Gallagher Security unveils Security Health Check tool to help end users identify system vulnerabilities

A free cyber audit tool has been released to its customers by a global technology leader in integrated access control, intruder alarms management and perimeter protection in what it believes is an ‘industry first’. Gallagher Security has unveiled its Security Health Check (SHC) tool to help end user customers identify and understand potential vulnerabilities within their security system.

Gallagher Security customers can use the SHC utility free to run an automated check via their Command Centre system at any time, reducing the time and expense of performing regular manual audits.

SHC identifies system vulnerabilities, assesses the severity of the threat and provides specific recommendations to mitigate the risk and ensure correct system configuration. It also provides a mechanism to compare against earlier audit results to ensure organisations can track improvement over time and better plan system upgrades.

Gallagher’s CTO Steve Bell explained: “We designed SHC to give sites ownership of the state of their system as security risks and system vulnerabilities are not static. It’s important to us to promote and support a culture of ongoing improvement within our industry.”

SHC proactively addresses the ever-evolving threat of cyber attack, while at the same time supporting sites to protect the data held within their access control system.

“Security systems can be vulnerable to cyber attack for a variety of reasons and the consequences can be significant,” added Bell.  “A cyber breach via security systems can potentially allow access to personal data, restricted areas and Intellectual Property. It could also lead to unauthorised control over HVAC, lighting and building systems in order to disrupt operations.”

Gallagher Security firmly believes that, in today’s world of evolving threats, it’s no longer enough to supply the tools and walk away. As the first security systems manufacturer to offer a system audit tool of this kind, the company hopes to inspire the security industry to become more transparent with its customers and empower them to better understand their vulnerabilities.

Gallagher Security dedicates significant resource to the R&D of cyber-secure solutions and has an ongoing commitment to help customers gain full visibility and a deep understanding of how their security system works.

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Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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