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Locks and Security News: your weekly locks and security industry newsletter
9th January 2013 Issue no. 150

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International News

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

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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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.

Welcome to


Read by industry professionals nationwide - and beyond


Here we are once again, at the start of another year. It may well be gloomy today where you are and times aren't easy either. But the world didn't end on the 21st December and it ain't going to end any time soon. In the meantime we each have to look at how we can best survive tough times. One way is to stay positive and remind ourselves that security is one of those basic essentials that none of us can do without. And before you know it, the Locksmiths' Exhibition, the only annual specialised trade show for locksmiths, will be opening its doors once more. This show is a must-see event for any locksmith for the bargains to be had there, and over the coming weeks we'll be telling you about some of them. Or you could consider, like Securikey (who we feature below) taking a stand - but be quick - space is very limited now and we might not be able to fit you in!

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This Week's News

Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games security cost up 200%

The security budget for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games has more than trebled to £90m. The Scottish government said additional costs have been identified following a review of the 2012 London Olympics.

It will add £37.7m to the current £27.2m budget, with an extra £25.1m coming from the contingency budget.

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Yale gets a handle on TS007 standards

* Platinum-Chrome-HS.jpgYale has launched a new Premium door handle developed to TS007 2 star standards, completing its "good, better, best" offering to locksmiths within the replacement PVCu furniture market.

TS007 is a standard developed in response to concerns over cylinder attacks and is endorsed by BSI, with compliant products carrying the trusted British Kitemark.

Weston-super-Mare Grand Pier fire: Alarm firm negligent

An alarm company was negligent over a fire which devastated Weston-super-Mare's pier pavilion in July 2008, a judge has ruled. The judge at Bristol Mercantile Court found a high degree of negligence from security firm System 2 Security, which has since gone into administration.

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Many bank security guards in Pakistan linked to terror groups

That the terrorism economy is fuelled by theft, robbery and ransom has been suspected for long. A recent intelligence report, however, lends credence to the theory. Thirty incidents of bank robberies took place across Punjab over the past 11 months, with dacoits taking away Rs394 million, according to figures from the Punjab police. In some of these incidents, the bank's security guards had links with the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and other banned outfits, reveals an intelligence report available with The Express Tribune.

The major loophole, the report highlights, is the lack of security clearance of guards deployed by private security firms at banks. During the course of investigation of some cases, it was discovered that most of the security guards involved were resi

Securikey to show brand new security solutions at the Locksmiths' Exhibition

* Securikey-Stand.jpgSecurikey, a leading supplier of Cash Safes, Fire Safes, Key Cabinets and other Physical Security Products, is exhibiting two brand new security solutions at Stands 17 and 17a of the 2013 Locksmiths' Exhibition, held at the East Midlands Conference Centre, Nottingham. The event, which takes place from 2nd-3rd March, is the only annual show for locksmiths and brings together a wide range of exhibitors within the locks and security sector.

Global Automatics onboard at Stansted Airport

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Karen Campbell joins the Securefast group

Karen-Campbell_142.jpgKaren Campbell has joined the Securefast Group as Business Development Manager working closely with the sales team to develop new markets and supply routes for the group. Karen has a wealth of experience in the security market, working in both the installer and wholesale sectors.

Portable DVR integrated into webeye alarm monitoring solution

* PIV586405.jpgVDT Direct, a leading developer of rapid deployment video security solutions, has announced that the DV COP Cell portable DVR system has been successfully integrated into WebEye, the recently launched cloud-based alarm monitoring software. This market leading event-driven DVR is used by most of the UK's police forces and delivers evidential quality images for most of UK police forces in wide range of asset protection and flytipping applications.

The DV Cop Cell is part of the Memocam Series of security solutions and is designed for rapid deployment at an affordable cost. It connects to any standard analogue CCTV camera and, when triggered by an event, captures a programmable series of digitised still images which are recorded on a removable SD card with a capacity of up to 4GB. Alarms ca

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News in Brief

Virgin Media Business has warned that companies need to have clear policies on the use of personal devices at work, as research shows just over half of IT networks had their security breached last year due to employees using personal devices in the workplace.

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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.

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:

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