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The Security Institute brings leading industry experts together at 2013 Annual Conference and Exhibition

The Security Institute has announced details of its 2013 Annual Conference and Exhibition, which takes place on Wednesday 19 June at The Marriott Regents Park Hotel in London.

Bringing together a wealth of expertise and insight from some of the industry’s most esteemed thought leaders, this must-attend event will address the key issues facing security professionals today.

Focusing on three areas – Leadership and Management, Cyber Security and Emerging Trends – each module will conclude with a moderated panel question and answer session.

Kicking off the conference will be a keynote address from former BBC governor and chairman of the British Joint Intelligence Committee (JIC), Baroness Pauline Neville-Jones.

This will be followed by the Leadership & Management part of the event where Keith Bloodworth of CNL Software, Graham Smith of Influencing Skills and Patrick Mercer MP will offer their thoughts on how to take the security industry forward in these challenging times.

The Cyber Security section follows, and Alex Moore of the National Cyber Security Programme, Mike Gillespie of Advent IM and the Earl of Erroll will address issues including Government strategy, identifying vulnerabilities and managing and addressing cyber threats.

Emerging trends in the security world

After lunch the Emerging Trends module will be framed by Bob Randall of Associated British Foods, Allison Wylde of London Metropolitan University Business School and Nigel Carpenter of AMEC. They will discuss subjects such as protecting the food supply chain, flood risks and protecting the utilities.

Rounding off this impressive line-up of speakers will be a closing address from renowned security journalist Jon Clements.

Dinner at the Marriott Regents Park Hotel

After the conference delegates are invited to attend an informal dinner at the Marriott Regents Park Hotel, where they will be able to mingle with the day’s speakers and discuss some of the topics covered in a relaxed environment.

“Building on the positive feedback we received after last year’s event, our 2013 Annual Conference and Exhibition promises to be an fantastic occasion that really shouldn’t be missed,” commented Emma Shaw, chairman of The Security Institute.

“Delegates will hear from a range of expert speakers who will provide insight into current industry trends as well as highlighting what can be expected in the future. The conference also provides great opportunities for delegates to develop their skills, build knowledge and enhance their career prospects by meeting with other Institute members.”

Spaces at The Security Institute’s 2013 Annual Conference and Exhibition are limited. Those wishing to attend as a delegate or exhibitor are advised to book now by visiting: https://www.security-institute.org

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Securitas awarded UK and Ireland security contract at Marks & Spencer

Securitas Security Services (UK) has been awarded the contract to be the sole provider of security solutions to Marks & Spencer across their UK and Ireland stores.

The contract with Marks & Spencer will see Securitas take on security services in regions that were previously provided by MITIE Facilities Management, and will involve supplying over 700 specialised retail security officers every day.


This contract also includes the provision of mobile CCTV vehicles, which operate nationwide and deliver a Remote Video Surveillance (RVS) capability Marks & Spencer uses to target crime hotspots.

Securitas also becomes the preferred supplier of security solutions to Marks & Spencer worldwide, in turn supporting the retailer’s international vision.

Creation of a management support team

Aside from the provision of retail security officers, a key part of the new contract is the creation of a Securitas Management Support Team, the members of which will work in partnership with the Marks & Spencer Loss Prevention field team to significantly enhance the business focus on loss.

The contract award was made following a comprehensive tender process by the Loss Prevention and Procurement Teams of Marks & Spencer.

Commenting on the decision to award Securitas the contract Sean Bowen, Head of Loss Prevention at Marks & Spencer, explained the reasons for their choice.

“Ensuring the safety of our customers, stores and employees is very important for us and it was necessary that we found a partner who not only understands this but would also help us enhance our approach to loss prevention. We selected Securitas because we were confident they understood our specific risks and would deliver a high level of service that will help us achieve our security objectives.”

Securitas will continue to work alongside Marks & Spencer to ensure that the security teams not only enhance the shopping experience of every customer, but also that they add value to the Marks & Spencer business.

Track record of successful collaboration


Securitas and Marks & Spencer have previously been recognised for a combined focus and sector specialisation. In 2011, Securitas and Marks & Spencer won the prestigious IFSEC Security Industry Award for Service Delivery to the Customer as well as having been recognised as leaders in innovation in loss prevention at the BT Retail Week Awards.

Securitas is now looking forward to building on these firm foundations and continuing to develop and evolve further successful innovative solutions that lead the way in retail security.

Commenting on the contract award Darren Read, Chief Operating Officer at Securitas, said: “This has been a seven-year journey with many people across our business contributing to this success. We have developed a clear understanding of the Marks & Spencer culture, loss prevention strategy and commitment to customer service. This contract win is a great example of why specialisation matters and further strengthens our position as the Number One UK and Ireland retail security provider.”

