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BCI European Awards 2017: Shortlist of finalists announced

The Business Continuity Institute (BCI) is pleased to announce the shortlist for the 2017 BCI European Awards. Some of the most outstanding business continuity and resilience professionals and organisations have made it to the final stage.

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Continuity and Resilience Consultant 2017

Alberto Mattia (Panta Ray)
Petra Morrison (Daisy Group)
Werner Verlinden (Musena Consulting)

Most Effective Recovery 2017

BPER Banca
IBM
West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue

Continuity and Resilience Innovation 2017

Barclays Group Resilience
Crises Control
Everbridge

Continuity and Resilience Newcomer 2017

Elodie Huet (Arup)
Linda McAllorum (MUFG Investor Services)
Patrick Teves (Nestle Deutschland AG)
Timothy Dalby-Walsh (Needhams 1834)
Tinne Dewolf (Goffin Consulting)

Continuity and Resilience Professional (Private Sector) 2017

Joseph McClean (Ulster Bank)
Ken Clark (ARM)
Rob van den Eijnden (Philips)
Sarah Armstrong-Smith (Fujitsu)

Continuity and Resilience Professional (Public Sector) 2017

Carl Mayfield (Milton Keynes Council)
Rina Singh (NHS Professionals)
Russ Parramore (South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue)

Continuity and Resilience Provider (Service/Product) 2017

Alert Cascade
Business Continuity Training
ClearView Continuity
Send Word Now
Sungard Availability Services

Continuity and Resilience Team 2017

Aon
BT
Chief Fire Officers Association
Marks & Spencer

Sponsored by Sungard Availability Services, the BCI’s European Awards Gala Dinner and Ceremony takes place at The Principal Hotel in Edinburgh on Thursday 11 May. The awards will be presented by David Thorp, the BCI’s executive director.

Tickets to the event include reception drinks, a three-course meal with fine wines and the awards ceremony. Individual tickets costs £75.00 +VAT. Tables of ten are priced at £675 +VAT.

*To book your tickets for this event click here

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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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Global Support Services recognised in FT’s Top 1000 list of fast-growing businesses

Global Support Services, the UK-based provider of specialist security services, has been announced as a constituent member of the inaugural Financial Times Top 1000 list of the fastest-growing companies in Europe.

The company was ranked at position 386 overall, making it the 70th fastest-growing company in the UK across all categories during the period and the 40th fastest-growing ‘support services’ company in Europe. The company’s position in the table makes it the fastest-growing provider of physical security services in Europe for the period.

Global Support Services is accredited to Investors in People Gold standard and was one of the first 100 businesses in the UK to be awarded ‘Living Wage Champion’ status. The business’ growth has been stimulated because of an unwavering dedication to its vision which includes being recognised as the ’employer of choice’ in the UK’s security industry.

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Global Support Services’ managing director Daniel Mailly said: “We’re all delighted to be recognised by the Financial Times, especially as the ranking recognises growth that has been achieved ‘organically’. I believe that growth should be achieved in a sustainable fashion and therefore to the betterment of both the people that work for us and the clients we serve. As a happy consequence of this attitude, we’re the largest operator of protection canine units in the UK at the present tie and have some of the best levels of employee retention and client satisfaction in our industry here in the UK. Around 65% of our 150-strong workforce are ex-uniformed personnel and we operate a recruitment process that’s designed to be both fully inclusive and one that we hope broadens the traditional appeal of a historically male-dominated industry.”

Mailly went on to comment: “Additionally, we take great pride in the work we do in support of our partners such as Veterans Aid and Storm Skills Training. Together with my valued team members, I look forward to continuously capitalising on our sustainable growth to create many more employment opportunities and assist in continuing to make the UK a hub for innovation.”

The FT 1000 lists 1,000 companies in Europe that have achieved the highest percentage growth in revenues between 2012 and 2015.

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“Time for a full review into policing” asserts Police Federation

The Police Federation of England and Wales has called for a “long overdue” full review into policing. This subject was among a number of issues raised by the Federation in its response to the Home Affairs Select Committee following the launch of the latter’s Policing for the Future inquiry.

The Police Federation’s national chair Steve White said: “For more than a decade, we have been demanding an holistic and independent review of policing in order to properly determine what the public want and expect of their police service. While appreciating that this would need to be balanced against the reality of the fiscal policy of the Government of the day and its limitations on resources and capacity, it would, at the very least, be a starting point to ensure we have a police service that’s fit for purpose and able to focus on those issues deemed to be public priority.”

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Steve White: Chairman of the Police Federation of England and Wales

White continued: “If we were starting afresh today, we cannot see any logic or rationale in having this number of police forces. We maintain that a Royal Commission on Policing looking at the entire structure, function, roles and funding of the police service is long overdue. This would address the points raised and allow radical, long-term and strategic thinking rather than knee-jerk responses and tinkering based on political whim.”

In conclusion, White stated: “We need police officers to remain at the heart of policing, to retain the model of policing by consent and ensure that those tasked with protecting our communities have the support of the law, are given the appropriate protections, equipment and training to do the job and are valued, motivated and fairly rewarded.”

