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TDSi’s Ian Hoare gains Master’s degree from Bournemouth University

Integrated security manufacturer TDSi has announced that its software analyst and developer Ian Hoare has graduated with a Master’s degree in Cyber Security and Human Factors from Bournemouth University. Hoare’s qualification demonstrates the company’s continued commitment to research, education and training.

TDSi’s managing director John Davies commented: “We’re very proud that Ian has earned his Master’s degree, having worked extremely hard to study alongside his role at TDSi. As a company, we champion education and training as it benefits not only the person and the business, but also the security industry as a whole.”

Hoare elaborated on the significance of his new degree for his role at TDSi. “This new qualification demonstrates that I’m up-to-date with the very latest advances in cloud computing and online security. The TDSi team is always at the forefront of secure software for the modern world, but we’re keen to illustrate this with Continuing Professional Development, giving additional confidence to our customers that all has been done to secure their data.”

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Ian Hoare of TDSi

As part of his graduation process, Hoare produced a dissertation that examines the secure development life-cycle and how it can fit into the agile development process. He commented: “The Agile development process doesn’t allow for any security processes. There’s an argument that it shouldn’t, as it’s an overhead of the initial development.”

Hoare concluded: “However, it’s important to identify and mitigate vulnerabilities within the system, as the financial costs are far greater if vulnerabilities are found after the product is released. This is even more important with the EU’s looming General Data Protection Regulation, which comes into force in May next year.”

Hoare’s Master’s in Cyber Security and Human Factors is just part of an ongoing process of training and research. He concluded: “The cloud environment is continuously changing, with new threats evolving. It’s vital to use this knowledge now and to continuously keep this learning and information updated as technology and security needs evolve.”

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Software development manager Tina Baker celebrates 13 years with TDSi

Tina Baker, software development manager at integrated security solutions manufacturer TDSi, is celebrating 13 years of service with the company. Having reached this impressive milestone, Baker has also been reflecting on the developments and evolution of the security software industry and what this could lead to in the future. 

“Since I joined TDSi there have been enormous changes in the security industry, especially in the software systems and applications connected to them,” urged Baker. “TDSi has been leading the move towards fully-integrated security software for a number of years now, and it’s gratifying to see the rest of the industry has followed suit as well.”

Baker began her career in security when she answered a job advert for a summer placement on display at Bournemouth University while nearing the end of a degree course in Software Engineering. “I knew that software would dominate many industries and wanted a career that would allow constant growth. I wanted to gain more experience developing software using different programming languages and TDSi offered me the opportunity that I was looking for.”

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TDSI’s Tina Baker: reflecting on 13 years with the Poole-based security solutions developer

Baker’s personal development has fittingly mirrored that of TDSi and the security industry it supplies. “TDSi has really nurtured my personal development, right from software programmer to development manager. At the same time, the industry has become far more integrated with building management systems which now commonly incorporate intruder alarms systems and CCTV as well as access control.”

A view of the future

While reflecting on the past and present, Baker also has an eye firmly fixed on the future and is clear on how she believes the security software sector will develop: “All the signs are that there will be continued and increased integration with building management systems, especially to comply with environmental legislation.”

Baker continued: “We will also see further biometric integration to heighten security and remove the need for ID cards. The market is also demanding more bi-directional integration, with security systems working even more closely with one another. More and more, we’re being asked for our SDKs so that other security companies can integrate our systems into theirs.”

Baker also has advice for young people looking for a career in security software development. “You need to enjoy continually learning new skills if you’re to keep up with the changes in technology. It’s also important to have a keen understanding of the close connection between physical access security and software security. Further systems integration means that the prevention of cyber attacks is essential.”

Focused and interested

When asked what has kept her focused on and interested in working for TDSi, Baker concluded: “The company champions professional development of its employees and, on a personal level, I really enjoy the interesting challenges that TDSi faces with ever-increasing integration needs. It’s a great company to work for, and I very much look forward to seeing what the future will bring in terms of technology and progress.”

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The Shield Group awarded ten-year security contract at Bournemouth University

The Shield Group will now provide security services to both campuses during and beyond Bournemouth University’s ongoing structural transformation process.

The £3.6 million contract spans a ten-year period and comes at a significant time for Bournemouth University, which is in the midst of a £138 million transformation designed to further enhance its status in the academic world as a leading international institution.

Indeed, Bournemouth University is renowned for having one of the highest graduate employment rates in the UK. The figure currently stands at over 90%.

The Shield Group won the contract following the recent launch of a dedicated division for security guarding. The company will provide 13 skilled security officers to patrol the university’s two campuses, where they will manage student residences and lecture halls.

Key responsibilities for the officers will include static security guarding, reception services, entrance protection and car park management.

John Roddy: CEO of The Shield Group

John Roddy: CEO of The Shield Group

Security at the widely-anticipated £10.5 million Student Centre – to be know as the Students’ Union at Bournemouth University (SUBU) – will also be provided by The Shield Group once construction is complete.

Growing portfolio of educational partners

The Shield Group’s contract with Bournemouth University – which began on 1 April 2014 – represents the eighth university in The Shield Group’s growing portfolio of educational partners. Indeed, it’s an area of security provision that the Group hopes to develop even further in the future.

With the addition of the University of Bournemouth, the fiscal size of Shield’s higher education portfolio now amounts to more than £3.2 million per year.

Other prominent universities for which The Shield Group currently provides its services include Cranfield University, New York University (London), The University of Portsmouth and The University of West London.

Heading the new project at Bournemouth University will be Stuart Macleod, regional director at The Shield Group. Macleod began his career as a microbiologist and subsequently served in accountancy before embarking on his career at The Shield Group, where he has now worked for over 16 years in senior management roles.

Macleod currently oversees a team of contract managers working on assignments from Portsmouth across to Wales and up to Scotland.

‘Customer First’ approach to security services

Speaking of the contract win, Stuart Macleod commented: “Following a highly competitive tender exercise, we’re delighted to partner with Bournemouth University and provide our comprehensive ‘Customer First’ approach to security services. We will be integrating our manpower and latest technological systems to create a safe and healthy environment across both campuses which is firmly centred on the well-being of students, staff and visitors.”

Macleod added: “We’re looking forward to working closely with the university over the next ten years. From my own perspective, I’m particularly proud to be leading the project. I hope to see this close partnership go from strength to strength as it progresses.”

John Roddy – CEO of The Shield Group – added: “In recent years, our understanding of the very particular requirements of the education sector, combined with our Total Security Solutions approach, has enabled us to develop genuine partnerships with a growing number of academic institutions. This is an area of special importance to us as we are fully aware of the complex security needs of educational establishments.”

Roddy went on to state: “We are able to achieve the many challenging targets set by this sector and fully anticipate that we’ll expand our presence in this field even further in the years ahead.”

With projected sales of over £80 million for the fiscal year 2014-2015, The Shield Group has been undergoing a major transformation of it sown since it was taken over in 2012 by Topsgrup (India’s leading and largest security company).

Since then, The Shield Group has launched four strategic verticals combining traditional manpower and innovative technology in order to deliver intelligent, risk-based Total Security Solutions to its customer base.

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