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Ian Garden promoted to sales director role at Quality Essential Distribution

Quality Essential Distribution – the company focused on CCTV, access control management network infrastructure solutions for its customers – has announced the internal promotion of Ian Garden to the role of sales director.

Garden joined the company nearly three years ago as sales manager and, during the last 12 months, has played a key role in building a strong sales team and contributing to the wider growth of the business.

Matt Philp, QED’s managing director, said: “Ian is a vital member of the team and has proven himself to be a strategic sales manager. Ian will help us to achieve the ambitious sales growth we’re targeting, all the while supported by the strong team here at QED.”

Commenting on his new role, Garden said: “This opportunity for me comes at an exciting time for QED. We have an excellent product range and my strategy is to focus on putting customers first. It’s so important to listen to customers and ensure they receive the best possible service.”

Quality Essential Distribution offer a wide range of security products and prides itself on offering the best solution to suit any size of installation. The business recently announced plans to consolidate its supply chain and fine-tuning its product offer to better suit the needs of the ever-changing security market.

*Further details on the QED Group are available online at www.qedgroup.co.uk

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Zicam Integrated Security selects Wisenet as preferred video surveillance brand

Zicam Integrated Security Ltd – one of the UK’s fastest-growing installers of electronic security systems – has selected Hanwha Techwin as its preferred single source provider of IP network video surveillance solutions. 

“As a systems integrator always looking to innovate and provide end user clients with added value from their video surveillance systems, we’ve decided to work ever-more closely with Hanwha Techwin,” stated David Salisbury, managing director of West Midlands-based Zicam Integrated Security, which has specialised in state-of-the-art surveillance and detection security systems for over 25 years now.

Salisbury went on to state: “While we always offer objective advice to end user clients in respect of the best cameras, recording devices and VMS available to meet their specific requirements, we’ve found for most projects we’ve been involved in over recent years that, via authorised distributors, we’ve been able to source everything needed from the Hanwha Techwin Wisenet product range.”

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Although Zicam Integrated Security is able to take advantage of the full Wisenet range when recommending the most suitable products for specific applications, the business has recently been specifying Wisenet P Series AI cameras for almost all projects where the video surveillance systems are being remotely monitored.

“In addition to the superb quality of the 4K images captured by these cameras,” continued Salisbury, “they’re also equipped with deep learning AI video analytics which deliver a high level of detection accuracy while minimising false alarms. This is proving to be extremely valuable to our clients, such as DHL, in terms of them efficiently and cost-effectively protecting their assets, people and property.”

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As a Gold level Hanwha Techwin STEP Partner, Zicam Integrated Security is able to benefit from the support offered by the partnership programme, including an enhanced five-year warranty, access to a wide range of technical support resources, lead sharing and co-marketing activities.

Ben Speakman, UK country manager for Hanwha Techwin Europe, observed: “We’re naturally delighted that a knowledgeable and highly professional systems integrator such as Zicam Integrated Security has committed to recommending Wisenet-branded products to its clients wherever possible. We’re very much looking forward to helping the Zicam team capitalise on the new business opportunities being created by our next generation products, many of which are equipped with deep learning AI video analytics.”

*For more information visit www.zicam-security.co.uk

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Vemotion issues multi-stream, multi-media hybrid video encoder and recorder

Vemotion Interactive – the UK manufacturer of low-latency, high-performance, ‘plug and play’ live video streaming solutions for systems integrators and OEM solutions providers – has just released the VB-36, a rugged MIL-SPEC, multi-stream, multi-media hybrid encoder and recorder.

Capable of delivering high-quality images combined with extremely low latency, the VB-36 encoder supports any mix of analogue, IP, HDMI and HD-SDI inputs. Capitalising on Vemotion’s V-TX transmission technology, the VB-36 delivers amazingly low latency and high-quality images transmitted at efficient bitrates, even within the most challenging of wireless (GPRS, 3G, 4GLTE, 5G, Wi-Fi and Satellite) or wired (UTP and fibre) network conditions.

