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95% of UK businesses “still struggling” with mobile working as security of data continues to cause concern

Apricorn – the manufacturer of software-free, 256-bit AES XTS hardware-encrypted USB drives – has unveiled new research results highlighting that 95% of organisations surveyed in the UK recognise problems with mobile and remote working. Worryingly, nearly one-in-five (18%) suggest that their mobile workers don’t care about security.

All (ie 100%) of those IT decision-makers surveyed noted that they had employees who work remotely at least some of the time, with an average of over one third (37%) of staff members who do so. With an increase in the numbers of people working remotely, this means more data moving beyond the confines of the corporate network. Organisations need to ensure that any data – be it at rest or on the move – remains secure.

While many are taking steps to ensure their data is protected, for instance by implementing security policies for mobile working and Bring Your Own Device, just under half of respondents (44%) still agree that their organisation expects their mobile workers to expose them to the risk of a breach. Roughly one third (32%) say that their organisation has already experienced a data loss or breach as a direct result of mobile working, while 30% of respondents from organisations where the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) applies are concerned that mobile working is an area that will most likely cause them to be non-compliant.

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53% cited that one of their Top Three biggest problems with remote working is due to the complexity and management of the technology that employees need and use. Over half (54%) say that, while their organisation’s mobile workers are willing to comply with requests relating to security measures, employees lack the necessary skills or technologies required to keep data safe. Nearly one third (29%) take the radical approach of physically blocking all removable media, while a further 22% ask employees not to use removable media (although they have no technology means by which to enforce this).

“The number of organisations blocking removable media has increased compared with responses to the same question in 2017, when 18% said they were physically blocking all removable devices,” said Jon Fielding, managing director for the EMEA at Apricorn. “A unilateral ban isn’t the solution and ignores the problem altogether, while also presenting a barrier to effective working. Instead, businesses should identify corporately approved, hardware-encrypted devices that are only provided to staff with a justified business case for having such. The approved devices should then be white-listed on the IT infrastructure, blocking access to all non-approved media.”

Risk of data breaches

Despite strict security policies, mobile working can still leave organisations wide open to the risk of a data breach. Half (50%) of respondents admitted one of the three biggest problems with mobile working is that they cannot be certain their data is adequately secured. Only around half enforce and are completely confident in their encrypted data in transit (52%), in the cloud (52%) and at rest (51%).

“While the new GDPR legislation requires the ‘Pseudonymisation’ and encryption of personal data, encryption isn’t a new concept, and keeping data secure has always been imperative to any organisation handling sensitive information,” added Fielding.

In conclusion, Fielding stated: “Organisations are simply not following security Best Practice. They need to implement and enforce policies and provide employee training to ensure compliance with the GDPR. Failing to put processes in place is putting confidential data at risk. Organisations now face the prospect of being fined even before a breach has occurred.”

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Videofied to offer webeyeCMS as global cloud-based alarm service

Webeye has announced that Honeywell brand Videofied will offer the webeyeCMS cloud alarm service as part of its global portfolio. The award-winning webeyeCMS platform, which is integrated with the Videofied alarm system, provides both commercial and residential properties with protection and includes a CMS browser and mobile app for either iPhone or Android platforms.

In the initial stages, Videofied will offer a commercial solution incorporating both Videofied hardware and the cloud service to niche sectors like the guarding market.

Videofied will promote the entire solution globally, concentrating particularly on regions outside of those already serviced by Webeye, and has agreed to assist Webeye to penetrate markets where the business already has a presence. Later plans include a residential offering and multi-language support.

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Patrice Colas, sales director at Honeywell Homes, said: “The Webeye alarm service has eight years of proven reliability and this, combined with our own Videofied alarm systems, offers a powerful and unique proposition to many markets.”

Clive Mason, managing director of Webeye, responded: “We’re honoured to have Honeywell Homes as one of our key partners and look forward to a close working relationship that offers our clients a world-beating solution.”

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‘Technology at the Edge’: Axis Communications unveils Top Five Trends to shape 2018

Surveillance specialist Axis Communications’ CTO Johan Paulsson has outlined the Top Five Trends that the company feels will shape the New Year. 

