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Highland Show appoints new security firm

IT HAS been confirmed that a new contractor will be taking over the 2017’s Royal Highland Show security operation. SHOWSEC has been named as the new organisation a company that claims to be an “award winning event and venue security specialist dedicated to achieving excellence in crowd management”. In business for more than 30 years, SHOWSEC has serviced thousands of events at over 450 venues, managing the safety of over 25 million people at sports, concerts, festivals and public events each year. Following last year’s Highland Show, claims were made on social media that a number of items of properly were stolen from the Young Farmers campsite, and it was alleged that it was the security team, Streamline Security, that had taken them. Some of these allegations included: One young farmer had her phone charging in the cabin next to the security booth . When she returned, her phone and charger had gone . She was told nothing had been handed in and that the lost property box was empty . A guard then rang her phone and she could hear it ringing .

She then saw her phone flash under piles of paper on a desk . Only then, reportedly, was she told that it had been handed in. Laura Cochrane, from central Scotland, dropped her purse on Saturday night at the paint party dance . She checked at the security booth . Five minutes later, a friend got the purse from a guard . It had no cash in it, and when she asked who handed it in, was told it was confidential information . A Lanarkshire young farmer s wallet went missing . It was handed back by a security guard, minus the cash. It was reported on Facebook that while a young farmer was lying in a room within a caravan, a security guard let himself into the caravan and, when challenged, left immediately .

This was reported to the head security guard. At the time, Streamline s managing director, William Hunter, said: I can confirm that a mobile phone was found in the possession of one of Streamline s bar staff . Following an investigation, the staff member was fired and the phone is being returned to the owner . We have passed details of the incident to the police . This is the only incident reported to either ourselves or Police Scotland.” Royal Highland Show manager, David Jackson, also commented in the 2016 show aftermath: These are concerning allegations and we will work with Police Scotland and Streamline Leisure to investigate and take appropriate action. This week, The Scottish Farmer asked the Royal Highland Show’s public relations spokesman if last year’s row was the reason for the change of security provider, but had received no reply at time of going to press.

Microsoft Releases Azure Blueprint To Support UK Government …

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.

Microsoft Releases Azure Blueprint To Support UK Government ...

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.

In other Microsoft news, business communication service Yammer5 has been integrated into Office 365 Groups, enabling users to connect and communicate with colleagues across their organisation.

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.

Microsoft Releases Azure Blueprint To Support UK Government ...

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.

The full rollout of Office 365 Groups will take place in phases, which will connect Office 365 Groups7 with existing non-connected Yammer groups and remaining Office 365 tenants.

You can also look forward to integration with Outlook Calendar as well as greater enhancements to Yammer integration with SharePoint Online and Planner.

Quiz: The history, products and people of Microsoft8

To fully grasp the potential benefits of the Internet of Things, look no further than General Electric . GE is making a big bet on industrial Internet of 9

If you were to stop anyone working at SunTrust and ask them, What is the purpose of your role ? I’d wager that not only would they be able to give 10

Digital transformation is one of the key opportunities in today’s business for CIOs to increase leverage with their internal and external customers .

Digitization 11

References

  1. ^ Microsoft s cloud platform (www.silicon.co.uk)
  2. ^ 14 cloud security principles (www.ncsc.gov.uk)
  3. ^ within their Azure solution (www.silicon.co.uk)
  4. ^ cloud security principles (www.silicon.co.uk)
  5. ^ business communication service Yammer (www.silicon.co.uk)
  6. ^ integration between Yammer and Office 365 (www.silicon.co.uk)
  7. ^ which will connect Office 365 Groups (www.silicon.co.uk)
  8. ^ The history, products and people of Microsoft (www.silicon.co.uk)
  9. ^ (www.trustopen.net)
  10. ^ (www.trustopen.net)
  11. ^ (www.trustopen.net)

Maizi re calls for German security overhaul to counter terrorism

Germany s interior minister has proposed an overhaul of the country s security apparatus, centralising more powers in a contentious response to last month s Berlin terrorist attack1. The reforms put forward by Thomas de Maizi re2 would take power from the regions, replacing their domestic intelligence services with a single national agency . Mr de Maizi re also wants to reinforce the federal criminal investigation bureau, create a real federal police service and give the national government greater authority to remove unsuccessful asylum seekers. The proposal has come under fire from critics who claimed it would undermine a decentralised security structure created in postwar Germany as a response to the Nazi regime. But Mr de Maizi re s plans follow renewed concern that Germany s security network is too fragmented and allows potential terrorists to avoid surveillance, including possibly the chief suspect in the Berlin assault . Germany has also come under pressure from the US and EU partners to improve its domestic intelligence system in the face of Islamist terrorism. Writing in the Frankfurter Allgemeine newspaper on Tuesday, Mr de Maizi re, a close conservative ally of chancellor Angela Merkel, argued that the network needed stronger central control in a world of globalised security threats that required closer co-operation . New reforms are essential to stabilise our country and Europe, he wrote. While not a government policy statement, the minister s full-page declaration is the most comprehensive official reaction to the assault in which a lorry rammed a crowded Berlin Christmas market leaving 12 dead and 49 injured.

The chief suspect, Anis Amri, 24, a Tunisian with a criminal past, fled and was shot dead by Italian police in Milan. The terror group Islamic State claimed responsibility and the German security authorities were criticised3 after it emerged that Amri, a failed asylum seeker awaiting removal, had earlier been under observation because of his radical Islamist links before disappearing from official view. The outrage has come at a critical time for Ms Merkel as she prepares for elections this autumn . Her refugee policies have been attacked from rightwingers in her Christian Democrat party, the Christian Social Union (CDU), its Bavaria-based affiliate, as well as the anti-immigration Alternative for Germany party. In a New Year message Ms Merkel called on Germany to counter Islamist terrorists hatred with humanity . The plans from Mr de Maizi re, a senior CDU figure, suggest she is also ready to toughen security laws to counter security threats and win back support from anxious Germans. Mr de Maizi re s proposals drew criticism from across the political spectrum, not least from within the Christian Democrats, where regional leaders bristle at any hint of losing power to Berlin.

Peter Beuth, the CDU interior minister in Hessen, denounced the proposals as nonsense , saying: Rush jobs of this kind not only undermine the citizens trust in the state; they also put the whole federal security structure into question. Ulla Jelpke, an interior affairs expert with Die Linke, the leftwing party, said the plans were a frontal assault on federal principles that were designed to block the central concentration of power after the Nazis. The Social Democrat party, which is in coalition with Ms Merkel and would have to agree any new laws, has criticised the CDU and CSU for concentrating exclusively on sharpening laws . Sigmar Gabriel, the party leader, called on Tuesday for a strengthening of the internal cohesion of society , for example by better integrating minorities although he also backed limited security measures. Mr de Maizi re proposed on Tuesday that the federal government take full control of deportation, responding to evidence that left-leaning regions, such as Hamburg, remove far fewer people than conservative administrations, such as Bavaria . Failed asylum seekers would be detained in the run-up to their planned deportation to prevent them disappearing. Mr Gabriel has ruled this out .

But he backed a narrower plan for failed asylum seekers classified as Gef hrder a radical Islamist who it is thought could carry out a terror attack to be detained before removal.

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References

  1. ^ Berlin terrorist attack (www.ft.com)
  2. ^ Thomas de Maizi re (www.ft.com)
  3. ^ German security authorities were criticised (www.ft.com)