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Open University bombarded by one million-plus e-mail attacks in 2020

The Open University, which is based in London, was bombarded by 1,191,312 malicious e-mail attacks from January through until September. That’s according to official data obtained by the Parliament Street Think Tank by way of a Freedom of Information request procedure.

The Open University is a higher education institution specialising in distance learning courses, flexible part-time study and open learning for undergraduate and post-graduate courses and qualifications for adults of all ages.

Fortunately, all of the malicious messages – which included spam, malware and phishing attacks – were blocked by the Open University’s servers.

In its response to Parliament Street’s researchers, The Open University revealed that the malicious e-mail attacks were divided equally over the course of the nine-month period under scrutiny, with roughly 132,368 e-mail attacks and spam messages blocked each month.

The data also reveals that 6,804 messages were blocked due to the suspicion of malware and that 16,452 phishing e-mails were detected and blocked.

Abundance of data

Chris Ross, senior vice-president of international sales at Barracuda Networks, commented: “The nature of The Open University, and the fact that a majority of its courses take place online, means that cyber attackers will inevitably attempt to target the abundance of data stored on its servers. Hence the significant quantity of scam attacks facing the institution.”

Ross continued: “To add to this, our recent research revealed that spear phishing attacks are disproportionately targeting educational institutions across the world, with over 3.5 million phishing e-mails hitting over 1,000 global schools and universities from June through until September of this year.”

He added: “While it’s certainly a good thing that The Open University has, so far, managed to successfully protect itself from a data breach, it’s important that security standards are maintained and that the right software and training is constantly updated in order to keep pace with the rapidly changing cyber threatscape. Furthermore, due to the sensitivity of information stored in their servers, educational institutions must ensure that all data is backed up in a third party, encrypted cloud back-up solution which will also enable protection from the growing trend in ransomware attacks facing universities.”

Boosting qualifications

Andy Harcup, vice-president of sales at Absolute Software, informed Security Matters: “As the second national lockdown puts more people out of work and hinders ‘traditional’ education institutions, millions will be looking towards The Open University in an effort to boost their qualifications, retrain in a new career path or learn a new skill. Unfortunately, cyber attackers will attempt to target the onslaught of new personal devices which will soon be added to The Open University’s nationwide network of devices, all of which are likely to be connected, in some way, via shared data storage points and cloud SaaS applications, for example.”

Harcup went on to state: “Therefore, prospective students, and indeed The Open University itself, must ensure that their devices are protected by a sophisticated endpoint security solution which will ensure that a compromised device can still be accessed, controlled or frozen, such that any breached log-in credentials or a stolen device doesn’t necessarily equate to a loss of data.”

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Hackers impersonate Marks and Spencer CEO Steve Rowe in £35 ‘free’ gift voucher scam

Cyber criminals have launched an audacious online scam designed to trick Marks and Spencer (M&S) customers into handing over confidential data by attempting to impersonate the famous High Street retailer’s CEO Steve Rowe.

The fraudulent adverts, uncovered by the Parliament Street Think Tank’s cyber research team, were launched via social networking site Facebook from an unverified page entitled ‘Marks and Spencer Store’.

Users have been bombarded with adverts showing a man (who’s not Steve Rowe) holding M&S-branded bags accompanied by the message: “Hello everyone. My name is Steve Rowe and I’m the CEO of Marks and Spencer. I’ve an announcement to make. To celebrate our 135th Anniversary, we’re giving EVERYONE who shares and then comments by 11.59 pm tonight one of these mystery bags containing a £35 M&S voucher plus goodies! Make sure you enter here [URL].”

The fake URL takes unsuspecting users to an M&S-branded portal where they’re asked for their name, address, mobile phone number and bank details including sort code and account number in order to ‘enter’ the prize draw.

Around 150 members of the public had identified and reported the scam, which was flagged to consumer groups and raised as an issue on social media.

In a statement, Marks and Spencer commented: “We have been made aware of this advert and it isn’t genuine. Our colleagues are investigating further.”

