During the C-Tech Cyber Security Forum delegates heard from experts who addressed the widespread assumptions of cyber terror, the best defences, preparation and response techniques for the media and broadcasting industry. The likelihood of accelerated attacks going into 2018, is high, delegates heard, with the pace of digital transformation among OTT providers and digital distributors meaning there is lack of understanding around secure procedures and data protection.
There is a threat to media and broadcasting companies on a scale that we have never seen before – Spencer Stephens
Production and Media Technology Expert Spencer Stephens spoke to IBC365 about the impact of cyber security on the broadcasting industry. He said: First of all, accepting and ensuring senior management buy into the fact that the attacks are going to happen is incredibly important.
The pace is increasing, Stephens told IBC365.
We ve seen the availability of so many tools that make it less of a skilled exercise . Whether it s a breach of the CIA tools or whether it is the impact of starting to see malware as a service . Rather than themselves attacking anybody, they become a service offering for people who want to do it.
Stephens, who chaired the inaugural cyber security C-Tech Forum, said: What we are looking at here is an across the board threat to media and broadcasting companies on a scale that we have never seen before. An active defence is critical, he said: There are precedents for how you react at what point do you shoot back ? Cyber warfare is incredibly complicated, anybody who is not prepared for cyber attacks is really not understanding what is going on in the world.
For broadcasters, the potential breach of data and cyber threats can cause irrevocable damage to their reputation as well as legal implications. Stephens explained payment of ransom doesn t mean the hackers will comply with their demands and you could invariably be helping to fund terrorism.
There is a general principle that paying ransom money only inspires more people to do it.
What we learnt from the attack on the post house that led to the comprise of Netflix s Orange is the New Black is that paying the ransom doesn t always work . That content was released anyway, Stephens said.
The media sector is increasingly becoming a target to cyber criminals, DPP Managing Director Mark Harrison told delegates at IBC2017 during the panel discussion Safety in Numbers: Collaborating against cyber attacks . Joined by experts from across the broadcast industry production and supply chain, the resounding statements concluded due diligence must be exerted and common-sense practices need to be executed with complete awareness company-wide.
Arqiva Chief Information Security Officer Denis Onuoha said: Cyber security is the same as health and safety in this day and age. The Digital Production Partnership (DPP) launched at IBC2017 the Committed to Security Programme to help companies apply best security practices across production and broadcast environments. DPP MD Mark Harrison said: As concern about cyber security grows there have been repeated calls for more consistent practice regarding security measures.
But without a common frame of reference, this has been difficult for suppliers . The DPP s Committed to Security Programme establishes such a best practice framework.
No scheme can ever guarantee the removal of all cybersecurity breaches, Harrison said.
But by displaying the DPP Committed to Security logo companies are indicating to their customers that they are addressing cybersecurity in a structured fashion .
This is particularly important in multi-vendor environments where continuous change also requires continuous vigilance.
