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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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Risk assessment procedures boost for building services contractors announced by the ECA

Enhanced risk assessments are now available for free to Electrical Contractors’ Association (ECA) member companies following a major upgrade to the ECA’s ‘e-RAMS’ online service.

As a result of the new upgrade, ECA members can now use e-RAMS to carry out ‘quantified risk assessments’ which allows levels of risk to be estimated numerically.

Other new features include enhanced method statement templates, an ability to add company logos to printed risk assessments, an option to upload useful pictures to the method statement and a streamlined process for producing and printing the reports.

The ECA’s director of business services, Paul Reeve, said: “This major upgrade, much of which responds to user feedback during 2015, will allow users to choose between a basic or a quantified risk assessment. Plenty of clients and major contractors look for quantified risk assessments and so, with the new improvements, we expect e-RAMS to be even more useful to members.”

The new e-RAMs service is the latest addition to ECA support for firms to meet the requirements of commercial clients and Pre-Qualification Questionnaires (PQQs). The service has already been used by hundreds of ECA members to produce risk assessments since it was launched in January this year.

Paul Kent, company director at Kent Electrical Contracting Ltd, said: “The e-RAMS service provided by the ECA has saved my business time and money and is a vital tool in managing our Health and Safety obligations.”

Steve Whiteman, contracts manager for CHS Electrical Ltd, commented: “e-RAMS is certainly a more integral part of our company’s day-to-day operations now and, to be honest, we welcome it with open arms.”

Andrew Tyrer, managing director of Cox & Tyrer, explained: “In consultation with our H&S external auditor we have been using e-RAMs and it has met with client approval.”

*Further information on e-RAMS is available here

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Raymond Clarke named winner of 2013 Peter Greenwood Award

Raymond Clarke – the founder of SITO, SAFE and Vocational Compass, and now CEO at IQ – has been announced as the 2013 recipient of the Peter Greenwood Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Systems Industry.

The Peter Greenwood Award is the longest established individual award in the security profession and has been in existence since Peter’s untimely death in January 1995.

In his position as chairman of the Security Industry Lead Body (SILB) Implementation Group, Peter worked tirelessly to enhance the cohesion and professionalism of the security industry as it was then.

The 2013 Peter Greenwood Award – which is sponsored by the Fire and Security Association (FSA) and bestowed by The Worshipful Company of Security Professionals (WCoSP) – was presented to Raymond by TV personality Marcus Brigstocke, FSA chairman Pat Allen and the Electrical Contractors Association (ECA) president Phil Fagg at the ECA’s Gala Dinner and Awards. That event was held at the ICC in Birmingham on Saturday 22 June.

Left to Right: Marcus Brigstocke, Pat Allen (FSA chairman), Raymond Clarke and Phil Fagg (president of the ECA)

Left to Right: Marcus Brigstocke, Pat Allen (FSA chairman), Raymond Clarke and Phil Fagg (president of the ECA)

The occasion was attended by 450 of the great and good of the building services engineering, fire, security and risk management industries.

Valuable and long-lasting contribution to professionalism

Commenting on this year’s Peter Greenwood Award, Stefan Hay – head of the FSA – said: “Raymond Clarke has been a leading and well respected figure, and held senior roles within the security industry and the vocational education sector since 1988.”

Hay continued: “Originally appointed as the training manager for the British Security Industry Association, Raymond went on to create the Security Industry Training Organisation and successfully led the organisation to become one of the country’s leading National Training Organisations.”

Hay then said: “Raymond’s tireless dedication to the sector led to the development of a training and vocational learning infrastructure that ranged from the development of the first National Occupational Standards through to the development of supporting training materials, resulting qualifications, relationships with awarding bodies and regional co-operatives dedicated to the delivery of apprenticeships for the security systems industry.”

Clarke also became one of the country’s most successful bid writers for public funding to support education in the sector, securing millions of pounds for educational projects.

In conclusion, Hay explained: “Raymond has made a valuable and long lasting contribution and he is, therefore, a most worthy recipient of the Peter Greenwood Award 2013.”

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