Suitable for a wide variety of video transmission applications, the rugged, aluminium-bodied MIL-SPEC VB-36 is ideal for use in harsh environments, such as on-board vehicles or extremes of operating temperature. Offering flexible performance, the encoder caters for additional input ports and PoE to provide power for multiple IP cameras from just one device.

In combination with the Vemotion viewer, users can choose a camera to view, using data only when viewed. Multiple cameras can be viewed in different split-screen formats – including mosaic and quad screen – from just a single stream. Furthermore, the VB-36 can accommodate more streams and more analogue cards (or an additional modem, etc) to provide flexible configuration in order to meet any advanced streaming requirement.

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The VB-36 employs user-friendly set-up and features, and together with a local user interface, includes the ability to define on-board recording and transmission parameters for full-rate camera viewing and control (including recorded footage playback).

“The VB-36 delivers highly efficient video streaming on astonishingly low bandwidth video transmission,” commented Steve Haworth, CEO at Vemotion. “Easy to add to existing infrastructure, the VB-36 is a highly reliable, robust and flexible encoder and recorder. It’s suitable for a wide variety of professional video streaming applications.”

*Further information is available online at www.vemotion.com

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AMG releases all-new AMG750 Series industrial grade cellular router

AMG SYSTEMS, the manufacturer of specialist Ethernet transmission solutions for the security and critical infrastructure markets, has just issued its AMG750 Series industrial grade 4G/LTE router.

Providing remote cellular connectivity, the AMG750 Series 4G/LTE industrial router features advanced dual SIM fail-over and WAN load balancing. The fail-over function itself provides an emergency redundant path, meaning that if the primary WAN connection is lost, the router can automatically switch to a 4G/LTE wireless connection, thereby “guaranteeing” maximum network reliability for the host organisation.

The AMG750 Series’ automatic connectivity switching is essential wherever network uptime is critical for security and/or safety operations, such as within the remote deployment of life safety systems for oil and gas sector applications, or alternatively within the transportation sector. Here, a 4G back-up path is required in addition to a DSL connection.

The router’s load balancing feature achieves a ‘uniform’ traffic balance in order to make the best use of available bandwidth or to distribute traffic according to a set of rules defining which WAN feed should be employed for a given data or connection type. According to AMG Systems, this functionality affords “a superior quality of service” and particularly so within mission-critical systems.

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In addition to a USB port for device-logging functions, the AMG750 Series router features a dual band 2.4/5 GHz wireless connection specifically for local Wi-Fi access and supports 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac.

Offering installers and end users alike peace of mind in addition to “the highest level” of system reliability, the AMG750 Series features dual power supply inputs along with a wide input range from 24 V DC through to 56 V DC.

In addition, fully-integrated voltage boosting technology ensures that reliable IEEE 802.3at 30 W PoE+ can be supplied to all four Ethernet ports, even when being powered by 24 V DC sources. Extending system flexibility, the industrial router can cater for legacy equipment via its RS232/485 serial data channel and may be either wall or DIN rail mounted.

“Ideal for rapid deployment, the AMG750 Series allows connectivity in scenarios where a wired connection isn’t possible,” explained Tom Exley, technical director at AMG Systems. “The Gigabit Ethernet WAN port and cellular WAN can be combined for load balancing or fail-over applications and is particularly suited to the demands of security, transportation and energy applications. The fully-integrated four-port Gigabit PoE+ Ethernet switch offers a ‘single box’-style approach for remote transmission solutions.”

*Further information is available online at www.amgsystems.com

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WatchGuard report finds two-thirds of malware to be encrypted

WatchGuard Technologies’ latest Internet Security Report shows that 67% of all malware in Q1 2020 was delivered via encrypted HTTPS connections and that 72% of encrypted malware was classified as zero day, so on that basis would have evaded signature-based anti-virus protection.

These findings show that, without HTTPS inspection of encrypted traffic and advanced behaviour-based threat detection and response, organisations are missing up to two-thirds of incoming threats. The report also highlights the finding that the UK was a top target for cyber criminals in Q1, earning a spot in the Top Three countries for the five most widespread network attacks.

