• Drone code launch

    The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has issued a revised Dronecode to help those getting a drone for Christmas to fly safely and responsibly.The Dronecode, described by the regulator as set of rules and guidelines established in legislation which outline how to fly drones safely and within the law in the UK, is hosted on a new dedicated Dronesafe.uk website. All backed by wide range of leading aviation players, drone retailers and manufacturers and the Department for Transport.
    The launch...
  • Aviation at UK Security Expo

    The civil aviation regulator and a former airline head of security now a consultant spoke at the UK Security Expo 2016 last week on the UK's changing approach to regulation of aviation security.They were Andy Blackwell, pictured; and Peter Drissell, director of aviation security at the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). Each spoke about SEMS (security management systems); Blackwell while at Virgin was one of the first companies to take up SEMS. Peter Drissell summed up that SEMS could be a 'gam...
  • Car key jamming warning

    Police are warning drivers to be on the alert for attempts to 'jam' their car keys. There have been some reports nationally of thieves using long range 'jamming' devices that stop vehicle owners from accessing or locking their vehicles in order to take valuables and goods.In an incident in Eastbourne on the afternoon of Thursday, December 8, reported to Sussex Police, a woman's key fob would not work for half an hour when she parked outside a store. However nothing was taken. Police understa...
  • Signs of 2017: public squeeze

    What does 2017 hold? One way of looking at it; more of the same. One trend for years now has been the squeeze on public policing and other public services.
    Between 2010 and 2015 the police grant was cut by 20 per cent by the Government, as the new Labour Mayor of London Sadiq Khan pointed out in his first crime plan.
    What the draft crime plan for London 2017-21 described as ‘severe and ongoing pressure on the Met Police budget and on the wider public sector in London’ has meant that
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  • Learn the new pound coin

    The Royal Mint is urging retailers to prepare as the 30-year-old round pound coin is brought out of circulation and replaced with a new 12-sided version. The target for the introduction of the new coin is the last week of March 2017.The new pound coin will be the most secure of its kind in the world, says the Mint. Around 45 million counterfeit £1 coins are in circulation, generating a cost to industry and taxpayers. A new campaign to support retailers to prepare for the new 12-sided &poun
  • Crime survey call

    The retail trade body the Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) is calling on retailers to share their experiences of retail crime over the last 12 months as part of its Crime Survey 2017.The survey asks retailers to outline the number of incidents of crime they have experienced, including shop theft, robberies and anti-social behavioural incidents. The survey also looks into the causes of these crimes and what measures retailers have in place to prevent crime from happening in their store...
  • Festive advice

    At the Master Locksmith Association (MLA), the trade body for locksmithing, Dr Steffan George, development director of the MLA, pictured, advises retailers on keeping their shops and businesses secure over the festive period and into the new year.Christmas is the busiest time of year for UK retailers, but while sales increase, so, unfortunately, does crime. It’s the time of year when people feel most financial pressure, and an increase in custom provides perfect cover for people to shop l.
  • Poor digital understanding

    More Brits (60 per cent) believe they are more likely to fall victim to a physical home break-in than a digital crime (37 per cent), according to new research from BT. This is despite the fact that, on average, people aged 16 to 44 are now almost as likely to suffer a digital crime (15 per cent) as a home break-in (17 per cent).The research has revealed that just over a third of Brits (34 per cent) do not consider poor digital security as being a risk to their home.And only 10 per cent...
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  • London black cab advice

    Transport for London (TfL) is launching its annual Safer Travel at Night (STaN) campaign, reminding the public of the dangers of unbooked minicabs and providing advice on how to safely get a taxi (black cab) or booked minicab home over Christmas and the New Year.More on the Safer Travel at Night campaign: tfl.gov.uk/campaign/safer-travel.Working alongside the Metropolitan Police (Met) and City of London Police (CoLP), TfL's enforcement team - which will quadruple to more than 300 officer...
  • UK Expo: wayfinding

    Security is not all about manpower and technology; it’s also about wayfinding.Chris Girling and David Watts of the consultancy CCD Design and Ergonomics talked a UK Security Expo last week audience through security at major events, such as the London Olympics, from the perspective of providing good information to help people move on their journey. They introduced the concept of the ‘high-performing spectator’, and went through what staff, and some joined-up thinking, could do t
  • Servator update at UK Expo

