A security firm worker was called out to help protect a home.. . but his van ended up rolling down a neighbour s drive and crashing into a garage and gas pipes. The man, from ADT Fire and Security, had been sent to Layton Close, Offerton, at around 9pm on Monday when it’s believed a burglar alarm went off. But his van rolled down the slope and knocked down the front of a garage also damaging gas pipes.
Joe Graham, who the garage belonged to, was left shocked when his quiet night in front of the TV was interrupted by a loud explosion .
Joe Graham was sitting watching TV when he heard someone smash into his garage
The 34-year-old, whose birthday it was the following day, said: I heard an explosion and thought the boiler had blown up.
I came outside and saw an ADT van and a man saying, I have crashed into your garage do you want to have a look? .
It was hard to process but if it had ripped the gas pipes rather than bent them it could have been a lot worse . I ve not been able to go to work today. Gas workers were called and, with assistance from crews from Offerton Fire Station, isolated the supply to Joe s house. Joe, who works for pensions firm Royal London and lives with his girlfriend, was not injured in the incident.
Luckily nobody was hurt, despite the van damaging gas pipes outside the house
Firefighters were at the scene for just over an hour after being called by the gas company. Steve Johnstone, watch manager at Offerton station, said: We have had a couple of incidents like this you would be surprised how many people crash into buildings.
The main thing was that no one was hurt and there was no gas explosion . They were a bit shaken and shocked but philosophical about it.
In a statement, ADT Fire and Security, based in Manchester, said: We are aware of this incident . Our Engineer followed our health and safety reporting procedure and notified us, and the police, at the time.
“We take the Health, Safety and Welfare of our employees and the public very seriously and also work hard to ensure that any works are carried out with no damage to property.
“We are grateful that there were no serious injuries as a result of this incident and we are investigating fully the circumstances surrounding it . We apologise for any inconvenience and damage caused.
‘By not detecting and investigating these short, surgical, DDoS attacks on their networks, infrastructure organisations could also be leaving their doors wide-open for malware or ransomware attacks, data theft or more serious cyber attacks’ Over a third of national critical infrastructure organisations in the UK (39%) have not completed basic cyber security standards issued by the UK government, according to data revealed under the Freedom of Information Act by Corero Network Security, a provider of real-time DDoS defence solutions. The fact that so many infrastructure organisations have not completed the 10 Steps to Cyber Security programme indicates a lack of cyber resilience within organisations which are critical to the functioning of UK society.
>See also: Ukraine s national postal service suffers 2 day long DDoS attack1 It also suggested that some of these organisations could be liable for fines of up to 17 million, or 4% of global turnover, under the UK government s proposals to implement the EU s Network and Information Systems (NIS) directive, from May 2018. The Freedom of Information requests were sent by Corero, in March 2017, to 338 critical infrastructure organisations in the UK, including fire and rescue services, police forces, ambulance trusts, NHS trusts, energy suppliers and transport organisations.
In total, 163 responses were received, with 63 organisations (39%) admitting to not having completed the 10 Steps programme . Among responses from NHS Trusts, 42% admitted not having completed the programme. >See also: The cyber security industry is losing the cyber war2
Sean Newman, Director of Product Management at Corero, comments: Cyber attacks against national infrastructure have the potential to inflict significant, real-life disruption and prevent access to critical services that are vital to the functioning of our economy and society . These findings suggest that many such organisations are not as cyber resilient as they should be, in the face of growing and sophisticated cyber threats.
