanding levels of support to our Armed Forces, the police and the Security Services.”

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In addition, Wood observed: “We’re also looking forward to the 2020 Farnborough International Airshow and the opportunity to showcase to an international audience the fantastic products, services and innovations created by our members.”

ADS CEO Paul Everitt enthused: “It’s a great start to 2020 for ADS to welcome Tony Wood to the role of president. He brings extensive knowledge of our industries. His experience and drive will be an asset to ADS and to our members.”

Everitt also stated: “I would like to think Colin Smith for his support, advice and dedication in his two years as ADS president, which have seen our members continue to grow, the development of our industrial strategy partnerships with Government and a first Farnborough International Airshow at our new Exhibition and Conference Centre.”

As president, Wood leads the ADS Board, which is composed of representatives from each of the UK’s aerospace, defence, security and space sectors, including vice-presidents from each industry. The appointment of ADS president is made for a two-year term.

Wood has been CEO of Meggitt since January 2018, having joined the company as chief operating officer in 2016. He was Rolls-Royce’s president for aerospace from May 2013 to January 2016, and previously spent 16 years with Messier-Dowty.

Wood is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society and of the Association of Project Management.

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Anti-counterfeiting security technology receives accolade at Excellence in Holography Awards 2019

An advanced optical anti-counterfeiting solution for banknotes has won an award at the Excellence in Holography Awards 2019, organised by the industry trade body the International Hologram Manufacturers Association (IHMA).

Germany’s Leonard Kurz’s Kinegram Colors with ‘Flux Effect’ scooped the top slot in the ‘Best Applied Security Product’ category at the awards, which were presented by the IHMA at the annual Holography Conference in Athens.

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Developed for the Singapore Bicentennial $20 commemorative currency notes issued in June , the effect’s use in the foil stripe marks the first time that a Kinegram with ‘Flux’ prominently features on a currency note as a critical security feature. In addition, the banknote marks the first time that a security foil has been applied to a fully offset-printed polymer substrate with a Steuer machine.

The Excellence in Holography Awards recognise outstanding achievement, marking success for those at the forefront of the sector who’ve developed innovative or commercially viable hologram products or techniques over the last 12 months.

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Also commended in the same category was China-based Shandong Taibao Anti-Counterfeiting Technology Products for its cigarette packaging anti-counterfeiting holographic paper, as well as France’s Surys, who’s Moov patch features as a high-level authentication feature on the new Sudanese 1,000 pound.

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Attended by hologram suppliers, manufacturers and end users from around the world, the event saw IHMA chairman Dr Paul Dunn commend the standard of entries as extremely high, with all of them adding to an industry that continues to innovate, evolve and find new markets.

Dunn commented: “This award marks an ongoing advancement in the design, development and technology of commercial holograms, which continue to find fresh and innovative ways in which to add value and heightened levels of security to products used by billions of consumers the world over.”

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