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Send For Help recognised in prestigious ‘FT Future 100 UK’ listing

Send For Help (the lone worker protection business providing 24/7 emergency response via personal safety alarms) has been featured in the ‘FT Future 100 UK’ list recently published in The Financial Times and on FT.com. The prestigious list selected by an expert panel led by FT journalists features fast-growing UK companies that are also making an impact on their industry or, indeed, wider society.

The list is built on data from the ‘FT 1,000: Europe’s Fastest-Growing Companies’, in which Send For Help featured in April this year with a ranking at 625.

To make it into the first edition of the ‘FT Future 100 UK’, businesses had to excel in one of four categories: Environmental, Social and Governance, Disruption, Diversity and Consistent Growth. Send For Help was selected for the Disruption category, where the judges took into account measures such as R&D spend as a proportion of revenue and the company’s own pitch as a disrupter.

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Operating through its subsidiary brands Skyguard, Peoplesafe and Guardian24, Send For Help supplies keyfob-sized GPS personal safety alarms and smart phone apps providing 24/7 protection to over 150,000 lone workers.

Send For Help’s Monitoring Centre has direct links to police Control Rooms, so it can bypass the 999 system and receive a faster emergency response if clients are threatened, attacked or are otherwise in some form of danger.

The Surrey-based tech firm has a varied client roster across a large number of private and public sectors, including over 180 NHS Trusts and major High Street retailers, City banks and national pub chains, estate agents, the police service and more than 200 local authorities.

“It’s very encouraging that Send For Help continues to receive national and international awards from such prestigious publications,” said James Murray, CEO of Send For Help. “Our strategy as a disruptive company which delivers innovative services at competitive prices is clearly working. The whole team should be proud of what we’ve achieved.”

*For the full list visit https://ig.ft.com/future-100/2018/

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UK education technology firm takes lead in cyber security training thanks to formation of new partnership

Education technology firm e-Careers Limited has formed an exclusive partnership with EC Council to deliver cyber security training to professionals nationwide. Having trained over 200,000 information security professionals globally – including representatives from the US Army, the FBI, Microsoft and the United Nations – EC Council offers certifications in ethical hacking, security analysis and network defence.

Now, in an exclusive partnership, e-Careers becomes the only authorised partner across the UK and Ireland to deliver the complete range of online EC Council Cyber Security and Ethical Hacking accreditations, including its Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) and Computer Hacking Forensic Investigator (CHFI) programmes.

EthicalHackingJazz Gandhum, CEO of e-Careers, confirmed: “Cyber security is an advancing threat to businesses and organisations globally. The recent WannaCry and Petya cyber attacks penetrated businesses, banks, airports, Government departments and health services across multiple locations worldwide, not forgetting the UK’s very own National Health Service. This increasing threat has resulted in a growing demand for cyber security professionals, with recent reports revealing the number of roles advertised in the UK is at the third highest worldwide. Considering this advancing skills gap, e-Careers is delighted to bring all EC Council online courses to the UK, and will be working hard to help increase cyber security skill sets, knowledge and understanding.”

Taken over by Jazz Gandhum in 2011, e-Careers is one of the UK’s leading ‘edtech’ firms, providing access to over 600 courses across a range of industry sectors through its innovative e-learning platform.

Having educated more than 400,000 individuals over the past six years alone, the business has formed partnerships with over 75 key organisations, including awarding bodies, colleges and private establishments with a view towards making education affordable and accessible to the masses.

Sanjay Bavisi, CEO and president of the EC Council, added: “We’re delighted to have formed this new partnership with e-Careers and look forward to the opportunity this now presents for professionals right across the UK. Every day, cyber security threats grow with professional hackers advancing their knowledge and making digital inroads at an exponential and alarming rate. The only way in which to combat cyber security threats is through knowledge and education. Thanks to our new partnership with e-Careers, we’re confident that more and more professionals will be able to quell this risk, making the digital world a safer and stronger environment.”

*All EC Council courses offered through e-Careers’ e-learning platform are accessible online, making cyber security training both convenient and cost-effective. For more details visit www.e-careers.com

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Diebold launches “revolutionary” ActivEdge anti-card skimming technology

Representing global losses in excess of a billion Euros, card skimming remains the most prevalent type of ATM crime and a major concern for financial institutions at risk of losing customers’ confidence due to the constant threat of cardholder identity theft and card losses.

Continuously working on new solutions to counter these risks, Diebold has announced the launch of Diebold ActivEdge, the first complete anti-skimming card reader that prevents all known forms of skimming in addition to other forms of ATM fraud.

ActivEdge counteracts skimming technology that currently relies on an ability to read the magnetic stripe of an ATM card in the short edge orientation by altering the way in which the card is inserted and read.

A shift of 90 degrees is all it takes. ActivEdge requires card users to insert their cards long-edge, making it impossible for skimmers to capture the card’s information.

Safety at the ATM is a major concern for consumers and Diebold’s end user survey conducted in Europe, North America and Latin America showed that 95% of consumers preferred the ActivEdge card reader over current card readers while they didn’t mind changing their card insertion behaviour in return for safer and more secure transactions.

Consumers inserted their card correctly on the first attempt or were able to quickly determine the proper way to insert the card.

Diebold's ActivEdge solution requires the ATM user to place their card into the reader using the card's long side

Diebold’s ActivEdge solution requires the ATM user to place their card into the reader using the card’s long side

Prevention of attacks from every vector

“Skimming devices have become more sophisticated,” explained Bassem Bouzid, senior vice-president and managing director for Diebold EMEA. “It was crucial to find an innovative solution to stop this type of fraud which, today, represents the majority of overall ATM-related fraud and also restore consumers’ confidence in ATM transactions.”

Bouzid added: “The ActivEdge card reader is the greatest weapon in the fight against card fraud and will enable financial institutions to guarantee their consumers highly secure ATM transactions.”

Diebold’s technology provides an effective security solution that prevents attacks from every vector. ActivEdge’s encrypting read head prevents criminal modifications to the card reader while the encrypted communication to the ATM’s central processing unit eliminates the ability to fraudulently capture and track card data.

In addition, each reader is paired with a specific ATM, in turn precluding the installation of fraudulent readers.

To counteract card trapping and fishing attacks, ActivEdge features automatic gate-locking functionality to prevent fraudsters from freeing trapped cards.

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