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The security week: Alun John interview, and hard-hitting broadsides

Another week of security news tastes and flavours here at I4S. Let’s tuck in.

First up is Brian Sims’ exclusive interview with Norbain boss Alun John, in which John addresses issues raised in our CCTV End User Survey, and recent CCTV criticisms. He’s making his voice heard. What do you think?

Our intrepid SMT Online editor has also been busy this week at the Security Institute’s annual conference, where he filed a number of reports, including this one on MP Bruce George’s hard-hitting look at regulation; and Andy Williams’ investigations into in-house versus contracted-in manned guarding. Interesting.

Security Installer editor Alan Hyder has also had his nose to the grindstone – in addition to his own SI Editor’s View column, he has brought us the latest instalment of Jon’s Top 5, looking at video analytics; and Gerard Honey’s look at training courses for installers. There’s also a black box for installer vans. Ride on time.

And over on I4S India, editor Verghese Joseph has written about the Indian celebrities most likely to damage your computer, as well as the security preparations for next year’s Commonwealth Games.

This week’s Song About Security comes from faintly ludicrous New Wave of British Heavy Metal titans Judas Priest. Check out the amazing video to ‘Breaking the Law’. Dangerous!

www.info4security.com, www.ifsec.co.uk

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Norbain’s Alun John on CCTV

A big exclusive for I4S today, with SMT Online editor Brian Sims interviewing Norbain honcho Alun John about the current state of CCTV – and the outcome of our recent CCTV End User Survey. The only place you can read the interview is right here. Yep!

Also today the one and only Gerard Honey is talking apprenticeships and training for security installation engineers. Check out his words of wisdom here.

And Mitie has just increased the scope of its work with giant Cable & Wireless. That’s some big buckaroos there.

Elsewhere there’s a hard rockin’ hotel; a look at IT outsourcing, recession-style; and some added security for a listed building. Also, there’s more!

I4S: it’s the world’s most trusted source of delicious and nutritious security information.

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The security week: IFSEC 2009 special

Hello. I am sitting in bed as I type this. Truly. It’s not because the powers that be at I4S Towers have installed bunks and have us working around the clock in some kind of prison-camp style arrangement. No, it’s because security shindig IFSEC 2009 finished up yesterday, and I’m knackered.

As a consequence, our theme this week is ‘relaxation‘.

But it’s been anything but relaxing at the NEC Birmingham this week. And we’ve been there the whole time, diligently covering all the action with assorted high-tech tools and good old-fashioned trudging around and scrawling in notepads.

SMT Online supremo Brian Sims hosted numerous discussion and briefings and high-end talks – but still found time to keep all and sundry updated via the magic of Twitter. Find him at twitter.com/smtonlineeditor.

Security Installer boss Alan Hyder brought us a veritable tsunami of news excitement, including this piece on Norbain honcho Alun John’s observations of the state of the CCTV market, and details of Dedicated Micros’ strategy for the year ahead.

I contributed a techno-splodge of video items and photo galleries. These included bits from Cisco Systems, Samsungs Techwin and Electronics, Axis Communications, and a quick demo of an IFSEC Award-winning product from Concept Smoke Screen.

Speaking of the IFSEC 2009 Security Industry Awards – they happened! Oh yes. Hosted by John Sergeant. We had all the winners first! And a photo gallery of beautiful people. As well as some from the security industry. Ha ha ha. I jest. Or do I? Yes, I do.

We’ll have much more from IFSEC 2009 over the coming days and weeks, so keep coming back to info4security.com for your security news fix, information junkies.

I’m going to continue to have a decent lie down. See you next week. Here are some tigers and pumpkins.

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The return of Norbain – and a lack of panic

A boost for next week’s amazing and wonderful security trade show IFSEC, with the news that major UK distributor Norbain will be returning to exhibit at the event next year. The company’s MD Alun John explained to our own Alan Hyder Norbain’s long term plans a few months ago.

And a new study has found that there was “no mass panic” during the 7/7 London bombings. Which shows that people are generally more sensible and intelligent than movies would have you believe.

Over on our I4S India channel, there are calls for a national security strategy from the country’s premier trade body, Nasscom. Intriguing.

If you’re planning on visiting IFSEC this year, you should definitely visit I4S on stand I20 in Hall 4. You can sign up for exciting and educational newsletters very much like this one – and there’ll be a chance to win an EXCITING PRIZE as well. More details tomorrow. Tantalising!

