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HID Global unveils detail behind indoor and outdoor positioning services for enterprise organisations at IFSEC

HID Global, the trusted identity solutions provider, will showcase its HID Global Location Services for Workforce Optimisation for the first time in Europe at IFSEC 2017 (Stand E1250).  The company will also highlight its broad range of secure access control solutions as well as other trusted identity offerings.

HID Location Services for Workforce Optimisation is a new solution designed to address a growing market need for accurate, real-time location of an organisation’s workforce. By combining innovative Internet of Things technology with the power of Bluetooth Low Energy, Wi-Fi and cloud-based solutions, organisations can gain increased visibility into the location of their workforce in a facility.

This makes it possible to analyse room usage for better building management and increased operational efficiency. Future use cases can include building automation capabilities, rich security features and capabilities that facilitate both life safety management and compliance.

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Harm Radstaak, vice-president and managing director of physical access control at HID Global, said: “As the latest addition to our portfolio, HID Location Services extends the traditional capabilities of access control to improve security and area governance within buildings. This new solution underscores our commitment to developing innovative trusted identity solutions that power people, places and things.”

HID Global will also be exhibiting its wide range of trusted identity solutions, including the following:

Convenient and secure door/gate access using smart phones, wearables and tablets via HID Mobile Access. Supporting NFC and Bluetooth Smart, it works with Apple and Android devices without additional accessories. HID Mobile Access supports 137 smart phone devices and opens 34,000 doors every day in 58 countries worldwide.

Intelligent visitor management with EasyLobby Solo that only takes 20 seconds to register a visitor, capture detailed information, print a badge and notify someone that a visitor has arrived.

Smarter, more connected buildings and workplaces using HID’s Extended Access Technology that expands the use of HID Global’s trusted identities beyond the door to incorporate parking access, secure printing, elevator access, vending and many more applications.

Expand access control systems with wireless lock technology ASSA ABLOY will launch new wireless locks on HID’s booth. The new locks work in conjunction with HID’s Seos credential technology, enabling a single ecosystem with HID access cards and ASSA locking systems.

Streamlined credential encoding, configuration and management with HID’s iCLASS SE CP1000 Encoder that provides a flexible solution for moving to upgrade to new credential technology and/or add additional layers of security to credentials, independent of card technology.

Leading-edge Lumidigm® biometrics solutions with multispectral imaging which read unique fingerprint characteristics from the surface/subsurface of the skin for superior matching performance. Lumidigm solutions are easy to integrate and are used worldwide in access control and time and attendance applications.

Manage the lifecycle of identities for physical access control using SAFE Physical Identity and Access Manager, a web-based solution that integrates with logical security systems to ensure synchronised and policy-based on-/off-boarding of identities and their physical access across multiple and disparate physical security systems.

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Banking fraud rises by 13% as criminals continue to wreak havoc

Crime figures just issued by the Office for National Statistics show that banking and credit fraud has risen by 13% in the year ending June 2016.

John Marsden, head of ID and fraud at Equifax, commented: “Companies have stepped up their fraud protection with multiple layered fraud defences, but this often moves criminal activity to those channels that are less well protected. Fraud is a surprisingly professional industry. The number of cases continues to rise as criminals find new ways to access information, often fuelled by a deep understanding of their target’s identity. Underlying this is the sharing of knowledge and consumers’ personal information across marketplaces on The Dark Web.”

Marsden went on to state: “Consumers must take steps to protect themselves from falling prey to fraudulent behaviour. People are without doubt confused about where to store and share confidential information like their bank account number, sort code and even their date of birth. As consumers seek the convenience and speed offered by digital correspondence, so they potentially position themselves in front of fraudsters who will steal this information to gain access to accounts and financially exploit individuals.”

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According to Marsden, data shared on The Dark Web cannot be treated as a one-time event. The data never truly vanishes and can spread globally in a short amount of time, enabling criminals to fraudulently takeover accounts and identities.

“To reduce the risks and damage associated with fraudulent activity,” observed Marsden, “more needs to be done to educate the public and give them a stronger chance of protecting themselves. The advice is very clear: remain vigilant and only share your details when you’re sure the channel is secure.”

