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3 Reasons Why Cyber Security is Essential for your Business

As your business grows, so does the myriad of confidential and private information internally that needs to be protected. Although the premise is simple: protect your company’s data along with your customers’, the execution is not so. As a leading provider of security services in Malta, Signal 8 shares some reasons why hiring cyber security services is important for your business.

 

1. Businesses of all sizes are at risk

Hacks and malicious viruses can hobble any business. Yet since data breaches at major corporations such as Yahoo are generally the ones that capture the big headlines, this gives small to medium-sized business owners a false sense of security, where they assume they are not vulnerable to cyber attacks. Cyber criminals now understand that smaller businesses tend not to have as tight security measures as the large multinationals, making them an attractive target.

 

2. Cyber attacks are constantly evolving

Targeted attacks being deployed against organisations are becoming increasingly more strategic and sophisticated. Failing to prepare for these ever-evolving threats is putting your organisation at risk of financial loss as well as damaging your reputation.

 

3. It shows you take your customers’ data seriously

Cyber security is now seen as a key facet of business, especially among companies dealing with sensitive information. Therefore, protecting your business from common cyber threats will not only keep your data secure, it will also send potential customers and clients the message that you value their confidentiality, which will in turn differentiate you from your competitors.

 

Are you looking for the most trustworthy security services Malta has to offer?

Knowledge is power, and as a result, cyber security is becoming an increasingly important facet of businesses. Our team at Signal 8 Security Services Malta, is fully trained and wholly dedicated to creating individually-tailored security strategies to offer our clients peace of mind. If you would like to protect your company from the possibility of falling victim to cyberattacks, contact us now for more information on how we can help you.

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Executive Protection: 3 Things You Need to Know

High profile individuals or celebrities often need specific security measures, due to the fact that their status in society, associations or wealth often exposes them to personal risks. Being a highly specialised field in security in Malta, Signal 8 Security Services Malta Ltd. takes care to hire only the best and most professional officers in the industry. Here are a few things that leaders of security should always take into account when in charge of executive protection.

 

1. A Thorough Risk Analysis

The first thing that security officers must do is carry out a complete examination of the executive’s history to see whether there is a history of threats against the individual in question. They must also find out if and how often their client travels and to which places, as well as identify which attacks they are most vulnerable to according to the nature of their work or daily activities. Factors such as their lifestyle, their home life, the crime climate in their area and their private life must also be studied carefully by the security personnel, ideally with the full cooperation of the executive.

 

2. Rules for Travel

From visiting clients or fans to attending large-scale events, executives and celebrities are frequently on the road, very often for long periods of time. During these journeys, it’s important that they have discussed with their security personnel what is and isn’t permitted while travelling, in order to mitigate potential risks. These rules may include using loaner devices instead of their personal phones or laptops, and travelling individually instead of in a group with other key executives.

 

 

3. Brains over Brawn

Contrary to popular belief, being an effective bodyguard doesn’t only mean muscles and an intimidating stare! Although physical strength is indeed important, experience in tactics, protective strategies and experience are also essential qualities to have. A proficiency in different languages is also desirable, as well as being equipped with all the necessary tools and technology.

 

Are you looking for a reliable and professional bodyguard in Malta?

Signal 8 Security Services Ltd can offer fully trained and experienced security officers who can organise protection strategy for corporate groups or private personnel visiting Malta or other countries. In conjunction with trained and careful use of weapons and defensive tactics, our employees make use of exceptional client management skills and advance operations; our team are educated on all aspects of what executive protection entails.

Our strategies are designed to reduce risks and liability, and our broad spectrum of activities include Executive Protection Program Development, Risk & Vulnerability Assessment (Threat Management) and Personal & Vehicle Security Measures.

To discover more about services for security in Malta, contact us today.

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3 Reasons Why Cyber Security is Essential for your Business

As your business grows, so does the myriad of confidential and private information internally that needs to be protected. Although the premise is simple: protect your company’s data along with your customers’, the execution is not so. As a leading provider of security services in Malta, Signal 8 shares some reasons why hiring cyber security services is important for your business.

