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MITIE TSM awarded security contract with Springfields Fuels

MITIE, the FTSE 250 strategic outsourcing company, has been awarded a security contract with Springfields Fuels Ltd which was the first plant in the world to produce fuel for a commercial power station.

This contract sees MITIE’s Total Security Management business providing a team of highly trained security operatives who work closely with the local emergency services to provide a safe, secure nuclear environment.

MITIE's TSM business will work closely with Springfields Fuels’ management team to implement sector-specific technologies and innovation

MITIE’s TSM business will work closely with Springfields Fuels’ management team to implement sector-specific technologies and innovation

MITIE’s TSM business is the sector leader in critical security environments and has demonstrated its expertise in greenfield, specialist recruitment and mobilisation.

MITIE will work closely with Springfields Fuels’ management team to implement sector-specific technologies and innovation to enhance the security delivery based on Best Practice from across its related portfolio.

Bob Forsyth: md, MITIE TSM

Bob Forsyth: md, MITIE TSM

Bob Forsyth, managing director of MITIE TSM, commented: “We’re delighted to be working with Springfields Fuels to provide specialist services to the critical security sector. This contract is testament to industry recognition of our understanding in this area.”

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The Security Institute celebrates The Register of Chartered Security Professionals at House of Commons event

Following on from last year’s sell-out inaugural event at the House of Lords, entrants on The Register of Chartered Security Professionals and Members and Fellows of The Security Institute once again gathered to celebrate the continuing growth and success of the Register.

The Annual CSyP Dinner was held at the House of Commons on Tuesday 20 March 2014, with over 140 guests in attendance.

The Register of Chartered Security Professionals was created by The Security Institute on behalf of The Worshipful Company of Security Professionals (WCoSP) in 2011. Since then, WCoSP Past-Masters Peter French MBE and Don Randall MBE have worked closely with the Institute to support the Register’s ongoing development.

French and Randall both attended the dinner, alongside the current Master of The Worshipful Company (Group Captain Brian Hughes FSyI) and Barrie Stewart FSyI, Middle Warden.

New Chartered Security Professionals (Left to Right): Grahame Bullock, Simon Whitehouse, Denis Fischbacher-Smith, Peter Whettingsteel, Robb Cumming, Lord Alex Carlile (President of The Security Institute), Simon Pears, Simon Roberts, Peter Kaye and Stephen Ackroyd

New Chartered Security Professionals (Left to Right): Grahame Bullock, Simon Whitehouse, Denis Fischbacher-Smith, Peter Whettingsteel, Robb Cumming, Lord Alex Carlile (President of The Security Institute), Simon Pears, Simon Roberts, Peter Kaye and Stephen Ackroyd

The Security Institute organised the event on behalf of the Register. The Institute was represented at the event by Chairman Emma Shaw CSyP, Vice-Presidents Mike Bluestone CSyP and Bill Wyllie CSyP, Advisory Board member Baroness Ruth Henig DL, Institute Deputy Chairman Garry Evanson CSyP and the Registrar charged with admitting the successful Register applicants, David Gill CSyP.

The annual event is an opportunity to introduce the quality the Register represents to other organisations that are impacted by the security profession and will benefit from the ‘Gold Standard’ that the Register epitomises. Applicants have to go through a rigorous staged assessment process and prove they have reached a minimum competence level in each of five defined areas – knowledge, practice skills, leadership, communications and professional commitment. Once admitted, they are permitted to use the prestigious CSyP post-nominal.

Presentation of Certificates of Admittance

Prior to dinner, Certificates of Admittance were presented to nine new Chartered Security Professionals.

The successful Registrants are: Stephen Ackroyd (Aviation Security Consultant), Grahame Bullock (Nexen Petroleum UK), Robb Cumming (Technip), Professor Denis Fischbacher-Smith (Glasgow University), Peter Kaye (Pilgrims Group), Simon Pears (Sodexo), Simon Roberts (DHL), Peter Whettingsteel (MFD International) and Simon Whitehouse (SGW Safety & Security).

