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2nd November 2016 Issue no. 335
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By Josh Chin
Security experts are questioning efforts by a Chinese electronics company to fix problems with webcams hijacked in a major attack on U.S. internet infrastructure, highlighting the complexity of the security threat posed by internet-connected devices.Full Story
By Marc Tobias
This is a four-part series on how the security of locks can be quickly circumvented with simple to sophisticated tools produced for locksmiths and government agencies. There is a specialized group of security experts, tool designers, and manufacturers that offer some incredibly well-engineered, clever, and often-sophisticated devices to open just about anything imaginable from the highest security cylinders to safes and even the most expensive cars.
Part I: Opening pin tumbler locks in seconds with Electro-picksFull Story
The first Worldwide Semiannual Security Spending Guide from International Data Corporation (IDC) forecasts worldwide revenues for security-related hardware, software, and services will grow from $73.7 billion in 2016 to $101.6 billion in 2020.
According to new data from Symantec's 2016 Internet Security Threat Report, cyber security attacks are on the rise. But even more alarming is the fact that small businesses have become an even bigger target of these attacks. In 2011, small businesses were only targeted 18 percent of the time. By 2014, that number had scaled to 34 percent. Last year we saw another substantial increase, with small businesses now being targeted 43 percent of the time.
In high footfall buildings such as schools, offices and hospitals, it is often the case that employee and staff entrances will also be one of the fire exits for the building.
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This Week's News
A series of informative, free-to-attend breakfast briefings are set to provide vital information to employers in the security and fire sectors ahead of important changes to the way apprenticeships are funded in England and Wales.
The first briefing will take place in Birmingham in December and is jointly hosted by the British Security Industry Association - the trade body representing the UK's private security industry - and Skills for Security, the industry's sector skills body. The date and venue for the first briefing is as follows:
The Tradelocks Roadshow, the completely FREE event which was announced last month, will see Tradelocks touring the country putting on trade shows in various cities across the UK - and they have now revealed their first stop - Newcastle-Upon-Tyne!
On November the 26th, Tradelocks will make the first stop of their UK tour in Newcastle where they will be showcasing new products and some of their most popular tools, as well as offering huge deals and discounts to those who attend.
Paul Cooper has left his career in policing behind. He talks about leaving the police and his delight at being shortlisted for three prestigious, national digital awards ceremonies for his mobile app, Pocket Sergeant.
Paul was a Police Officer with Cleveland Police when he designed Pocket Sergeant to assist police officers and carry out their daily duties. The app has been downloaded over 20,000 times. Some of those who have downloaded it include solicitors, barristers, cadets, students and those with an interest in criminal law. In 2014, Paul transferred to Lincolnshire Police.
Google is trialling a new method for reducing scams, forcing plumbers and locksmiths to go through an advanced verification process to appear in local search results.
The search engine giant is putting the extra security measures in place to stop con artists who appear in local Google search results. The locksmith scam is the most well-known, but other trade types have also been targeted.Full Story
Since starting the registration for this show 3 weeks ago there have been over 200 unique registrations. Stand sales is at a higher level at this point than 2015. Show Organiser Mick Friend said ' our excellent track record proves yet again that a professional operation wins the day.'
There remain a few unsold stands - if you are interested contact Mick at firstname.lastname@example.org
Lockexpo 4/5th March 2017 EMCC Nottingham is sponsored by the 3D Group.
The UK will be one of the safest places in the world to do business, with a world-class cyber security industry and workforce thanks to a new plan underpinned by £1.9 billion of investment.
The Chancellor, Philip Hammond has formally launched the government's new National Cyber Security Strategy, which will set out decisive action to protect the UK economy and the privacy of British citizens, while encouraging industry to up its game to prevent damaging cyber-attacks.
Bike riders worry constantly that their machine will get stolen whenever it's locked up on the street. Well, a US company might mean you'll never have to worry again after developing a lock that is sure to make would-be thieves vomit. Literally.
Following news on the announcement by Chancellor Philip Hammond of an increase in national cyber-defence spending to £1.9billion (see elsewhere on this page), we have comment from cyber security experts on the real effects this might have on the UK's cyber security efforts: James Tolfree, UK Director at Cryptzone:
"Talk of 'Strike back' represents quite a change in mindset. Traditionally, UK governments cyber strategy has focused on 'defence' but in recent months we have heard much more rhetoric around an offensive cyber capability. This recognises that the cyber space is the new battleground - you can't be in a battle space with only a defensive position, especially when dealing with state-sponsored cyber attack strategies.
Known for producing world-leading electronic and electromechanical door hardware, Allegion's CISA brand was showcased as the fully integrated solution for hotels at the Independent Hotel Show. The expo was also the launch pad for the innovative CISA eGO electronic lock to the UK's hotel market.
Insiders at HMP Northumberland claim a warder was put in a headlock by an inmate and dragged into a cell in April, before having his keys swiped, according to the Daily Express.
Now the firm which runs the mens' prison revealed it had to "review security systems" and change the locks at an estimated cost of more than £500,000. But moving prisoners to allow the lock change means the cost of the entire re-fit would have cost up to £1million, according to the Prison Officers' Association (POA).
A man has been arrested after dozens of front door and garage locks were superglued shut. Police in Heywood have been investigating a wave of vandalism which they say has caused 'great distress and inconvenience' to residents.
In the latest attack, more than 60 homes and garages around the Marlor Court, Bank Street and Agincourt Street areas of the town had superglue squirted into their locks on Monday night. It comes just two months after landlords Rochdale Boroughwide Housing offered a cash reward for information leading to a conviction after more than 100 homes and garages were targeted in a similar way.Full Story
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It’s home security month and a new study of the UK’s home security measures by Ironmongery Direct has been released in infographic format. For the entire locksmith and security industry, the results contained within are worth analysing, as they paint a promising picture for both sectors for many years to come.
G4S is to supply its security staff with cameras which can spot suicide belts and guns through clothing in a bid to foil any Paris-style attacks, after agreeing deal with software development company Digital Barriers.
The security firm is understood to be giving the cameras to its staff working at large events such as sports fixtures or concerts with the intention of screening people more effectively, rather than traditional search methods, which take a longer amount of time and often lead to queues.Full Story