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Public-Private Partnerships Drive Secured Cities

The worldwide population levels are growing at a rapid rate and urbanization drives new levels of inhabitants in large cities across the globe. The move from urban areas to cities compels municipalities to evaluate ways to boost efficiency and improve quality of life. With large and complex infrastructures serving millions of people, today’s cities are vulnerable to a wide range of threats such as overcrowding, criminal activity, terrorism and natural disasters. As a result, there is a growing trend toward the creation of citywide public safety programs to better protect people, property and assets.

 

http://www.securityinfowatch.com/article/12098543/collaboration-between-businesses-municipal-leaders-paramount-to-streamlining-response-improving-public-safety

25/08/2015 12:03

Manufacturer 1-on-1: Siklu CEO Itzik Ben-Bassat

With the proliferation of surveillance cameras in both the public and private sector in recent years has also come increased demand for wireless technology to help organizations extend the reach of their video assets. Despite increased access to high-speed internet connections, there remain numerous applications where running cabling infrastructure for cameras is not only costly and impractical, but impossible. For example, there has been a push among numerous transit agencies to implement wireless communications onboard trains and buses to facilitate the offloading of video footage, as well as provide police and security officials with live views of incidents as they unfold.

While there are a handful of well-known providers of wireless communication solutions that have products specifically tailored to meet the demands of the surveillance industry, one recent entrant to the North American market is looking to make waves with a unique approach to the sector. Based in Israel, Siklu offers small, robust wireless radios that leverage millimeter-wave technology. In this “Manufacturer 1-on-1″ interview, Siklu CEO Itzik Ben-Bassat discusses how the company’s technology differs from that of its competitors as well how they intend to meet the demands of the market.

http://www.securityinfowatch.com/article/12105640/siklu-ceo-itzik-ben-bassat-discusses-companys-growth-strategy-in-north-america

21/08/2015 10:22

Are cyber threats the Achilles’ heel of the smart home?

The advent of smart home technology has forever changed the face of the residential alarm industry for the better. Not only are people more connected to their systems than ever before, but it has also breathed new life into the industry in the form of additional recurring revenue opportunities. In fact, a recent report from Research and Markets projects the smart home equipment and services market to grow at between eight to 10 percent year on year for the next five years, reaching an estimated $68 billion by 2018.

However, as with any device that is connected to the internet today, home automation and security systems are vulnerable to myriad threats posed by hackers. There have already been several well-documented cases where people have tapped into connected home products, such as baby monitors and surveillance cameras. But what if instead of just scaring or looking in on people and their children, hackers could lock or unlock doors or change alarm settings? These are just a few of the things malicious actors could do if they were to find and exploit cyber vulnerabilities in connected home products.

http://www.securityinfowatch.com/article/12104429/are-cyber-threats-the-achilles-heel-of-the-smart-home

21/08/2015 10:19

Cheating website subscribers included WH, Congress workers

Hundreds of U.S. government employees ” including some with sensitive jobs in the White House, Congress and law enforcement agencies ” used Internet connections in their federal offices to access and pay membership fees to the cheating website Ashley Madison, The Associated Press has learned.

The AP traced many of the accounts exposed by hackers back to federal workers. They included at least two assistant U.S. attorneys; an information technology administrator in the Executive Office of the President; a division chief, an investigator and a trial attorney in the Justice Department; a government hacker at the Homeland Security Department and another DHS employee who indicated he worked on a U.S. counterterrorism response team.

Few actually paid for their services with their government email accounts. But AP traced their government Internet connections ” logged by the website over five years ” and reviewed their credit-card transactions to identify them. They included workers at more than two dozen Obama administration agencies, including the departments of State, Defense, Justice, Energy, Treasury, Transportation and Homeland Security. Others came from House or Senate computer networks.

The AP is not naming the government subscribers it found because they are not elected officials or accused of a crime.

 

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=11500446

21/08/2015 10:17

SIA opposes proposed changes in GSA pricing policy

A proposed fundamental change in GSA’s pricing policy would adversely impact the security industry, especially its small businesses, according to Jake Parker, SIA’s director of government relations.

The proposed GSA Transactional Data Reporting Rule, the biggest change of its kind in 30 years, Parker said, would affect all GSA contract holders, he told Security Systems News.

It’s all about horizontal price comparison, and SIA is opposing this proposal in its current form, he said.

