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Chubb businesses honoured with duo of RoSPA Gold Awards for Occupational Health and Safety

Chubb Systems Ltd has received a Gold Award from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) for the sixth consecutive year, while Chubb Fire & Security Limited has won the Gold Award for the third time following its first such accolade in 2016.

RoSPA Gold Award winners are recognised for achieving a high level of performance while demonstrating well-developed occupational Health and Safety management systems and cultures, outstanding control of risk and low levels of error, harm and loss.

In addition to its award, Chubb Systems Ltd received a gold medal in recognition of achieving the top Gold Award for six consecutive years.

Nichola Maher, EH&S manager at Chubb Systems Ltd, explained to Risk Xtra that the award and medal are testament to a sustained commitment to the environment in addition to Health and Safety. “We continually assess all areas of behaviour and culture to ensure that the environment and Health and Safety are at the forefront of everything we do. The RoSPA awards are an important opportunity for us to celebrate the business’ achievements in ensuring that employees are working to Best Practice safety standards.”

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Left to Right: Mark Redding (head of EH&S at Chubb Fire & Security Limited), Ronnie Wineberg (service engineer for Chubb Systems Ltd), Nichola Maher (EH&S manager for Chubb Systems Ltd) and Paul Cosentino (EH&S manager at Chubb Fire & Security Limited)

This year, Chubb Systems Ltd’s trophy from RoSPA was accepted by service engineer Ronnie Wineberg who won the business’ own annual Recognition Award for going above and beyond the call of duty in support of Chubb’s Health and Safety practices.

“Having robust Health and Safety practices at work is essential,” said Wineberg. “As employees, by demonstrating our commitment to these practices, we’re all helping to ensure that we can go home safely at the end of a shift. I was proud to collect the award in recognition of Chubb’s Health and Safety practices and my own commitment to them.”

Mark Redding, head of environmental Health and Safety at Chubb Fire & Security Limited, added: “RoSPA is extremely important to the entire business. The awards demonstrate to outside bodies and customers alike Chubb’s overriding commitment to safe working practices. It’s an award the whole business should take ownership of and feel proud in achieving.”

By attaining a RoSPA Award, an organisation is proving its commitment to maintaining a well-balanced approach towards Health and Ssafety management, as well as demonstrating superior practices in areas like leadership and workplace contribution.

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Pro-Activ Publications launches SIX: a new event for Security Installers and System Integrators

Security installers and system integrators are currently experiencing changes in the market, with the shift from hardware to software-based solutions as well as the impact of Internet of Things technologies. While Pro-Activ Publications’ Professional Security Installer (PSI) and Benchmark magazines address the need for installer and integrator-focused information, there has been no UK trade show addressing this sector. until now, that is…

SIX (Security Installer Xtra) will be an event aimed squarely at practising security installers and system integrators. Running for the first time on 16-17 October 2019, SIX will offer a conference programme delivered by experts, not manufacturers or Government bodies, alongside an exhibition at EventCity in Manchester. In addition, the annual PSI Premier Awards Dinner will be held on the evening of 16 October.

“After talking to installers and distributors, we realised that the industry needed an event focused on the requirements of the trade rather than a catch-all show that includes an element of security as one of its points of focus,” said Andy Clutton, Editor of PSI. “While our magazines make installers aware of the innovations and developments in the sector, there’s no event that specifically targets their needs. Furthermore, the industry requires a trade show in the North of England so that installers, most of whom are self-employed, can cut down on travel time and make their visit cost-effective.”

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With free parking on site, world-class leisure and shopping facilities and over 1,000 on-site hotel rooms at TraffordCity, EventCity in Manchester offers a complete package for the SIX experience. For the show itself, it boasts the largest conference venue in Manchester as well as a choice of halls.

“For installers and integrators, the evolving technological landscape presents significant opportunities for growth through the delivery of bespoke solutions,” explained Pete Conway, Editor of Benchmark. “However, as well as offering added value, there are also many challenges which must be addressed. Events such as SIX offer a valuable vehicle to help installers and integrators learn more about the potential of new technologies and to ensure they are updated with relevant and current Best Practice to ensure systems remain reliable and effective.”

SIX already has the support of the UK’s largest security event, namely IFSEC International. Simon Parker, UK and EMEA managing director of IFSEC’s organiser UBM, stated: “IFSEC is delighted to support and partner Pro-Activ Publications in the exciting launch of the SIX event in Manchester. We’ve been listening to our customers in the North and Midlands for a number of years and fully understand the need for a highly targeted regional event, which provides support and guidance for security professionals. IFSEC and Pro-Activ have enjoyed a rewarding, long-standing partnership and this strategic alliance will play to the strengths of both brands.”

