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TDSi’s Ian Hoare gains Master’s degree from Bournemouth University

Integrated security manufacturer TDSi has announced that its software analyst and developer Ian Hoare has graduated with a Master’s degree in Cyber Security and Human Factors from Bournemouth University. Hoare’s qualification demonstrates the company’s continued commitment to research, education and training.

TDSi’s managing director John Davies commented: “We’re very proud that Ian has earned his Master’s degree, having worked extremely hard to study alongside his role at TDSi. As a company, we champion education and training as it benefits not only the person and the business, but also the security industry as a whole.”

Hoare elaborated on the significance of his new degree for his role at TDSi. “This new qualification demonstrates that I’m up-to-date with the very latest advances in cloud computing and online security. The TDSi team is always at the forefront of secure software for the modern world, but we’re keen to illustrate this with Continuing Professional Development, giving additional confidence to our customers that all has been done to secure their data.”

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Ian Hoare of TDSi

As part of his graduation process, Hoare produced a dissertation that examines the secure development life-cycle and how it can fit into the agile development process. He commented: “The Agile development process doesn’t allow for any security processes. There’s an argument that it shouldn’t, as it’s an overhead of the initial development.”

Hoare concluded: “However, it’s important to identify and mitigate vulnerabilities within the system, as the financial costs are far greater if vulnerabilities are found after the product is released. This is even more important with the EU’s looming General Data Protection Regulation, which comes into force in May next year.”

Hoare’s Master’s in Cyber Security and Human Factors is just part of an ongoing process of training and research. He concluded: “The cloud environment is continuously changing, with new threats evolving. It’s vital to use this knowledge now and to continuously keep this learning and information updated as technology and security needs evolve.”

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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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Abloy UK advises companies to secure remote sites in wake of record £20 million fine for Thames Water

Abloy UK is advising companies to secure remote sites and minimise the risk of substantial fines by dint of using innovative new access control technology. This advice comes in light of the recent record fine of over £20 million given to Thames Water for polluting the River Thames with 1.4 billion litres of raw sewage.

Thames Water was functioning with reduced operational resources, in turn resulting in unmanned sites. When alarms were raised signalling issues, they were not attended to immediately – including one being ignored for 37 hours*.

Abloy UK suggests that a system such as PROTEC2 CLIQ with CLIQ Connect could prevent these kinds of events from happening by allowing access to be granted remotely, such that incidents can be dealt with on a swift basis.

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PROTEC2 CLIQ allows for the remote management of disparate or large electronic master-keyed sites, provides audit trails on locks and padlocks and allows lost or stolen keys to be invalidated, in turn assuring secure key management at all times.

CLIQ Connect enables PROTEC2 CLIQ keys to be activated through a smart phone using Bluetooth 4.0 technology, offering flexibility, time-saving and ease of use of remote access control. The system is ideally suited to organisations that have a number of engineers and contractors visiting remote sites, and offers a solution for many different sectors including defence, the utilities, telecoms, transport, education and healthcare.

Steve Wintle, head of Critical National Infrastructure at Abloy UK, said: “We can see from the example of Thames Water that businesses can be under resourced. This is often how mistakes and accidents can happen. Investment in a system such as CLIQ Connect could have saved a business such as Thames Water a significant fine, not to mention the cost of negative publicity and the impact this could have on share price. By de-centralising the authentication of access, the system can act as a secondary confirmation. Access and actions can be double-checked, thereby preventing costly incidents such as this one from occurring.”

*http://www.henleystandard.co.uk/news/home/107177/thames-water-fined-record-20million-over-sewage-leaks.html

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Genetec announces technology partnership with SimonsVoss

Genetec, the provider of open architecture security and public safety solutions, has announced a technology partnership with SimonsVoss, the manufacturer of electronic locks. Through this partnership, Genetec will be able to integrate the SimonsVoss SmartIntego digital locking cylinder, the ‘Smart Handle’ and padlock wireless locks with its own Synergis solution (the IP-based access control core system in Genetec’s Security Center, the company’s unified IP security platform. This will offer a cost-effective and scaleable solution for a wide range of end user customers, including security and risk managers operating in the spheres of higher education, healthcare, retail and Government institutions.