Expert observations

Cyber security expert Andy Heather, vice-president of Centrify, observed: “With more people than ever committed to online retail shopping due to COVID-19, it’s likely that we’ll see a surge of ‘exclusive’ or ‘one-time only’ deals pop up on social media, via e-mail and through SMS messages over the course of the next few months up until Christmas. Unfortunately, many of these sales and deals, much like this M&S one, will be a scam designed to steal confidential data, such as payment details or log-in credentials.”

Heather continued: “If people may have already fallen victim to a scam of this nature, it’s essential that they take proactive measures to stop these scammers in their tracks. This requires individuals to report these scams to the impersonated brand, freeze bank accounts and change log-in details. It’s very common for attackers to hold on to stolen log-in credentials for months after an attack, waiting for the victim to drop their guard before re-breaking in to other accounts protected by the same password.”

Tim Sadler, CEO at Tessian, explained: “Phishing scams don’t just reside in your Inbox. Hackers are increasingly using social media as another hunting ground for their victims. With the lure of a prize giveaway, cyber criminals are hoping that people will click the URL link to ‘enter’ the competition. Those that do click are led to a malicious website that prompts them to enter valuable personal information and credit card details.”

Sadler concluded: “As we head into the busy pre-Christmas shopping season, we can only expect to see more of these types of ‘sale’ scams emerge online. Treat these posts just like you would any phishing e-mail. Ask yourself if this deal seems legitimate and verify the identity of the person requesting you to take action before clicking on any links. In this instance, the scammers have used a picture of someone who isn’t the CEO of M&S. If you’re still unsure, visit the retailer’s website and official social media channels to cross-check that the deal has been mentioned elsewhere.”

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KnowBe4 study reveals 92% of organisations’ biggest security concern is end users

KnowBe4, the provider of the world’s largest security awareness training and simulated phishing platform, has released the results of new research. The company’s report examines over 350 organisations globally and reveals the security weaknesses and concerns within them. On average, 81% of organisations had some degree of concern around security issues.

Cyber crime continues to evolve and become more sophisticated. Artificial Intelligence and machine learning are leveraged by many criminal organisations to help them better understand how to improve their attacks and they’re now targeting specific industry verticals, organisations and even individuals.

Increases in the frequency of ransomware, phishing and crypto-jacking attacks have been experienced by businesses of nearly every size, vertical and location.

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When it comes to attack vectors, data breaches are the primary concern, with credential compromise coming a close second. These two issues go hand-in-hand as the misuse of credentials remains the foremost attack tactic in data breaches. That’s according to Verizon’s 2018 Data Breach Investigations Report.

Phishing and ransomware ranked next, demonstrating that organisations are still not completely prepared to defend themselves against these relatively “old” attack vectors.

Other key findings

*92% of organisations rank end users as their primary security concern. At the same time, security awareness training along with phishing testing tops the list of security initiatives that organisations need to implement

*Organisations today have a large number of attack vectors to prevent, monitor for, detect, alert and remediate. In terms of attacks, 95% of those organisations surveyed are most concerned with data breaches

*Ensuring security is in place to meet General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) requirements is still a challenge for 64% of organisations, despite the GDPR’s fine details having been public knowledge for quite some time

*Attackers’ use of compromised credentials is such a common tactic. 93% of organisations are aware of the problem, but still have lots of work to do to stop it

*When it comes to resources, 75% of organisations don’t have an adequate budget

“2018 was a prolific year for successful cyber attacks, with many of them caused by human error,” said Stu Sjouwerman, CEO of KnowBe4. “IT organisations are tasked with establishing and maintaining a layered security defence. The largest concern, as demonstrated again in this report, is employees making errors. Organisations must start their defence by establishing a security culture. In order to combat the escalation of social engineering, they absolutely have to ensure that users are trained and tested.”

To read the full report visit www.KnowBe4.com

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Dell “reinvents” endpoint security portfolio through strategic collaborations with Secureworks and CrowdStrike

Cyber criminals are continuously shifting their attack techniques to better target endpoints. As more than one-third (39%) of cyber attacks are now non-malware based, adversaries can exploit gaps in traditional anti-malware solutions used in isolation.

Considering that 50% of organisations also have insufficient endpoint or network visibility during incident response engagements, it’s clear many businesses are injecting ineffective security tools into their environments, ultimately adding complexity without directly addressing the problem.

