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IDIS determined to focus on video cyber security at IFSEC International 2019

Network security and the threat of ‘cyber loopholes’ should be a top priority for video surveillance users, IDIS will tell visitors at IFSEC International. Launching a cyber security advisory video ahead of the show, the IDIS team at ExCeL in London from 18-20 June will also be on hand to demonstrate and explain how IDIS technology goes a step further to strengthen the resilience of traditional surveillance network processes.

IDIS will be highlighting the dangers of cyber attacks and the common vulnerabilities found in many surveillance set-ups – as well as showcasing a full range counter-measures – on Stand IF1110.

Users should plan for three specific risks, states the company: data access loopholes, data transmission weaknesses and the integrity of recorded footage.

“IDIS has consistently led the way in addressing cyber security concerns, taking a multi-pronged approach from R&D through to customer installation,” said James Min, managing director of IDIS Europe. “We’ve developed a rich, layered and comprehensive set of technologies and features to ensure maximum protection for end users.”

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Visitors will see how IDIS DirectIP – the cornerstone of the IDIS Total Solution – closes-up widespread vulnerabilities and serves as a proprietary mutual authentication system for all IDIS IP products. IDIS DirectIP speeds up implementations and streamlines cyber security by eliminating the need for engineers to manage multiple IP addresses and associated passwords during implementation. It therefore mitigates human error and the common malpractice of saving passwords in vulnerable spreadsheets.

Using peer-to-peer technology, IDIS’ ‘For Every Network’ technology also lets engineers deploy and configure secure, multi-site surveillance solutions that use centralised monitoring and control without in-depth knowledge of routing or networking.

IDIS will also highlight the cyber security essentials for transmission and recording together with its own patented and proprietary technologies which prevent activities such as snooping, modification and the destruction of data.

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In addition, visitors to Stand IF1110 will learn how IDIS ensures the integrity of video recording, with its advanced ‘Chained Fingerprint’ technology authenticating footage such that it can be submitted to the police and the courts as evidence.

“Combined with these technologies, our industry-leading training programmes are helping installers and integration partners to work knowledgeably with devices and networks to ensure maximum cyber security for our end users,” concluded Min.

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TDSi introduces updated version of GARDiS integrated security software

Integrated security solutions manufacturer TDSi is proud to announce the launch of the latest enhanced version of its new GARDiS software. GARDiS Version 1.1 provides extra functionality and support for end users and security installers.

Tina Baker, software development manager at TDSi, commented: “The latest version of the GARDiS software brings considerable additions to the platform. These include Multiple Access Levels per person, an Office Mode (featuring a Double Tap) and the facility to import people’s details and keys rapidly to facilitate the on-boarding of new authorised users.”

The TDSi GARDiS Access Management Software was launched at the end of last year, ahead of the demonstration of its new prototype GARDiS Controller in April. The GARDiS software and hardware range is designed to give powerful, yet highly user friendly and fully-integrated security thanks to web-based software and integrated hardware.

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Further new functions of GARDiS Version 1.1 include ACU Holidays, which can be set against Door-Free access, Access Modes (Card Only/Card+PIN/PIN Only) and specific doors within access levels. There are new screens for ease of use, including ‘Assign multiple access levels to doors’ and ‘Assign multiple people to access levels’.

It’s also now possible to assign multiple access levels per person and temporary access level assignment, for example allowing specific people to unlock the required doors for meetings and then reverting to controlled access when finished. The GARDiS Installer program is also included and ready to use when the system’s activated to ensure security is up-and-running as soon as possible.

Baker added: “The latest version of the GARDiS software shows the rapid pace of development and evolution that the whole range embodies. Flexibility and enhanced security are vital to combat the latest threats and ensure that end users feel safe and can continue to go about their daily business unhindered by the systems that protect them.”

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Kentec wins Innovation Award for Taktis fire panel

Kentec, one of the leading manufacturers of life-critical control systems, has won the Fire Innovation of the Year Award at the second national Safety and Health Excellence Awards for its next generation Taktis 16L analogue addressable fire panel.

The Fire Innovation of the Year Award celebrates products or services that demonstrate genuine innovation and differentiation to other products in the marketplace. Products must have been launched after January 2017 and boast independent fire testing to support performance claims.

Beating ten other nominated fire products and services, the Taktis 16L extends the standard Taktis fire panel to 16 detection loops 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 schools, hospitals and retail applications.

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Kevin Swann, managing director at Kentec, stated: “We’re thrilled that Taktis has been recognised with this prestigious award that’s considered an important industry accolade. The Taktis 16L has been built with both the end user and installer in mind. As a truly open protocol panel it offers installers and their customers maximum flexibility in system design, site customisation and in the third party devices that they specify.”

Swann added: “It also protects legacy installations, enabling the extension and replacement of Syncro network systems using the Taktis bridge functionality, not to mention future investment since the panel is future-proofed with a highly impressive roadmap of additional functions, features and integration possibilities.”

