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Security under review after London attack e tragic events that unfolded in and around Westminster, leading to six deaths and multiple injuries may have lasted a mere 82 seconds but the security implications are likely to reverberate for months and years to come. Media reports suggest that Khalid Masood, the perpetrator of the Westminster attack, was a British- born convert to Islam who had a chequered history of petty crime and violence, even spending time in prison nearly a decade-and-a-half ago, and at one time taught English in Saudi Arabia. It was also alleged that in the past he had been on the periphery of investigations into violent extremism but, significantly, was not part of the current intelligence picture. e first indication that something was wrong, on the aernoon of Wednesday 22 March, came when Masood accelerated his vehicle and mounted the pavement close to the start of the northbound side of Westminster Bridge. He then proceeded to target pedestrians for pretty much the length of the structure. Just 30 seconds later, aer leaving the bridge and turning right into Bridge Street, Masood mounted the pavement again crashing his car into a perimeter fence at the Palace of Westminster. A minute aer that he exited his vehicle and ran towards the Palace of Westminster, entering through the Carriage Gates which were open at the time. ere he fatally injured PC Keith Palmer, one of the officers on duty from the Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection Command with a knife, before being shot in the chest by armed officers who arrived on the scene. On questions around Parliamentary security, speaking in the House of Commons the day aer, eresa May - the Prime Minister - was keen to offer reassurance by pointing out that the attacker had been shot dead within 20 yards of the gates: "If his intention was to gain access to this building, we should be clear that he did not succeed." Beyond this, she said that the police and the House authorities are to review the security of the Parliamentary estate, co-ordinated with the Cabinet Office. Within the review, attention will surely have to be paid to the Carriage Gates - the entry point for Masood - which MPs had, reportedly, already flagged up as a potential security weak link. en there is the debate over whether the police manning the gates should have been armed. Focusing on the initial part of the Westminster attack where a vehicle was turned into a weapon, this is far from an isolated occurrence. Just a day aer Westminster a person was detained trying to drive at high speed into a shopping street in Antwerp, Belgium, and more recently we saw what happened in the centre of Stockholm. Paul Jeffrey, Managing Director of Avon Barrier, believes that in the context of hostile vehicle mitigation (HVM) - and with the benefit of hindsight - carefully positioned refuges might have helped on Westminster Bridge: "It looked like the vehicle actually mounted the pavement at the end of the bridge, where it turns a corner, so there was a direct line straight up. ose are the sort of areas that you could have put a refuge in so it would have blocked him [Masood] going up onto the pavement at that point." Moving ahead, Sally Osmond, Brand and Development Manager at Frontier Pitts, says that councils will face issues around investment in equipment to protect their infrastructure, especially bridges: "You have the sites that are obviously looked aer now - and have HVM surrounding them - but it is the actual bridges, and the areas where you can have a lot of people, that councils really need to look at." She also believes that more attention will be given to mobile, temporary, solutions. Entering the ongoing debate about how best to uncover terrorist communications, doing the rounds of the media on the weekend aer the Westminster incident, the Home Secretary - Amber Rudd - called for social media companies like WhatsApp to give the authorities access to encrypted areas so there are no 'secret places for terrorists'. For his part, Joe Sturonas, CTO at PKWARE - an end-to-end encryption specialist - warns that encryption backdoors are, in fact, a terrible idea that make us less safe: "If a backdoor can be created in encryption technologies, hackers and terrorists will be able to take advantage of it too—not just government agencies. ere is no such thing as a secure backdoor." Issue 24 THE NEWSPAPER FOR THE SECURITY INDUSTRY In this two-page special on connected security, Security News Desk speaks to Visual Management Systems Ltd, Vidsys and more to get a picture of the latest moves in the world of integration for IP-based security systems. • Read more – page 25 - 26 Industry comment Maritime Security Correspondent Steven Jones comments on the recent hijacking of a small tanker off the Somali coast, and says that this is evidence that ships need to take the threat of piracy more seriously. • Read more – page 5 Maritime We focus on the incoming general data protection regulation (GDPR) and ask what businesses need to be doing to prepare for it. We hear from ICO, Sailpoint, IBM, PKWARE, Panda Security and ViaSat. • Read more – page 20 - 21 Data protection Global Events We bring you all the latest global pre- and post- industry event coverage, including ISC West, ASIS Europe, IFSEC 2017 and MIPS EMEA as well as updates from Intersec Saudi Arabia Issue sponsor In this special feature on retail security, we hear from Honeywell and Cradlepoint on the ways in which video analytics can be used to meet new security challenges in a rapidly evolving retail landscape. To read the full feature, turn to page 8 Retail security Security News Desk Guest Features Writer, Tim Compston visits the Genetec HQ in Canada and speaks to outspoken President, CEO and Founder, Pierre Racz, on the company's development, the wider state of the industry, and its cybersecurity concerns. To read the full feature, turn to page 22 Industry interview

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