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The security week: Remote maintenance, Registers, and retirement

Air hair lair. Welcome to this week’s digested security news missive, coming at you direct from the operations room in I4S Towers. Let’s get newsy.

There are a whole bunch of big stories vying for your attention. First metaphorical cab off the rank is Tony Makosinski from Honeywell, who says that some installers are not taking advantage of the opportunity afforded to them by remote maintenance. Find out more by clicking here.

Also this week SMT Online honcho Brian Sims brought us a report on the new plans for a UK Register of Chartered Security Professionals/Practitioners (might have to be a bit more decisive on the naming there, chaps!). Read all about it here.

And the National Security Inspectorate’s chief Andrew White has decided to retire. We’ve got the details, a look back at White’s career, and some industry reaction – all accessible by clicking here.

Knowing what’s popular is great, right? That’s why we are such avid consumers of lists explaining ‘What’s Hot’ (the sun; radiators; an ironmonger’s forge) and ‘What’s Not’ (snow; Pluto; Thatcher). Where would we be without such indicators? Here’s another one: it’s the best read stories on info4security during June 2010. Interesting.

We’ve also got news of some acquisitions by Rentokil Initial; a bit of crystal ball gazing about the future of CCTV; an international view at the SIA’s Stakeholder Conference; and an IFSEC 2010 wrap-up, along with Norbain’s IFSEC competition winners.

The deadline for 2010’s Security Excellence Awards is looming. Looming! Like that loom of doom in the film ‘Wanted’. Not really. That is a ridiculous film. More like some top notch awards offering the possibility of oodles of industry kudos. Enter them! Read more about the whole thing here.

Our Song About Security this week comes from legendary geek rockers They Might Be Giants. I’m insisting that it’s somehow about network security, in order to fit it into this feature.

Here is a child who is learning very quickly about the horrors of ageing. And here is a man who is very frustrated at a shopping mall being closed. He indulges in some bad language, so be warned.

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Technology forum, kudos from Co-op, and robots

Hello – and welcome to another news-packed missive from your friendly security news vendors at info4security.com.

The first item on this week’s news agenda is our very own Technology Leaders’ Forum, organised in association with Veracity. The TLF is a specialist discussion forum which will convene to discuss the future of security. This time around the focus was on security systems and technology. Read the intro here, and then part one, part two, and part three.

Their television ads inform us that the Co-operative Group is ‘good with food’, but they’re also trying to be good with security. That’s why they ran a competition to come up with Big Ideas that they could implement. Find out who won by clicking here.

Jason McCreanney of Keyhole Security dropped by the I4S offices to show us how his Key Cam rapidly deployable surveillance camera could be set up remarkably quickly. Watch the video here.

Don’t forget to enter the Security Excellence Awards. The deadline is soon, and there are plenty of opportunities to win big at these prestigious and exciting awards. There’s kudos aplenty up for grabs! Read more about the whole thing here.

Our Song About Security this week comes from 80s favourites This Mortal Coil (not actually an allusion to a sentient slinky, apparently), who are singing all about sirens. Good work.

For real-time news updates follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/info4security and twitter.com/smtonlineeditor. And get more up to the minute news via our RSS feed.

Here’s a very odd video of a Japanese man with some unique talents/persistence. And to recover from that, here’s a video of a kitten riding around on the back of a tortoise.

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The security week: Stakeholders, IP, and AC/DC

Hi there. It’s time for another weekly dose of security news goodness. Hold onto your laptops. Here we go.

First up is the UK’s Security Industry Authority, and its annual Stakeholder Conference (not a euphemism for a BBQ, more’s the pity). SMT Online honcho Brian Sims was in attendance. Here’s his report on chairman Baroness Henig’s opening presentation; SecuriGroup MD Russel Kerr on working in the private security industry; and Andrew Nicholls on the realities of buying private security services.

This week we’ve also got Jeremy Kimber from Honeywell, who suggests that the real value of IP video is only now just being found – and exploited. Read the story here.

Our old pal The Networker is back this week. This time around he’s on about public sector investment in surveillance. Check it out right here.

RapidVu says its cameras are bing installed in the homes of famous footballers (apparently there is a football tournament of some description going on at present); there’s a profile of PCL Whitehall’s John Legge; and Brian brings us a report from the Security Institute’s Annual Luncheon. It was on a boat.

This week’s Song About Security comes from inveterate rockers AC/DC. They are concerned about the security arrangements in the afterlife. They also played at Download – the metal/hard rock festival secured by Showsec. Read about their work here.

This year’s Security Excellence Awards are considered to be the single greatest awards to win ever in the history of mankind. If you miss out on entering, you’re only fooling yourself. And embarassing your friends and family. You’ve gotta be in it to win it! And so it goes.

For real-time news updates follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/info4security and twitter.com/smtonlineeditor. And get more up to the minute news via our RSS feed.

