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Axis to host Partner Showcase event demonstrating “cutting edge surveillance technology for a connected world”

Axis Communications has announced the return of its flagship initiative designed to drive innovation through partnership – the Axis Partner Showcase event. The open day, to be held on 11 October in Knutsford, Cheshire will showcase industry-leading security systems from 35 vendors that complement Axis’ intelligent security solutions for enabling a smarter and safer world.

The innovative solutions to be showcased at the event promise to be diverse and go beyond security, ranging from the latest updates in retail analytics, behavioural analysis and sustainability through to hosted services and cyber security.

The Axis Partner Showcase event will be attended by organisations with expertise in areas such as access control and video management systems, among them Morphean, Milestone Systems, Genetec and ASSA Abloy. It provides the ideal forum for security integrators, installers and end users to experience these innovations in person.

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The drive for efficiency, security and staff safety is an essential focus for the security industry. Ensuring technology is not only fit for its intended purpose, but also fit for use in the future, are key drivers of this commitment. With innovation now a daily feature from a variety of market influencers, knowledge of how to best assess the potential of cutting-edge security technology is often ‘lost in the noise’.

Daren Lang, regional manager of business development in Northern Europe at Axis Communications, stated: “As connectivity and the integration of products continues, the security needs of businesses change. This opens up new possibilities. Our strategies and solutions must change to meet the new opportunities created. We’are thrilled to announce the return of the Axis Partner Showcase. This event is designed to demonstrate how our partners, in conjunction with ourselves, can deliver solutions that stand the test of time, whether looking at the shift from forensic to real time analysis, how to deal with issues around cyber security or keeping pace with new regulations such as the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation.”

Lang added: “As security requirements shift, we see an increasing demand for alternative solutions. Instead of focusing on surveillance alone, businesses are increasingly seeking ways in which smart systems can be integrated, ensuring that technology is flexible and future facing. This is how we help to ensure that technology is not only fit for purpose, but also fit for the future.”

Atul Rajput, regional director for Northern Europe at Axis Communications, stated: “The pace of innovation is core to Axis’ philosophy. It’s of critical importance to keep each of our customers and partners up-to-date with the technology available today as well as its potential for tomorrow. The Axis Partner Showcase event brings this under one roof, providing the best forum available to experience these innovations in person.”

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Bored and distracted employees “could be biggest data security risk” warns Centrify

Employees who become distracted at work are more likely to be the cause of human error and a potential security risk. That’s according to a ‘snapshot’ poll conducted by Centrify.

While more than a third (35%) of survey respondents cite distraction and boredom as the main cause of human error, other causes include heavy workloads (19%), excessive policies and compliance regulations (5%), social media (5%) and password sharing (4%). Poor management is also highlighted by 11% of security professionals, while 8% believe human error is caused by not recognising data security responsibilities at work.

According to the survey, which examines how human error might lead to data security risks within organisations, over half (57%) of respondents believe businesses will eventually trust technology enough to replace employees as a way of avoiding human error in the workplace.

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Despite the potential risks of human error at work, however, nearly three-quarters (74%) of respondents feel that it’s the responsibility of the employee, rather than technology, to ensure that the host company avoids a potential data breach.

“It’s interesting that the majority of security professionals we surveyed are confident that businesses will trust technology enough to replace people so that fewer mistakes are made at work, yet on the other hand firmly put the responsibility for data security in the hands of employees rather than technology,” commented Andy Heather, vice-president and managing director at Centrify EMEA.

“It seems that we as employees are both responsible and responsible: responsible for making mistakes and responsible for avoiding a potential data breach. It shows just how aware we need to be at work about what we do and how we behave when it comes to our work practices in general and our security practices in particular.”

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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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BeCyberSure launches specialist EU GDPR Risk Assessment service

Information security specialist BeCyberSure has announced the launch of the “most comprehensive GDPR Risk Assessment available”. Conducted by security, risk and compliance specialists, the audit provides organisations with a definitive evaluation of their EU GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) readiness, as well as what needs to be done to ensure compliance ahead of the 25 May 2018 deadline.