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A fighter from the Free Syrian Army (Al-Hamza Brigade) is seen looking out in Hazwan town in Aleppo
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Protesters burn an effigy of President Rodrigo Duterte during a day of protest outside the presidential palace in Metro Manila, Philippines
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A crowd of protesters lift up a ballot box outside the Catalan region’s economy ministry building after junior economy minister Josep Maria Jove was arrested by Spanish police during a raid on several government offices, in Barcelona
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Myanmar State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi walks off the stage after delivering a speech to the nation over Rakhine and the Rohingya exodus, in Naypyitaw, Burma
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Rohingya refugees wait for aid packages in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh
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Riot police line up behind their shields following a clash with demonstrators demanding the resignation of congressmen outside the Guatemalan National Congress, in Guatemala City . Guatemala’s congress early this week voted overwhelmingly to reject a UN-backed request to lift the immunity of President Jimmy Morales in order for him to face a corruption probe over irregular party financing
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Members of the International Space Station (ISS) expedition 53/54, US astronauts Joseph Akaba (L) ,Mark Vande Hei (R) and Russia’s cosmonaut Alexander Misurkin attend a sending-off ceremony in the Russian-leased Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan
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A resident pushes his cart as he wades a flooded main street in Manila after a tropical depression locally named “Maring”, hit the eastern town of Mauban before moving northwest across the main island of Luzon and passing just beside Manila
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Soldiers in Japan’s Self-Defence Force prepare for a ceremony for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the Defense Ministry in Tokyo
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A truck of a courier overturned by the storm in Livorno, Italy . The storm has claimed six victims with six others missing . Over 200 mm of rain has fallen causing landslides, mudslides and the flooding of various rivers
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The picture released from North Korea’s official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) shows North Korean residents offering flowers before the statues of Kim Il-Sung and Kim Jong-Il (R) on Mansu Hill in Pyongyang during celebrations of the 69th anniversary of North Korea’s national day
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People gather on a street after an earthquake in Mexico City
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Rohingya refugee children sit in a hut next to the shore after crossing the Bangladesh-Myanmar border by boat through the Bay of Bengal in Teknaf, Bangladesh
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Police patrol the area as Hurricane Irma slams into San Juan, Puerto Rico
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A masked witness points to the police officers suspected of killing 17-year-old Kian delos Santos as she testifies during a senate hearing in Pasay, Metro Manila, Philippines
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(L-R) Brazil’s President Michel Temer, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Chinese President Xi Jinping, South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi pose for a group photo during the BRICS Summit at the Xiamen International Conference and Exhibition Cente rin the Fujian province
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This undated picture released by North Korea’s official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (C) looking at a metal casing with two bulges at an undisclosed location . North Korea has developed a hydrogen bomb which can be loaded into the country’s new intercontinental ballistic missile, the official Korean Central News Agency claimed on 3 September . Questions remain over whether nuclear-armed Pyongyang has successfully miniaturised its weapons, and whether it has a working H-bomb, but KCNA said that leader Kim Jong-Un had inspected such a device at the Nuclear Weapons Institute. Reuters
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A girl looks on as muslims offer prayers during the Eid al-Adha festival in Agartala
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A cyclist looks at a truck flipped into floodwater in Port Arthur, Texas
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People attend prayers for the Muslim holiday of Eid Al-Adha at Istiqlal Mosque in Jakarta, Indonesia
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Marine Corps F-35B fighter jets (front) and South Korean air Force’s F-15K fly over South Korea during a joint military drill
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Pope Francis is greeted by pilgrims as he arrives to lead his Wednesday general audience in Saint Peter’s square at the Vatican
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Retiring paramilitary policemen prepare for a group photo before retirement in Nanjing, Jiangsu province, China
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The sun sets on the playa as approximately 70,000 people from all over the world gathered for the annual Burning Man arts and music festival in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada
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A member of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) tells a Rohingya girl not to come on Bangladesh side . Thousands of people have fled their homes following two days of violence in a deepening crisis in the state of Rakhine in Myanmar . Members of the Muslim Rohingya minority escaped to the border with Bangladesh but Bangladeshi border guards are turning them back. Reuters
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100 newlyweds wearing Han Dynasty style outfits attend a group wedding in Pingdingshan, Henan province of China. Getty
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Protesters block rail tracks during a demonstration of “Ende Gelaende” activists against the open cast Garzweiler brown coal mining near Vanikum, Germany.
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Italian Police use a water cannon as they clash with refugee squatters who had occupied a small square in central Rome
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Thailand’s Patsapong Amsam-ang competes in the men’s pole-vault athletics final of the 29th Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) at the Bukit Jalil national stadium in Kuala Lumpur
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A child reacts after a big wave on a waterfront as Typhoon Hato hits Hong Kong
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Soldiers march during a changing of the Guard at the Mamayev Kurgan World War Two memorial complex and Mother Homeland statue (back) in Volgograd, Russia
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Italian emergency workers rescue a baby (C) after an earthquake hit the popular Italian tourist island of Ischia, off the coast of Naples, causing several buildings to collapse overnight . A magnitude-4.0 earthquake struck the Italian holiday island of Ischia, causing destruction that left two people dead at peak tourist season, authorities said, as rescue workers struggled to free two children from the rubble
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Damage to the portside is visible as the Guided-missile destroyer USS John S . McCain (DDG 56) steers towards Changi naval base in Singapore following a collision with the merchant vessel Alnic MC . The USS John S . McCain was docked at Singapore’s naval base with “significant damage” to its hull after an early morning collision with the Alnic MC as vessels from several nations searched Monday for missing U.S . sailors.
