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iProov Study: UK public “overwhelmingly unaware” of deepfake threat

A nationwide study conducted by biometric facial authentication specialist iProov has revealed a sheer lack of awareness and education around deepfake technology among the UK public, with almost three-quarters (72%) of respondents saying they’ve never even heard of a deepfake video.  

Deepfake is a technique for human image synthesis based on Artificial Intelligence. It’s used to combine and superimpose existing images and videos on to source images or videos using a machine learning technique known as generative adversarial network. Due to these capabilities, deepfakes have been used to create fake videos. Deepfakes can also be used to create fake news and malicious hoaxes.

The research polled 2,000 respondents across the UK to reveal their attitudes towards (and understanding of) deepfake technology. The results highlight a need for awareness and education on the impact of deepfakes which, if not addressed, will have huge implications on personal and professional security.

Commenting on the findings, Andrew Bud (founder and CEO at iProov) said: “Awareness is the first defence against any cyber security threat, as we’ve already seen with attacks like phishing and ransomware. Deepfakes, however, represent a whole new kind of danger to businesses and individuals. Technology also has a big role to play in combating the threat, yet if the vast majority of people in the UK have such little awareness of deepfakes right now, they simply cannot begin to prepare themselves as they need to.”

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Underlying societal threat 

Until recently, deepfakes were a nascent concept. Today, the technology behind deepfakes is threatening to undermine the notion of trust in moving images and is becoming increasingly accessible – be it through the creation of fake news or spoofing the identity checks required to log into a bank account.

However, the research has revealed members of the public to be largely unaware of the threats. Even once respondents were provided with the definition of a deepfake video, almost a third (28%) said they believed them to be completely harmless. More than two-thirds of respondents (70%) confessed they didn’t believe they would be able to tell the difference between a deepfake and a real video.

Detecting fraudulent identities

Interestingly, once those surveyed were provided with a definition of a deepfake video, they began to recognise the technology’s mounting threat. In fact, just under two-thirds (65%) of people said that their newfound knowledge of the existence of deepfakes undermined their trust in the Internet.

Notably, consumers went on to cite identity theft as the biggest concern (42%) for how they believed deepfake technology could be misused. Almost three-quarters (72%) of respondents also said they would be far more likely to use an online service with preventative measures in place to mitigate the use of deepfakes.

Despite the security implications of the specific concerns raised surrounding identity theft, more than half of all respondents (55%) surprisingly called out social networks as the party most responsible for dealing with deepfake synthetic videos.

Bud added: “Taking the fight to this new wave of fraud means that security measures in this new post-truth era simply have to be as creative, sophisticated and fast-moving as the fraudsters. While the adoption of biometric technology to crack down on deepfakes is growing among financial institutions, Governments and large-scale enterprises, the challenge ahead lies in the effective detection of a genuine human presence. It’s a challenge that should not be underestimated.”

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NSI to showcase Associate Consultancy Programme at CONSEC 2019

The National Security Inspectorate (NSI) has announced that it will be exhibiting for the first time at CONSEC, the Association of Security Consultants’ Annual Conference, which takes place on Thursday 3 October at the Radisson Edwardian Hotel, Heathrow. The NSI team on site will be showcasing the Inspectorate’s Associate Consultancy Programme (ACP) – an independent referral listing.

The NSI’s Associate Consultancy Programme enables consultants to use the NSI ACP logo once successfully completing their application for membership of the programme, and signals the professionalism of the business to organisations seeking consultancy.

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The NSI conducts due diligence on each consultancy prior to acceptance for the programme, and thereafter on an annual basis.

“For any business in the sector considering an external consultancy service, the Associate Consultancy Programme is a good starting point with participating consultancies covering a wide range of security and fire safety-related services,” explained Richard Jenkins, CEO at the NSI.

*For more information on the NSI’s Associate Consultancy Programme access: https://www.nsi.org.uk/information-centre/information-for-consultancies/

**Companies wishing to source NSI Associate Consultancies can find out more at: www.nsi.org.uk/information-centre/nsi-associate-consultancies/

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Enterprise Management Associates research confirms importance of packet capture for cyber defence

One of the significant findings from Enterprise Management Associates’ (EMA) recent report entitled ‘Unlocking High Fidelity Security 2019’ is that organisations using full packet capture are better prepared to battle cyber threats. The report highlights that the visibility and accuracy of packet capture data provides the best source of certainty for threat detection, and also notes that the adoption of full packet capture has accelerated over the past 12 months.

The document concludes: “…it’s clear that those using packet capture as part of their normal tool set…were more confident in the telemetry they received about their environments. They had shorter breach detection and response time and they had more confidence in their workflows and processes,” and “…this creates a very strong story for the use of packet capture as one of the staples in the security program.”

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Other key findings in the report include the following:

*Respondents from enterprises using packet capture rated themselves “wholly comfortable with the current cyber security risk level” in their organisation – nearly one-third more often than those using flows, and 14% more often than those using endpoint or network, app and systems logs

*Respondents using packet capture had the highest confidence that they were detecting viable threats at the reconnaissance stage when evaluating the ability to detect attacks against Lockheed Martin’s Kill Chain model. The report adds: “This is the first stage and least costly when the attack is stopped at that point.”

