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All MOBOTIX IoT camera solutions integrated in Gentec’s cloud-based Stratocast VMS

MOBOTIX has taken another step towards integrating its technology within partner systems with the news that, after extensive development processes and testing procedures, all MOBOTIX Internet of Things (IoT) camera solutions have now been integrated in Gentec’s cloud-based Stratocast video management system (VMS).

VMS specialist Genetec has been one of MOBOTIX’s most important technology partners for many years now. “The integration of our camera systems in Stratocast, whose high level of cyber security is put to the test in annual stress tests and evaluations, is another milestone in the long-term co-operative relationship that exists between MOBOTIX and Genetec,” explained Hartmut Sprave, CTO at MOBOTIX.

Thomas Dieregsweiler, head of product management for MOBOTIX, added: “When we make our technology available and integrate it with other solutions, it’s paramount to us that we don’t compromise on the cyber security of our systems. Genetec and MOBOTIX speak the same language. We’re one of the world’s first camera manufacturers to successfully integrate with the Stratocast solution.”

The cloud-based Stratocast is designed for SMEs. When using Stratocast, end customers can always rest assured that their company is protected and that seamless operation is ensured. Using a PC, laptop, tablet or smart phone, Stratocast guarantees access to live videos and video recordings that are stored ‘cyber-safe’ in the cloud.

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The end user themselves requires only basic computer expertise, as no computer infrastructure such as additional servers have to be installed. No maintenance or updates will be required. This makes solutions affordable and very transparent for the end user. They only pay by usage.

Stratocast allows the end user to circumvent typical server-based problems such as additional IT infrastructure or employees, lack of storage space, loss of records and unscaleable prices or functionalities.

The scope of functions provided can also be extended by using the Genetec Security Center for central monitoring. This means the cloud-based network can grow and develop according to the end user’s needs.

Successful co-operation

As is the case for MOBOTIX, cyber security and data protection are the highest priority for Genetec. For example, all communication between the on-site system and the cloud is fully-encrypted with Transport Layer Security. Genetec guarantees 99.5% availability (availability and access to video). All data is backed up three-fold in the cloud.

Genetec works exclusively with hardware and software partners who meet the highest quality standards for cyber security and data protection.

“We have integrated our technology into Stratocast’s technology over the last six months,” explained Thomas Lausten, CEO of MOBOTIX. “All test series were completed successfully. The quality of our video solutions combined with a keen focus on cyber security and our global sales network is how we became one of the first camera manufacturers to integrate our technology in the cloud-based Stratocast . It proves once again that the decentralised intelligence of our camera systems makes MOBOTIX one of the most important players on the global market.”

*For further information visit https://www.mobotix.com/en/mobotix-genetec-stratocast

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Honeywell launches 30 Series IP cameras “to improve data and video protection”

Honeywell has announced the release of its 30 Series IP cameras: a new suite of video cameras that strengthens building safety and security through advanced analytics and secure channel encryption. With the new cameras, end users can also benefit from lower total cost of ownership and reduced risk as well as improved picture quality without increased storage needs.

“Honeywell is in the business of protection – from buildings through to data and the people within those buildings,” said Jeremy Kimber, video global product management director for Honeywell Commercial Security. “With the release of the 30 Series IP cameras, we’re providing advanced secure channel encryption that guards against unauthorised access and the unsanctioned distribution of data and video to help end users seamlessly integrate security into any business.”

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Honeywell 30 Series IP Cameras are available in dome, bullet, ball and fisheye models that feature:

Secure channel encryption: The new cameras provide HTTP over TLS1.2 (HTTPS) encrypted streaming to Honeywell MAXPRO NVRs. They adhere to the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard. Together, these elements help meet the increasingly stringent requirements being set by IT Departments to shield businesses against unauthorised access and unsanctioned distribution of data and video, potentially saving end users up to $3.86 million (the average global cost of a data breach).

Advanced motion people detection: Traditional motion detection only detects pixel changes, leading to a higher false alarm rate. Advanced motion people detection is designed to reduce false alarm rates as it will only create an alarm when the moving object is recognised as a person.

Enhanced storage space and image quality: A higher quality camera resolution of up to 5 MP delivers exceptional images and comes with a user-friendly interface for secure remote viewing. The H.265 smart codec feature allows for storage of longer clips and lower bandwidth consumption, enabling images to take up to 50% less storage space, which decreases operating costs.

The new line of cameras is fully-integrated using HTTPS encrypted streaming with MAXPRO NVRs. They can also be used with performance-embedded NVRs linked to the MAXPRO Cloud multi-site video and access control management platform and with the ADPRO XO range of NVRs complete with on-board video analytics.

