Security fears have been raised after it emerged that the gate of Parliament were left unmanned and open in the immediate wake of Wednesday’s terror attack. The footage, captured by The Times1, shows the aftermath of the assault on New Palace Yard in which PC Keith Palmer2 was stabbed to death. As armed officers swarm the forecourt, having shot dead terrorist Khalid Masood3, the imposing iron gate that allows vehicles to enter can be seen wide open.
No police officers are visible guarding the entry point, known as Carriage Gates, fuelling concern the attack might have been worse had Masood been followed by accomplices. Pedestrians are shown walking past and at one stage a courier on a moped appears to enter unchallenged. Yards away, separate footage showed Theresa May being rushed from the building and into a waiting car.
Although the gate was open for a matter of minutes, critics will use the brief security lapse to rebuke claims on Friday by Scotland Yard’s anti-terror chief that current arrangements were “proportionate”. Mark Rowley said that procedures for guarding Parliament had been designed so they were not “overly intrusive”.
“Our current arrangements have been developed with Parliament over many years and are designed to provide access to the seat of our government balanced with security that is proportionate but not overly intrusive,” he said. Parliament’s main entrance has two sets of large metal gates allowing vehicles to go in and out of the estate and they have traditionally been left open during the day.
A pair of smaller, makeshift gates was introduced more recently with two police officers at each to check passes and allow cyclists, cars and delivery drivers to come and go. Just inside the entrance gate, armed police are usually present and an unarmed officer sits in a booth by the exit. Electronic ramps are depressed and barriers lifted further into the courtyard after passes are checked using handheld machines which flash up with a picture of the passholder.
More police, some armed, are usually present after the final checkpoint. Wednesday s murderous rampage at Westminster left five people dead, including the attacker . Many more were injured.
On Tuesday 7 March 2017 Christopher David Price pleaded guilty at Cardiff and Vale Magistrates Court, for the offence of working as a Door Supervisor without an SIA licence. He also plead to being in possession of a false document (purported to be an SIA Licence). In June 2016, our investigations officer, accompanied by the Police, checked venues including a bar in Cardiff as part of a night time economy operation. The officers observed Christopher David Price at WOW Bar on Churchill Way in Cardiff, working on the door with what appeared to be an SIA licence. Our investigator checked Price s alleged licence.
Although the photograph looked like Price, it was a laminated paper photocopy intended to look like an SIA Licence. When checked on our Register of Licence Holders (ROLH), it was established Christopher Price did not hold an SIA licence. Price was removed from the door supervisory duties at the venue. After further investigation, it became evident that Price had worked as an unlicensed door supervisor at WOW on 6 earlier occasions, using false SIA licence details.
Price pleaded guilty to working without a licence on 7 occasions, contrary to Section 3 of the Private Security Industry Act 2001. He also pleaded guilty to using a false document which purported to be a SIA Licence, an offence under the Forgery and Counterfeiting Act 1981. In sentencing, the Magistrates questioned whether Price would have continued with the unlicensed work had he not been caught using the false document. He added that door supervision was an important and responsible job that required the necessary training, which Price had not undertaken.
Price received a custodial sentence of 12 weeks, suspended for 12 months and was sentenced to 100 hours unpaid community work. He was also ordered to pay 1000 in costs and a victim surcharge of 115. Nathan Salmon, our Investigations Manager, said:
The SIA robustly regulates the security industry and will seek to prosecute those who chose to ignore the legislation in place. Christopher Price was not licensed to work as a door supervisor, and yet he knowingly used a false SIA licence on a number of occasions. He deceived the company who employed him, and the general public who frequented the premises, by pretending that he was a licensed individual. Security regulation exists in order to protect those who use contracted security services, not to mention the general public. This is highlighted by the guilty pleas entered by the defendant in this case, and the stiff sentencing that resulted from his fraudulent behaviour.
- 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.
Microsoft says its Azure Blueprint for the UK Government s Cloud Security Principles will provide the highest level of security for cloud services. Azure Blueprint for the UK Government details how services built on Microsoft s cloud platform1 implement the 14 cloud security principles2 published by the UK s National Cyber Security Centre, which include practices around data governance, authentication and operational security.
The Azure Blueprint UK Government Customer Responsibilities Matrix outlines how Azure implements security controls designed to satisfy each security principle and assists customers in understanding how they may implement safeguards within their Azure solution3 to fulfill the requirements of each principle where they hold a responsibility, said Matt Rathbun, chief information security officer for Azure Government. Microsoft has also released a Blueprint compliance architecture ARM (Azure Resource Manager) template on GitHub, which provides a baseline from which customers can build secure environments in line with the cloud security principles4.
When users create a new group in Yammer it will automatically be part of the Office 365 Groups environment, providing a OneNote notebook, Planner for task management, a SharePoint Online site and a document library.
All shared resources can be access directly from Yammer by all group members, with group membership queries based on Azure Active Directory attributes such as role, location and manager.
This integration between Yammer and Office 3656 Groups affects customers who have enforced Office 365 identity in their networks, and have only one Yammer network associated with their Office 365 tenant, added Connie Woo, product marketing manager at Yammer.
You can also look forward to integration with Outlook Calendar as well as greater enhancements to Yammer integration with SharePoint Online and Planner.
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