Lord Carlile CBE QC gave an update on the latest activity from the Register, acknowledging the appointment of ASIS UK as Licensees of the Register and announcing that the Register has doubled its application rate since last year. He also shared some of his personal knowledge and history of the House of Commons.

Charles Farr OBE, Director of the Office for Security and Counter-Terrorism, was the guest speaker and shared his thoughts about the future of security and counter-terrorism in the UK.

Left to Right: Emma Shaw CSyP, Lady Carlile and Lord Alex Carlile CBE QC

Left to Right: Emma Shaw CSyP, Lady Carlile and Lord Alex Carlile CBE QC

Emma Shaw, Chairman of The Security Institute and herself a Registered Chartered Security Professional, commented: “I am incredibly proud of what the Register has achieved in just three years and delighted that it continues to attract interest from across the world. It’s a significant factor in our ongoing efforts to raise standards and enhance the perception of the security profession – something that benefits us all.”

Shaw continued: “The Chartered Security Professionals Annual Dinner at the House of Commons is a great opportunity for the Register to celebrate its success and raise its profile even further within the wider business and Governmental communities. The Register continues to play a vital role in The Security Institute’s mission to make security a profession that is considered to be on a par with disciplines such as law, education, medicine, accountancy and engineering.”

*The event was generously sponsored by Dallmeier and Pilgrims Group

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HID Global security survey reveals attitudes about Best Practice for physical access control

Secure identity solutions specialist HID Global has issued an extremely interesting infographic illustrating the results of a survey the company conducted on the subject of physical access control.

The survey of 600 respondents revealed enterprise end users’ perceptions about change and the importance of industry Best Practice, in addition to how well today’s technology and policy Best Practices are being implemented.

Attitudes uncovered in the survey affect how well organisations can defend against increasingly dangerous and costly security threats, both now and in the future.

“This survey raises questions about how well organisations are keeping up with the bad guys,” said John Fenske, vice president of product marketing for physical access control with HID Global.

“Complacency isn’t wise, however, and adherence to industry Best Practice will be increasingly critical in order to take advantage of the coming generation of technologies and capabilities, including mobile access control on smartphones.”

Fenske believes that a reliance on legacy infrastructure, technology and mindsets will make it hard to keep up with today’s technology advances that address “a world of increasingly sophisticated threats”.

Closer look at the infographic’s findings

HID Global’s infographic combines results from its survey with published data on security breaches and associated costs. Here it is…

HID Global's latest physical access control infographic

HID Global’s latest physical access control infographic

Click the link below to view the infographic on HID Global’s website:
HID Global’s new infographic on physical access control

Key findings incorporated into the infographic include:

 Only 37% of users perform annual security assessments, and most users do not contract a third party to test their existing PACS. This means users either conduct their own security audits or penetration exercise internally, or do not test their systems at all.

 More than half of respondents have not upgraded in the last year, and over 20% haven’t upgraded in the last three years.

 75% of end users said cards with cryptography were important. The majority also believe that magstripe and proximity technologies provide adequate security, despite their vulnerability to cloning.

 75% of respondents state that the highest security technologies were important or very important, but half said they weren’t implementing them well or at all. Over 90% felt the most secure policies were important or very important, with only 70% stating that they were implementing them effectively or very effectively.

 Biggest barriers to Best Practice implementation were budget-related and management not seeing value in the investment. Yet the cost of not investing in Best Practice can be very high (for example, $5.4 million for a data breach according to The Ponemon Institute).

HID Global believes that current perceptions about access control will have an impact on the adoption of future technologies. For instance, mobile access control on smartphones will enable a more hassle-free access control experience for users, who can carry all of their keys and credentials on a device they carefully protect and rarely lose or forget.

However, if the market continues to delay shoring up its Best Practices now against today’s threats to traditional cards and readers, it will be difficult for enterprise infrastructures to seamlessly move towards digital credentials carried on smartphones in a BYOD deployment environment with new and different security threats.

