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BT to deliver latest SD-WAN and cyber security services for chemicals manufacturer IXOM

BT has signed a contract to deploy a new generation of network technology for IXOM, a market leader in the sphere of chemicals manufacturing and distribution in Australia and New Zealand. The arrangement will see IXOM benefit from BT’s latest SD-WAN and cyber security managed services as it shifts applications and data to the cloud in a bid to drive agility, efficiency and innovation.

IXOM’s new network will connect over 1,000 employees at 55 sites across 14 countries. That network will support the company’s digital transformation by delivering over seven times more bandwidth than the company’s existing infrastructure and offer a step change in resilience with dual connectivity to 35 major sites.

The network will be built around BT Agile Connect, a BT managed service based on an SD-WAN 2.0 solution by Nuage Networks from Nokia. This offers enhanced control and understanding of network infrastructure and traffic flows, a much faster, simpler and more secure way of setting up new sites, reduced complexity and lower costs.

BT will also deliver a 24×7 global cyber threat detection, investigation and response service. Managed from BT’s Australian Cyber Security Operations Centre and interfacing directly with IXOM’s in-house team, it will be based on a SIEM platform combined with specialist cyber analyst services. This will help to protect IXOM from today’s rapidly evolving threats.

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Rowan Start, head of IT for IXOM, said: “We’re creating a resilient and agile technology environment to support our cloud applications and services. It will come with the ability to detect and respond to cyber threats in near real-time. We chose BT because of the company’s deep expertise in networking, its understanding of our unique operational environment and its ability to seamlessly integrate security services with our own team to create a true partnership model.”

Bernadette Wightman, managing director for resources, manufacturing and logistics at BT, responded: “Managing risk is a key consideration of any digital transformation programme. That’s why companies such as IXOM look to trusted partners like ourselves who can help them securely introduce the latest cloud-optimised network technologies. IXOM will benefit not only from the improved agility and control that our SD-WAN managed services offer, but also the reassurance that they’re working with one of the world’s leading cyber security practices. It’s a superb example of how our Dynamic Network Services Programme is helping customers deliver their digital transformation.”

BT’s Dynamic Network Services Programme is designed to give customers more choice, security, resilience, service and agility in the roll-out of future networks that support digital transformation. It helps customers to remove barriers to the adoption of SD-WAN and NFV by answering questions about which technologies to use as well as when and how to implement, configure and integrate them with existing networks in order to create a hybrid infrastructure fit for the digital age.

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Motorola Solutions expands security services to help end users manage cyber risks

Motorola Solutions now offers Government and public safety customers expanded cyber security services to help protect against cyber attacks, particularly so as they share information across agencies and work together to solve crimes.

The company’s new Cyber Security Professional Service is a collaborative effort with customers to help them identify and manage cyber risk within their operations by evaluating technology, processes and staff capabilities and recommending solutions to help agencies respond quickly and effectively to any potential breaches.

According to a recent survey of businesses and Government agencies, the number of cyber security incidents detected by respondents climbed to 42.8 million in 2014, representing an increase of more than 48% in just one year. That’s the equivalent of 117,339 incoming attacks each day across a 12-month period.

The Cyber Security Professional Service helps maintain the integrity of police investigations by protecting against cyber threats to mission-critical radio networks and real-time information sources such as videos of incidents and photographs and fingerprints of suspects that are shared between agencies.

The new service adds to Motorola Solutions’ capabilities that already help prevent breaches such as network security monitoring and software security updates which enable customers to maintain the most current and effective versions of programs like records management systems.

“Many organisations believe their most sensitive mission-critical information is safe, but it’s becoming clear that even public safety and Government agencies are prime targets for cyber criminals,” said Kelly Mark, corporate vice-president at Motorola Solutions.

“The Cyber Security Professional Service builds on Motorola Solutions’ decades-long experience in mission-critical security services and helps customers respond quickly to ever-changing security threats by providing periodic assessments designed to identify risks and prioritise next steps towards maintaining secure communications.”

*Motorola Solutions creates innovative, mission-critical communication solutions and services that help public safety and commercial customers build safer cities and thriving communities. Visit http://newsroom.motorolasolutions.com for ongoing company news or subscribe to the dedicated news feed

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SAMI and IMCA collaborate on Maritime Cyber Security Workshop for London International Shipping Week

The Security Association for the Maritime Industry (SAMI) is working with the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) to host a Maritime Cyber Security Workshop as part of London International Shipping Week, which runs from 7-11 September.

The Workshop aboard HQS Wellington at London’s Victoria Embankment on Wednesday 9 September aims to provide attendees with the latest assessment and current trends in maritime cyber security threats, and how they impact the maritime industry.

The recent publication of the US Coast Guard’s Cyber Security guidance and debate at the International Maritime Organisation’s (IMO) Maritime Safety Committee on the need for the maritime industry to develop appropriate guidelines all point to the need for the marine industry to grasp the initiative in this area and take proactive action before a major incident is allowed to occur.

Facilitated by maritime cyber security specialists from Templar Executives, the Workshop will involve group discussion of cyber security incidents. The main focus, however, will be on interactive syndicate work based around a central scenario and configured to the offshore industry.

Incidents will range in severity from simple inadvertent user mistakes by crew through to malicious attacks from antagonists. Output will be captured on the day and subsequently used as the basis of informative guidance for the organisations’ members.

Speaking about the Workshop, SAMI’s Peter Cook stated: “This should be a fascinating day of sharing ideas and learning about this ubiquitous threat. We intend that attendees leave the event ‘uncomfortably educated’ about the threat to the commercial marine environment.”

Briefing on new cyber security guidance

The event will include a briefing on the new marine cyber security guidance developed by the Round Table of international shipping associations – BIMCO, ICS, INTERTANKO and INTERCARGO – which is likely to be incorporated within IMO guidance, as well as threat updates delivered by well-respected subject matter experts from the maritime cyber security world.

The outline programme includes syndicate briefings and cyber threat scenario tabletop syndicate work.

This Workshop is aimed at directors with security responsibilities, company and ship security officers as well as IT personnel. Due to the nature of the cyber security threat in the offshore marine domain, any other personnel with an interest in this field are also welcome to attend.

*Running from 10.00 am through until 6.30 pm, the Workshop is a free-to-attend event for SAMI and IMCA members. Places are available for non-members at a cost of £120 +VAT.

**Attendance is being co-ordinated by IMCA. Those wishing to attend or find out more should e-mail: events@imca-int.com or telephone: +44(0)20 7824 5520

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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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