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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.”

Ian Trayling and John Davies Alert Systems Award

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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The Security Institute announces endorsement relationship with iSMTA

The Security Institute has unveiled the detail of a new endorsement relationship with iSMTA, the International Secure Minds Training Academy.

Speaking at The Security Institute’s recent Annual Conference, the organisation’s managing director David Thorp announced that, in furtherance of its ambition to become a byword for educational quality within the security sector, the Institute has now reached its first endorsement agreement with a training organisation.

“We want to work with education and training providers who share our vision of an apprenticeship-to-Boardroom, full career education model for this profession and the International Secure Minds Training Academy meets that criterion,” asserted Thorp.

“In addition, iSMTA has been a strong supporter of our Manifesto for Professional Security and its championing of life-long learning, the promotion of standards of excellence at all levels within the profession and the promulgation of career pathways that help people entering the profession see clearly the pathways, options and opportunities that are open to them as they develop their careers.”

Tony Maher, the head of iSMTA, supports these comments. Maher added: “We’re excited about this new relationship. Education is crucial when it comes to climbing the professional career ladder, and we’ve developed an e-learning based model that offers people with limited time and who may be geographically remote to study for a qualification featuring state-of-the-art learning materials using the most up-to-date learning platform.”

Maher concluded: “The Institute could see the value of this in helping to develop the next generation of security professionals. In other words, future members of The Security Institute”

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IFSEC International 2015: ASSA Abloy reports on a successful event highlighting integrated security solutions

ASSA Abloy used the platform of IFSEC International 2015 to showcase integrated security solutions and access control technology from its leading brands.

At ExCeL London between 16-18 June, the company revealed how its future-proof solutions enable customers to have the correct level of access across a wide range of end user markets, including the commercial, education, healthcare, transport and retail sectors.

Also demonstrated was the flexibility of the available solutions which is enabled through ‘open’ communication technology. Products from ASSA Abloy, Abloy, Mul-T-Lock, Traka and Yale were showcased.

The company’s stand featured an Integration Zone detailing how the group’s access control products offer “an unrivalled proposition” through the use of open communication protocols that are easily scalable and which can be integrated with most security systems (as well as being compatible with all major OEMs).

ASSA Abloy benefited from a successful IFSEC International 2015

ASSA Abloy benefited from a successful IFSEC International 2015

In essence, the Integration Zone showcased the group’s breadth of product offerings and global capability.

Chris Bone, vice-president of access control solutions for the EMEA region at ASSA Abloy, said: “IFSEC International 2015 proved to be a hugely important show for us, not only allowing us to showcase our latest product innovations but also providing the business with an excellent platform to display our ability to operate as a global solutions partner.”

Bone continued: “There was a constant stream of visitors to our stand, all of whom had the opportunity to hear first hand from our partners about why they choose to work with ASSA Abloy and to see the Integration Zone that successfully displayed the flexibility provided by our open communications systems.”

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Skills for Security Common Core NOS reviewed and renamed: ‘Essential Employability’

Skills for Security, the sector’s skills and standards setting body, has announced that the revised suite of standards for Essential Employability (previously known as Common Core) have been approved by the United Kingdom Commission for Employment and Skills.

The revised suite of standards may be accessed via the Skills for Security website.

As with all National Occupational Standards developed by Skills for Security on behalf of the sector, the NOS for Essential Employability will also be freely available on the National Occupational Standards Database (which can be accessed via: http://www.ukstandards.org.uk/)

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