Parker added: “Pro-Activ Publications enjoys a formidable reach and a proven reputation within the installer market, while IFSEC is a prominent 44 year-old brand which has provided the global security sector with an unparalleled opportunity to bring buyers and sellers together. Pro-Activ’s media assets, among them PSI and Benchmark, will provide powerful platforms to communicate and support this new event. Coupled with IFSEC’s exclusive relationships with leading associations such as the BSIA, the overall proposition for this event is hugely exciting.”

*A comprehensive range of exhibition stand packages are available from Pro-Activ Publications. For more details contact David Lewis 0208 295 8309 david.lewis@proactivpubs.co.uk, Nick Tiday 0208 295 8302 nick.tiday@benchmarkmagazine.com or Mark Quittenton q@proactivpubs.co.uk

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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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UK’s Security Commonwealth set to deliver presentation on ‘Grey Spaces’ at IFSEC International

The UK’s Security Commonwealth will be hosting its first public event on Tuesday 19 June at IFSEC International 2018 to introduce the concept of ‘Grey Spaces’ and discuss precisely why they should be secured.

‘Grey Spaces’ is the term used to label the undefended areas between security protected zones. In a grey space, a criminal or terrorist can prepare for their attack feeling unobserved, safe and with a low risk of detection.

The current threat Level from international terrorism in the UK is set at ‘Severe’. The 2017 terrorist attacks at the Manchester Arena, Westminster Bridge, Finsbury Park and Borough Market were initiated in ‘Grey Spaces’.

The conference session will consider how security design, security personnel and technology can help turn grey spaces into defensible spaces in order to create a perception of risk for a perpetrator planning an attack.

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Joe Connell, chair of The Security Commonwealth, said: “I’m delighted we’ve been able to host this event and I hope it will generate some keen interest among attendees. It’s also a great opportunity for us to raise awareness of The Security Commonwealth and its objectives in the wider security community”.

The Security Commonwealth is an umbrella organisation of independent membership bodies across the security profession. It provides a forum to consult and co-operate in the common interest and in the promotion of professionalism, Best Practice and information sharing to enhance UK security.

The Security Commonwealth aims to be the all-inclusive industry advocate on security issues in the UK, create lasting networks and alliances and promote and lead the security industry with a single voice.

There are currently 40 member organisations which include most of the major security membership bodies in the UK. For further information visit www.securitycommonwealth.org

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IFSEC organiser UBM previews ‘The Future of Security’ Seminar Theatre powered by Tavcom Training

In partnership with Tavcom Training, the provider of accredited security systems training courses, IFSEC International organiser UBM has unveiled some of the detail behind ‘The Future of Security’ Seminar Theatre. Sponsored by Panasonic UK, this will deliver a range of essential CPD-accredited presentations on the very latest in security technology design and integration when IFSEC 2018 runs at London’s ExCeL from 19-21 June.

Physical security systems are now heavily dependent on IT-based platforms. This intersection of technologies has opened up significant potential for security installers and engineers to offer even better solutions for their end customers. To reflect this demand, ‘The Future of Security’ Theatre will focus on these opportunities in offering a full set of free seminars. The sessions will expertly target key areas addressing cyber security, IT Best Practice, practical IP networking, integration and system design plus a wide range of additional core areas. All sessions will be delivered by specialist Tavcom trainers.

Delivering insight into the major security challenges, the cyber security sections will look into how robust approaches can strengthen an existing physical security system, providing the end user with even greater resilience to cyber threats.

From an IT security aspect, the sessions will include sessions on understanding firewalls and identifying vulnerabilities which can be inherent in the installation process. In addition, there will be exclusive sessions on the use of drones in security and how this technology is both a benefit and a hazard.

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‘The Future of Security’ Theatre will be a major element in the new ‘Show Me How’ project at IFSEC International 2018, which will identify education opportunities and exhibiting companies as key destinations where visitors can go to learn about Best Practice and capabilities. Exhibitors will host technical experts on their stands to ensure visitors gain a direct understanding of the products and solutions and making sure they leave fully equipped with the right knowledge.

At the event, all ‘Show Me How’ areas and exhibitors will be clearly signposted to help visitors make the best possible use of their time at IFSEC 2018.

With cyber crime being an ever-present threat exploiting business weaknesses around storing data in multiple locations, Panasonic UK is proactively taking action to thwart such threats by expanding its cyber offerings. In particular at IFSEC International 2018, the business will focus on how integrators and installers can bring additional value to end users by providing ‘cyber safe’ environments.

