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[QUICK CHECK] Cyber-Security – A Solution for Small and Medium Sized Companies

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A huge number of small and medium size enterprises are highly successful in their branch. The one major condition to gain success is the deliverance of excellent products and service. A second necessity for an effective market presence, especially nowadays, is the use of a high grade and dependable IT infrastructure. And this second mainstay for every company is threatened by specialised criminals. Criminals aiming on data, know how or the mere disturbing of company operation modes to bring harm as an end in itself.

To fight this thread large companies often rely on international standards as ISO 27000. However, this is unconvertible for many smaller market participants. The goal is, to reach the best effect with an affordable method. The so called IT Quick Check, VdS Schadenverhütung (German provider of security tests and certifications) has developed, is offering a solution that is customised for SMEs.

The Quick Check is an internet tool everyone is invited to use totally free of charge. The interested company or person is asked to answer 39 questions related to the company’s internet environment and security. The results of the questionnaire are presented in a pdf the user may download. Every question is rated – is the given solution already good, acceptable or should it be enhanced – and amended with useful hints and explanations. Of course the data used for the Check is treated strictly confidentially.

➡  Start Quick-Check for Cyber-Security

The Fire Sector Summit 2017

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Join FPA at the leading industry conference for key decision makers and influencers in the fire sector on 10-11 October at Aviva Headquarters, London. This year’s event will feature three streams of workshops: Heritage, FRS Interest and Social Housing.

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CFPA-E Chairman appointed Vice-Chairman of CFPA-I

Jesper Ditlev Administrerende direktør, DBI Jernholmen, Hvidovre

The Confederation of Fire Protection Associations – International (CFPA-I) convened earlier this month for their triennial General Assembly. During the proceedings, representatives from over a dozen nations unanimously elected Mr. Jesper Ditlev of Denmark as Vice-Chairman. Mr. Ditlev had previously served as Treasurer of CFPA-I, and he looks to help lead the organization through a strategic transformation slated to take place during his three year term.

CFPA-I is a leading global fire protection organization bringing together associations from around the world to address the myriad issues in fire and life safety. Mr. Ditlev brings a wealth of experience and knowledge in this area, having spent over twenty years in the industry. Graduating from University of Aalborg in 1990 with a Masters in Civil Engineering, he has become an expert in building technologies, risk assessment, and business development. Mr. Ditlev has risen through the ranks of the Danish Institute of Fire and Security Technology (DBI), and was promoted to CEO in 2009. He has since overseen the continued expansion of the institute, which stands as one of the most important life safety bodies in Europe.

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Mr. Ditlev has played an essential role in CFPA-I for years, while also leading its partner organization CFPA-E. He spearheaded a multi-year transformation of CFPA-E, expanding its membership and streamlining its administration. As CFPA-I Vice-Chairman, he will surely leverage the experience gained through his time at the helm of DBI, and as leader of CFPA-E.

During this year’s General Assembly, Mr. Ditlev helped to unveil the strategic plan for the future of CFPA-I. With a renewed focus on outreach and research, CFPA-I’s administrative operations to Cairo and begin bolstering the organization’s social media presence. The members of CFPA-I welcome Mr. Ditlev’s vision in this time of transition and look forward to reaping the rewards of his leadership in the months to come.

On behalf of CFPA-I, congratulations, Mr. Ditlev. Best of luck in your endeavors.

 

First International VdS Fire Safety and Security Forum in China

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On September 6th, 2017, the first “International VdS Fire Safety and Security Forum” took place in China. The forum was organised and directed around the setting of “China Fire Expo” in Beijing, and focused primarily on topics related to fire safety and security, and first and foremost with decision-makers and disseminators from industry, politics, administration and science.

In his opening address VdS CEO Thomas Urban emphasised the extremely positive development that VdS has seen and taken note of in the Chinese market over the last 10 years. Thus VdS is now widely accepted by many representatives of the Chinese administration and is even required as a safety and security standard in some public tenders. The “International VdS Fire Safety and Security Forum” also provided an excellent platform for informing interested enterprises about the opportunities to enter the Chinese market and to promote dialogue with Chinese policy-makers and business leaders.

More information: www.vds-forum-china.de

The picture shows Lothar Sysk, VdS Chief Representative in China, with the chief magistrate of the province Hubei.