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A protester covers her eyes with a China flag to imply Goddess of Justice during the rally supporting young activists Joshua Wong, Nathan Law and Alex Chow in central in Hong Kong, Hong Kong . Pro-democracy activists Joshua Wong, Nathan Law and Alex Chow were jailed last week after being convicted of unlawful assembly. Getty Images
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An extreme cycling enthusiast performs a stunt with a bicycle before falling into the East Lake in Wuhan, Hubei province, China . This activity, which requires participants to ride their bikes and jump into the lake, attracts many extreme cycling enthusiasts from the city.
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People gather around tributes laid on Las Ramblas near to the scene of yesterday’s terrorist attack in Barcelona, Spain . Fourteen people were killed and dozens injured when a van hit crowds in the Las Ramblas area of Barcelona on Thursday . Spanish police have also killed five suspected terrorists in the town of Cambrils to stop a second terrorist attack. Getty
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Participants take part in Panjat Pinang, a pole climbing contest, as part of festivities marking Indonesia’s 72nd Independence Day on Ancol beach in Jakarta . Panjat Pinang, a tradition dating back to the Dutch colonial days, is one of the most popular traditions for celebrating Indonesia’s Independence Day.
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Demonstrators participate in a march and rally against white supremacy in downtown Philadelphia, Pennsylvania . Demonstrations are being held following clashes between white supremacists and counter-protestors in Charlottesville, Virginia over the weekend . Heather Heyer, 32, was killed in Charlottesville when a car allegedly driven by James Alex Fields Jr . barreled into a crowd of counter-protesters following violence at the Unite the Right rally. Getty
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South Korea protesters hold placards with an illustration of U.S . President Donald Trump during a during a 72nd Liberation Day rally in Seoul, South Korea . Korea was liberated from Japan’s 35-year colonial rule on August 15, 1945 at the end of World War II.
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The Chattrapathi Shivaji Terminus railway station is lit in the colours of India’s flag ahead of the country’s Independence Day in Mumbai . Indian Independence Day is celebrated annually on 15 August, and this year marks 70 years since British India split into two nations Hindu-majority India and Muslim-majority Pakistan and millions were uprooted in one of the largest mass migrations in history
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A demonstrator holds up a picture of Heather Heyer during a demonstration in front of City Hall for victims of the Charlottesville, Virginia tragedy, and against racism in Los Angeles, California, USA . Rallies have been planned across the United States to demonstrate opposition to the violence in Charlottesville
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Jessica Mink (R) embraces Nicole Jones (L) during a vigil for those who were killed and injured when a car plowed into a crowd of anti-fascist counter-demonstrators marching near a downtown shopping area Charlottesville, Virginia
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White nationalists, neo-Nazis and members of the alt-right clash with counter-protesters as they enter Lee Park during the Unite the Right in Charlottesville, Virginia . After clashes with anti-fascist protesters and police the rally was declared an unlawful gathering and people were forced out of Lee Park
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A North Korean flag is seen on top of a tower at the propaganda village of Gijungdong in North Korea, as a South Korean flag flutters in the wind in this picture taken near the border area near the demilitarised zone separating the two Koreas in Paju, South Korea
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A firefighter extinguishes flames as a fire engulfs an informal settlers area beside a river in Manila
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A rally in support of North Korea’s stance against the US, on Kim Il-Sung square in Pyongyang. AFP
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Rocks from the collapsed wall of a hotel building cover a car after an earthquake outside Jiuzhaigou, Sichuan province
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People in Seoul, South Korea walk by a local news program with an image of US President Donald Trump on Wednesday 9 August .