“Some organisations are reluctant to set up HTTPS inspection due to the extra work involved, but our threat data clearly shows that a majority of malware is delivered through encrypted connections and that letting traffic go uninspected is simply no longer an option,” said Corey Nachreiner, chief technology officer at WatchGuard. “As malware continues to become more advanced and evasive, the only reliable approach towards defence is implementing a set of layered security services, including advanced threat detection methods and HTTPS inspection.”

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Key findings

Other key findings from WatchGuard’s latest Internet Security Report include:

Monero cryptominers surge in popularity Five of the Top Ten domains distributing malware in Q1 (identified by WatchGuard’s DNS filtering service DNSWatch) either hosted or controlled Monero cryptominers. This sudden jump in cryptominer popularity could simply be due to its utility. Adding a cryptomining module to malware is an easy way for online criminals to generate passive income

Flawed-Ammyy and Cryxos malware variants join top lists The Cryxos trojan was third on WatchGuard’s Top Five encrypted malware list and also third on its Top Five most widespread malware detections list, primarily targeting Hong Kong. It’s delivered as an e-mail attachment disguised as an invoice and will ask the user to enter their e-mail and password which it stores. Flawed-Ammyy is a support scam where the attacker uses the Ammyy Admin support software to gain remote access to the victim’s computer

Three-year-old Adobe vulnerability appears in top network attacks An Adobe Acrobat Reader exploit that was patched in August 2017 appeared in WatchGuard’s top network attacks list for the first time in Q1 of this year. This vulnerability resurfacing several years after being discovered and resolved illustrates the importance of regularly patching and updating systems

Mapp Engage, AT&T and Bet365 targeted with spear phishing campaigns Three new domains hosting phishing campaigns appeared on WatchGuard’s Top Ten list in Q1 2020. They impersonated digital marketing and analytics product Mapp Engage, online betting platform Bet365 (this campaign was in Chinese) and an AT&T login page (this campaign is no longer active at the time of the report’s publication)

COVID-19 impact Q1 2020 was only the start of the massive changes to the cyber threat landscape brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. Even in the first three months of 2020, WatchGuard still saw a massive rise in remote workers and attacks targeting individuals

Malware hits and network attacks decline Overall, there were 6.9% fewer malware hits and 11.6% fewer network attacks in Q1, despite a 9% increase in the number of Fireboxes contributing data. This could be attributed to fewer potential targets operating within the traditional network perimeter with worldwide work-from-home policies in full force during the COVID-19 pandemic

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Anonymised data

The findings in WatchGuard’s Internet Security Reports are drawn from anonymised Firebox Feed data from active WatchGuard appliances whose owners have opted in to share data to support the Threat Lab’s research efforts. Over 44,000 appliances worldwide contribute threat intelligence data to the report. In Q1 2020, they blocked over 32,148,519 malware variants in total (730 samples per device) and more than 1,660,000 network attacks (38 attacks per device).

The complete report includes key defensive Best Practices that organisations of all sizes can use to protect themselves in today’s threat landscape and a detailed analysis of how the COVID-19 pandemic and associated shift to working from home affected the cyber security landscape.

*To view the full report visit Internet Security Report for Q1 2020

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IDIS ranked among top security equipment manufacturers for 2020 OSPAs

Confirming IDIS as one of the most trusted suppliers of surveillance tech in the UK, the company has been named as a finalist in the 2020 Outstanding Security Performance Awards (OSPAs). Indeed, IDIS is the only video manufacturer to have been selected as a finalist in this year’s awards scheme.

Now Korea’s largest in-country video surveillance equipment manufacturer, IDIS has established a committed customer base in the UK by offering end-to-end video solutions that combine plug-and-play simplicity with advanced functions. It’s an approach that has seen its sales grow consistently every year since its 2013 UK launch. In 2018, year-on-year sales were up by 78%, with 22% consolidated growth across Europe.

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UK OSPAs founder Professor Martin Gill CSyP FSyI informed Risk Xtra that IDIS and the other 2020 finalists had been identified by an independent panel of experts scoring against impartial and ethical judging criteria.

“All those who are finalists have reached a score threshold and those with low scores, or ranked lower than tenth equal, have been eliminated. This ensures our finalists represent the very best in the industry.”