    Project Servator, the counter-terror policing patrol method, has featured in Professional Security magazine in recent years, in London and at Glasgow before the 2014 Commonwealth Games; and most recently in our January 2016 print issue, for the roll-out by British Transport Police (BTP) at London termini, including Kings Cross (pictured). At the UK Security Expo last week, Chief Insp Gary Ash of BTP gave an update.
    Since Servator went live, the UK rail network has not had a terror attack. Is...
  • New counter-terrorism partnership aims for a safer Scotland

    A new integrated counter-terrorism initiative aims to build stronger public/ private partnerships to make Scotland safer from terrorism.
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  • Mock Retail Cyber Hack

    Europol's European Cybercrime Centre (EC3) hosted a ‘Mock Retail Cyber Hack’ with the credit card firm MasterCard. The exercise was intended to simulate a cyber-attack on European merchants. Held at Europol’s headquarters in The Hague, the event for merchant customers and their acquirers was for them to understand the steps to follow in case of a cyber-attack.Those attending came from law enforcement, retail and banking, forensic investigations, the Dutch Electronic Crimes Task
  • Facebook, Twitter, Google refuse to define terrorism in new shared database

    Apart from Microsoft, the gatekeepers to the internet are not being transparent enough about the content they will be flagging and censoring - and how they define 'terror'.
  • ADSA accreditation

    VWS, the security company recently awarded a six figure contract by Aberdeen City Council to provide an Internet Protocol (IP) enabled, networked CCTV system to monitor traffic throughout the city, has achieved Automatic Door Suppliers Association (ADSA) accreditation.ADSA, the Tamworth-based automatic door industry trade body, is responsible for awarding the official British Standard accreditation, known as BS EN 16005. Formed in 1985, its members now supply an estimated three-quarters of ...
  • OSPAs sponsor

    Babcock Managed Security Services have become headline sponsor for the UK Outstanding Security Performance Awards (OSPAs).
    Mike Pimlott, MD of Babcock MSS says: “As a next generation managed service provider, we’re delighted to sponsor the OSPA’s – the next generation of security awards. Our solutions have a strong affinity with the the OSPA’s – a global vision with human intelligence at its core, combining world class security expertise with vendor agnostic d
  • Time to become cyber savvy

    It’s time to become cyber savvy, writes James Kelly, Chief Executive of the British Security Industry Association (BSIA).One type of crime that has become increasingly more threatening in recent years is that of cyber-crime.According to the Crime Survey for England and Wales, published in July 2016, it was estimated that “there were 3.9 million fraud and 2.0 million computer misuse offences experienced in the 12 months prior to interview.”Recent statistics further cement the f.
  • South west date

    South west business people, Devon and Cornwall Police, and the region’s Police and Crime Commissioner Alison Hernandez came together at an event at the Exeter Science Park on Tuesday, December 6, on cyber-crime.The day was organised by the South West Cyber Security Cluster (SWCSC) alongside Devon and Cornwall Police. Discussed were prevention techniques and cyber security regulations, with a speech from Alison Hernandez. She introduced the SWCSC and her role in the region’s cyber sec
  • VMS new version

    Wavestore, the British manufacturer of Video Management Software (VMS), has launched v6.4 of its VMS.As for unauthorised access to security systems, in this latest release, ...
  • GDPR beginners check list

    Theresa May seems set to invoke Article 50 of the EU treaty by the end of March 2017. But with all a lot of discussion and speculation still in the air, it’s easy to lose sight of some points of certainty and fact. For example, businesses absolutely need to prepare for the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), writes Michael Hack, pictured, SVP EMEA Operations at IT management software company Ipswitch.
    It will be enforced in May 2018, which is at last six months before the
  • Farsight joiners

    Farsight Security Services is starting 2017 by welcoming two additions to its sales and finance teams. Pictured are Patrick Cooper who joins the remote monitoring services company, as northern business development manager; and Anne Strahan joins as financial controller.Bringing six years experience in the security industry to Farsight, Patrick said: “Having worked for installation companies I understand how competitive the market is right now. Upon joining Farsight my experience and techn.
  • Georgia Claims DHS Tried to Hack Voter Database