Paulsson stated: “As the Greek philosopher Heraclitus said: ‘The only one constant in life is change’. There’s perhaps no better example of this than the technology industry, where innovation is so rapid that even the most fantastic of imagined futures seem like they could become a reality in the not too distant future.”

Axis Communications has put together five top technology trends that the Lund-based business feels will have a great impact on the security and surveillance industry now and in the years to come, helping to facilitate a smarter and, of course, safer world.

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Johan Paulsson: CTO at Axis Communications

(1) A move towards the edge

“Two of the greatest trends that have propelled our industry forward in recent years,” observed Paulsson, “are cloud computing and the Internet of Things (IoT), both of which are delivering undeniable benefits to businesses and consumers alike. That said, they also come with implications, namely the rise in the amount of data being transferred, processed and stored. Going forward, we anticipate that ‘edge’ computing will become ever popular, alleviating this issue by performing data processing at the ‘edge’ of the network, closer to the source of the data. Doing so significantly reduces the bandwidth needed between sensors, devices and the Data Centre.”

(2) Cloud-to-Cloud

Paulsson observed: “Despite the move towards edge computing, the cloud will continue to play a significant role in IT infrastructures. As an increasing number of companies offer cloud-based services, the cloud ecosystem is increasingly becoming the preferred point of integration, rather than the traditional on-premise system. One benefit of integration between clouds is the significant potential reduction of in-house IT services required, in turn creating great cost benefits.”

(3) Deep and machine learning

According to Paulsson: “We’ve now reached a stage where the full benefits of deep learning architectures and machine learning can begin to be realised. The explosion of data available to analyse is helping businesses become increasingly intelligent. As applications develop, there are significant opportunities for predictive analytics which could facilitate incident prevention: from terrorist incidents to slip and fall accidents; from traffic issues to shoplifting and even the tragedy of rail suicides.”

(4) Cyber security

“Once again,” outlined Paulsson, “cyber security must appear on the list of trends for the next 12 months and beyond. The constant enhancement of cyber security will be a never-ending task. This is because well-resourced cyber criminals will never stop looking to exploit vulnerabilities in any new technology. As the number of connected devices grows, so too do the potential flaws that, if left unaddressed, could provide the opportunity for networks to be breached.”

Embellishing this theme, Paulsson said: “Legislation is being created to address these concerns. In the European Union, the forthcoming General Data Protection Regulation – the deadline for compliance for this being 25 May – will unify the protection of data for individuals within the EU, wherever that data is held or used.”

(5) Platforms to realise the full benefits of the IoT

In conclusion, Paulsson informed Risk UK: “The IoT has reached a point where it’s crucial to use scalable architecture to successfully collect and analyse data and manage the network of connected devices. Such an IoT platform allows equipment from different node vendors to co-exist and easily exchange information to form smart systems using existing network infrastructure. There are numerous companies, both well-established providers of technology and new market entrants, that are enabling platforms to support IoT devices. The next 12 months will see further maturation of this process.”

*Read more: https://www.axis.com/blog/secure-insights/technology-trends/

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Hanwha Techwin launches new Wisenet WAVE VMS brand

The new Wisenet WAVE video management software (VMS) from Hanwha Techwin “makes it almost effortless” to display up to 64 HD video streams. 

The company already offers an entry level free VMS called SSM, while for sophisticated Enterprise level VMS projects, the business integrates with technology partners such as Genetec and Milestone.

For its part, Wisenet WAVE has been launched to answer the needs of projects in the middle ground with an emphasis on simplified user experience.

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Uncomplicated and easy to use

An intuitive ‘drag and drop’ tool makes it extremely easy for operators to set up a display of live and recorded images on a single screen or video wall, with customisable layouts and sizes.

Other key features include a virtual PTZ which, with just simple clicks of a mouse, enables operators to zoom in to see close up detail of any suspicious activity, while motion detection and video analytics support can be configured to generate alerts when user-defined incidents occur.

A wide range of smart, keyword, calendar and time-slice search options facilitate rapid retrieval of recorded video.

Ultimate in flexibility

Wisenet WAVE offers a wide range of options to allow end users to choose how and where they wish to manage their video surveillance systems with minimal hardware requirements.