Critical infrastructure operators ignoring DDoS threats
Modern Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks represent a serious security and availability challenge for operators of essential services . This is why DDoS protection is highlighted within the government consultation on NIS as a mechanism that critical infrastructure should consider when protecting their services and availability from disruption caused by cyber attacks. But while most people equate DDoS with high-volume attacks, like that against DNS provider Dyn in 2016 that took down large parts of America s internet, the vast majority of today s attacks are actually short and low volume in nature. >See also: The security challenges with the Internet of Things3 In fact, 90% of DDoS attack attempts stopped by Corero during Q1 2017 were less than 30 minutes in duration, and 98% were less than 10Gbps in volume. Due to their small size, these stealth DDoS attacks often go unnoticed by security staff, but they are frequently used by attackers in their efforts to target, map and infiltrate a network. Worryingly, the Freedom of Information data revealed that most UK critical infrastructure organisations (51%) are potentially vulnerable to these attacks, because they do not detect or mitigate short-duration surgical DDoS attacks on their networks. As a result, just 5% of these infrastructure operators admitted to experiencing DDoS attacks on their networks in the past year (to March 2017).
However, if 90% of the DDoS attacks on their networks are also shorter than 30 minutes, as experienced by Corero customers, the real figure could be considerably higher. >See also: Luxembourg state internet infrastructure hacked4 Newman, continues: In the face of a DDoS attack, time is of the essence .
Delays of minutes, tens-of-minutes, or more, before a DDoS attack is mitigated is not sufficient to ensure service availability, and could significantly impact the essential services provided by critical infrastructure organisations. By not detecting and investigating these short, surgical, DDoS attacks on their networks, infrastructure organisations could also be leaving their doors wide-open for malware or ransomware attacks, data theft or more serious cyber attacks . To keep up with the growing sophistication and organisation of well-equipped and well-funded threat actors, it s essential that organisations maintain comprehensive visibility across their networks, to instantly and automatically detect and block any potential DDoS incursions, as they arise.
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Extra police and security teams will begin patrolling Metrolink and the region s buses next week as part of a passenger safety drive. The move comes after KeolisAmey take over the tram network from 2am on Saturday morning after RATP Dev Ltd lost its bid to remain at the helm. And bosses have unveiled plans to introduce 900 extra hours of security support a week with 24 new TravelSafe Officers (TSOs).
TravelSafe, a security team across buses and trams, will be supported by 50 new PCSOs from Monday . They will join a new police sergeant and four new police constables. It follows months of concerning reports of anti-social behaviour on public transport – including the incident in May where a driver was treated in hospital after a brick was thrown through his windscreen from a bridge in Oldham. Chief Supt John O Hare, from Greater Manchester Police, said: The introduction of the TravelSafe PCSOs enhances our existing team, which includes an inspector, sergeant and police constables.
He said the team would be dedicated to ensuring the safety of passengers and dealing with any incidents on the networks. Aline Frantzen, new MD of KeolisAmey Metrolink said one of their key commitments was to enhance safety and security to improve passenger experience. She said: We are looking forward to working with TfGM, our partners and the community to implement our exciting plans for what is already a high-performing network . Our approach will be focused on collaboratively working to keep Greater Manchester moving and growing.
Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester, said he was committed to making Greater Manchester s public transport the safest. He added: I promised to prioritise a greater staffing presence on our public transport in the evenings and early mornings and today we are delivering on that promise. The TravelSafe team uses intelligence and crime data to target patrols at key times and places.
Chief Supt John O’Hare
It s split into four units covering four geographical areas so they can get to grips with their communities. Transport bosses insist crime and anti-social behaviour is relatively rare on buses and trams, with 206m journeys made by bus and 37m by tram in 2016. Matt Kitchen, operations director for Stagecoach Manchester, said it was a great example of how operators, transport bosses and the police are working together to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour.
He said safety was their priority . First Manchester s boss Adrian Worsfold agreed, adding: As a result of the TravelSafe Partnership we have already seen the positive impact that the presence of security officers can bring to our services, as we work together to reduce anti-social behaviour. Coun Andrew Fender, chairman of the TfGM committee, added: These are exciting times for Metrolink and the city-region and I warmly welcome KAM as the Metrolink operator .
Together we will further realise the full potential and benefits of the unprecedented growth and investment we are overseeing in the network.