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Locks and Security News: your weekly locks and security industry newsletter
19th December 2012 Issue no. 149

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International News

Turkish Locksmith exhibition Istanbul

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Lockdecoders have kindly sent us some photos from the annual Turkish Locksmith exhibition they attended in Istanbul.

Held from the 23rd to the 25th November, Peter Southern says: "What a well turned out exhibition it proved to be! I think about 800 people attended and we were there for the first time with our new Turkish Distributor Severn Security Systems.

Emerging security trends For 2013

The year saw a huge upsurge in the amount of online hacking. Cyber attacks in some form or another were practically a monthly occurrence. In fact, Venture Beat called 2012 a 'big, bad year for online security breaches', citing high-profile companies such as AOL, LinkedIn, Google and Yahoo as falling victim to hacking attacks that have exploited their customers' private information.

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IT security firm to create 100 jobs

An IT security firm is to create 100 jobs at a new operations centre in Dublin. Mandiant is opening a security and engineering centre to develop products to fight cyber attacks.

Ireland Jobs Minister Richard Bruton said: "Today's announcement that Mandiant, a specialist company in the fast-growing IT security sector, is establishing operations in Ireland with the creation of 100 high-end jobs is great news."

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New business management tool will improve locksmith business processes

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Secure Assure, the IT Business Services and Project Management specialist has launched a new product for businesses which aims to improve business efficiency.

UAP TradeLocks Ireland Open Day a great success

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UAP TradeLocks opened their doors on Sunday 25th November to welcome customers to their new offices in Dundalk, Ireland.

Hotel door lock firm Onity offering security fix

The firm that makes door locks with a well-publicised security vulnerability has said it is offering a fix. Onity makes locks for hotel rooms around the world, but a hacker revealed in July that a security flaw meant burglars could easily access the code to unlock them.

The company has been sharply criticised for taking five months to get to even this point.

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Securitas USA to provide interactive remote video monitoring security service

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Milestone Systems' XProtect video management software (VMS) and Razberi Technologies' storage servers have been chosen as the solution to power a hosted monitoring service offered nationwide by Securitas Security Services USA, Inc. The monitoring centers using these combined technologies will be manned by Iverify Inc.

Hotel burglars suspected of exploiting lock security bug

Burglars seem to be exploiting a bug in widely used electronic door locks to steal from hotels. The bug was first publicised at a hacker conference in July, showing how a simple electronic device could unlock doors in seconds.

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Lockdecoders show in Ireland

Lockdecoders tell us that their one day show in ireland over the weekend proved to be a success despite the last minute change of venue.

"We had 15 visitors on the day who we were able to spend quality time with", says Peter Southern. "And we sold a couple of machines."


ESCAR (Embedded Security in Cars) is the world's leading conference on all aspects of IT security in vehicles and has been running since 2003.

Simple-minded spies: Belgian State Security employees overshare information on Facebook and LinkedIn

You'd never catch James Bond or Jason Bourne doing this, I'm sure: dimwits working for Belgium's State Security Service are reportedly sharing the name of their employer on social networking sites.

A report in local newspaper De Standaard says Belgian State Security officials and politicians charged with overseeing the civilian intelligence agency have already expressed concerns over the LinkedIn and Facebook profiles of certain employees.

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When things go wrong, if ever there's a week in which you cannot say, "Oh well, it's not the end of the world, is it?" It's this one!

And I was so looking forward to Christmas! If the planet does blow up on Friday, not only will it spoil my weekend - but I've only just paid my credit cards! Mayan calendars aside, there's lot of stuff to look forward to in 2013, including our two annual events, the Locksmiths' Exhibition in March, and the Auto Locksmiths Expo (ALEX) in the autumn. Our sister magazine is out now and will keep you from getting bored with the endless TV repeats after Christmas lunch! Meanwhile, this will be the final broadcast of 2012 and we look forward to seeing you again in January.

All the best. 

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This Week's News

Christmas message from the magazine and shows

Almost 200 people have registered on the www.lockexpo.co.uk site - over 100 in the last week!