North Korea and the United States traded escalating threats, with Mr Trump threatening Pyongyang with fire and fury like the world has never seen
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A Maasai woman waits in line to vote in Lele, 130 km (80 miles) south of Nairobi, Kenya . Kenyans are going to the polls today to vote in a general election after a tightly-fought presidential race between incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta and main opposition leader Raila Odinga
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Pro-government supporters march in Caracas, Venezuela on 7 August
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Children pray after releasing paper lanterns on the Motoyasu river facing the Atomic Bomb Dome in remembrance of atomic bomb victims on the 72nd anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima, western Japan. REUTERS
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Russian President Vladimir Putin (L), accompanied by defence minister Sergei Shoigu, gestures as he fishes in the remote Tuva region in southern Siberia. AFP/Getty Images
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A family claiming to be from Haiti drag their luggage over the US-Canada border into Canada from Champlain, New York, U.S . August 3, 2017.
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A disabled man prepares to cast his vote at a polling station in Kigali, Rwanda, August 4, 2017
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ATTENTION EDITORS -People carry the body of Yawar Nissar, a suspected militant, who according to local media was killed during a gun battle with Indian security forces at Herpora village, during his funeral in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district August 4, 2017. Reuters
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A general view shows a flooded area in Sakon Nakhon province, Thailand August 4, 2017. Reuters
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A plane landed in Sao Joao Beach, killing two people, in Costa da Caparica, Portugal August 2, 2017
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Hermitage Capital CEO William Browder waits to testify before a continuation of Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., July 27, 2017
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TOPSHOT – Moto taxi driver hold flags of the governing Rwanda Patriotic Front’s at the beginning of a parade in Kigali, on August 02, 2017 .
Incumbent Rwandan President Paul Kagame will close his electoral campaigning ahead of the August 4, presidential elections which he is widely expected to win giving him a third term in office
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TOPSHOT – Migrants wait to be rescued by the Aquarius rescue ship run by non-governmental organisations (NGO) “SOS Mediterranee” and “Medecins Sans Frontieres” (Doctors Without Borders) in the Mediterranean Sea, 30 nautic miles from the Libyan coast, on August 2, 2017. AFP
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Two children hold a placard picturing a plane as they take part in a demonstration in central Athens outside the German embassy with others refugees and migrants to protest against the limitation of reunification of families in Germany, on August 2, 2017. AFP
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Flames erupt as clashes break out while the Constituent Assembly election is being carried out in Caracas, Venezuela, July 30, 2017 . REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins
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People in the village of Gabarpora carry the remains of Akeel Ahmad Bhat, a civilian who according to local media died following clashes after two militants were killed in an encounter with Indian security forces in Hakripora in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district, August 2, 2017 . REUTERS/Danish Ismail
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– Incumbent Rwandan President Paul Kagame gestures as he arrives for the closing rally of the presidential campaign in Kigali, on August 2, 2017 while supporters greet him .
Rwandans go the polls on August 4, 2017 in a presidential election in which strongman Paul Kagame is widely expected to cruise to a third term in office. AFP
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Soldiers of China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) get ready for the military parade to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the foundation of the army at Zhurihe military training base in Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, China. REUTERS
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Cyclists at the start of the first stage of the Tour de Pologne cycling race, over 130km from Krakow’s Main Market Square, Poland
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Israeli border guards keep watch as Palestinian Muslim worshippers pray outside Jerusalem’s old city overlooking the Al-Aqsa mosque compound
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A supporter of Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif passes out after the Supreme Court’s decision to disqualify Sharif in Lahore
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Australian police officers participate in a training scenario called an ‘Armed Offender/Emergency Exercise’ held at an international passenger terminal located on Sydney Harbour
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North Korean soldiers watch the south side as the United Nations Command officials visit after a commemorative ceremony for the 64th anniversary of the Korean armistice at the truce village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) dividing the two Koreas
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Bangladeshi commuters use a rickshaw to cross a flooded street amid heavy rainfall in Dhaka . Bangladesh is experiencing downpours following a depression forming in the Bay of Bengal.
