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16th August 2017 Issue no. 375
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OK we know it's the 'silly season' but... a prison inmate convicted of killing his parents says he was allowed to fix locks inside a maximum-security New York state prison before an elaborate escape plan he developed was uncovered. Gordon "Woody" Mower told a Syracuse newspaper that guards at the Auburn Correctional Facility had him repair locks throughout the prison regularly. Mower says the tasks ended in April 2015 after he was caught plotting to escape under a truckload of sawdust from the prison's woodshop.
His details of fixing locks were included in a deposition from a disciplinary hearing at the prison in 2015. A civilian employee testifying at the same hearing said Mower "did quite a lot for the lockshop." Prison officials say they're investigating Mower's claims.
A security researcher who in May stopped an outbreak of the WannaCry ransomware has been arrested and detained after attending the Def Con conference in Las Vegas. Marcus Hutchins, 23, a British national, was arrested at Las Vegas airport on Wednesday by US Marshals. He was briefly detained in a federal facility in Nevada until he was moved to an FBI field office in the state.
Gregory J. Haanstad, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, announced that on July 11, 2017, following a two-year long investigation, a federal grand jury returned a six-count indictment against Marcus Hutchins, also known as "Malwaretech," for his role in creating and distributing the Kronos banking Trojan.
Chubb Fire & Security Ltd is helping boost the reliability of CCTV systems with a new service that proactively checks the status of installed CCTV equipment, bringing enhanced levels of safety and security to customers throughout the UK.
Two senior Swedish ministers resigned last Thursday as the country's government tried to limit the political fallout from a security breach that may have led to large-scale disclosure of citizens' sensitive personal information.
Sensitive data was potentially leaked to contractors in Romania and the Czech Republic, among other Eastern European countries, who were employed to work on a project outsourced to IBM Sweden. The data breach - one of the largest in the country's history - included the potential disclosure of Swedish driving license records and classified information such as data on military vehicles.
The 9th Security Union progress report, just published, highlights the recent steps taken to prevent terrorist financing through trafficking in cultural goods and improve the interoperability of EU information systems.
Global cybersecurity leader Forcepoint today fortified its cloud security portfolio to empower security teams with new behavior-driven controls that simplify protection of employees, critical business data and intellectual property (IP). New capabilities now available across Forcepoint CASB, Forcepoint Web Security and Forcepoint Email Security ensure customers around the world can safely embrace, and continue to grow, their business in the cloud.
Yale Locks & Hardware is launching its latest smart lock product in the US today with one of its most streamlined designs yet and support for Apple's HomeKit, Z-Wave, ZigBee and Amazon Alexa platforms. It will also enable HomeKit support on six of its existing smart locks through a new module launching this month.Full Story
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Surge in electro-mechanical hardware and integrated building systems means locksmiths need ongoing training in more areas than just the mechanics of the locks, says Allegion UK Commercial Leader Pete Hancox.
In the UK, locksmiths come from all walks of life, taking a variety of routes to join the trade. Ask any locksmith about how he or she got started, and then go and ask another, and you will more than likely get two different answers - whether it was via supplier-led training courses, a locksmithing apprenticeship, being an understudy to a practicing locksmith or through traditional employment.
The man contacted the locksmith from outside Van Cleef & Arpels jeweller's in Bond Street and said that he had forgotten his keys, according to The Sun newspaper. The locksmith arrived within half an hour of being called about 10.30 on Wednesday evening and let the man in through the double glass doors. Police have not confirmed what was stolen but the thief is thought to have spent up to 45 minutes filling his pockets while the shop alarm rang out.
Sargent and Greenleaf (S&G), a division of STANLEY Security that manufactures high-quality mechanical and electronic locks for safes, vaults, safe deposit boxes and highly sensitive SCIF environments, introduces A-Series with Display, the newest lock in the company's ATM access control management system.