Skronk: www.info4security.com, www.ifsec.co.uk

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Exclusive Bosch MD interview

News and exclusives galore today on info4security, kicking off with the latest in Security Installer editor Alan Hyder‘s series of incisive and insightful interviews with the movers and shakers in the UK security industry. Following on from his lauded discussion with Alun John of Norbain, this time Alan speaks to Paul Wong, MD of Bosch in the UK, about the state of the industry and what the future holds.

There’s also a piece on the new tougher rules for foreign nationals wishing to work in the UK – this could have a security industry impact, as we saw last year with the SIA’s troubles over illegal workers.

SMT Online editor Brian Sims – a self-confessed heavy metal obsessive – has found an excuse to include Iron Maiden on the pages of I4S once again. This time it’s tied in with Showsec’s work at the Brits. Cheeky.

And in a strange, crazy twist of fate, I4S India editor Verghese Joseph has reported on cyber crime in India – and then Kaspersky Lab has thrust its new crime fighting tool into the public sphere. Uncanny!

Speaking of uncanny, the mysterious magicians behind the IFSEC Conference 2009 have managed to pull several hundred metaphorical rabbits out of the one undersized, tiny hat for this year’s event, with top level speakers and attendees of an unparalleled calibre ready to share their wisdom and knowledge with you. Yes you, specifically. It’s the place to go, even if you are not a fan of overwrought and clumsy segues, such as the one at the start of this paragraph.

OMG this is so cool: www.info4security.com and www.ifsec.co.uk! LOL!!!

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A creative response to ‘the current economic climate’

Economic doom and gloom is the default setting for most news reporting outlets these days. In many ways this is a self-fulfilling prophecy, with bad news predictions being the spur for those in middle management positions to implement cost cutting measures in order to impress their superiors with their budgetary restraint “in the current economic climate”. News outlets report that companies are making cuts, and so the cycle continues.

But! We’re quite interested in the reaction of security firms to the dire world financial situation, and anything unusual or creative is worthy of attention. So we were happy to report today on a new website which allows wholesalers and distributors to auction or sell their excess stock direct to security installers.

In the world of CCTV installation, one firm is reporting that it has seen something of a boost in jobs at high street property letting and estate agents. Is this a general trend?

We’ve also got the low-down on a merger between two East Anglian security companies, which is always heartwarming; a new version of a favourite Siemens access control system; and an access installation from Salto at an educational establishment.

Entirely coincidentally, that last item provides a neat and elegant segue into my plug for the upcoming conference Securing Educational Establishments. It is important, and you’d be a smart operator if you decided to get involved. I’m just saying.

Don’t forget that if you haven’t already done so, you certainly should read our exclusive interviews with former BSIA chief David Dickinson, and Norbain CEO Alun John. They’re newstastic!

For more inspirational and exciting news and that, visit www.info4security.com and www.ifsec.co.uk. Yowsa!

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The security week: Norbain CEO interview – and Wiseberg exits

Welcome to the first Alarmist security week ┬áround-up of 2009. We had a relaxing, relatively stress-free break. We’re now so thrilled to be back in security news excitement mode that this edition – of the world’s best, most informative, amusing and modest weekly security┬áthingo – is bursting at the seams with delicious morsels of security goodness.

First up is Alan Hyder‘s exclusive interview with Norbain CEO Alun John. I don’t normally describe anything as a ‘must-read’, but this is a must-read. You must! Mr John does some true straight-talking about the state of the industry. And respected US security commentator John Honovich has described it as “the best security executive interview I have ever seen“. No foolin’!

In something of a surprise move this week, AD Group board director and immediate past chairman of the BSIA, Adam Wiseberg, announced that he was leaving the company he has worked with for the past 11 years.

We also included a round-up of the top 10 most popular stories on I4S during 2008. The most-read story may come as something of a surprise. Or maybe not! It depends on what you are expecting.

During the holiday break period, SMT Online ran a two-part feature on the current state of the UK’s nuclear security. This is part one, and this, as it turns out, is the second part. Duality!

This week’s Song About Security comes courtesy of fey rockers Placebo. This uniquely ridiculous feature didn’t rest during the yuletide break, either – both the Flaming Lips and The Who made appearances over the festive season.

Love me tender – or love my tender? This week you can do both, or something. Our Job of the Week on security jobs website Jobs for Security is a Tender of the Week. It looks interesting! That’s the sort of crazy, edge-of-the-cliff risk taking that we’re renowned for. Check it out!

Then stop. And think. About education, and its need for establishments, and those establishments’ need for security. Then consider, if you will, the conference Securing Educational Establishments, and how useful and it good it will be. Now write 100 times: ‘I will click on the link in the sentence preceding this one’. Then you can go and play with your friends. You cheeky scamp!

As a special treat, visit www.info4security.com and www.ifsec.co.uk.

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