The protection of our critical national infrastructure, including telecommunications, energy, water, distribution and health facilities is always essential, but during global events such as the COVID-19 pandemic we are currently experiencing, security requirements must be reviewed regularly and further systems put in place to protect this infrastructure from risks which previously may not have been considered.
Iceland has become a hub for data centres and cryptocurrency mining operations because cheap energy and low ambient temperatures which make it a low-cost destination. The nation also has a low crime rate. The raids started in December 2017 when three data centres were cracked in December. Another raid took place in January. Icelandic police have arrested 11 people in connection with four raids on data centres that held BitCoin mining equipment.
On the evening of Friday 13th December 2019, thieves stole over £50 million of jewelry and valuables from Tamara Ecclestone's home in London. It is reported that the thieves spent almost an hour in the house undetected after simply climbing over the garden fence.
A carefully planned and audacious heist at a Dresden museum has shocked the world after more than €1 Billion in jewelry, diamonds, art and cultural artifacts were taken in the early hours of Monday 25th November.
The thieves broke into Dresden's Grünes Gewölbe, one of the world's oldest museums, and made off with three priceless' sets of 18th century jewelry. The museum houses one of Europe's largest collection of treasures.
In 2018, police in the Midlands uncovered the biggest burglary gang they'd ever seen. The gang took advantage of the dark winter nights and lax security on homes across the West Midlands, Staffordshire and Gloucestershire. They specifically targeted affluent homes from which they looted over £845,000 of jewellery, watches and cash.
Optical fibre sensors have primarily been developed for the communications industry. As such, their use as vibration sensors inevitably involves compromises that limit their effectiveness as perimeter intrusion detection sensors. In contrast, Detection Technologies VibraTek Plus system was designed purely as an intrusion detection sensor. As such, incorporates features to enhance its effectiveness when deployed in such applications.
A national central bank belongs undoubtedly to one of the most security sensitive sites. We can announce that Detection Technologies' VibraSector perimeter intrusion detection system has been chosen for the protection of a national banknote production facility.
Perimeter intruder detection systems (PIDS) sound expensive, and – unless you are a prison or the military – might have a whiff of excess about them. Hollywood has a lot to answer for this, as many action movies glamorise both the exotic security and the locations that it protects, making them seem out of the reach of mortals.
CCTV systems have improved significantly in recent years. We have seen a cost decrease while the picture quality has increased at the same time. The main challenge for security guards has always been not to miss any intrusions at larger sites while monitoring numerous screens simultaneously.
However, due to the advancements in motion detection in recent years, CCTV is now marketed as a one fits all perimeter security solution. The promise is CCTV can now not only record an intrusion but also detect where an intrusion happens. This article challenges this claim and explains why a perimeter intrusion detection system (PIDS) is a inevitable part in perimeter security.
An effective security system comprises of four elements:
Protection, Detection, Verification & Reaction.
These are the essential principles for effective security on any site, whether it's a small independent business with a single site, or a large multinational corporation with hundreds of locations.