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Cable-free access control solutions specialist LOCKEN celebrates 15 years of innovation in security sector

LOCKEN was established in 2003, combining the knowledge and expertise of its three founders: Arnaud Flecchia, Roland de la Chapelle and Stéphane Conreux. Those founders have “transformed” the business of access control thanks to breakthrough technology based on intelligent keys and user-friendly software, bringing to market a solution that required no wiring or maintenance. This was a remarkable leap forward that has fully benefited security provision for major telecoms, energy and water distribution infrastructures, where isolated and sensitive external sites are the norm.

In 2004, just a year after the company was established, the LOCKEN key was sending its data via a remote device directly connected to the system. Awarded the Trophée de l’Innovation in 2007, LOCKEN picked up the pace of innovation from then on.

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In 2009, the company released the LOCKEN Web Request software application, a complementary module improving co-ordination of the activities of technicians on sites. 2014 saw the advent of the MyLocken application and new customised services were developed around access control. 

The following year, the application took on a new dimension in order to meet the specific needs of customers with customised functions, such as authorisations, declarations of presence on site and reporting of anomalies, combined with new technologies like beacon and RFID.

In 2015, LOCKEN completed development of the software application termed LOCKEN Smart Access (LSA), the first multi-technology access management platform, making it a major breakthrough that would emerge as the cornerstone of its future strategy since the system was now capable of controlling different types of identifiers such as keys, badges and smart phones.

Last year, LSA’s ergonomics were upgraded to a more graphic approach in line with new practices using applications like Google Maps.

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Over time, major companies in the transport industry, banking and local Government sectors have followed the lead of multi-site companies and turned to LOCKEN for assistance, attracted by its “customer business line optimisation” philosophy.

In 2016, the merger with Italian manufacturer ISEO opened up new avenues and the contactless key with a Bluetooth module arrived on the scene. More efficient and more secure, it has allowed LOCKEN to build leading-edge equipment into its offer.

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Organisations “need to do more” to ensure EU GDPR compliance

Organisations need to do more work to ensure compliance with the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which is due to come into force in May 2018. While organisations are largely aware of their upcoming obligations, levels of maturity to meet the new standards are low.

Overall, organisations are only complaint with less than 40% of the principles laid out in the GDPR. DLA Piper’s Global Data Privacy Snapshot 2017 notes that some industries are progressing towards compliance better than others. The hospitality and banking sectors are ahead of the rest with 48% and 43% compliance respectively, compared to the average of around 37%. Healthcare and manufacturing are at the bottom end of the scale with 34% and 35% compliance.

Data breaches are already the second greatest concern for business continuity professionals. That’s according to the latest Horizon Scan Report published by the Business Continuity Institute. Unless organisations become compliant by the time the GDPR comes into force then a breach could become even more disruptive.

Patrick Van Eecke, partner and global co-chair of DLA Piper’s Data Protection practice, said: “The responses show that many organisations still have work to do on their data protection procedures. Any organisations operating in Europe will need to see major improvements in their score by May 2018 if they’re to avoid potentially heavy financial penalties under the GDPR, not to mention serious reputational damage as people become more and more aware of their rights in this area.”

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Van Eecke added: “With more and more organisations placing data centre stage, data protection will become an increasingly prominent issue. It’s vital that organisations invest now in the strategy and processes needed to help them to meet their obligations.”

Jim Halpert, the US co-chair of DLA Piper’s Global Data Protection practice, added: “As privacy requirements such as privacy by design, data portability and extensively documenting a privacy program become more complex, compliance demands significant operational work that takes time. In this sense, the results are not surprising. The time to step up compliance efforts is this year, not next.”

The GDPR will apply to processing carried out by organisations operating within the EU and to organisations outside the EU that offer goods or services to individuals in the EU.

The UK Government has confirmed that the UK’s decision to leave the EU will not affect the commencement of the GDPR. Organisations failing to comply with the GDPR after its implementation in 2018 could face fines as high as 4% of global annual turnover.

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Case Security awarded Wavestore Enterprise level partner status

Wavestore, the provider of open platform Video Management Software (VMS) that unlocks the full potential of integrated security solutions, has announced that Case Security has become the first systems integrator in the UK to be awarded Wavestore Enterprise level partner status.

Wavestore’s ‘Better Together’ Partner Programme is designed to provide maximum support and real-world advantages for systems integrators such as Case Security, who are choosing to recommend Wavestore VMS solutions to their end user clients.

Olney-based Case Security is one of the UK’s largest and fastest-growing independent providers of bespoke security solutions. Established over 40 years ago, the company has been in private ownership since 1997 and operates predominantly in the banking, retail, commercial, distribution and domestic sectors.

