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Johnson Controls adds cloud-based access control to Cloudvue platform

Johnson Controls – the specialist provider of bespoke solutions for smart, healthy and sustainable buildings – is introducing Cloudvue with access control thanks to the Tyco Kantech KT-1 one-door controller. This powerful technology collaboration enables centrally managed cloud video surveillance and access control across an entire organisation from a single browser and is very much part of the Johnson Controls commitment to providing technology so that customers can maintain safe building environments, healthy business operations and seamless occupant experiences.

The combination of the KT-1 one-door controller and Cloudvue Security Management allows organisations of all sizes to easily manage doors, users and schedules from any browser or mobile device. Users can receive intelligent alerts on real-time door activity from the integrated video surveillance and access control platform.

Cloudvue provides organisations with powerful intelligence that streamlines security, improves operational efficiency beyond security and integrates with the Johnson Controls OpenBlue digital platforms, a complete suite of connected solutions for sustainability, new healthy occupant experiences and safety and security solutions.

“The combination of the KT-1 and Cloudvue provides end users with multiple modes of operation to fit a variety of operational needs within the same organisation using a single door controller,” explained Scott Humphreys, senior product manager for Cloudvue at Johnson Controls. “The native integration offered between Kantech and Cloudvue ensures seamless operation and more robust feature sets for any access control configuration.”

KT-1 offers intuitive, cost-effective, cloud-based management capabilities. The Kantech KT-1 is available as a cloud-managed, Ethernet-ready, powered single-door controller with support for up to two readers for entry and exit control.

Connected to the Cloudvue Security Management cloud service, the KT-1 delivers advanced access control features with fully integrated cloud video surveillance options.

The KT-1 also offers the following features: Single touch button for fast and automatic controller enrolment, ‘plug and play’ installation, Power over Ethernet for flexible power input and highly secure 128-bit AES encryption.

*Further information is available online at https://www.cloudvue.io/

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Genetec introduces Security Center v5.10 unified security platform

Genetec – the technology provider of unified security, public safety, operations and business intelligence solutions has recently unveiled version 5.10 of its flagship unified security platform designated Security Center.

Among many new enhancements, this major release allows more system components to run in the cloud, thereby reducing the gap between cloud and on-premises security systems. It also makes it easier to connect external systems and tap external data for use in dashboards, maps and investigations without relying on complex and specialist integrations.

The new version of Security Center brings enterprise video surveillance customers new options to facilitate their migration to the cloud as well as support flexible hybrid cloud architectures. Taking a step further towards unified, enterprise Video Surveillance-as-a-Service, the new version of Security Center Omnicast – the video management system of Security Center – enables the seamless use of tiered cloud and on-premises storage to manage short- and long-term video archives according to customer needs.

In addition, it gives configuration flexibility and reporting capability and supports various scenarios for real-time or on-demand access to video footage stored in the cloud. Depending on its recency and criticality, video can either be stored in high performance storage for fast access or long-term storage to support flexible cost options as well as data compliance. To ensure maximum security, ingested video blocks are encrypted on-premises and then moved to the cloud using encrypted communications channels.

“Last year accelerated the digital transformation of organisations big and small, inside and outside of the security industry,” explained Francis Lachance, director of the video and appliances product group at Genetec. “Omnicast Cloud Storage is not just terabytes in the cloud. It’s a complete collection of media services that deliver the flexibility and sophistication enterprise customers need to successfully move to a hybrid cloud video surveillance architecture.”

Sipelia Communications Management, the module of Security Center that enables SIP-based communications between operators and intercom devices, has also been enhanced to offer support for cloud-based deployment.

Record Fusion Service

Security Center 5.10 introduces a new no-code solution to connect external data sources to enhance an operator’s situational awareness. The new Record Fusion Service feature offers a simple and fast path to integrate third party data streams from private or partner record publishers. Users can define tailored record types and consume data from a variety of sources including KML, JSON and CSV documents, or otherwise set up a REST application listening point to which these external services can push records.

