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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

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

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

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

Transportation Systems Under Cyberattacks

Posted by Richard McKeon on Dec 12, 2016 10:00:00 AM

Tim Compston, Features Editor at Security News Desk and discovers that cyberattacks on transportation infrastructure are on the rise with ransomware the latest attack vector to come to prominence.

San Francisco Targeted

A security breach at the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (Muni) last month, which resulted in it having to offer a free service to customers on the public transit system over the Thanksgiving weekend, certainly provides food for thought, given the financial impact and operational impact and, worryingly, the sheer vulnerability of this critical infrastructure to interference by external actors. In this case it appears that Muni was the victim of a ransomware attack that managed to find its way into the agency's internal computer systems, including email. One media report said that during the incident screens on San Francisco's ticket kiosks were displaying the phrase: "You Hacked, ALL Data Encrypted."

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Topics: Information Security

New European Data Protection Regulations Will Impact Middle East Companies

Posted by Richard McKeon on Nov 17, 2016 10:25:43 AM

European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will apply to Middle East Based companies and preparation is essential. Philip Ingram from Security News Desk examines some of the issues.

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Topics: Information Security

Attributing a Cyber Attack

Posted by Richard McKeon on Nov 1, 2016 11:54:28 AM

Attributing a cyber-attack is at best problematic, attacks are on the increase and now exploiting the Internet of Things, there are suggestions of state on state actions.  Philip Ingram from Security News Desk and elicits comment from cyber experts Guy O’Donnell from PGI and Pierluigi Paganini from
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Topics: Information Security

A Converging Risk, Artificial Intelligence and the Internet of Things

Posted by Richard McKeon on Oct 19, 2016 11:21:17 AM

As Artificial Intelligence and the Internet of Things develop, are we seeing a converging risk? Philip Ingram brings the views of Eugene Kaspersky and Professor Nick Bostrom together.

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Topics: Information Security

No More Ransom

Posted by Richard McKeon on Oct 18, 2016 10:00:00 AM

No More Ransom is an international scheme to stem payments to criminals who use ransomware to extort money from individuals and enterprise. Kaspersky Lab working with Europol and the Dutch Police and more have had success. Paul Peachey with Security News Desk and takes a look.

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Topics: Information Security

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