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ASSA ABLOY UK relaunches Foundations Plus training course for security professionals

Access control solutions specialist ASSA ABLOY UK has relaunched its popular Foundations Plus course, which covers minimum performance standards, Dynamic Lockdown and the Construction Products Regulation.

The Foundations training course covers the majority of standards applicable to doorsets – from hinges through to door selectors – and helps delegates to understand the needs of a door, from its location within the building to the purpose the door must fulfil.

The Foundations Plus course represents an advanced add-on to the basic Foundations course, going one step further in educating delegates on industry terminology. This provides attendees with the knowledge to specify products that are suitable for both the application and door type.

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The course covers the locking and escape requirements for access control electric locking in both retrofit and new build applications, in turn ensuring a safe and secure solution. Enrolment on the Foundations Plus course is subject to having successfully completed the Foundations course.

Pat Jefferies, commercial director at ASSA ABLOY UK, said: “The first relaunched Foundations Plus course was successfully hosted at ASSA ABLOY UK’S headquarters on Friday 23 February, with a full house of customers and specifiers. The course uses the theory and knowledge gained from the basic Foundations course to ensure the correct specification of compliant electric locking solutions for access control doors. It provides an excellent link from the Foundations course to our more advanced training modules such as Electric Locking.”

Jefferies added: “Foundations and Foundations Plus can both be used to gain valuable Continuing Professional Development points, so we encourage anyone involved in the specification of doors and access control solutions, whether they’re an installer, a security manager, an end user or specifier, to be involved.”

*Foundations Plus course dates for 2018 are Friday 25 May, Friday 27 July and Friday 19 October. For further information or to book a place on one of the courses, visit www.abloy.co.uk/academy, call 01902 364 500 or e-mail: academy@abloy.co.uk

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C-TEC to showcase CAST addressable fire alarm system at The Fire Safety Event

C-TEC is exhibiting at The Fire Safety Event. Featuring free-to-attend CPD-accredited fire safety seminars, 30 exhibitors and the fire industry’s latest innovations, the show will be held at Birmingham’s NEC from 10-12 April.

On Stand FS34, C-TEC will be showcasing its new CAST addressable fire alarm system, the new EN54-23 certified high-performance visual alarm devices and its Hush Button fire solution for flats, apartments and houses of multiple occupation.

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Andy Green, C-TEC’s marketing manager, said: “We’re delighted to be heading back to the NEC due to its sheer accessibility and attractiveness to professionals from all over the UK. We’re certainly looking forward to an action-packed show. We’ll be hosting live demonstrations of our new CAST fire alarm system and also presenting a seminar on the legal issues relating to visual alarm devices in the Fire and Evacuation Theatre.”

*To register visit http://www.firesafetyevents.com/fire-safety-event

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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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C-TEC to host live CPD-certified webinar entitled ‘Hush Those False Alarms’

With fire protection in flats, apartments and HMOs making the news for all the wrong reasons, C-TEC’s ‘Hush Those False Alarms’ webinar goes live at 11.00 am on 22 November. The Continuing Professional Development (CPD)-certified session is a perfect opportunity to become clued up on the current solutions available for reducing false alarms in HMOs and other areas by using mixed, conventional and hush systems.

The webinar will also explore how C-TEC’s BS 5839-6 Hush Button fire alarm solution is assisting landlords and building managers in better protecting their properties, while at the same time ensuring compliance with all of the relevant regulations and standards.

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Andy Green, C-TEC’s marketing manager and one of the webinar’s hosts, informed Risk UK: “This CPD-certified event is an absolute ‘must’ for anyone who would like to know more about reducing false alarms and enhancing fire detection in houses of multiple occupation. We’ll also be hosting a live 20-minute Q&A at the end of the session.”

*To register access this link: http://www.workcast.com/register?cpak=5778363449402747&referrer=WCTEC

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Abloy UK introduces RIBA-approved CPD

Abloy UK has released a new RIBA-approved Continuing Professional Development (CPD) course covering all aspects of electric locking for fire and/or escape door applications.

Fire and escape standards have been developed first and foremost to preserve lives, allow emergency escape and prevent the spread of fire and smoke in dangerous and potentially life-threatening situations.

These standards mean that managers of buildings are legally obliged to adhere to Building Regulations when it comes to access control, for example by protecting escape routes and allowing for the safe egress of a building’s occupants in the event of an emergency situation.

