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UK trade shows ramp up security levels

Extra procedures being implemented at the exhibitions involve increases in security personnel and random bag checks. The move comes as the buying team at US department store Bergdorf Goodman opted not to visit London1 this summer for spring 18 buying appointments, as revealed by Drapers last week . Business will continue through virtual meetings. The decision has resonated with Alison Kilgour, owner of Scottish independents Country Pursuits and Capture Boutique both in Stirling, who said she intended to also do her buying appointments remotely . I know that instilling fear is what they want, but I m not doing Pure, Moda or Scoop as I am worried .

I can do it all remotely and just can t see the value in taking the chance. However the majority of UK-based boutiques Drapers has spoken to said they will continue to visit tradeshows and showrooms in London and the rest of the UK as planned.

We don t have any hesitation to travel at the moment, said Sarah Murray, owner of Edinburgh boutique Jane Davidson, who attends London Fashion Week and Scoop.

I think businesses will massively miss out from not coming to London and seeing the creativity it brings . It s important to be out there and getting on with things. Yvette Davies, owner at womenswear independent Thirty Three Boutique in Lymington, who visits both Pure and Scoop, agrees: You have to carry on . Attacks could happen anywhere but you have to get on with your everyday life .

I always go to Who s Next in Paris and the Paris attacks didn t stop me, so I ll be going to the shows as normal this season. Amy Hall, co-owner at Otford-based womenswear boutique Hall & Co, in Kent, said she will also attend Scoop and Pure London as usual . The terror situation has put people off city centres, but we re not concerned about the current safety level . It won t stop us from going to trade fairs . We ll be carrying on as normal.

Claire Mclennan, co-owner at Monmouth womenswear independent The Square, who visits Pure said: We re definitely going . You ve got to, otherwise you d end up scared of everything and you wouldn t have a business . Of course it s a massive shock when this country is attacked, but I feel safe knowing that security will be there. Trade shows in London and Birmingham have been reviewing security arrangements with their venues ahead of the shows this summer. Nick Cook, industry director at Moda-organiser ITE Moda, said: While there are additional measures in place during all events at the NEC at the moment they won t be of a type which will impact on the experience for our visitors or exhibitors.

Visitors will already be familiar with security measures such as bag checks, which are already in operation at Moda, and there will be additional staff on hand to make sure entry to the event remains as smooth and easy as always.

Similarly bag checks will be introduced at London menswear show Jacket Required . A spokeswoman said: We work with an experienced security company at Jacket Required and are reviewing our security with this team and with the venue . Additional staff and safety measures, including bag checks, will be put in place to ensure additional levels of vigilance at this season s exhibition, whilst remaining sensitive to the visitor and exhibitor experience. Julie Driscoll, portfolio director at Pure London said the safety of attendees is an absolute priority : Like everyone, we very saddened by the recent tragic events in Westminster, Manchester and most recently at London Bridge . We continue to work very closely throughout the year with our venue hosts, the police and specialist advisers to ensure that the most appropriate protective security arrangements are in place .

Our plans are continuously reviewed and updated if necessary. AIS s Indx trade shows, which are based in Solihull, will also involve random bag checks and roaming security throughout the show.

Following the recent attacks in London and Manchester it is only right that we have taken the time to review those existing plans to make sure that we are doing all we can to create a safe and secure environment for our visitors and employees, said a spokeswoman.

Safety is paramount and we have considered our internal procedures, level of resources and emergency plans, and have made changes as appropriate . We have followed the guidance issued by the National Police Chiefs Council and will continue to monitor and review the security arrangements at AIS.

Karen Radley, event director of Scoop said: All Scoop visitors are already met by our security team before walking down to the gallery, but there will be extra vigilance this season including simple bag checks, which will be carried out before buyers enter the show itself.

References

  1. ^ Bergdorf Goodman opted not to visit London (www.drapersonline.com)

Microsoft: We’ll beef up security, admin tools in Windows 10 Creators Edition Fall Update

The next big update to Windows 10 Creators Edition is out in the Fall1 and Redmond is hyping up its security chops and admin tools. For a start, we’re told Windows Defender will be extended from client to Microsoft’s server operating systems . In addition, Redmond is adding Windows Defender Exploit Guard and Application Guard to the security suite and updating its Device Guard and Defender Antivirus software. Exploit Guard is basically Microsoft’s Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit (EMET) security software reworked for the new operating system . Last year Microsoft was forecasting the death of EMET, but now it appears it has listened to advice from its users2 and security experts3 that the code should be retained.

