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Radware reports increase in companies targeted by nation state hackers

Radware, the provider of cyber security and application delivery solutions, has released its 2019-2020 Global Application and Network Security Report. The report finds that more than one-in-four respondents attribute attacks against their organisation to cyber warfare or nation-state activity. In 2018, 19% of organisations believed they were attacked by a nation state. That figure increased to 27% in 2019. At 36%, companies in North America were more likely to report nation state attribution.

“Nation state intrusions are among the most difficult attacks to thwart because the agencies responsible often have significant resources, knowledge of potential zero day exploits and the patience to plan and execute operations,” said Anna Convery-Pelletier, chief marketing officer at Radware. “These attacks can result in the loss of sensitive trade and technological or other data. Security teams may be at a distinct disadvantage.”

These findings come at a time of heightened anxiety for security managers. Organisations are increasingly turning to microservices, server-less architectures and a mix of multiple cloud environments. Two-in-five managers reported using a hybrid environment that included cloud and on-premises Data Centres. Two-in-five said they relied on more than one public cloud environment. However, only 10% of respondents felt that their data was more secure in public cloud environments.

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As organisations adapt their network infrastructure to enjoy the benefits of these new paradigms (such as microservices and multi-cloud environments), they increase their attack surface and decrease the overall visibility into their traffic.

For example, 22% of respondents don’t even know if they were attacked, 27% of those who were attacked don’t know the hacker’s motivations, 38% are not sure whether an Internet of Things (IoT) botnet hit their networks and 46% are not sure if they suffered an encrypted DDoS attack.

Convery-Pelletier added: “This report finds that security professionals feel as though the battlefield is shifting under their feet. Companies are increasingly adding and relying upon new paradigms, which means the infrastructure is harder to monitor for attacks. These new technologies force a shift in security implementation into the development teams. Security is often an afterthought as businesses march forward, and there’s a misconception that ‘good enough’ is enough.”

In addition, the report also found the following points of note:

The emergence of 5G networks As the push for 5G grows, there exists an important opportunity to build security into networks at its foundations. Despite the increasing buzz around 5G networks, only 26% of carriers responded that they felt well prepared for 5G deployment, while another 32% stated that they were somewhat prepared

Be careful what you wish for in terms of the IoT 5G promises to advance organisations’ implementation of (and the value they derive from) IoT technologies, but that promise comes with a corresponding increase in the attack surface. When it comes to IoT-connected devices, 44% of respondents said malware propagation was their top concern, while lack of visibility followed at 20% and Denial of Service at 20%

Data loss is top concern About 30% of businesses stated that data theft as a result of a breach was their top concern following an attack, which is down from 35% the previous year, followed by service outages at 23%. Meanwhile, 33% said that financial gain is a leading motivation for attacks

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Hanwha Techwin focuses on Top 5 Video Surveillance Trends for 2020

Hanwha Techwin, the supplier of IP and analogue video surveillance solutions, has put forward its Top 5 key trend predictions for the security industry in 2020. These include Artificial Intelligence end-to-end security solutions, cyber security, cloud-based data insights, privacy protection and vertical specialised solutions.

Artificial Intelligence End-to-End Security Solutions

As Artificial Intelligence becomes more broadly adopted across industries, it’s likely to be more widely incorporated in video surveillance in the upcoming year. Edge-based Artificial Intelligence (which filters and processes data locally on a camera) will be more ubiquitous, enabling end-to-end Artificial Intelligence technology.

Today, most security cameras send the data they collect to servers to be analysed. However, with edge-based Artificial Intelligence, the data is first analysed by the camera and subsequently sent to the server. This reduces the burden of transferring and storing large amounts of data to a server, thereby increasing efficiency, saving time and reducing server costs typically required to analyse data.

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In 2020, Hanwha Techwin will introduce edge-based Artificial Intelligence cameras, as well as Artificial Intelligence-powered NVRs and VMS so as to bring to market end-to-end (camera to storage server and VMS) Artificial Intelligence security solutions.