Here’s a video of some guitar playing superbness to see you through to the weekend.

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The security week: Theresa May, door supervision, and leopards

Welcome to your weekly dose of security informatasticness. It’s mindbending fun. And it’s a delight to be here. Let’s newsletter!

First this week is our round-up of the very best read stories on info4security during May. This was dominated, as you’d imagine, by the news and images coming out of IFSEC. Click here to see what you missed – and find out what others have been reading.

SMT Online honcho Brian Sims has looked into new UK Home Secretary Theresa May’s policing plans. Read the story here.

Then read up on the new licence-linked qualifications for door supervisors; and hear from Luke Martyn at ADT on what small to medium-sized businesses should take into account when tackling their security requirements.

Why not follow that up with some pictures and video of newly hatched rare leopard cubs, caught on an Axis network camera at Tallinn Zoo? They are cute etc.

And top that off by reading an interview with CSL DualCom advertisement star and IFSEC stand representative Hannah Gray – who also happens to be an aspiring pop star. Check out the videos and photos here.

Don’t forget to get your entries in for the 2010 Security Excellence Awards. If you end up being shortlisted, your esteem will rise in the eyes of all of your friends, colleagues, and enemies, resulting in a feeling of goodwill, and immense power.

Our Song About Security this week comes courtesy of sometime Eagle Glenn Frey – and the Beverley Hills Cop soundtrack.

For real-time news updates follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/info4security and twitter.com/smtonlineeditor. And get more up to the minute news via our RSS feed.

And here is a gibbon taunting some tigers. (It’s more amusing with the sound down, unless you’re a fan of zany sound effects.) Also: a great gift idea.

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The security week: Surveillance State, 21CN, babies and knives

Another week of security news wonderment here at I4S – let’s get stuck in.

First up is the debut of our info4security Forums – a regular feature where top industry names gather to discuss the most pressing issues of the day. This first edition focuses on The Surveillance State – Myth or Reality? You can read all about it in three parts – part one, part two, and part three – and download the full audio from the forum, in six sections, from any of those articles.

Alex Carmichael of the BSIA has written exclusively for I4S on the latest updates with 21CN, and the work the trade association is doing to make the transition as smooth as possible for its members.

We’ve got two interesting stories with video content this week. One features CCTV footage of a baby in a pram rolling onto the tracks in front of an approaching train. Scary. The other is a demonstration from PPSS of its new cut, slash and bite protection fabric. The video includes some large blades, but sadly no biting.

There’s advice from The Networker on IP surveillance in extreme conditions; and from Iain Cameron, on remote video monitoring.

Also in the news this week were the boiler thieves foiled by SitexOrbis; Hikvision has debuted on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange; a new worldwide risk management consultancy alliance has been formed; and 4i Security claims that it is “revolutionising the alarms industry”.

This week’s Song About Security comes courtesy of the Cold War Kids, who are actually adults.

You should totally go ahead and enter the 2010 Security Excellence Awards. Go for it. Go on.

For real-time news updates follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/info4security and twitter.com/smtonlineeditor. And get more up to the minute news via our RSS feed.

Here’s a video of a cat rocking out to some guitar. Enjoy.

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The security week: IFSEC, customers and cash

It’s Friday, so it must be time to have a gander at The Security Week. And what a week it’s been, eh chums? Let’s have a little look.

Humungous security industry hoedown and product demonstration party IFSEC 2010 is just 10 days away. Crikey. We’re continuing our unrivalled preview coverage, as you’d expect – head over to our dedicated IFSEC News pages to see what we’ve done so far.

This week we’ve included Honeywell, 2020 Imaging, Hikvision, Navtech Radar, Keeneo, ASL, Tandberg and Clearview, Wavesight, AD Network Video, Promise Technology, Emizon, Videotec, Genie CCTV, Visimetrics, Salto, and Mindtree. Phew. And we’ve got a story about an ADT installation at the LG Arena – part of the NEC, where IFSEC itself takes place! What amazing congruity.

Also this week, our specialist end user channel SMT Online has partnered with Securitas to launch its inaugural Good Customer Award. That’s nice!

G4S Cash Services has renewed its multi-million pound contract with supermarket Morrisons. That oughta keep Richard Hammond’s paychecks safe, thank goodness.

Siemens and the London Borough of Bromley have had a major new outsourced CCTV project go live; a victim of an acid attack has spoken out in favour of CCTV; a new report claims ONVIF members still have a greater market share than those in the PSIA; the National Cyber Security Challenge has been launched; and our old pal The Networker is back, talking about HD CCTV.

Our Song About Security this week comes from one David Bowie. He is reported to be ‘thrilled’ to about his inclusion in this illustrious feature.

For real-time news updates, follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/info4security and twitter.com/smtonlineeditor. And get more up to the minute news via our RSS feed.