Customers will be able to enroll SimonsVoss locks into their Synergis access control system with Version 5.6 of Security Center, which is expected to be available in early Q2 2017 through the Genetec Channel Partner Programme.

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With the cost of hardwired access control installation increasing, in the main due to infrastructure complexity and compliance requirements, the ease and speed of installation of a wireless access control solution saves customers money. It also greatly enhances an organisation’s security for staff, visitors and property (both physical and intellectual).

For systems integrators, this integration will offer a greater choice of industry-standard wireless electronic locks. Overall system design and deployment will be greatly simplified, allowing Genetec-certified channel partners to leverage wireless locks and significantly reduce the installation time and labour costs typically associated with hardwired solutions.

“We’re thrilled to add the SimonsVoss brand to our expanding portfolio of supported locks,” said Derek Arcuri, product marketing manager at Genetec. “Both companies will now be able to offer end users and systems integrators alike a greater choice in access control hardware, whether for designing a new physical security system or updating an existing one.”

Bernhard Sommer, managing director at SimonsVoss, added: “The integration of our SmartIntego locks with the enterprise-class Synergis access control software from Genetec will enable a scaleable access control solution that meets today’s needs while providing an easy pathway to future upgrades.”

When Synergis and SimonsVoss locks are deployed alongside Genetec video surveillance products, end users will be able to view all of their lock events and activities seamlessly linked with live or recorded video, giving them a more complete and unified view of their organisation’s security.

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Pacom achieves highest European security grade for intrusion detection

Pacom Systems, a specialist in high-level integrated security management solutions, has announced that the 8002 Intelligent Field Controller and associated devices have been awarded EN50131 Grade 4 approval – the highest European standard for intruder alarm security and signalling.

The EN50131 Standard uses the concept of security grades to classify Intrusion and Hold-Up Alarm Systems based upon the level of risk. Grade 1 is the lowest tier and represents environments in which intruders are expected to have a low knowledge of intruder alarm systems and there is a low risk of theft.

At the other end of the scale, a Grade 4 system is where security takes precedence over all other factors.  At this level, intruders are expected to have the ability and resources to plan a burglary in advance and have the knowledge and equipment to alter part of the intruder alarm system to avoid detection.

Grade 4 compliance indicates that Pacom has met the demanding requirements of the EN50131 Standard. The 8002 Controller is now certified for the highest risk environments which can include applications within the banking and finance, military, transport, Government, education and healthcare sectors.

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“This is a significant milestone for Pacom” stated Andrew Minnikin, global sales director for the company. “We’re extremely proud to be one of the very few companies globally to have achieved EN50131 Grade 4, and we look forward to providing this elevated level of security to our customers.”

The Pacom 8002 is an integrated access and alarm controller that delivers an all-in-one building platform integrating the functionality required for a remote security system. Its modular architecture makes the 8002 Controller simple to install and configure, as well as expand and integrate as future security needs require.

As an alarm system, the 8002 Controller supports up to 32 alarm areas and 256 alarm zones. The 8002 controller can operate stand-alone for smaller projects or as part of a fully integrated alarm and access control system for larger buildings or multi-site applications.

*For more information about the Pacom 8002 Intelligent Field Controller visit www.pacom.com

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TDSi bestows AlertSystems with Platinum Partner of the Year Award for 2016

Integrated security solutions manufacturer TDSi has awarded AlertSystems with its Platinum Partner of the Year Award for 2016. The award was presented to Ian Trayling of AlertSystems and recognises the expert installer for its close partnership with the security manufacturer.

Having received the award, Paul Brake (joint managing director of AlertSystems) said: “I speak for the whole team when I say we’re delighted and honoured to be presented with this award, which reflects how closely we work with TDSi to provide our customers with the best solutions and implementation. TDSi’s products offer outstanding quality of service and value for money, which in turn helps us to offer our clients very attractive RoI in a highly competitive market. We look forward to continuing our fruitful partnership.”