Cyber Security

With Internet of Things (IoT) devices becoming ubiquitous, the importance of cyber security has never been more prominent that it is today. Today’s cyber attacks are more intelligent and advanced than ever before, so building cyber-resilient security systems is no longer an option, but an imperative.

Smart Cities, factories, financial institutions and retailers require scaleable video surveillance solutions which are closely interconnected with other devices and networks, making the importance of cyber security paramount.

Strong cyber security has always been Hanwha Techwin’s priority and the company has been refining its technology to suit ince the beginning. The soon-to-be released Wisenet 7, the newest version of Hanwha Techwin’s own System on Chip, has been designed with the strongest cyber security features including a secure booting function and signed firmware for both software and hardware. Validated by the UL Cyber Security Assurance Program certification, Wisenet 7 ensures that end users have access to the industry’s most advanced cyber security features.

Cloud–Based Data Insight

According to IDC, the provider of IT-focused market intelligence, there will be about 175 zettabytes of data in the world by the year 2025, with much of it stored in the cloud and Data Centres around the world. At the same time, video surveillance solutions will go far beyond functioning as a simple monitoring tool to become an indispensable aid to organisations by providing useful insights that improve business operations.

The importance of accessible cloud-based servers that can easily store and analyse the accumulated data will also increase. Going beyond being an efficient storage repository, sophisticated analytics will use cloud processing to analyse the stored data and provide practical and timely insights. 

In 2020, Hanwha Techwin will introduce cloud-based solutions beginning with the Device Health Monitoring Cloud, which will monitor and manage video surveillance devices in real-time. The company will also introduce Retail Insight Cloud which is designed to facilitate store management.

Privacy Protection

Together with cyber security, Hanwha Techwin believes that the protection of personal data should be integral to the business ethics of a video surveillance company. By its very nature, the video data that’s collected for security purposes almost always contains private information. Therefore, protecting surveillance data is imperative.

Around the world, privacy protection laws are being introduced, such as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in Europe and the Federal Information Security Management Act in the US. The California Consumer Privacy Act is also set to come into effect in January 2020.

These laws will force the video surveillance industry to follow ‘privacy by design’ Best Practice and renew all efforts designed to protect personal data from misuse and abuse. Organisations are increasingly aware of the dangers of private data breaches and they’re becoming more discerning when choosing security products and solutions.

Hanwha Techwin provides a solution with Video Privacy Management technology and has released its Smart Cover of Privacy line-up to comply with the GDPR globally.

Vertical Specialised Solutions

Vertical markets in the security industry are increasingly requiring more specialised devices and solutions that meet unique requirements. With the emergence of the fourth industrial revolution, the presence of smart verticals will be more prominent and video surveillance companies must be ready to provide solutions for Smart Cities, factories, transportation and retail organisations.

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Hanwha Techwin already provides products for these verticals and plans to expand its line-up of specialised solutions in the very near future to include asset management solutions with IoT technology.

“Advancement in technologies such as Artificial Intelligence, the IoT and the cloud will support new use cases in conjunction with existing devices and solutions to meet customers’ needs in various verticals, expanding the horizon of our industry,” said Hanwha Techwin’s president and CEO Soon Hong Ahn. “However, we must also be mindful of the social and ethical responsibility related to areas such as cyber security and private data protection. Sustained interest and investment in these areas must be regarded as an obligation to make sure our industry continues to thrive in the midst of rapid technological advancements.”

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Kentec set to showcase latest UL-approved Taktis fire panel at Intersec

Life safety control systems manufacturer Kentec is showing its UL-approved, next generation Taktis UL 16-loop analogue addressable fire panel on Stand 4-A24 at Intersec 2019 alongside a suite of extinguishant panels and accessories designed to make end user customers’ lives easier.

The Taktis UL 16L extends the current Taktis UL fire panel to provide up to 144 zone indications. It supports more than 2,000 detection devices and can network up to 128 panels, making it ideal for the largest sites such as Data Centres, schools, hospitals, multi-site retail outlets/supermarkets, critical infrastructure and major commercial and industrial facilities. The panel has been approved by UL to UL-864 10th Edition.