This latest win follows on from the company’s Manufacturing Innovation Award at the 2018 Made in the South East Awards.

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IDIS Europe’s partnership strategy pays off with reported 78% sales growth

IDIS Europe has reported record sales growth for 2018, with a 78% rise attributed to successful projects with long-term partners and continued investment in technology and support services.

Contributing to this success the company, which is Korea’s largest in-country video surveillance manufacturer, was the supplier for major contract wins in the retail, healthcare and education sectors.

Since opening its European headquarters in Brentford in 2013, IDIS has established a strong technical support team and wide sales networks and the company has worked hard to develop profitable partnerships with security installers, system integrators and distributors.

“Our core strategy as a company is to pursue sustainable growth alongside our partners as a one-stop supplier for video solutions,” urged James Min, managing director of IDIS Europe. “This means working together to ensure customer satisfaction, delivering better value and better technology.”

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James Min

For security installers and system integrators, IDIS is now focusing on reducing Total Cost to Serve, giving them complete, easy-to-source video solutions that offer more profitable implementations and predictable revenue streams. Going forward this is a priority,  stated Min, and it will be achieved by continuing to invest in video technology that eliminates complexity and earns the loyalty of end users.

“The most encouraging thing is that, whenever customers switch to IDIS technology, they find that it gives them higher performance and a lower total cost of ownership. They also know that we’re working on new forward and backwards compatible technology to meet their future requirements.”

Once on board, customers tend to upgrade, but not switch away from IDIS, which is good news for installers. “We saw that with our new 12 MP Super Fisheye camera, launched last year as a step up from of our original 5 MP model. This has proven attractive for lots of our established customers as well as new users. It’s already our best-selling unit.”

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For the integrator, IDIS’ model of simple-to-install technology from a ‘one solution, one company’ supplier means more realistic and attractive maintenance and service agreements. True plug-and-play performance was developed to reduce complexity for engineers installing and maintaining systems and, in turn, reduce cost and disruption for end users. The IDIS Ultimate Warranty also offers greater long-term protection for both parties.

“Anything that helps us to earn customer loyalty results in more sustainable long-term business,” added Min. “We also recognise that our installation partners make a commitment to IDIS when they invest their time on engineer training and product knowledge, so it’s important that we repay that commitment by supporting them to open up new opportunities.”

Looking ahead, IDIS predicts that strong sales performance will continue in 2019, with more major projects in the pipeline and new technology launches making it an attractive proposition to expand existing systems as well as install new ones.

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KnowBe4 study reveals 92% of organisations’ biggest security concern is end users

KnowBe4, the provider of the world’s largest security awareness training and simulated phishing platform, has released the results of new research. The company’s report examines over 350 organisations globally and reveals the security weaknesses and concerns within them. On average, 81% of organisations had some degree of concern around security issues.

Cyber crime continues to evolve and become more sophisticated. Artificial Intelligence and machine learning are leveraged by many criminal organisations to help them better understand how to improve their attacks and they’re now targeting specific industry verticals, organisations and even individuals.

Increases in the frequency of ransomware, phishing and crypto-jacking attacks have been experienced by businesses of nearly every size, vertical and location.

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When it comes to attack vectors, data breaches are the primary concern, with credential compromise coming a close second. These two issues go hand-in-hand as the misuse of credentials remains the foremost attack tactic in data breaches. That’s according to Verizon’s 2018 Data Breach Investigations Report.

Phishing and ransomware ranked next, demonstrating that organisations are still not completely prepared to defend themselves against these relatively “old” attack vectors.

Other key findings

*92% of organisations rank end users as their primary security concern. At the same time, security awareness training along with phishing testing tops the list of security initiatives that organisations need to implement

*Organisations today have a large number of attack vectors to prevent, monitor for, detect, alert and remediate. In terms of attacks, 95% of those organisations surveyed are most concerned with data breaches

*Ensuring security is in place to meet General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) requirements is still a challenge for 64% of organisations, despite the GDPR’s fine details having been public knowledge for quite some time

*Attackers’ use of compromised credentials is such a common tactic. 93% of organisations are aware of the problem, but still have lots of work to do to stop it

*When it comes to resources, 75% of organisations don’t have an adequate budget

“2018 was a prolific year for successful cyber attacks, with many of them caused by human error,” said Stu Sjouwerman, CEO of KnowBe4. “IT organisations are tasked with establishing and maintaining a layered security defence. The largest concern, as demonstrated again in this report, is employees making errors. Organisations must start their defence by establishing a security culture. In order to combat the escalation of social engineering, they absolutely have to ensure that users are trained and tested.”

