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BSIA announces regional winners of Security Personnel Awards 2014

The British Security Industry Association (BSIA) is proud to announce the regional winners of this year’s Annual Security Personnel Awards.

The awards are now in their sixteenth year, and serve to recognise the hard work of high calibre professionals working within the security industry across five different categories: Best Team, Outstanding Act, Service to the Customer, Best Newcomer and Best Use of Technology.

James Kelly, CEO at the BSIA, commented: “Each year we receive a high number of applicants and it’s always fantastic to see the high level of achievements within the security Industry. The awards are always so hard to judge due to the exceptional standard of applicants, and this year was no exception.”

Kelly continued: “The BSIA prides itself upon representing the very best in the security industry and the outstanding contributions of our award winners merely solidify this. We’re extremely proud to be associated with the talent displayed by our winners and look forward to presenting them with their awards at our Annual Luncheon in central London.”

Regional winners of the BSIA's Security Personnel of the Year Awards 2014

Regional winners of the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards 2014

The award presentations will take place across the UK in the coming months, with each of the winners also going forward to the national judging phase. The national winners will be presented with their awards at the Association’s Annual Luncheon on 16 July.

The BSIA would like to thank Camberford Law plc – specialist insurance brokers to the security industry – who has sponsored the awards since their inception.

Regional Winners: BSIA Annual Security Personnel Awards 2014

London
Best Team: F106 London Estates Team (Wilson James)
Outstanding Act: Ibrahim Balogun (CIS Security)
Service To The Customer: Kim McCarron (Unitrust Protection Services)
Best Newcomer: Emilija Zemaitaityte (VSG)
Best Use of Technology: Michael Ofori and Nasir Baber (Securitas Security Services)

Midlands
Best Team: Lion Yard Shopping Centre Team (Securitas Security Services)
Best Team: Magna Park Team (VSG)
Outstanding Act: Anthony Callaghan (West Grove Group)
Service To The Customer: Roger Vanhinsbergh (City Security Services)
Best Newcomer: Dean Baverstock (West Grove Group)
Best Use of Technology: Joe Palmer (VSG)

Yorkshire
Best Team: West Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive Team (Securitas Security Services)
Outstanding Act: Gary Douglas and Ajaz Ahmed (Securitas Security Services)
Service To The Customer: George Speight (Constant Security Services)
Best Newcomer: Melanie Sargent (VSG)

North West
Best Team: Alan Gilbert Learning Centre Team (Constant Security Services)
Outstanding Act: John Kenway and Benjamin Sparrow (G4S Secure Solutions)
Service To The Customer: Carl Smith (OCS)
Best Newcomer: John Battersby (OCS)

South West
Best Team: Commando Training Centre Royal Marines Team (Corps Security)
Outstanding Act: Marian Nagy (OCS)
Service To The Customer: Craig Monks (Securitas Security Services)
Best Newcomer: Mark Murphy (Securitas Security Services)

Ged Quinn (right) of Securitas receives his certificate for Services To The Customer from Trevor Elliott of the BSIA

Ged Quinn (right) of Securitas receives his certificate for Services To The Customer from Trevor Elliott of the BSIA

North East
Best Team: Conoco Phillips Teesside Team (Securitas Security Services)
Outstanding Act: Spencer Harbron (Securitas Security Services)
Service To The Customer: Ged Quinn (Securitas Security Services)

South East
Best Team: Ikea Milton Keynes Team (VSG)
Outstanding Act: Robert Smith (VSG)
Service To The Customer: Leonard Brownsword (Corps Security)
Best Newcomer: Harry Antypas (MITIE Total Security Management)

Scotland
Best Team: SKYPARK Team (Palmaris)
Outstanding Act: Alan Dunbar (Securitas Security Services)
Service To The Customer: David Bonar (VSG)
Best Newcomer: Karl Smith (VSG)
Best Use of Technology: Gary MacLean (Securitas Security Services)

Northern Ireland
Best Team: Sprucefield Northern Ireland Team (Securitas Security Services)
Service To The Customer: Liam Mooney (VSG)

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(ISC)² introduces programme to develop cyber security education throughout global academic community

Accredited academic institutions now have access to new resources and support from the world’s largest not-for-profit membership body of certified information and software security professionals with the launch of the (ISC)² Global Academic Programme.

(ISC)² is making its educational resources, which are updated regularly by its members and industry luminaries, available to academia to help meet the global demand for more skilled cyber security professionals. With nearly 100,000 members worldwide, the (ISC)² common body of knowledge (CBK) incorporates disciplines within information security, software security, forensics and healthcare.

The (ISC)² Global Academic Programme is a key initiative behind the organisation’s commitment to address the growing gap in availability of qualified cybersecurity professionals that has been tracked since 2004 by the (ISC)² Global Information Security Workforce Study. The most recent report, released in February, offers analysis from Frost & Sullivan into the acute nature of the skills gap, forecasting an annual workforce growth rate of 11.3% by 2017 and pointing out that 35% of respondents looking to hire additional workers find it difficult to find qualified personnel today.

