Ready for new security threats

Nick Dutton
Nick Dutton

By Nick Dutton, CEO, Brisant Secure

As I write this about the age-old battle against break-ins, and the need to develop 3 star locks and the security standards that underpin them so they remain effective, past and present Prime Ministers are being grilled by the Covid enquiry over lockdown delay and the government’s slow and arguably inadequate response to the pandemic.

It’s more than dramatic courtroom theatre because there will be another pandemic, a new more deadly virus at some point. Perhaps it’s on its way now. What is in doubt is how well we prepare for it. People forget the lessons of pandemics quickly and the point of the enquiry is to make sure we learn from it.

After security pandemics too, people slip back to installing doors with cheap locks, and locks designed for theoretical security threats rather than the actual attack methods intruders use. It didn’t matter how secure against picking or bumping a lock was when burglars learned how to snap them in nine seconds.

Once a means of breaking in quickly and quietly has been found, word spreads rapidly online, and millions of homes are at risk. Over the last 20 years, we’ve lived through the potential threats of picking, bumping, snapping, drilling and most recently torching locks, exploiting the risks of newly found weaknesses.

Burglars will never stop trying to find new ways to attack locks, there will always be a next time. It’s a constant tussle between attackers and defenders, a see-saw when one side achieves a temporary advantage over the other.

With Ultion we aim to stay ahead and build in protection for attack methods that may never materialise or go viral in a pandemic. But if a threat emerges that we didn’t see coming we act swiftly to defeat it. We see that as our job.

We can’t prevent new security threats, but we can be ready and respond rapidly to combat them. It’s always been an integral part of Ultion’s policy to have the answers to new security threats, not just stock solutions to yesterdays’ threats.