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CREST bestows first lifetime Fellowships in recognition of outstanding achievements

CREST – the not-for-profit accreditation body representing the technical information security industry – has awarded its first lifetime CREST Fellowships in recognition of outstanding achievement or contribution to CREST and the technical information security industry in general.

“With support from those who hold CREST qualifications, CREST member companies and industry influencers, CREST has grown rapidly into an internationally recognised body with the highest levels of technical standards and governance, a strong Code of Ethics and a reputation for action and the ability to deliver,” explained Ian Glover, president of the organisation.  “That’s why the introduction of the annual Fellowships is so important as they are a way of recognising and thanking individuals who’ve made a significant contribution to build CREST and professionalise the cyber security industry.”

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In addition to the Fellowships awarded to CREST members, further awards have been presented to recognise contributions from industry, Government and academia. These included awards for Buck Rogers (CISO of the Bank of England), Chris Ensor and Harry W from the National Cyber Security Centre and a posthumous accolade for Stephanie Damon of the Cyber Security Challenge UK whose award was accepted on the night by Nigel Harrison. Special contribution awards were also given to Adriana Costa McFadden from CREST and Allie Andrews of PRPR.

This year’s ceremony and dinner took place at the Tanner Warehouse in Bermondsey, with Ian Glover presenting the awards alongside CREST’s chairman Mark Tuner and ex-chairman Paul Midian.

Other CREST fellows for 2017 include Abhijeet Udas, Alex Church, Andrew Davies, Arjun Pednekar, Daniele Costa, Dave Hartley, Dom Beecher, Dominic Chell, Ed Williams, Edward Torkington, Gabriel Caudrelier, Gary O’Leary-Steele, Gavin Jones, Gemma Moore, Geoff Jones, Greg Rudd (CREST Australia), Ian Lovering, John O’Meara, Jonathan Roach, Joseph Hart, Marcus Pinto, Mark Harrison, Mark Raeburn, Martin Law, Michael Woodhead, Paul Beechey, Paul Docherty, Paul Midian, Paul Vlissidis, Richard Dean, Rory McCune, Simon Clow, Stuart Criddle and Tobias Clarke.

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BT to lead creation of 2017 Cyber Security Challenge UK Masterclass

Cyber security experts from BT, Airbus, the National Crime Agency, the Bank of England, Cisco, McAfee, Checkpoint, De Montfort University’s Cyber Technology Institute and 4PumpCourt have announced that they will stage “the most advanced Cyber Security Challenge UK Masterclass ever” on 12-14 November in London.

Spanning two-and-a-half days, Masterclass is the culmination of a year’s worth of nationwide face-to-face and online competitions designed to unearth and nurture new talent for the cyber security industry and address a critical skills shortage that affects Government, businesses and the public.

Led by BT in partnership with Airbus, the competition will see dozens of the UK’s top cyber enthusiasts face each other in a battle that will test their capabilities to deal with cyber attacks and their understanding of business know-how. The challenges will evaluate contestants’ technical, business and soft skills, in turn mirroring the different ways in which professionals communicate today.

This year’s Masterclass will demonstrate how cyber security can be an accessible career choice that has a number of different facets and pathways. BT recently identified 87 different roles in the cyber security industry, each requiring a different skill set, which will be reflected in this year’s competition.

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Highly experienced professionals from Government as well as public and private sector organisations across the country will judge the contestants for a number of aptitudes that will rank their suitability for jobs in the sector. The best performing candidate will be crowned Cyber Security Challenge UK Champion.

Thousands of pounds’ worth of career-enabling prizes will be issued to those who take in the finale including training courses, tech equipment and even a fully paid-for Master’s degree sponsorship at De Montfort University, allowing one lucky contestant the chance to study for an MSc in Cyber Security.

Over the years, more than half of the contestants in the Challenge’s face-to-face and Masterclass competitions have moved into jobs in the industry after demonstrating their skills in front of assessors.

Competitions like this are crucial for identifying top quality recruits that could reduce the skills deficit. Industry association (ISC)2 predicts the skills gap will reach 1.8 million unfilled positions by 2022, leaving a lack of professionals able to defend our infrastructure from hackers.

Nigel Harrison, acting CEO at Cyber Security Challenge UK, said: “This year’s consortium of sponsors is working on taking Masterclass to the next level, adding new dimensions and levels of game-play that we’ve yet to see in our competitions to date. We’re always trying to match our challenges to the way in which industry is evolving and ensure that they test for the skills industry requires. We look forward to seeing how the finalists fare in a modern cyber security scenario.”