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“Environmental credentials are important when choosing a security provider” states Magenta Security

The environmental credentials of a security provider should be ‘front of mind’ when end users are choosing a company with which to work. That’s the view of Abbey Petkar, managing Director of Magenta Security.

In Magenta’s new White Paper entitled ‘Managing Your Security’, Petkar highlights key criteria that businesses should look at when choosing their security provider. He believes the environment is increasing in importance for customers, with Magenta having successfully won several contracts due to its green credentials.

Magenta Security is considered one of the most environmentally friendly companies in the security industry. It was the first security guarding company in Europe to be awarded certification to ISO 14001:2004 and was the first security company in the UK to become carbon neutral.

Most recently, Magenta has invested in state-of-the-art electric cars: long-term investment which will significantly reduce the company’s carbon footprint as well as vehicle running costs.

Abbey Petkar: managing director of Magenta Security

Abbey Petkar: managing director of Magenta Security

The company has twice won the Environmental Initiative of the Year category at the Security Excellence Awards for its commitment to the green agenda and has advised other security companies on how to improve their own environmental strategies.

“When selecting a security company to work with, clients should consider a wide range of criteria, including environmental credentials,” said Abbey Petkar. “We’ve always taken pioneering steps to promote green improvements as a part of our wider policies because CSR, sustainability and environmental issues are really important to clients, and this has been demonstrated by the number of contracts we have won because of the green policies we have in place. The aim of my guide is to help clients consider everything in relation to selecting a security provider and helping them make an informed decision.”

To obtain a copy of ‘Managing Your Security’ e-mail: sales@magentasecurity.co.uk

Magenta Security has its Head Office in Hounslow, with operations in Swindon, Birmingham, Manchester and Kent. It provides a variety of internal and external security solutions including security officers, mobile services, graffiti removal, electronic security and remote monitoring.

For more information call 0845 500 0786 or visit: http://www.magentasecurity.co.uk

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British-made security technology popular among Russian buyers, reveals BSIA survey

According to members of the British Security Industry Association’s Export Council, opportunities for UK security suppliers to expand into the Russian market are on the increase, with Russian buyers showing a growing appetite for British-made technology.

HD CCTV and Video Content Analysis are among the technological innovations most popular in the Russian market, a survey of the UK security sector Trade Association’s members has revealed.

The survey, issued ahead of the BSIA’s presence at the MIPS Moscow Exhibition (which runs from 14-17 April), aimed to gauge BSIA members’ experiences of exporting to Russia while at the same time identifying key features that summarise market trends in the region.

Opportunities for UK security suppliers to expand into the Russian market are on the increase, with Russian buyers showing a growing appetite for British-made technology

Opportunities for UK security suppliers to expand into the Russian market are on the increase, with Russian buyers showing a growing appetite for British-made technology

While it’s clear that demand for British-made products is increasing – the BSIA-organised UK Pavilion at the show has grown since last year – Russian buyers still demonstrate a lack of awareness of whether or not products meet important quality standards.

Initial purchase price: key driver

Daren Wood, membership and export services manager at the BSIA, commented: “The results of our research have mirrored those of last year, with the key driver of purchasing decisions in Russia still being the initial purchase price of a product and buyers placing less importance on added-value factors such as quality standards, technical innovation and ease of use.”

Wood went on to state: “While price is important to everyone during difficult economic times, UK security solutions can deliver far greater benefits than their ‘budget’ counterparts. Demonstrating the capability of UK solutions to deliver effective, holistic security solutions that offer real return on investment will be a priority for BSIA members at MIPS this year.”

The BSIA's Daren Wood

The BSIA’s Daren Wood

Certainly, two BSIA member companies are looking forward to showcasing their wares at Moscow’s Expocentre later on this month. Access control manufacturer Integrated Design Limited (IDL) will be demonstrating its Fastlane® range of entrance control systems which aim to provide the optimum balance of security, aesthetics, ease of use, flow rates and wheelchair accessibility.