    Georgia Claims DHS Tried to Hack Voter DatabaseThe US state of Georgia has claimed that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has tried to hack its voter registration database.Georgia’s secretary of state Brian Kemp made the extraordinary allegation in a brief Facebook post:“Recently, I was made aware of a failed attempt to breach the firewall that protects Georgia's voter registration database by an IP address associated with the Department of Homeland Security. On Thursday morn
  • Ransomware Jumps Threefold in 2016

    Ransomware Jumps Threefold in 2016Ransomware attacks on businesses grew threefold this year to reach one every 40 seconds by October, according to new data from Kaspersky Lab.The Russian AV firm claimed that attacks came once every two minutes at the start of the year.For individuals it was even worse, with Kaspersky Lab calculating one attack every 10 seconds by Q3, up from once every 20 seconds at the beginning of the year.Some 20% of organizations worldwide suffered an IT incident as the resu
  • Warning to money mules

    Young people ought not to be tempted to commit fraud or fall for ‘too good to be true’ scams, says Cifas, the UK’s fraud prevention trade body. It's released new figures showing that in the first nine months of 2016, young people committed 39,362 misuse of facility frauds. This compares to 27,861 committed by 31 to 50-year-olds who represent 38 per cent of this type of fraud. For both age groups there has been an increase compared to 2015 with the under 30 figure increasing by
  • Steel Giant ThyssenKrupp Hit by Major Cyber Attack

    Steel Giant ThyssenKrupp Hit by Major Cyber AttackGerman steel giant ThyssenKrupp has been hit by a major cyber-attack designed to steal trade secrets from its IT systems, it revealed on Thursday.In a statement, the firm claimed that the “professional attack” was launched from Southeast Asia and aimed “to steal technological know-how and research” from its steel production and manufacturing plant design divisions.The hackers did not attempt to interfere with or sabotage p

    Send For Help, the largest lone worker protection provider in world, has just been announced as one of Britain’s fastest growing companies.The Fast Track 100 list, which is published annually in The Sunday Times, ranks Britain’s top 100 private companies with the fastest growing sales over their latest three years. Send For Help is ranked an impressive 47th in the league table for 2016.Brothers James and Will Murray founded the award-winning Send For Help in 2010, when they spotted a
  • Lone protection firm hails ranking

    Send For Help, the lone worker protection provider, has just been announced as one of Britain’s fastest growing companies.The Fast Track 100 list, which is published annually in The Sunday Times, ranks Britain’s top 100 private companies with the fastest growing sales over their latest three years. Send For Help is ranked 47th in the league table for 2016.Brothers James and Will Murray founded Send For Help in 2010, when they spotted a gap in the market to provide lone worker protect
  • Terror update at UK Expo

    Supt Dave Roney, deputy national co-ordinator, protect and prepare, gave a perspective from Nactso (National Counter Terrorism Security Office) headquarters to the UK Security Expo last week.He stressed how the landscape has changed, in terms of the threat from terrorism after the attacks in Nice and Brussels and others, and the response around protecting individuals and infrastructure. The span and breadth of the threat is unprecedented, he said.Roney, who drew one of the largest audien...
  • Amery on Olympics at UK Expo

    Andrew Amery - head of security for LOCOG (London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games) and even before that, head of security for the bid that won the staging of the 2012 Games, in 2005 - gave his perspective on London and Rio Olympics in a talk at the UK Security Expo last week.
    He contrasted the 'strategic learning' necessary for an Olympics, years in the planning, with the preparing for policing a football match, or a pop concert; it needs a different mindset to asses...
  • #IMCUS: Securing the IoT Presents a Host of Tough Business Challenges

    #IMCUS: Securing the IoT Presents a Host of Tough Business ChallengesThe insecurity of the internet of things has been thrust into the limelight of late, thanks in no small part to a rash of DDoS attacks from the Mirai botnet. During an in-depth panel at the Infosecurity Management Conference in Boston this week, speakers spoke of the very real business obstacles that make IoT security so difficult.
    For one, IoT-watchers have a difficult but necessary dream: That products must come out of the ga
  • Floki Bot Improves on Zeus Banking Code to Grab PoS Info

    Floki Bot Improves on Zeus Banking Code to Grab PoS InfoFloki Bot, a new financial malware variant, has been uncovered offered for sale on various darknet markets.
    According to Cisco Talos and Flashpoint research, Floki Bot is based on the same codebase that was used by the infamous Zeus trojan, the source code of which was leaked in 2011. But rather than simply copying the features that were present within the Zeus trojan "as-is,” Floki Bot claims to feature several new capabilities makin
  • Legal Firms Draw Hackers Looking to Compromise Clients