Rob Partridge, head of BT’s Cyber Academy, added: “Filling the cyber security skills deficit is immensely important for the long-term safety of the UK’s digital economy. We need to make sure that industry and Government are collaborating such that young people are engaged and switched on to the breadth of roles in cyber security and the various career paths available to them. These competitions are vitally important for unearthing hidden talent and helping to develop the next generation of UK cyber talent to the standard being set in many other countries.”

Kevin Jones, head of cyber security architecture and innovation at Airbus, explained: “In order to continue protecting vital UK infrastructure and businesses from both current and future cyber threats, it’s particularly important that we address the skills shortage. Competitions such as Cyber Security Challenge UK help to provide a safe and representative environment for contestants to gain experience and learn from industry experts, which in turn will help them understand the variety of skills needed and the careers available within the cyber security sector.”

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Security seminar to provide free advice for businesses in the South East

Empowering businesses to reduce their risk from crime is the aim of a popular annual event which is set to return to the South East of England next month.

Free to attend, the South East Business Crime Conference is taking place at Westminster’s Church House Conference Centre in central London on Thursday 27 November, giving businesses from across the region the opportunity to learn more about reducing their security risk while meeting security suppliers and experiencing live demonstrations of the latest security technology.

The event is due to be formally opened by a representative from the London Mayor’s Office with other speakers including:

• Crime reduction specialist Neil Henson, who will be speaking on the Anti-Social Behaviour and Policing Act 2014 and its implications for community safety
• Simon Letchford (of the Metropolitan Police Service), who will be speaking about the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime’s (MOPAC) Business Crime Strategy
• DS Chris Felton (from the City of London Police) who will be discussing cyber crime
• Ken Meanwell (representing the Association of Chief Police Officers’ Crime Prevention Initiatives programme), who’s set to talk about Community Safety Accreditation Schemes
• Event sponsor DISC will be speaking about Business Crime Reporting Systems

The South East Business Crime Conference attracted high level delegates for the 2013 event

The South East Business Crime Conference attracted high level delegates for the 2013 event

Kindly sponsored by both DISC and Facewatch, the event is organised by the British Security Industry Association (BSIA) alongside the Metropolitan Police Service and neighbouring forces from Thames Valley, City of London, Sussex, Hampshire, Kent and Essex.

Representatives from a range of business sectors

The event makes the move to central London in 2014 to enable easy access for delegates from across the South East region. Feedback from delegates attending last year’s event was positive, with 100% ending the day feeling better informed about the security marketplace and positive that the event had been of practical benefit to them.

Last year’s attendees included representatives from a range of business sectors and sizes in both the public and private sectors, including Waterstones, the University of Portsmouth and the Bank of England.

Alongside the informative conference programme at 2014’s event, a range of exhibitors will also be on hand to provide advice and guidance on the very latest in security services and technology solutions that can help businesses reduce crime.

James Kelly, CEO at the BSIA, commented: “With businesses facing a number of emerging threats such as cyber crime and fraud, the issue of business crime remains at the top of the corporate agenda. Working together with police forces and other local organisations can help organisations reduce the risk they face from crime and anti-social behaviour. Our event aims to bring together the South East business community to provide a wealth of expert advice and facilitate useful networking opportunities for business owners looking to source effective solutions to their security challenges.”

James Kelly: CEO at the BSIA

James Kelly: CEO at the BSIA

Register to attend

Those wishing to attend this year’s South East Business Crime Conference can register to attend by downloading a booking form from the BSIA’s website: http://www.bsia.co.uk/events/P22S11414451

Those wishing to exhibit at this year’s South East Business Crime Conference can also download a booking form from the BSIA’s website: http://bit.ly/1BzLA9J

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New ‘opportunity’ for holography as IHMA welcomes Bank of England polymer banknotes

New polymer banknotes introduced by the Bank of England have been welcomed by the global hologram trade body which sees it as an ‘exciting opportunity’ to showcase the very latest developments in security devices for currency applications.

The International Hologram Manufacturers Association (IHMA) was commenting on the bank’s decision to start phasing-in new £5 polymer notes from 2016 after a period of public consultation.

New £10 notes will follow as the old cotton fibre and linen rag banknotes are removed from circulation and destroyed.

The polymer banknotes will be made from a thin, transparent and flexible film consisting of polypropylene which will be coated with a lacquer layer that enables it to carry the printed design features of the banknote. This will allow the inclusion of windows or clear portions in the design, used to provide enhanced protection and featuring holograms for verification and anti-counterfeiting purposes.