Desktop Wisenet WAVE is offered as software which can be installed on a user’s desktop running Windows, Linux or Apple/Mac. 24 to 64 live HD video streams can be managed on 32 and 64-bit operating systems.

Cloud A cloud-based service (which can be remotely accessed by an unlimited number of authorised users from anywhere in the world) offers a hardware free, cost saving method of taking advantage of all Wisenet WAVE functionality.

Server solutions Wisenet WAVE is available as a pre-loaded, out-of-the-box server or as software downloadable from the Hanwha Techwin website which enables operators to view up to 64 HD streams of live video. A supporting web-based application enables each Wisenet WAVE platform to be managed as a stand-alone system or as part of a larger, scalable video management solution. The application also provides an audit trail, real-time health monitoring and camera failover support, as well as reports on server health and storage status.

Mobile A mobile App affords the opportunity to remotely access the key functions of Wisenet WAVE from a smart device, in turn enabling ‘on-the-road’ users to view and respond to any incidents captured by Wisenet cameras.

While Wisenet WAVE is packed with features to make it simple and easy for users to achieve maximum advantage from their video surveillance systems, it’s likely to also be popular with system integrators looking to minimise their on-site time. With the benefit of an auto-discover feature, connected cameras and a wide range of third party IP network devices can be addressed and set up within a matter of minutes.

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Vanderbilt launches new programming application with SPC Connect Pro

Vanderbilt, the state-of-the-art security systems developer, has announced the release of SPC Connect Pro. SPC Connect Pro is the new programming tool for SPC systems. It’s a desktop application that allows security system installers to program all the functionality of SPC systems.

“Pro is designed to use the same interface as the SPC web page so, however you decide to program your SPC, the interface and programming options use the same intuitive interface,” explained John O’Donnell, product manager at Vanderbilt.

As SPC Connect Pro evolves from SPC Pro, several operations are enhanced for security installers. The tool now maintains a back-up of configurations files, allowing access to old files via a PC if the security installer should make changes.

Installers also benefit with the freedom to define their configurations, which can then be quickly reused at other installations.

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“With SPC Connect Pro, the evolution of SPC continues,” stated O’Donnell. “We at Vanderbilt aim to provide not only great products, but also support our customers as best we can. To that end, within the tool we have built in a new support system that will provide users with the latest support information from Vanderbilt and access to manuals and other support material.”

With additional support in the required SPC 3.8.5 firmware, SPC panels will now be discoverable when the panel is in full engineer mode, thus making connecting to systems faster and easier. For security professionals who are already using SPC Connect cloud services, the tool allows installers to access their systems from the tool, creating a secure connection to support their customers.

O’Donnell concluded: “An SPC Connect installer account is needed to access the tool. Installers can sign up for an installer account free of charge and use the tool immediately. Information and pricing are available from www.spcconnect.com.

*To download SPC Connect Pro visit: http://bit.ly/SPCConnectPro

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HID Global unveils detail behind indoor and outdoor positioning services for enterprise organisations at IFSEC

HID Global, the trusted identity solutions provider, will showcase its HID Global Location Services for Workforce Optimisation for the first time in Europe at IFSEC 2017 (Stand E1250).  The company will also highlight its broad range of secure access control solutions as well as other trusted identity offerings.

HID Location Services for Workforce Optimisation is a new solution designed to address a growing market need for accurate, real-time location of an organisation’s workforce. By combining innovative Internet of Things technology with the power of Bluetooth Low Energy, Wi-Fi and cloud-based solutions, organisations can gain increased visibility into the location of their workforce in a facility.

This makes it possible to analyse room usage for better building management and increased operational efficiency. Future use cases can include building automation capabilities, rich security features and capabilities that facilitate both life safety management and compliance.

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Harm Radstaak, vice-president and managing director of physical access control at HID Global, said: “As the latest addition to our portfolio, HID Location Services extends the traditional capabilities of access control to improve security and area governance within buildings. This new solution underscores our commitment to developing innovative trusted identity solutions that power people, places and things.”

HID Global will also be exhibiting its wide range of trusted identity solutions, including the following:

Convenient and secure door/gate access using smart phones, wearables and tablets via HID Mobile Access. Supporting NFC and Bluetooth Smart, it works with Apple and Android devices without additional accessories. HID Mobile Access supports 137 smart phone devices and opens 34,000 doors every day in 58 countries worldwide.