With advanced analytics and encryption capabilities, Honeywell 30 Series IP cameras offer an array of quality options for all SMEs, entry-level enterprise and critical applications where compliance is essential such as banking and finance, Government, the utilities, the education sector, retail and premium commercial.

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Cyber security firm Foregenix scoops Queen’s Award for Enterprise

A cyber security firm has picked up the Queen’s Award for Enterprise. Foregenix, which celebrates its 10th Anniversary this month, received the award for its work in international trade and is believed to be the first cyber security consultancy with a determined focus on protecting the payment and finance industries to pick up the accolade.

Headquartered in the UK, Foregenix has generated around 60% of its revenue from international sales over the past four years, helped by new offices in Boston servicing North America, Frankfurt, Europe, Sydney, Australasia and São Paulo, Brazil and a new base in Singapore in 2019.

Foregenix offers a range of services including managed detection and response, digital forensics, compliance and risk. It’s one of the leading certification companies for payment systems on PCI point-to-point encryption and an authority on ATM ‘cash-out’ attacks.

The Queen’s Award for Enterprise follows on from recognition by The Sunday Times as one of the Top 100 SME exporters in 2017 and 2018.

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Left to Right: Paul Humpage, Andrew Henwood and Benjamin Hosack of Foregenix

The Queen’s Awards have recognised the achievements of British businesses since 1965. Around 200 businesses receive the accolade each year.

Co-founder and CTO Andrew Bontoft commented: “It’s testimony to the brilliant work and dedication of our global team that we’ve received this prestigious award. We’re very proud of what the team has achieved and grateful for the recognition this award signifies. We would also like to thank our clients and suppliers for helping us to achieve this honour.”

CEO Andrew Henwood added: “Foregenix aims to protect businesses and organisations from criminals who attempt to endanger people’s livelihoods and futures for their own enrichment. It’s a cause that resonates with our customers. We offer them practical advice and solutions for baked-in security and real risk reduction.”

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ASSA ABLOY Security Solutions names initial partner businesses for CLIQ Go

A number of security providers have signed up to be dedicated partners for the new CLIQ Go from ASSA ABLOY Security Solutions, a UK division of ASSA ABLOY (the door opening solutions specialist).

The named security businesses include High Security Locking near Aylesbury, William Channon in London and John Planck Ltd in Chatham. By agreeing to be a CLIQ Go partner, these security providers have access to exclusive training and support from ASSA ABLOY Security Solutions to help them market and sell the platform.

Enabling SMEs to control security across their premises from a smart phone app, CLIQ Go combines mechanical and electronic security capabilities in order to meet the needs of today’s busy working environments.

The user-friendly CLIQ Go smart phone app allows business owners and authorised individuals to manage a site’s security from the cloud via a mobile phone, tablet or PC. Individual access rights can be instantly revoked or updated from these devices, subsequently enhancing security while also delivering the flexibility needed to amend these access rights ‘on the go’.

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With CLIQ Go, organisations can schedule access rights to a room or area for contractors or other workers that may only be visiting a site for a specified amount of time. Furthermore, as an end user business grows, the CLIQ Go system can be easily expanded with minimal disruption.

Simon Wilson, national sales manager for ASSA CLIQ Remote at ASSA ABLOY Security Solutions, said: “Issues such as lost keys can be a serious security risk. Traditional mechanical locking solutions no longer offer a robust enough solution for many modern businesses. CLIQ Go offers an easy-to-manage access control system.”

Wilson continued: “CLIQ Go is quickly becoming a very popular option for many organisations, with installers and resellers keen to stock the solution. Indeed, with just one mechanical key profile, resellers can easily keep the solution in stock for fast delivery and, with no doors to wire, installation is a straightforward process.”

In conclusion, Wilson informed Risk Xtra: “We’re delighted to welcome our new CLIQ Go partners. We’ll be providing ongoing training and support to help them maximise opportunities for promoting this innovative system to their customers.”

*For more information on CLIQ Go and how to become a partner contact Simon Wilson at simon.wilson@assaabloy.com or visit www.assaabloy.co.uk

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Paxton identified in London Stock Exchange Group’s ‘1,000 Companies to Inspire Europe’ Report

Paxton, the electronic IP access control and video door entry solutions specialist, has been identified as one of the London Stock Exchange Group’s ‘1,000 Companies to Inspire Europe’. The report is a celebration of high-growth and the most dynamic small and medium-sized businesses across Europe.

To be included in the list, companies need to show consistent revenue growth over a minimum of three years, significantly outperforming their country peers. This report demonstrates the critical importance of high-growth, private, small and medium-sized companies (SMEs) to future European economic growth, innovation and job creation.

