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HID Global unveils detail behind indoor and outdoor positioning services for enterprise organisations at IFSEC

HID Global, the trusted identity solutions provider, will showcase its HID Global Location Services for Workforce Optimisation for the first time in Europe at IFSEC 2017 (Stand E1250).  The company will also highlight its broad range of secure access control solutions as well as other trusted identity offerings.

HID Location Services for Workforce Optimisation is a new solution designed to address a growing market need for accurate, real-time location of an organisation’s workforce. By combining innovative Internet of Things technology with the power of Bluetooth Low Energy, Wi-Fi and cloud-based solutions, organisations can gain increased visibility into the location of their workforce in a facility.

This makes it possible to analyse room usage for better building management and increased operational efficiency. Future use cases can include building automation capabilities, rich security features and capabilities that facilitate both life safety management and compliance.

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Harm Radstaak, vice-president and managing director of physical access control at HID Global, said: “As the latest addition to our portfolio, HID Location Services extends the traditional capabilities of access control to improve security and area governance within buildings. This new solution underscores our commitment to developing innovative trusted identity solutions that power people, places and things.”

HID Global will also be exhibiting its wide range of trusted identity solutions, including the following:

Convenient and secure door/gate access using smart phones, wearables and tablets via HID Mobile Access. Supporting NFC and Bluetooth Smart, it works with Apple and Android devices without additional accessories. HID Mobile Access supports 137 smart phone devices and opens 34,000 doors every day in 58 countries worldwide.

Intelligent visitor management with EasyLobby Solo that only takes 20 seconds to register a visitor, capture detailed information, print a badge and notify someone that a visitor has arrived.

Smarter, more connected buildings and workplaces using HID’s Extended Access Technology that expands the use of HID Global’s trusted identities beyond the door to incorporate parking access, secure printing, elevator access, vending and many more applications.

Expand access control systems with wireless lock technology ASSA ABLOY will launch new wireless locks on HID’s booth. The new locks work in conjunction with HID’s Seos credential technology, enabling a single ecosystem with HID access cards and ASSA locking systems.

Streamlined credential encoding, configuration and management with HID’s iCLASS SE CP1000 Encoder that provides a flexible solution for moving to upgrade to new credential technology and/or add additional layers of security to credentials, independent of card technology.

Leading-edge Lumidigm® biometrics solutions with multispectral imaging which read unique fingerprint characteristics from the surface/subsurface of the skin for superior matching performance. Lumidigm solutions are easy to integrate and are used worldwide in access control and time and attendance applications.

Manage the lifecycle of identities for physical access control using SAFE Physical Identity and Access Manager, a web-based solution that integrates with logical security systems to ensure synchronised and policy-based on-/off-boarding of identities and their physical access across multiple and disparate physical security systems.

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Five key security scenarios for OPTEX’s sensors at IFSEC International 2017

At IFSEC International 2017, sensor manufacturer OPTEX will be exhibiting a range of different products and solutions centred around five key security scenarios from perimeter protection and tailgating detection to Internet of Things (IoT)-based alarm systems.

Within a high security perimeter protection zone, OPTEX will showcase its Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure-approved fibre optic fence detection system. The Fiber Sensys FD-322 Series solution detects intruders climbing or attempting to cut through a fence.

OPTEX’s REDSCAN RLS-3060 can create another layer of security around the perimeter fence to warn if anyone or any vehicle is approaching.

The perimeter intrusion detection systems have been fully integrated with the GEMOS PSIM platform and can trigger video surveillance drones to fly to the point of intrusion and send a live video stream to the Security Control Centre.

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In a second zone, OPTEX will be showcasing its time of flight technology, allowing visitors to IFSEC gain a better understanding of its capabilities. This technology allows a scene to be mapped in 3D and give an accurate representation of the objects present. It’s used in Accurance 3D, OPTEX’s tailgating detection system for interlocks, and could also be used for other applications such as object protection.

The award-winning laser scan detector REDSCAN RLS-2020 will also be at the show, with OPTEX representatives demonstrating its ability to protect assets and detect people jumping over turnstiles or climbing through skylights. This solution is already proven in identifying small objects or thrown objects being smuggled into restricted areas.

For both commercial and residential security, OPTEX will be demonstrating its new wireless infrared beam (namely the SL-TNR) that works with universal batteries (CR123) and can be partly hardwired, as well as its new range of pre-built beam towers.