These disconnected solutions require ongoing diligence and expert resources to analyse a multitude of security alerts and identify compromised devices. Yet, with the growing cyber security skills gap, businesses don’t have the resources needed to manage their security infrastructure effectively.

To help organisations in addressing these challenges, Dell is introducing Dell SafeGuard and Response, a portfolio of next generation endpoint security solutions that combines the managed security, incident response expertise and threat behavioural analytics of Secureworks with the unified endpoint protection platform from CrowdStrike.

Dell’s modern and effective approach designed to prevent, detect and respond to the shifting threat landscape makes it easy for organisations to protect their data with the industry’s most secure commercial PCs.

With Artificial Intelligence (AI)-driven and cloud-native endpoint protection powered by CrowdStrike and expert threat intelligence and response management by Secureworks, Dell SafeGuard and Response provides end user customers with the essential capabilities they need to protect their PCs and data. CrowdStrike endpoint security solutions prevent more than 99% of malware and non-malware-based threats, detect 100% of vulnerabilities and respond to sophisticated attacks rapidly.

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Secureworks’ RedCloak behavioural analytics are built into the prevention, detection and response capabilities, so customers benefit from an ever-smarter network effect of protection. When an emerging threat is discovered in one environment, countermeasures are created and deployed to all customers who may be affected. 

Prevent, detect and respond to threats

With Dell SafeGuard and Response, customers no longer need to worry about complex implementation involving numerous agents. Dell’s modern approach to security simplifies the buying process, allowing customers to order these new solutions alongside their new PC. Businesses will receive outstanding prevention combined with the ability to quickly detect compromised devices and remediate cyber incidents.

Customers can select from the following new Dell SafeGuard and Response solutions to meet their unique security needs:

CrowdStrike Falcon Prevent: This next generation anti-virus (NGAV) solution uses AI and machine learning to stop malware and malware-free attacks, offering organisations enhanced protection without requiring signatures and the heavy updates that come with them

CrowdStrike Falcon Prevent and Insight: In addition to the NGAV solution, customers can advance their threat prevention capabilities with Device Control and Falcon Insight, the leading endpoint detection and response solution. This enables full visibility into endpoint threat activity and real-time remediation designed to prevent, detect and investigate incidents and stop threats

Secureworks Managed Endpoint Protection: Combined with CrowdStrike Falcon Prevent and Insight and Device Control, this offer provides customers with 24×7 managed services from Secureworks to monitor the state of endpoints for indications of threat actor activity. Secureworks’ Security Operations Centre and Counter Threat Unit will investigate events to determine severity, accuracy and context to suggest remedial actions, in turn giving organisations peace of mind around the clock

Secureworks Incident Management Retainer: In the event of a serious security incident, Secureworks will deploy its on-demand incident response specialist team who are highly skilled to respond to and mitigate a cyber incident at any time. Now, organisations with and without SOCs can have the support and expertise needed in critical times. This service can also be used to build a proactive response plan for future security incidents.

Devices and data secure 

“Organisations are faced with what may feel like an exponentially expanding threat landscape and a mixed bag of solutions to fix it,” said Brett Hansen, vice-president and general manager of client software and security solutions at Dell. “To meet the evolving needs of our customers and stay ahead of ever-evolving threats, Dell is offering organisations the tools they need to keep their devices and data secure.”

Wendy Thomas, senior vice-president of business and product strategy at Secureworks, added: “Attacker techniques are becoming more sophisticated. Customers need managed solutions that are actively guarding against threat activity. Our modern approach with Dell ensures a co-ordinated defence against cyber threats at the scale and speed required for any customer’s evolving security needs beyond the network.”

Matthew Polly, vice-president of worldwide business development and channels at CrowdStrike, concluded: “Being selected by Dell is a testament to CrowdStrike’s market leadership and the proven value of our platform. Together, we are equipping customers with a unique and compelling solution to deliver an end-to-end approach to endpoint security that effectively stops threats, while also reducing enterprise complexity and modernising threat detection and management.”

*Dell SafeGuard and Response will be available globally in March through Dell and its authorised channel partners. Additionally, the comprehensive CrowdStrike Falcon platform can also be purchased through Dell

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Major life-threatening cyber attack on UK “in little doubt”

The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has published its second Annual Review, in turn revealing that the organisation has prevented Britain from falling victim to nearly 1,200 attacks in the past two years. The NCSC has also warned of the likelihood of a major life-threatening cyber attack on the UK in the near future.