Commenting on a range of issues, the Police Federation highlights current and future crime trends and their implications for policing under-reported types of crime, the extent to which the police are sufficiently equipped to deal with these changing patterns of crime and other operational demands (such as mental health crisis work) and where gaps in capacity and capability are likely to lie.

Issues such as proactivity from the top of policing, equipment, training, accountability and a long-term strategy for the future of policing are also discussed in the submission, which can be seen in full on the Home Affairs Select Committee’s website.

The Committee is also looking at police funding levels, efficiency and cost-effectiveness, including the role of Police and Crime Commissioners in driving innovation and reform and the role of digital technology in policing (including take-up, risks and barriers to use).

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C-TEC’s sister company SigNET signs exclusive voice alarm distribution deal

C-TEC’s sister company SigNET has been appointed as the exclusive UK distributor of RCF’s new range of EN54-16 and EN54-24 certified digital voice alarm systems.

Two solutions are available: the DXT 3000 and the DXT 9000. Designed for wall mounting, the DXT 3000 is an intelligent ‘plug-and-play’ wall mounting voice alarm solution for small to medium-sized projects where EN54-16 compliance is required. Ideal for supermarkets, schools, offices and more, it’s a practical solution for integrating music and PA with a voice-only emergency evacuation system.

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The DXT 9000 is a medium-to-large range of configurable EN54-16 compliant voice alarm solutions. Versatile and completely scaleable, it’s suitable for a host of applications, from small schools or hotels to large campuses with multiple buildings.

With C-TEC’s assistance, SigNET will concentrate on promoting these products to companies operating within the fire and security business sector.

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Middle East contract spawns “flat-panel masterpiece” from perimeter security specialist Zaun

A substantial contract in the Middle Eastern has given rise to a new flat-panel mesh security fence from Zaun. The company has designed a variant of its original HiSec ‘358’ welded mesh configuration with an extra wire every 250 mm on the inside to enhance security and keep the panel flat without the need for rails or pressed V-beams.

The British manufacturer is shipping a staggering 200-plus 40-foot containers of the new HiSec Plus panels over the coming year to secure a Middle Eastern site of Critical National Infrastructure. The first six containers have left the manufacturer’s Wolverhampton headquarters with a further six set to leave before Easter.

The design department has offset the additional 4 mm wires – setting quite a challenge to the production team – to enhance the security characteristics and make the single panel act almost like a dual-skin fence.

Zaun’s R&D manager Adam Christie said: “It’s brilliant to see this new system coming off the production line as it has been more than four years in the making. The customer had a very clear specification of what they wanted, but we’ve been able to work with them over time to make enhancements and reassure them at every step of the way on quality, design, production, sourcing and logistics.”

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The additional horizontal wires of HiSec Plus remove the typical bowing of traditional 358, while the 2.4 metres-high fence line is further secured with stainless steel razor coil topping and coated barbed wire as line wires.

The panels are bolted to 5 mm-thick cold-rolled steel posts, which are being welded to steel base plates at Zaun by a new robot welder bought specifically for the task, with each post and base plate a massive 75 kg in dead weight.

The rolled steel is folded back on the front attack-prone flange of the post to create an effective 10 mm thickness of steel.  The post assemblies are then bolted in the field to a continuous concrete beam.

The enhanced HiSec specification and fencing system cements Zaun’s ability to deliver bespoke high-security fencing solutions.

Zaun’s HiSec 358 is approved by NOMS for use by HM Prison Service installations where this mesh type is used prolifically due to its tight mesh formation and the fact that it can strecth to 5.2 metres in height in a single panel. It can easily be integrated with different toppings as well as CCTV, PIDs and other electronic security enhancements.

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C-TEC set to exhibit at ISEC and Fire Safety Scotland

Life safety systems solution provider C-TEC is exhibiting at two upcoming regional industry shows, where the company will be showing a mixture of its conventional and addressable fire alarm systems, automatic extinguisher panels, power supplies, disabled refuge systems, call systems and audio-frequency induction loop equipment.

First up is ISEC, Ireland’s Security and Fire Expo, which runs on 26-27 April. Hosted at the Citywest Conference in Dublin, ISEC is Ireland’s dedicated event for the Irish fire and security industry. Delegates should visit Stand D8 to see C-TEC’s new CAST addressable fire system, its high-performance EN54-23 certified range of visual alarm devices and more. Register here: http://www.isec.ie/index.php/visitors/pre-register/

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The company will also be attending Fire Safety Scotland at the SEC in Glasgow on 3-4 May. Part of the Scotland Works Series, this new show is aimed at fire, security and safety professionals and is co-located with Health and Safety Scotland and Facilities Scotland.

C-TEC’s extensive range of life-safety innovations will be on display on Stand FS10. To register click here: https://registration.n200.com/survey/0nierq0j2u25v

Andy Green, C-TEC’s marketing manager, stated: “We’re very excited about our forthcoming attendance at ISEC and Fire Safety Scotland. C-TEC has a strong customer base in Ireland and Scotland, and these very important regional shows will provide us with excellent networking and new business opportunities.”

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