 

1. Businesses of all sizes are at risk

Hacks and malicious viruses can hobble any business. Yet since data breaches at major corporations such as Yahoo are generally the ones that capture the big headlines, this gives small to medium-sized business owners a false sense of security, where they assume they are not vulnerable to cyber attacks. Cyber criminals now understand that smaller businesses tend not to have as tight security measures as the large multinationals, making them an attractive target.

 

2. Cyber attacks are constantly evolving

Targeted attacks being deployed against organisations are becoming increasingly more strategic and sophisticated. Failing to prepare for these ever-evolving threats is putting your organisation at risk of financial loss as well as damaging your reputation.

 

3. It shows you take your customers’ data seriously

Cyber security is now seen as a key facet of business, especially among companies dealing with sensitive information. Therefore, protecting your business from common cyber threats will not only keep your data secure, it will also send potential customers and clients the message that you value their confidentiality, which will in turn differentiate you from your competitors.

 

Are you looking for the most trustworthy security services Malta has to offer?

Knowledge is power, and as a result, cyber security is becoming an increasingly important facet of businesses. Our team at Signal 8 Security Services Malta, is fully trained and wholly dedicated to creating individually-tailored security strategies to offer our clients peace of mind. If you would like to protect your company from the possibility of falling victim to cyberattacks, contact us now for more information on how we can help you.

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Targeted Vs. Untargeted Cyber Attacks

With the rapid advancement in technology and the openness of the Internet came about increasingly sophisticated cyber-criminal activity. Understanding the difference between the various common attacks is the first step to knowing how to better protect your company. As leading providers in security services in Malta, Signal 8 Security differentiates between the two types of intentional cyber attacks: targeted and untargeted.

 

Untargeted attacks

The majority of intentional cyber attacks are untargeted. The intent to cause damage to people’s software is a driving force behind these attacks, but without a particular individual or business being targeted. Rather, the attackers’ main aim is to affect as many devices or users as possible. This is done indiscriminately; in other words, it doesn’t matter who the victims are. To achieve this, cyber criminals take advantage of the openness of the Internet. For instance, when you click on an ad that downloads something to your computer, there’s a good chance that there is some form of untargeted cyberthreat occurring.

 

Untargeted attacks can take the form of:

Malware – which includes worms, computer viruses, trojan horses, spyware and adware.
Phishing – sending emails to large numbers of people in order to fool them by redirecting them to an identical copy of a site they frequent, such as Facebook.
Ransomware – as the name suggests, this is a type of malicious software designed to block access to a system until a sum of money is paid.
Scanning – attacking wide swathes of the Internet at random.

Targeted attacks

What do corporate giants Sony and Yahoo have in common? They’ve both fallen victim to targeted cyberattacks. Such attacks can be considered one of the biggest cyber threats to an organisation in today’s internet-connected landscape. It is the worst-case scenario for any company, regardless of size, as not only does the company lose reputation, it could cost millions in damages.

 

This type of attack, as the name implies, refers to when the cyber criminals have a specific target in mind, and their aim is to attack and infiltrate a critical infrastructure system in order to steal information from their servers. Indeed, advanced cyber-attacks can now nest inside a network for more than 200 days on average before discovery, and by then, thousands of private customer records and data could have been gathered and stolen.

 

The Internet can be a tricky world, a place which can create a lot of vulnerability, which is why it’s necessary to take precautions against untargeted attacks, as well as make your business unattractive to cyber criminals by maintaining a strong cybersecurity network.

 

Let Signal 8 Security Services Malta do the work for you!

Whether you own a start-up or are an established company, we can help ensure your business’ and clients’ critical data is kept safe against targeted attacks. Over the years, we at Signal 8 have earned a reputable name within the sector of security in Malta. Contact us for more information on how we can help!

 

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Differences Between a Bodyguard and a Security Officer

Although all security professionals share the same purpose, that is to protect and safeguard the public and its assets, there are different categories of security professionals, each category differing from the other in terms of its roles, training, and pay scale. Bodyguards and security guards are no exception. As the leading provider of security services in Malta, we highlight the major differences between the two jobs.

 

Roles

A security guard’s services extend to public places, such as airports, shopping centres, museums, banks, as well as public events. Their job is to protect the location and people that are in that physical space from any dangerous situation that might arise and respond to accidents until the police arrive.