Exhibited for the first time is the Fire-Cryer Plus voice sounder and visual indicator. An accessory to the Sigma XT, Sigma XT+ and Syncro XT+ extinguishing control panels, the solution provides clear and concise messaging to building occupants as an alternative to electronic sounders/bells and strobes. System-specific messages are provided including first stage alarm, second stage alarm, gas release imminent and gas release confirmation as well as hold button activation.

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Also on display will be the Ockular software solution, providing building managers with complete control over fire detection and monitoring. Ockular software enables the creation of a 2D site map of any site or building to monitor fire safety and detection, and automatically switches to an area where a fire device has been activated to allow immediate viewing and investigation of an event.

Visitors will also see how Vizulinx, a sophisticated yet easy-to-use fire alarm management solution, enables building managers and service providers to monitor fire systems remotely while also being able to integrate with other systems (such as Building Management Systems, for example). It passes on the detail of fire system events via e-mail and SMS message format using a standard IP connection. Integration with other systems is achievable via Modbus or BacNET protocols.

Kevin Swann, managing director of Kentec, stated: “Intersec will be a fantastic opportunity to showcase how our systems are helping to protect sites within a wide variety of sectors in the Middle East and globally. With the Taktis UL 16L, our panels have the capability to protect the very largest sites and infrastructures. Our suite of complementary products, including Fire-Cryer, Vizulinx and Ockular demonstrates that the customer is at the centre of everything we do. It’s our job to ensure fire safety is made as efficient, practical and effective as possible for our customers.”

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Kentec’s robust and easy-to-install Sigma A-XT, Sigma XT and Syncro XT+ ranges will be on display at the show, demonstrating the company’s long-established extinguishing capabilities.

Intersec 2019 takes place on 20-22 January in Dubai and will attract more than 1,000 exhibitors from well over 50 countries, as well as upwards of 25,000 trade visitors.

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dormakaba issues brochure and video on cyber security and data protection

Security and access solutions specialist dormakaba has launched its latest brochure promoting products that protect the physical security of Data Centres, server rooms and server racks. Created with building services professionals in mind, the brochure includes products suitable for high security applications where the protection of data is paramount. Accompanying the brochure, dormakaba has also created a video to highlight the importance of physical access for secure Data Centres. 

The physical security of data plays a key role in ensuring that information is kept secure and safe from misuse. Whether private to an organisation or an individual, organisations have a responsibility to ensure that all data is kept secure throughout its lifecycle (ie from the time it’s created right through to the time that it’s used and, finally, through to the time it’s archived).

The first section of the brochure introduces the main challenges faced when securing data, including where sensitive data resides and how it’s stored. With site access restricted to a select group of individuals, Data Centres and server rooms are environments that require secure and compliant access solutions.

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The brochure also includes product categories that recommend fit for purpose solutions depending on the desired application. These range from cylinder and key systems to electronic access control and safe locks.

“With the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation due to come into force on Friday 25 May, organisations now have a heightened awareness of their responsibilities when it comes to protecting personal data,” said Clive Baker, director of security locking at dormakaba. “While many have brought in new policies to guarantee the protection of information, the physical aspect of data security is often overlooked. This brochure has been created to educate those responsible for ensuring compliance with ever more stringent legislation.”

*To view the video accompanying the brochure visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2_G_OXK-dSw&t=1s

**Free copies of dormakaba’s new brochure may be downloaded at: www.dormakaba.co.uk or contact marketing.gb@dormakaba.com

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

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

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

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

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Johan Paulsson: CTO at Axis Communications

(1) A move towards the edge

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

(2) Cloud-to-Cloud

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

(3) Deep and machine learning

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

(4) Cyber security

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

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

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

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

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

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JB Corrie accreditation sees fourth company approved to install ArmaWeave

A fourth company has now been accredited to install ArmaWeave, the approved high-security perimeter fencing system manufactured by Zaun. Specialist fencing installer JB Corrie has committed to training its site operatives in the installation methods for ArmaWeave developed by Zaun over time to make best use of the solution’s high-security woven fabric.