This will allow them to print off or download the QR entry code and to update their details. It also means that future shows, including ALEX next October. All you will need to do is log in and request your QR code. A one time registration for all future shows! Just a quick login for each show and it's done. The login will also give you access to other things like booking training etc.

If you have not registered DO IT NOW before you forget - you know it makes sense.

Licensing of CCTV and access control contractors by Ireland's PSA commences

by Paul Cunneen, President of the Associated Locksmiths of Ireland (ALOI).

This is a new law that forbids any contractors in from operating within the Republic Of Ireland, in the Access control or CCTV sectors without a PSA (Government) licence. This will also affect UK companies from operating in the Rep. Of Ireland, and would be extremely difficult for these companies to obtain the licence. Part of the licence requirements are a valid Irish C2 (Tax clearance certificate) for each and every director in the company, Irish Gardai vetting certificate (Police vetting and certificate). UK CRB check is not acceptable (as any offence in Ireland must be checked as part thereof).

Business premises inspection, compliance with Irish standards for Alarm and monitoring on your premises (Certification

Lockdecoders competition winner's trip to Korea

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I still remember the first moment I was advised of the Lock Decoders competition around a year ago, and my first thoughts were: It sounds great but with many competitions there was very little chance of actually winning.

Several months passed and out of the blue, Peter phoned to let me know SKS and another company were leading the competition. Even though SKS are the UK's largest key cutting equipment supplier, I found this intriguing as to this point the Miracle A5 machine was generally selling itself with not much effort. I then thought if SKS can be joint leaders at this moment in time, there is a good chance of us winning the competition.

Assessing Gluteal Hardness in Uniformed Security Guards

The following is an article from the Annals of Improbable Research.

by Peter Freundlich, The Peter Freundlich Institute New York City

The author of this study has often been an object of intense study by Uniformed Private Security Guards. In response, he has spent much time in turn studying them and their behavior. Here is the fruit of that study. Read it, and you will have a clear understanding of the concept of Gluteal Hardness.

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Cybercrime No. 1 fear for commerce

Cybercrimes have become the No. 1 worry of publicly traded U.S. companies, in terms of potential litigation and financial losses, according to a recent survey of the Chubb Group. Fully, 63 percent of the respondents said they were most concerned with losing customer or employee data through an electronic security breach.

In an article in PC Advisor an insurance company data breach that exposed 1.1 million people to identity fraud exemplifies the kind of cybercrime that companies increasingly fear will land them in civil court.

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Holyrood pays out more than £7000 in compensation for cars damaged by pop-up security barriers

The parliament said there had been five separate incidents when the barrier system - installed at a cost of £250,000 - had caused damage to vehicles. And other problems with the barriers mean they have been out of action almost one day in ten this year, reports The Scotsman.

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Data bill: what's the right balance between security and liberty online?

asks David Shariatmadari of Guardian.co.uk

The communications data bill is causing friction in the coalition. What powers should the government have to track internet use?
Deputy prime minister Nick Clegg has told Theresa May, the home secretary, that she needs to "go back to the drawing board" on the "snooper's charter."

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Event Security Operations NOS out for Consultation

The Standards Development team at Skills for Security has been working with representatives from Event Security companies to develop new National Occupational Standards (NOS) for this growing sector.

A Career in 8 Weeks: trained and licensed security staff for your company

Mercury Training Services, in partnership with Skills for Security and JobCentre Plus, is offering funded security training for new entrants into the industry who are currently unemployed. It covers security guarding, CCTV, door supervision and conflict management and includes:

Security Training Malpractice

The Security Industry Authority (SIA) has issued a Press Statement (NR2712) announcing the withdrawal of 1001 training certificates following their investigation into allegations of training malpractice, in partnership with Awarding Organisation HABC.

Fireco's door solution at University of London

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Fireco Ltd. has recently supplied and fitted automatic door operators for use at the University of London's College Hall undergraduate hall of residence to help ease disabled access in a number of locations, including the reception area, dining hall and laundry.

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