The GDPR supersedes the UK’s Data Protection Act 1998 and applies to every company that collects, processes or stores an EU citizen’s data, regardless of sector, size and geographical location. Enforcement of the GDPR is unaffected by the UK’s decision to leave the EU.

The BeCyberSure GDPR Risk Assessment is said to provide the most rigorous audit process available. The assessment is conducted on and off site by a GDPR specialist, beginning with a detailed review of company policies and governance, procedures and processes, an assessment of physical aspects (such as access to buildings and the storage of paper documents, etc.) and, if deemed necessary, an extensive digital vulnerability test. The audit also involves formal and informal (ie covert) interviews with employees as well as heads of department.

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Carolyn Harrison, marketing director at BeCyberSure, explained that the GDPR is a company-wide issue and should not sit solely with IT.

“Our assessment begins with people, policies and processes to reveal any possible vulnerabilities that would result in non-compliance,” urged Harrison. “We then deep-dive, looking at what data the organisation is capturing, how it’s processed, what consent has been given, where it’s stored and how to dispose of all information that’s not required.” Harrison added: “The best technology in the world can be rendered useless if an open door, whether physical or digital, creates the opportunity to access to data.”

Following the audit, the host organisation is presented with a confidential Advisory Report stating what action (if any) is required to ensure GDPR compliance.

On that note, Harrison stated: “This report is invaluable in terms of benchmarking where an organisation is today, where they need to get to and the best course of action to get there. They can then choose to implement the programme of work themselves, collaborate with BeCyberSure or outsource the entire project to us.”

BeCyberSure has a senior team of GDPR auditors who have a wealth of experience with backgrounds in risk management and compliance, cyber security, policing, intelligence services and the military.

Harrison concluded: “There’s a lot of scaremongering going on about the GDPR and, while it’s true that the potential fines are eye-watering and the threat of personal liability daunting, if organisations act now, then they still have time to put the necessary safeguards in place to be GDPR-compliant. Undertaking a Risk Assessment is the first step in the due diligence process and means that organisations are not spending unnecessarily on their route to compliance.”

*For further information access www.becybersure.com

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NSI’s fourth Installer Summit proves great success for 200-plus delegates

Upwards of 200 representatives from National Security Inspectorate (NSI)-approved companies gathered to attend the NSI’s fourth national Installer Summit, held on Thursday 30 March at the Vox, the brand new state-of-the art conference centre at Resorts World on the National Exhibition Centre complex in Birmingham.

Over 50 product and business support providers filled the large exhibition hall, offering delegates the opportunity to view the very latest security technology, expand their technical knowledge and take advantage of exclusive Summit deals and offers.

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Speakers at the NSI’s 2017 Installer Summit in Birmingham

Special emphasis was placed on education this year, with ten speakers covering a range of pertinent security and fire sector-related topics over the course of the day.

Subjects in the morning plenary session included the Hatton Garden heist and lessons learned for the security sector, the Government’s perspective on cyber security (including the risks and uncertainties), an insight into Jaguar Land Rover’s award-winning corporate security strategy and the newly-launched Trailblazer Apprenticeship Standard for the security and fire business sectors.

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The NSI’s CEO Richard Jenkins addresses the audience

In the afternoon, delegates were invited to choose from a variety of 30-minute educational sessions. These concentrated on home automation and system integration: the opportunities and risks, tips for protecting businesses against cyber attack, apprenticeships and the benefits for businesses and guidance on forging closer links with police forces.

NSI Gold-approved companies were also given an overview on the changes to the new ISO 9001:2015 Standard fromthe NSI’s expert auditors. In addition, there was a presentation about the benefits of NSI approval for automated gates and barriers, with specific emphasis on helping clients to reduce their risk and understand the business opportunities.

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Graeme Dow speaking at the NSI’s Installer Summit

The seven main sponsors instrumental in delivering this year’s Summit were Avigilon, BT Redcare, CSL, Fermax, RISCO Group UK, IFSEC International and Texecom. As a not-for-profit organisation, the NSI is wholly dependent on its sponsors and other exhibitors who make the event possible.

