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Tim Compston Joins The Dots for Connected and Integrated Security

Posted by Richard McKeon on Jun 21, 2017 10:00:00 AM

Tim Compston, Guest Features Writer at Security News Desk, draws a picture of the latest moves in the world of integration for IP-based security systems and more.

Historically, when security solutions were deployed they tended to sit quietly in their own isolated silos and not communicate with any other elements. Today, thankfully, the situation has been transformed beyond all recognition as access control, CCTV, and other critical elements are being brought together through solutions like PSIM (Physical Security Information Management), CSIM (Converged Security Information Management), and other unified platforms. As we see an acceleration of these moves, what are the opportunities and challenges that come from ever more connected security? Is an open approach better for integration rather than going proprietary? What about the dangers of operators suffering data overload?

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Topics: Information Security, Intersec, Commercial Security, Perimeter and Physical Security

Cradlepoint’s Nine Best Practices for Network Security in Retail

Posted by Richard McKeon on Jun 19, 2017 10:00:00 AM

With the rapid growth of mobile devices, cloud-based applications, credit card purchases, and the Internet of Things (IoT), maintaining network security is more difficult, and more important, than ever before, says Cradlepoint EMEA Vice President, Hubert Da Costa.


Although the retail landscape is becoming increasingly distributed, bricks-and-mortar is experiencing a sustained resurgence.  Some of the world’s largest online retailers, including Alibaba and Amazon, are testing in-store strategies, and IBM has predicted that buying locally will surpass online buying by 2018 — thanks to cloud-based systems, big data, and predictive analytics.

A new day, a new threat

While this is undoubtedly good news for retailers, the increasingly complex networks required to manage the new ‘connected’ customer experience can increase retailers’ exposure to cyber threats.  Data from the National Crime Agency suggests cybercrime accounts for more than half of crimes committed in the UK, and the retail industry is often targeted for its wealth of customer financial data.  Some of the most high-profile data breaches in recent years have caused significant reputational damage to a number of leading retail brands. 

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Topics: Information Security

Tim Compston Gets in The Frame on Video Surveillance Camera Trends

Posted by Richard McKeon on May 24, 2017 10:00:00 AM

Tim Compston, Guest Features Writer at Security News Desk, finds out what is making waves in the world of video surveillance cameras, from the race for more pixels to, worryingly, the cybersecurity of the cameras themselves. 

The capabilities of cameras are certainly on the rise with 'system-on-a-chip' architecture allowing video analytics at the edge, improved sensors supporting ever higher resolutions, and smarter compression techniques helping to ensure that the growing weight of data being generated can be transmitted, efficiently, and effectively. We are also seeing a wider array of camera form factors and aesthetics coming into play, especially in the retail arena, and ruggedized models making their mark in testing environments such as the oil industry. Of course, it is not just conventional cameras that are moving with the times, thermal cameras are being specified for security applications, especially at the perimeter, thanks to a lower price point for uncooled models and their all-weather detection capabilities.

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Topics: Commercial Security, Perimeter and Physical Security

Convergence – The Future Path for Physical Security and Cybersecurity?

Posted by Richard McKeon on May 22, 2017 10:00:00 AM

Tim Compston, Guest Features Writer at Security News Desk, investigates how the line between cyber and physical security is fast disappearing as convergence takes hold.

In our connected Internet of Things (IoT) world it is becoming increasingly difficult to define, in many cases, where physical security ends and cybersecurity begins. Given the dynamics at play here, it is perhaps not too surprising to see IT professionals having an ever-greater influence on the decision-making process when physical security devices are being connected and integrated. These fast-moving developments have also, sadly, left many old-school security integrators, installers, and managers scrambling to keep up.

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Topics: Information Security

Curtains Come Down On Intersec Saudi Arabia 2017 with Double Anticipated Visitor Numbers

Posted by Richard McKeon on May 10, 2017 11:47:12 AM

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia: The inaugural edition of Intersec Saudi Arabia concluded its debut run last week in high style, welcoming 6,131 Saudi trade buyers at the Jeddah Centre for Forums and Events.

The visitor count was nearly double than what was anticipated by organisers Messe Frankfurt Middle East and Al-Harithy Company for Exhibitions (ACE Group), underlining the need for a business networking platform dedicated to the Kingdom’s security, safety and fire protection industries.

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Topics: Intersec

Maritime Security expert Steven Jones on new maritime threats and how they might be defeated

Posted by Richard McKeon on Apr 24, 2017 10:00:00 AM

Despite some encouraging statistics reporting that incidents of piracy have fallen, Maritime Security Correspondent Steven Jones says severity has increased and that if anything, security should be ramped up to face these new threats.

There has perhaps been a temptation to celebrate of late, as maritime piracy has reportedly reached an 18 year low. Unfortunately, the good news is tempered by the latest International Maritime Bureau’s (IMB) data, which states more crew were kidnapped at sea in 2016 than in any of the previous 10 years.

So we are seeing fewer attacks, but they are far more severe. This suggests there is something of a lag when it comes to maritime security. Attacks escalate and slowly a response emerges, but all too often it seems the pirate tail is wagging the security dog.

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Topics: Homeland Security and Policing

Getting Personal with Biometrics for Security

Posted by Richard McKeon on Apr 17, 2017 10:00:00 AM

Tim Compston, Guest Features Writer at Security News Desk, has his finger on the pulse of the latest developments in biometrics. He speaks to Suprema, Genie, BioCatch, CEM Systems, Hitachi and more.

There is little doubt that biometrics, in all its guises, is gaining traction as a way of ramping up security and adding value for site management. Alongside this, many banks, on the back of heightened cybersecurity concerns, are keen to offer biometrics as an option for online and mobile banking to thwart fraudulent activity, which can result in problems for customers and reputational damage. Biometrics is also playing a pivotal role in border control with e-passports and visas becoming a common sight and, crucially, as a way – with facial recognition – to keep track of travellers within our major airports.

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Topics: Commercial Security

Countdown Begins to Intersec Saudi Arabia 2017

Posted by Richard McKeon on Apr 2, 2017 10:00:00 AM

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia: Global players are counting down for the inaugural edition of Saudi Arabia’s foremost security, safety, and fire protection trade show in Jeddah, as exhibition space reaches full capacity ahead of opening in May 2017.

The inaugural edition of Intersec Saudi Arabia will feature more than 130 exhibitors from 25 countries when it opens from 2-4 May 2017 at the Jeddah Center for Forums & Events, as they collectively take aim at the Middle East’s largest commercial security and fire safety market.

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Topics: Intersec

Nick Kochan: Buyer Beware in the Private Investigation Industry

Posted by Richard McKeon on Mar 27, 2017 10:00:00 AM

Following the exposure of Christopher Steele, the man known for working up the dirty dossier on President Donald Trump, Security News Desk contributor Nick Kochan ponders the pitfalls of hiring a private investigator.

Private espionage is undoubtedly a booming business. It is also one that we hear little about, until a private eye comes out the woodwork that is. Then the media are up in arms and investigations of the private investigators are all the rage until another ‘spooky’, and perhaps more exciting, topic diverts their interest.

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Topics: Intersec

Cybersecurity Concerns for Industrial Control Systems and Critical Infrastructure

Posted by Richard McKeon on Mar 15, 2017 10:00:00 AM

Tim Compston, Guest Features Writer at SecurityNewsDesk, sits down with Cliff Wilson, an Associate Partner in the IBM Security Business Unit (UK and Ireland), for an insight into the major cybersecurity vulnerabilities around legacy industrial control systems and more broadly critical infrastructure.

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Topics: Information Security, Commercial Security, Homeland Security and Policing

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