Abloy’s CPD covers traditional requirements for escape and panic doors. For example when a door is electronically controlled for access, there must be a mechanical means of escape in the event of an emergency.

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The new additions to escape door standards clarify what is and what isn’t acceptable as an escape door solution. Simply, any door that has a fire exit requirement must be fitted with fire-tested products, making sure the route to escape is never compromised.

The course also covers ‘Dynamic Lockdown’ which essentially enables escape for the occupants of a building and prevents unauthorised access to areas by compartmentalising zones in buildings, potentially saving lives in threatening situations.

The CPD is recommended for anyone directly responsible for specifying and installing fire and escape doors or related equipment and is available at the Abloy Academy, which is based at Abloy UK’s head office. By arrangement, the CPD can also be presented to local groups throughout the UK.

*For additional details telephone 01902 364543 or send an e-mail to: marketing@abloy.co.uk

**To book the Abloy Foundations course online go to: www.abloy.co.uk/academy

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Notifier introduces BS 7273-4 CPD course on release mechanisms for fire doors

Notifier by Honeywell has announced the launch of a new Continuing Professional Development (CPD) course for 2016-2017.  ‘Getting To Know BS 7273-4’
provides installers, integrators, contractors, consultants and end users with all the information on this important standard and how it relates to the way that doors are opened, closed and controlled by fire detection systems.

Although it was first introduced in 2007, the 2015 revision of BS 7273-4 has brought the subject of release mechanisms for fire doors into sharp focus. The prompt evacuation of a burning building requires as few obstacles and obstructions as possible and, similarly, restricting the spread of fire and heat in such a situation relies upon the use of well-engineered fire doors that can be reliably closed in the event of a fire.

Adhering to BS 7273-4 is increasingly important. The guidance in Annex A of the Code of Practice is now normative, which means that, if control of doors is performed by a fire detection system, the requirements of the category must be met. If the guidelines are not followed, it’s likely that the fire door provision fails to satisfy a fire risk assessment.

Notifier’s new BS 7273-4 CPD course has been written by experts within the company. It enables delegates to gain a better understanding of how modern life safety technology can be used to increase a building’s safety by interfacing it with fire doors and secured fire exits. By providing an overview of the various scenarios when doors should be released, it looks at control arrangements for the actuation of mechanisms that unlock, release or open doors in the event of a fire episode before going on to cover recommendations for the interface between fire detection and alarm systems, as well as equipment not covered in any other standards.

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Those attending the course will also gain an valuable understanding of the three categories of actuation – A (Critical), B (Standard) and C (Indirect) – and the circumstances under which the control mechanisms should revert to their fail safe position in order to protect escape routes and prevent the spread of smoke in the event of fire.

“It’s fair to say that, since its original introduction eight years ago, BS 7273-4 has been largely ignored apart for a few isolated cases of Best Practice,” commented Gregg Bushell, senior marketing communications specialist at Honeywell Security and Fire.

“I’m pleased to say that the situation is beginning to change. This CPD course is a key part of our strategy to enhance knowledge about this important standard and how its implementation could save lives. There can be no ‘one size fits all’ approach to configuring a BS 7273-4 compliant system. Fire doors and exits should be considered individually such that people, property and assets are protected as well as they possibly can be in the event of a fire.”

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Eaton simplifies fire systems with BiWire Ultra and CPD training

Eaton is aiming to simplify the installation of fire alarm systems in smaller premises with the launch of a two-wire system. The company’s latest fire alarm system, BiWire Ultra, is designed for fast and efficient installation in buildings such as primary schools, small hotels, offices, restaurants and retail stores where a standard conventional system would have typically been installed.

However, unlike standard conventional systems, the BiWire Ultra enables all detectors, Call Points and notification devices to share the same zone wiring, thereby reducing cabling requirements by up to 50%.

To support the launch of the new system, Eaton has developed a new CPD certified seminar on two-wire systems. The CPD aims to help electrical engineers and installers better understand the different types of fire systems available and how two-wire can save costs compared with a conventional system.

Chris Anderson, business leader for fire products at Eaton, told Risk UK: “Our new BiWire Ultra system has been designed with simplicity in mind. It’s quick and easy to install, reducing cabling costs and the time spent programming and operating the system. Feedback from our customers so far has been extremely positive.”

