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ISS publishes White Book on Workplace of the Future

Entitled ‘New Ways of Working – The Workplace of the Future‘, the White Book has been developed in close co-operation with the Copenhagen Institute for Future Studies, and is based on in-depth research and a global survey among more than 600 experts in the field of facility management.

The publication coincides with the opening of the IFMA’s World Workplace Conference and Expo in Philadelphia, USA.

Increasingly, global competition, the war for talents, the introduction of new technologies and the greater focus on sustainability – among other factors – are changing how companies plan for and develop their workplace strategies, and how the facility management industry develops services to support them.

The White Book focuses on these challenges and how they will influence the role of facility management.

Designing smart and effective workplaces

“By definition, people are essential to workplaces. Without people, workplaces are simply places,” said Jeff Gravenhorst, Group CEO at ISS A/S when speaking at the opening session of IFMA’s World Workplace Conference and Expo in Philadelphia.

“The primary purpose of a workplace is to benefit the people in it, and benefiting the processes between them. Designing smart and cost effective workplaces, which will accommodate more collaboration and increase efficiency is a major opportunity for most organisations.”

Jeff Gravenhorst: Group CEO at ISS

Jeff Gravenhorst: Group CEO at ISS

Gravenhorst continued: “There’s no doubt that the workplace as we know it is undergoing dramatic change as it will increasingly become a place where people meet, socialize, build relations and have fun. ISS is committed to remain a market leader in developing tools, technologies and solutions for these challenges in collaboration with our customers and partners.”

‘New Ways of Working – Workplace of the Future’ analyses the boundaries that define traditional and future workplaces and organisations. Increasingly, employees work from the office, home and third workplaces. They work in private offices and open offices as well as from hot desks and touchdown points. Meanwhile, mobile devices are overtaking the laptop and the PC as our primary interfaces to the digital world.

Facility management professionals: key role to play

Jeffrey Scott Saunders (futurist and senior executive advisor/head of strategy and innovation at the Copenhagen Institute for Futures Studies) explained: “The accelerating pace of change is driving a wedge between managements’ vision of the workplace and the reality experienced by workers. Most workplaces are not designed to efficiently or effectively evolve as the dynamics of business change. Facility management professionals will have a key role to play in ensuring that workplaces are continuously aligned with core organisations’ changing needs.”

The new White Book builds upon the earlier findings from the ‘ISS 2020 Vision: Scenarios for the Future of the global Facility Management Industry’, which concluded that future workplaces will change significantly over the coming decade.

The findings of ‘New Ways of Working’ were developed in partnership with IFMA through qualitative research and subject matter expert interviews and several workshops with customers. The study also presents external expert assessments from the Copenhagen Institute for Futures Studies of the strategic themes shaping future work, the workforce and the workplace towards 2020.

‘New Ways of Working – Workplace of the Future’ is available online: http://www.publications.issworld.com/ISS/External/issworld/White_papers/2020_New_Ways_of_Working/

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Graduates receive Master’s degrees in Business Continuity, Security and Emergency Management from Buckinghamshire New University

The latest cohort of graduates from the Master’s degree in Business Continuity, Security and Emergency Management have graduated from Buckinghamshire New University.

The graduates received their certificates alongside 1,700 graduates and honorary graduates during ceremonies held at the Wycombe Swan Theatre in High Wycombe.

Course leader Phil Wood MBE said: “We’re exceedingly proud to see our students graduating from the MSc in Business Continuity, Security and Emergency Management. It has been a real challenge over the last 18 months of study, but we have every confidence that the knowledge and skills this cohort has acquired will prove to be invaluable as they return and apply their expertise to their respective organisations.”

This year's crop of graduates who studied for Masters degrees in Business Continuity, Security and Emergency Management at Buckinghamshire New University

This year’s crop of graduates who studied for Masters degrees in Business Continuity, Security and Emergency Management at Buckinghamshire New University

The course comprises three modules designed to provide significant opportunities to apply current theories, concepts and practices to organisations’ business continuity and emergency management.

Wood continued: “Recognising the range of businesses that need to plan for resilience, the programme is sufficiently flexible to meet individual roles and responsibilities. For the resilience professional who wishes to take an analytical and innovative approach to an area of business activity which is rapidly growing in importance, this programme is unique.”

He added: “Bucks New University’s Department of Security and Resilience produces graduates who are able to develop and test theories and plans which will be directly linked to their area of interest or organisational needs, and thus provides relevance and a solid academic basis for further development, research or career progression. We extend our warmest congratulations to our newly qualified alumni.”

This year’s graduates were Adam Jones (a risk and security consultant), Stephen Massey (an IT business continuity consultant), Abiola Sulaiman (a security manager), Bill Stables (of the Ministry of Defence), Les Krause-Whiteing (an IT business continuity consultant), Jim Westlake (a scheme manager for electronic security) and security manager Matt Wright.