From the early days of IP, IDIS took a different approach to its competitors. When many were talking about the advantages of open architecture IP surveillance and solutions on corporate networks, IDIS understood that there were drawbacks in that approach. Today, it’s almost universally accepted that, for many SME video surveillance applications, dedicated networks are better.

IDIS identified this reality correctly from the outset because the business wasn’t led by what new technology could do, but rather by what customers actually needed.

As a result, IDIS DirectIP was the first genuine, one-click plug-and-play solution which, at a stroke, removed a major burden on professional installers. IDIS believed there should be no need for engineers to learn how to handle networks and routers, or to manage passwords for each individual device. Supporting installers who don’t have an in-depth knowledge of networking, IDIS’ ‘For Every Network’ peer-to-peer technology allows engineers to deploy secure, multi-site surveillance solutions on a rapid basis.

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IDIS has also led the way with other important innovations, including reducing the video storage and transmission burden for end users with its Intelligent Codec, a powerful compression technology that cuts bandwidth requirements by up to 90% when combined with motion adaptive transmission.

To make the migration to H.265 easier and more affordable for end users, IDIS developed a dual codec solution allowing simultaneous H.264 live viewing and H.265 high resolution recording. Another example of technical innovation being fitted to customer realities, not the other way around.

IDIS has also focused on improving value for end users, with its totally cost- and license- free IDIS Center VMS being powerful yet easy enough for non-specialist staff to use.

“IDIS innovations have a proven track record of providing targeted and original answers to specific problems faced by end users and installers,” explained James Min, managing director for IDIS Europe. “We’re delighted that our approach has been recognised in the 2020 OSPAs and look forward to the awards ceremony on 26 February.”

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Bosch launches new information security services to protect against cyber attacks

The IT Security Expo and Congress 2019 takes place in Nuremberg from 8-10 October and experts from Bosch will be on hand on Stand 506 in Hall 10.1 to outline the company’s latest information security services for defending against cyber attacks.

Cyber criminals pose a threat to building security solutions. Today’s physical security systems are increasingly IP-based and run on the same networks as generic office and production IT systems.

“The growing use of IT, along with greater networks, is also making building security solutions potentially vulnerable to all of the same risks that plague the rest of the IT world, such as hacker attacks and malware,” explained André Heuer, who heads the information security operation at Bosch Building Technologies. “Particularly so in critical infrastructure, this interaction of IT and facility management makes it essential to find new ways in which to ward off cyber attacks. We want to help our customers expand their information security strategies to include physical systems.”

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On that basis, Bosch is introducing new information security services to address security needs in conventional building security systems by erecting “cyber barriers”. The company’s portfolio now embraces three complementary components:

Information Security Consulting for designing tailored information security concepts to meet customers’ individual protection requirements

Security Operations Centre which manages vulnerabilities and information security incidents to ensure a consistently high level of security while complying with reporting requirements

IT Security Services which implement appropriate measures to protect building security solutions from cyber threats

All of the services are provided in close consultation with customers’ IT security officers. By offering these options, Bosch feels that it’s “raising the standard of information security in buildings to a new level”.

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BT to deliver latest SD-WAN and cyber security services for chemicals manufacturer IXOM

BT has signed a contract to deploy a new generation of network technology for IXOM, a market leader in the sphere of chemicals manufacturing and distribution in Australia and New Zealand. The arrangement will see IXOM benefit from BT’s latest SD-WAN and cyber security managed services as it shifts applications and data to the cloud in a bid to drive agility, efficiency and innovation.

IXOM’s new network will connect over 1,000 employees at 55 sites across 14 countries. That network will support the company’s digital transformation by delivering over seven times more bandwidth than the company’s existing infrastructure and offer a step change in resilience with dual connectivity to 35 major sites.

The network will be built around BT Agile Connect, a BT managed service based on an SD-WAN 2.0 solution by Nuage Networks from Nokia. This offers enhanced control and understanding of network infrastructure and traffic flows, a much faster, simpler and more secure way of setting up new sites, reduced complexity and lower costs.

