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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 (http://www.showsec.co.uk/training/index.aspx) 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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