Impressed with the versatility of the system, JB Corrie is now installing the Zaun mesh on several security sites.

The company joins expert installer Allen Fencing Limited, systems integrator Crime & Fire Defence Systems and premier prison fencing installer Binns Fencing, a Zaun subsidiary, as an approved installer.

Contracts director Norton Welch said: “We’re delighted to have received this accreditation and look forward to working closely with Zaun to install its security products in the future.”

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JB Corrie’s contracts director Norton Welch (centre) and senior sales and estimating manager Luke Ryan (left) receive their accreditation to install ArmaWeave from Zaun’s sales and marketing director Chris Plimley

The company – which has been in business for over 100 years and is now in the ownership of the fourth generation Corrie family – installs integrated perimeter protection systems for high security applications and boasts military bases, utilities, power stations and airports among its clients.

Zaun established the installer scheme after increasing requests from customers to recommend contractors with suitable installation, quality and safety standards.

Panels can be raked

ArmaWeave is produced on the world’s largest steel loom at Zaun’s West Midlands manufacturing base. It boasts properties that give it distinct advantages against more traditional welded mesh systems, such as panels that can be raked to accommodate slopes. Therefore, installers require the necessary skill sets to set this up.

The wire of the panels has a tensile strength typically more than double that of welded panels so special methods are needed for cutting the panels during installation.

Zaun trained JB Corrie’s installation teams on the properties and tolerances of ArmaWeave and how it’s manufactured. The training is for ‘fencers’ with proven experience in high-security fencing work who are sponsored by a company that can demonstrate its professionalism through membership of a relevant trade organisation and valid UKAS-accredited ISO 9001 certification.

The certificate of training is only valid while the individual is working for the host company. This ensures that trained individuals are working properly under quality management to install the product.

With its partners, Zaun hopes to increase the adoption of ArmaWeave as the standard for secure sites of Critical National Infrastructure – such as the utilities, Data Centres and nuclear sites – while ensuring consistent installation quality.

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Zaun develops SR3 fencing for Critical National Infrastructure applications

A high-security fence for rail and other Critical National Infrastructure (CNI) applications that resists sustained attack with specialist power tools for more than five minutes has been developed by steel mesh fencing manufacturer Zaun.

Zaun has received a revised Certificate of Product Approval from the Loss Prevention Certification Board to include its brand new CorruSec SR3 approved to Security Rating 3. The fencing system incorporates corrugated HiSec 3-5-10 mesh sandwiched between further panels of HiSec 3-5-10, a special welded steel wire fence panel similar to the type of mesh usually used for prison fencing, whose name is derived from its mesh size: 3″ × 0.5″ × 10 gauge.

The original concept was the idea of Zaun co-founder and director Alastair Henman and has been developed by R&D manager Adam Christie. Christie explained: “Alastair conceived the design by looking at the construction of cardboard, in particular the corrugated kind and how the corrugated element created a much stronger three-dimensional material. We started experimenting with a corrugated mesh centre section to give fencing greater rigidity and increase its thickness without adding much to the material content and weight in order to counter the kind of tools attackers might use.”

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CorruSec SR3 has been subjected to sustained attack by testers from the Building Research Establishment wielding a range of hand and power tools, yet they couldn’t breach the CorruSec SR3 in less than five minutes.

The fencing system is manufactured to BS 1722 Part 14 and is approved at heights from 2.4 metres to 6 metres above the ground, in ground or base-plated options.

Each individual panel features a 76.2 mm x 12.7 mm mesh configuration with 3 mm horizontal and vertical wires. The corrugated section is pressed to approximately 100 mm in depth. All three layers are bolted together using bolts fixed into place in a grid pattern throughout the combined fence panel.

