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Stephen Phipson appointed by the Government as director of security industry engagement

The British Security Industry Association (BSIA) has welcomed the Home Office’s appointment of Stephen Phipson as the new director of security industry engagement within the Office for Security and Counter Terrorism.

This announcement comes as a result of last year’s publication of a White Paper relating to defence and security, entitled ‘New Security Through Technology’, which recommended the creation of a ‘Senior Responsible Owner’ post to co-ordinate the interaction between Government and the UK’s private security industry.

James Kelly, CEO of the BSIA, welcomes this appointment for the closer ties it will create between industry and Government.

Kelly commented: “The appointment of a single point of contact within Government will provide our industry with a greater opportunity to demonstrate its value to a wider range of Government departments, while at the same time facilitating a more streamlined approach to Government purchasing of security products and services.”

Taking up his post in the early summer, Stephen Phipson – an experienced security industry professional – will also support work across Government, led by UKTI, to promote security exports. This move is particularly welcomed by the BSIA’s Export Council, a forum dedicated to establishing and cultivating relationships between UK security providers and overseas buyers.

John Davies, chairman of the Export Council, supports this move in light of a recent House of Lords report which recommended greater Government support for SMEs looking to break into export markets.

Davies commented: “The Export Council of the BSIA welcomes the appointment of Stephen Phipson. We really appreciated Stephen’s work as the chairman of the Security Sector Advisory Group for UKTI DSO. Stephen’s exemplary knowledge of the security industry across the UK and his understanding of Government and the Whitehall apparatus will be a real asset to the security industry and the UK Government’s ambitions to assist the growth in exports from this dynamic sector.”

Closer engagement with Government will also enable the security industry’s expertise to be harnessed more quickly in the delivery and support of the Government’s counter-terrorism strategy, CONTEST, which has had the full support of the BSIA since its inception.

RISC, the UK Security and Resilience Industry Suppliers’ Community – of which the BSIA is a founder member – has also been the leading advocate of close engagement between Government and industry.

James Kelly concluded: “The appointment of a single point of Government contact for our industry will contribute significantly to our already active public affairs programme, and I look forward to meeting with Stephen in the coming months to discuss how our two organisations – and also RISC – might work together and support each other in safeguarding the UK’s citizens and businesses.”

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New Degree of achievement with Showsec

Left to right: Richard Elliot, Andrew Edwards, Darren Evans, Lisa Byrom-Papas, Martin Lewis, Thomas Bailey, Simon Battersby, Timothy Chambers, Keith Hackett, Joseph Taylor, Mark Harding, Craig Bennett, Louise Stockden, Bobak Javaheri, Tom Rigby, Sam Hodkin and Tony Hulme

Left to right: Richard Elliot, Andrew Edwards, Darren Evans, Lisa Byrom-Papas, Martin Lewis, Thomas Bailey, Simon Battersby, Timothy Chambers, Keith Hackett, Joseph Taylor, Mark Harding, Craig Bennett, Louise Stockden, Bobak Javaheri, Tom Rigby, Sam Hodkin and Tony Hulme

Fifteen Showsec managers became the first in the UK to receive the new foundation degree in ‘Applied Professional Studies in Crowd Management’ awarded by the University of Derby Corporate (UDC) at the institution’s inaugural degree presentation ceremony, which was hosted at Pride Park, Derby on 26 April.

The foundation degree was developed in close partnership with UDC to form part of a clear and unique development path from steward to senior management as part of Showsec’s Management Development Programme.

Programme manager Keith Hackett stated: “This graduation is a proud moment for the company. It’s the fruition of five years’ worth of investment to create a groundbreaking course and qualification with a content-relevant degree syllabus. We’ve worked with UDC to include innovative processes such as thought-provoking classroom sessions challenging current security and crowd management procedures, and taking input from external industry experts to ensure we’re at the cutting edge of thinking relating to the specific skills required by professionals in an evolving live events industry.”

He continued: “The programme is specifically designed to incorporate blended learning methods, including real-time operational learning experiences at major events and festivals, on-the-job mentoring with support from experienced leading experts and our state-of-the-art e-Learning platform, which now hosts over 75 modules, resulting in an education program which is relevant and progressive.”

