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Locks and Security News: your weekly locks and security industry newsletter
25th October 2017 Issue no. 383

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KRACK attack - what to communicate

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It was announced (Monday, 16 October, 2017) that the globally used WPA2 Wi-Fi security protocol has been broken. This standard is the most commonly used security standard used by Wi-Fi networks around the world. The attack targets (and breaks) the 4-way handshake that establishes the use of the unique encryption keys for that session.

The attack is called KRACK by it's author Mathy Vanhoef. The security community is still learning the details and understanding it's impact, so if you can hold off on communicating about it, we would recommend it until everyone has a more complete picture. Long story short, no need to panic. However, if you need to communicate something, here are some basics.

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Kwikset releases its first sleek, modern electronic lock

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With Obsidian, Kwikset offers homeowners who love modern design and technology a stylish and secure option for their doors. Obsidian is an extremely slim, modern, key-free electronic lock that can be controlled using a responsive touchscreen.

It is the first Kwikset electronic deadbolt to forego traditional keys in favor of a low-profile design.
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Keeping the burglars out with steel windows

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Difficult to force because of the inherent strength of their frames, steel windows are not liked by burglars. One of the best deterrents to a prospective thief is the traditional 'cottage' style steel window, divided into small frames, with interlocked steel glazing bars.
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Advanced Lock and Key Achieves Master Locksmith Accreditation

Perth, Australia, based locksmiths, Advanced Lock and Key, have their Master Locksmith Accreditation from the Master Locksmiths Association of Australasia (MLAA).
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Danish company develops an anti-drone system for stadiums and prisons

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Drones are an innovative tool that can be used to carry, for example, a camera that can take aerial photos.
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Multi-Service Ethernet Switch: combine networks to reduce costs and provide a seamless legacy upgrade path, says AMG Systems

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One of the trickiest aspects of transitioning from analogue to IP security networks is deciding on just how to manage the changeover and upgrade process.
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Nest expands into home security with first security system designed to be easy on residents, tough on intruders

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Nest Labs, Inc. has announced a home security solution that includes the Nest Secure alarm system, Nest Hello video doorbell, Nest Cam IQ outdoor security camera, and corresponding software and services.
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PDQ Manufacturing Receives 2017 Industry Award

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PDQ Manufacturing is the 2017 recipient of the Greater Philadelphia Locksmiths Association's Industry award. PDQ, based in Lancaster County, Pa., is a premier manufacturer of lock and security hardware and systems.
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This Week's News

Assa Abloy acquires smart lock maker August Home

The smart home market continues to heat up, and the legacy giants do not want to get locked out: quite literally. This morning (19th October), Assa Abloy, the $23 billion Swedish lock giant that owns Yale and many other brands - announced that it is buying US-based smart lock maker August Home to double down on new technology.

Terms of the deal are not being disclosed but we have asked both August and Assa Abloy and will update this post as we learn more. Pending regulatory approvals, Assa Abloy says the acquisition will close in the fourth quarter of 2017.

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Locksmithing industry's biggest trade exhibition proves to be "the best yet!"

* MLA-show.jpgThe Master Locksmiths Association (MLA) has reported record attendance at its trade exhibition for the locksmithing and physical security industry. The bi-annual event, which was staged earlier this month in Halls 1 & 2 of the International Centre in Telford, had a footfall of 2,309 visitors - 50.3% up on the previous expo in 2015.

In addition, 393 staff from 106 exhibitors from all over the world, including China, Russia and New Zealand were also at the event to showcase the latest security products and services, as well as having a chance to discuss industry trends and take part in training courses.
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Dahua Technology Launches ePoE IP System

* Dahua-epoe.jpgDahua Technology has launched a range of extended Power over Ethernet (ePoE) cameras, network switches and network recorders that enable integrators to go beyond usual transmission distances.

Dahua ePoE IP products support up to 800 metres between camera and network switch or NVR. This solution overcomes the limitations of traditional Ethernet and PoE, which restrict cable runs between network ports to 100 metres. This eliminates the need for Ethernet extension units and intermediate repeater network switching.
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BAE Systems says it lost 1,000-page Parliament House security manual

BAE Systems Australia - a firm on the shortlist to win a $35bn navy frigates contract - has confirmed it was the contractor that lost a 1,000-page manual on the security upgrade to Parliament House.

The loss of the manual was raised by Labor in a Senate committee hearing on Monday. The name of the contractor was kept secret during the hearing but emerged in media reports on Tuesday.

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Security guards jailed for role in £7 million Heathrow Airport heist

* airport-crims.jpgTwo security guards have been jailed after staging a £7 million fake robbery from their own cash-in-transit van outside Heathrow Airport. One of the pair was found several hours later tied up and left by a roadside, with the van abandoned and the cash missing in a bid to make it look like the two men were victims.

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NBCS introduces its online fraud detection initiative

National Business Crime Solution (NBCS), a not for profit organisation that enables the sharing of data between law enforcement agencies and the business community in order to reduce crime, has introduced its latest pioneering fraud detection initiative. Praesidio - the Latin word for protection - is a data sharing solution that offers insight into persistent offenders who commit fraud against multiple online businesses, helping companies develop a more effective loss prevention strategy.

'Claims' is a type of crime increasingly prevalent, as unscrupulous individuals take advantage of the loopholes inherent within online purchasing.
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Security employers lead the way with apprenticeship training at 'Banham Academy'

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Banham Academy is on a mission to provide industry-leading security engineering skills training to apprentices throughout the South East.
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SSAIB's leading role in police forces' pioneering drones deployment

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SSAIB, the UK and Ireland's leading security and fire certification body, has helped two police forces in their pioneering use of drones for a variety of crime-related objectives. SSAIB has certificated Dorset Police, as well as the Devon and Cornwall force, to the Surveillance Camera Code of Practice.
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Home automation at landmark development in York

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It may be known as Yorkshire's 'Regency Gem', but St Leonard's Place - a Grade II-listed crescent in York - has very 21st century home automation and video door entry systems from Comelit fitted in many of its luxurious homes.
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Sky's the limit for Ocucon

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Ground-breaking new surveillance technology is set to revolutionise the ability of UK businesses to defend against fraudulent cases of slips, trips and falls - currently estimated to cost more than £800 million a year. The world's first Video Surveillance as a Service (VSaaS) system - Ocucon - will provide unlimited storage for unlimited cameras within the cloud.
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New business development team for Flowmon Networks

Flowmon Networks, a European vendor developing next generation monitoring and security solutions for enterprise network infrastructures, has announced a formation of a new business development team. 
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Rogue locksmith whose rip-offs were repeatedly exposed on BBC's Watchdog kills himself

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A locksmith conman, who was exposed on BBC's Rogue Traders for charging shut-out residents rip-off prices, killed himself after being made homeless, an inquest heard. Mark Makowski, 46, hanged himself in a Travelodge hotel room, in Cheshunt, Hertfordshire, just weeks after being released from prison and having all of his assets seized.

He appeared on Rogue Traders and then Watchdog, before being sent to prison in 2010, having been convicted of fraud offences in connection with his locksmith business.

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New date announced for free cyber security seminar

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A free-to-attend, half-day seminar which aims to help security buyers and installers to navigate the complex world of cyber security is being held in Solihull on Thursday 2nd November.

Organised by the British Security Industry Association (BSIA) and supported by the Fire Industry Association (FIA), the event will include presentations from a wide range of cyber security experts, with a particular focus on the potential vulnerabilities of 'connected products' - meaning any security product that can be accessed or operated remotely via the internet (intruder alarms, video surveillance systems and access control) - and how these vulnerabilities can be combated.
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