It’s worth bearing in mind the following guidelines when handling personal information:

  1. Do not do your online banking in public places and definitely do not use public Wi-Fi (criminals can set up bogus public Wi-Fi ‘hotspots’ to access devices and information)
  2. Never respond to unprompted banking messages unless you are absolutely certain the request is genuine (ie when you have spoken with your bank to confirm)
  3. Be very aware of domain names online and the security signs visible in a browser. Make sure you log on to a banking website at a web address you know and not via a link
  4. Never provide any banking details to a third party you don’t know or are unsure about (in part or as a whole)
  5. Avoid unnecessarily sharing details such as your name, address and date of birth

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“Wireless security skills need to prepare for the IoT age” urges SANS Institute

The proliferation of new wireless communication technologies within consumer electronics and smart devices is overtaking the skills harboured within the information security industry. That’s the considered opinion of Larry Pesce, a leading expert in the field and a SANS Institute instructor.

“There’s a great deal of disparity between the security of the different wireless standards, and particularly so when you compare the 802 family that were predominately built for business use and emerging technologies that came from the consumer landscape such as Bluetooth, Zigbee and Z-Wave,” explained Pesce, who co-authored the books entitled ‘Linksys WRT54G Ultimate Hacking’ and ‘Using Wireshark and Ethereal’.

“For example, Bluetooth has some solid maths around encryption, but many of the security decisions are left in the hands of the users which means things can go horribly wrong. Zigbee has a poor design for how it handles passphrase and replay packets which are highly vulnerable, while security in some of the proprietary formats like Z-Wave offers almost non-existent security.”

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Pesce, who also develops real-world challenges for the Mid-Atlantic Collegiate Cyber Defence Challenge, is complementary about newer wireless protocols such as 802.15.4 and Zigbee which uses baseline profiles to help deliver enhanced security, but comments: “The technology is probably ahead of the skill sets out in the field. The problem is also somewhat underestimated.”

Pesce also highlights the privacy issues that wireless-enabled devices are starting to hit against. “If we look forward, a large number of devices in the workplace and the home will be wirelessly enabled and communicating autonomously between each other and back to manufacturers. Unless more consideration is given towards securing both the devices and the communication links, there are likely to be breaches that will burrow into this Internet of Things infrastructure and start to gather private information or act as a staging post for more damaging attacks.”

Wireless Ethical Hacking, Penetration Testing and Defences

Pesce will be teaching the SANS course SEC617: Wireless Ethical Hacking, Penetration Testing and Defences at SANS London in July. The hands-on course takes an in-depth look at the security challenges of many different wireless technologies, exposing students to wireless security threats through the eyes of an attacker.

Using readily available and custom-developed tools, students navigate through the techniques attackers use to exploit Wi-Fi networks, including attacks against WEP, WPA/WPA2, PEAP, TTLS and other systems.

The course also examines the commonly overlooked threats associated with Bluetooth, ZigBee, DECT and proprietary wireless systems.

“We’re at a crossroads from a standards perspective,” concluded Pesce. “The vendors are still mostly obsessed with ‘bigger and faster’, but there’s also increased pressure from a privacy perspective and many are having a hard time figuring it out. For information security professionals, the skills needed to secure these new types of wireless connections are in high demand.”

*More information on SANS London Summer 2016 is available at: http://www.sans.org/london-in-the-summer-2016

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Optimum multifaceted CCTV solution for ultra-high security introduced by EyeLynx

A modular integrated CCTV solution with wireless 4G router, multi-camera and recorder has hit the market with the aim of installations for ultra-high security sectors.

Pharos Optimus from software security expert EyeLynx allows up to four configurable devices to be mounted on a mast, meaning that site security operators can deploy the perfect combination of day, night and infrared cameras, lighting, detection and audio technologies on a single PTZ unit.

Highly robust to repel extremes of temperature, moisture and corrosive chemicals, Pharos Optimus models can cope with marine applications and other harsh environments such as industrial chemical plants and the desert.

EyeLynx, which is part of the perimeter protection group Zaun, expects the top end of its Pharos range to sell well to energy infrastructure operators, such as oil, gas, electricity and nuclear networks across Europe and the Middle East.

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Optimus is deployed with configurable modules including Full HD 1080p and VGA thermal cameras, ANPR, visible or infrared LEDs and amplified horn speakers. Adaptive LED lighting controls brightness in response to ambient light levels.

Also available is a combined IR/white light LED module capable of illuminating subjects over 100 metres away.

Evidence gathering for prosecutions

CEO Jay Patel explained: “Optimus offers the greatest protection against crime and vandalism at a fraction of the price of security guarding, and also gathers vital HD video evidence for prosecution in the event of a security breach. Site security operators can detect threats early with advanced sensors such as RADAR, on-fence acoustic cable and video analytics integrated with SharpView.”

