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Central Hall Westminster appoints SB Security Solutions as new security company

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Central Hall Westminster has announced the appointment of SB Security Solutions as its new security company following a competitive tender. SB Security Solutions will be delivering all aspects of security from front of house, stewarding and event security as well as VIP close protection at the central London venue. SB Security Solutions is a SIA (Security Industry Authority) Approved Contractor for the provision of security guarding, door supervision and close protection. The company has been providing backstage security and looking after the integrity of visiting clients, artists and performers for 14 years. Currently it provides security services to venues such as SSE Wembley Arena to major UK music festivals including Secret Garden Party and Wilderness to community events around London.

Paul Southern, managing director at Central Hall Westminster, said: This is an exciting chapter for us at Central Hall. Having seen an increasing demand for more complex security requirements over the past year, we have no doubt that SB Security Solutions professional and personal service will be an asset to the team and to our clients.

Steve Bettesworth, managing director at SB Security Solutions, added: We are extremely excited to partner with Central Hall and provide our services across a portfolio of events being held at the venue.

CSC Closes the Gap Between Security and IT Operations with …

TYSONS, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–

CSC[1] (CSC[2]), a global leader in next-generation IT services and solutions, today announced an offering that integrates its security operations, threat intelligence, incident and vulnerability services with ServiceNow Security Operations on a single platform.

CSC s Integrated Security Operations (ISecOps[3]) offering helps clients deliver efficient security incident management, streamline remediation and clearly visualize their security state by extending the cloud-based IT service management capabilities of ServiceNow to security teams. The ISecOps platform combines CSC s cybersecurity operational processes, specialized consulting and advanced workflows with ServiceNow to automate manual processes and prioritize threats, incidents and vulnerabilities based on their potential business impact.

Incorporating ServiceNow Security Operations will bring enhanced integration, orchestration and automation to CSC s Managed Security Services platform, said Christina Richmond[4], IDC, program director, Worldwide Security Services. This offering will create smoother coordination between a company s SOC analysts, threat research teams and incident responders, and may shorten time to detection helping to break the kill chain earlier.

This offering will also help the managed security service provider (MSSP) to collect and correlate more forms of data and to identify threat patterns more rapidly. In today s complex environment, it is critical to provide the level-one triage team both at the client and within the service provider a playbook of step-by-step activities to guide them in combatting each event and incident in order to thwart a costly breach. Automation and orchestration is a key element in today s more mature MSSP, which, according to IDC s evaluation, CSC certainly is.

In the battle for cyber security, companies have a new weapon — a structured response engine, said Sean Convery, general manager of Security, ServiceNow. By replacing the manual work patterns of the past with intelligent workflows of the future, CSC and ServiceNow are helping customers resolve threats based on the impact they pose to the organization.

IDC believes the security as-a-service (SaaS) model is going to be an increasingly critical option for enterprises to source their security needs, according to the IDC MarketScape: Asia/Pacific Managed Security Services 2016 Vendor Assessment[5]. The report named CSC as a MSS leader for the second time.

Cybersecurity challenges extend beyond the traditional techniques of protecting the perimeter, patching end-points and monitoring for event based alerts across the enterprise, Dan Hushon[6], CTO, vice president & general manager, Cybersecurity, CSC. Today s information security programs must evolve to become integrated across the IT landscape, intelligence-driven by analytics, context aware and automated.

CSC s internal IT department is driven by the same security challenges and threat landscape as its clients. ISecOps enables CSC s incident response team to create visualizations of incident data, indicators of compromise and threat intelligence to better detect security breaches and manage incidents and vulnerabilities.

Clients in a wide range of sectors from financial services to insurance, healthcare and manufacturing can benefit from closing the remediation gap between security and IT operations in resolving critical threats with ISecOps:

  • Reduce risk exposure, increase efficiency and enhance visibility;
  • Identify risks faster and accelerate incident management;
  • Streamline security and IT processes and improve collaboration cross the enterprise;
  • View security posture with an integrated dashboard; and
  • Leverage CSC Security Operations with global 24×7 support.

By combining CSC s Managed Security Services[7] and Fruition Partners[8] ServiceNow implementation expertise and ServiceNow technology, CSC is uniquely positioned to provide clients with a complete security operations portfolio addressing their consulting, integration and managed services needs delivered through ISecOps.

CSC will showcase ISecOps at the 2017 HIMSS Annual Conference & Exhibition in Booth 2773.

IDC MarketScape: Asia/Pacific Managed Security Services 2016 Vendor Assessment (doc# AP40939616, October 2016).

