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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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Peter Jackson appointed CEO and chairman at Jacksons Fencing

Perimeter security and access control solutions specialist Jacksons Fencing has appointed Peter Jackson as its new CEO and chairman with effect from 1 October 2014.

Having spent 25 years working in the physical security sector, Peter Jackson now takes over the reins from his brother Richard Jackson* to lead the company that was established in 1947 by their late father, Ian Jackson.

As the former sales director for Jacksons Fencing, Peter’s previous area of expertise lies in servicing the high security sector of the business. He has been personally responsible for designing the only fencing product to reach SR4 and SR5 level LPCB accreditation, in addition to designing the first fencing product to attain the highest Government testing standard.

Commenting on his appointment, Peter Jackson stated: “I would like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to Richard’s incredible dedication and commitment over the last 40-plus years. His strategic insight and excellent leadership skills have undoubtedly contributed towards shaping the business and growing it into the hugely successful and profitable entity that it is today.”

Peter Jackson: the new CEO and chairman at Jacksons Fencing

Peter Jackson: the new CEO and chairman at Jacksons Fencing

Speaking about the future, Jackson explained: “I’m delighted to be taking up this significant role and relish the challenge of continuing Richard’s work in steering the company through the next stage of its evolution and continued development as a major player in the physical security sector servicing the residential, commercial and ultra-high security markets.”

Jacksons Fencing has been established for over 65 years and, since the company’s inception, it has always taken pride in its ability to deliver superior quality products that are fit for purpose and therefore guaranteed to offer a long life service.

“Looking ahead,” urged Jackson, “the company will continue to trade on its reputation for outstanding quality, both in terms of the product offering but also in relation to the exceptional calibre of customer service and access to unrivalled in-house technical expertise that we can offer. Jacksons Fencing has successfully weathered the storm of the recent economic recession and is now poised for further growth and innovation. I’m looking forward to the exciting times that lie ahead.”

Richard Jackson: concentrating on the Gate Safe campaign

Richard Jackson: concentrating on the Gate Safe campaign

*Richard Jackson will now concentrate 100% on Gate Safe, the charity which he founded in 2010 following the death of two children in automated gate accidents.

Gate Safe campaigns to improve safety standards for automated gates and is supported by a number of key opinion former bodies including RoSPA, Secured by Design, Electrical Safety First, SAFed (Safety Assessment Federation), Electrical Safety First and the Electrical Contractors’ Association.

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SSAIB CEO Geoff Tate wins prestigious Peter Greenwood Award

Geoff Tate – CEO at the Security Systems and Alarms Inspection Board (SSAIB) – is the recipient of this year’s Peter Greenwood Award.

Sponsored by the Fire and Security Association (FSA), the Peter Greenwood Award is designed to recognise professionals in the security systems sector who have made an outstanding contribution. The accolade was set up in memory of Peter Greenwood, former head of the Electrical Contractors’ Association’s (ECA) Security Group, after he passed away back in 1995.

Tate won the 2014 award for his work with the SSAIB over the last 15 years. After taking over the CEO’s role from founder David Hinge, Tate built the SSAIB into a body with more than 1,500 registered firms. He also expanded its remit within the sectors of security guarding and electronic security systems, fire protection, environmental management and occupational Health and Safety management systems, in addition to telecare monitoring equipment for social alarms.

Geoff Tate (right) is presented with the 2014 Peter Greenwood Award by Pat Allen

Geoff Tate (right) is presented with the 2014 Peter Greenwood Award by Pat Allen

Speaking about this tremendous accolade, Geoff Tate said: “I’m delighted to have won this award, and that my peers feel so strongly that my work merits winning it. The past 15 years have been significant for the SSAIB as we’ve tried to strike a balance between expanding our offerings and services without losing sight of the qualities that set us apart from other certification bodies. Despite our increase in size and scope, I’m pleased that we have been able to preserve this vital aspect of our identity and culture.”

Pat Allen, the FSA’s chairman, commented: “Geoff is a very worthy winner of this award, having grown the SSAIB from a relatively small organisation into one which is recognised as the primary certification company for firms in the security services sector. I congratulate him on his win, and hope the industry will continue to benefit from his extensive knowledge and experience when he moves into the role of chairman of the SSAIB later this year.”

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