Paul Tennent, sales director at Tavcom Training, stated: “As a leading training provider for the security and fire installer sectors, Tavcom is excited to be part of the new position IFSEC is taking as a major education provider. Its been interesting to see the insights and research IFSEC has gained over the past year, particularly so in regard to the expectations and direct needs of the installer community. It’s also acutely apparent that growth areas and technologies in and around cyber security are becoming critical, so we’re happy to lend our expertise to the wider IFSEC audience.”

Gerry Dunphy, brand director for IFSEC International, responded: “We’ve been through an extensive research programme over the past 12 months which has provided IFSEC with a clear set of directions, matching the direct needs of our customers. They’ve told us they have a need to understand the future. They need guidance on areas such as how cyber security impacts on physical systems and they need to hear from specialists they can trust. Working with Tavcom Training on ‘The Future of Security’ Theatre is the perfect solution given Tavcom’s history and expertise in these core areas. Our customers have told us what’s keeping them awake at night and it’s IFSEC’s duty to help them rest more comfortably.”

*IFSEC International 2018 is co-located with FIREX International, Safety & Health Expo and The Facilities Show, offering a strategic blend of related business to business events focusing squarely on the protection and management of people, property and assets

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“It’s time to bury hardware-based security solutions” argues VoipSec’s CEO

Paul German, CEO at VoipSec, believes now is the time for organisations to “bury” dedicated hardware-based security solutions.

“Recent years have seen a fundamental transformation in IT strategy, with networks being more agile and swiftly deployed and applications now deliverable quickly, in any location and scaled to meet an organisation’s requirements,” said German. “From virtualised hardware to network function virtualisation and software defined networking, the hardware and network infrastructure has become decoupled from the application and the application itself is increasingly located anywhere across the cloud.”

According to German, this decoupled approach itself demands a different approach to security. It can no longer be defined by network controls because those networks are virtual, disparate and remote. “When organisations access applications via an Internet address,” commented German, “the physical location is increasingly unknown. Security, therefore, needs to be elastic and flexible.”

German explained that the hardware-based, dedicated Session Border Controller (SBC) doesn’t fit into this model. As an approach to securing the VoIP network, German feels it’s “fundamentally flawed” on many levels.

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“It constrains an organisation’s virtualisation strategy. How can a company quickly spin up new cloud-based voice applications, for example? As organisations look to gain the cost, agility and scalability offered by hardware and network virtualisation, the hardware SBC is clearly a problem.”

German added: “Perhaps the most concerning issue is that this approach is flawed from a pure security perspective. Hardware SBCs are considered both one off investments and one off deployments. As every security Best Practice model will attest, with a constantly changing threat landscape any failure to undertake routine updates will leave the organisation vulnerable.”

To be effective, as far as German’s concerned, security solutions must reflect the emerging risk and the current deployment trend.

“A software only model that’s continually updated to mitigate the evolving threat landscape is essential. Software-based SBCs, either on premise or in the cloud, also explore community-led intelligence about threats and risk experiences to rapidly disseminate new threat information and Best Practice. This combination of routine product updates with shared intelligence ensures an attack on a single organisation can be quickly transformed into a patch or update that protects every business from the new risk.”

Despite the widespread adoption of VoIP, the majority of SBC vendors are simply failing to respond and still advise an implement once model. “They fail to update customers on the evolving threat landscape and they cannot support the agile, decoupled infrastructures now required. It begs the question: ‘Just what is the value of the hardware-based SBC?'”

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Chubb launches new website to help UK employers manage business risk

Chubb Fire & Security has launched a new website featuring the same products and services, but with a redesigned approach towards customer focus. With a fresh look and feel, the new site allows users to more easily access the services they require, ensuring a better customer journey.

The website, which can be found at www.chubb.co.uk, has been developed to showcase Chubb’s capabilities in the fire safety, security and community care sectors as well as provide easy access to ChubbmySite, the portal for fire and security customers.

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The new responsive platform consolidates multiple legacy websites and enables site visitors to rapidly request a service visit, find product information or pay invoices. It also provides a summary of relevant Codes of Practice and British Standards to help customers understand their obligations as they seek to comply with the latest legislation and Best Practice.

“The new website provides a platform that demonstrates our commitment to putting customers at the heart of everything we do,” stated Andy Johnston, head of marketing and communications. “The website also enhances our ability to explain Chubb’s capabilities to anyone looking for professional fire, security and community care solutions and services.”

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