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8th March 2017 Issue no. 352
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By Kaitlin Mulhere
Ask a group of people to describe their memories of paying for a locksmith, and you're likely to hear a series of adjectives along the lines of "too much," "expensive," "hundreds," or "rip off."
Paying to be let back into your own car or house, like coughing up your hard-earned cash on a parking ticket or a water heater replacement, is a special kind of nuisance. But are locksmith prices really so bad? Professional locksmiths, perhaps unsurprisingly, don't think so. But even the professionals admit that the service is ripe for ripoff artists.Full Story
A group of thirteen locksmith operations from eleven states and Washington DC have joined Baldino's Lock & Key of Newington, Virginia in US District Court in DC in an amended complaint alleging that the three major search engines, Google, Bing, and Yahoo which together dominate the search market, flood their search results with false listings and fictitious map business addresses.
A new distribution partnership between ievo Ltd, the Newcastle-based manufacturer of biometric recognition systems, and Dublin's Northwood Technology looks set to open up the potentially lucrative Irish market.
Phil Hobbs got his nickname "Drill Bits" after he successfully cracked a bank vault called the "Mosler Monster" at the former Permanent Savings & Loan, Meriden, Connecticut, USA.
The 83-year-old founder of Phil's Lockshop Inc. was also a practical joker. Hobbs died Friday after spending a lifetime helping others unlock doors, crack safes, share a laugh, and understand God.Full Story
Genes Lock and Key has been awarded the Angie's List Super Service for eight consecutive years since 2009.
By Owen Gough
A study of 3,000 companies in the UK, US and Germany, conducted for specialist insurer Hiscox, reveals that more than half (53 per cent) of businesses in the three countries have ill-prepared security to deal with cyber-attacks.
The Hiscox Cyber Readiness Report 2017 assesses firms according to their readiness in four key areas - strategy, resourcing, technology and process - and ranks them accordingly. While most companies scored well for technology, fewer than a third (30 per cent) qualify as 'expert' in their overall cyber readiness.Full Story
Comfortable illusions about how security is working are crippling the ability of government and industry to fight the threat, a former member of the FBI's netsec team has told the BSides San Francisco 2017 security conference.
Society is operating under the illusion that governments and corporations are taking rational choices about computer security, but the fact of the matter is that we're drowning under a sea of false positive, bad management, and a false belief in the power of technology to save us.Full Story
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This Week's News
Just a note to say what a great show last weekend's Lockexpo was. The show 'was brilliant' and those are not my words. Although numbers on 2017 were slightly down at 1,000, the quality of the attendees was excellent.
Many exhibitors reported that time waster levels were nil, and enquiries and intelligent questions extremely high. BUT it is not about numbers, we could easily expand the boundaries of the count and say 2,000 but what would the point be?
A Shipley firm has secured a boost in sales despite an unsuccessful bid for funds on TV's Dragons' Den. Craig Knott, 46, invented Patlock, a device which aims to cut household burglaries across the UK, after an attempted break-in at his Bradford home in 2009.Full Story
One could imagine that architects and door hardware pioneers would constantly be clashing - the former strives for aesthetic perfection while the latter for functionality, safety and security. However Simon Osborne, Commercial Leader of Allegion UK, believes that it need not be this way.
A frustrating game of give-and-take. That is what the common architect's mindset must be when it comes to door hardware.
As part of the sales and marketing partnership, Sony's video security sales and marketing associates have joined a newly formed dedicated team within the Bosch Security System organisation.
Pro-Vision, the UK distributor of security equipment has recently launched its latest 216 page product catalogue (dated March 2017) featuring the very best in branded CCTV, Access Control and Public Address equipment.
David Westwood, External Sales Manager for Pro-Vision told us, "The very latest products from Bosch, Dallmeier, IDIS, Panasonic, Pelco and Samsung Wisenet are included in the publication.
AMG, the UK manufacturer of intelligent, industrial grade, reliable edge-of-network transmission solutions, has launched a new website and refreshed its brand identity to better reflect its position as a market leader in the provision of specialist Ethernet and IP systems and products.
The new brand identity and website updates offer a visual representation of AMG's capabilities as the only UK-based manufacturer of Ethernet switch technologies.
There are many legal issues arising out of the unfolding case of the Locksmiths vs the Search Engines. In their Motion to Dismiss, the search engines allege they are not responsible for their content. According to the motion, they are allowed to say anything with immunity under the Federal Communications Decency Act.
The Locksmiths of America class action lawsuit allege the search engines are responsible, unless a reference can be found from another search engine, web page, link or source, as the CDA requires not Google, Bing and Yahoo as the source.
Multinational property and infrastructure company, Lendlease, is using IP video entry and access control from Urmet at a 16-storey apartment block and townhouses surrounding the largest park to be built in London for 70 years.
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