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Security Research Initiative launches ‘Understanding Security Excellence’ survey

The latest Security Research Initiative survey has now been launched.

The current Security Research Initiative project is focused on better understanding ‘security excellence’ (whether that be security excellence in corporations or security excellence among security suppliers).

What are the key drivers of security excellence? What makes some corporate security departments and certain security suppliers excellent at what they do, and what are the barriers to achieving excellence for others?

Professor Martin Gill

Professor Martin Gill

Whatever role you play in security and at whatever level, Professor Martin Gill (director of PRCI and the research leader) would really appreciate it if you would take some time to complete the survey. In addition, those who take part will receive a copy of the detailed results free of charge.

This year’s survey is being completed by security professionals across the world.

All those who work in any aspect of security are asked to help complete the online survey, which will only take about ten minutes. Here’s the link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/LH2DZ8J

For further information contact: a.randall@perpetuityresearch.com or visit: http://perpetuityresearch.com/security-research-initiative/

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Europol partners with ASIS Europe 2014

ASIS International has announced that Europol is partnering with ASIS Europe 2014.

Europol is the European Union’s law enforcement agency whose main goal is to help achieve a safer Europe for the benefit of all EU citizens.

For its part, the 13th ASIS European Security Conference and Exhibition is a unique end user-focused educational event that’s expected to attract around 500 senior decision-makers – including Chief Security Officers – from all over Europe.

The event will be held on 1-3 April 2014 in The Hague, Netherlands at The World Forum.

Specifics of the agreement

Under the agreement reached between Europol and ASIS, Rob Wainwright (Europol’s director) will be a keynote speaker at ASIS Europe 2014 on Thursday 3 April.

Rob Wainwright: director of Europol

Rob Wainwright: director of Europol

Europol will also give a presentation in the main educational programme focused on counterfeit product and will hold an exhibit space in the exhibition area.

Finally, a professional visit to Europol headquarters will be organised.

Rob Wainwright was appointed director of Europol in April 2009. He’s also currently an active member of the World Economic Forum, primarily on cyber issues.

Prior to joining Europol, Wainwright graduated from the London School of Economics, University of London with a BSc in 1989. He quickly became an intelligence analyst in the UK in the fields of counter-terrorism and organised crime, where he remained for the following ten years.

Since then he has honed his skills in those areas of expertise and, from 2000 to 2009, he has held such key positions as head of the UK Liaison Bureau at Europol, international director of the National Criminal Intelligence Service (NCIS) and chief of the International Department of the UK’s Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA).

Wainwright is credited with establishing the international strategy and operational capabilities of the newly-formed agency.

Wide range of security issues

Talking about the event, Radek Havlis CPP (senior regional vice-president of ASIS) said: “ASIS International is delighted with the support a renowned institution such as Europol is lending to ASIS Europe 2014. For many years, ASIS has been the voice of the security profession in Europe, encouraging private-public sectordialogue. We believe that this co-operation will further reinforce our aims.”

The 13th ASIS European Security Conference and Exhibition will cover a wide range of security issues in 33 high-level educational sessions divided over three parallel tracks.

The conference will also feature:

• a Chief Security Officers (CSOs) Round Table Summit organised by the CSO Roundtable of ASIS International
• a Technology and Solutions Theatre specially created for exhibitors to showcase their products, services and expertise to delegates
• unrivalled networking opportunities at the Welcome Reception and at the President’s Reception as well as business lunches and networking breaks

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Axis Communications to partner with ASIS International’s UK Chapter on training and information

Network video specialist Axis Communications has been selected to partner with the UK Chapter of ASIS International in providing the latter’s members with training and information.

The collaboration will be based around the existing ASIS CPE (Continued Professional Education) scheme and will see Axis attending a number of ASIS UK events throughout the year, offering seminars and updates on cutting-edge network video technologies.

Commenting on the partnership, Mike Hurst (vice chairman – strategy for the UK Chapter of ASIS International) explained: “We are always looking for new and innovative ways to offer our members access to training and information which ensures that we continue to promote excellence and leadership in the security management profession. By partnering with Axis Communications, we hope to give those who attend our events an excellent opportunity to keep up-to-date with all the latest developments and technology in network video.”

ASIS UK's Mike Hurst

ASIS UK’s Mike Hurst

Steven Kenny, business development manager for the architecture and engineering programme at Axis Communications, added: “Axis has long since recognised that offering continual professional training and education is vital to ensure that our industry can continue to benefit from the many technological innovations in the market.”

Kenny added: “Through our work with prestigious organisations like ASIS in the UK we can offer them a wide range of training, including the highly successful Axis Certification Program, and ensure that the knowledge and experience of its members is as current as it should be.”

High quality training and education

Both Axis and ASIS have always shown a commitment to providing the highest quality training and education for security professionals.

ASIS offers a range of dynamic seminar and training days throughout the year both nationally and internationally, and serves as an active resource for information on various security and management skills.

For its part, Axis Communications’ Academy has helped security professionals boost their businesses by giving the tools and information they need.

It also offers a full calendar of training courses, including the aforementioned Axis Certification Program, which sets an industry standard by offering system designers and technical sales staff alike the first professional network video certification to validate IP video expertise.

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MPs call Home Office bonus culture ‘irresponsible’

The Home Affairs Select Committee has published a report on the work of the Permanent Secretary.

The Home Affairs Committee concludes that, with the current financial pressures on the Home Office and the increased public scrutiny of bonuses, it is “irresponsible” of the Home Office to continue to pay in staff bonuses, with a total value of £6,524,712.18, despite poor performance in many areas.

Mark Sedwill, the Permanent Secretary, has “shown leadership” by not taking a bonus for this year.

The current picture of police procurement is said to be “dismal”. The report states: “The Home Office is relying on it to deliver much of its financial savings but it is hopelessly fragmented, and the Home Office itself has only the sketchiest idea of what is going on. The Government should issue detailed guidance to Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) and chief constables about good procurement practice.”

The Home Affairs Select Committee comments: “The Home Office procurement arrangements should be made more efficient and open. The current near oligopoly caused by monolithic contracts should be broken and the deals split into smaller arrangements immediately.”

The report also states: “The engagement and confidence in the leadership of the Civil Service in the Home Office is at crisis levels and needs to be addressed as a matter of urgency.”

Keith Vaz MP: chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee

Keith Vaz MP: chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee

Chairman of the Committee, Keith Vaz MP, said: “It is irresponsible that the Home Office has continued to pay big bonuses despite presiding over many failures. I welcome the fact that Mark Sedwill, the Permanent Secretary, has led from the front and refused a bonus for this year. Others in the department should have followed his lead. We should end the culture of rewarding failure.”

Vaz continued: “Procurement remains a fundamental problem for the Home Office. There is a shocking lack of support for chief constables and PCCs on how best to procure for their forces. The Government needs to issue guidance immediately in order to ensure that the police service has the best equipment and the public receive value for money.”

In conclusion, Vaz explained: “There is an urgent need for all Home Office contracts to be made more transparent and efficient. It is futile to continue to pay vast amounts of money to large companies who do not perform. Smaller deals will allow the Government to root out those who do not deliver.”

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