The NCSC states that the UK is hit by ten serious cyber attacks every week. 70% of these attacks are “undertaken by groups of computer hackers directed, sponsored or tolerated by the Governments of [hostile] countries”.

Commenting on these figures, Mishcon de Reya’s cyber security lead Joe Hancock informed Risk Xtra: “1200 attacks may seem like a large number, but the reality is that this is the tip of the iceberg. The majority of these attacks on business, Government and third sector organisations go unreported and often undetected. Behind these high profile attacks there are the millions of online crimes that affect individuals every day.”

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Focusing on that last point, Hancock continued: “We routinely deal with the often unreported issues. More needs to be done to back law enforcement in supporting both victims and responders to better detect and recover from cyber episodes. A focus on critical infrastructure is welcomed by everyone, but it doesn’t help the millions of victims of cyber fraud. The recent Facebook breach shows the potential downsides of large-scale data collection and reliance on single points, provided by social media to access a wide variety of services across the Internet which can act as a gateway for attackers to further data and services.”

Further, Hancock observed: “Cyber security practices are not consistent globally and an attack against a weaker link in the supply or data chain can have unanticipated consequences for companies and individuals. More is needed to help protect everyday victims of these crimes, and especially so in the international arena. It’s difficult to see how mass cyber crime can be tackled without an international consensus and consequences for nations that turn a blind eye.”

Also, Hancock outlined: “Many of the cyber incidents we deal with have a financial component, often involving the traditional banking system and not only cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin. Driving cyber criminals out of the financial system will have an impact on cyber crime levels.”

Actions and behaviours

There are specific actions and behaviours that should be adopted now to aid readiness for inevitable cyber attacks. Steve Mulhearn, director of enhanced technologies for the UK and Ireland and DACH at Fortinet, has listed them as prevention, the harnessing of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and adaptive technology and better visibility across the network.

Prevention

Prevention is easier when all employees in the business, not just the IT Department, take responsibility for the security of the business. For example, breaches like the Bupa or Waymo hacks have raised the appreciation of the number of breaches that occur because employees are targeted. The Fortinet Global Enterprise Security Survey 2017 found that 67% of businesses say they’re planning IT security and awareness training for employees in 2018.

Harness AI and adaptive technology

Harnessing the power of AI to learn from breaches, as well analyse data and automate reactions to shut down breaches when they occur, are vital actions. Threats evolve and adapt over time as applications, technologies, configurations, controls and behaviours change, making security an arms race wherein a static solution simply will not do.

Better visibility across the network

A vital tool in this struggle is visibility. You cannot secure what you cannot see. This means control across the distributed network, including endpoints, the Internet of Things and the cloud. According to the Fortinet 2017 Survey, only a small cohort of respondents feel confident that they have full visibility and control of employee access.

*The National Cyber Security Centre’s Annual Review can be accessed online at https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/news/annual-review-2018

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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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AMG Systems to discuss integrated technologies at Global MSC’s Security 2017 event

Network transmission solutions specialist AMG Systems will discuss the latest developments in environmentally robust fibre, analogue, IP/Ethernet, wireless and hybrid communication systems when the company exhibits at the Global MSC Security Conference and Exhibition 2017 in Bristol.

The two-day event is hosted by consultancy Global MSC Security, with this year’s theme being that of ‘Integrating Technologies’. The conference and exhibition is designed to bring together experts from across the security industry, sharing their knowledge with delegates from local authorities, hospitals, universities and both private and blue chip companies. This year’s event looks into the ways that security is changing, integrating with other disciplines and adapting at a rapid pace to meet the demands of what end users now require from their security solutions.

