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£500,000 loan boosts security barrier production at Rosehill Security

A security products firm based in West Yorkshire has secured a £500,000 loan from Mercia Fund Managers to step up production of its range of hostile vehicle mitigation (HVM) barriers made from recycled rubber.

Rosehill Security, which is based in Sowerby Bridge, has received the funding from NPIF – Mercia Debt Finance, which is managed by Mercia Fund Managers and is part of the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund and Mercia’s EV SME Loans Fund.

The division of Rosehill Polymers has developed a range of innovative vehicle security barriers (VSBs) that can be rapidly deployed to protect people and buildings from Vehicle-as-a-Weapon (VAW) attacks.

The barriers have been selected by security forces, event organisers and sports clubs across the globe and have been used in locations ranging from the London Marathon to the Ministry of Finance in Paris.

The investment will be used to scale-up the manufacture of the company’s current product portfolio to meet the growing demand for VSBs and also to develop additional products.

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Rosehill Polymers Group was founded in 1988 and now employs 100 people across six operating divisions producing coatings, adhesives, railway crossings, coloured rubber granules for playgrounds and traffic calming products.

Dr Alexander Celik, managing director of Rosehill Polymers Group, informed Risk Xtra: “The protection against VAW attacks has fast become a high priority across the world. As a result, we’re seeing growing demand for Rosehill Security’s range of HVM and perimeter security solutions products. This investment will allow us to move forward with our plans to increase production capacity, improve efficiencies and continue to develop the product range.”

Jonathan Craig, investment manager at Mercia, added: “Rosehill Polymers Group’s bold approach has paid off, allowing the business to successfully diversify and develop new markets. This funding will allow the business to continue its expansion and step up production to meet growing worldwide demand.”

Mark Wilcockson, senior manager at the British Business Bank, said: “Since its launch in 2017, NPIF’s impact on businesses has been wide-ranging, providing funding to launch new products, employ new staff, enter new markets and acquire new facilities. We’re pleased that NPIF is continuing to unlock the North’s growth potential by supporting small businesses with vital investment.”

The NPIF project is supported financially by the European Union using funding from the European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020 and the European Investment Bank.

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dormakaba issues brochure and video on cyber security and data protection

Security and access solutions specialist dormakaba has launched its latest brochure promoting products that protect the physical security of Data Centres, server rooms and server racks. Created with building services professionals in mind, the brochure includes products suitable for high security applications where the protection of data is paramount. Accompanying the brochure, dormakaba has also created a video to highlight the importance of physical access for secure Data Centres. 

The physical security of data plays a key role in ensuring that information is kept secure and safe from misuse. Whether private to an organisation or an individual, organisations have a responsibility to ensure that all data is kept secure throughout its lifecycle (ie from the time it’s created right through to the time that it’s used and, finally, through to the time it’s archived).

The first section of the brochure introduces the main challenges faced when securing data, including where sensitive data resides and how it’s stored. With site access restricted to a select group of individuals, Data Centres and server rooms are environments that require secure and compliant access solutions.

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The brochure also includes product categories that recommend fit for purpose solutions depending on the desired application. These range from cylinder and key systems to electronic access control and safe locks.

“With the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation due to come into force on Friday 25 May, organisations now have a heightened awareness of their responsibilities when it comes to protecting personal data,” said Clive Baker, director of security locking at dormakaba. “While many have brought in new policies to guarantee the protection of information, the physical aspect of data security is often overlooked. This brochure has been created to educate those responsible for ensuring compliance with ever more stringent legislation.”

*To view the video accompanying the brochure visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2_G_OXK-dSw&t=1s

**Free copies of dormakaba’s new brochure may be downloaded at: www.dormakaba.co.uk or contact marketing.gb@dormakaba.com

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EU’s GDPR and cyber security to be ‘hot topics’ at Hikvision Insight

Following on from the success of Hikvision Insight in October last year, Hikvision UK and Ireland is now pleased to announce a second series of events taking place in five cities across the UK and Ireland in March wherein presentations on both the European Union’s upcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and cyber security will take centre stage.

Alongside the seminar programme, Hikvision will be showcasing its own security solutions including the latest in thermal solutions, Deep Learning technology, 180° and 360° technologies and Hikvision’s new video control software named HikCentral.

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“We take great pride in developing innovative solutions suitable for multiple applications,” said Gary Harmer, sales director for Hikvision UK and Ireland. “We’re looking forward to taking these solutions around the country such that professional security installers and system integrators can be get hands-on with our latest technologies. Hikvision Insight also allows us to update the market on our plans prior to the introduction of the GDPR later this year and outline the continuous developments we’re making in terms of the cyber security of our products.”

At these events, Hikvision will be joined by its authorised distribution partners and technology partners GJD, Pyronix and Seagate. GJD, the manufacturer and designer of smart electronic perimeter detection and high performance LED illumination equipment, is set to showcase its complete range of IP security solutions at the Hikvision Insight 2018 events, in turn demonstrating their use in real world scenarios.

