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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

Thermal Imaging Radar (TIR): A Game-Changer For The Video Surveillance Industry?

Posted by Richard McKeon on Feb 16, 2017 10:02:20 AM

With a couple of respected industry awards to its name and a promise to provide intrusion detection for a fraction of the cost compared to its nearest rivals, Thermal Imaging Radar (TIR) could well be a game-changer in wide area intrusion detection market. In an exclusive interview, Security Media Publishing (Security and Sub Editor Fran Seden spoke to Global Sales Director, Michael Petty and Chief Executive David Kay about the technology.

With a serious problem is usually where the most innovative solutions begin, and this case, some may agree, is no exception. As owner of a construction company facing continual theft and vandalism, one of the company’s founders, Larry Price decided to take action. He started building a surveillance trailer on site to catch the criminals in the act, and it was here that the idea of Thermal Radar was born.

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Topics: Commercial Security, Perimeter and Physical Security, Homeland Security and Policing

Tale of the Tape for Video Surveillance Storage

Posted by Richard McKeon on Feb 13, 2017 10:00:00 AM

Tim Compston, Guest Writer for Security News Desk and, discovers that linear tape-based solutions are very much in the frame when it comes to meeting the soaring storage requirements of video surveillance and other security data.

In this era of the cloud, centralised servers, and RAID, advocates of Linear Tape-Open (LTO) technology are confident of expanding its footprint - as a practical answer to the back-up and long-term storage of video surveillance and other security information - in today's increasingly data hungry world. The high-tech companies behind LTO believe that success in other sectors like IT, media and entertainment, is a sign of things to come for video surveillance.

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Topics: Commercial Security, Homeland Security and Policing

On Alert - Cybersecurity Trends For 2017

Posted by Richard McKeon on Feb 8, 2017 10:00:00 AM

Tim Compston, Guest Writer at Security News Desk and, asks industry experts to predict the cybersecurity threats that will be causing headaches in 2017.

There is little doubt that 2016 was a turbulent year on the cybersecurity front with major data breaches being reported - Yahoo being a case in point; a spate of ransomware attacks hitting the headlines – including the transit system in San Francisco, and even allegations that state actors have been taking advantage of the cyber arena to influence elections, so it will be interesting to see what threats emerge throughout 2017.

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Topics: Information Security

On The Right Road For Truck Security

Posted by Richard McKeon on Feb 6, 2017 10:00:00 AM
Tim Compston, Guest Writer at Security News Desk and, finds out more about the methods that can be employed to allow drivers to detect individuals stowed away - illegally - in the back of their trucks or attempts to steal valuable cargo.

The threat posed by groups of people trying to break into the back of lorries was very much to the fore last summer with the area around the port of Calais in France a major flashpoint as drivers faced increased violence, obstacles being placed in the roadway, and people smuggling gangs becoming involved. Service areas many miles from the port were also problematic with, in many cases, people being secreted into vehicle trailers whilst drivers took rest stops. Not only was the safety of commercial vehicle drivers a critical consideration, in a situation that some likened to a war zone, but there was also the prospect of large fines for those found with stowaways on board during border checks.

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Topics: Perimeter and Physical Security

Curtains come down on Intersec 2017 after new record in exhibitor and visitor turnout

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

Dubai, UAE:  Global product launches, live demonstrations, new bilateral agreements, and updated UAE fire safety codes were among the many highlights that shared centre-stage, as the curtains came down on the world’s leading trade show for security, safety, and fire protection.

Intersec 2017 concluded last week (24th January) at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition, with a new record in exhibitor and visitor participation ensuring the three-day event wrapped up proceedings on an all-time high. 

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Topics: Intersec

His Highness Sheikh Mansoor Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Opens Intersec 2017

Posted by Richard McKeon on Jan 22, 2017 4:45:17 PM

Dubai, UAE:  Intersec 2017, the world’s largest trade fair for security, safety, and fire protection, got underway at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre today (22 January), featuring 1,304 exhibitors from 58 countries.

The 19th edition of the annual showcase was flagged off by His Highness Sheikh Mansoor bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who was accompanied by senior government officials, organisers, and high-ranking representatives from the regional security industry.

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Topics: Intersec

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