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CPNI approval

Geoquip, provider of premier intrusion detection solutions (PIDS), owned by Heras, reports that the UK official Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure (CPNI) has extended its Cyber Assurance of Physical Security Systems (CAPSS) approval for two of Geoquip’s cyber security products – the only PIDS on the market to have received CAPSS the firm says.

The CPNI works to ensure that electronic components of physical security systems are robust against cyber attacks. To create the standard, CPNI identified the potential threats to control rooms such as malicious viruses or false alarms – and put in place requirements to mitigate against threats. Geoquip’s Geolog Vision HS and Micralert HS IP security solutions gained CPNI approval after a penetration test, which measured its strengths and vulnerabilities against a range of criteria from unauthorised access to encryption capabilities.

The Geoquip products protect IP security systems from cyber attack at the perimeter, such as intrusion detection and access control, as well as against internal systems and networks, such as preventing computers from being hacked. Geolog Vision HS is a security management system that includes encryption, integration with other systems, alarm handling, site maps, and event handling. Micralert HS is an Analyser that allows relay contacts to be encrypted and transmitted to the Vision HS front end.

Paul Renham, Technical and Systems Director at Geoquip says: “Geoquip is at forefront of IP technology and provides true integration of security systems, and we’re delighted that two of our leading products have been recognised by CPNI. This adds another important layer of assurance for our critical national infrastructure, MoD, banking, government and data centre customers. They demand the most reliable systems to keep their people and premises safe and operations running in a world where cyber attack is a very real risk.”

Geoquip says its products offer a flexible approach to security so it can meet varying needs of customers. Due to risk assessments, budgets or limitations, some customers may decide to apply only some elements of the full solution. For example, rather than implementing the entire CAPSS solution, some customers may choose the standard system for their cyber protection with just Micralert HS, and not Vision HS.


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