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GCHQ to certify cyber security BA degrees for the first time…

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Following the certification of 18 cyber security master’s degrees from 14 different universities within the last two years, GCHQ has opened the next round of applications for certification, and the organisation has announced that this year, it will be looking to certify BA degrees for the first time; in addition to further master’s and integrated master’s courses.

As students embark on the challenge of searching for a proactive course, it can prove difficult to choose from the vast range of cyber security degree programmes on offer in the UK. Therefore, for students at schools and universities, GCHQ certification can greatly influence the choice of cyber security course as GCHQ certification indicates the degree will provide ‘well-defined and appropriate content’.

Furthermore, students currently studying a GCHQ-certified degree programme will be given an additional form of recognition, stating that the individual has successfully completed a GCHQ-certified degree; increasing employment prospects post-graduation.


The closing date for all course applications is Friday, January 13 2017 at 16.00.
Read a full breakdown of the master degrees GCHQ currently certify here

Majority of organisations ‘victimised’ by cyber-attacks, new research claims…

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A joint study carried out by the technology leader in application networking, A10 Networks and in partnership with the Ponemon Institute has found that the high risk of cyber-attacks to financial services, healthcare and other industries stems from the growing reliance on encryption technology.

The study, ‘Hidden Threats in Encrypted Traffic: A Study of North America & EMEA’, surveyed 1,023 IT security practitioners in Europe and North America, highlighting the increasing challenges these professionals face in the fight to prevent and detect attacks on encrypted traffic in and out of their organisations’ networks.

Nearly half of respondents (47 per cent) cited a lack of enabling security tools as the primary reason for not inspecting decrypted web traffic; closely followed by 45 per cent stating insufficient resources and degradation of network performance. However, 80 per cent claimed their organisations have previously been victims of cyber-attacks during the last 12 months, and nearly half say that the attackers used encryption to evade detection.

Director of cyber operations at A10 Networks, Dr. Chase Cunningham, said: “IT decision makers need to think more strategically. The bad guys are looking for ROI just like the good guys, and they don’t want to work too hard to get it. Instead of focusing on doing everything right 100 percent of the time, IT leaders can be more effective by doing a few things very strategically with the best technology available. It’s the cyber security equivalent of the zombie marathon — as long as you can avoid being the slowest in outrunning the zombies, you minimise risk.”

Although the study pinpoints that 75 per cent of survey respondents say their networks are at risk from malware hidden inside encrypted traffic, an estimated two-thirds admitted their company is ‘unprepared’ to detect malicious SSL traffic; leaving them vulnerable to costly data breaches and the loss of intellectual property.

Urmet awarded with IP door entry deal in London’s West End…

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The international manufacturer of video door entry solutions, Urmet, has secured the order to supply the latest IP door entry systems for a new development of luxury apartments at a £500 million ‘mixed-use’ development near Oxford Street in London.

The Urmet services to be provided at Rathbone Square will reportedly be operated from IPervoice, Urmet’s IP door entry software platform; as well as installed by building services contractor, TClarke.

Sales and marketing director at Urmet, Mark Hagger, said: “The Rathbone Square project shows us working in a collaborative environment with installer and developer. As the project matures, the MAX IP touchscreen will become a true portal. It will integrate with a host of third-party home automation apps, including lighting and blind control.”

BeCyberSure joins EEMA to provide ‘strong security’ education…

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The cyber security information company, BeCyberSure, has been welcomed by the not-for-profit think tank, EEMA, which specialises in identification, privacy, risk management, authentication, cyber security, mobile applications and the Internet of Things (IoT), as its newest member.

It follows an appearance made by BeCyberSure in June at the two-day Trust in the Digital World (TDW) conference in The Hague, hosted by EEMA, TDL and IDnext. The company participated in a seminar which focused on cyber security for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), and provided an opportunity to become involved in initiatives such as Information Security Solutions Europe (ISSE), Trust in the Digital World (TDW) and EEMA’s high-level fireside briefings.