    Legal Firms Draw Hackers Looking to Compromise ClientsLegal firms, as a sector, are about even with the retail industry when it comes to being targeted by hackers, and they continue to be targeted by attackers.
    BitSight’s fourth annual BitSight Insights Industry Benchmark report predicts that in 2017, there will be more attacks on legal service providers, fueled by the desire to acquire sensitive data and to attack a firm's clients.“Legal service providers have access to a company's
  • Piracy Spikes with Millions of Offers, Threatening Pay-TV

    Piracy Spikes with Millions of Offers, Threatening Pay-TVThere are more than 2.7 million advertisements on e-commerce websites, including Amazon, eBay and Alibaba for illicit streaming devices—indicating that content theft by pirates has become a full-fledged business and a formidable competitor to established pay TV operators.According to Irdeto, it’s a true cross-channel effort, with advertisements found on social networks, including Facebook, Twitter and other prominent social med
  • Business continuity in 2016

    Whether 130 mph winds battering the coast of Britain and causing structural damage while disrupting travel, or a fire that raged for days and cut power supply to nearly 4000 nearby properties, the UK 2016 has had its share of incidents that kept businesses on their toes and put their revenues at risk, says IT Specialists (ITS), a managed service provider.
    To highlight the importance of UK businesses of all sizes having a business continuity and disaster recovery strategy in place, ITS put to...
  • Ransomware in 2016

    In 2016, ransomware attacks on business increased three-fold: which represents a change from an attack every two minutes in January to one every 40 seconds by October.
    For individuals, the rate of increase went from every 20 seconds to every ten seconds. With more than 62 new families of ransomware introduced during the year, the threat grew so aggressively that the IT security product company Kaspersky Lab has named ransomware its key topic for 2016.Fedor Sinitsyn, Senior Malware Analys...
  • Panels for Hong Kong project

    The security modular panel systems manufacturer Securiclad reports a major new project in Hong Kong. Panels were employed by Burton Safes as part of layered security for Royal England Safe Deposit Box Limited – a Hong Kong-based company that provides high-end safe deposit box facilities to businesses and private individuals.
    Burton Safes, a supplier of safes, vaults, secure storage and access control systems, was commissioned by Royal England Safe Deposit Box Limited (a wholly-owned subsi.
  • James Bond is both a blessing and curse, says spy chief - video

    Alex Younger, the chief of Britain’s Secret Intelligence Service, says James Bond would not get a job at the real MI6. While acknowledging Ian Fleming’s character has created a ‘powerful brand’ for the organisation, Younger says the character bears little resemblance to reality. The spy chief made the comments at a rare speech on ThursdayJames Bond would not get job with real MI6, says spy chiefContinue reading...
  • James Bond would not get job with real MI6, says spy chief

    Alex Younger says while Bond has ‘created a powerful brand’ for MI6, the fictional agent bears little resemblance to realityThe chief of Britain’s Secret Intelligence Service, Alex Younger, acknowledged on Thursday that the organisation’s most famous fictional agent, James Bond, is both a blessing and curse. The upside of the Bond novels and movies is that MI6, as SIS is more commonly referred to, is one of the best-known intelligence agencies in the world, and guarantees
  • MI6 head: human tragedy of Aleppo heartbreaking – video

    Alex Younger, the head of MI6, gives a rare speech on Thursday. He says Syria’s unfolding tragedy is due to a lack of legitimacy. Criticising the Russian intervention in the Syrian conflict, Younger describes the human tragedy of Aleppo as heartbreaking, and says the world will not be safe as long as the conflict continuesContinue reading...
  • TDSi at Intersec 2017

    The access security manufacturer TDSi is gearing up for exhibiting at Intersec 2017 from January 22 to 24, in Dubai. The company will show its new GARDiS web-based range of software and hardware to the Middle East market on stand S1-A09.
    John Davies, Managing Director of TDSi, pictured, says: “Intersec always provides an exciting start to the security calendar each year. The event gives visitors and exhibitors a first glimpse of what will be entering the market for the new year and Dubai i
  • Only a Quarter of Firms Can Detect and Respond to Breaches