About CSC

CSC (CSC[9]) leads clients on their digital transformation journeys. The company provides innovative next-generation technology services and solutions that leverage deep industry expertise, global scale, technology independence and an extensive partner community. CSC serves leading commercial and international public sector organizations throughout the world. CSC is a Fortune 500 company and ranked among the best corporate citizens. For more information, visit the company s website[10] to learn more about how Integrated Digital Service Management (IDSM[11]) and the modern agile hybrid cloud platform[12] empowers IT departments in today s digital enterprise.

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  2. ^ CSC (finance.yahoo.com)
  3. ^ ISecOps (cts.businesswire.com)
  4. ^ Richmond (cts.businesswire.com)
  5. ^ Asia/Pacific Managed Security Services 2016 Vendor Assessment (cts.businesswire.com)
  6. ^ Hushon (cts.businesswire.com)
  7. ^ Managed Security Services (cts.businesswire.com)
  8. ^ Fruition Partners (cts.businesswire.com)
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Was security guard in "Pokemon Go" killing allowed to be armed? Depends on who you ask.

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Despite the many details that have emerged since 60-year-old Jiansheng Chen was shot and killed by a security guard last month, one remains unclear. Was the guard allowed to carry a gun that night, or not? Representatives for the River Walk Community Association and the Chesapeake-based company hired to patrol the River Walk neighborhood where Chen s family say he was shot while playing Pokemon Go tell different stories.

The association says its contract called specifically for unarmed guards, while the company says it allowed for guns. Both repeatedly declined to provide a copy to The Pilot. Johnathan Cromwell of Virginia Beach has been charged with second-degree murder and use of a firearm in the Jan. 26 killing. His attorney, Emily Munn, said in an email she had not seen the contract but her client absolutely believed he was allowed to carry a weapon as part of his employment.

Since November, Cromwell has worked for Citywide Protection Services, which the community association hired to patrol common areas a boat ramp and the clubhouse near where the shooting took place. The association s board immediately said and still insists that its contract, signed in 2010 with no modifications or alterations since, contains a specific section calling for unarmed and uniformed security. The contract was suspended after the shooting. But Andrew Sacks, an attorney for Citywide, maintained Monday there s no doubt guards were allowed to carry arms under the contract.

I can t be more emphatic. (The contract) clearly includes a provision for armed services, he said. It gives the company the discretion for what they deem is necessary under the circumstances.

Sacks also said Monday that Cromwell is still a company employee. He is registered with the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services as an armed and unarmed security officer, according to the department s online database, and endorsed for using a handgun and shotgun. Virginia is one of a handful of states that give private security guards officers under state code the power to arrest citizens. An unarmed guard must complete 18 hours of training within 90 days of hire at a security company. An additional up to 35 hours is required for armed guards, who have arrest powers.

Daitwan Hardy, CEO of Security Contracting, a North Carolina-based company with an office in Chesapeake, said in the private security world, all the details are contract- and site-specific.

It all depends on the contract itself, he said. Hardy said it would be a waste of money to send an armed guard to an area that calls for unarmed security, as it costs a lot more. Security Contracting rarely does that for new hires. Low-income neighborhoods often prefer armed guards, while wealthier ones tend to ask for unarmed, he said.

It s illegal in Virginia for a guard hired for an unarmed site to show up with a firearm, even if coming from an armed site. Justin Moss, president of Talon Security Services in Chesapeake, said that includes having a gun in the car.

You cannot have access to a firearm while there, he said. It can t be on site at all. But it happens, he said: Not all companies are vigilant about checking their guards practices, and not all guards find time to make a stop in between sites. Christopher Zombar, Talon s vice president, said he prefers his officers work through the ranks, starting as unarmed and working their way to being armed supervisors.

There s usually something in their background before we let them just put a weapon on, Moss said. He added that he thinks River Walk would be a difficult place to patrol because of its size and makeup, which includes a variety of adjacent communities and not that many common areas.

Zach Mitcher, who grew up in River Walk, said he remembers seeing armed guards there for as long as he can remember. He said the guards often chased teenagers away from late-night hangouts at the community boat ramp.

I always thought they were supposed to be armed, Mitcher said. They weren t trying to hide it. On Jan. 26 around 11 p.m., Chen, who lived about a half-mile away, pulled his van into the driveway of the River Walk clubhouse, according to Commonwealth s Attorney Nancy Parr. Cromwell confronted Chen by stopping his car directly in front of Chen s van, and Chen backed up and turned around, Parr said in a news release.

Cromwell exited his car and said stop before he fired, according to the release. Chen was shot five times: four times in the upper left chest and once in the upper left arm. The company continues to believe Cromwell shot in self-defense, Sacks said Monday. Parr declined to discuss whether Cromwell was allowed to be armed or other details of the case, citing the Virginia State Bar s rules of professional conduct.

This case will be tried in the courtroom and not in the media, Parr wrote in an email. All parties will receive a fair and impartial trial.

A bond hearing is set for Thursday and preliminary hearing for April 26.

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