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12th December 2012 Issue no. 148
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The firm that makes door locks with a well-publicised security vulnerability has said it is offering a fix. Onity makes locks for hotel rooms around the world, but a hacker revealed in July that a security flaw meant burglars could easily access the code to unlock them.
The company has been sharply criticised for taking five months to get to even this point.Full Story
Burglars seem to be exploiting a bug in widely used electronic door locks to steal from hotels. The bug was first publicised at a hacker conference in July, showing how a simple electronic device could unlock doors in seconds.Full Story
Lockdecoders tell us that their one day show in ireland over the weekend proved to be a success despite the last minute change of venue.
"We had 15 visitors on the day who we were able to spend quality time with", says Peter Southern. "And we sold a couple of machines."
ESCAR (Embedded Security in Cars) is the world's leading conference on all aspects of IT security in vehicles and has been running since 2003.
You'd never catch James Bond or Jason Bourne doing this, I'm sure: dimwits working for Belgium's State Security Service are reportedly sharing the name of their employer on social networking sites.
A report in local newspaper De Standaard says Belgian State Security officials and politicians charged with overseeing the civilian intelligence agency have already expressed concerns over the LinkedIn and Facebook profiles of certain employees.Full Story
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They say that you should set a thief to catch a thief but the News in Brief item below about an Australian bank having as head of its ATM security someone with a criminal record and biker gang connections did make us laugh! There's news in about the hugely successful Locksmiths' Exhibition in March (that will be here before we know it), and, as its that time of year, what to watch for as emerging security trends for 2013.
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UAP TradeLocks are offering their customers amazing discounts on their 12 most popular tools. The festive promotion offers huge savings on tools from the Genuine Lishi range, a fantastic price on the RPCP 3 Piece Set Deal and gives customers a saving of over £100 on Pink's EPG2.
If you can only attend one show in 2013 THEN THIS IS THE ONE YOU NEED - over 60 exhibitors, great venue, easy travel, free parking, great bar and food at sensible prices, clean, light and airy atmosphere. Well laid out exhibition, friendly staff and all welcome - bring your family.
Glasgow 2014 organisers are inviting private firms to bid for a £5m security contract for the Commonwealth Games. The tender includes event stewarding at various Games venues at the competition in less than two years' time.Full Story
Held from the 23rd to the 25th November, Peter Southern says: "What a well turned out exhibition it proved to be! I think about 800 people attended and we were there for the first time with our new Turkish Distributor Severn Security Systems.
The year saw a huge upsurge in the amount of online hacking. Cyber attacks in some form or another were practically a monthly occurrence. In fact, Venture Beat called 2012 a 'big, bad year for online security breaches', citing high-profile companies such as AOL, LinkedIn, Google and Yahoo as falling victim to hacking attacks that have exploited their customers' private information.Full Story
YORK'S CCTV network was left unmanned for hours on the day of a major event attended by the Home Secretary and 40 chief constables.
The "damaging" security lapse saw banks of screens in the city's CCTV control room being left un-watched on the morning of September's National Police Memorial Day service.Full Story
An IT security firm is to create 100 jobs at a new operations centre in Dublin. Mandiant is opening a security and engineering centre to develop products to fight cyber attacks.
Ireland Jobs Minister Richard Bruton said: "Today's announcement that Mandiant, a specialist company in the fast-growing IT security sector, is establishing operations in Ireland with the creation of 100 high-end jobs is great news."Full Story
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News in Brief
Australian banks have allowed a convicted criminal with biker gang links to run security for their ATMs. The criminal has been heading a Melbourne security firm's training and management for teams that clear cash jams in ATMs throughout Victoria, a company memo reveals.
Source: Herald Sun, Melbourne
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The Standards Development team at Skills for Security has been working with representatives from Event Security companies to develop new National Occupational Standards (NOS) for this growing sector.
Mercury Training Services, in partnership with Skills for Security and JobCentre Plus, is offering funded security training for new entrants into the industry who are currently unemployed. It covers security guarding, CCTV, door supervision and conflict management and includes:
The Security Industry Authority (SIA) has issued a Press Statement (NR2712) announcing the withdrawal of 1001 training certificates following their investigation into allegations of training malpractice, in partnership with Awarding Organisation HABC.