Category: NW Security

Blog posts and articles concerning NW’s IP security solutions arm, NW Systems.

GDPR and compliance: what does it mean to an Academy Trust?

image of classroom and data protectionWith the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) recently reporting a 40% growth in data security incidents in the education sector1, it comes as no surprise that regulation is also increasing. The topic of compliance is rising up the agenda for senior leadership and operational management professionals, and top of the agenda should be the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) – due to come into force on 25th May 2018.

The GDPR contains requirements pertinent to the education sector, outlining how organisations should process and safeguard Personally Identifiable Information (PII). This includes ensuring data breaches are reported to relevant authorities within 72 hours and policies to secure data portability. The new regulation is expected to not only simplify the complex regulatory environment, but to ensure adequate protection of student, staff and stakeholder data.

See the 8-point compliance and best-practice checklist in our education security white paper

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The key to the crown jewels; why supply chain security is essential under GDPR

Why supply chain security is essential under GDPRData breaches have shifted from being a rare occurrence to an almost daily challenge for businesses across the UK. In today’s climate of insecurity, industry giants across multiple sectors have been affected, ranging from Tesco and TalkTalk, to as of this month, The AA. While media attention is often focused on high-profile organisations, the security threat is affecting all parts of the supply chain, with almost two thirds of businesses in the UK reporting a cyberattack or breach in 2015/16. To help manage the growing threat, the UK Government introduced the Cyber Essentials scheme, a set of best practice security recommendations to minimise the risk of cyber-attack.

Security is rising up the agenda for many organisations and an area currently under scrutiny is the use of third-party systems. The use of poorly-secured endpoints, ranging from IoT devices to poorly manufactured or installed CCTV technology is still common, providing backdoor access to a company’s network for any given attacker. In an environment where a company’s data represents its crown jewels, businesses must ask themselves whether they can really afford to trust an unknown party in their business. Are the systems and processes in place to avoid letting an unsecured third-party supplier into their supply chain, or are they exposing themselves to unnecessary and significant risk – operational, reputational and financial in nature?

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A changing regulatory landscape: safeguarding in education

Understanding the latest regulations applicable to the use of security systems in educationManaging the pressures of safeguarding in education is no easy task. With a growing number of pupils in the system, funding cuts, occurrences of crime, and pressures to make greater use of advanced technology, senior leaders already face a series of challenges in maintaining or improving student safety and security. A number of facilities have integrated advanced security systems such as CCTV in schools and access control in colleges to help ease the burden of keeping people and assets secure. With the capabilities of this technology increasing, and adoption continuing to rise, the regulatory landscape is evolving to match, with bodies such as the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) and ATL, The Education Union updating guidance relating to surveillance technologies.

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Crime in education: Are ageing security systems keeping up with the threat?

Crime in education: Are ageing security systems keeping up with the threat?With the recent news that close to 1,400 weapons were seized in UK schools over the last year , representing a year-on-year rise of 20 per cent, it is clear security remains high on the agenda for leaders in the education sector. While many organisations have sought to effectively manage this risk with the use of advanced security systems such as CCTV and access control, the practice has also introduced questions as to how effective these systems are, and whether institutions are adhering to best practice set out by professional bodies such as the NUT and NAHT, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) and the Department for Education.

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Security: A need for effective risk mitigation in education

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Why Milestone XProtect is our go-to Video Management System (VMS)

Milestone XProtectAs a company formed in the very early years of IP video and geared from the beginning to work with and deliver solutions around video over IP networks, we have seen many video management systems (VMS) come onto the market and many disappear, and our exposure to a large number of them has been significant.

We are well-placed to form an opinion on the state of the VMS marketplace and as a Milestone Platinum Partner, I’d like to explain why we have chosen to focus mainly on Milestone XProtect as the go-to VMS.

