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Security experts’ advice to protect against keyless car thefts

In the wake of new footage showing a car being stolen by remote access, security experts are urging drivers to take action to protect themselves. The CCTV clip released this week by West Midlands Police shows a Mercedes being stolen from outside its owner s house by thieves using a relay box to fool the car s security systems1. Relay boxes work by picking up signals from a car s key fob and transmitting them to a second box held near the car . The relayed signal fools the car s systems into thinking that the actual key is present and allows the thieves to open and start the car.

Regular remote locking fobs, which require a button press, are not vulnerable to such attacks but the increasingly common keyless entry and start systems, which allow no-touch access to cars are. Richard Billyeald, chief technical officer at security specialists Thatcham Research commented: Keyless entry systems on cars offer convenience to drivers, but can in some situations be exploited by criminals . Concerned drivers should contact their dealer for information and guidance, and follow our simple security steps.

We are working closely with the police and vehicle manufacturers to address this vulnerability. In the wake of the footage, Thatcham Research has issued five tips for drivers worried that their car might be vulnerable to such a theft:

  1. Contact your dealer and talk about the digital features in your car .

    Have there been any software updates you can take advantage of?

  2. Check if your keyless entry fob can be turned off . If it can, and your dealer can also confirm this, then do so overnight.
  3. Store your keys away from household entry points . Keeping your keyless entry fob out of sight is not enough thieves only need to gain proximity to the key to amplify the signal.
  4. Be vigilant . Keep an eye out for suspicious activity in your neighbourhood and report anything unusual to the police.
  5. Review your car security . Check for aftermarket security devices such as Thatcham-approved mechanical locks and trackers, which are proven to deter thieves .

    A list can be found on the Thatcham Research website


  1. ^ thieves using a relay box to fool the car s security systems (

Security Officer – S120

Security Officer - S120

Wilson James is a leading provider of safe, secure, customer-led solutions to more than 300 clients across the UK and Europe. We have been raising standards for 25 years across three core service lines; security, construction logistics and business services. Security Officer

Aberthaw, South Wales Zero hours/relief cover 7.67 per hour

CLOSING DATE: Thursday 9th November 2017 Wilson James are recruiting for a Security Officer for a pan-European energy company who have one of the largest power portfolios in the world. This role is responsible for the delivery of a range of security services that include patrolling, key issue, monitoring of alarms and CCTV, staff welfare, reception and switchboard and the lock up of the Aberthaw estate.

Duties to include (but are not limited to):

  • Maintain a polite, courteous, and friendly manner towards the public, the client, and colleagues
  • Make rounds of inspection at fixed intervals and reports in by means of radio or other devices
  • Monitor and respond to CCTV and Intruder/Access Alarms
  • Prevent the admittance to the premises of unauthorised persons
  • Report damage to perimeter fencing or other property or buildings which compromise security
  • Remain alert and vigilant to activity on the site to ensure risks are minimised through prompt action, end to end investigation and reporting
  • Investigate suspicious persons or vehicles immediately, report to the Supervisor and Police when the situation is perceived an emergency
  • Investigate fire alarm activations as per site procedure
  • Monitor and control access to site during emergency
  • Receive, direct and escort emergency services and other offsite parties
  • Maintain a healthy and safe place of work, ensuring all posts are in a clean and tidy condition at all times

This role requires a good level of computer literacy and excellent communication skills. A valid SIA Security licence is essential, along with a driving license. An SIA CCTV licence and first aid certificate would be desirable.

Job Type: Part-time

Salary: 7.67 /hour

Required licences or certifications:

  • SIA Licence
  • Driving

Security Officer – S120

C-Tech Forum: Cyber security imminent threats and being prepared

C-Tech Forum: Cyber Security Imminent Threats And Being Prepared

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.