    Only a Quarter of Firms Can Detect and Respond to BreachesOnly a quarter of organizations can effectively detect and respond to breaches, according to a new study from Tripwire.The security software company hired Dimensional Research to poll 500 IT professionals on their key security and compliance challenges.The largest plurality (32%) claimed that although they had the technology in place to detect breaches, they couldn’t effectively respond, and 29% said that while they have “a lo
  • South west cyber meet

    South west business people, Devon and Cornwall Police, and the region’s Police and Crime Commissioner Alison Hernandez came together at an event at the Exeter Science Park on Tuesday, December 6, on cyber-crime.The day was organised by the South West Cyber Security Cluster (SWCSC) alongside Devon and Cornwall Police. Discussed were prevention techniques and cyber security regulations, with a speech from Alison Hernandez. She introduced the SWCSC and her role in the region’s cyber sec
  • Door supervision revision

    BSI has revised BS 7960 Door supervision – Code of practice. The west London-based business standards company says that the updated standard gives recommendations for companies providing door supervision services, whether contracted or in-house, to licenses premises or events.BS 7960:2016 was revised to accommodate changes in the legal requirements for door security staff. A “response to emergencies” section replaces the previous “contingency plan for security”, and
  • Port’s drones issue

    Drones are a bugbear for many security managers with large sites to protect, such as ports.A year ago, in our January 2016 print issue of Professional Security magazine, we featured Martin Clark, the head of security at Associated British Ports (ABP), who described at the Transec (Transport Security Expo) exhibition in London how drones overflying were among the threats at the port of Southampton. A year on, the name of the show had changed to the UK Security Expo, and this time he spoke abo...
  • Nine in Ten NHS Trusts Still on Windows XP

    Nine in Ten NHS Trusts Still on Windows XPSecurity experts have warned that patient data is at risk after it was revealed that 90% of NHS Trusts in England are still running the unsupported Windows XP operating system.A Freedom of Information Act request from Citrix also found that just over half are not sure when they’ll upgrade to a newer system, while 14% think they’ll do so by the end of the year and 29% said the migration would happen some time in 2017.Citrix received responses
  • ESET: Millions of Net Users Possibly Exposed to Malicious Malvertising Campaign

    ESET: Millions of Net Users Possibly Exposed to Malicious Malvertising CampaignResearchers from ESET have warned that millions of internet users visiting popular news sites over the past few months may have been exposed to a malicious malvertising campaign. The firm says that the cyber-criminals behind the campaign have been, since as least the beginning of October, distributing malicious ads promoting applications calling themselves “Browser Defence” and “Broxu” whi
  • Hostile states pose 'fundamental threat' to Europe, says MI6 chief

    Although Alex Younger does not name specific country, he makes clear that Russia is target of his remarksThe head of the British intelligence agency MI6, Alex Younger, has said that cyber-attacks, propaganda and subversion from hostile states pose a “fundamental threat” to European democracies, including the UK.Younger, in a rare speech by an MI6 chief while in office, did not specifically name Russia but left no doubt that this was the target of his remarks. Russia is being blamed f
  • A smooth and secure transition

    With the growing number of benefits the cloud can provide – greater scalability, reduced costs, easier access to applications – it’s unsurprising that more and more businesses move to the cloud each year, writes Dave Nicholson, Technical Sales Consultant, Axial Systems.
    Over the next five years, more than $1 trillion in IT spending will be affected by this shift to the cloud, according to technology analyst Gartner.For businesses planning to make the move, it’s important
  • SW Expo

    An expo to showcase fire and security products has been hailed a success – and a date has already been set for next year’s event. The Fire and Security Expo 2016 at the Exeter Chiefs rugby stadium at Sandy Park will be repeated at the same venue on October 4, 2017.Visitors from sector businesses and organisations from around the South West attended, to see demonstrations of equipment and technology. A business card draw was won by Plymouth University security officer Ken Stokes, who
  • Video for serviced offices

    A case study of the video surveillance system at a grade II listed building in the West Midlands, newly converted into luxury serviced offices.Samsung Wisenet Q and P series cameras from Hanwha Techwin have been installed at Deansgate in Tettenhall Road, Wolverhampton, a two storey Victorian building comprising 24,000 sq.ft of offices, now refurbished and converted into 24 office suites by local entrepreneur Surj Dhami.
    Surj Dhami, Managing Director of the local systems integrator, Secu...

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