On the other hand, a body guard performs high level security procedures for the personal protection of one or more people, generally for politicians, celebrities or VIPs, and are therefore sometimes referred to as close protection officers. They have a more elaborate range of protocols. The focus is not on preventing crime, but on keeping a particular person or crowd out of the way. Other than the personal protection they provide, they also provide strategy and planning.

 

Training

Training is essential; however, many don’t realise the variety of risks involved when delivering such a specialised security service. While security guards mainly undergo the basic security training required for protection services, including the occupational and behavioural skills and attitudes needed to deal with the various on-the-job situations that might crop up, in order to become a bodyguard, the individual needs to go through high level security training. Experience in different levels of a security detail is highly essential and only after several years of experience can one be allowed to form part of a high-profile bodyguard team.

Bodyguards must be trained in conflict management (defense and restraint tactics), situations of applying physical force when necessary, rules of weapons vs. hand to hand combat, procedures in critical life-threatening situations, improvised explosive devices searches, as well as bodyguard paramedicine.

 

Signal 8 Security Services Malta Ltd. acquired the best reputation within the Executive Protection Industry in Malta and abroad. We represent a number of International Bodyguard Agencies and provide a wide range of security services in Malta for VVIP’s and Corporate individuals. We ensure our employees have the opportunity to maximise their potential; we invest in them by providing training through one of our sister companies – The Security Academy Malta Ltd. – that includes basic and specialised courses for individuals working within the security service industry in Malta and abroad. We also deliver a number basic and specialised firearm courses to corporations and maritime security agencies.

 

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Concealed Weapon Identification

Often, although the indicators that an individual is hiding a weapon are observable, they go undetected. Equipping oneself with the ability to recognise the signs and certain physical behaviours can help prevent a planned assault. As a perpetrator may be of any age, come from all socioeconomic classes, and at first glance, may look like anyone else because there is no viable profile, relying on the profiling method can be dangerous. The only thing that is consistent about those who carry illegal weapons is the presence of certain observable physical behaviours. Therefore, it is crucial that security personnel focus their attention on specific behaviours as well as behaviour clusters that may indicate the presence of a weapon.

As a leading provider in security services in Malta, our team at Signal 8 Security shares some visual screening techniques that can help detect the concealed possession of a weapon.

 

Touching the Weapon

Violators will typically touch or adjust their concealed weapons on their bodies numerous times. They often grasp the weapon distinctly when getting out of a chair or car, or when walking up a flight of stairs.

 

Unnatural Movements

Gun violators may walk in an awkward or unnatural way. They may fail to bend their knees or walk normally because the weapon hidden in their trousers or shoes is causing discomfort.

 

Bulges, Outlines & Clothing Sag

In the case of larger weapons, their distinct outline may be observed concealed underneath clothing. However, in some cases, the butt of a handgun or knives can be observed clipped to a front pocket or in the waistband. Similarly, when you place a gun inside a jacket pocket, it is bound to sag lower than it does on the other side. In some cases, the violator will hold or pin the weapon if it begins to swing while he’s walking.

 

Behaviour Clusters

It is important to note that a single sign does not necessarily indicate the possession of a weapon. Rather, the totality of circumstances will dictate the likelihood of a person being armed. An individual who fails to swing his right arm may indeed be armed and trying to avoid hitting their elbow on the weapon, but he may even simply have a disability. But if while not swinging his right arm, he also looks around nervously when adjusting something under his clothing, and then walks away when he spots an officer watching him, he is far more likely to be armed.

The technique of visual screening is an inexpensive and valuable tool that has been used to avert many planned weapons assaults, such as gang violence and terrorism. However, experienced criminals and illegally-armed individuals are very talented at hiding their weapons and have used a variety of methods to conceal them. Therefore, you are more likely to spot a person carrying a concealed weapon through their body language, which is why security personnel must carefully monitor and evaluate eye contact, actions and mannerisms.

 

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Certain indicators could help avert a disaster if noticed in time, which is why alertness and concealed weapon identification is an important part of security service training. Signal 8 Security Services Malta Ltd. is the leading provider of security services in Malta and, through thorough screening, recruits and trains only the best.

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Qualities Every Security Officer Should Possess

Whether stationed at a bank or private residence, a security guard shoulders a lot of responsibility. He has been assigned the duty of being vigilant and protecting his clientele. Which is why the importance of a security firm hiring, as well as properly training, the right person for the job should not be underestimated. Here are a few attributes of a great security guard, brought to you by Signal 8 Security – leading provider in security services in Malta.