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EU Cyber Security Directive “could cost organisations billions”

A study completed by Tripwire and The Ponemon Institute has revealed that many of the world’s largest enterprises are not prepared for the new European Union Directive on Cyber Security (which states that organisations without suitable IT security in place to protect their digital assets will face extremely heavy fiscal penalties).

The EU Directive, which was adopted in July this year, will require that organisations circulate early warnings of cyber risks and incidents, and that actual security incidents are reported to cyber security authorities.

Companies suffering a breach because they don’t have sufficient IT security in place to protect their digital assets face fines of up to 2% of their annual global turnover.

Tripwire’s study (which assesses the security management of 1,320 IT security professionals working in healthcare and pharmaceuticals, financial services, the public sector, retail, industrial, services, technology, software and communications or education and research) reveals that most organisations are under prepared for the EU Directive and therefore at risk of being fined millions of pounds.

A study from Tripwire and The Ponemon Institute has  revealed that many of the world’s largest enterprises are not prepared for the new European Union Directive on Cyber Security

A study from Tripwire and The Ponemon Institute has revealed that many of the world’s largest enterprises are not prepared for the new European Union Directive on Cyber Security

Overall findings from the survey

• 28% of organisations don’t have a formal risk management strategy applied consistently across the entire enterprise
• Only 5% have a mature risk-based security management program in place

The most significant barriers limiting the adoption of effective risk-based management activities within those organisations surveyed are as follows:
• Insufficient resources or budget (34%)
• Lack of C-level support or buy-in (18%)
• Lack of skilled or expert personnel (48%)
• Only 51% assess risks
• Only 58% assess vulnerabilities
• Only 58% identify threats

Dwayne Melancon, chief technology officer at Tripwire, said: “The new EU Directive has the potential to have a huge global impact because it applies to any organisation which operates in the EU, even if they’re headquartered elsewhere in the world. Countries have been given two years to put the EU Directive into place and organisations should be using this time to tighten their security programs, ensure that incident detection and response processes are in place and effective and harden their systems, applications and networks to reduce the risk of breaches.”

Other findings revealed that:
• Only 13% of organisations have regularly scheduled meetings with senior executives to discuss the state of the security risk with senior management
• 25% don’t communicate security risks to senior executives
• 37% only communicate security risks to senior executives when a serious security incident occurs
• 49% believe they’re not effective at communicating the facts about the state of security to senior executives because:
• 59% say the information is too technical to be understood by non-technical management
• 55% say negative facts are filtered before being disclosed to senior executives and the CEO
• 14% say senior executives aren’t interested in this information
• 36% say it takes too much time and resources to prepare reports for senior executives

Clear answers about security risks

“The size of the fines connected with the EU Directive are so big they will definitely get the attention of CEOs and boards,” continued Melancon.

“It’s incumbent upon senior business executives to seek clear answers about security risks from information security leadership to ensure appropriate steps are taken to enable compliance with this Directive before it takes effect.”

Melancon went on to state: “The EU Directive is an excellent reminder that adopting a recognised set of security controls can significantly accelerate the implementation of a reliable security strategy. Organisations looking to improve security practices can also access a wealth of practical information through peer groups such as sector-specific Information Sharing and Analysis Centres where they can share methods and practices to improve their chances of achieving strong outcomes for cyber security.”

Tripwire 2013 Consolidated Verticals

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G4S combines business capabilities to create Fire & Security Systems (UK)

G4S Technology (UK), G4S Fire Security and G4S Monitoring Services have combined their capabilities and begun the transition towards becoming G4S Fire & Security Systems (UK) – part of G4S Secure Solutions (UK), the nation’s largest provider of security solutions.

G4S Fire & Security Systems (UK) is a leading integrator of fire and security solutions with a fully accredited 24 x 7 monitoring centre, providing diverse capabilities underpinned by a determination to continually deliver excellence in customer service.

G4S Technology's UK headquarters

G4S Technology’s UK headquarters

Barry Byrne, the managing director of G4S Fire & Security Systems (UK), commented: “At G4S we recognise that customers are increasingly demanding a single point of contact for their life safety and building security requirements in order to maximise efficiencies and reduce costs. By combining the strong capabilities of G4S Technology (UK), G4S Fire Security and G4S Monitoring Services to create a single entity, we’re now well positioned to deliver this to our customers and the wider security and life safety technologies marketplace.”

Byrne added: “The creation of this systems house will further expand the host of solutions we currently support. The move allows us to offer our customers an even wider choice of systems such that they can meet their fire and building security needs in the most efficient and cost-effective way.”

The transition process is scheduled to be completed by the end of the year.

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