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The last zone will include live demonstrations of how OPTEX’s wireless outdoor sensors, including the new VX Shield Series, are ideally suited to IoT applications, sending alarms and other data via the cloud to a smart phone or remote monitoring station.

Jacques Vaarre, managing director of OPTEX, stated: “We feel that the live demonstration route is the best way to show the range of applications that can be achieved with our sensors. In addition to exhibiting at IFSEC International 2017, we’ll also be making presentations in the Borders and Infrastructure and Security Management Theatres to discuss innovations around access control systems and deliver Case Studies focused on protecting critical infrastructure against intrusion.”

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ONVIF joins IoT Panel discussion at TechSec Solutions 2017

ONVIF, the global standardisation initiative for IP-based physical security products, has announced that it will be presenting at TechSec Solutions 2017 (which runs on 27-28 February at the Delray Beach Marriott Hotel in Palm Beach County, Florida) as part of a Panel discussion on standards, Best Practice, cyber security and the Internet of Things.

Jonathan Lewit, chair of the ONVIF Communication Committee, will be speaking on behalf of ONVIF and is be one of four panellists discussing ‘The Future of IoT: Taming Security’s Wild West’. Other speakers include Neil Lakomiak of Underwriters’ Laboratories, Mitchell Klein of the Z-Wave Alliance and Jim Coleman of Operational Security Systems. The discussion is to be moderated by Paul Ragusa, Editor of Security Systems News.

“Standards are an essential part of the conversation when considering any scenario in which disparate elements must work together to provide actionable intelligence or automation, which the Internet of Things often seeks to do,” said Per Björkdahl, chairman of the ONVIF Steering Committee. “Jonathan will bring an ONVIF perspective to the debate, shedding light on how standardisation and ONVIF specifications can build vital bridges between clients and devices and, indeed, between IP-based systems.”

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Lewit, who also serves as director of technology leadership for Pelco by Schneider-Electric, will touch on the array of connected devices and open platforms in the market that use common communication protocols to work together, including smart homes, buildings and cities.

The speakers will examine how standards, the establishment of Best Practice, interoperability, cyber security and other trends are helping to shape the future of the physical security industry.

Lewit will be speaking on Monday 27 February at 9.30 am. For more information visit: www.tecsechsolutions.com

 

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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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ONVIF chairman to deliver presentation as part of IoT and standards-focused Memoori webinar

ONVIF, the leading global standardisation initiative for IP-based physical security products, is pleased to announce that Per Björkdahl, chairman of its Steering Committee, will be the featured presenter in the webinar Physical Security, IoT and Open Standards, which runs on 17 August at 4.00 pm BST. The webinar is hosted by Memoori, an independent market research company that studies the physical security, smart buildings and energy management markets.

The webinar will examine how the Internet of Things and cloud computing have already shaped the physical security industry, and will also cover the development of ONVIF’s profiles.

Cyber security from a physical security standards viewpoint will be considered, focusing on how open standards can help secure sensitive communications between devices. ONVIF’s cyber security strategies and future profile developments will also be discussed, and there’ll be a brief interactive Q&A session to close the hour-long presentation.

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“This webinar is for end users, integrators and anyone else who’s interested in how ONVIF can be a valuable tool in IoT and other deployments that require secure communications between multiple devices and clients,” explained Björkdahl.

*To register for the ONVIF webinar visit Memoori’s website. This free, live webinar is sponsored by Tridium

**Further information is also available on ONVIF’s website: www.onvif.org

ONVIF releases Profile Q for advanced security

ONVIF has just released Profile Q, the specification that features quick and easy discovery, set-up and configuration of conformant devices as well as advanced security features.

Profile Q offers out-of-the-box functionality for systems integrators and end users with an easy set-up mechanism and basic device level configuration, streamlining the set-up and connection of systems and devices.

Profile Q also supports Transport Layer Security (TLS), a secure communication protocol that allows ONVIF devices themselves to communicate with clients across a network in a way that protects against tampering and eavesdropping.

Until now, Profile Q has been in release candidate status in order to provide industry review and feedback prior to the final release.

“With the final release of Profile Q, integrators and end users can expect out-of-the-box interoperability between ONVIF conformant cameras and video management systems,” said Steven Dillingham, chairman of ONVIF’s Profile Q Working Group.

“Our development of this Profile is an indication of ONVIF’s response to the market’s request for a more streamlined set-up and deployment process.”