Speakers and topics include:

*Daffydd Llywelyn (Dyfed Pewees Police and Crime Commissioner): Public Space Surveillance initiative

*Professor William Webster (director, Centre for Research into Information, Surveillance and Privacy): Body-Worn Video Research

*Tony Porter (Surveillance Camera Commissioner): National Surveillance Camera Strategy for England and Wales

*Detective Inspector Edward Heath (Avon and Somerset Police): Cyber Crime

*Bernadette Bashford-Payne (estate Control Centre manager, Canary Wharf): ‘Inside a Large Control Room’

*Jim Burgess (associate director, Perform Green): ‘Integrating CCTV in Bristol’s Smart City’

*Mick Neville (ex-Metropolitan Police Service: SeeQuestor Review

Discussion of key security challenges

At the Global MSC Security Conference and Exhibition, AMG Systems is exhibiting on Stand 25. The company’s business development director Sara Fisher said that the organisation is looking forward to meeting delegates and discussing the key security challenges that they face in their day-to-day operations.

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Sara Fisher of AMG Systems

“Our specialist transmission knowledge can provide enormous benefits for integrated projects, saving on infrastructure expenditure, time for install or upgrade and reducing complexity,” said Fisher. “I’m keen to talk to any delegates who’d like to learn more about the way that legacy systems can be transitioned relatively simply to IP and Ethernet, with all the advantages that brings, and to those who’d like to discuss any other aspect of security and data network provision.”

AMG Systems manufactures intelligent, industrial grade, robust edge-of-network transmission solutions which have been used extensively in CCTV and security systems, as well as in sectors as diverse as the oil and gas, Critical National Infrastructure, defence and transport industries.

AMG Systems is the only UK-based IP and Ethernet transmission product manufacturer and solution provider. The company’s degree of in-house control mean that its products are less vulnerable to cyber security attacks than those from other companies, which rely on third party hardware and software.

The Global MSC Security Conference and Exhibition 2017 takes place on Monday 13 and November 14 at the Bristol Hotel on Prince Street in Bristol. For more information and to book a delegate place visit www.globalmsc.net/seminars-2/

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New date announced for free-to-attend BSIA/FIA-supported cyber security seminar

A free-to-attend, half-day seminar which aims to help security buyers and installers alike to navigate the complex world of cyber security is being held in Solihull on Thursday 2 November.

Organised by the British Security Industry Association (BSIA) and supported by the Fire Industry Association (FIA), the event will include presentations from a wide range of cyber security experts, with a particular focus on the potential vulnerabilities of ‘connected products’ – meaning any security product that can be accessed or operated remotely via the Internet (eg intruder alarms, video surveillance systems and access control solutions) – and how these vulnerabilities can be combated.

Delegates will be informed about the potential cyber risks facing their business, with presentations from the West Midlands Police’s digital cyber crime team and the Scottish Business Resilience Centre’s team of ‘ethical hackers’.

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Attendees will also find out how the BSIA’s ongoing work in the field of cyber security is helping the security industry to protect itself and its customers.

Finally, delegates will benefit from a summary of the European Union’s new General Data Protection Regulation, which is set to come into force in May 2018.

The seminar is open to security and fire solutions buyers and installers, or indeed anybody from either industry with an interest in improving their business’ cyber security and data protection policies.

Registration for the event will be open from 9.00 am, with presentations starting at 9.45 am and the event expected to finish at around 1.30 pm.

*A full programme and online booking forms for both delegates and exhibitors are available from the BSIA’s website

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MLA issues stark security warning to students and landlords ahead of new university term

Students and their landlords are being urged by the Master Locksmiths Association (MLA) to tighten up security procedures in order to avoid becoming victims of crime when university term starts again.

Students are one of the highest ‘at risk’ groups when it comes to crime, and are often targeted for high value laptops, TVs and entertainment equipment which is all-too-frequently left in plain view and unsecured against intruders.

As letting out a house or flat to students is a thriving business, the MLA is urging landlords to make home security a top priority to ensure that tenants, property and possessions are safe.

Students are also being warned to take simple precautions to prevent their possessions and equipment from being stolen when they move into a new property – or return to their old digs – at the end of September.

Dr Steffan George: development director at the MLA

Dr Steffan George: development director at the MLA

The MLA is encouraging youngsters and their parents to question what locking systems are in place, when they were last replaced and how the copying of keys is controlled.

The organisation advises landlords to consult an MLA-approved locksmith, who will be able to carry out a security assessment on property and recommend suitable locks and fittings, as well as providing input from a safety point of view.