This new follows on from Paxton’s inclusion in last years’ Financial Times Europe’s ‘1,000 Fastest-Growing Companies’ Report recognising 1,000 companies in Europe that have achieved the highest percentage growth in revenues between 2012 and 2015.

The ranking in both reports highlights the company’s growth in the local and global security market. Paxton also celebrated ranking 49th in the 2018 Sunday Times ‘100 Best Companies to Work For’, the annual survey run by the ‘Best Companies’ organisation. In the survey, 96% of employees said they believe they can make a valuable contribution to the success of the company.

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Investment in training and education

Founded back in 1985, Paxton now employs over 300 people and operates mainly from its head office in Brighton, East Sussex, with several international sales offices. All products are manufactured locally at the Paxton factory in Eastbourne and exported to over 60 countries worldwide.

Paxton invests significantly in the training and education of its customers and is proud to offer free training to all installers globally to ensure its products are sold and installed with confidence. So far, 5,692 installers have been trained globally this year. Products are adapted to cater for the regional differences called for in the global market and have Paxton’s ethos of simplicity designed-in to ensure they’re easy to install, use and maintain. All purchases are backed by the company’s localised industry-leading technical support, a five-year guarantee and hassle-free returns policy.

Commenting on the news, Adam Stroud (Paxton’s CEO), told Risk Xtra: “We’re thrilled to once again be part of this prestigious list. It’s another milestone on our journey to become world-class in all that we do. Paxton aspires to provide innovative products, industry-leading customer support and high-quality and efficient manufacturing along with being one of the country’s best companies to work for. We’re taking full advantage of the opportunities provided by new technology to fulfil customer‘s requirements for secure, convenient and energy efficient buildings.”

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Jyrki Katainen, the European Commission’s vice-president for jobs, growth, investment and competitiveness, added: “Thanks to dynamic and innovative, high-growth SMEs, employment has reached new record levels with almost 240 million people in work. We need to continue on that path and create a favourable business environment enabling cutting-edge innovators and solid manufacturing SMEs to grow and reach their full potential. Stock exchanges, such as the London Stock Exchange Group, are an essential part of the Capital Markets Union, helping those with ideas to meet their financers.”

Nikhil Rathi, CEO of the London Stock Exchange plc, observed: “The economic potential of Europe’s fastest-growing companies is clear in ‘1,000 Companies to Inspire Europe’. The report shows that high-growth SMEs are the innovators, job creators and drivers of economic growth. They have the potential to transform the European economy and give the next generation of young people the future they deserve. It’s vital that we give these companies, and companies like them, access to suitable growth finance. The London Stock Exchange Group is committed to supporting the job creators of tomorrow, increasing their access to long-term patient capital to fund their continued success.”

Being included in the London Stock Exchange report also marks one year since the Paxton Technology Centre opened. The 29,000 square foot building houses Paxton’s R&D operation along with an installer training suite.

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Zaun hosts ‘Made in Britain’ event to promote value of British manufacturing

A 1,000-strong manufacturers’ organisation that actively promotes the value of British manufacturing as a genuine differentiator visited Wolverhampton last week for its first Sales and Marketing Workshop of the new Autumn season.

Pioneering steel fencing systems manufacturer Zaun hosted and presented at the ‘Made in Britain’ Workshop on Wednesday 19 September with a keen focus on marketing, sales, exports and PR. Delegates heard about digital marketing for manufacturers and received a marketing ‘Masterclass’ from Young’s Seafood’s marketing team. They also learned from Zaun about the company’s sales, marketing and export journey and enjoyed a tour around Zaun’s factory.

The ‘Made in Britain’ initiative highlights the community spirit of the British manufacturing industry. Four events in the Spring brought together members to share stories, ideas and advice. Previous events have been hosted by pioneering recycler Axion in Manchester, iconic British car maker Vauxhall, Knowsley cable manufacturer Tratos and global coffee machine manufacturer Fracino in Birmingham.

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John Pearce: CEO of ‘Made in Britain’

‘Made in Britain’ CEO John Pearce observed: “All the greatest British manufacturers have a story to tell, and the Workshops offer them a chance to sell those stories to each other.  British SME manufacturers need each other more than ever to increase the strength of the British-made supply chain. Typically, at each Workshop two or three new trading relationships are born. We’re all united in the use of the official collective mark to point to the quality, innovation and excellence of British manufacturing.”