Hackett also said: “The course has three strands focusing on developing operational expertise, leadership and achieving high standards of administrative competence. Our clients have benefited from the services of confident, qualified, fully-rounded managers with a thirst for success fuelled by the drive for innovation. This is the genesis of the next generation of crowd managers who will shape the future of the industry.”

Address by Showsec md Mark Harding

Showsec’s managing director Mark Harding was invited to present the ‘Industry Address’ to the audience.

“Today is the culmination of individual achievement, company investment and the delivery of commercially relevant education,” said Harding. “UDC has been outstanding in meeting our higher education needs and enabled us to fulfil our continued expansion within the industry.”

Harding went on to state: “These fifteen graduates are the first in a stream of operational staff taking this new Foundation Degree, in turn setting a new benchmark for the industry and elevating the strength in depth of our operational team to a new level. Combining personal development with the company’s ambitions has been fundamental to the success of the programme.”

In conclusion, Harding commented: “In keeping with our commitment to continuous product improvement, this autumn we will release the next innovative programme for our more senior managers. Providing these development opportunities for individuals alongside our cohesive approach to improving industry standards can only continue to benefit our clients.”

For details of the next programme and other opportunities visit the Training section of Showsec’s website ( or call learning and development manager Keith Hackett on 0116-204 3309.

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Eugene Kaspersky calls for closer collaboration between Government and business to combat cyber threats

Eugene Kaspersky, the CEO and co-founder of Kaspersky Lab, is urging greater collaboration between the UK Government and the private sector to address “the very real and potentially devastating threat” of cyberwarfare and the consequent risks posed to critical infrastructure.

In a speech to a select gathering of UK Government officials – among them James Brokenshire (Minister for Crime and Security) and Pauline Neville Jones (Special Representative to Business on Cyber Security at the House of Lords) – as well as Adrian Leppard (Commissioner of the City of London Police), Stephen Harrison (CEO at the National Fraud Authority), Kaspersky outlined the nature of today’s ever-advancing cyber threats and what needs to be done in response to them.

The gathering, which was held in the iconic Churchill War Rooms, was also attended by a number of CSOs from British enterprises such as HSBC, Unilever, Vodafone and Barclays. Kaspersky believes that key British businesses – together with the Government – are “pivotal” in the fight against serious cyberdangers.

In his speech, Kaspersky highlighted the most pressing issues facing today’s cyber world – and, by extension, the physical world.

“Today, sophisticated malicious programs – ‘cyber weapons’ – have the power to disable companies, cripple Governments and bring whole nations to their knees by attacking critical infrastructure in sectors such as communications, finance, transportation and the utilities. The consequences for human populations could, as a result, be literally catastrophic.”

Kaspersky Lab currently analyses around 200,000 unique malware samples every day compared to just approximately 25 per day in 1994, 700 in 2006 and 7,000 in 2011. Some of the most significant recent sophisticated cybertools include Red October, Flame, MiniFlame, Gauss, Stuxnet, Duqu, Shamoon and Wiper.

New and proactive approach is needed

Kaspersky Lab believes that a new and proactive approach needs to be actioned to tackle serious cyber threats, and that this process must start with Government and industry co-operation while incorporating universal standardisation and policies.

“Greater investment in education from both Government and industry is needed to ensure a continuous flow of talent rising up through the ranks,” said Kaspersky.

“The Cyber Security Information Sharing Partnership (CISP) and its Fusion Cell are needed for the UK and of course the EU is moving ahead with its European Network and Information Security Agency (ENISA) as well as plans for establishing a network of Member States’ NIS bodies and CERTs, but that mustn’t stop individual nations taking the lead with their own measures to raise their cyber resilience.”

He continued: “Regulation needs to be at a global level. The CISP and ENISA need to co-operate. Data and expertise sharing can only be advantageous in the ongoing fight against cyberthreats of increasing sophistication.

“But why should state intelligence and defence bother co-operating with the private sector? In the words of Francis Maude, Minister for the Cabinet Office: ‘We need to team up to fight common enemies but the key to co-operating, in a spirit of openness and sharing, are guarantees to maintain the confidentiality of data shared.

“The private sector – particularly IT and security-related industries, and also certain key critical industries for which IT security has long been at the top of the agenda – has a wealth of front line cyber battle experience which state bodies will greatly benefit from having access to. This benefit should then dovetail back to the advantage of the private sector, through the added muscle of state bodies and the enhanced, overall visibility of cyber threats provided by the private-public partnership.”