Dr Steffan George, development director at the MLA, said: “Whether they’re going to university for the first time or returning to study for another year, students will often find themselves in new accommodation. It’s important that they’re fully aware of security to keep themselves and their possessions safe as students are often regarded as an easy target by thieves.”

George continued: “By taking simple precautions, landlords and students can avoid many of the risks that can lead to crime and taint the student experience. It’s landlords’ duty to act in a responsible manner and they should install quality locks with patented keys which cannot be copied without proof of ownership or restricted keys that cannot be easily copied due to their unique design.”

The MLA has issued the following guidelines to students and landlords:

  • Ensure good quality locks are installed on both the main door and the bedroom door. For convenience, the locks can be configured so that each individual bedroom key also opens the front door
  • Inspect doors and windows to make sure appropriate locks are fitted, in good condition and meet insurance requirements. If unsure, ask a vetted MLA locksmith for advice and a full security assessment
  • Keep valuable items out of sight, away from doors or windows, and remember to lock rooms and the front door when you go out
  • Don’t hide a key under a doormat or flower pot as criminals are aware of this method, particularly in student areas
  • Don’t leave doors open when outside or if friends are going in and out of the property as a thief can take advantage
  • If a room or property is going to be unoccupied for a number of weeks, students should take all valuables with them or make sure they are out of view
  • When entering the property, ensure that nobody ‘tailgates’ you and gains entry
  • Ensure locks are correctly specified regarding egress in homes of multiple occupancy (exit without the use of a key is required in flats, apartments and shared houses with locks on individual bedroom doors)

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Tavcom’s Education Information Day proves popular with security professionals

Leading security professionals recently attended an Education Information Day held at Tavcom’s dedicated Training Centre in Bishops Waltham. The 50-plus delegates representing industry associations, institutions, local authorities, the police service and principle industry employers were treated to a series of presentations on a diverse range of subjects, among them analytics, forensics, cyber security and the importance of new international standards.

“Our Education Information Day has become an annual event, and we know from the feedback provided by delegates that they highly value the overview provided by our expert speakers on how to best capitalise on the latest generation of electronic security solutions, as well as the insight provided on future trends,” explained Paul Tennent, managing director at Tavcom.

Among the speakers was Jon Laws. With the market for IP network-based video surveillance systems growing almost exponentially, Laws shared his knowledge on how to extend the life of an existing analogue system by introducing hybrid solutions while starting on the process of migrating to an IP network-based solution.

Laws also provided a forward-looking and realistic view of the technologies which are likely to be integrated into tomorrow’s security systems.

CCTV expert Jon Laws speaking at Tavcom's recent Education Information Day

CCTV expert Jon Laws speaking at Tavcom’s recent Education Information Day

Cyber security and data breaches

Daren Wildgoose delivered an up-to-date fact file on cyber security and data breaches with the objective of equipping the audience with some valuable tools to understand and combat the very real and active risk that can threaten a business’ resources and reputation. For his part, Paul Fletcher offered an Alarm Receiving Centre ‘insider’s’ picture of the most effective way of providing a technical ‘fit for purpose’ solution.

Peter Mason, one of the UK’s top IP/networking specialists, shared his vision on the future of the optical world and what’s on the horizon for Video-over-IP, with a section of his presentation addressing the threat of cyber crime to IP Version 6.

Paul Tennent: Tavcom's managing director

Paul Tennent: Tavcom’s managing director

Update on the latest CCTV standards

It’s now two decades since Mike Tennent founded Tavcom. During that time he has not only built up the reputation of Tavcom to be the leading supplier of security systems training but, through wide and extensive experience, he has also earned a more than justifiable reputation as a leading expert across the spectrum that is CCTV.

Having witnessed and kept pace with the many industry changes over the years, Tennent provided an update on the latest CCTV/VSS standards. In the process, he addressed some key questions including why the ‘face’ of CCTV is changing, why the new international standards are so important and who needs to know about them.

Eneo sponsored this year’s Education Information Day. As part of the event, delegates had the opportunity to take a tour of the Tavcom CCTV Control Room operators’ testing area and state-of-the-art workshop facilities, as well as witness practical demonstrations of the latest CCTV, intruder alarm, access control and IP technologies.

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