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Guest Blog: ‘Business Protection: Are you qualified to identify the risks which really matter?’ by James Willison

Key issues addressed in the new Higher Certificate (Level 7) in Security Risk Management (Griffin Security Solutions and Loughborough University)

In the first week of a new course in Security Risk Management delivered in December 2013, writes James Willison, we looked at the issues facing business and security leaders today.

In particular, the matters of how relevant language and knowledge are needed to gain the attention of the business. Central to this is the concept of ‘Business Protection’. If this idea could be developed further, necessary budgets for projects could be secured and viewed less as an inconvenient cost.

How, though, can this be done? One way is through an understanding of all the security risks which face a business. Currently, most security professionals specialise in certain areas and therefore often lack a deep enough grasp of other areas of security risk.

However, all of those in security can develop their knowledge, improve their effectiveness and so ensure the business is protected.

Higher Certificate in Security Risk Management

The Higher Certificate in Security Risk Management is an ideal way to achieve this because it covers all the key areas of security risk management from physical security, risk analysis and risk management/ERM, insurance risk, crime analysis, supply chain risk, information and cyber risk (ISO 27001:2013), HR, business continuity (ISO 22301) and crisis management leading to a Level 7 Masters award.

James Willison speaking at IFSEC International

James Willison speaking at IFSEC International

As it looks more closely at the business’ security risks in an overall way, this is different from more specialised qualifications.

The Level 7 student is expected to consider the impact of risk on their organisation and the wider International context. At the end of the course, a 5,000 word essay will need to be submitted, thus equipping security leaders of the future to identify the issues which really matter to companies.

Recently, it became clear that only about 36% of security leaders have qualifications which would satisfy a Chartered status. If security leaders want to be taken seriously by the Board, this needs to change.

Loughborough University MSc in Security Management

In 2014, a series of five-day (40 hors) courses (classroom/tutorial-based) will take place in Lincolnshire and include a further commitment to four months home study of about ten hours a week. These can also be run for groups of two people or more at a location convenient to you.

The successful student can then choose to progress to the Loughborough University MSc in Security Management with a guaranteed place on the programme and the first 20 credits.

Protect businesses effectively! Take up the challenge and embark on this course!

James Willison, Associate Director of Training, Griffin Security Solutions

For further details contact training co-ordinator Nikki Ashe (telephone: +44 (0)1636 643915 or e-mail: nikki.ashe@griffin-group.co.uk)

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ISS divests commercial security activities in Pacific Region

• Wilson Security acquires the commercial security business of ISS in Australia and New Zealand
• The security activities are delivered by around 2,500 oficers across Australia and New Zealand
• ISS retains its security activities at 13 Australian airports
• The proposed divestment is part of ISS’ strategy of focusing on its core activities which leverage the strength of the IFS offering and create a more aligned business platform
• The proceeds from the divestment will enable further deleveraging of ISS

Leading global facility services provider ISS has agreed to sell its commercial security activities in Australia and New Zealand to Wilson Security.

ISS will continue to provide security services, focusing purely on security at major airports in Australia. These services comprise part of the Aviation and Transport Division of

ISS. ISS is the largest provider of airport security services in Australia, affording services to 13 airports.

Thomas Hinnerskov: regional CEO, ISS Asia Pacific

Thomas Hinnerskov: regional CEO, ISS Asia Pacific

Thomas Hinnerskov, regional CEO of ISS Asia Pacific, commented: “This transaction will result in a stronger business platform for ISS in the Pacific Region as we focus on our core activities. It’s part of the accelerated execution of our global strategy and the alignment of our business platform.”

Hinnerskov continued: “We continuously review the strategic rationale and ‘fit’ of our different service activities. In late 2013, we concluded that our commercial security operations in Australia and New Zealand generally were standalone service offerings, providing limited ability to leverage the strength of our Integrated Facility Services strategy, while our security activities at airports and ports have the potential for integration with our other services.”

He added: “Airports and ports are highly prioritised customer segments for ISS in Australia and throughout the Asia Pacific Region. Shanghai and Bangkok International Airports are among the many airports we service in the region. At the same time we were approached by a number of security companies, and we determined that this was a good opportunity to transfer the commercial security activities to a new owner that has security as a core offer.”

ISS intends to use the proceeds from the divestment to support the continued deleveraging of the company.

The transaction remains subject to satisfaction of certain conditions precedent customary in a transaction of this nature.

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