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Ian Trayling (left) and John Davies

TDSi’s channel partner manager Alex Rumsey is equally enthusiastic about the award. “AlertSystems has continuously delivered the highest levels of professionalism, technical expertise and market awareness which makes them an ideal partner for TDSi,” said Rumsey. “With a highly keen interest in the market, AlertSystems has grown its business with TDSi significantly throughout the last 12 months, with a stand-out project for Capita Customer Management and Marlborough College. This award is richly deserved and we’re proud to be forging a continued partnership of success.”

As one of the UK’s leading providers of electronic security systems to businesses, AlertSystems is committed to providing excellent products and outstanding customer care for organisations seeking high quality security solutions. With thousands of commercial security installations across the UK, the company is a trusted security supplier to organisations from all major industry sectors, including transport, logistics, food production, schools, universities, hotels, the utilities and waste management.

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New report from WhiteHat Security reinforces that organisations must focus on risk

WhiteHat Security has issued its eleventh annual Web Applications Security Statistics Report. Compiled using data collected from tens of thousands of websites, the report reveals that the majority of web applications exhibit, on average, two or more serious vulnerabilities per application for every industry at any given point in time.

The Report’s findings are based on the aggregated vulnerability scanning and remediation data from web applications that use the WhiteHat Sentinel service for application security testing. The research shows that no industry has mastered application security. Of the 12 industries analysed, the IT, education and retail industries suffer the highest number of critical or high-risk vulnerabilities per web application (at 17, 15 and 13 respectively).

The findings also highlight that the IT and retail industries struggle to remediate in a timely manner. It takes approximately 250 days for IT and 205 days for retail businesses to fix their software vulnerabilities.

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According to the ‘Window of Exposure’ data contained in the report, another key metric organisations need to pay attention to is the number of days an application has one or more serious vulnerabilities open during a given time period. Across all industries, a substantial number of web applications remain always vulnerable.

A few key highlights of the report include: 

  • Information Technology (IT): 60% of web applications are always vulnerable
  • Retail: Half of all web applications are always vulnerable
  • Banking and financial services: 40% and 41% (respectively) of web applications are always vulnerable
  • Healthcare: 47% of web applications are always vulnerable

“We’ve observed that organisations have hundreds, if not thousands, of consumer-facing web applications, and each of these web apps has anywhere from five to 32 vulnerabilities,” said Tamir Hardof, chief marketing officer at WhiteHat Security. “This means that there are thousands of vulnerabilities across the average organisation’s web applications. While this number is overwhelming, risk ratings can really help security teams prioritise which vulnerabilities they work on fixing first. Unfortunately, what this year’s report tells us once again is that organisations are not really relying on risk levels as a baseline to inform their application security strategies.”

Remediation rates

The report also captures data on vulnerabilities that are fixed once they’re discovered. Generally, the more critical the vulnerability, the more complex they are to understand and remediate.

For nine of the 12 industries analysed, remediation rates are below 50%. In IT, less than 25% of open vulnerabilities are remediated, while vulnerabilities in this industry have an average age of 875 days. The average time-to-fix for vulnerabilities varies by industry, from approximately 15 weeks in the energy industry to 35 weeks in IT.

Key trends from 2013-2015 include the following:

  • Remediation rates declined significantly in IT, which saw a drop from 46% to 24%, and in banking, which dropped from 52% to 42%
  • Financial services and retail saw modest increases in their remediation rates, from 41% to 48% for financial services, and from 42% to 48% for retail
  • The greatest improvement was in the food and beverage industry, where remediation rates quadrupled from 17% to 62%
  • In manufacturing, rates almost doubled from 34% to 66%, while healthcare and insurance increased from 26% to 42%, and from 26% to 44% respectively

“Since 2013, the average time to fix vulnerabilities has trended upward overall, but we’ve seen some great successes with customers who’ve embedded security into the software development process,” said Ryan O’Leary, vice-president of the Threat Research Centre and technical support for WhiteHat Security.

“Discovering vulnerabilities in development is key to reducing vulnerabilities when the application is staged. Introducing source scanning, or SAST, has the potential to eliminate 80%-90% of well-known vulnerabilities. We look forward to seeing how this report will evolve as security and development teams work together more closely around shared security and risk management goals.”

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