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CCTV & Security Technology keynote event, 3rd November 2016 at FACT, Liverpool

CCTV & Security Technology Keynote Event 2016NW Systems and Axis Communications are hosting a CCTV & Security Technology keynote event at FACT in Liverpool on Thursday, 3rd November.

The event is aimed at IT and Security Managers, technicians and security technology decision makers.

If you’d like to learn about the latest trends in connected CCTV & security, this event will be of great interest – you’ll come away not only knowing about the full benefits of an IP-based system but also, how to get the most out of your investment.

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NW Systems Group wins Axis Enterprise Project of the Year award for IP CCTV upgrade at Chester Zoo

NW Systems Group Managing Director Frank Crouwel accepts Axis Award NW Systems picked up the highly-coveted Enterprise Project of the Year Award UK & Ireland in this year’s Axis Communications’ VIP Northern Europe Partner Event, held in Liverpool on the 21st September.

The event which was attended by more than 40 of Axis’ top-performing Gold partners from Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland and the UK & Ireland, saw NW Systems being recognised for its work in upgrading Chester Zoo’s CCTV systems to a state-of-the-art IP video system which now provides surveillance, animal welfare and crowd management benefits to this world-class zoo.

The award was received by Frank Crouwel, Managing Director at NW Systems from Ray Mauritsson, CEO at Axis and Dave Needam, Axis UK and Ireland Sales Manager.

The two-year project, which continues to see expansion, has involved migrating from 150 ageing analogue-based CCTV cameras to almost 300 Axis network cameras – all being managed via Milestone XProtect Expert video management platform.

We will give you more on this project in a more detailed case study later this year.

Improving CCTV standards requires tighter regulation and a collective desire to professionalise

Frank Crouwel - MD of NW Systems GroupI read with interest the message from the current CCTV Commissioner Tony Porter based on a BBC Radio 5 interview recently. For those that did not read or hear it Mr Porter pressed for increased regulation to deliver more effective surveillance and end the industry‘s legacy of poorly-specified and maintained systems.

In the interview Mr Porter states he is in favour of well-run surveillance systems that serve a clear purpose. By the same token he has clearly seen far too many poorly-run ones in his brief time in the job.

He is not alone.

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Bespoke Axis-Milestone CCTV system at Positive Steps improves safety for visitors and staff

Not-for-profit organisation Positive Steps provides support services to young people and adults to get them on the right track and fulfil their potential. To enhance the safety of customers and staff at their Oldham site, NW System was commissioned to design and install a modern surveillance system that would reliably work 24/7. Axis IP cameras were selected for their unobtrusive profile and HD quality for indoor, whilst Axis‘ Lightfinder technology was specified for the outdoor cameras to meet the 24 hour day and night requirement.

Paul Wooding, information systems manager at Positive Steps commented: “When I was first shown the Lightfinder technology it was mind-blowing. The images are amazing – light years ahead of our previous system.”

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Press release: NW Systems partners with Kentima to exploit opportunities for IP video integration with building management systems and manufacturing plants in the UK

Mads Bo Frederiksen, area sales manager, Kentima & Frank Crouwel, managing director of NW Systems Group
Mads Bo Frederiksen, area sales manager, Kentima & Frank Crouwel, managing director of NW Systems Group

NW Systems Group has partnered with Swedish integrated solutions provider Kentima, as both companies eye up the opportunities for integration of IP video with Building Management Systems (BMS) and the wider deployment of video monitoring systems in manufacturing and processing plants in the UK.

NW Systems has been deploying IP video monitoring systems in UK factories, processing plants, logistical centres, office buildings and schools for some years. It has been looking for a specialist open platform software provider with domain expertise to partner with and to help expand its offering in the BMS and industrial automation sectors.

Kentima offers highly visual solutions based on HMI/SCADA (Human Machine Interface/Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) and a powerful interoperability standard called OPC, which together enables rapid and inexpensive inter-connectivity between systems even if they are using non-IP based communications protocols.

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