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The Soyuz MS-05 spacecraft for the next International Space Station (ISS) crew of Paolo Nespoli of Italy, Sergey Ryazanskiy of Russia, and Randy Bresnik of the U.S., is transported from an assembling hangar to the launchpad ahead of its upcoming launch, at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Baikonur, Kazakhstan
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A protester shouts at U.S . President Donald Trump as he is removed from his rally with supporters in an arena in Youngstown, Ohio
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Indian supporters of Gorkhaland chant slogans tied with chains during a protest march in capital New Delhi . Eastern India’s hill resort of Darjeeling has been rattled at the height of tourist season after violent clashes broke out between police and hundreds of protesters of the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) a long-simmering separatist movement that has long called for a separate state for ethnic Gorkhas in West Bengal . The GJM wants a new, separate state of “Gorkhaland” carved out of eastern West Bengal state, of which Darjeeling is a part. Sajjad Hussain/AFP/Getty Images
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Demonstrators clash with riot security forces while rallying against Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro’s government in Caracas, Venezuela . The banner on the bridge reads “It will be worth it”
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The Heathcote river as it rises to high levels in Christchurch, New Zealand .
Heavy rain across the South Island in the last 24 hours has caused widespread damage and flooding with Dunedin, Waitaki, Timaru and the wider Otago region declaring a state of emergency. Getty Images
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A mourner prays at a memorial during an event to commemorate the first anniversary of the shooting spree that one year ago left ten people dead, including the shooter in Munich, Germany . One year ago 18-year-old student David S . shot nine people dead and injured four others at and near a McDonalds restaurant and the Olympia Einkaufszentrum shopping center . After a city-wide manhunt that caused mass panic and injuries David S . shot himself in a park . According to police David S., who had dual German and Iranian citizenship, had a history of mental troubles.
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Palestinians react following tear gas that was shot by Israeli forces after Friday prayer on a street outside Jerusalem’s Old City
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Ousted former Thai prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra greets supporters as she arrives at the Supreme Court in Bangkok, Thailand
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Marek Suski of Law and Justice (PiS) (C) party scuffles with Miroslaw Suchon (2nd L) of Modern party (.Nowoczesna) as Michal Szczerba of Civic Platform (PO) (L) party holds up a copy of the Polish Constitution during the parliamentary Commission on Justice and Human Rights voting on the opposition’s amendments to the bill that calls for an overhaul of the Supreme Court in Warsaw
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A firefighter stands near a grass fire as he prepares to defend a home from the Detwiler fire in Mariposa, California
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Michael Lindell ,CEO of My Pillow reacts as U.S . President Donald Trump attends a Made in America roundtable meeting in the East Room of the White House
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Giant pandas lie beside ice blocks at Yangjiaping Zoo in Chongqing, China . Yangjiaping Zoo provided huge ice blocks for giant pandas to help them remove summer heat
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People ride camels in the desert in Dunhuang, China, as stage 10 of The Silkway Rally continues
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17th FINA World Aquatics Championships in Budapest, Hungary . Team North Korea practice under coach supervision
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IAAF World ParaAthletics Championships – London, Britain – July 17, 2017
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Workers check power lines during maintenance work in Laian, in China’s eastern Anhui province
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Russia Kamaz’s driver Dmitry Sotnikov, co-drivers Ruslan Akhmadeev and Ilnur Mustafin compete during the Stage 9 of the Silk Way 2017 between Urumqi and Hami, China
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Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull talks with Special Operations Command soldiers during a visit to the Australian Army’s Holsworthy Barracks in western Sydney
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Men in traditional sailor costumes celebrate after carrying a statue of the El Carmen Virgin, who is worshipped as the patron saint of sailors, into the Mediterranean Sea during a procession in Torremolinos, near Malaga, Spain
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People participate in a protest in front of the Sejm building (the lower house of the Polish parliament) in Warsaw, Poland . The demonstration was organized by Committee for the Defense of Democracy (KOD) . Members and supporters of the KOD and opposition parties protested against changes in the judicial law and the Supreme Court
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People prepare to swim with a portrait of late Chinese Chairman Mao Zedong on the bank of the Yangtze River in Yichang, Hubei province, China to celebrate the 51st anniversary of Chairman Mao swimming in the Yangtze River.