1. Professional

Security is at the forefront of relations with the general public, so security personnel should first and foremost look put together to portray a professional image and represent the client to the same standard of quality they represent themselves. Therefore, their uniform should be clean and crisp, and the shirt tucked neatly into their trousers. A good security officer must be punctual and maintain professional integrity and attitude at all times.

2. Well Trained

To be self-assured and portray confidence in what he is doing, a security guard should be skilled and trained appropriately to accomplish the tasks assigned to him. It is important to receive up-to-date training on the latest security techniques, policies and procedures in accordance with best practices.

3. Alertness

A crucial part of being a good security guard is being sharp and aware of one’s surroundings. Being distracted for a second may be the difference between missing something important or spotting it in time. An officer who is not observant or alert could jeopardise the lives of those he was assigned to protect.

4. Fitness

Being in good physical shape is important for a number of reasons. Firstly, and most importantly, how can an unfit guard be able to perform their role optimally if they are not in good physical shape? Secondly, being fit also leads to mental alertness.

5. Honesty

It is essential that security companies run thorough criminal and background checks before hiring anyone who will be given the responsibility of securing access to buildings and protecting people and establishments from crime. Unless the individual hired is mature and trustworthy, they can’t provide a good service.

6. Good Communication Skills

A good security guard is able to communicate effectively; courteously and assertively when necessary. This can be the deciding factor in handling a tricky situation effectively. A good security guard must be able to de-escalate any tense situation and know how to give and take orders.

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Therefore, it is crucial that security companies exercise caution when hiring people. At Signal 8 Security Malta Ltd., we strive to maintain a team that upholds these ideals in every situation to provide the best possible service to our clients at all times. Our vetting procedures are systematic and thorough, with all our recruits undergoing a careful screening process and regular security training. If you’re looking to hire a security service in Malta you can trust, contact us here.

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Signal 8 Security: For Your Peace Of Mind

Whether you’re a seasoned entrepreneur or new to the business world, it’s important to ensure that your property, assets, employees and infrastructure are all protected from common risks. Not only does hiring reliable and professional security services safeguard your company from potential dangers, but it also prevents harm from being done to your reputation should anything untoward occur. Our team at Signal 8 Security strives to deliver peace of mind 24/7 for all our clients, so that they can focus on growing their business while we manage all their security needs.

Read on for a broader idea of what you can expect from our company and our security services in Malta.

Quality assurance

By setting out clear aims and adopting core principles to which each of our employees are bound, we at Signal 8 Security have made it our mission to provide a service that is consistent with all our clients’ requirements. From confidentiality of customer information to the health and security of our customers, the processes within our organisation have been defined in such a way to develop long-term, fruitful relationships. We assess all areas within a company to improve those which are deemed to be of unsatisfactory quality by striving to ensure an error-free service.

A people organisation

Through our partnership with our esteemed clientele, we aim to deliver professional solutions that are flexible and cost-effective. At the very centre of our organisation are our customers and their satisfaction – put simply, if you’re not happy, then neither are we! We consider ourselves to be a people organisation, from our dealings with our clients to maximising the potential of all our employees.

Our security team

By investing in people with potential and helping them develop their talents and skills, our goal is to empower our employees and focus on individuals and their strengths as our main assets. Our sister company, The Security Academy, provides continuous training for all our employees, giving them the knowledge and skills needed to work within the security industry.

We offer a vast range of security services and make use of modern, up-to-date technology; we take care to ensure that all officers on site are fully trained and prepared to face any challenges or obstacles that may arise.

We have also been responsible for crowd control and protection for various high profile clients and events, which amongst others include the Opening Ceremony of Valletta 2018, Earth Garden, Isle of MTV and have also protected the FIFA World Cup Trophy. Moreover, we organise protection strategy for private personnel and corporate groups visiting or living in the Maltese islands, using a combination of defensive tactics, advance operations and exceptional client management skills.

Are you looking for experienced and reliable security services in Malta?
Contact us at Signal 8 Security for more information about our services and how we can help you. Our management team are ready and willing to assist you in any way they can. For top security in Malta, look no further than Signal 8!