The IHMA says that other countries such as Canada have been using polymer banknotes featuring holograms successfully for many years. If the UK banknotes employ the same technology as the new Canadian ones, it’s another example of how holography continues to evolve as the leading security feature for notes.

Holograms on banknotes: the back story

Holograms have featured successfully on banknotes since 1987, evolving over the last two decades from simple patches to complex stripes as integral design and print features on notes.

Today, the annual global volume of banknotes produced is in excess of 125 billion*, so the reward for hologram producers capable of providing the technology to overcome the technical challenges is potentially highly lucrative.

Ian Lancaster: general secretary at the IHMA

Ian Lancaster: general secretary at the IHMA

The success of holograms for both polymer and paper banknotes has been down to their role as a Level 1 security feature that’s instantly recognisable. The technology remains to the fore as part of an array of overt features which make it quick and easy for not only the general public but also cashiers and those operating cash tills in stores to recognise whether or not a banknote is bona fide.

Increasing adoption of holography on banknotes reinforces the hologram’s position as a pre-eminent security feature in the global fight against counterfeiting. The use of sophisticated anti-counterfeiting features will mean that the banknotes will be more secure because they will include a larger area for holograms to be featured. New Zealand reported a big fall in counterfeiting after it introduced new hologram banknotes.

In Canada, for instance, the central bank is now producing a suite of five polymer banknotes featuring advanced ‘full-on’ holograms. This success could provide a blueprint for the way forward for the Bank of England’s new polymer notes, says the IHMA.

Effective weapon against the fraudsters

“Holography is an effective weapon in the battle to thwart banknote counterfeiters and fraudsters,” said Ian Lancaster, the IHMA’s general secretary, “and has evolved to become an important feature of modern banknotes.”

Lancaster added: “The Canadian banknotes are a great example of this evolution and illustrate some of the best and most technically innovative holograms on banknotes, which can work specifically with the window the polymer substrate offers to deliver real added value solutions. In fact, this is such an effective feature that paper banknotes are now being developed which have a polymer window.”

In conclusion, Lancaster explained: “Polymer substrates, like their paper counterparts, are now benefiting from this type of technology. We hope that the Bank of England will follow the example of Canada and others to have banknotes that are both potentially more durable and which feature the very best in modern hologram technology.”

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Imbert Prize 2013: Don Randall MBE wins Security Associations’ Award

The Security Associations’ Award element of the Association of Security Consultants’ (ASC) annual Imbert Prize is presented to the person making the most notable contribution in the security industry in the preceding year, with nominees being put forward by ASIS UK, the BSIA, the International Professional Security Association (IPSA) and The Security Institute.

This year witnessed nominations for two outstanding candidates who had, in their own right, made significant but differing contributions to the security industry as a whole, not just in the previous year but also throughout the recent past.

Don Randall MBE was nominated by ASIS UK for his fantastic work in promoting security generally, not only within the City of London but more nationally as the chairman and driving force behind Project Griffin, founder of the Safer Buildings Accreditation Scheme and various other security related initiatives and appointments.

Don Randall MBE (left) and Mike Alexander

Don Randall MBE (left) and Mike Alexander

Baroness Ruth Henig CBE DL was nominated by the BSIA, IPSA and The Security Institute for her significant contribution to the industry as the former chairman of the Security Industry Authority. The Baroness enabled the industry as a whole to bring pressure to bear in ensuring a new, fit-for-purpose regulatory regime.

The ASC’s Imbert Prize Adjudication Panel members recognised the exceptional contributions that both nominees have made and felt that both should be formerly rewarded for their efforts.

Accordingly, it was decided that both Don Randall MBE and Baroness Ruth Henig CBE should be joint recipients of the Security Associations’ Award for 2013.

Left to Right: Graham Bassett, Don Randall MBE, Mike Alexander and Mike Hurst

Left to Right: Graham Bassett, Don Randall MBE, Mike Alexander and Mike Hurst

Unfortunately, Don Randall was unable to attend the Awards Luncheon due to an overseas business appointment. That being the case Mike Alexander, current chairman of ASIS UK, accepted the award on Don’s behalf on the day of the Awards Luncheon.

Upon Don’s return to the UK, Mike Alexander (along with ASIS UK vice-chairmen Graham Bassett and Mike Hurst, ASIS UK’s director of strategy) presented Don with his award at the Bank of England.

This is the third year in succession that the ASIS nominee has won the Security Associations’ Award.

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