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British military bases hit by two security breaches a DAY as number of incidents soars

British military bases suffer a shocking 15 security breaches every week, the Ministry of Defence has admitted. There were 373 physical incidents at Army sites last year, with another 214 at Royal Navy stations, official figures revealed. Security breaches at RAF bases climbed from 19 in 2015 to 87 last year – a surge of 358%.

Authorities recorded almost 1,300 incidents at UK Armed Forces sites in just two years, soaring from 486 in 2015 to 806 in 2016.

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Lib Dem leader Tim Farron said: These figures for security breaches should raise alarm, particularly in the security atmosphere we are currently living through.

The breaches came after cuts to the Ministry of Defence Police budget (file photo)

This is a massive spike these security breaches; these are a major national security risk.

The Government need to come forward with a plan to change this.

But more than that, defence ministers need to assure the public, Forces personnel and their families that they are taking this incredibly seriously. Incidents at Army bases rose from 322 to 373, while breaches at the Defence Equipment and Support trebled from 26 to 78. Breaches at Royal Navy stations rose from 88 to 214.

Worryingly, there were 44 physical incidents – about four a month – at Joint Forces Command in Hertfordshire and Permanent Joint Headquarters at Northwood. There were just 19 in 2015. The Defence Infrastructure Organisation was the only section to notice a fall in the number of breaches over 12 months, dropping from 11 to nine.

Lib Dem leader Tim Farron warned: “This is a massive spike”

There was a single breach at head office and corporate services in both 2015 and 2016. The figures were revealed by Defence Minister Mark Lancaster following written Commons questions. Meanwhile, the Tories have slashed the number of officers in all branches of Armed Forces police, and cut the Ministry of Defence Police s budget.

The strength of the Royal Air Force Police fell from 1,479 to 1,160 between April 2010 and December 2016. The Royal Military Police manpower was sliced from 1,701 regulars to 1,529, while Royal Navy Police numbers dropped from 334 to 284. The Ministry of Defence Police s budget was sliced from 182.5million to 136.5million.

The Mirror told last May1 of a surge in trespassing incidents on military bases following the police cuts.

Stats showed there were just eight unauthorised entries to UK military sites in 2009, the last full year of a Labour government.

By 2015, they had rocketed to 45.

The 25 unauthorised entries in 2014 included trespass at Faslane Naval Base in Scotland, home to the Navy s four Vanguard submarines, which patrol the seas armed with Trident2 nuclear missiles.


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IBM’s Watson turns hand to security with Watson for Cyber Security

IBM's Watson Turns Hand To Security With Watson For Cyber Security

IBM’s Watson turns hand to security with Watson for Cyber Security

IBM has announced the availability of Watson for Cyber Security after, it claims, spending more than a year training its in-house artificial intelligence technology to recognise potentially dangerous threats. The company claims that Watson for Cyber Security has been “trained on the language of cyber security”, ingesting more than one million security documents in order to help security analysts comprehend the information they need to do their work every day. Watson for Cyber Security will be integrated into IBM’s new Cognitive SOC security operations centre platform . The platform will combine cognitive understanding with an ability to read and respond to threats across endpoints, such as PCs, networks, users and even software running in the cloud.

The key element, claims IBM, is IBM Qradar Advisor with Watson, which taps Watson’s database of security knowledge and correlates that with threats being churned out from the platform . Early adopters include Avnet, Sopra Steria and the University of New Brunswick.

“Today’s sophisticated cybersecurity threats attack on multiple fronts to conceal their activities, and our security analysts face the difficult task of pinpointing these attacks amongst a massive sea of security-related data,” said Sean Valcamp, chief information security officer at Avnet. He continued: “Watson makes concealment efforts more difficult by quickly analysing multiple streams of data and comparing them with the latest security attack intelligence to provide a more complete picture of the threat.

“Watson also generates reports on these threats in a matter of minutes, which greatly speeds the time between detecting a potential event and my security team’s ability to respond accordingly.”

Like Dynatrace just last week1, IBM is also planning to introduce a voice powered assistant, called Havyn, that will respond to verbal commands and natural language queries from security analysts. The Havyn project connects to Watson APIs, and uses BlueMix and IBM Cloud to provide real-time response to verbal requests and commands, accessing data from open-source security intelligence, including IBM X-Force Exchange, as well as client-specific historic data and their security tools.

Cognitive computing tools – artificial intelligence or quasi-AI that can provide an interpretation layer, and correlate threats against databases of information, including security blogs, specialist websites, research papers and other sources – are relatively new in security. According to IBM, only seven per cent of security pros today use cognitive tools today, but that number will triple in just two or three years. To extend Cognitive SOC to endpoints, IBM Security has also announced a new endpoint detection and response (EDR) solution, called IBM BigFix Detect .

This is intended to help organisations gain greater visibility into the constantly changing endpoint threat landscape, while bridging the gap between malicious behaviour detection and remediation.

Mobile Patrol Officer/E573/83899/1

Mobile Patrol Officer/E573/83899/1Job Introduction
We now have an exciting opportunity for a Mobile Patrol Officer to join the G4S Secure Solutions (UK) team in the Watford area.

Main Responsibilities Presenting at all times, a smart, alert, visible and commanding security presence at the premises of our clients
Conducting shift handover procedures at the start and end of each shift to ensure all matters of concern or note occurring during a shift are passed on for the purposes of service and incident management continuity
Writing complete and accurate handover and incident reports and taking appropriate action as required on all reports passed to you at the commencement or during a duty shift
Ensuring the safety and security of our clients buildings and assets by carrying out all duties in full adherence with the Site Assignment Instructions
Driving a liveried company vehicle to provide site opening & closing, scheduled patrols and response to alarms at customer premises in line with the standard operating procedures The Ideal Candidate

Prior experience of working as a Mobile Patrol Officer in the Security Industry
A valid front line SIA License or current certificate of completion of SIA frontline training
A clean driving license To be considered for employment with G4S in this role you must be able to meet the following minimum requirements: Unrestricted right to work full time in the UK for a minimum period of 12 months
Be fluent in spoken and written English
Have a five year checkable employment history or be able to produce documentary evidence of any period of unemployment, self- employment or full and part time education during that period
Have prior work experience gained within a service environment or within the Armed Services, Police or other emergency services.
Possess a Full UK Driving License

G4S is a FTSE 100 Company and the world’s leading provider of security solutions, with operations in over 100 countries Worldwide. G4S Secure Solutions (UK) Limited is one of the largest Business units in the G4S Group and the largest Security Services Company in the UK, with an annual turnover of approximately 440m and employing 20,000 people. Our success depends on the commitment of our employees to providing excellent customer service to all internal as well as external customers. G4S is a global company with a diverse employee team and we welcome applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity.

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