The Genetec Record Fusion Service can be used across the entire unified platform to enhance awareness and response, provide contextual information on dynamic maps, be visualised in operational dashboards, in investigative reports or in the unified monitoring interface.

The service supports a broad range of applications, from displaying user-defined and filtered information on a map with custom graphical elements through to combining various records from a wide variety of sources to create custom aggregate records that are useful to specific operators or roles.

The Record Fusion Service increases agility, enables highly specific and relevant data to be quickly and easily added to the platform and makes security operators more efficient in accessing timely contextual information.

Mobility features

Security Center 5.10 further taps mobile devices to reinvent the way organisations accomplish routine tasks on-the-go. Genetec Mobile, a unified app that enables users to access cameras, doors and ANPR units from their smart phones, now supports Genetec Mission Control incidents as well as standard operating procedures. This allows end users to trigger or view active incidents on maps or in list format and record incidents in the field to notify colleagues in the Security Operations Centre.

A new specialised portal is also available to help customers manage mustering during evacuations. The Evacuation Assistant app connects to Security Center Synergis (the access control system in Security Center) such that, when an evacuation is triggered, the system automatically starts to monitor the safety status of all personnel and visitors. When people arrive at the safety area or muster point, they can badge their credential at a fixed or mobile reader, notify the ‘muster captain’ that they’re safe or inform them that someone might be at risk. If someone is shown not to have been evacuated, the system will then trigger a response so that security personnel can take immediate action.

*For more information about Security Center 5.10 visit: https://resources.genetec.com/blog/security-center-5-10-is-here

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Incentive FM moves into Top 3% of Approved Contractor Scheme-registered security companies

Incentive FM, the specialist facilities management company, has recently completed the latest Security Industry Authority Approved Contractor Scheme (ACS) audit process and has achieved an excellent score.

Following the rigorous audit procedure, Incentive FM achieved a score of 129 points out of a possible 145 which now moves the business into the Top 3% of around 650 companies who hold ACS registration with the regulator.

Andrew Robbins, associate director of security and risk at Incentive FM, told Security Matters: “This achievement has been gained through the delivery of our clear strategy over the past three years, as well as the sheer hard work and dedication of our senior management and site-based teams who’ve demonstrated a clear commitment to delivering a premium security service to our clients through focus and continuous improvement.”

Robbins added: “We’re extremely proud of all our staff members who’ve helped the business to achieve ACS status for the fourteenth year in succession. The last 12 months has realised many challenges due to the new scoring mechanism adopted by the SIA’s auditors and, of course, the global pandemic, but we’ve persevered and passed with flying colours.”

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96% of UK organisations experience at least one business-impacting cyber attack in past 12 months

Tenable Inc, the cyber exposure company, has published the results of a global industry study of business and security executives that reveals the majority of UK organisations (96% of those surveyed, in fact) have experienced a business-impacting cyber attack in the past 12 months.

The data is drawn from ‘The Rise of the Business-Aligned Security Executive’, a commissioned study of more than 800 global business and cyber security leaders, including 103 respondents from the UK. The survey was conducted by Forrester Consulting on behalf of Tenable.

As cyber criminals continue their relentless attacks, 63% of respondents in the UK have witnessed a dramatic increase in the number of business-impacting cyber episodes over the past two years. Unfortunately, these attacks had damaging effects, with organisations reporting loss of employee data (44%), financial loss or theft (36%) and customer attrition (34%). Some 65% of security leaders in the UK say these attacks also involved operational technology.

Business leaders want a clear picture of how at risk they are and how that risk is changing as they plan and execute business strategies. Only four out of every ten local security leaders say they can answer the fundamental question: “How secure, or at risk, are we?” with a high level of confidence, despite the prevalence of business-impacting cyber attacks.

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Global respondents

Looking at global respondents, fewer than 50% of security leaders said they are framing cyber security threats within the context of a specific business risk. For example, although 96% of respondents had developed response strategies to the COVID-19 pandemic, 75% of business and security leaders admitted their response strategies were only “somewhat” aligned.