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A woman takes a selfie picture with her mobile phone next to the statue of Omer Halisdemir in Istanbul, in front of a memorial with the names of people killed last year during the failed coup attempt . AFP/Getty Images
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French President Emmanuel Macron gestures next to US President Donald Trump during the annual Bastille Day military parade on the Champs-Elysees avenue in Paris. AFP/Getty Images
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Philippine National Police chief Ronald Bato Dela Rosa holds an M60 machine gun during a Gun and Ammunition show at a mall in Mandaluyong city, metro Manila, Philippines
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Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker embrace before the EU-Ukraine summit in Kiev, Ukraine
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US President Donald Trump (R) and First Lady Melania Trump disembark form Air Force One upon arrival at Paris Orly airport on July 13, 2017, beginning a 24-hour trip that coincides with France’s national day and the 100th anniversary of US involvement in World War I
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Iraqis walk on a damaged street in west Mosul a few days after the government’s announcement of the liberation of the embattled city from Islamic State (IS) group fighters
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Iraqi boys wash a vehicle in west Mosul a few days after the government’s announcement of the liberation of the embattled city from Islamic State (IS) group fighters
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Afghan policeman pour fuel over jerry cans containing confiscated acetic acid before setting it alight on the outskirts of Herat . Some 15,000 liters of acetic acid, often mixed with heroin, were destroyed by counter narcotics police
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Police from the anti-terror squad participate in an anti-terror performance among Acehnese dancers during a ceremony to commemorate the 71st anniversary of the Indonesian police corps in Banda Aceh
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Residents stand amid the debris of their homes which were torn down in the evicted area of the Bukit Duri neighbourhood located on the Ciliwung river banks in Jakarta
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Boys play cricket at a parking lot as it rains in Chandigarh, India
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Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks at the 22nd World Petroleum Congress (WPC) in Istanbul
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New Mongolia’s president Khaltmaa Battulga takes an oath during his inauguration ceremony in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
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US army 1st Division, US air force, US Navy and US Marines, march down the Champs Elysees, with the Arc de Triomphe in the background, in Paris during a rehearsal of the annual Bastille Day military parade
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Participants run ahead of Puerto de San Lorenzo’s fighting bulls during the third bull run of the San Fermin festival in Pamplona, northern Spain .
Each day at 8:00 am hundreds of people race with six bulls, charging along a winding, 848.6-metre (more than half a mile) course through narrow streets to the city’s bull ring, where the animals are killed in a bullfight or corrida, during this festival, immortalised in Ernest Hemingway’s 1926 novel “The Sun Also Rises” and dating back to medieval times and also featuring religious processions, folk dancing, concerts and round-the-clock drinking. AFP/Getty Images
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Iraqi women, who fled the fighting between government forces and Islamic State (IS) group jihadists in the Old City of Mosul, cry as they stand in the city’s western industrial district awaiting to be relocated
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US President Donald Trump arrives for another working session during the G20 summit in Hamburg, northern Germany
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People climb up on a roof to get a view during riots in Hamburg, northern Germany, where leaders of the world’s top economies gather for a G20 summit
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Anti-capitalism activists protest in Hamburg, where leaders of the world s top economies will gather for a G20 summit. AFP/Getty
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A military helicopter rescues people trapped on the roof of the Ministry of Finance by an intense fire in San Salvador
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Donald Trump arrives to deliver a speech at Krasinski Square in Warsaw, Poland.
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A firefighter conducts rescue operations in an area damaged by heavy rain in Asakura, Japan. Reuters
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Crowds gather for the start of the San Fermin festival in Pamplona, Spain. AFP
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A member of the Iraqi security forces runs with his weapon during a fight between Iraqi forces and Islamic State militants in the Old City of Mosul, Iraq.