EyeLynx’s Pharos system is said to be the only true rapid deployment HD surveillance system on the market with Edge Recording Cluster (ERC) capability to incorporate an intelligent recorder, management software and wireless communications all in the same unit.

Cameras record HD 24/7. Whenever the perimeter is compromised or a potential intruder approaches too close to the site perimeter, Pharos will send a snapshot alert to the Control Room for visual verification using Wi-Fi, 3G, 4G or ADSL (or even to assigned personal mobile devices, such as the police or the nearest member of security staff to the breach).

SharpView integrates with access control, fire and intruder alarms and facial recognition systems to further enhance safety and security at multi-site facilities.

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Optimus incorporates a micro-stepping motor with no wearing parts ensuring smooth silent movement and zero backlash, while a speed range of 10,000:1 delivers precise movements even at full zoom.

EyeLynx has also unveiled an innovative mounting bracket for its Pharos pole-mounted devices complete with anti-tamper and anti-theft enhancements.

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Hikvision’s Easy IP Solution set to offer “more advanced features” for end users in SMBs

Hikvision is expanding its Easy IP Solution family of cameras and NVRs in a continued quest to make CCTV surveillance “easier, quicker and smarter”. The Easy IP range now includes more advanced features, such as 4 Megapixel ultra-high resolution, 120 dB WDR and H.264+ optimised Smart codec, etc, all of which willo assist SMBs.

The new Easy IP Solution makes installation easy and secure for all end users. The PoE-equipped NVRs mean that the need for a separate power supply to each camera is eliminated, while the inclusion of the 4 Megapixel panoramic fisheye camera allows the entire coverage of a store or office rather than having to deploy several fixed cameras.

The recessed-mount dome cameras also enable installers to simply use existing downlight installations. Cameras with motorised lenses and PTZ functionality eliminate the need for post-installation camera and lens direction positioning.

The Hikvision Easy IP Solution product range

The Hikvision Easy IP Solution product range

As well as PoE meaning that just a single Ethernet cable is required for each camera, the Easy IP Solution includes a complete range of Wi-Fi cameras and NVRs featuring auto-detection, auto-connection and easy access.

At the same time, the PoE NVRs automatically allocate an IP address to each camera when connected, in turn completely removing any potential delays with configuring IP address forwarding and saving time in larger installations.

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Featuring on-board storage on many of the cameras, Hikvision’s Easy IP Solution also offers high compression efficiency codecs to reduce the burden placed on the transmission and storage elements of the system. This is particularly significant for HD IP systems where bandwidth and storage costs can be a major concern. A standard H.264 camera with Full HD 1080p resolution and one month of recording can result in about 1.2 Tb of space being consumed.

The Hikvision H.264+ optimised Smart codec technology helps to reduce storage consumption by up to two-thirds, with Full HD 1080p resolution for one month consuming just 462 Gb.

All Hikvision Easy IP Solution cameras support the EZVIZ Cloud – P2P service, which enables remote access from your smart phone. This means you can view the live video and recorded video files from your house, store, office or enterprise anytime and anywhere.

EZVIZ also includes intelligent alarm support so that any intrusion or emergency events can be precisely recognised and resolved.

The Easy IP Solution’s range of indoor and outdoor cameras is designed to meet a wide variety of needs and includes bullet, dome, panoramic, cube and PTZ styles. For instance, the 1 Megapixel and 2 Megapixel mini cameras with their on-board storage capability will be well suited to smaller business installations, while the 4 Megapixel ultra-HD units with H.264+ Smart codecs ensure high quality 1080p resolution images during the day and night.

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Xtralis ADPRO iRespond mobile app and Nano video transmitter victorious at 2015 PSI Premier Awards

The ADPRO iRespond mobile app and the HeiTel by Xtralis Nano video transmitter developed for body-worn cameras have won the Software/IT Product of the Year category at this year’s PSI Premier Awards run by Risk UK’s sister publication Professional Security Installer.

Xtralis provides mobile situational awareness solutions for end users, protecting and guiding first responders to deliver a comprehensive, effective and efficient response on a safe basis.

Left to Right: PSI's Editor Andy Clutton, Marie Kemshall of Xtralis and former England Rugby Union international player Brian Moore

Left to Right: PSI’s Editor Andy Clutton, Marie Kemshall of Xtralis and former England Rugby Union international player Brian Moore

ADPRO iRespond is a mobile application designed for first responders to provide event notification and live remote video views at sites protected by ADPRO Remotely Managed Multi-Service Gateways (RMG) including the FastTrace 2 and iFT Series. Armed with a simple PIN issued by the Central Monitoring Station, first responders obtain recorded and live situational awareness of a threat such that risk is reduced and response is efficient and effective.