Organisations with security and business leaders who are aligned in measuring and managing cyber security as a strategic business risk deliver demonstrable results. Compared to their siloed peers, business-aligned security leaders are:

*Eight times more likely to be highly confident in their ability to report on their organisations’ level of security or risk

*90% are very or completely confident in their ability to demonstrate that cyber security investments are positively impacting business performance compared with 55% of their siloed counterparts

85% have metrics to track cyber security RoI and impact on business performance versus just 25% of their siloed peers

Business-aligned leaders

Those organisations with business-aligned cyber security leaders are also:

*Three times more likely to ensure cyber security objectives are in lock step with business priorities

*Three times more likely to have an holistic understanding of their organisation’s entire attack surface

Three times more likely to use a combination of asset criticality and vulnerability data when prioritising remediation efforts

“In the future, there will be two kinds of CISO — those who align themselves directly with the business and everyone else,” said Renaud Deraison, CTO and co-founder at Tenable. “The only way to thrive in this era of digital acceleration is to bring cyber into every business question, decision and investment. We firmly believe this particular study shows that forward-leaning organisations view cyber security strategy as essential to innovation and that, when security and the business work hand-in-glove, the results can be transformational.”

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British Land awards Shopping Centre security contracts to Incentive FM

British Land, which is one of the largest property development and investment companies in the UK, has awarded Incentive FM three new Shopping Centre contracts and renewed a further two agreements.

Incentive FM has been awarded contracts to provide a range of soft facilities services for Ealing Broadway in London, the Beaumont Shopping Centre in Leicester and the Crown Wharf Retail Park in Walsall. 

British Land has also renewed Incentive FM’s existing contracts to provide similar services at the Whiteley Shopping Centre in Hampshire and at the Old Market in Hereford.

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Under the Terms and Conditions of the three-year deals for each site, Incentive FM will be responsible for ensuring the Shopping Centres are secure, safe and clean as well as providing Front of House and customer service solutions in addition to looking after car parking at the busy locations.

Over 110 members of staff will be mobilised across all five sites where the teams will be using the latest equipment, technology and other systems coupled with Best-in-Class development training to enhance the quality of service delivery. 

Richard Nield, head of retail operations at British Land, informed Security Matters: “The successful relationship we have built up with Incentive FM at the Whiteley and Old Market Shopping Centres, along with other retail locations, made it an obvious choice for us to award more contracts. The business is undoubtedly our preferred partner of choice for these sites.”

Glenn Wilson, operations director at Incentive FM, responded: “We look forward to continuing to support British Land with our added value and partnership approach. Our portfolio of Shopping Centres and retail parks now stretches the length and breadth of the country, from Inverness Shopping Park in Scotland right down to Drakes Circus in Plymouth. We are now operational at over 40 such sites in the UK.”

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Echosec launches security-focused anonymous search tool for The Dark Web

Online data aggregation and information discovery specialist Echosec has introduced Beacon, a search platform for The Dark Web purpose-designed to help discover threats and prevent future attacks.

Beacon is an intelligence tool that helps security teams and public safety professionals alike to find key information from The Dark Web safely through a regular web browser. Previously, the only way to access The Dark Web was through a TOR browser.

The Dark Web is non-indexed and non-secure, yet searching it is crucial for security and public safety organisations as it’s a veritable hotbed for nefarious activity. Beacon provides end users with a single point of entry into The Dark Web and presents critical information in a structured and consistent way.

Organisation of Dark Web data makes analysis of it more efficient and threat intelligence actionable for law enforcement, security and risk managers.

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“Beacon helps teams to quickly identify information that can prepare them for the worse case scenario,” said Michael Raypold, CTO at Echosec. “Through Beacon, end users can identify threats quickly and enable efficient issues management.”