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Intuitive fire alarm control panel

BiWire Ultra comprises an intuitive fire alarm control panel alongside a range of complementary devices including Call Points, a five-in-one fire detector plus a range of EN5423-approved beacons and sounder beacons.

BiWire Ultra is the latest addition to Eaton’s comprehensive suite of life safety solutions, which aim to help building owners and managers meet their safety obligations in the most effective and efficient manner.

Available in two-, four- or eight-zone variants, the system can support up to 52 devices per zone. Wiring faults are easily found by initiating a flashing LED indicator on the detector nearest the fault.

Supplied with a back-up battery to ensure the correct ratings and reduce complexity, the central panel has an attractive appearance and a simple user interface. Conforming to the requirements of BS 5839-1, commissioning and maintenance is straightforward. It’s easy for one person to carry out testing and ensure the healthy state of the system, as is required by the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order of 2005.

Additional functionality of the system includes a class change facility for schools, which automates the class change bell via the fire alarm, expansion card support for fire alarm routing equipment and fire protection equipment and an interlink relay for connecting two panels together.

Anderson added: “The BiWire Ultra range is the first of its type to offer EN5423-approved beacons so, whatever the risk assessment, premises fitted with a BiWire Ultra system comply with the latest standards for fire notification. However, the legal and moral obligations of fire safety are not only concerned with installation, but also ongoing maintenance and testing. BiWire Ultra is designed to make that process straightforward. With all of this in mind, we believe this range will appeal to a diverse cross-section of small and medium-sized premises where owners need protection without problems.”

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Hochiki Europe research finds standards in European fire safety sector “are set to slip”

A new study conducted by Hochiki Europe has delivered a stark warning to the fire safety industry, with the company’s research finding that nearly half (49%) of European fire safety equipment installers are not familiar with the latest fire and emergency lighting legislation.

According to the survey of European fire equipment installers, over two thirds (67%) are looking to manufacturers specifically to improve their knowledge on fire and lighting safety legislation. This is closely followed by industry bodies, with 60% of respondents stating that they turn to professional associations in order to learn about the latest legislation.

Paul Adams, deputy marketing manager at Hochiki Europe, commented: “To think that nearly half of European installers we spoke to do not feel fully comfortable with current legislation is a shock. As manufacturers, we clearly need to step up and take responsibility for improving their understanding. We’ve had CPD courses and specialist training in place for a number of years now. These results highlight just how vital it is that we continue to provide free training for our installers as well as other members of the fire industry.”

Nearly two-fifths (39%) of respondents admitted they had not received any fire or emergency lighting training in the last two years, yet 90% of installers felt that their clients would benefit from them receiving more training.

Of those that had received training, 75% felt either confident or very confident in understanding different types of fire safety technology and recommending (and designing) a fire safety solution.

Limited sector knowledge

The study also examined confidence within key industry sectors, and revealed that eight out of ten (83%) installers feel they have enough knowledge to deliver the best fire safety solution for public sector or leisure projects.

Conversely, less than a fifth (18%) said they felt this way about offshore environments: a key growth sector they could be missing out on through lack of knowledge.

Adams concluded: “It’s not surprising that many Installers across Europe are struggling to keep up with legislation when they may have not received any training in the last two years. The results suggest that installers do understand and see the benefits of training on their ability to carry out projects effectively. It’s clear that we now have to come together as an industry to ensure that the correct training is being promoted and delivered across the board. Not only will this help installers feel more confident in their jobs, but would also protect the lives of people across Europe by ensuring that all fire safety standards are met on every project.”

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“Non-executive directors have a responsibility to understand cyber security risks” urges AXELOS

Non-executive directors have a responsibility to understand cyber security risks and resilience in order to best protect the interests of their business. That’s the view espoused by AXELOS Global Best Practice in a new discussion paper.

In the paper, AXELOS calls for more training on cyber security risks and resilience for non-executive directors on company Boards. ‘Mind the Information Gap: Non-Executive Directors and Professional Development’ identifies that non-executive directors on audit and risk committees are in a unique position to improve the resilience of their companies, but asserts that many may not currently have access to the training and skills necessary in order to do so.