CorruSec SR3 provides good through visibility for use with CCTV cameras, while security toppings can be added to suit.

Alastair Henman explained: “The current specification for CrossRail stations is a ‘5-minute fence’, so we set about seeing if we could create a viable product. Across our customer base, operators of CNI are upgrading their most sensitive sites given  the heightened fear of terrorist threats and advances in technology.”

As well as rail applications, SR3 fencing is ideal for protecting assets at water utilities, oil and gas compounds, Data Centres and other CNI sites.

 

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Inner Range to unveil Integriti Encrypted High Security integrated access control and security system at IFSEC International 2017

We live in an era where criminal activity has become more sophisticated and information about system hacking more readily available. With organisations being more vulnerable to attack, access control and security system manufacturer Inner Range is addressing the challenge for the security industry by adding another system to its already strong portfolio: Integriti Encrypted High Security.

Launching at IFSEC International 2017, Inner Range’s Integriti Encrypted High Security is an integrated access control and security system offering the pioneering integrated security and building management functionality of its flagship brand Integriti, but with the added advantage of being end-to-end fully encrypted to 128 bit with Mac authentication. Data encryption ensures secure LAN communications at all times, while continuous monitoring detects any fault or attempted module substation.

Chantel Smith, business development manager at Inner Range Europe, commented: “Integriti Encrypted High Security delivers end-to-end full encryption, which is essential for buildings and facilities that are of critical importance to national infrastructure and for Data Centres and research labs where there’s a heightened security risk.”

Smith continued: “Equally, we’re experiencing an increase in demand for systems from organisations big and small that don’t necessarily need end-to-end encryption to meet regulatory requirements, but understand the importance of adding an extra layer of protection for their buildings.”

InnerRangeIntegritiHighSecurity The Integriti Encrypted High Security system comprises a suite of products which together offer all the elements necessary to build a fully-integrated high security system that provides complete end-to-end data encryption. The Integriti range of products includes controllers, input expansion modules, end of line modules, keypads, card readers, power supplies and equipment enclosures.

The system’s modular design delivers scope for expansion while also boasting hybrid architecture which supports both high security and standard commercial grade (resistor network) areas at the same facility at the same time. The end result is a single, holistic and affordable security solution for the entire organisation.

Expansion of the Integriti system is achieved by installing additional encrypted modules to the high security controller’s RS-485 LAN or adding additional controllers to the system. The entire platform, including multiple controllers, can be managed from the Integriti Enterprise software.

*Visit Inner Range Europe on Stand E1400 at IFSEC International 2017

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Zaun accredits installers to roll out “unique” ArmaWeave security solution

High security perimeter systems manufacturer Zaun is bolstering the ranks of approved installers for its “unique” intruder-resistant fencing.

ArmaWeave fencing is produced on the world’s largest steel loom at the company’s West Midlands manufacturing base. Crime & Fire Defence Systems engineers were trained in the installation of the product and, over the last two years, have installed kilometres of the high-security woven fencing at utilities sites right across the country.

Now Zaun has formally accredited Crime & Fire Defence Systems as an approved installer of the product, along with Zaun Group subsidiary Binns Fencing.

Zaun has established the new installer scheme because of increasing requests from customers to recommend contractors with suitable installation, quality and safety standards.

ArmaWeave boasts some unique properties which give it distinct advantages, but require some fresh skills and techniques to install. For example, unlike welded mesh, the panels can rake up and down hills such that installers require new skills to square up or rake the panels.

The wire of the panels has a tensile strength typically more than double that for welded panels so special methods are required for cutting the panels during installation.

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Zaun’s Chris Plimley (left) celebrates the accreditation with Crime & Fire Defence Systems team members (from left to right) Craig Watts, Pete Rushforth, Chris Singer and Stuart Fletcher

Training for installation teams

Zaun will be training installation teams on the properties and tolerances of ArmaWeave and how it’s manufactured. Instruction is aimed exclusively at ‘fencers’ with proven skills and experience in high-security fencing works and deals only with the specific new skills and techniques required to install ArmaWeave.

