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27th September 2017 Issue no. 379
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One of the largest security breaches ever has come to light today as Equifax revealed attackers used an exploit on its website to access records for 143 million US citizens (for reference, the US has a population for 323 million or so, that's about 44 percent).
Hundreds of LockState smart locks around the world stopped working after the company mistakenly issued the wrong over-the-air (OTA) software update for the devices, according to Ars Technica.
Home and commercial security company UAP has unveiled plans for a six-figure investment to increase brand awareness.
The Greater Manchester-based firm is spending around £550k on a new campaign that will include a series of nationwide TV and radio adverts during the next 12 months. Sean Wilson, the man behind Coronation Street character Martin Platt, features in the UAP adverts currently airing across 200 TV channels and more than 30 radio stations.Full Story
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Developed by the National Police Chiefs' Council Security Systems Group, the guide provides an overview of the impact that false alarms have and offers recommendations on how installers can help to reduce these.
It sits inside a sprawling, aged industrial building under the Van Horne-Rosemont overpass in Montreal, and is probably the last place you would expect to find one of the most unusual museums in the city. The Aaron M. Fish Lock Museum and Educational Centre wouldn't be out of place in some chichi downtown location, but its builder and curator, Aaron M. Fish, sought a location close to where he grew up and has spent much of his working life.Full Story
Boon Edam Inc will be emphasizing integrated access control solutions that both authenticate authorized passage and prevent tailgating in Booth #4003 at the 63rd ASIS International Seminar and Exhibits in Dallas, Texas from September 26th-28th. The manufacturer is also the official Turnstile Sponsor for the Exhibition.
"Integration" the Main Theme for Product Demos in the Booth
A children's hospital is benefitting from enhanced new levels of security thanks to the installation of an IP video entry system from Comelit. The ViP system at Sheffield Children's hospital has been integrated with the hospital's existing unified Cisco infrastructure network.
As part of a £40 million redevelopment, the advanced Comelit video entry and access control system has been installed in a new section of the hospital, which is home to a new outpatients' department and three wards, featuring more single rooms with en-suite facilities for parents staying with their children. The new building also includes priority car parking, a main reception area, an iconic play tower and an inner courtyard play area.
A "category one" cyber-attack, the most serious tier possible, will happen "sometime in the next few years", a director of the National Cybersecurity Centrehas warned. According to the agency, which reports to GCHQ and has responsibly for ensuring the UK's information security, a category one cybersecurity incident requires a national government response.
In the year since the agency was founded, it has covered 500 incidents, according to Ian Levy, the technical director, as well as 470 category three incidents and 30 category two, including the WannaCry ransomworm that took down IT in multiple NHS trusts and bodies.Full Story
The Technology Showcase events, to be held across the UK during October and November 2017, will consist of eight 'zones' featuring fully interactive, hands-on demonstrations of the company's products and systems, including artificial intelligence, thermal hybrid technology, Starlight low-light cameras, video analytics and 4K CVI.
Y-cam Solutions, a leader in smart home security since 2007, announces Y-cam Skill enabling Alexa control of Protect, a complete Triple Layer smart security system designed to actively monitor your home and reduce your chances of becoming a victim of burglary. Simple to set up, the Y-cam Skill provides greater control using voice activation to manage your Smart Home Security.
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His planned "loo break" was part of a movie-style plot to stage one of Britain's biggest cash thefts, a court heard yesterday. Ranjeev Singh deliberately lingered outside the lavatory while his fellow guard Mohammad Siddique drove off with the money.Full Story
Whilst details are subject to change, initial information shows Courses/Seminars offered will be offered in the areas of General Locksmithing (to include non-destructive entry, Lock ID, UPVC related training, High security cylinders, abrasive wheel certification, tool sharpening an overview of the BLI exam, auto gates), as well as Safes.
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MLA Expo 2017 is fast approaching - Europe's Largest Locksmith & Security Exhibition. Taking place at the Telford International Centre, the event will span the course of 3 days, from 6th - 8th October 2017. This year we have exhibitors/visitors from all across the globe.
Here's 13 reasons why Expo brings a huge crowd:
The price of copper has increased by over 50% in little more than year, raising fears that when metal prices rise, so will the incidence of metal and cable theft. In the last four months alone, the value of copper rose 25% to $6800 per tonne on 29th August, according to the London Metal Exchange. Since its low point in 2016, when it was just $4310 per tonne, the overall increase is over 50%.