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A U.S . MGM-140 Army Tactical Missile is fired during the combined military exercise between the U.S . and South Korea against North Korea at an undisclosed location in South Korea
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North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un looks on during the test-fire of inter-continental ballistic missile Hwasong-14
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Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) shakes hands with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping during a signing ceremony following the talks at the Kremlin
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Belarussian servicemen march during a military parade as part of celebrations marking the Independence Day in Minsk, Belarus
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Ambulance cars and fire engines are seen near the site where a coach burst into flames after colliding with a lorry on a motorway near Muenchberg, Germany
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An aerial view shows women swimming in the Yenisei River on a hot summer day, with the air temperature at about 32 degrees Celsius (89.6 degrees Fahrenheit), outside Krasnoyarsk, Siberia, Russia, June 28, 2017
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Protesters demonstrating against the upcoming G20 economic summit ride boats on Inner Alster lake during a protest march in Hamburg, Germany . Hamburg will host the upcoming G20 summit and is expecting heavy protests throughout. Getty Images
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Investigators work at the scene of a car bomb explosion which killed Maxim Shapoval, a high-ranking official involved in military intelligence, in Kiev, Ukraine, June 27, 2017
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Protesters carry a large image of jailed Chinese Nobel Peace laureate Liu Xiaobo as they march during the annual pro-democracy protest in Hong Kong . Thousands joined an annual protest march in Hong Kong, hours after Chinese President Xi Jinping wrapped up his visit to the city by warning against challenges to Beijing’s sovereignty.
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Jockey Andrea Coghe of “Selva” (Forest) parish rides his horse during the first practice for the Palio Horse Race in Siena, Italy June 30, 2017
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A man takes pictures with a phone with a Union Flag casing after Chinese President Xi Jinping (not pictured) inspected troops at the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Hong Kong Garrison as part of events marking the 20th anniversary of the city’s handover from British to Chinese rule, in Hong Kong, China June 30, 2017
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A protester against U.S . President Donald Trump’s limited travel ban, approved by the U.S . Supreme Court, holds a sign next to protesters supporting the ban, in New York City, U.S., June 29, 2017
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Israeli Air Force Efroni T-6 Texan II planes perform at an air show during the graduation of new cadet pilots at Hatzerim base in the Negev desert, near the southern Israeli city of Beer Sheva
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A woman gestures next to people spraying insecticide on a vehicle during a mosquito-control operation led by Ivory Coast’s National Public and Health Institute in Bingerville, near Abidjan where several cases of dengue fever were reported
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A Libyan coast guardsman watches over as illegal immigrants arrive to land in a dinghy during the rescue of 147 people who attempted to reach Europe off the coastal town of Zawiyah, 45 kilometres west of the capital Tripoli, on June 27, 2017 . More than 8,000 migrants have been rescued in waters off Libya during the past 48 hours in difficult weather conditions, Italy’s coastguard said on June 27, 2017
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A man leaves after voting in the Mongolian presidential election at the Erdene Sum Ger (Yurt) polling station in Tuul Valley . Mongolians cast ballots on June 26 to choose between a horse breeder, a judoka and a feng shui master in a presidential election rife with corruption scandals and nationalist rhetoric
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People attend Eid al-Fitr prayers to mark the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan at a play ground in the suburb of Sale, Morocco
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A plain-clothes police officer kicks a member of a group of LGBT rights activist as Turkish police prevent them from going ahead with a Gay Pride annual parade on 25 June 2017 in Istanbul, a day after it was banned by the city governor’s office. AFP/Getty Images
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Pakistan army soldiers stands guard while rescue workers examine the site of an oil tanker explosion at a highway near Bahawalpur, Pakistan .
An overturned oil tanker burst into flames in Pakistan on Sunday, killing more than one hundred people who had rushed to the scene of the highway accident to gather leaking fuel, an official said.