*Nearly two-thirds (60%) of respondents reported that network data is more valuable for early breach detection than endpoint data (40%)

*Respondents deploying packet capture rated themselves “outstanding” in preventing and quantifying breach scope far more than those using other telemetry methods

“The research in EMA’s report confirms that organisations not only see the value of packet data as a definitive source of evidence, but are more confident when using packet capture to detect, prevent, analyse and respond to data breaches,” said Stuart Wilson, Endace’s CEO. “These findings reflect what we see in the market. Enterprises are increasingly recognising the vital importance of full packet capture in enabling them to correlate security telemetry, keep their networks secure and improve productivity. Packets provide certainty about what’s actually happening on the network, and that enables organisations to respond confidently to threats.”

A summarised report focusing on packet capture is available for download at (https://www.endace.com/esearch-reports/ema-2019-research-report-download.pdf). The full report can be found at: https://www.enterprisemanagement.com/research/asset.php/3773/Unlocking-High-Fidelity-Security-2019

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Milestone Systems appoints Ritesh Deokar as country manager for India

The appointment of Ritesh Deokar is a strategically important move for the company, adding valuable experience and expertise which complement Milestone Systems’ ambitious expansion plans in the region.

Deokar joins the company from a senior management position at Larsen & Toubro Infotech, where he was responsible for global alliances. Prior to that, he was employed as national alliance manager at Wipro Limited, and has extensive experience working within the ICT sector in India. Deokar’s diverse background in both technology and security will be of significance to Milestone Systems’ growth in the region.

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Ritesh Deokar

Jordan Cullis, director for the APAC region at Milestone Systems, said: “The fact that Ritesh brings a converged security and technology skill set to the company fits perfectly with our needs. Video management has evolved far beyond the point where it exists purely as a standalone technology. To fully harness the power of an open VMS platform like Milestone Systems, professionals need to understand and work with the myriad of technologies that integrate with our solutions.”

Deokar received his MBA from Nagpur University and is fluent in four languages: Hindi, English, Kannada and Marathi. He’ll now be based in Bengaluru.

Milestone Systems has committed to an ambitious growth strategy in the region, backed by a global plan to increase its innovation capacity by 45%.

Speaking about his new role, Deokar said: “I’m very excited to come to a leading global company like Milestone Systems at a time when there’s so much happening in the video management and surveillance industry in India. There’s enormous potential for our open platform VMS solution and my extensive contacts across the IT and security markets here will certainly give us some great scope to forge new alliances, build new solutions and really take the company forward across the region.”

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Stand-up comedian and ‘Chaser’ Paul Sinha to host 2020 UK OSPAs

Television presenter and stand-up comedian Paul Sinha is set to host the UK Outstanding Security Performance Awards (OSPAs) taking place on 26 February 2020 in central London.

Sinha, who’s also known as ‘The Sinnerman’, has one of the finest quiz brains in the country and regularly appears on ITV1’s The Chase as a ‘Chaser’.

As well as performing as the awards host, Sinha will deliver a stand-up comedy set to an expected audience of 500-plus security business sector professionals.

Winners of the 2020 OSPAs will be honoured at the event. Anyone who can demonstrate that they’ve made a significant and outstanding contribution to the security industry is being urged to enter to be in with a chance of formal recognition.

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Entry to the UK OSPAs is open until midnight on 1 October. There are 16 categories to choose from, the entry process is free and completed entirely online. Submissions may be put forward for as many categories that are applicable.

*Information on nomination criteria and how to enter can be found online at www.uk.theospas.com

**The UK OSPAs are now in their fourth year. Innovise Software is sponsoring the awards for the second consecutive year

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VMS developer Wavestore appoints Mark Claxton as new managing director

Wavestore, the British developer of open-platform and highly secure Linux-based Video Management Software (VMS), has appointed Mark Claxton in the role of managing director. Claxton, who has an MBA in Global Strategic Management and Marketing, will be responsible for ensuring Wavestore meets its strategic technology objectives and sales growth targets while continuing to offer the highest levels of pre- and post-sales support.

“We’re delighted to welcome Mark to the Wavestore team,” said James Smith, Wavestore’s previous managing director who remains on the Board of Directors. “Mark’s general management skills and business acumen will be put to very good use as we endeavour to take Wavestore through to the next stage of its global development.”

Smith added: “Building on our existing award-winning software platform, we have an exciting roadmap which will help accelerate our sales growth. I’m looking forward to supporting Mark as he seeks to develop and drive a strategy which capitalises on the exciting opportunities for us to work with our business partners around the world.”

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Mark Claxton

Claxton’s appointment coincides with the launch of Wavestore v6.18 which includes a wide range of new and innovative features. These include flexible display choices, enhanced audio support and additional file storage options, all of which are intended to deliver real-life practical benefits for end users who wish to obtain maximum value from their video surveillance systems.

“I’m very excited to have the opportunity to provide leadership for a team of highly talented people who share a passion for ensuing Wavestore continually improves in everything it does,” said Claxton.

“I’m also looking forward to working with colleagues on devising a strategy which ensures there’s greater market awareness of the benefits of Wavestore from both a technology and total cost of ownership standpoint. In this respect, I firmly believe that we can establish clear blue water between Wavestore and its competitors.”

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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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