Cooperation: CFPA Europe & CTIF

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CTIF (International association of fire and rescue service) has at their annual meeting in July decided to start with endorsement of CFPA E’s Guidelines. Their “Commission Europe”, with chair Seamus Murphy, will have a important role in reading and reviewing the Guidelines, and at the July meeting they decided the procedure for endorsement.
Already in April this year Insurance Europe started with endorsement of CFPA E’s Guidelines.

Artificial intelligence for tomorrow’s firefighters

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Artificial Intelligence is more than SIRI on your iPhone and computers that can win at Jeopardy. A project where artificial intelligence assists firefighters during a call-out is running in the USA, and offers huge potential.

A firefighter enters a burning building. In addition to his fire-resistant clothing, boots, gloves and helmet, he also has a head-up-display (HUD), which presents key data in his field of vision. Moreover, his clothing is fitted with various sensors that feed the artificial intelligence that follows the firefighter with the firefighter’s position, temperature data, toxic gases and other hazard warnings. The artificial intelligence analyses the data, simultaneously collecting information from different sensors in the building and from databases with technical drawings of the structure. Based on all the data, the artificial intelligence sends instructions to the firefighter via his HUD, enabling him to navigate safely through the building.

Moreover, if there is a group of firefighters who, for example, need to fight the blaze or locate trapped occupants, the artificial intelligence can suggest ways in which the firefighters can work together to successfully perform their task.

AUDREY is here
The above example could actually become reality within a few years, as artificial intelligence is already under development. It – or should we say ‘she’ – is called AUDREY, which is an acronym for ‘Assistant for Understanding Data through Reasoning, Extraction, and sYnthesis’. And the above scenarios are just some examples of where AUDREY can be employed.

AUDREY is the result of a joint project between Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL), which is a part of NASA and administered by the California Institute of Technology (CALTECH), and the Department of Homeland Security in the USA. It is part of a larger project called Next Generation First Responders (NGFR), which will enhance safety for emergency services in the field through supporting and improving their focus and communication.

AUDREY is still at an early stage of development, and was tested last summer when it was fed data from various sensors and delivered recommendations to a mobile unit. And within the next year, AUDREY will be tested in real-life situations.

Firefighters’s guardian angel
AUDREY is based on a range of technological breakthroughs which will make it a possible assistant for tomorrow’s firefighters. For example, it is designed to integrate with the ‘internet of things’, where more and more everyday objects are connected to the internet, for example bathroom scales, underfloor heating systems, lighting, fridges and TVs. Even now, AUDREY is able to find the objects, gather data from their sensors and combine this data with data from the sensors which the firefighters carry as part of their equipment.

– When the firefighters are connected to all the sensors, AUDREY will in effect become their guardian angel. Thanks to the data which the sensors are registering, the firefighters will not, for example, run into a room where the floor is collapsing, says Edward Chow, manager at the JPL Civil Program Office and program manager for AUDREY.

Can observe and learn
Before data can be used, it must be filtered and processed.

– The prevalence of minisensors and ‘the internet of things’ can make a huge difference to first responder safety, how they are connected to one another and their understanding of the situation. However, the huge volumes of data are incomprehensible in their raw form and must be synthesised to usable, targeted information, says John Merrill, project manager for NGFR.

AUDREY can do this as well. It knows the different roles in connection with an emergency operation, and can thus provide relevant information to the right people without drowning all the firefighters connected to AUDREY in information. At the same time, AUDREY observes and learns during a call-out. And once it has acquired enough experience, it will predict which resources will be needed later in the call-out based on how previous incidents have progressed. Like all artificial intelligence, AUDREY is only as good as the data it receives. And the more data there is, the greater the likelihood of it being able to supply useful advice and instructions.

– Most artificial intelligence is rule-based: if x happens, then it does y. But what happens if it only receives some of the information? We use complex reasoning to simulate how people think. This makes it possible for us to provide more useful information to the firefighters than with conventional artificial intelligence, says Edward Chow.

 

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The Exhibition for Risk Prevention and Management

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Expoprotection is the only event in France that brings together top international specialists and the most innovative equipment and solutions, combining conferences and meeting areas. Protecting employees, premises, data and the working environment of companies, local authorities and administrations: these are the objectives that bring suppliers and contractors together every two years at the Expoprotection show in Paris .