Intelligent visitor management with EasyLobby Solo that only takes 20 seconds to register a visitor, capture detailed information, print a badge and notify someone that a visitor has arrived.

Smarter, more connected buildings and workplaces using HID’s Extended Access Technology that expands the use of HID Global’s trusted identities beyond the door to incorporate parking access, secure printing, elevator access, vending and many more applications.

Expand access control systems with wireless lock technology ASSA ABLOY will launch new wireless locks on HID’s booth. The new locks work in conjunction with HID’s Seos credential technology, enabling a single ecosystem with HID access cards and ASSA locking systems.

Streamlined credential encoding, configuration and management with HID’s iCLASS SE CP1000 Encoder that provides a flexible solution for moving to upgrade to new credential technology and/or add additional layers of security to credentials, independent of card technology.

Leading-edge Lumidigm® biometrics solutions with multispectral imaging which read unique fingerprint characteristics from the surface/subsurface of the skin for superior matching performance. Lumidigm solutions are easy to integrate and are used worldwide in access control and time and attendance applications.

Manage the lifecycle of identities for physical access control using SAFE Physical Identity and Access Manager, a web-based solution that integrates with logical security systems to ensure synchronised and policy-based on-/off-boarding of identities and their physical access across multiple and disparate physical security systems.

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TDSi unveils detail of access control education programme for IFSEC International 2017

Integrated security manufacturer TDSi is pleased to announce details of its education programme to be conducted in the Tavcom Training Theatre at IFSEC International 2017. The schedule includes three presentations focusing on wireless locking, combining physical and cyber security in the cloud and open platforms. TDSi will also participate in a panel discussion on the future of access control. 

TDSi’s managing director John Davies will be making specific presentations on all three days of the event from 12.30 pm until 1.30 pm. On Tuesday 20 June, Davies will be talking about ‘Enhancing Security and Reducing Installation Time and Hassle with Wireless Locking’. The presentation on Wednesday 21 June focuses on ‘The Future of Open Platforms’ and, on Thursday 22 June, Davies will cover ‘The Benefits of Combining Physical and Cyber Security in the Cloud’.

Davies is one of a group of industry experts participating in a panel discussion on Wednesday 21 June from 2.00 pm-2.50 pm under the heading ‘The Future of Access Control’. He’ll be joined by Gareth Ellams (managing director of ASSA Abloy), Tony Smith (major accounts and marketing manager at Integrated Design) and Spencer Marshall, regional sales director at HID Global.

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John Davies

“TDSi is committed to educating the security market,” urged Davies, “so it makes perfect sense that we’re partnering with our good friends at Tavcom and sponsoring the Tavcom Theatre [Stand B1250] this year. We’re also looking forward to engaging with an audience of security professionals and consumers to discuss key trends and look at some of the exciting developments in the security sphere which are shaping its future and, indeed, already having a profound effect.”

Synopses of the presentations

‘Enhancing Security and Reducing Installation Time and Hassle with Wireless Locking’

Wireless solutions are revolutionising the installation, administration and operation of physical security and access control systems. In this seminar, TDSi and Darren Gill from ASSA Abloy will demonstrate the considerable benefits of using wireless locking systems to effectively enhance any integrated security system.

‘The Future of Open Platforms’

TDSi along with Jarod Booth (regional security manager at Anixter) will discuss the impact of open platform systems and the benefits of ONVIF compliance, as well as answering questions from the floor, in turn addressing queries and concerns from the wider security industry. 

‘The Benefits of Combining Physical and Cyber Security in the Cloud’

Cloud-hosted security systems offer greater flexibility, convenience and control while at the same time maintaining the highest levels of protection. TDSi will showcase how Cloud hosting of systems benefits security operators and installers by offering the ideal solution at the right cost.

Alongside the programme of seminars and panel debates, TDSi will be running its own Technology Showcase. This will include live demonstrations for the company’s customers and partners. Additionally, TDSi’s systems will be on display on its distribution partner Anixter’s Stand (D1050), while TDSi’s EXgarde security software and controllers will be part of the display on the Suprema Stand (D1400), both of which are in the main hall at London’s ExCeL.

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