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“Wireless security skills need to prepare for the IoT age” urges SANS Institute

The proliferation of new wireless communication technologies within consumer electronics and smart devices is overtaking the skills harboured within the information security industry. That’s the considered opinion of Larry Pesce, a leading expert in the field and a SANS Institute instructor.

“There’s a great deal of disparity between the security of the different wireless standards, and particularly so when you compare the 802 family that were predominately built for business use and emerging technologies that came from the consumer landscape such as Bluetooth, Zigbee and Z-Wave,” explained Pesce, who co-authored the books entitled ‘Linksys WRT54G Ultimate Hacking’ and ‘Using Wireshark and Ethereal’.

“For example, Bluetooth has some solid maths around encryption, but many of the security decisions are left in the hands of the users which means things can go horribly wrong. Zigbee has a poor design for how it handles passphrase and replay packets which are highly vulnerable, while security in some of the proprietary formats like Z-Wave offers almost non-existent security.”

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Pesce, who also develops real-world challenges for the Mid-Atlantic Collegiate Cyber Defence Challenge, is complementary about newer wireless protocols such as 802.15.4 and Zigbee which uses baseline profiles to help deliver enhanced security, but comments: “The technology is probably ahead of the skill sets out in the field. The problem is also somewhat underestimated.”

Pesce also highlights the privacy issues that wireless-enabled devices are starting to hit against. “If we look forward, a large number of devices in the workplace and the home will be wirelessly enabled and communicating autonomously between each other and back to manufacturers. Unless more consideration is given towards securing both the devices and the communication links, there are likely to be breaches that will burrow into this Internet of Things infrastructure and start to gather private information or act as a staging post for more damaging attacks.”

Wireless Ethical Hacking, Penetration Testing and Defences

Pesce will be teaching the SANS course SEC617: Wireless Ethical Hacking, Penetration Testing and Defences at SANS London in July. The hands-on course takes an in-depth look at the security challenges of many different wireless technologies, exposing students to wireless security threats through the eyes of an attacker.

Using readily available and custom-developed tools, students navigate through the techniques attackers use to exploit Wi-Fi networks, including attacks against WEP, WPA/WPA2, PEAP, TTLS and other systems.

The course also examines the commonly overlooked threats associated with Bluetooth, ZigBee, DECT and proprietary wireless systems.

“We’re at a crossroads from a standards perspective,” concluded Pesce. “The vendors are still mostly obsessed with ‘bigger and faster’, but there’s also increased pressure from a privacy perspective and many are having a hard time figuring it out. For information security professionals, the skills needed to secure these new types of wireless connections are in high demand.”

*More information on SANS London Summer 2016 is available at: http://www.sans.org/london-in-the-summer-2016

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Jacksons Fencing shortlisted for Data Centre Physical Security and Fire Suppression Product of the Year category at coveted DCS Awards

Jacksons Fencing (one of the UK’s leading designers, manufacturers and installers of security fencing and access control systems) has been shortlisted as a finalist in the hotly-contested Data Centre Physical Security and Fire Suppression Product of the Year category at this year’s DCS Awards.

The DCS Awards were created to acknowledge and reward product designers, manufacturers, suppliers and providers operating in the Data Centre arena. They recognise the achievements of solution vendors and their business partners alike and, in 2016, encompass a wider range of both facilities and IT categories than ever before.

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The product selected by the panel is the Trident Jakoustic 3, an LPS 1175-certified perimeter fence designed, developed and manufactured by Jacksons Fencing. It’s the only timber-based fencing system that combines certified security ratings with acoustic barrier properties, and was designed specifically for sensitive applications where privacy, a discrete appearance and maximum protection against unauthorised access by cutting through, burrowing under and scaling over is required.

What makes Trident Jakoustic 3 ideal for applications in and around Data Centres is that it offers up to a 28 dB reduction in noise entering or migrating from a site. This is an important factor for a business operating 24/7, 365 days a year where generators for UPS and HVAC play an integral part in site operations.

Peter Jackson, CEO of Jacksons Fencing, commented: “It’s great to be recognised in the DCS Awards. It’s proof that, even in the Internet of Things obsessed world of data security, there’s recognition of the fact that, if you cannot protect the perimeter and manage access, you leave your facility, its staff and assets vulnerable to attack.”

*To cast your vote for Jacksons Fencing visit: http://www.dcsawards.com/voting.php 

**Voting closes on Friday 22 April

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