S&G's A-Series portfolio of products includes locking systems that manage multi-vendor access to ATMs using time-limited, single-use codes, electronic locking keys and other advanced features, saving premise time and simplifying ATM service.
Thursday night is Israel's big night out - and the biggest night for Israelis to get locked out, according to data from "The Professionals," an organization that provides a platform for independent tradespeople like locksmiths, plumbers, and electricians to offer their services. Fully 25% of the "lockouts" - instances in which people lose their keys and are unable to get into their homes - occur on Thursday nights.
That's probably due, the group said, to the fact that more people go out on Thursday nights. When people get locked out, they call a locksmith, and hence Thursday night is the busiest one for workers of that profession. Between 10% and 15% of lockout calls occur on Sunday through Wednesday nights; Saturday night was the least busy for locksmiths. Throughout the week, most lockouts occur in Tel Aviv, which is fortunate, as about a quarter of Israel's locksmiths are based in the city.
Take a quick detour into the smart home aisle at your local hardware store and you're sure to see plenty of smart locks for your front door. But what about your garage? Doesn't the biggest, most visible door into your home deserve some consideration, too?
That's the thinking behind Liftmaster's newest product, an automatic garage door lock that promises to bring some peace of mind to the place where you park your car.Full Story
Pro-Vision Distribution, the national distributor of branded CCTV, Access Control and Public Address equipment, were acknowledged with an award from South Korea's largest surveillance manufacturer - IDIS - as part of their twentieth anniversary celebrations during the recent IFSEC exhibition.
Will Murray, Marketing Director of leading lone worker protection provider, Send For Help Group, has been elected to Chair the BSIA's Lone Worker Section. The appointment means that the Group now occupies an unprecedented three spaces on the Section Committee, with each subsidiary brand receiving representation.
Operations Director, Ricardo Pombo and IMC Operations Manager, Nick Shea will be attending future BSIA meetings on behalf of Peoplesafe and Skyguard respectively. Will Murray will continue to represent Guardian24.
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Non-fire resisting doors in high rise tower blocks should be replaced immediately with doorsets that are certified for fire performance by a third-party certification authority, according to the Government.
PD6669 builds upon the existing BS EN 50136 series for alarm transmission systems by providing guidance, such as additional alarm transmission system performance categories and actions to be taken when the availability fails to meet the required levels. It also provides installation advice to improve the security and reliability of alarm transmission systems.
Wednesbury-based Eliza Tinsley is to create 10 new jobs as the result of a partnership with smart lock developer Smarke and sister company, Avocet Hardware. The Black Country hardware manufacturer made the announcement during a visit to its site from West Bromwich West MP Adrian Bailey.
The partnership, which was developed by Eliza Tinsley's Lyric Jain, will see a variant of Avocet Hardware's market leading snap-secure ABS lock fitted in all of Smarke's keyless hi-tech smart locks. Production of the enhanced locks will take place in the Black County.Full Story
Responding to British Home Secretary Amber Rudd's comments suggesting that "real people" don't expect security in their communications, Jim Killock - executive director of UK digital rights campaign Open Rights Group - said:
The Scottish Government has been hit by two separate "ransomware" cyber attacks in the past year, with hackers targeting official computers and seeking to extort money. The attempted attacks were of a similar type to the WannaCry virus which affected 47 NHS trusts in England and Wales and 11 NHS boards in Scotland in May.
The incidents were revealed by the Scottish Government following a Freedom of Information (FoI) request about the number of cyber attacks it had logged in the past three years.
"In common with other large organisations, the Scottish Government faces a continual and evolving threat of cyber attacks" Scottish Government spokesman.
This comes following news that a security firm is being investigated by the Security Industry Authority for allegedly supplying cloned badges to unlicensed stewards. The company in question is not a BSIA member.
If you were struggling to make time to enter Security & Fire Excellence Awards before the deadline, then you're in luck! As we are bang in the middle of the summer holiday period, it has been agreed to extend the entry deadline by 4 weeks!