Trainers will share the secrets of installation methods Zaun has developed over time for ArmaWeave to make best use of the properties of the high-security fabric.

The training will be for experienced individuals sponsored by a company which can demonstrate its professionalism through membership of a relevant trade organisation and valid UKAS-accredited ISO 9001 certification. The certificate of training will only be valid while the individual is working for the host company. This will ensure that properly trained individuals working under proper quality management install the product.

The plan is to increase the adoption of ArmaWeave as the standard for secure sites of Critical National Infrastructure – such as utilities, Data Centres and nuclear sites – while ensuring consistent installation quality.

Zaun’s sales and marketing director Chris Plimley said: “We invested in the steel loom ahead of the sales in the belief we could produce an innovative product that installers, specifiers and high-security facility managers would want. That has proven to be so true that we need to expand the number of contractors trained in installing it correctly.”

Resistance to attacks

ArmaWeave’s properties add substantial resistance to cutting attacks perpetrated with hand, powered and non-contact tools. The tight mesh pattern provides no climbing aids, again limiting the potential for intrusion.

ArmaWeave CPNI enhanced is tested to the very highest standards and can be combined with other intruder systems, electronics and access control to create the optimum in integrated fencing solutions. The product has also been approved for use with a range of microphonic PID cable systems after testing for many months at a Ministry of Defence facility.

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Corporate Risk Associates awarded £70,000 R&D grant for nuclear power plant research

A human factors, safety and risk consultancy that provides services to safety critical industries has been awarded an R&D grant worth almost £70,000 which will see the company make a significant contribution towards improving the safety and operations of civil nuclear power plants.

Thanks to the grant plus some internal funding, UK-based Corporate Risk Associates (CRA) will now be conducting a comprehensive research project designed to significantly enhance the industry’s understanding of potential system failures in nuclear power plants, aiding both plant safety and the uninterrupted supply of electricity.

The grant has been awarded by Innovate UK, the UK’s innovation agency which works with people, companies and partner organisations to find and drive the science and technology innovations that will grow the UK economy. The research will be completed throughout the course of this year.

Speaking about the grant, Jasbir Sidhu (CEO and founder of CRA) said: “We’re delighted to have been awarded this grant which will see CRA develop a process to generate realistic reliability estimates of SMART Control and Instrumentation (SC&I) in order to increase the safety levels within nuclear power plants.”

SC&I are intelligent control devices that employ programmable electronic components to collect and process data to enhance performance.

According to Singh, the industry uses assessments of the reliability of engineered systems to understand safety margins. The reliability of SC&I technology is difficult to substantiate due to the inclusion of software, and this leads to an assumption that it performs much worse than is indicated by operational experience.

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“Current methods adopted in the industry involve using high confidence values based on Safety Integrity Levels (SILs), as stipulated in standards such as IEC 61508/IEC 61513,” added Singh. “We firmly believe this current method doesn’t give a good indication of the ‘true’ reliability, as SIL figures are considered to be highly conservative. As such, we’re extremely passionate about this project and developing a process that can ensure future decisions are based on realistic reliability estimates.”

Singh went on to state: “It’s great that we’ve received this grant from Innovate UK in recognition of the significant impact this project will have on the nuclear, process, transportation and other high hazard industries where safety is, of course, of paramount importance. Looking ahead, this research will have a major impact on the understanding of risks from emerging and growing fields, such as Data Centres.”

The project will be led by experts at CRA, including the company’s principal consultant Ashraf El-Shanawany and consultants Francesca Brandford-Adams and Garth Rowlands, who’ll be researching the approach of Structured Expert Judgement.

Established in 2000, CRA boasts a team of 40 technical consultants. The company prides itself on managing safety, reliability and risk across the nuclear, rail, defence and process industries, where delivering a robust risk analysis is part of the licensing processes.

The company has recently been awarded work with major organisations, including the Office of Nuclear Regulation, EDF Energy and Babcock International.

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