Chairman of EEMA, Jon Shamah, commented: “We’re delighted to welcome BeCyberSure as members of EEMA. The company’s knowledge and expertise in assisting business throughout Europe with regards to their information security strategies makes it an important addition to our expanding network.”


To find out more about EEMA membership, click here 

Two-thirds of UK companies experienced a data breach in last two years, new survey claims…

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According to a recent data security survey commissioned by Infinigate UK and GFI Software, two-thirds of UK companies have reported data breaches within the last two years, with 37 per cent of all attacks found to be made deliberately from within a company.

The survey, which was conducted in April of this year by the technology market research company, Vanson Bourne and consists of responses made by companies with 200-1000 employees across various public sectors, concluded that 54 per cent of respondents agreed a lack of management buy-in is a key challenge for IT security; followed by 48 per cent stating insufficient internal resources and skills.

Furthermore, 43 per cent also revealed budget limitations as a main IT security challenge, with 29 per cent of interviewees claiming challenges also arise due to a shortage of appropriate solutions.


To download the full report, click here

Industry Spotlight: Business as usual for UK police and security firms?

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As a nation, we are still coming to terms with the shocking decision made by the public to leave the EU and, already, police are launching investigations into post-referendum racism acts across the country.

Despite these ignorant acts, senior UK police chiefs have declared its strategy to carry on as normal, even with numerous warnings that the Brexit vote will potentially increase the chances of a terror attack in the UK and similar predictions previously made by the former MI5 chief, Eliza Manningham-Buller and the British Defence Minister, Michael Fallon.

It is clear that senior officers are determined to work closely and productively with their European counterparts; with vice chairman at the National Police Chiefs’ Council and assistant commissioner Martin Hewitt, commenting in a statement: “Ahead of the EU referendum, we stated our need to work closely and at speed with European countries to keep people in the UK safe from organised crime, cyberattack, terrorism or violent offenders. This operational requirement must be maintained as the UK leaves the European Union.”

Although The New York Times has described the country’s decision as ‘weakening the interlocking web of Western institutions and alliances’, the US has confirmed that it will continue its ‘special relationship’ in a phone conversation between the US Defense Secretary, Ash Carter and Fallon.

Even though Carter declared that he would of liked to of seen the UK stay in the EU during a trip to Brussels earlier this month for a NATO ministerial meeting, Pentagon spokesperson, Peter Cook, said that the UK will still play a key part ‘on the global stage’, as well as in Europe and as a member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO).

The chief of Europol, Rob Wainwright, however, warned in a statement on Wednesday 22 before the final vote was cast that Brexit would damage the UK’s ability to tackle crime, claiming the Leave vote “has the potential to harm the UK’s ability to fight terrorism and crime, because of the extent to which police co-operation information systems and other capabilities in the EU have become embedded in the police community and, to a lesser extent, the intelligence community.”

Maxxess launches new security and mobile workforce solutions…

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Visitors and industry professionals in attendance at the annual IFSEC International Show on June 21-23 were the first to view the new workforce security solutions from the US-based security management company, Maxxess.

The first is ambitPulse, a private managed messaging and analytics tool designed to improve employee engagement via dynamic two-way communications to track how colleagues feel about different aspects of work and the workplace.

The company is to extend the reach of its open-systems eFusion security platform with new eMobile solutions that equip operations and security teams to manage real-time events, verify authorisation status and validate procedures remotely via smartphones and mobile devices.

The new suite of eMobile modules for eFusion also includes capabilities such as; managing staff transport with check-in/out features; verifying the number of visitors, deliveries and staff members on a site; and monitoring the movement of personnel on and off site.

Managing director at Maxxess, EMEA, Lee Copeland said: “The ambitPulse and our eMobile solutions will have wide application, from security and operations teams to facilities, HR and senior management across all industry sectors, enabling our customers to maximise protection for people and property while reducing costs, raising return on investment and gaining competitive advantage.”

eFusion claims to be a highly versatile, modular security platform that gives organisations the flexibility to scale business growth. Its open technology software supports more than 50 ‘off-the-shelf’ integrations, and provides the ‘freedom’ to integrate surveillance, access control, and fire and intruder systems from top security suppliers with back office operations at a low cost.