To read the full report visit www.KnowBe4.com

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3xLOGIC brings new standards of security innovation to European market

3xLOGIC, the provider of integrated and intelligent security solutions, has announced its launch into the European market, bringing with it a weath of knowledge and expertise. An innovator in server and cloud-based security technology for over 15 years, the US-headquartered organisation is now part of STANLEY Products and Solutions (SPS) and joins PAC/GDX and PACOM within SPS with a view towards building “the strongest, most innovative security manufacturer in the industry”.

The businesses will continue to operate under their own brand identities as usual and will report to a global management team as STANLEY Products and Solutions under the leadership of CEO Matthew Kushner, thereby ensuring a consistent product and innovation strategy.

With the brand’s launch in Europe, customers will now be able to enjoy the numerous benefits of 3xLOGIC’s access control, video surveillance and video management system (VMS) technology. All 3xLOGIC products are designed to be fully integrated and provide end user customers with comprehensive, cost-effective and state-of-the-art security infrastructures that are easy to manage, simple to install and can be scaled to meet evolving  needs.

Just as importantly, the advanced integration capabilities on offer afford security installers and system integrators alike significant opportunities to work with their end user customers on more innovative and multi-dimensional security systems.

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Commenting on this exciting industry development, Gary Rowden (vice-president of commercial sales at SPS) said: “3xLOGIC has an enviable track record in redefining what’s possible with security technology and its success in the highly competitive US market is testament to its ability to stay one step ahead. I’m delighted that our customers in Europe will now have the opportunity to find out exactly why 3xLOGIC leads the way in security system integration. I believe the brand offers a unique and exciting proposition for  customers across the entire continent.”

3xLOGIC products will be available in Europe through the existing PAC channel, with full access to its customer service and technical support teams. This means that end users will be able to rely on a tried-and-trusted supply chain, with products specified correctly and delivered on time, every time.

As part of ambitious plans to expand quickly across Europe, 3xLOGIC is also in the process of recruiting significant business development positions for the UK and mainland Europe in order to drive further growth and market penetration. This activity will be augmented by a dedicated partner programme offering security installers and system integrators a wide array of benefits.

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Gary Rowden concluded: “This move extends our product portfolio, giving our customers more choice and flexibility backed by a global organisational structure. I’m delighted to be part of this next chapter in 3xLOGIC’s history.”

*Plans are underway for a webinar that will take place on Tuesday 12 March and provide a full solutions overview. Further details and registration information are available at https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/3954771098623787522

**For more information on 3xLOGIC’s’s infinias access control solution visit: https://pacgdx.com/products/3xlogic

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HID Global launches cloud platform to help create “worldwide innovation ecosystem” for connected workplaces

Trusted identity solutions specialist HID Global has announced the availability of its HID Origo cloud platform that “opens a brand new world of opportunities” for partners to create more seamless and intuitive workplace experiences built on HID’s proven access control infrastructure.

The platform combines HID’s technologies for mobile IDs (and location services in the future) with the company’s expansive access control architecture to bring together physical security and a wide range of building applications, services and Internet of Things (IoT) use cases via a unified cloud experience.

“HID Origo lays the foundation for a broad ecosystem of cloud-based access control technologies, products, services and business models that will accelerate workplace innovation,” said Hilding Arrehed, vice-president of cloud services within the Physical Access Control division at HID Global. “This solution dramatically increases our partners’ capabilities to create more connected and seamless building experiences for end users. The platform removes integration barriers between access control systems and smart building applications. We’ll continue to expand its value with capabilities that further improve how people securely move through a facility and interact with its services.”

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The new platform provides an app-based innovation model that delivers a comprehensive suite of integration, enablement, developer tools and services geared towards simplifying how partners and a growing community of new developers and resellers bring access control solutions to market. Rather than requiring that entire solutions be developed and enabled one customer or site at a time, HID Origo makes it possible to develop new applications and integrated solutions for HID’s complete installed base of millions of access control devices and systems all at once.

How HID Origo works

The HID Origo platform embeds cloud connections and IoT functionality as app extensions into mobile devices, HID readers and controllers, and gives developers direct access to this hardware via HID Origo application programming interfaces and software developer kits already proven through HID’s mobile access solution.

The platform also enables data analytics to be used for new capabilities, including remote reader configuration, predictive access control system maintenance and intent detection for more seamless and personalised workplace experiences.

Enabling new business models

Today, the platform enables subscription-based services, with customers already taking advantage of the model’s simplicity. Examples include a deployment by a world-leading biotechnology company who has been an early adopter of HID Origo subscription services for ordering and managing mobile ID replenishment over the air when employees lose or must replace their smart phones.

The company has replaced its traditional access control readers with 2,300 Bluetooth-enabled iCLASS SE readers to support its mixed environment of 12,000 mobile IDs and 40,000 Seos ID cards.

The subscription billing model offered through HID Origo makes it easier for the company to order and manage mobile IDs while improving forecasting, budgeting and reporting. It also actively streamlines transferring mobile ID subscription licenses across employees and registering multiple mobile IDs across multiple devices without any additional cost.

Click here to learn more about HID Origo.

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