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Queen’s Speech: crime-fighting measures announced by UK Government

An Antisocial Behaviour, Crime and Policing Bill has been announced by the Queen in her annual speech to Parliament.

The Home Office will introduce an Antisocial Behaviour, Crime and Policing Bill to create new and simpler powers for the police service such that officers can deal with antisocial behaviour, cut crime and continue police reform.

The Bill would tackle the use of illegal firearms by gangs and organised crime groups and provide better protection for victims of forced marriage.

It would also encourage responsible dog ownership by strengthening the law for tackling dogs that are dangerously out of control.

Additionally, it would continue the coalition Government’s programme of police reform by extending the powers of the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

Communications Data Bill: what next?

The Queen’s Speech had been due to include the Communications Data Bill. Dubbed the ‘Snooper’s Charter’ in some quarters by opponents, this would have allowed the monitoring of UK citizens’ online and mobile communications.

However, the plans published by Home Secretary Theresa May were recently blocked by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg on civil liberties grounds despite warnings such legislation is desperately needed to help detect terrorism plots.

BBC News states: “The Government is now considering forcing Internet service providers and mobile phone companies to store more data about the devices from which e-mails, Skype calls and other messages are sent to help police identify the sender, if necessary. The Home Office had previously rejected this option (which may not need new legislation in order for these plans to be implemented) on technical and cost grounds.”

The BBC continues: “Fresh proposals to investigate crime in cyberspace are being promised…” to “…help protect the public and the investigation of crime in cyberspace.”

The major strand of this plan is to find a way to more closely match Internet Protocol (IP) addresses to individuals in order to identify who has sent an e-mail or made a call.

The BBC states: “Despite Nick Clegg’s objections to the Communications Data Bill, the Home Office has said action is needed to reflect the fact criminals are increasingly using Internet phone calls or social media websites to communicate.”

Helping to keep the public safe

The BBC report continues: “In the Briefing Notes on the Queen’s Speech, the Government makes clear it remains ‘committed to ensuring that law enforcement and intelligence agencies have the powers they need to protect the public and ensure national security'”.

“These agencies use communications data – the who, when, where and how of a communication, but not its content – to investigate and prosecute serious crime,” say the Briefing Notes.

“Communications data helps to keep the public safe – it is used by the police to investigate crimes, bring offenders to justice and to save lives.”

“This is not about indiscriminately accessing the Internet data of innocent members of the public.”

“The proposals to be brought forward would address the fact the police – who can already tell when, where and who made a mobile phone call or sent a text message – cannot always trace the origin of an e-mail, a message sent via instant messaging or a phone call made over the Internet.”

“The Government says one problems is that IP addresses are shared between a number of people, or devices.”

“In order to know who has actually sent an e-mail or made a Skype call the police need to know who has used a certain IP address at a given point in time,” says the Government.

“The Government says it is ‘looking at ways of addressing this issue… it may involve legislation'”.

“There have been questions raised about how, or whether, it might be possible to achieve the goal of matching IP addresses more closely to devices or individuals.”

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MITIE awarded £3 million security contract with Essar Oil

MITIE, the FTSE 250 strategic outsourcer, has won a £3 million security contract with Essar Oil (UK) Ltd (part of Essar Energy, the integrated energy company).

The contract was awarded to MITIE’s Total Security Management (TSM) business following a competitive tender process where MITIE presented its approach to delivering integrated and risk-based security services.

MITIE was chosen based on its experience of working in high-risk environments, such as the oil and gas industry, and its specialist knowledge of the Critical National Infrastructure and defence sectors.

The contract will involve MITIE providing security for the Stanlow refinery in Cheshire, the second biggest oil refinery in the UK, which was acquired by Essar Energy in 2011.

Bob Forsyth

The Stanlow refinery processes about 235kbd of oil each day and supplies 15% of the UK’s transport fuel, making it a critical part of the country’s national infrastructure.

MITIE will be responsible for controlling access and exit to the site to protect the assets, as well as the high numbers of staff and visitors at the site.

Bob Forsyth, managing director at MITIE TSM, commented: “I’m delighted to be working with Essar Oil at Stanlow. Our experience with other clients in the Critical National Infrastructure sector makes us best placed to offer a security partnership through understanding the needs of a high risk environment.”

Essar Oil UK’s fire and security manager, Stuart Warburton, commented: “We’re very happy to have MITIE working alongside us on this site. In choosing a security partner, we needed one that understood the sector and how to mitigate the risks in our specialist environment. MITIE’s ability to provide high calibre staff during surge periods, and their ability to offer security industry Best Practice, were key factors for us in making our selection.”

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