Read more about the product ranges here

Axis Communications introduces three new additions to its M10 portfolio…

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The market leader in providing network video devices, Axis Communications, has announced the introduction of three new additions to its AXIS M10 Series of compact cube surveillance cameras, with the aim of exceeding current overall performance and ease of use.

The three models – AXIS M1065-LW, AXIS M1065-L and AXIS M1045-LW – claim to deliver features including ‘outstanding’ video quality in HDTV 1080p resolution; wide dynamic range (WDR), infrared (IR) light for effective day and night use; and efficient connectivity through existing wireless networks.

Global product manager at Axis Communications, Andres Vigren, commented: “The AXIS M10 Series offers a complete, easy to use camera, out of the box that is ideal for a range of areas – small shops, boutiques, offices, museums, even residences. With these new additions, Axis introduces feature-rich, high-quality cameras that are easy to install and maintain, and that work perfectly within an existing physical infrastructure.”

The AXIS M1065-LW and AXIS M1065-L models include the added bonus of a built-in microphone for recording audio; a speaker that can announce pre-recorded messages; and a PIR motion sensor that detects motion even in the dark and records only when required.

The cameras are scheduled to be available by August 2016 through the company’s distribution channels.

Find out more about the AXIS M10 Series here

Milestone Systems and Nedap form ‘strategic partnership’…

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Enforced by the security market’s general requirement for a seamless integration between systems, the leader in IP video management software, Milestone Systems and security technology company, Nedap have announced the commencement of a ‘strategic partnership’.

By means of this partnership, both sides are committing to a ‘deep integration’ between the Milestone XProtect VMS and AEOS Access Control from Nedap.

As the demand for smarter buildings continues to increase, the need for integration between security systems also has also shown a strong growth, and both parties agree that it is important for facilities and cities with integrated IT-systems for monitoring and control. Thus, both claim that the use of open platform technology has been fundamental in integrating Nedap access control with the Milestone XProtect VMS.

Managing director, security management at Nedap, Sieger Volkers, said: “The best of video management and access control will be combined into a solid, seamlessly integrated security solution. We’re committed to developing a deep integration between our Access Control platform AEOS and XProtect reducing delivery risks and complexity for our mutual partners.”

Industry Spotlight: Consumers growing increasingly fond of smart door lock technology, new report claims…

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With the smart home security technology market expected to be worth an approximate $58.68 billion by the year 2020, according to research from MarketsandMarkets.com, it is evident that the technology, which is primarily used for public and office buildings is transitioning to the home market – in particular, digital locks.

The Smart-Home Security Report 2016: The Growing Market for Smart Door Locks‘ report, which is sponsored by the Swedish lock manufacturer, ASSA ABLOY, analyses the consumer demand for smart-home technology – despite its infancy– by collecting  ‘hundreds’ of responses from potential owners of home-automation products from across Europe, the Middle East and Africa regions.

In relation to access via the installation of digital locks, 50 per cent of respondents would consider ‘remote access’ to be ‘very important, and 87 per cent ‘somewhat important’, and the aesthetic and further functionality testing was also acknowledged with questions and statements such as; ‘what can be offered for disabled people and people with learning disabilities?’; ‘needs to fit common door types and vandal-resistant’; and ‘cyber security has to be the highest level’ were also brought forward as suggestions to researchers.

The report states: “Many survey respondents were excited about the concept of incorporating digital locks into the home. Typical comments include: ‘This would be an amazing addition to any home’; ‘digital locks are the future. With the integration of apps for use with a smartphone they can allow emergency one-time access, which will prove invaluable in both home and commercial settings’; and ‘digital locks are easy to operate and more secure’.”

In addition, with regards to changing access rights to a smart door lock, the difference between both options was very tight, as 23 per cent said they would prefer this functionality via a smartphone/app, and 16 per cent via at the actual device/door. With this said, 61 per cent did state that they want the flexibility of both options.
Download the full White Paper here