Nick Wilding, head of cyber resilience Best Practice at AXELOS, stated: “Some organisations can be complacent about cyber risk, believing that ‘We’re not a target. We’re too small and don’t have anything of value to a hacker.’ The reality is that everyone in a business needs to be aware of cyber security risks and resilience strategies, but particularly those in senior roles.”

Wilding added: “Companies need to ensure that their Board members are able to learn about these issues. This is the best way to ensure that a company is as prepared as possible for any incident or attack.”

Nick Wilding: head of cyber resilience Best Practice at AXELOS

Nick Wilding: head of cyber resilience Best Practice at AXELOS

Professional development strategy for senior executives

The discussion paper recommends that companies introduce a professional development strategy for senior executives designed to address this lack of understanding of cyber security issues at Board level. This will help Board members build cyber security risks into a broader understanding of their organisation’s ‘risk appetite’. It will also ensure that they have the capacity to understand and question audit, risk and compliance reports that are provided by the organisation.

In addition, AXELOS also argues that, as a consequence of this better understanding, strong relationships between specific Board members and key figures from the business – such as the CIO, CISO and risk director – will be formed, in turn ensuring that cyber security issues have a ‘champion’ at Board level.

In conclusion, Wilding explained: “Ahead of the launch of the new AXELOS Cyber Resilience Best Practice portfolio later this year, our new discussion paper demonstrates how important it is that everyone – including those at Board level – in an organisation is equipped to deal with a cyber security incident. Companies must improve their resilience. This can only happen if Board members are engaged and informed.”

*The new discussion paper can be found on the AXELOS website: www.axelos.com/case-studies-and-white-papers/mind-the-information-gap

**AXELOS was formed in 2013 to promote and grow the Global Best Practice portfolio, including ITIL, PRINCE2 and the other PPM products used across organisations in the private, public and voluntary sectors within more than 150 countries worldwide.
 
AXELOS has an ambitious programme of investment for developing innovative new solutions and stimulating the growth of a vibrant, open and international ecosystem of training, consultancy and examination organisations.
 
Forthcoming developments include the aforementioned launch of a Cyber Resilience Best Practice portfolio, PRINCE2 Agile, the ITIL Practitioner qualification and its first-ever Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programme for practitioners.

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The Security Institute signs Memorandum of Understanding with the International Professional Security Association

The Security Institute, the UK’s largest membership body for security professionals, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the International Professional Security Association outlining reciprocal membership arrangements.

The relationship between the two organisations will be known as Constituent Membership whereby the International Professional Security Association (IPSA) is a Constituent Member organisation of The Security Institute with an Affiliate Membership while the Institute is now an Affiliate Member organisation of IPSA.

It’s the IPSA entity that’s the Constituent Member rather than any individuals of the organisation and vice-versa. However, IPSA members may be Institute members in their own right and vice-versa regarding The Security Institute’s members having personal membership of IPSA.

Both parties retain their own identities and legal structures and operate in accordance with their own organisational rules and legally binding constitutions.

Emma Shaw CSyP: chairman of The Security Institute

Emma Shaw CSyP: chairman of The Security Institute

Main elements of the agreement

The main points covered by the new agreement are:
*The Security Institute and IPSA will share information by exchanging appropriate newsletters, bulletins and press releases, etc that may potentially be of mutual interest to their respective memberships
*The Security Institute and IPSA will incorporate information on their websites about each other’s organisation and their respective activities. This will include logos and reciprocal web links
*The Security Institute will appoint IPSA as a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) partner organisation
*The Security Institute and IPSA will co-ordinate, wherever practicable, on mutually relevant topics and activities

Speaking about the new arrangements, The Security Institute’s chairman Emma Shaw CSyP commented: “We’re delighted to be working with IPSA. The Memorandum of Understanding will benefit members of both organisations enormously. We have broad areas of overlapping interest and this will help us to develop the security profession as well as deliver benefits to our members.”

Mike White MSyI: IPSA chairman

Mike White MSyI: IPSA chairman

IPSA chairman Mike White MSyI added: “This is the first step in a collaborative journey in which we hope others will want to play a part. IPSA is delighted to be working with The Security Institute in leading the campaign to positively raise the profile of our industry and professionalise it still further.”

The Memorandum of Understanding was signed on Tuesday 16 December at The Security Institute’s 15th Anniversary
Birthday Party.

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