Expoprotection covers the two complementary universes dedicated to Risk Prevention and Management

– The Occupational, natural & industrial risks area
– The Security and Firefighting area

Meet us in Paris on November 7th to 9th for 3 days of networking, conferences and innovations.

https://www.expoprotection.com/GB.htm

First International VdS Fire Safety and Security Forum in China

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On Wednesday, 6 September, 2017 , parallel to the China Fire Expo in Beijing, the premiere of the “International VdS Fire Safety and Security Forum in China” is taking place. This event from VdS offers professionals from industry, public authorities, and science a variety of information, impulses and opportunities for exchange on the topic of fire protection and security.
The event aims to introduce you to current developments and the latest insight concerning the topic of safety and security through interesting technical reports and the use of concrete application case studies. At the same time, we will show you how, with VdS you can increase your chances of entering into the market, minimize risks, and save costs. Expand your network and talk to representatives of the Chinese and German governments. The event ends with the celebration of the 10th anniversary of VdS-representative office in Asia.
More information: www.vds-forum-china.de

The picture shows Lothar Sysk, VdS Chief Representative in China, with the chief magistrate of the province Hubei.

Protection against both fire and theft

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Protecting a building against both fire and theft can be a challenge. Security consultants recommend prioritising both types of security, depending on whether or not people are located inside the building.

Fire safety and theft protection are two safety and security objectives that, unfortunately, often work against one another. As safety consultant Maiken Skriver Poulsen explains, when it comes to residential buildings, fire safety is primarily about getting people out of the building, while theft protection involves keeping burglars out.

-If there is a fire, people need to be able to get out without worrying about locks, keys and codes. If a burglar breaks in, on the other hand, we don’t want him to be able to slip out of the front door with all of our property, and that is why it is not easy to protect a building against both fire and theft. If you consider the full picture and make clear choices, though, it is actually possible to do both, says Maiken Skriver Poulsen from the Danish Institute of Fire and Security Technology, DBI.

Are there people in the building or not?
One of the traditional pieces of anti-theft advice is to have a lock on the door that cannot be opened from the inside without a key. It is therefore recommended to avoid thumb-turn locks, as these allow a potential burglar to let himself out with all the stolen goods. If a lock requires a key – and even if the key is left in the lock – it can slow down or create added stress for residents attempting to flee in the event of a fire. That is why Maiken Skriver Poulsen recommends always considering theft protection based on two scenarios: In one scenario, there are people inside the house who may be fast asleep, and in the other scenario the entire family is away from home.

– If the house is empty, there is no reason for having a key in the lock on the inside of the door. Besides, if there is nobody home, it needs to be as difficult as possible for a thief to empty the abode. On the other hand, if there are people inside the house, we recommend leaving the key in the lock on the inside of the door and installing an alarm, Maiken Skriver Poulsen explains, referring to a burglar alarm with motion sensors or a video surveillance system with an alarm.

For businesses, the safety consultant recommends separate security systems depending on whether or not people are found in the building.

Prevention is the best protection
According to Maiken Skriver Poulsen, companies and private citizens should, however, generally implement the most effective means of burglary protection – namely, prevention.

– A survey conducted by the Danish Insurance Association shows that burglars most often break in at the ground level through a window, so this is naturally an area that requires extra attention. The good, old-fashioned tricks are also still effective, such as keeping laundry on the clothes line and rubbish in the bin, says Maiken Skriver Poulsen, and concludes:

– All experiences show that the thief will select houses where it looks like nobody is home. You should therefore always be sure to turn on a light, have cars parked nearby, keep a free line of sight to the house from the street and neighbouring houses, and post clearly visible signs to let people know the alarm is on.

Middle East Fire, Security & Safety Exhibition and Conference

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MEFSEC (Middle East Fire, Security & Safety Exhibition and Conference) is a leading Fire, Safety and Security show scheduled from the 3rd-5th December – 2017; and takes place at Cairo International Convention Centre (CICC) in Egypt. We aim to serve as a powerful business platform for innovations and the latest trends in the fire, safety and security sector. With rising concerns and attention on security measures across the region, MEFSEC’s renewed strategic focus will change the dynamics of the fire and security business.