“We believe it’s critical to recognise and support the role of the academic community in the development of much-needed cyber security talent for now and in the future,” said W Hord Tipton CISSP, executive director at (ISC)².

Global universities now have access to the largest, most current compendium of information and software security topics

Global universities now have access to the largest, most current compendium of information and software security topics

“With the global skills gap in this sector increasingly acknowledged by companies and governments around the world, industry and academia must come together to address this challenge. (ISC)² is in a unique position to offer its educational content, which is regularly updated and vetted by experts, to colleges and universities around the world as part of this collaborative development effort required for our now digitally-dependent society.”

Need for more security content

Carsten Maple, vice-chairman of the Council of Professors and Heads of Computing, an association representing computing in UK Higher Education, highlights the need for more security content.

“It appears that many computing graduates are leaving university having studied little in the area of security,” said Maple. “There’s a varied approach to teaching security, but in a number of institutions there is only one module – approximately 5% of the total credits in a degree – dedicated to information security in their core three-year Computer Science degree. Clearly, with the growth in cyber attacks there is a need for graduates to be equipped with skills and knowledge of the threats and methods to overcome these. To do this, and to give computing students the best opportunity to succeed, we as an academic community are trying to better engage with industry representatives in fields such as information security.”

Detail behind the Global Academic Programme

The Global Academic Programme, which is being launched as Governments around the world seek to improve university curricula as part of their national cybersecurity strategies, offers products and services for colleges and universities that can be tailored for both undergraduate and post-graduate requirements.

Classroom materials, which range from domain-specific modules and practice assessments to faculty handbooks and student textbooks, are drawn from the certification CBKs.

The programme is open to accredited institutions interested in enhancing cyber content within their security, computing, IT or other relevant course offerings.

“In addition to the resources we have to offer, this programme presents a real opportunity to become part of a global network of academic members interested in establishing a joint framework for delivering essential skills and supporting the growth of a qualified cybersecurity workforce,” explained Dr Jo Portillo, global academic programme manager at (ISC)².

Academic institutions interested in learning more about the (ISC)² Global Academic Programme can contact Dr Jo Portillo, global academic programme manager at (ISC)² at: academic@isc2.org or access the website: https://www.isc2.org/academic/Default.aspx

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‘Compliance with standard operating procedures will fuel uptake of PSIM software’ states Frost & Sullivan

New analysis from Frost & Sullivan, entitled: ‘Global Physical Security Information Management Market Assessment’, finds that the market earned revenues of $195.7 million in 2013 and estimates this to rocket up to $835.6 million in 2022.

The global demand for Physical Security Information Management (PSIM) software is growing rapidly due to its ability to connect standalone security systems. This enables smoother business operations, improved situational awareness and response capabilities and significantly reduces costs by maximising the potential of the deployed systems.

The market will continue to expand due to increasing end user awareness on the benefits of PSIM software and the development of Internet protocol infrastructure that allows these solutions to be used almost anywhere.

New analysis from Frost & Sullivan, entitled: ‘Global Physical Security Information Management Market Assessment’, finds that the market earned revenues of $195.7 million in 2013 and estimates this to rocket up to $835.6 million in 2022.

'Global Physical Security Information Management Market Assessment' is Frost & Sullivan's latest report on the security space

‘Global Physical Security Information Management Market Assessment’ is Frost & Sullivan’s latest report on the security space

The study covers the application segments of mass transport, commercial, safe cities and first responders, Government, oil and gas, utilities and border and maritime. Safe cities and first responders, mass transport and commercial are currently the key revenue-generating segments.

Strong Standard Operating Procedures of PSIM software

“PSIM software is becoming popular as it has strong standard operating procedures (SOPs) embedded into it,” said Frost & Sullivan’s aerospace and defence research analyst Krzysztof Rutkowski. “This not only serves to minimise errors but also ensures that companies, utilities, Government institutions and other bodies comply with security regulations, which in essence allows companies to reduce legal disputes with insurance companies.”

However, the fear of temporary disruption to security operations that can occur during the installation of PSIM software lowers market adoption.

Further, the need to update all the standalone security systems in order to implement the PSIM software is boosting costs, in turn preventing smaller organisations from adopting these solutions.

“Vendors must roll out robust, easy-to-use PSIM with well-defined migration processes and present an existing client base that can recommend the solutions to other companies,” stated Rutkowski. “They must also build partnerships with system integrators across different geographies and market segments to ensure that the solution reaches interested end users, generates new business and develops a solid market position.”

*’Global Physical Security Information Management Market Assessment’ is part of the Security (http://www.defense.frost.com) Growth Partnership Service program.

Frost & Sullivan’s related studies include: ‘Global Cyber Security Market Assessment’, ‘Global Border and Maritime Security Market Assessment’, ‘Assessment of the Civil Security Market in India’ and ‘Global Mass Transport Security Market Assessment’.

All studies included in subscriptions provide detailed market opportunities and industry trends evaluated following extensive interviews with market participants.

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