Zaun’s marketing manager Steve Roberts responded: “As a company, we’re very proactive at trading on our ‘Britishness’ throughout our business. We’ve seen major success through this route, especially so in the Middle East and following on from our bespoke project work for the London 2012 Olympic Games.”

After the Zaun event, the final two ‘Made in Britain’ Workshops of the year will be at ethical luxury brand The Soap Co in London on 10 October followed by the ESSE foundry in Barnoldswick, Lancashire on 14 November.

‘Made in Britain’ events are for members across all of its 50 product sectors.

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Spiceworks survey shows one-in-four organisations “not confident” over security of cloud-stored data

Spiceworks has published the results of a new survey examining the adoption and perceptions of cloud storage and file sharing services in businesses across Europe and North America. The results show that Microsoft OneDrive is the most commonly used service, followed by Google Drive and Dropbox (among others). The findings indicate that, although the adoption of cloud storage services has grown rapidly, a quarter of business technology buyers are still concerned about hosting company data in the cloud and are therefore prioritising security when evaluating solution providers.

According to a similar Spiceworks report issued back in March 2016, 53% of organisations were using cloud storage and file sharing services. Among those organisations, 33% were using Dropbox, 31% were using Microsoft OneDrive and 27% were using Google Drive. However, the 2016 report revealed that OneDrive had the highest planned adoption rates.

Today, 80% of organisations are using cloud storage services, while an additional 16% plan to deploy a solution within the next two years. Currently, 51% of organisations are using Microsoft OneDrive, 34% are using Google Drive and 34% are using Dropbox. Additionally, 13% of businesses are currently using Apple iCloud, 6% are using Box, 6% are using Citrix ShareFile and 3% are using Amazon Drive.

When examining adoption rates by company size, the results show that OneDrive has the highest usage in enterprises – defined as businesses with more than 1,000 employees – with an adoption rate of 59%, compared to Google Drive at 29% and Dropbox at 25%.

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Although OneDrive also claims the top spot in SMEs, the gap in adoption rates among the top players is much smaller. For example, among mid-size businesses with 100 to 999 employees, 54% are using OneDrive, 35% are using Dropbox and 33% are using Google Drive. In small businesses with one to 99 employees, 47% are using OneDrive compared to 39% using Google Drive and 34% using Dropbox.

Security: the most important factor for service selection

Among business technology buyers involved in the purchase decisions for cloud storage services at their organisation, security was considered the most important factor when evaluating providers. In fact, 97% said that security is an important to extremely important factor followed by reliability (96%), cost (93%), ease of use (93%) and vendor reputation (89%). Conversely, technology buyers believe factors such as document collaboration (67%) and app/tool integrations (59%) still matter, but are less important.

When asked to select up to five attributes that they most associate with the top providers, 39% of business technology buyers primarily associate OneDrive with being secure, compared to Google Drive at 28% and Dropbox at 19%. Google Drive ranks the highest in terms of reliability and cost-effectiveness, while Dropbox ranks the highest when it comes to ease of use. Additionally, Microsoft OneDrive was recognised as a trusted vendor and for being integrated with existing apps/tools.

Security of data stored in the cloud

Despite the pervasiveness of cloud storage and file sharing services, some organisations are not confident in the security of their data stored within those services. In fact, 25%of technology buyers believe their data in the cloud is ‘not at all’ to ‘somewhat’ secure. This is perhaps because 16% of organisations have experienced one or more security incidents – such as unauthorised access, stolen credentials or data theft – via their cloud storage service in the last 12 months.

Therefore, organisations are taking extra steps to enhance their data security when using cloud storage and file sharing services. 57% of organisations only allow employees to use cloud storage providers approved by their IT Department, 55% enforce user access controls and 48% train employees on how to use cloud storage services properly.

However, other security measures are less common, such as enforcing multi-factor authentication when using these services (28%), putting a cloud storage/file-sharing security policy in place (28%) and encrypting data in transit (26%) and at rest (22%) via their cloud storage service.

“It’s evident organisations are putting more trust into cloud storage services, but some are still hesitant despite the recent growth in adoption,” explained Peter Tsai, senior technology analyst at Spiceworks. “Although cloud storage services often include features that help in securing sensitive corporate information, there will always be risks involved when entrusting data to a third party.”

The Spiceworks survey was conducted in April and included the views of 544 respondents. Respondents are among the millions of business technology professionals in Spiceworks and represent a variety of company sizes, including SMEs and enterprises. Respondents come from a variety of industries, including manufacturing, healthcare, non-profits, education, Government and finance.

*For more information and a complete list of survey results visit https://community.spiceworks.com/blog/3058-cloud-storage-services-who-claims-the-top-spot-among-microsoft-google-dropbox

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