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US kill top Iranian military commander via drone strike

An escalation of a war of words between the US and Iran could bring the entire world to the brink of war following the death of top Iranian military commander General Qasem Soleimani in a targeted attack by a drone strike in the Iraqi capital Baghdad. The drone strike by the US on the general, who was strongly believed to be the second in command of the country, was carried

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CrowdStrike Global Report uncovers organisations paying hacking ransoms

CrowdStrike Inc., a leader in cloud-delivered cyber security endpoint protection, have shared the UK story behind the 2019 CrowdStrike Global Security Attitude Survey, which includes the attitudes and beliefs of those in charge of cybersecurity, and how they fare against today’s sophisticated cyberattacks. Commissioned by CrowdStrike and produced by independent research firm Vanson Bourne, the study surveyed 1,900 senior IT decision-makers and IT security professionals across 11 countries, including 200 respondents in the UK. Attacks

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2019 activities of the CTED/UNODC/IAP Global Initiative on Digital Evidence across borders

During 2019, the Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED), the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), and the International Association of Prosecutors (IAP) co-organized six regional and national workshops around the world about enhancing Cooperation and Strengthening Capacity in Obtaining Digital Evidence from Internet Service Providers (SPs) in Counter-Terrorism and related Organized Crime Cross-Border Investigations. The workshops are within the framework of their joint global initiative on the legal

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New Openow mobile app for SMARTair adds online functionality

The newly updated Openow app now includes Update on Card functionalities, offering additional and powerful features to security managers. Openow is the convenient mobile solution for SMARTair wireless locking systems. Users store their validated digital keys securely in the Openow app. To open a SMARTair lock, they simply tap their phone against its inbuilt RFID reader. An encrypted (https/AES128) Bluetooth connection connects the phone and locking device to quickly validate

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Safetyflex Barriers scoop Product of the Year award for the second year in a row

Coventry-based Safetyflex Barriers landed the Product of the Year award at the Australian Security Industry Awards for its 9-40 Truckstopper Bollard – the first time any company has won the accolade two years in succession. The award marks Safetyflex’s growing presence in Australia after it helped secure one of the busiest railway stations in Sydney and two of Brisbane’s most popular tourist attractions with anti-terrorism bollards, as well as the

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Countering hybrid threats: Council calls for enhanced common action

The Council adopted conclusions which set priorities and guidelines for EU cooperation in the field of countering hybrid threats and enhancing resilience to these threats, building on the progress made in recent years. Hybrid threats refer to a wide range of methods or activities used by hostile state or non-state actors in a coordinated manner in order to target the vulnerabilities of democratic states and institutions, while remaining below the threshold of

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NATO Secretary General holds first meeting with EU High Representative

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg met with the new EU High Representative Josep Borrell at the headquarters of the European External Action Service in Brussels. The meeting took place during Mr Borrell’s first week in office. “This underlines the importance of NATO-EU cooperation,” said the Secretary General. At their meeting in London last week, NATO leaders welcomed the unprecedented progress in NATO-EU cooperation, including to respond to the refugee and

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Cranfield University partners with US Department of Defence to recover WW2 casualties

Academics at Cranfield Forensic Institute (CFI) are working with the US Department of Defence (DOD) as part of a new collaboration to recover and identify service personnel unaccounted for from World War Two. There are thought to be around 72,000 American personnel still unaccounted for from WW2 alone, with around 39,000 deemed to be recoverable. The Defence Prisoner of War/Missing in Action Accounting Agency (DPAA) is collaborating with the team

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Gallagher and Convergint announce global partnership

Global security technology manufacturer, Gallagher, and international service-based system integrator, Convergint Technologies, have announced a partnership that will see them work closely together, particularly across Asia and the United States.  With this partnership, Convergint Technologies joins Gallagher’s exclusive network of certified Channel Partners who deliver innovative security solutions across the globe. Mark Junge, Global General Manager – Security, at Gallagher, said: “Working with Convergint Technologies presents an exciting opportunity for

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Comelit adds home automation to Impact House

Comelit has worked closely with its Gold Partner, MRFS Group at Inspired Living’s flagship Impact House development, to ensure residents in upgraded apartments can experience seamless smart home automation in one all-encompassing solution. Set in Croydon London, Impact House has undergone an extensive programme of redevelopment from a largely vacant office building to create 197 contemporary one and two-bedroom micro-flats and 39 larger one, two and three-bedroom apartments, including four

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