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LOCKEN set to launch innovative applications and contactless technology at Security and Policing 2017

LOCKEN, a leading provider of cable-free access control solutions, will be announcing the launch of a new range of highly innovative security systems at the forthcoming Home Office-organised Security and Policing 2017 event, which runs at the Farnborough International Exhibition and Conference Centre from 7-9 March.

Alongside the company’s prominent Electronic range, LOCKEN will be showcasing a new Mechatronic range of access control systems. Combining the advantages of an electronic access control system and mechanical solutions, the new Mechatronic range is based on contactless induction technology, providing maximum reliability and robustness while guaranteeing instant opening.

Thanks to a Bluetooth module combined with Locken’s MyLocken applications, the mechatronic key opens up an infinite range of services for the end user. The mechatronic cylinders are installed without cabling and resistant to all climatic conditions.

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“As a leader in the provision of security solutions and innovative access control systems across large single-sites companies and multi-site businesses, it’s important that we broaden our offer and continue to innovate in order to meet all end user demands,” explained Nick Dooley, managing director of LOCKEN UK.

Visitors at Stand E9 will also be able to witness LOCKEN showcasing the latest technical innovations behind its award-winning and highly successful Electronic CyberLock range.

Security and Policing is the official UK Government global security event and provides a platform for professionals from the UK and across the world to engage with the very highest level of security expertise and the latest technology. In addition, it engenders the level of industry engagement needed to enable UK Government to procure and deliver its national security priorities.

The Home Office is committed to working with partners in industry and academia to develop and collaborate on the products and services needed to cut crime, prevent terrorism, detect illegal immigration and promote growth. Being able to share needs while gaining a better understanding of the capabilities available is a critical part of this initiative.

*Opening times for the show are: Tuesday 7 March and Wednesday 8 March 9.00 am-4.30 pm and Thursday 9 March9.00 am-3.00 pm

**For further details access the event website

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Organisations “need to do more” to ensure EU GDPR compliance

Organisations need to do more work to ensure compliance with the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which is due to come into force in May 2018. While organisations are largely aware of their upcoming obligations, levels of maturity to meet the new standards are low.

Overall, organisations are only complaint with less than 40% of the principles laid out in the GDPR. DLA Piper’s Global Data Privacy Snapshot 2017 notes that some industries are progressing towards compliance better than others. The hospitality and banking sectors are ahead of the rest with 48% and 43% compliance respectively, compared to the average of around 37%. Healthcare and manufacturing are at the bottom end of the scale with 34% and 35% compliance.

Data breaches are already the second greatest concern for business continuity professionals. That’s according to the latest Horizon Scan Report published by the Business Continuity Institute. Unless organisations become compliant by the time the GDPR comes into force then a breach could become even more disruptive.

Patrick Van Eecke, partner and global co-chair of DLA Piper’s Data Protection practice, said: “The responses show that many organisations still have work to do on their data protection procedures. Any organisations operating in Europe will need to see major improvements in their score by May 2018 if they’re to avoid potentially heavy financial penalties under the GDPR, not to mention serious reputational damage as people become more and more aware of their rights in this area.”

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Van Eecke added: “With more and more organisations placing data centre stage, data protection will become an increasingly prominent issue. It’s vital that organisations invest now in the strategy and processes needed to help them to meet their obligations.”

Jim Halpert, the US co-chair of DLA Piper’s Global Data Protection practice, added: “As privacy requirements such as privacy by design, data portability and extensively documenting a privacy program become more complex, compliance demands significant operational work that takes time. In this sense, the results are not surprising. The time to step up compliance efforts is this year, not next.”

The GDPR will apply to processing carried out by organisations operating within the EU and to organisations outside the EU that offer goods or services to individuals in the EU.

The UK Government has confirmed that the UK’s decision to leave the EU will not affect the commencement of the GDPR. Organisations failing to comply with the GDPR after its implementation in 2018 could face fines as high as 4% of global annual turnover.

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Government sets out new measures designed to tackle extremism in prisons

Governors and prison officers are to be given the training, skills and authority needed to prevent influential extremist prisoners from exerting control and radicalising others. This follows a landmark review published by the Government that examines the risks posed by Islamist extremists in prisons.

Prison officers on the front line will be equipped to crack down on extremist behaviour. They will be supported by a new directorate for Security, Order and Counter-Terrorism specifically responsible for monitoring and dealing with this evolving threat.

