Comelit fires up new division with FIA membership

Comelit UK has become a member of the Fire Industry Association (FIA) following the introduction of its new fire division, which is purpose-designed to complement the company’s renowned security portfolio.

The Italian door entry manufacturer, which is known for its high specification solutions, now offers a range of automatic fire detection systems, including conventional and addressable panels, that have proven successful across Europe.

Pledging its commitment to the sector, Comelit has become a member of the FIA. The latter is the largest fire protection Trade Association in the UK and influential in helping to promote and shape legislation and professional standards in the fire industry.

Colin Smith, fire manager at Comelit UK, said: “One of my first priorities in my new role was to ensure that Comelit joined the FIA. This was not only to cement our commitment to the fire industry, but also to define our position in alignment with an organisation that can set industry Best Practice, shape standards and influence legislation.”

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Smith continued: “I’m looking forward to attending the FIA’s networking events and conferences to raise awareness of our new fire division. We can present a portfolio of products that achieves the highest safety standards, without compromising on the style and aesthetics synonymous with the Comelit brand.”

Comelit will now be able to present its membership of the FIA by using the latter’s logo on all printed and digital media, in turn demonstrating its dedication to an organisation associated with quality, credibility and high industry standards.

Kat Schabowska, marketing executive at the FIA, explained: “The FIA has a duty to inform the public about good practice. Employers in particular are often confused about their responsibilities, and it’s our duty to provide the necessary guidance and requirements to achieve the standards. We’re delighted to welcome Comelit UK on board as it launches into the fire industry. What this demonstrates is a commitment to offering products and services of the highest standard and which achieve our strict membership criteria. We look forward to working with Colin and the team.”

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Norbain adds Honeywell Security products to portfolio

Norbain can now offer its customers solutions from industry leader Honeywell Solutions. Honeywell is a full range manufacturer of security products offering the full range of solutions: CCTV, access control and fire, as well as integrated solutions. The business offers over 60 years of experience in the design and manufacture of security products installed into key verticals right up to critical infrastructure.

Ashley Wyton, systems sales leader for the UK and Ireland at Honeywell, commented: “Norbain is an ideal choice as a distribution partner as it offers a fantastic pedigree in the systems solutions market. Honeywell is looking to enhance its market penetration with complete security solutions, and we believe that the calibre of Norbain and its customer base will help to deliver our ambitious market growth aspirations.”

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Steve Marshall, divisional director for new business initiatives at Norbain, responded: “We’re delighted to be able to partner with an industry leader such as Honeywell. Our supplier selection process is a very careful one, and we only bring on brands that we feel will add another facet to our offer. Honeywell’s focus on integration and high service levels are an ideal fit for our portfolio.”

*An extensive selection of Honeywell solutions will be published in the upcoming Norbain Catalogue and will shortly be available at http://www.norbain.com

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Euralarm publishes results of study on false alarms

Euralarm, the European association representing the electronic fire and security industry, has carried out a European study on false alarms. The results have now been issued in paperback format by specialist publisher Eric Schmidt Verlag, with the finalised document – entitled ‘False Alarm Study: False Alarm Data Collection and Analysis from Fire Detection and Fire Alarm Systems in Selected European Countries’ – available on Amazon.

The study on false alarms was conducted by a Task Group of Euralarm consisting of experts in the field of fire safety technologies, with Sebastian Festag (Editor of the new publication) from Heaktron serving as chairman.

The study focuses on false alarm data collection and analysis from fire detection and fire alarm systems in selected European countries.

In some European countries, the impact of budget cuts, coupled with a perceived high rate of false alarms, has realised changes in the typical reaction of fire services. In some countries, for example, verification is required before intervention forces are deployed in order to avoid unjustified costs. However, this calculation is limited to the impact of false alarms on fire services alone. It could lead to an increase in risk around life safety and inflict more cost overall to society. The study seeks to establish the true cost of false alarms from country to country.