Kaspersky’s speech came hot on the heels of a recent announcement from Interpol and Kaspersky Lab that they are entering into a partnership of technical co-operation. Kaspersky Lab will be sending its top experts to Interpol’s Global Complex for Innovation in Singapore once it opens, and will also start sharing cyber analytics with the global crime-fighting organisation on an ongoing basis.

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Former SIA chairman Baroness Ruth Henig joins SecuriGroup

Award-winning security firm SecuriGroup has announced the appointment of Baroness Ruth Henig as a non-executive director.

Baroness Henig joins SecuriGroup after completing two successful terms as chairman of the Home Office Regulator, the Security Industry Authority (SIA).

Baroness Henig’s commitment to security and policing is well documented, having held the post of chairman of the Lancashire Police Authority and the chairmanship of the Association of Police Authorities in England and Wales (which led to the award of a CBE in 2000 for services to policing).

The Baroness also served on the National Criminal Justice Board and Street Crime Action Group, chaired by the then Prime Minister, Tony Blair.

Baroness Henig was appointed as Deputy Lieutenant for Lancashire in 2002 and made a life peer in 2004 as Baroness Henig of Lancaster. As a sitting member of the House of Lords, Baroness Henig takes her place on the European Scrutiny Committee on Foreign Affairs and is a member of the Independent Policing Commission.

Prudent timing for the appointment

The timing of this appointment is particularly prudent for SecuriGroup as the Home Office prepares to reform the Private Security Industry Act 2001 and create a new regulatory system.

Baroness Henig was instrumental in devising the new regulatory strategy and her in-depth knowledge will ensure that SecuriGroup is well placed to meet the requirements of the new regime.

Baroness Henig said of her appointment: “I am delighted to join the SecuriGroup Board of Directors. The new regulatory framework will provide exciting opportunities for a company with such a strong reputation, and I’m keen to play my part in delivering further success to the organisation.”

Russel Kerr, the managing director of SecuriGroup, said: “This appointment helps to underline our ambitions and further strengthens our credentials. Our organisation continues to expand well ahead of the industry average, and this announcement will increase our profile even further.”

SecuriGroup has navigated the recession well and has experienced double-digit growth throughout the downturn, doubling its turnover in less than five years.

Board exhibits extensive security experience

The Baroness joins a Board with extensive security experience which is chaired by retired Strathclyde Police deputy chief constable John LS Malcolm QPM.

The SecuriGroup Board also includes former assistant chief constable and head of counter-terrorism for Scotland, namely Allan Burnett QPM, and the former joint regional liaison officer and civil contingencies expert Colonel John Kelly MBE.

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The Security Institute announces Emma Shaw as its new chairman

The Security Institute, the UK’s largest membership body for security professionals, has announced that Emma Shaw is its new chairman.

Working alongside her fellow directors, Emma will take the organisation to the next stage of its development by ensuring that it continues to meet the needs of its growing membership.

Shaw is the founder and managing director of Esoteric, a well established electronic sweeping, counter espionage and intelligence gathering company based in the UK. An MBA graduate and a Chartered Security Professional (CSyP), Emma’s early career was spent with the Royal Military Police, followed by a period working in the UK Security Service.

Having previously been vice-chairman of The Security Institute, with responsibility for its strategic direction and finances, Emma takes over from Mike Bluestone CSyP, who had been in the position since 2009.

Bluestone stated: “It has been a pleasure and a privilege to lead The Security Institute over the last four years and I will continue to promote the excellent work that it does wherever and whenever I can. Having worked closely with Emma during that time, I’ve no doubt that the Institute is in the best possible hands and I wish her all the best.”

Refinement of the membership process

Emma has served on the main Board of The Security Institute since 2007. Having also been both registrar and chairman of the Validation Board for several years, she has been instrumental in the ongoing refinement of the membership process, ensuring it remains both current and relevant.

In addition to her work at The Security Institute, Emma is the southern region chairman of the Defence Industry Security Association (DISA) and a council member for City and Security Resilience Networks (CSARN). An active participant in the development of industry standards and Best Practice techniques for technical security counter measures, Emma has worked closely with Skills for Security on National Occupational Standards and with the National Security Inspectorate on Codes of Practice.