Governors have also been instructed to ban extremist literature and remove anyone from Friday prayers who’s promoting anti-British beliefs or other dangerous views.

The most dangerous Islamist extremists will be removed from the general prison population and held in ‘specialist units’ in the high security estate. The creation of these units is one of the recommendations in the review, ordered by the Government last year and led by Ian Acheson.

Elizabeth Truss, the Secretary of State for Justice, said: “Islamist extremism is a danger to society and a threat to public safety. It must be defeated wherever it’s found. I am committed to confronting and countering the spread of this poisonous ideology behind bars. Preventing the most dangerous extremists from radicalising other prisoners is essential to the safe running of our prisons and fundamental to public protection.”

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Key measures to be implemented include:

*creating a new directorate for Security, Order and Counter-Terrorism which will deliver a plan for countering extremism in prisons and probation services

*instructing prison governors to remove extremist literature and putting in place a thorough process for assessing materials of concern

*boosting plans for rapid responses by intervention teams to terrorist-related incidents

*improving extremism prevention training for all prison officers

*strengthening vetting of prison chaplains and a range of positions to make sure the right people are in place in prisons to counter extremist beliefs

The Government is committed to defeating all forms of extremist ideology through its Counter Extremism Strategy, which includes a focus on supporting mainstream voices and building stronger and more cohesive communities.

The Government is also strengthening institutions and supporting individuals at particular risk of radicalisation through the Prevent programme as part of the counter-terrorism strategy (ie CONTEST). Through targeted interventions, the Government will encourage Islamist extremists to disengage, while at the same time closely monitoring and managing the risk presented by those who choose not to do so.

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Serco invests in cyber security technology for global network

Serco has invested in a new network security system from Chemring Technology Solutions. Perception will be rolled out across Serco’s operations in the UK, the USA, the Middle East and Australia.

 

Originally developed for the UK Government back in 2011, Perception is the world’s first bio-inspired network security solution, which will complement Serco’s existing computer network security systems by identifying the potential threats they cannot.

 

Mark Henshaw, head of information security for Serco Group, explained: “I’m extremely impressed with Perception as it very effectively fills the gap that has developed between traditional network security tools and the expanding threat landscape as we see increasingly sophisticated malware and blended advanced threats.”

 

Henshaw added: “Perception sold itself as it’s a powerful tool that identifies apparently benign events which could seriously impact Serco. It’s proving to be simple to implement and has demonstrated value in a very short time by identifying malware, policy violation, suspicious data movement, device configuration issues and pointers to areas where awareness training should be increased. Many of the issues identified were subtle in nature and not picked up by our current network security systems.”

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Unlike other cyber security solutions, Perception is behavioural with no rigid rules-based architecture. Perception adapts to the network’s changing profile, automatically identifying malicious activity and making it more difficult for malware to evade detection. It will also detect the slow, unauthorised exfiltration of business information even when obfuscation techniques are used to evade traditional rule-based security defences.

 

Perception runs at high data rates at the core of a network rather than at the perimeter. Targeted, complex logic performs in-depth analysis and classification, avoiding the high false alarm rates usually experienced with anomaly detection systems.

 

“Serco supported Chemring Technology Solutions during Beta tests of Perception,” concluded Henshaw, “and we were particularly impressed by how different it is from traditional network security systems that rely on pattern matching. Perception collects and analyses information in a different way by looking for the unusual and linking apparently non-threatening network activity to identify hidden malware.”

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“Funding to cease for Locksmith Apprenticeship” announces Skills for Security

Skills for Security has been officially notified that funding will cease for new starts on the Locksmith framework 571 from 1 December 2016. From this date, there will be no further starts.

Apprentices still completing their apprenticeship on this framework will continue to do so on their agreed funding arrangements, while their apprenticeship completion certificate can be claimed in the usual manner.

The UK Government has been making changes to apprenticeships with the approach for all new apprenticeships to be developed against employer standards.

Groups of employers (the ‘Trailblazers’) have been responsible for developing new apprenticeships and they’ve been working together to design apprenticeship standards and assessment approaches.

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Skills for Security has been working with Trailblazer groups to develop new frameworks, and employers from the locksmith industry have recently met to submit their expression of interest in order to develop a framework to ensure there’s a locksmith apprenticeship going forward.

There’s no other apprenticeship for locksmiths. The current scheme has enabled learners to gain a recognised qualification, expand their knowledge and elevate industry standards.