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Rescue workers search for survivors at the site of a landslide that occurred in Xinmo Village, Mao County, Sichuan province, China
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Student activists shout anti martial law slogans during a protest in Manila on June 23, 2017
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A diver performs from the Pont Alexandre III bridge into the River Seine in Paris, France, June 23, 2017 as Paris transforms into a giant Olympic park to celebrate International Olympic Days with a variety of sporting events for the public across the city during two days as the city bids to host the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games
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Debris and smoke are seen after an OV-10 Bronco aircraft released a bomb, during an airstrike, as government troops continue their assault against insurgents from the Maute group, who have taken over parts of Marawi city, Philippines June 23, 2017
On 14 September 2017, at Llandudno Magistrates Court, Mark Pursglove and was found guilty of working without a licence, Rachel Williams for aiding and abetting Mr Pursglove, and Alan Williams was found guilty for providing false information. This is not the first time we have prosecuted Mark Pursglove. In February 2016, Mark Pursglove along with his company, Mark Pursglove Security Limited, pleaded guilty at Holyhead Magistrates Court to supplying unlicensed security operatives and providing false information to the SIA. As a result, we revoked Pursglove s licence to prevent him from working or operating in the private security industry.
This meant Pursglove could not personally carry out any licensable activities; nor could he manage, supervise or be a director of any company supplying security operatives to licensable roles. However, on 25 February 2016, Mark Pursglove formed a new security company called MP Security Services Ltd. It operated from the same offices and provided the same staff to the same contracts. Intelligence sent to us pointed to the fact that Mark Pursglove was the acting director of the new company and the sole shareholder.
We investigated MP Security Services Ltd, and found that Mark Pursglove had visited these customers premises shortly after his conviction, to offer reassurances. He had explained that the new company would continue to supply security operatives and that the terms of the contract would remain the same. He had also stated that he would not be involved in the business. During the investigation, we discovered that Mark Pursglove had listed one of his security guards as a company director without the guard s permission and later appointed a friend, Alan Williams, as a director. He also appointed his partner, Rachel Williams, to undertake a managerial and supervisory role. It became clear that Mark Pursglove was trying to disguise his role in the company.
Our investigators suspected that both appointments were false and requested information from Alan Williams, as he was the named director. He provided this information but the SIA doubted its validity and believed that Mark Pursglove continued to run the company himself. As a result, we gathered further evidence and prosecuted Mark Pursglove, Rachel Williams and Alan Williams. They all pled not guilty; however, all were found guilty.
Mark Pursglove was found guilty of acting as an unlicensed manager or supervisor and of acting as an unlicensed security director. This is a section 3 offence under the Private Security Industry Act (PSIA) 2001. Rachel Williams was found guilty for aiding and abetting Mark Pursglove to commit the above offences. Their sentencing was adjourned and will take place at Caernarfon Magistrates Court on 12 October 2017.
Alan Williams was found guilty of providing false information. He was fined 420 and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of 42 and costs of 2750. Nathan Salmon, the Head of SIA Criminal Investigations, said:
Mark Pursglove continued to operate as a provider of security services despite his previous conviction and knowing full well we had revoked his licence. He tried to disguise his own involvement within the company by using others, placing them in key roles within the company and changing the name of his business. Using individuals as a front will not protect businesses from prosecution; the Private Security Industry Act specifically interprets the role and responsibilities of directors and the SIA will assess personal liability, meaning those guilty of offences cannot hide behind others. This strong conviction highlights the fact that security regulation exists in order to protect those who use contracted security services, as well as the general public.
It also helps to ensure the effectiveness of security businesses that operate within the industry.
- The Security Industry Authority is the organisation responsible for regulating the private security industry in the United Kingdom, reporting to the Home Secretary under the terms of the Private Security Industry Act 2001.
The SIA’s main duties are: the compulsory licensing of individuals undertaking designated activities; and managing the voluntary Approved Contractor Scheme.
- For further information about the Security Industry Authority or to sign up for email updates visit www.sia.homeoffice.gov.uk.