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Australia centralises national security agencies amid heightened threat

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said on Tuesday Australia’s domestic security bodies, including the police and the national spy agency, will be centralised under a single minister as Canberra tackles the rising threat of “lone wolf” attacks.

Oversight of the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation and the police force had previously been the responsibility of three government officials but would now be handled by Immigration Minister Peter Dutton, Turnbull said, under a model similar to that used by the British Home Office.

Turnbull said the centralised model would ensure greater coordination between Australia’s security agencies.

The national security overhaul came as Australia, a staunch ally of the United States, reshapes its counter-terrorism response after a series of lone-wolf attacks and heightened fear of attacks by home-grown militants returning from fighting in the Middle East.

“Our security environment is being shaped by changes in our region and beyond,” Turnbull told reporters in Canberra.

“It is being shaped by the very real threat of home-grown terrorism that is increased with the spread of global Islamist terrorism,” he said.

The Cabinet shake-up came a day after Turnbull said Australia’s military would be more readily deployed to respond to “terrorist incidents” at home.

Under those proposed law changes, state and territory governments would be able to call for military help at any time after a “terror incident” has been declared .

Previously, the military could only be called upon once police concluded they could no longer deal with an incident.

Australia’s domestic security policies have come under close scrutiny since a lone gunman staged a 16-hour siege at a Sydney cafe in December 2014, during which two hostages were killed.

A coronial inquiry found in May that police failed to respond quickly enough to end the siege, which has been described as Australia’s deadliest incident inspired by Islamic State extremists .

The gunman, who was killed by police, had no direct ties to the militant group.

Reporting by Colin Packham; Editing by Paul Tait

Exclusive: Cyber Startup Awake Security Debuts with $31 Million in Funding

In stealth mode for the past two years, the cybersecurity startup Awake Security is now ready for its public debut.

Based in Mountain View, Calif., Awake’s founding team includes alumni of several tech and cybersecurity mainstays, including HP (hpe)1, CipherCloud, Cylance, FireEye (feye)2, McAfee (mfe)3, RSA, and VMware (vmw)4 . The company, which has done no press outside of a brief mention of its existence in Forbes in April5, is using big data and machine learning to help corporate security teams defend their networks.

Awake was incubated within the venture capital firm Greylock Partners by Michael Callahan, Awake’s cofounder and CEO and former Greylock entrepreneur in residence . Callahan previously served as cofounder and chief technology officer of PolyServe a big data infrastructure company that sold to HP6 in 2007 for an undisclosed sum, which Fortune has been told was in the 9-figure ballpark.

In addition to $8.7 million in initial funding from Greylock, Awake raised a second round of $22.5 million from Bain Capital Ventures at the end of last year .

The company’s total funding comes to $31.2 million to date.

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Awake, now about 35-people strong, has developed an analytics product that parses network traffic and builds behavioral models of the activity within organizations . The tech is designed to be used within security operations centers, where companies manage their digital defenses, to help alert-fatigued teams more readily identify, investigate, and hunt for threats.

“We’re supercharging the ability of analysts to answer the questions they need to answer every day,” Callahan tells Fortune. “When you install this thing it’s like turning the lights on all the creepy crawlies taking advantage of the dark are now suddenly visible.”

Awake’s technology has drawn comparisons to that of the British cybersecurity firm Darktrace, which raised $75 million in funding8 for its AI-powered approach to security last week, as Fortune first reported . The tech also bears similarities to products made by cybersecurity startups Protectwise and Vectra Networks.

Read more: Ex-Cylance Tech Chief Starts New Company9

“They give you a timeline view, almost like a movie playing out with different scenes,” says Asheem Chandna, the partner at Greylock who led the deal and has joined the company’s board . That feature is useful for investigators who pore over digital records to determine the extent of a breach.

Indeed, catering to investigators is one of Awake’s top priorities . Gary Golomb, a veteran investigator who led a probe into network intrusions that targeted the presidential campaigns10 of former President Barack Obama and Senator John McCain in 2008, helped design the product.