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Mark Tibbenham, GJD’s managing director, commented: “We’re really proud to join Hikvision’s group of partners. The GJD and Hikvision integration delivers world-class IP solutions suitable for a wide range of sectors. We’re looking forward to exhibiting at the Hikvision Insight events and highlighting to visitors the advantages of connecting our technology with Hikvision.”

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Andy Keeley, head of marketing at Hikvision, added: “We’re looking forward to GJD joining us at our Hikvision Insight events. We’re excited to see the seamless integration between Hikvision and GJD’s technologies bringing a total security solution.”

*To find your nearest Hikvision Insight event and to register for your place visit www.hikvision.co.uk/insight

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GDPR Readiness Checklist Tool launched by NW Security Group to help businesses comply with upcoming EU legislation

NW Security Group, the provider of IP video solutions and security consultancy, has launched a free European Union (EU) General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) Readiness Checklist Tool to help businesses quickly and easily determine if they’re adequately preparing for the new legislation. Due to come into effect on 25 May, the EU GDPR aims to ensure the protection of personally identifiable information. According to recent figures, over 50% of companies across the UK will not be ready for the GDPR by the stated deadline.

While awareness of the new legislation has risen in recent months, the consensus is that UK firms are under-prepared for the EU GDPR, and therefore at risk of fines as high as €20 million or 4% of a company’s annual turnover (whichever is greater).

As an expert in providing security consultancy and training, NW Security has been giving businesses across the UK guidance on how to ensure compliance by the May deadline in a series of awareness seminars. The GDPR Readiness Checklist Tool has formed a vital part of each seminar, helping attendees determine how effective their data protection processes are on their respective journeys towards GDPR compliance.

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Nigel Peers, senior consultant at NW Security, offers his thoughts on the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation and how companies must prepare for its introduction

“As a provider of IP-based security systems, we’ve always taken cyber security very seriously indeed to ensure the solutions we recommend to our customers protect the data that’s generated,” stated Nigel Peers, senior consultant at NW Security. “In recent months, we’ve been raising awareness with companies and helping them to assess their levels of preparedness for the GDPR using our quick Checklist Tool. As the timeframes become more urgent and levels of readiness are left wanting, we felt it would be helpful to make this free Checklist Tool available to more companies across the UK. It prompts them to think about how best to prepare themselves and their supply chains for the GDPR and provides an insight of just how comprehensive a full GDPR Organisational Readiness Assessment needs to be.”

One of the seminars was held at the Wirral Chamber of Commerce in Birkenhead, welcoming attendees from a range of businesses in the region to heighten understanding of the new GDPR and identify how it could impact their organisation. Laura Cross, director at Concentric HR, said of the seminar: “It was extremely informative and practical. We don’t feel fully prepared for the GDPR as yet, but events such as this have definitely increased our knowledge on the topic and given us great learnings to take back and implement within our firm.”

Cross continued: “The GDPR Readiness Checklist Tool was one of the most useful aspects of the seminar. It really helped me to understand where our business is currently on the journey towards GDPR compliance. Knowing that there are external experts out there that can support us along the way is extremely reassuring for our business.”

*To use the free EU GDPR Readiness Checklist Tooll visit: www.nwsecuritygroup.com/gdpr-readiness-quick-checklist

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‘Technology at the Edge’: Axis Communications unveils Top Five Trends to shape 2018

Surveillance specialist Axis Communications’ CTO Johan Paulsson has outlined the Top Five Trends that the company feels will shape the New Year. 

Paulsson stated: “As the Greek philosopher Heraclitus said: ‘The only one constant in life is change’. There’s perhaps no better example of this than the technology industry, where innovation is so rapid that even the most fantastic of imagined futures seem like they could become a reality in the not too distant future.”

Axis Communications has put together five top technology trends that the Lund-based business feels will have a great impact on the security and surveillance industry now and in the years to come, helping to facilitate a smarter and, of course, safer world.

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Johan Paulsson: CTO at Axis Communications

(1) A move towards the edge

“Two of the greatest trends that have propelled our industry forward in recent years,” observed Paulsson, “are cloud computing and the Internet of Things (IoT), both of which are delivering undeniable benefits to businesses and consumers alike. That said, they also come with implications, namely the rise in the amount of data being transferred, processed and stored. Going forward, we anticipate that ‘edge’ computing will become ever popular, alleviating this issue by performing data processing at the ‘edge’ of the network, closer to the source of the data. Doing so significantly reduces the bandwidth needed between sensors, devices and the Data Centre.”

(2) Cloud-to-Cloud

Paulsson observed: “Despite the move towards edge computing, the cloud will continue to play a significant role in IT infrastructures. As an increasing number of companies offer cloud-based services, the cloud ecosystem is increasingly becoming the preferred point of integration, rather than the traditional on-premise system. One benefit of integration between clouds is the significant potential reduction of in-house IT services required, in turn creating great cost benefits.”

(3) Deep and machine learning

According to Paulsson: “We’ve now reached a stage where the full benefits of deep learning architectures and machine learning can begin to be realised. The explosion of data available to analyse is helping businesses become increasingly intelligent. As applications develop, there are significant opportunities for predictive analytics which could facilitate incident prevention: from terrorist incidents to slip and fall accidents; from traffic issues to shoplifting and even the tragedy of rail suicides.”

