Acknowledging The Maritime Cyber Security Threat

Maritime Cyber Security is a growing concern.Cyber security is one of the hot topics on this blog. There’s hardly a day goes by without a new development in this extremely fast moving sector.

As cyber criminals develop new ways of attacking our systems and stealing our data the industry must respond. However, as we know, the industry is experiencing a cyber skills shortage. We’re struggling to meet the massive demand for cyber security services.

As digital technology enters almost every aspect of our lives, the need for better cyber security in all industries is becoming crucial. We’ve written before about maritime security and the opportunities available for manned security aboard shipping. Now, maritime cyber security is becoming a new niche job market.

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Think Small For Big Fire Protection Opportunities

A row of fire extinguishers illustrating the fact that fire protection offers big opportunities.We’ve just been through a long, hard recession but it now seems like business is picking up. While many people are still struggling with the cost of living, for the security industry, there are definite grounds for optimism.

As other businesses start to grow, their security needs increase, and one thing they shouldn’t be scrimping on is fire protection. There is also a robust regulatory framework to ensure businesses protect staff, customers and property.

There are big fire protection opportunities out there. Now is the time for savvy fire equipment installation companies to gain business, as there are definitely a growing number of companies out there that will need to expand their fire safety provision.

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Cyber Essentials Award Hopes To Help Combat The Cyber Threat

Cyber Essentials: a new scheme to keep businesses cyber secure.Cyber security is a major concern, and recent problems like the much-publicised Heartbleed virus are bringing the issue more and more into the mainstream.

With so much business being done online these days, there’s a real worry that the hackers and cyber criminals could get the better of things. That’s why it’s important to do business with companies who take their cyber security seriously.

Cyber Essentials to help reassure consumers

To help consumers with this, the new Cyber Essentials award has just been launched. It’s a certification scheme to help businesses show people they’ve got robust measures in place to tackle the cyber threat. Continue reading

Internet Of Things Security Must Get Serious

Internet of things security needs to up its game.The ‘internet of things’ has quickly become one of the hot topics in consumer electronics and the development of ‘smart homes’. Linking up real-world devices to the internet, from home heating systems to things like heart rate monitors for runners and cyclists, is now a reality and their use is growing at breakneck pace.

It’s been predicted that there will be something like 30 billion internet-connected objects as soon as 2020. Clearly there’s no stopping the internet of things but what about the risks of internet of things security breaches?

As we become ever more connected, the amount information that internet-enabled devices hold about us becomes ever greater. This of course means there are more opportunities for security lapses and for cyber thieves to get hold of our data for their own personal gain.

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Body armour: Which is best for maritime security?

Choosing the right body armour is imperative to staying safe in a maritime security role.Body armour is one way a maritime security officer (MSO) can protect themselves from the dangers they will regularly face at sea. As we identified recently in our blog about maritime security company Blue Border Holdings, an MSO will spend a lot of time in high risk areas of the ocean and must know how to protect themselves effectively.

This week, body armour supplier SafeGuard Armour introduce us to the basics of ballistic plate body armour and how to go about choosing the best body armour for you.

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Reducing False Intruder Alarms – A Security Industry Success Story

False intruder alarms can be a real headacheFalse alarms can be a big problem for the security industry. We’ve talked before about how the industry is tackling the problem of false fire alarms and this week we’re looking at the issue of false intruder alarms.

In fact, although it’s still an issue, the industry has actually succeeded in reducing the number of false intruder alarms by about a half in the last 20 years or so.

Incredibly, back in 1995, each intruder alarm system generated on average 1.36 false alarms a year, causing a big headache – literally and practically – for home and business owners and the police and security industry alike. However, in a large part thanks to the security industry working closer with the police to tackle this, the figure is down to just 0.10 false intruder alarms per system a year.

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Meet A Maritime Security Company: Blue Border Holdings

Maritime_Security_companyBlue Border Holdings Ltd. are a maritime security company and one of the latest recruiters to join the JobSecurity network. They are advertising security vacancies via our specialist security job board right now!

Based in Malta, Blue Border Holdings operate elite maritime security and close protection services, providing training in firearms and anti-piracy as well as onboard protection for merchant vessels throughout what is known as the “High Risk Area”.

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New CCTV Code of Practice Set To Benefit UK Security Industry

The new CCTV code The security industry never stays still as it responds to new threats and embraces the very latest technology. We’re often highlighting innovative new security solutions but also like to keep abreast of how the law relates to the security industry and how we can work in a reputable and ethical way.

We’ve come a long way in the UK security industry and now have robust regulations in most sectors. For example, the Security Industry Authority (SIA), and particular its licensing scheme, has gone a long way in making manned security a much more professional and respected sector.

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Identifying Growth Markets In UK Security Exports

UK Security ExportsThe British security industry has an excellent reputation around the world, and we are justly renowned for our innovation and expertise in this sector.

Despite this, you may be surprised to hear that UK security exports only make up for about 4% of the total worldwide security exports market. So how can we increase exports and boost British security businesses?

Well there are strong signs of growth in some areas where you might be least expecting it. For example, the British Security Industry Association (BSIA) is reporting increased interest and demand from Russian buyers.

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Bringing Biometric Palm Vein Scanners Into The Mainstream

Palm vein scanners in actionBiometric security recognition was once the stuff of the movies, but is now becoming much more widespread. Biometric passports are now a standard option for new UK passports, and physical devices like fingerprint readers and retina scanners – while not a day-to-day sight – are becoming increasingly used in high-security settings.

One of the reasons biometric recognition isn’t yet more widely adopted, though, is because the technology is still developing. Security boffins are still working out how to best get a reliable scan that can be then quickly processed into an output that can, for example, open access points quickly and efficiently. And that’s where the increased interest in palm vein scanners comes in.

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