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Golomb, an ex-Marine, was one of the earliest employees at Cylance11, a cybersecurity startup privately valued at $1 billion, and prior to that was a top researcher at NetWitness, a network forensics firm acquired by RSA . He now hold the unconventional title of “chief security operations center whisperer” at Awake.

While developing its product, Awake worked alongside more than a dozen corporate security teams and had conversations with more than 200 security pros . One partner was the retailer the Gap.

” We are continuously looking at the latest techniques and technologies for rapid threat detection and response,” Richard Noguera, chief information security officer at the Gap12, said in a statement provided to Fortune. Noguera added that being able to provide feedback to Awake during the design process was “a truly refreshing approach.”

Enrique Salem, managing director at Bain Capital Ventures, former Symantec13 (symc)14 CEO, and FireEye board chairman, has joined Awake’s board after leading its second round of fundraising .

Salem previously worked with Callahan at the search engine company Ask Jeeves in decades past.

Salem told Fortune that his decision to invest, aside from being a vote of confidence in Callahan, was due to Awake’s aim of alleviating two problems that have plagued the cybersecurity industry .

The first is alert fatigue, in which security teams are inundated with a deluge of notifications, and the second is a persistent talent shortage.

Awake’s founding team also includes Keith Amidon, vice president of networking, who formerly served as director of engineering at VMWare, and Debabrata Dash, vice president of analytics, who formerly headed engineering at CipherCloud.


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Relief Security Officer- Belfast

Relief Security Officer- Belfast

Relief Security Officer Belfast Hours: Days / Nights / Weekends Hourly Rate: Site Dependent however in the region of 7.50 per hour

Corps Security is the leading specialist security solutions provider and is one of the most respected companies in the UK market. Since our establishment in 1859, Corps Security has been committed to treating its people well, and this means we offer some of the most attractive pay and benefits in the industry and have some of the best staff retention levels. Diversity is important to Corps Security, we believe that each individual has unique talents to contribute to the business. We believe that creating an inclusive environment in which individuals are valued is fundamental to our business success and we are committed to working towards achieving this. Corps Security is currently recruiting for a SIA Licenced Relief Security Officer to cover the Belfast and surrounding areas . As a Relief Security Officer you will be trained and required to work at a number of our clients premises to assist us with holiday and sickness cover.

Job purpose: To provide security and support duties in a professional and courteous manner in line with both the client requirements and Corps Security s policies and procedures. Duties include:

  • Liaise on a daily basis with staff + the client and operational management teams.
  • Support the fulfilment of the contracted/business objectives, through the range of duty assignments which will involve security and support duties.
  • Monitoring on-site CCTV.
  • Contribute as a team member to ensure the safety and a positive customer experience for all visitors.

This role is hands on and will require involvement in issues on an hourly/daily basis.

Experience required:

  • Excellent communication skills and a strong customer focus.
  • Must hold a valid Door Supervision SIA front line licence
  • 5 year checkable work/career history. All applicants will be vetted in line with industry standards.
  • Full DVLA and own reliable transport – due to site locations and start / finish times.

Company benefits: Corps Security also offers a range of industry leading benefits, including:

  • Paid Holidays
  • Company Sick Pay Scheme
  • Full company uniform (Paid for by Corps Security)
  • Paid SIA License renewals
  • Pension Scheme
  • Pension Contributions scheme to help towards contribution saving
  • Travel mileage scheme to help towards work travel expenses
  • Award Winning Training Opportunity
  • Recruitment Bonus Scheme
  • New Business Lead Scheme
  • Employee Assistance Programme

Corps Security adheres to the principles of Equal Employment Opportunities ( EEO ) benefits both the Company and its employees. EEO assists employees to develop to their full employment potential while the Company benefits from having a diverse and enthusiastic workforce.

If you wish to apply for this exciting role, please forward your CV and covering letter.

Job Type: Full-time

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Relief Security Officer- Belfast