BT will also deliver a 24×7 global cyber threat detection, investigation and response service. Managed from BT’s Australian Cyber Security Operations Centre and interfacing directly with IXOM’s in-house team, it will be based on a SIEM platform combined with specialist cyber analyst services. This will help to protect IXOM from today’s rapidly evolving threats.

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Rowan Start, head of IT for IXOM, said: “We’re creating a resilient and agile technology environment to support our cloud applications and services. It will come with the ability to detect and respond to cyber threats in near real-time. We chose BT because of the company’s deep expertise in networking, its understanding of our unique operational environment and its ability to seamlessly integrate security services with our own team to create a true partnership model.”

Bernadette Wightman, managing director for resources, manufacturing and logistics at BT, responded: “Managing risk is a key consideration of any digital transformation programme. That’s why companies such as IXOM look to trusted partners like ourselves who can help them securely introduce the latest cloud-optimised network technologies. IXOM will benefit not only from the improved agility and control that our SD-WAN managed services offer, but also the reassurance that they’re working with one of the world’s leading cyber security practices. It’s a superb example of how our Dynamic Network Services Programme is helping customers deliver their digital transformation.”

BT’s Dynamic Network Services Programme is designed to give customers more choice, security, resilience, service and agility in the roll-out of future networks that support digital transformation. It helps customers to remove barriers to the adoption of SD-WAN and NFV by answering questions about which technologies to use as well as when and how to implement, configure and integrate them with existing networks in order to create a hybrid infrastructure fit for the digital age.

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Inner Range set to showcase new Mimic Viewer at International Security Expo

Access control solutions developer Inner Range will showcase a new Mimic Viewer for its award-winning Integriti product at the International Security Expo, which takes place in London later this month.

The Mimic Viewer provides a visual ‘read only’ overview of the intelligent Integriti access control and intruder detection system. It allows security staff to view events remotely without passing control of the system off-site.

The Mimic Viewer is a separate installation with its own connection to the controller, which can be Ethernet-based or via the UniBus UART board. This is helpful for those sites that don’t allow networked computers to be left logged in and unattended, or in the case of a network failure.

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Tim Northwood, general manager of Inner Range, said: “Mimic panels are a fantastic way of providing a visual overview of a system, allowing rapid comprehension of a situation and response when an emergency occurs. Our Mimic Viewer has the added benefit of being separate from any network, so it will maintain its connection whatever the network status and ensure better levels of security as a result.”

Northwood added: “The International Security Expo is always a great event for showing new and existing customers what our products can do. We’ll be allowing delegates to try out our enterprise and high security products for themselves.”

Inner Range will be offering demonstrations of its scalable enterprise access control system, Integriti, as well as the Integriti High Security Encrypted solution and the Sifer reading technology, MIFARE DESfire EV2. Stand J30 is where Risk Xtra’s readers can find the company at London’s Olympia.

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The Integriti system delivers an intelligent integrated security solution ideal for managing and controlling single and multiple sites at the local, national and global levels. It integrates with a wide range of third party systems to become a Physical Security Information Management system, managing not only security and building automation, but also people and business continuity processes such as HR, payroll and Health and Safety.

Integriti Encrypted High Security has all the award-winning features of Integriti with complete end-to-end encryption to 128 bit AES and Mac authentication. It suits defence, Government and other Critical National Infrastructure organisations who need watertight security for counter-terror purposes or other high risk scenarios.

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CDVI UK receives Cyber Essentials accreditation

CDVI UK has announced the company’s successful accreditation to the Cyber Essentials security standards. Cyber Essentials is a Government-backed and industry-supported scheme designed to help organisations protect themselves against common online threats. This set of basic technical controls assists organisations in protecting themselves against common online security threats.

This certification is consistent with the continual desire of CDVI UK to offer secured solutions and products.

CDVI UK has been working with Luke Hargreaves, managing director at Cloud Smart Solutions, to secure the company’s IT network against cyber attacks. The business now has up-to-date and operative cyber security measures in place.

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The latest update of the ATRIUM web-based access control to General Data Protection Regulation standards shows that CDVI’s product development is fully connected to the latest trends in the security industry.

The CDVI Group develops products ranging from biometric and online access control solutions through to electromagnetic locking, keypads, stand-alone entrance systems and door automation.

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