Instituting such pricing models would be problematic for a number of reasons, Parker said, including item-level price data.

“It would discourage small businesses from participating in GSA contracts,” Parker said, adding that congressional witnesses have said that “estimates of the [new] compliance version are extremely out of touch with the real world.”

 

http://www.securitysystemsnews.com/article/sia-opposes-proposed-changes-gsa-pricing-policy?topic=220

12/08/2015 15:13

ADS expands farther into South Carolina

DS Security, the regional electronic security and automation company headquartered here, has made its second acquisition since June with the purchase of more than 1,000 customer accounts from ProTec Plus Inc. in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

The purchase grows ADS’ South Carolina market to approximately 4,000 accounts and marks the second deal for ADS in that state after it acquired American Burglar and Fire Alarms in Columbia. In all, ADS has more than 80,000 accounts with an RMR of more than $2.4 million.

“We are very consistent [in our acquistion process] and very discplined,” ADS president and CEO John Cerasuolo told Security Systems News.

http://www.securitysystemsnews.com/article/ads-expands-farther-south-carolina?topic=222,240,270,

12/08/2015 15:13

Two Navy SEALS with MBAs seek platform for security company

A news release came across my desk yesterday about Horsemen Partners, a new investment firm run by a couple guys who want to buy a security company as a platform for growth. Let’s just say I’ve seen this kind of news release before, but, this one caught my eye because of these guys’ background: They’re both business school grads and former Navy SEALs.

They’ve got backing to buy a security company, but my question was why security? Why do they want to get into this business?

I spoke to one of Horsemen Partners’ principals, Sam Alaimo. this morning. Alaimo said he and his partner, Mike Lahiff, could have invested in any number of industries, and they did take a close look at some health care-related businesses, but they settled on security for financial and personal reasons.

 

http://www.securitysystemsnews.com/blog/two-navy-seals-mbas-seek-platform-security-company?topic=215,221

12/08/2015 15:12

Universal buys Guardsmark to form largest US-owned guard firm

With the July 28 announcement of its acquisition of guard firm Guardsmark, Universal Protection Service is now the largest U.S.-owned guard firm.

“We are excited about the position it puts us in to gain business with American companies,” Steve Jones, CEO of Universal Services of America, told Security Systems News. Universal Protection Service is a division of Universal Services of America.

Jones believes being the largest American-owned guard firm will be a “real differentiator” for Universal in the U.S. market.

Based in Memphis, Tenn., Guardsmark has more than 125 offices in 400 cities in the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico and the U.K. In addition to guard services, Guardsmark offers risk assessments, executive protection, investigations and background checks. UPS operates in 100 U.S. cities. The combined company will employ 60,000.

 

http://www.securitysystemsnews.com/article/universal-buys-guardsmark-form-largest-us-owned-guard-firm?topic=222,215

12/08/2015 15:11

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Welcome to ASIS New Zealand

Certification - Computer Based Testing Arrives in NZ

Certification candidates in New Zealand can sit their CPP®, PSP® or PCI® examinations at a time that suits them rather than have to wait until the first Saturday of November each year. Candidates must apply online via the ASIS International website and then arrange an appointment with the Prometric test centre in Auckland. See our Certification Page for more details.

 

PSP® Examination Successes

Congratulations to Chapter Member Lincoln Potter who recently achieved the Physical Security Professional (PSP®) certification and  to Chapter Members Ngaire Kelaher, Iain Swan and Peter Wakeling on achieving the Physical Security Professional (PSP®) certification following the examination held on 2 November 2013.

 

ASIS International 61st Annual Seminar and Exhibition - Anaheim, Calafornia

Any members planning on attending the Annual ASIS International Seminar and Exhibition, please let Ngaire know by emailing secretary@asis.org.nz and we’ll put you in touch with each other to see if you can stay in the same hotels etc. Click here to register.

 

Security Professionals’ Register Australasia

The Security Professionals’ Register Australasia (SPR-A) has released its inaugural newsletter. Read more...

 

ASIS New Zealand Committee for 2015

The ASIS New Zealand Chapter held its Annual General Meeting on 9th December 2014 via video conference between Auckland and Wellington. The following were elected as the Executive Committee:

CHAIRMAN

Jeff Brown CPP®

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DEPUTY CHAIRMAN

Scott McNaughton

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SECRETARY

Ngaire Kelaher PSP®

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TREASURER

Lincoln Potter PSP®

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