The free application is available for Apple mobile devices in the iTunes app store at: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/adpro-irespond/id878110903.

Detail of the ADPRO iRespond

Detail of the ADPRO iRespond

The HeiTel by Xtralis Nano transmitter provides for the reliable transmission of live and recorded video, bi-directional audio and GPS information over wireless technologies including 4G, LTE and CDMA mobile phone technology as well as satellite, Wi-Fi and broadband networks.

The Nano transmitter is battery-powered and works with a wide variety of cameras. It’s ideal for body-worn vest configurations.

For its part, the live and recorded video may be accessed remotely from a Control Room, PC, laptop, iPad, PDA, iPhone or Android device. It’s possible for six people to access the images simultaneously in different places via different methods.

“We’re extremely proud to have won a PSI Award three years in a row,” commented Mick Goodfellow, vice-president of European sales at Xtralis. “Being chosen by professional security installers over six other solutions is a clear validation that Xtralis continues to deliver value and innovation for the security market.”

Goodfellow added: “Worldwide interest in iRespond and the Nano transmitter is incredible as first responders embrace Xtralis technology for efficient threat response. These solutions not only protect end customers, but also reduce risk and increase the overall effectiveness of first responders.”

The Xtralis Nano Device

The Xtralis Nano Device

Xtralis offers powerful solutions for the early detection of fire, gas and security threats. The company’s technologies prevent disasters by giving users time to respond before life, critical infrastructure or business continuity is compromised.

Protecting high value and irreplaceable assets belonging to the world’s top Governments and businesses, the company’s brands include VESDA and VESDA-E (very early warning aspirating smoke detection systems) ICAM for flexible ASD, the ECO gas detection and environmental monitoring modules for VESDA and ICAM systems, OSID (smoke detection for open areas) ADPRO and ADPRO-E (advanced, intelligent access, perimeter and intrusion detection solutions for multi-site and enterprise security), HeiTel – digital video remote monitoring – and ASIM for intelligent traffic detection.

*Further information for end users is available at: www.xtralis.com

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SilverNet provides police services with Wi-Fi access to town centre CCTV

The latest addition to the SilverNet wireless network range is designed to add significant value to a given town centre’s video surveillance system by providing the police with immediate access to video footage of any suspicious activity or developing incidents.

SilverNet’s ACCESS 240 Dual AP allows authorised end users a secure local connection in order to view live or recorded video captured by a town centre’s security cameras. The system offers police officers who may be on the beat or in a patrol car the opportunity to verify via a laptop, tablet or smartphone whether a suspect may have been involved in anti-social or criminal activity.

Ultrafast radio speed and MIMO spatial multiplexing enables the SilverNet ACCESS 240 Dual AP to realise “outstanding data throughput capabilities” on both 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz frequencies.

The ACCESS 240 Dual AP solution from SilverNet

The ACCESS 240 Dual AP solution from SilverNet

“This easy-to-install but highly effective innovation is already attracting the attentions of local authority Control Room managers who can see the potential to achieve maximum advantage from their investment in a wireless network-based video surveillance system by providing the police with a powerful tool to enable them to respond more effectively to any incidents,” said Keith Newton, business development manager at SilverNet. “The good news is that this solution can be added to existing wireless networks on a cost-effective basis as well as being deployed as part of the wireless network solutions for new projects.”

All you need to know about… SilverNet

SilverNet specialises in the design and manufacture of rugged, high performance and cost-effective wireless networking solutions. During the past decade the company has gained an enviable reputation as a leading innovator of both internal and external wireless solutions for the transmission of video, voice and data.

SilverNet’s wireless solutions (which include Point-to-Point, Point-to-Multipoint and Backhaul options) are very easy to install, configure and operate. They can deliver massive savings compared to the cost of traditional cabling methods or leased lines and, as such, offer a highly cost-effective option for businesses and organisations looking at ways in which to reduce their ongoing infrastructure costs.

SilverNet wireless solutions can boast a system uptime of at least 99.999%, underscoring the commitment of the company’s design engineers to build solutions that incorporate the highest quality components.

For further information on SilverNet’s comprehensive range of wireless solutions visit: http://www.silvernet.com

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