Having a recognised qualification has made the industry more attractive to new recruits.

Employers must come forward to show their support to develop a new framework.

*If you would like to be involved with the development of the locksmith apprenticeship or join a Trailblazer group please contact Skills for Security via e-mail at: info@skillsforsecurity.org.uk or on (telephone) 01905 744000

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Croma Security Solutions expands its ‘total security’ concept into the Middle East

Croma Security Solutions Group plc is opening a branch office in Abu Dhabi to better service both new and existing clients in the Middle East. The company’s offering in the region includes security and fire control, CCTV, access control, security guarding and its biometric identification technology designated FastVein.

The Group is sponsored by Platinum Elite LLC. It has a commercial licence to begin trading in the region and is registering as a security supplier with Government ministries and major corporations. An experienced security representative will operate in the region for Croma Security Solutions plc, based out of Abu Dhabi.

“We’ve been active in the region offering security consultancy, and the time is now right to formalise trading and better serve new and existing clients in the Middle East,” commented Sebastian Morley, chairman of Croma Security Solutions plc.

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“The Middle East is rich in opportunity. We’ve recently completed a significant security installation in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia for an international corporation, and we’ve also received considerable interest from other Middle East-based companies wishing to enhance their security,” added Morley. “We will be operating our ‘total security’ service in the Middle East and, in particular, we envisage FastVein having strong resonance in the region such that it becomes a standard biometric solution.”

FastVein uses the latest finger vein identification technology to offer “ultra-high reliability and rapid recognition” for security access control.

Croma Security Solutions Group plc is an AIM-quoted total security services provider based in Hampshire. the business installs state-of-the-art security systems for Government, FTSE 100 companies, small enterprises and private clients located both in the UK and internationally.

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Tyco’s Fire Protection and Security Products now BIM ready

Tyco Fire Protection Products and Tyco Security Products are launching their own living Building Information Modelling (BIM) library from this month. Users will be able to access Tyco’s extensive range of BIM objects for security and fire protection products, including detection, mechanical and suppression solutions.

The library will also feature the company’s BIM user guide to support architects and engineers, providing additional information about Tyco’s BIM objects.

Raj Arora, vice-president and general manager for Fire Detection and Special Hazard Products at Tyco Fire Protection Products, commented: “The creation of BIM tools and families of objects is critical in supporting the technological advances in the design, construction and maintenance industries. At Tyco, we’re already seeing demand for BIM. Our investment in creating a range of BIM content based on a selection of our core products means we’re well placed to help designers, specifiers, contractors and engineers working within the BIM framework.”

By increasing the amount of data available and making it fully sharable from building design through to construction and maintenance, the BIM process enables users to immediately access and interrogate objects and models, helping to save time and unnecessary costs.

The technology will also enhance the accuracy of the planning and design stages of fire protection and security systems, improving efficiencies and delivering cost savings for the construction sector.

Available in Revit format, Tyco’s BIM objects will prove invaluable to users thanks to the depth of information made accessible. The files will comprise a 3D geometric representation of the product and contain all details about its specification, including size, dimensions and materials.

BIM objects for Tyco’s fire detection solutions will also provide further relevant information such as voltage, colour code and electrical data. Translated versions of Tyco’s BIM files will be available this year.

New era of digital modelling

“This is an exciting time for the construction industry,” said Peter Ainsworth, director of marketing across the EMEA region at Tyco Security Products.

“Tyco is ready to be part of the new era of digital modelling, supporting the UK Government’s Construction Industry Strategy mandate that all public procured construction projects from 2016 achieve BIM Level 2. Thanks to its future-proofing ability, BIM can provide facility management information throughout a building’s life, making maintenance and repairs simpler and more cost-effective.

Raj Arora added: “Offering BIM objects for our security, detection, mechanical and suppression products will enhance the design process for architects and engineers, providing them with an abundance of valuable information such that they can work more efficiently. A key feature of BIM when looking to install fire protection solutions in a building is the process’ spatial co-ordination capability. BIM enables multiple trades to integrate objects concurrently as if they were in a single model, therefore detecting any potential clashes which can be resolved in the design process ahead of the construction phase. That saves on both time and money.”

By making its fire protection and security products accessible through BIM files, Tyco is helping the construction sector in its mission to reduce build and operation costs, lower carbon emissions and save production time by 2025.

*For more information and to download Tyco’s BIM objects and user guide visit: www.tyco-fire.com/BIM

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