“We love EMET so much we built it fully into Windows 10,” Rob Lefferts, director of the Windows and Devices Group, told The Register. “Everything you could do with EMET you can do with Exploit Guard.”

Exploit Guard will come with new rules designed to detect unauthorized system access, and will take advice from Microsoft’s security center in real time . Redmond even says it will protect against zero day exploits. Application Guard is designed to work with the browser to detect whether local users have downloaded or installed code that they shouldn’t . The new code will lock any infection onto a local machine to stop it spreading, and notify the security team that something has gone seriously amiss.

Device Guard is getting an upgrade and uses whitelisting to keep dodgy software off PCs . Lefferts said that Microsoft is working with developers to constantly update the whitelists and ensure that legitimate code will run without a problem. On the pure antivirus side, IT admins running Defender will get a new security analytics screen that will use data from all Microsoft customers to advise on potential or incoming threats . APIs will also be released so third-party app vendors can use the same information to secure their apps.

Autopilot for Admins

Also new in the update is a suite called Windows Autopilot, which is a set of custom tools for IT admins designed to make their lives easier. In addition to the new security features, Microsoft is augmenting the Autopilot computer setup program that works with Azure and Intune to configure enterprise PC farms . A new Autopilot Reset function lets admins wipe a PC for example if someone leaves the company without wiping out all the settings, just the non-essential local content. Redmond will also begin putting out updates for its mobile device management suite to allow better integration with Windows 10 . The tools will now give regular update progress reports to IT controllers and will add support for Active Directory domain-joined devices .

There’s also support for configuring and locking down kiosks running Windows. A new update to the Windows Analytics package include a category known as Device Health . This scans the PCs on a network, noting bad configurations or missing updates and alerting staff.

Sponsored: How Artificial Intelligence Will Secure the 21st Century4

References

  1. ^ in the Fall (www.theregister.co.uk)
  2. ^ its users (www.theregister.co.uk)
  3. ^ security experts (www.theregister.co.uk)
  4. ^ How Artificial Intelligence Will Secure the 21st Century (go.theregister.com)

Arson attacks on German railways spark security fears ahead of G20 summit

A departure board at the main train station in Dresden, eastern Germany, shows delays in traffic caused by the arson attack | Arno Burgi/AFP via Getty Images

There has been 12 seemingly coordinated incidents of arson nationwide on railroad tracks, police said.

By 1 and 2

6/19/17, 12:49 PM CET

Updated 6/19/17, 1:43 PM CET

Rail traffic in parts of Germany was disrupted after seemingly coordinated arson attacks early this morning on segments of track, sparking security fears in the run-up to the G20 summit in Hamburg next month. Police in the Saxony region of Germany said there were 12 incidents of arson nationwide between 1 a.m . and 4:30 a.m . Monday on railroad tracks of national rail operator Deutsche Bahn. The statement said the police found fire in trackside cabling at each of the incidents and believe they were part of a coordinated plan .

German media cited3 security fears connected to the upcoming G20 meeting. An official at Deutsche Bahn said disruption was ongoing in the Leipzig area and on the track between L beck and Hamburg . Commuter services on Berlin s S-Bahn metro system also were disrupted and a spokesperson could not confirm when the problem would be resolved . Trains on the Cologne-Dortmund route were also disrupted, Deutsche Bahn said, and no services were running on the stretch from Dresden to the Czech border a tight stretch of track frequently used by freight and passenger traffic. The attacks occurred three weeks ahead of the G20 meeting during which world leaders will meet in Hamburg for a two-day summit .

The Saxony police said a link with the G20 summit could not be ruled out. The Operational Center of Defense, which is based in Saxony and handles cases of extremism, is now investigating the incidents in cooperation with Germany s Federal Criminal Police Office. The incident comes a month after Deutsche Bahn was hit by a global malware attack4 that disrupted departure boards across the country.

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References

  1. ^ (www.politico.eu)
  2. ^ (www.politico.eu)
  3. ^ media cited (www.faz.net)
  4. ^ global malware attack (www.politico.eu)