A basic Beacon search can provide intelligence on subjects like drug trafficking, the sale of firearms and hacker data. A UK search conducted on 12 April found 14,849 instances of hacker data using the keyword “UK + hacking,” while “UK + credit card” returned 16,600 and “UK + guns” 2,650 results respectively.

More advanced search functions in Beacon have produced thousands of results for information on the sale of identities, e-mail addresses and other personally identifiable information. One excerpt from a credit card search result on a Dark Web site reads: “Hello all clients ! – I’m a hacker, good seller, best tools, sell online 24h. – I want introduce to you my services and sell fresh cvv (visa/master,amex,dis,bin,dob,fullz..) all country, Dumps track 1&2, Account paypal, SMTP, RDP, VPS, Mailers, do WU transfer and Software Bug Transfer Western Union. – I sell cvv Fresh – Fast and Good price.”

Beacon is commercially available and simple and safe to interact with for users of all backgrounds. However, due to the sensitive nature of The Dark Web, Echosec meets with potential customers to review and approve their case before providing access. Echosec also takes steps to ensure that Beacon use is compliant with the current privacy laws and data provider terms.

*More information about Beacon may be found at https://www.echosec.net/darknet/

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Linx International Group expands team with new Group marketing manager and marketing co-ordinator

Linx International Group – the global provider of security, risk management, consultancy and training services – has announced the appointment of Group marketing manager Jerry Alfandari and marketing co-ordinator Victoria Carter.

Fluent in both English and German, Alfandari has a proven track record of managing international marketing campaigns including social and digital content strategies. He’s joined by Victoria Carter, who brings expertise in social media, public relations and video production to the team.

On his appointment, Alfandari explained: “I’m excited to be part of a team that’s working with security practitioners at all levels around the world to develop and launch new courses along with innovative training methods.”

Victoria Carter and Jerry Alfandari

Victoria Carter and Jerry Alfandari

Carter added: “Training and education has always been central to my own career progression, so I’m excited to be joining a company that shares my ethos and is committed to professionalism across the security sector.”

Led by director of sales and marketing Sarah Hayward-Turton, the marketing team will promote the Linx International Group brand and the work of its companies – Tavcom Training (including the CTSP Register), PerpetuityARC Training and the Linx Consultancy.

Hayward-Turton stated: “It’s an exciting time to be part of the Linx International Group. We’re bringing new talent into the organisation, as well as nurturing and developing the skills of those that have been with us for many years.”

Alfandari and Carter are based at the Linx International Group’s Training Centre in Bishops Waltham, Hampshire.

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TDSi presents new GARDiS software at Intersec Dubai

Integrated security solutions manufacturer TDSi is appearing with distribution partner IPTEC on Stand SA-B27 at Intersec Dubai 2019, which opened its doors yesterday and runs until 22 January. TDSi is showing its newly-released GARDiS software, along with the EXgarde Enterprise integrated security management solution and its range of controllers. The company is also discussing its forthcoming incorporation of Bluetooth Low Energy readers and mobile credentials into the TDSi product portfolio.

John Davies, managing director of TDSi, commented: “Intersec Dubai is always a key event at the beginning of the year and we’re very excited to be showcasing our new GARDiS software in the region for the first time in 2019. It was launched just last month for download and is the second part of the GARDiS range of products, more elements of which will be released in due course.”

Davies continued: “We’re also honoured to be appearing as part of the IPTEC Stand this year. As an expert local distributor, IPTEC’s expertise offers a great opportunity for visitors to discuss their specific requirements and to gain a better understanding of the latest security technology on offer, such as our own fully-integrated systems.”

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Held in Halls 1-8 at the Trade Centre Arena and Sheikh Saeed Halls 1-3 at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre, Intersec attracts exhibitors and visitors from across the Middle East, Asia and beyond. The show is also an important indicator of what to expect in the security market during the year ahead.

Davies added: “The security market in the Middle East has witnessed renewed growth since the event last year, and particularly so as a result of Governments looking to invest their reach further in terms of infrastructure. It’s a significant export market for TDSi and we rely heavily on our local partners such as IPTEC to ensure that we can offer end users the best possible support and services.”

