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15th February 2017 Issue no. 349
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Developed to serve busy buildings with medium to high footfall like education facilities, hospitals, commercial buildings, hotels and transportation areas, the Briton 131 retains the brand's hallmark association of high engineering and quality.
Sweden's top security and intelligence official has issued a stark warning about Brussels' latest intrusion into national affairs. Security head Johan Olsson complains that his agency's ability to react to terrorist atrocities has been massively impaired by a recent EU law that allows telecoms companies to delete or withhold data.
A number of emerging devices have attributed to the upsurge of global smart homes over the last few years. The Smart locks market is expected to be one of the most promising offering among all the devices over the succeeding years. Smart locks is not a completely novel industry.
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This Week's News
Genes Lock and Key has earned the home service industry's coveted Angie's List Super Service Award, reflecting an exemplary year of customer service to members of the local services marketplace and consumer review site in 2016.
Genes Lock and Key has been awarded the Angie's List Super Service for eight consecutive years since 2009.
Congratulations to John Jefferson for winning our 1000th registration prize. John of T4Bservices in Ripon registered on the 8Th February ay 1100.
"John if you find me (Mick) at the show, I will give you your bank credits." Remember there is a door prize as well, sponsored by 3D Group the show sponsors. It is still not too late to register for a free entry pass here: https://lockexpo.co.uk/visitor-registration/
There are also a number of give-aways at the show sponsored by Locks and Security Magazine.
Britain has been named best country in the world for online security in Microsoft's first ever Digital Civility Index, released to coincide with Safer Internet Day. The Index comes from research conducted among adults and teenagers in 14 different countries. In Microsoft's words , the index measures the "extent of negative civil and personal safety interactions and their consequences."
The company divides those interactions, into four different categories: Behavioral, Intrusive, Reputational and Sexual. Each category contained several individual risks. Microsoft calculated the scores based on how often individuals were affected by these risks.
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
Marks USA, a division of Napco Security Technologies, Inc. is pleased to announce its cylindrical and mortise locks have received a Notice of Acceptance (NOA) from the Miami-Dade County Regulatory and Economic Resources Board and Code Administration Division, and have been tested to comply with Florida Building Code, including the High Velocity Hurricane Zone - known to be some of the toughest standards in the country.
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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In order to maintain the excellent quality that they have become known for they ensure that a sample of their products are tested that comes into their stock room. They test remote cases for build quality and durability; key blades for the quality of metal; they test programming machinery so that they can vouch for its usability.
UNION, part of ASSA ABLOY Security Solutions, a UK division of ASSA ABLOY, the global leader in door opening solutions, will be showcasing its leading range of locks, cylinder systems and door closers at Lockexpo 2017, reinforcing why the brand is trusted by professionals and known for its quality, reliability and expertise.
Taking place at the East Midlands Conference Centre in Nottingham on the 4th and 5th March, visitors will be able to discuss and trial UNION's latest product innovations on stand B21.
by Geraint Jones GJ Locks
Sister-publication Locks and Security Magazine has some amazing articles in this premium Pre-Lockexpo edition
Drilling mortice locks has always been frowned upon by most, described as "The Cowboy" method or what an unskilled locksmith would do. Despite what the keyboard warriors on the many locksmith social media groups might have you think, it is how most of us started. But if you learn how to do it properly, you will soon see that it is a skill worth taking more seriously.
On Thursday 9 February, Mitie's security management business held its first thought leadership event at the Institute of Directors in London.
Titled The Kurtzman Club - after Joel Allen Kurtzman, the founding Editor-in-Chief of Strategy + Business magazine, who first coined the term 'thought-leader' - the event brings together leaders and influencers from the security sector to look at the future of security and challenge the status quo, to steer and future-proof the industry.
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Going Dutch - Our Legacy from Holland
By Brian Morland
This being the show issue of the magazine and as we have been invited to bring along some of the collection, hopefully to inspire and interest, it seems appropriate to talk about some of the locks we will be exhibiting. Firstly though and although we have exhibited at shows many times before this exhibition will be a first for us in several respects and we are grateful to the organisers for providing us some space.
After listening to their customer's feedback the new website boasts several new features and we believe this is their best version yet! After 3 years of development, the new site will be a complete re-fresh of the existing website which will vastly improves the functionality of the site. It is easier to navigate, easier to manage your trade account online and now features a superb search function.
It is has completely modernised the way that the website works and communicates with the warehouse and despatch systems in order to further improve the level of customer service that 3d group can offer their customers.
By John Hatcher
Almost four in 10 clients (39 per cent) say that they don't take any steps to protect smart installations in buildings from cyber threats, according to new survey findings from the Electrical Contractors' Association (ECA) and Scottish electrical trade body SELECT.
Half of respondents to the survey (49 per cent) said that the risk of hacking, and its impact on unsecured networks, was a potential barrier to installing connected technology, highlighting the inherent cyber threats to buildings in the modern era.Full Story