Richard Jenkins, the NSI’s CEO, stated: “We were delighted to see hundreds of delegates from NSI-approved companies attend this year’s Summit. Delegates clearly value this focused and targeted event which addressed topics specific to their needs in an effective way and in a prestigious professional environment. Like-minded industry experts are ready to share the latest developments in the sector. The feedback we’ve received so far from all participants including speakers, exhibitors and our key sponsors has been overwhelmingly positive, with many seeking to reserve their seats for next year’s event.”

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The exhibition area proved extremely popular with delegates

 

End users who choose to contract NSI-approved companies can be assured of security and fire safety services delivered to the highest standards by businesses committed to quality.  With a national network of full-time qualified auditors specialising in security and fire audits, the NSI counts the UK’s premier security and fire safety providers among its clients. The NSI provides robust auditing by experts to verify compliance with relevant British and European Standards, Codes of Practice and certification schemes developed by industry bodies and associations.

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ONVIF joins IoT Panel discussion at TechSec Solutions 2017

ONVIF, the global standardisation initiative for IP-based physical security products, has announced that it will be presenting at TechSec Solutions 2017 (which runs on 27-28 February at the Delray Beach Marriott Hotel in Palm Beach County, Florida) as part of a Panel discussion on standards, Best Practice, cyber security and the Internet of Things.

Jonathan Lewit, chair of the ONVIF Communication Committee, will be speaking on behalf of ONVIF and is be one of four panellists discussing ‘The Future of IoT: Taming Security’s Wild West’. Other speakers include Neil Lakomiak of Underwriters’ Laboratories, Mitchell Klein of the Z-Wave Alliance and Jim Coleman of Operational Security Systems. The discussion is to be moderated by Paul Ragusa, Editor of Security Systems News.

“Standards are an essential part of the conversation when considering any scenario in which disparate elements must work together to provide actionable intelligence or automation, which the Internet of Things often seeks to do,” said Per Björkdahl, chairman of the ONVIF Steering Committee. “Jonathan will bring an ONVIF perspective to the debate, shedding light on how standardisation and ONVIF specifications can build vital bridges between clients and devices and, indeed, between IP-based systems.”

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Lewit, who also serves as director of technology leadership for Pelco by Schneider-Electric, will touch on the array of connected devices and open platforms in the market that use common communication protocols to work together, including smart homes, buildings and cities.

The speakers will examine how standards, the establishment of Best Practice, interoperability, cyber security and other trends are helping to shape the future of the physical security industry.

Lewit will be speaking on Monday 27 February at 9.30 am. For more information visit: www.tecsechsolutions.com

 

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ECA/SELECT Survey finds buildings at heightened risk from cyber attack

The use of cyber attacks is becoming more prevalent as an effective tool to disrupt both business and politics. As a result of this, within industry it’s vital that steps are taken to protect buildings and infrastructure against potential threats.

To find out the current state of play, the Electrical Contractors’ Association (ECA) and Scottish Trade Association SELECT surveyed a range of clients in November and December last year on their approach to cyber security.

The feedback received from the ‘Connected Technology Survey for Clients’ emanated from a range of respondents, including consultants, engineers, end clients, local authorities and facilities managers.

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The results show that almost four-in-ten clients (39%) don’t take any steps to protect smart installations in buildings from cyber threats. A further 49% cited the risk of hacking as a barrier to installing connected technology.

Steve Martin, head of specialist groups at the ECA, commented: “Given that ‘connected technology’ covers any technology, such as lighting or HVAC installations, this enables devices to communicate with each other over the Internet and undertake tasks. The risks from hacking are substantial.”

Currently, only 20% of the UK’s commercial buildings are considered to be ‘smart’. However, over the next four years, the global ‘Internet of Things’ market is expected to be worth over £1 trillion annually. “If we’re to keep pace with developments,” concluded Martin, “the issue of cyber security needs to be addressed as a matter of urgency.”

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