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Evaluation basis

Through its scientific approach, the study offers a clarification of false alarms as a phenomenon. It includes a description of the processes to initiate fire service intervention and formulas to calculate false alarm ratios, as well as a methodology of the overall analysis. This allows for a precise picture of the situation in selected European countries as regards false alarms. Germany, Great Britain/England, Switzerland, Sweden and Austria/Vorarlberg are covered in the study.

The study also contains recommendations and strategies to reduce false alarms, which are based on carefully examined statistics on fires and, in particular, the number of fire alarms due to the detection of actual fires by fire alarm systems compared to the false alarm rate.

The Euralarm Task Group argues that the topic of false alarms must be increasingly integrated into fire protection and fire alarm strategies. Handling false alarms must become an active part of the management of a site. The Euralarm study gives recommendations to realise this end goal.

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Magenta Security Services achieves Cyber Essentials accreditation

Magenta Security Services has been recognised by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) after taking significant steps towards protecting its online systems. The effort expended has seen the Hounslow-based Security Industry Authority Approved Contractor added to a list of endorsed organisations on the NCSC’s website and accredited with a Cyber Essentials certificate.

Cyber Essentials is a Government-backed, industry-approved scheme aimed at helping organisations protect themselves against common types of cyber attack. At its basic level, the scheme advocates businesses implementing certain technical controls in order to bolster overall system security.

To earn its Cyber Essentials certificate, Magenta Security was required to have all of the business’ digital defences assessed by an independent accreditation body.

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Having self-implemented the technical controls already, its systems and software also met a detailed set of requirements with various forms of evidence provided to back this up.

Finally, a self-assessment questionnaire was completed as proof of understanding the new implementations and configuration of its systems.

Abbey Petkar, managing director of Magenta Security, explained to Risk Xtra: “Following many recent high-profile data breaches as well as the General Data Protection Regulation deadline, there has been a substantial increase in business awareness of the need to boost online defences. Magenta Security is protecting its clients in every possible way.”

Magenta Security also runs operations in Swindon, Birmingham, Manchester and Kent, providing security guarding solutions, mobile patrols and electronic surveillance.

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KPMG’s David Ferbrache wins Personality of the Year category at 2018 Cyber Security Awards

David Ferbrache, chief technology officer in KPMG’s cyber security practice, has won the Personality of the Year accolade at the Cyber Security Awards 2018. The ceremony was held in central London on Thursday 21 June.

Commenting on his achievement, Ferbrache informed Risk Xtra: “This award is a testimony to all of the great people that I’ve worked with, and particularly those at KPMG. Cyber security has been my passion for over 30 years now, and I have thoroughly enjoyed making a difference along the way.”

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David Ferbrache of KPMG

Congratulating Ferbrache, Bernard Brown (vice-chair at KPMG UK) said: “This is a fantastic accolade for David as the competition was tough this year. He’s a hardworking individual who most definitely deserves the award. David has a great reputation in the industry, having worked in cyber security and technology risk for over 30 years. This award is a testament to the great service that David has given to the industry.”

The Cyber Security Awards were established in 2014 to reward the best individuals, teams and companies within the cyber security industry. Excellence and innovation are core themes running throughout all categories.

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Global Security Exchange accepting applications for 2018 Innovative Product Awards

ASIS International is now inviting exhibiting companies to enter the 2018 Innovative Product Awards: a competition designed to recognise “the most groundbreaking offerings” on the Global Security Exchange (GSX) expo floor. Winners will be announced and recognised at the 2018 GSX, which takes place from 23-27 September at the Las Vegas Convention Centre and is expected to attract more than 20,000 security professionals from over 100 countries.

“While there are many awards programmes out there, the Innovative Product Awards stand apart because the judges are security practitioners,” said Howard Belfor CPP, co-chair of the awards programme and a member of the ASIS Board of Directors. “They are the individuals who use these products every day. They bring tremendous expertise to the judging process. For attendees, this means that award winners offer peer-distinguished products that address industry trends and are well worth exploring on the GSX expo floor.”