John Davies: managing director at TDSi

John Davies: managing director at TDSi

Intersec Dubai highlights market demands and trends for the coming year. This is something which is highly important to TDSi. Davies concluded: “This event gives us a greater understanding of the needs and demands from this very important security market. If you are attending the event, come and visit myself and the team on Stand SA-B27. We’ll be delighted to discuss your specific security requirements and give you a demonstration of our powerful and highly flexible product range.”

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TDSi partners with Milestone at Integration Expo UK

Integrated security solutions manufacturer TDSi will be appearing as a partner at the Milestone Integration Expo UK, which is being held at the Hilton at St George’s Park Hotel, Burton Upon Trent on Wednesday 19 September.

The Milestone Integration Expo UK provides visitors with a greater insight into the powerful integration of Milestone’s XProtect VMS (Video Management System) solution by a number of complementary security systems, including TDSi’s EXgarde security management software.

Alex Rumsey, director of UK sales at TDSi, commented: “Given that it’s the world’s Number One provider of VMS solutions, we’re proud that Milestone has invited us to partner with them at this event. This is the perfect opportunity for installers, specifiers and end users to view and understand the powerful integration capabilities of using Milestone’s XProtect VMS and our EXgarde solution in order to provide a truly 360-degree view of security management.”

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Alex Rumsey of TDSi

The event will feature eight Milestone Partners, all of them providing insights into the flexibility of their integrated security products. Live demonstrations will be held throughout the day from 9.30 am until 4.45 pm, giving visitors the opportunity to attend and participate in as many of these as required.

The Milestone Integration Expo UK is free to attend, but requires registration. Visitors will have access to the newest technologies within access control, video analytics, body-worn cameras, system design and storage optimisation, along with networking opportunities with some of the most successful IP video systems integrators, resellers and distributors in the UK.

Rumsey concluded: “Unlike a general trade show, this is a highly focused event which will provide specific details and assistance for anyone that uses Milestone’s market-leading systems. All of the presentation teams will be there to provide a solid educational forum and to discuss specific applications for the technology in the real world.”

*For further details and to register for Milestone Integration Expo UK visit www.milestonesys.com/events/events-and-webinars/milestone-integration-expo-uk/

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Tyco champions 2018 Technology Days programme ahead of dedicated C•CURE event for end users

Tyco, the security products division of Johnson Controls, reports that its 2018 Technology Days programme is proving to be a big hit with UK system integrators.

Large numbers of integrators keen to learn about the latest generation of Tyco access control, intruder detection and video surveillance solutions attended Roadshow events at Brands Hatch and the Knockhill racing circuit in Dunfermline during July.

Tyco’s Mobile Exhibition Unit and fleet of demonstration vans are being put to good use at the Technology Days, the next one of which will take place at Oulton Park circuit in Cheshire on 14 September.

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Local venues

“System integrators lead busy lives and tell us they don’t always have the time to travel perhaps halfway across the country to attend exhibitions to see demonstrations of new products and technologies,” said Gordon Morrison, GB sales director for the Tyco access control and video brands.

“Our mobile showrooms give us the opportunity to provide ‘hands-on’ demonstrations for system integrators and their end user customers at locations convenient to them. While the Mobile Exhibition Unit is best used at public venues, we’re able to make the demonstration vans available for system integrators in support of their customer-targeted open days.”

C•CURE event for end users

In addition to the Technology Days, Tyco will also be holding a C•CURE End User Event. Many of the large companies who use the C•CURE 9000 security and event management platform have been invited to attend the day which will take place in London on 12 September.

“With the support of key technology partners, we’ll be highlighting how customers can gain maximum benefit from their electronic security solutions with help from C•CURE 9000,” added Morrison. “Equally important, the event is also intended to be a forum for end users to discuss their experiences of using C•CURE 9000 and provide us with feedback on what new features they would wish to see incorporated into future versions of the platform.”

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