(4) Cyber security

“Once again,” outlined Paulsson, “cyber security must appear on the list of trends for the next 12 months and beyond. The constant enhancement of cyber security will be a never-ending task. This is because well-resourced cyber criminals will never stop looking to exploit vulnerabilities in any new technology. As the number of connected devices grows, so too do the potential flaws that, if left unaddressed, could provide the opportunity for networks to be breached.”

Embellishing this theme, Paulsson said: “Legislation is being created to address these concerns. In the European Union, the forthcoming General Data Protection Regulation – the deadline for compliance for this being 25 May – will unify the protection of data for individuals within the EU, wherever that data is held or used.”

(5) Platforms to realise the full benefits of the IoT

In conclusion, Paulsson informed Risk UK: “The IoT has reached a point where it’s crucial to use scalable architecture to successfully collect and analyse data and manage the network of connected devices. Such an IoT platform allows equipment from different node vendors to co-exist and easily exchange information to form smart systems using existing network infrastructure. There are numerous companies, both well-established providers of technology and new market entrants, that are enabling platforms to support IoT devices. The next 12 months will see further maturation of this process.”

*Read more: https://www.axis.com/blog/secure-insights/technology-trends/

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New date announced for free-to-attend BSIA/FIA-supported cyber security seminar

A free-to-attend, half-day seminar which aims to help security buyers and installers alike to navigate the complex world of cyber security is being held in Solihull on Thursday 2 November.

Organised by the British Security Industry Association (BSIA) and supported by the Fire Industry Association (FIA), the event will include presentations from a wide range of cyber security experts, with a particular focus on the potential vulnerabilities of ‘connected products’ – meaning any security product that can be accessed or operated remotely via the Internet (eg intruder alarms, video surveillance systems and access control solutions) – and how these vulnerabilities can be combated.

Delegates will be informed about the potential cyber risks facing their business, with presentations from the West Midlands Police’s digital cyber crime team and the Scottish Business Resilience Centre’s team of ‘ethical hackers’.

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Attendees will also find out how the BSIA’s ongoing work in the field of cyber security is helping the security industry to protect itself and its customers.

Finally, delegates will benefit from a summary of the European Union’s new General Data Protection Regulation, which is set to come into force in May 2018.

The seminar is open to security and fire solutions buyers and installers, or indeed anybody from either industry with an interest in improving their business’ cyber security and data protection policies.

Registration for the event will be open from 9.00 am, with presentations starting at 9.45 am and the event expected to finish at around 1.30 pm.

*A full programme and online booking forms for both delegates and exhibitors are available from the BSIA’s website

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BeCyberSure launches specialist EU GDPR Risk Assessment service

Information security specialist BeCyberSure has announced the launch of the “most comprehensive GDPR Risk Assessment available”. Conducted by security, risk and compliance specialists, the audit provides organisations with a definitive evaluation of their EU GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) readiness, as well as what needs to be done to ensure compliance ahead of the 25 May 2018 deadline.

The GDPR supersedes the UK’s Data Protection Act 1998 and applies to every company that collects, processes or stores an EU citizen’s data, regardless of sector, size and geographical location. Enforcement of the GDPR is unaffected by the UK’s decision to leave the EU.

The BeCyberSure GDPR Risk Assessment is said to provide the most rigorous audit process available. The assessment is conducted on and off site by a GDPR specialist, beginning with a detailed review of company policies and governance, procedures and processes, an assessment of physical aspects (such as access to buildings and the storage of paper documents, etc.) and, if deemed necessary, an extensive digital vulnerability test. The audit also involves formal and informal (ie covert) interviews with employees as well as heads of department.

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Carolyn Harrison, marketing director at BeCyberSure, explained that the GDPR is a company-wide issue and should not sit solely with IT.

“Our assessment begins with people, policies and processes to reveal any possible vulnerabilities that would result in non-compliance,” urged Harrison. “We then deep-dive, looking at what data the organisation is capturing, how it’s processed, what consent has been given, where it’s stored and how to dispose of all information that’s not required.” Harrison added: “The best technology in the world can be rendered useless if an open door, whether physical or digital, creates the opportunity to access to data.”

Following the audit, the host organisation is presented with a confidential Advisory Report stating what action (if any) is required to ensure GDPR compliance.

On that note, Harrison stated: “This report is invaluable in terms of benchmarking where an organisation is today, where they need to get to and the best course of action to get there. They can then choose to implement the programme of work themselves, collaborate with BeCyberSure or outsource the entire project to us.”

BeCyberSure has a senior team of GDPR auditors who have a wealth of experience with backgrounds in risk management and compliance, cyber security, policing, intelligence services and the military.

Harrison concluded: “There’s a lot of scaremongering going on about the GDPR and, while it’s true that the potential fines are eye-watering and the threat of personal liability daunting, if organisations act now, then they still have time to put the necessary safeguards in place to be GDPR-compliant. Undertaking a Risk Assessment is the first step in the due diligence process and means that organisations are not spending unnecessarily on their route to compliance.”

*For further information access www.becybersure.com

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