Here’s a video of one hamster running in his wheel while another hamster sleeps – in the same wheel. Exciting!

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The security week: Elections, explosions, and volcanoes

Hi there, buddy. The UK general election is fast approaching – it’s like the X Factor for politicians – and we’re continuing our coverage with this piece of CIPD analysis on the economic policies of the main parties. Topical.

Here at I4S we’re big fans of explosions – but only those carried out under carefully controlled conditions, of course. So we couldn’t resist these videos from Wrightstyle, pitting 500kg of TNT against its security glass. You should watch them.

A couple of studies were released this week – one claims that China’s security sector is beginning to make the move to IP; the other says integrators are focusing increasingly on ‘analysis and design’ of security systems. Fascinating.

We also featured the full award-winning essay by Irfan Pandor, who took out the graduate prize in the 2009 ASIS Student Writing Competition. It’s called ‘Leveraging low-cost/low-tech solutions for contemporary security challenges’. Download it here for free.

That volcano in Iceland has been in the news quite a bit recently, huh? Here’s a story about the way it affected some Axis Communications folks. Have a read – and let us know if your travel plans have been disrupted.

Each week, IFSEC 2010 seems to get a little closer. That’s due to the passage of time. And this week, we added a bunch more show preview coverage to the site. There’s information on Synectics, Raytec, Deister, APT, FAAC, Kentec, TDSi, Veracity, and Vicon. And Axxon is offering visitors to its stand the chance to win a VIP Grand Prix package. Details are here.

This week’s Song About Security is the classic Mack the Knife. We’ve opted for the Bobby Darin version. It’s about the scourge of knife crime.

Make sure you head over to Jobs for Security for all the latest security jobs – and to advertise your own vacancies.

For real-time news updates, follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/info4security and twitter.com/smtonlineeditor. And get more up to the minute news via our RSS feed.

This is a video of an octopus making off with a man’s camera as he films underwater.

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The security week: A broker’s view, and airport scanners

Welcome to your weekly injection of security news excitement and wonder, from the online home of all that is wonderful and exciting in the world of security: info4security.com.

Leading us off this week is a special report from Mark Barton, a security industry insurance broker, who gives us the lowdown on just what it is that he does – and the security issues of most interest to insurers. Informative.

Then we’ve got a couple of stories about airport security – human recognition systems in Newcastle, and full body scanners at Heathrow and Manchester.

We also had the news of an Edinburgh security company director fined for failing to provide information. Naughty.

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In other news this week, the UK Home Office has said the security industry is ‘important’ in the counter-terror fight (nice to know); that theft and vandalism top the list of business security fears; and security guarding companies have been urged to go ‘on the offensive’.

Our Song About Security this week comes from Thievery Corporation – literally, a company which steals things. Well, possibly not. But a musical act with a name that suggests anti-security activity, at the very least.

Don’t forget that our special offer from uniformdating.com is still valid – if you’d like to meet someone special who fancies a bit of uniform action (or you fancy some yourself) – also love, companionship etc – then click on this link here and then enter SECURITY10 on the upgrades page to get a £10 discount on any subscription. Nice.

And if you’re in London tonight and in need of entertainment, why not attend this shindig? It looks fun.

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Locksmiths and HMV

Hello, pals! Here’s your daily dose of security newsology. Honk!

According to the Master Locksmiths Association – famous for their ‘lock and key’ parties [not really] – 85 per cent of lock safety advice is unsatisfactory. Bad retail staff!

And we’ve got an exclusive story about HMV’s new ‘non-confrontational’ interview technique to prevent employee fraud. Fab!

There’s also some strong opinion on vehicle and plant theft; Axis lets us know the winners of its service partner programme awards; and Steve Bailey has taken on the employee screening and vetting mantle at G4S.

 In our intruder alarm section we’ve got an application story from Luminite, active in Northern Ireland, as well as Norbain marketing Siemens’ Intrunet E-Line Detector range. Rockin’!

And over on I4S India, the delightful dedicated Indian security news channel, we’ve got Australia studying Commonwealth Games security concerns – and a tightening up for security of scientists following terrorist threats.

Lovely.

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The dangers of photography

Greetings security newsbuddies. A day chock full of informative items etc, so let’s crack on, shall we?

First up is the story of the top photographer who felt the full fury of the anti-terror laws (kind of) – for taking some photos. Yikes.

We’ve also got a couple of stories from the BSIA – there’s one on security as an important investment for UK businesses; and another on Nigerian export opportunities.

In the week that the plight of the environment has been high on the world news agenda, MITIE has launched its CarbonCare programme. Green!

Pub goers are being asked to dob in an unlicensed doorman this festive period; and Flir’s Christiaan Maras asks if thermal cameras can be damaged by solar radiation? It’s possible. It really is!

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(PS: If you’re in London tomorrow night and in need of comedy/music-based entertainment, you should come to this. No particular reason.)

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