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Case Security’s Dave Newbury pictured with Glenn Fletcher, Wavestore’s head of sales 

Meeting clients’ expectations

“We’re proud to be the first in the UK to become a Wavestore Enterprise level partner,” said Dave Newbury, managing director of Case Security. “Most importantly for us, it provides an opportunity to work even closer with the team at Wavestore and our distributor Mayflex, who first introduced us to the benefits of Wavestore’s VMS, in order to ensure that we always meet our end user clients’ expectations.”

Newbury added: “We work with discerning clients who often have very complex security requirements, so it’s good to be able to show them that we have the full support of true partners such as Mayflex and Wavestore who share our passion for delivering Best of Breed, value-added solutions.”

Glenn Fletcher, Wavestore’s head of sales, explained: “Wavestore’s Enterprise partners have unrivalled access to our business and we warmly regard them as an extension of our team. It means we can work together on new business development programmes, as well as provide support every step of the way, to ensure our mutual clients achieve maximum return from their investment in a solution that has Wavestore’s VMS at its heart.”

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Unisys Security Index Survey: ‘Britons place greater trust in banks to protect personal data than they do the NHS or central Government’

The latest Unisys survey shows a nation divided on the question of personal data protection ahead of NHS’ Care.data launch. The survey reveals lower levels of trust in many private sector organisations and that financial institutions are most trusted with personal data by members of the UK public. 15% of UK respondents to the survey do not trust any organisation with their personal information.

UK citizens place greater trust in banks and financial institutions to protect their personal data than they do the National Health Service (NHS) and central Government. This is a key finding of the annual global Unisys Security Index survey, the results of which are announced today.

The findings may raise concerns for the UK Government ahead of the launch this Autumn of Care.data, the NHS’ national health database.

The most recent Unisys Security Index asked UK respondents to select three types of organisation they most trust with their personal data from a list including financial institutions, the NHS, employers, central Government, private companies and service providers.

The largest percentage (53%) of respondents selected financial institutions. The NHS was the second most trusted of the organisations listed, and cited by 50% of respondents.

Among the lesser trusted organisations cited by the UK respondents are employers (44%), central Government (31%) and private companies (23%). Service organisations such as broadband, TV or telephone providers are seen as trustworthy by only 16% of those surveyed.

A significant 15% of the population said they do not trust any of the listed organisations with their data.

The UK Government has much work to do in reassuring the public of its data security measures before the delayed roll-out of the Care.data NHS database this autumn

The UK Government has much work to do in reassuring the public of its data security measures before the delayed roll-out of the Care.data NHS database this autumn

In addition, the Index revealed varying levels of trust in the NHS from different generations, with only 44% of UK respondents over 50 reporting that they trust the NHS with their personal data, in contrast to 555 of 18-49 year olds.

The proposed roll-out of Care.data, designed to hold NHS patients’ digital medical records for the care and health services, was delayed earlier this year due to public confusion over the initiative.

Work to be done on reassurance

Dr Gerhard Knecht, head of global security services and compliance at Unisys Enterprise Services, commented: “The NHS has work to do in reassuring a large part of the population that it can safely handle their personal data. We believe the Government must focus on educating the public on how their data will be treated and what security measures will be taken before its second attempt to launch the programme.”

Only 27.7& of UK respondents over the age of 65 listed central Government as one of their most trusted organisations compared to 39% of 25-34 year olds.

Dr Knecht added: “Despite widespread acknowledgement that the current Government has favoured older generations with its policies, the coalition clearly has more work to do in convincing old people of the benefits of its Digital Strategy, which was introduced well over two years ago in the 2012 budget.”

Sceptical North versus Trusting South

The research also reveals how Northerners are less trusting than Southerners when it comes to personal data, with 7% more respondents from the North claiming they don’t trust any of the organisations listed in the survey.

This divide is particularly apparent in their respective views on private companies, with just 20% of Northerners placing trust in them compared to 29% of Southerners.

Concerns over identity and financial protection

The Unisys Security Index results also show Brits are more worried about personal security than financial, Internet or national security threats.

More than half of respondents harbour concerns over identity theft and misuse of personal information. Financial security is the second greatest area of concern, with just under half (48%) of those surveyed expressing serious concern about other people obtaining and using their credit or debit card details.

The overall Unisys Security Index for Britain has dropped considerably from 2013, with a significant drop in the National Security Index score contributing the most to this decline. The National security index score for the UK has dropped 48 points, in fact, from 130 in 2013 to just 82 in 2014.

Despite 2013 being widely acknowledged as a bumper year for data breaches, less than a third (30%) of Brits surveyed are seriously concerned about computer security in relation to viruses or spam.

About the Unisys Security Index

Lieberman Research Group conducted the survey in Latin America, Europe, Malaysia and the USA. Newspoll conducted the research in Australia and New Zealand.

The Unisys Security Index surveys nearly 11,000 people in 12 countries: Australia, Brazil, Colombia, France, Germany, Malaysia, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States.

For more information visit: http://www.unisyssecurityindex.com

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