The Fastlane® range includes optical turnstiles, tripods, barrier arm optical turnstiles, speedgates and tailgate detection systems, many of which will be on display at MIPS on the Integrator Security Systems stand.

Meanwhile, CCTV and intruder detection manufacturer GJD Limited will be showcasing its D-TECT Laser, which allows users accurate time of flight perimeter surveillance and detection, as well as the Clarius IR and White Light LED Illuminators.

Public sector: a vital market

According to the BSIA’s research, the public sector remains the key target market for UK security suppliers exporting to Russia, with Critical National Infrastructure reported by 65% of exporters to be the single most important vertical market in the region, closely followed by the retail sector for the remaining 35%.

As the Trade Association representing the UK’s private security industry, the BSIA and its dedicated Export Council plays a vital role in forging productive trade links between UK security companies and overseas buyers from around the world.

The BSIA continues to provide support to exporters looking to expand into overseas markets through the organisation of UK pavilions at a range of overseas events, including MIPS. More information on the Association’s activities abroad can be found at: http://www.bsia.co.uk/export-council

*Delegates attending MIPS can visit the BSIA’s stand at location A615

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Securitas officers gain 12 regional honours in BSIA Security Personnel Awards 2014

Dedicated Securitas employees have collectively clinched a company record of 12 regional titles in the British Security Industry Association’s (BSIA) Security Personnel Awards 2014.

The Securitas regional winners, pictured with Brian Riis Nielsen (far right) and commercial director Mike Clancy (far left)

The Securitas regional winners, pictured with Brian Riis Nielsen (far right) and commercial director Mike Clancy (far left)

The BSIA Awards are designed to pay tribute to the outstanding work of security officers over the past 12-month period.

The 12 awards won by Securitas staff represent the most scooped by the company, recognising personnel who exemplify extraordinary dedication, loyalty, teamwork, customer service skills, use of technology and bravery.

Spencer Harbron is one of the Securitas regional award-winners honoured for going the extra mile, within the category of Outstanding Act for the North East. His quick-thinking was tested after a vehicle crashed into a house near Sunderland’s Monkwearmouth Hospital, where Spencer was on duty.

Spencer immediately rang the emergency services. Identifying the gravity of the crash and smelling gas, he forced open the door and pulled the driver (who was slumped over the wheel) to safety. He then entered the property, located an elderly resident upstairs and calmly escorted them to safety.

Excellent vigilance skills on display

Securitas officers Gary Douglas and Ajaz Ahmed also scooped accolades after showcasing excellent vigilance skills when witnessing a male following a woman into some toilets in York.

Both officers immediately acted to investigate and encountered a woman being sexually assaulted. Although the offender fled the scene, later that month Ajaz recognised the male and contacted the police, resulting in the man’s instant arrest.

These officers, along with the other Securitas regional winners, will now proceed to the national judging phase of the awards, which will culminate in a glittering ceremony held at the BSIA’s Annual Luncheon in London on 16 July 2014.

Brian Riis Nielsen, Securitas Country President for the UK, said: “It’s fantastic that the commitment and dedication of professionals in this industry is acknowledged in this way, and we’re obviously thrilled that Securitas officers have dominated the regional awards. We’re proud that our members of staff across the country go above and beyond in their duties every day, and we wish them the best of luck for the national judging.”

The Securitas regional winners

The Securitas regional winners in 2014 are as follows:

Best Newcomer: Mark Murphy (South West)
Best Team: Lion Yard Shopping Centre Team (Midlands)
Best Team: West Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive Team (Yorkshire)
Best Team: Conoco Phillips Teesside Team (North East)
Best Team: Marks & Spencer Sprucefield Team (Northern Ireland)
Outstanding Act: Gary Douglas and Ajaz Ahmed (York)
Outstanding Act: Spencer Harbron (North East)
Outstanding Act: Alan Dunbar (Scotland)
Best Use of Technology: Gary MacLean (Scotland)
Best Use of Technology: Michael Ofori and Nasir Baber (London)
Service To The Customer: Ged Quinn (North East)
Service To The Customer: Craig Monks (South West)

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