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Formerly the ASIS Accolade Competition, the revamped Innovative Product Awards will spotlight the leading products (encompassing hardware, software, testing materials, practices and thought leadership) designed to tackle current and emerging global security risks and threats. A team of judges representing security practitioners, thought leaders and industry experts will select up to ten winners based on their level of innovation, unique attributes and specific benefits offered to the security industry. In addition, one product will be named ‘The Judges’ Choice’.

The Innovative Product Awards provide an opportunity for companies to demonstrate new products and services at the show and across the security marketplace.

The deadline for submissions is Friday 3 August. Winners will be honoured at the GSX and given time to showcase how their product addresses market needs on the new X Stage. This is a learning theatre located on the GSX expo floor where esteemed industry experts will present future-forward sessions on topics such as Artificial Intelligence, robotics and drones.

*For complete entry details visit the Innovative Product Awards web page at https://www.gsx.org/highlights-events/awards/ or e-mail exhibits@asisonline.org

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95% of UK businesses “still struggling” with mobile working as security of data continues to cause concern

Apricorn – the manufacturer of software-free, 256-bit AES XTS hardware-encrypted USB drives – has unveiled new research results highlighting that 95% of organisations surveyed in the UK recognise problems with mobile and remote working. Worryingly, nearly one-in-five (18%) suggest that their mobile workers don’t care about security.

All (ie 100%) of those IT decision-makers surveyed noted that they had employees who work remotely at least some of the time, with an average of over one third (37%) of staff members who do so. With an increase in the numbers of people working remotely, this means more data moving beyond the confines of the corporate network. Organisations need to ensure that any data – be it at rest or on the move – remains secure.

While many are taking steps to ensure their data is protected, for instance by implementing security policies for mobile working and Bring Your Own Device, just under half of respondents (44%) still agree that their organisation expects their mobile workers to expose them to the risk of a breach. Roughly one third (32%) say that their organisation has already experienced a data loss or breach as a direct result of mobile working, while 30% of respondents from organisations where the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) applies are concerned that mobile working is an area that will most likely cause them to be non-compliant.

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53% cited that one of their Top Three biggest problems with remote working is due to the complexity and management of the technology that employees need and use. Over half (54%) say that, while their organisation’s mobile workers are willing to comply with requests relating to security measures, employees lack the necessary skills or technologies required to keep data safe. Nearly one third (29%) take the radical approach of physically blocking all removable media, while a further 22% ask employees not to use removable media (although they have no technology means by which to enforce this).

“The number of organisations blocking removable media has increased compared with responses to the same question in 2017, when 18% said they were physically blocking all removable devices,” said Jon Fielding, managing director for the EMEA at Apricorn. “A unilateral ban isn’t the solution and ignores the problem altogether, while also presenting a barrier to effective working. Instead, businesses should identify corporately approved, hardware-encrypted devices that are only provided to staff with a justified business case for having such. The approved devices should then be white-listed on the IT infrastructure, blocking access to all non-approved media.”

Risk of data breaches

Despite strict security policies, mobile working can still leave organisations wide open to the risk of a data breach. Half (50%) of respondents admitted one of the three biggest problems with mobile working is that they cannot be certain their data is adequately secured. Only around half enforce and are completely confident in their encrypted data in transit (52%), in the cloud (52%) and at rest (51%).

“While the new GDPR legislation requires the ‘Pseudonymisation’ and encryption of personal data, encryption isn’t a new concept, and keeping data secure has always been imperative to any organisation handling sensitive information,” added Fielding.

In conclusion, Fielding stated: “Organisations are simply not following security Best Practice. They need to implement and enforce policies and provide employee training to ensure compliance with the GDPR. Failing to put processes in place is putting confidential data at risk. Organisations now face the prospect of being fined even before a breach has occurred.”

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