No stranger to industry acclaim, Emma was a finalist at the Association of Security Consultants’ (ASC) Imbert Prize 2012, a finalist for Director of the Year at the 2013 Toast of Surrey Awards and won the Security Consultant of the Year 2012 accolade at the 2012 Security Excellence Awards.

Emma also featured in the list of recent IFSEC Global ‘Top 40 Influencers in Security’.

Commenting on her new role, Shaw said: “I feel both delighted and privileged to have been elected to lead The Security Institute. Although we are a UK-based organisation, our future direction, approach and thinking should also reflect our ability to support our members globally. It’s my intention to achieve this objective via a cohesive strategy that makes use of external communications to develop and influence the shape of our industry, as well as supporting our members in their professional career development. The Security Institute has many dedicated volunteer security professionals and I’m looking forward to working with them to shape the organisation’s future.”

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Lone Working: why risk assessments are vital

If you look on Wikipedia, risk assessments are defined thus: ‘The determination of the quantitative or qualitative value of risk related to a concrete situation and a recognised threat.’

Such assessments – or security risk analyses – are essential for every organisation. Only by conducting these exercises can those who hold the purse strings be absolutely sure that the controls in place – and the expenditure aligned with them – are fully commensurate with the risks to which any given organisation is exposed.

Drilling down to the micro level, it’s also true to say that risk assessments around employees are equally vital. No more so than when it comes to members of staff who work alone. The Corporate Manslaughter Act and companies’ Duty of Care to staff as part of today’s CSR policies absolutely set that assertion in stone.

What factors, though, demand most consideration for a genuinely collaborate risk assessment procedure to be executed between manager and employee?

Fundamental questions must be asked

Certain fundamental questions must be asked. For example, can the work defined be carried out safely by a lone individual? What arrangements need to be put in place to make certain a lone worker isn’t exposed to a greater risk than those who operate in tandem?

In essence, the risk assessment for any lone worker has to pinpoint all potential hazards, identify those who may be affected by the perceived risks and outline the right control procedures.

Looking specifically at hazards (or threats), does the workplace present a special risk to the lone worker, perhaps because of the environment, its location or any degree of unfamiliarity with their surroundings?

From a Health and Safety perspective, is the working environment appropriate in terms of, say, lighting and heating? Are welfare facilities – toilets, drinking water, etc – on site both adequate and accessible? And what about immediate access to First Aid facilities should they be required?

From a pure security point of view, does the lone worker have access to suitable communication devices for summoning assistance? Needless to say this area is always important, and particularly so if there’s any perceived or real risk of violence associated with the work activity or location.

Is there an emergency plan in place, and is it appropriate? Has the employee received specific training in how to respond to emergency situations that may arise in the course of their duties when working alone? Variables such as fire safety or the need for electrical shutdowns ought to be considered.

For their part, control measures are focused on reducing risk and the consideration of alternative work methods/patterns, additional training (around, say, emergency procedures and personal safety) and adequate supervision.

Enhanced on-site security (courtesy of CCTV and personal alarm systems) will likely be part of the mix, so too increased lighting at entrances, exits and for external zones like car parks.

When, where and how to seek guidance

As a ‘must’, all lone workers have to be privy to the necessary information that assists them in dealing with everyday scenarios but they should also understand when, where and how to seek guidance or assistance from others should they be confronted by threatening or otherwise abnormal situations.

Generally speaking, the level and extent of training required for lone working employees depends largely on the nature of the work to be conducted in addition to the knowledge and experience of the individuals in question. It stands to reason that younger, less ‘worldly-wise’ individuals and those new to the company have to be inducted by way of more training.

Supervision must also be paramount. The level and degree of this ‘mentoring’ is determined by the nature of the risks involved in tandem with the aforementioned abilities and experience of each lone worker.

Manual (panic alarms) or automatic (motion sensors) warning devices may come into the mix, along with periodic telephone contact/site visits from managers at set intervals. Regular contact (by way of dedicated radios or telephones) or perhaps ‘end of shift’ or ‘end of task’ contact could be initiated.

At the end of the risk assessment, every lone worker must be made fully aware of the outcome and of all necessary control measures to be orchestrated.

Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI
Media Solutions Manager
UBM Live Security and Fire Portfolio

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