Daily Archives: 21/05/2014

Going beyond law: businesses demand cyber expertise from legal teams

A rising level of threats to business, and increasing numbers of regulatory requirements, are combining to ensure in-house General Counsel are no longer focused solely on company legal matters. Instead, a new report from KPMG reveals that in-house lawyers’ work is dominated by commercial decision-making as Boardrooms seek validation of their business and operational plans.

The ‘Over the Horizon’ report, which is based on a series of in-depth interviews with General Counsel, reveals that senior in-house lawyers have adopted six new core functional responsibilities in addition to their role as legal advisers. Chief among these is a focus on cyber security, as concerns rise about the risk of data breaches brought about by human error and intentional sabotage.

Malcolm Marshall, global head of cyber security at KPMG, states: “In the last five years we’ve seen cyber security move from the back room to the Boardroom and, in extreme cases, the court room. Against this sort of backdrop, few people will be surprised to see it come in as the fastest-growing risk for General Counsel. That’s why in-house legal teams should have a seat at the table providing advice about the policies and vigilance required to tackle cyber risks for business.”

A rising level of threats to business, and increasing numbers of regulatory requirements, are combining to ensure in-house General Counsel are no longer focused solely on company legal matters

A rising level of threats to business, and increasing numbers of regulatory requirements, are combining to ensure in-house General Counsel are no longer focused solely on company legal matters

Expectations placed on General Counsel

In addition to the new focus on cyber security, the report highlights that General Counsel are now expected to manage:

• enterprise risks (such as geo-political events or technological failures)
• a rising tide of regulation as the ‘new regulatory norm’ increases global compliance demands
• corporate liability for the conduct of third parties
• execution of contracts (in addition to long-held expectations around the negotiation and drafting of contracts)
• flexible approaches to dispute resolution rather than an outright reliance on negotiation

KPMG’s analysis goes on to reveal that there is a growing demand for in-house lawyers to conduct due diligence of suppliers, customers and other business parties as corruption through the supply chain is tackled through increasingly tough legislative and judicial actions.

According to the report, senior executives are also turning to their legal teams in recognition that their professional training ensures General Counsel can ‘take on complex issues, distil them and arrive at a sensible conclusion’ (with many respondents indicating that their lawyers are more likely to find solutions to common business problems than colleagues in other business departments).

David Eastwood (global head of contract compliance at KPMG) comments: “As General Counsel roles become weightier, so lawyers are making themselves indispensable as managers of risk and complexity. General Counsel who navigate this well will see their stock rise significantly. The challenge for General Counsel, of course, is that as their stock rises so do the expectations.”

Eastwood continued: “It means the pressure is on for General Counsel to demonstrate the right blend of legal and business ‘savviness’. Those that grasp this opportunity will shape the long-term development of their organisations.”

Leave a comment

Filed under IFSECGlobal.com News

Custom Consoles to display latest SteelBase and Media Wall at IFSEC International 2014

Custom Consoles returns to IFSEC International, which will be held from Tuesday 17 June-Thursday 19 June at ExCeL London. The company’s latest SteelBase security and process control furniture and Media Wall modular video mounting system will be on display.

“Custom Consoles furniture is used for many applications, including air traffic control, airport security, emergency response centres, road traffic monitoring and public space surveillance,” explained sales manager Gary Fuller.

“Clients appreciate the strength, ergonomic excellence and modern styling of our desks and storage furniture. They’re also aware that we lead the market in terms of design innovation. Sometimes copied but never surpassed by our competitors.”

Fuller stated that a key factor in Custom Consoles’ success is careful attention to details such as cable management, ventilation and equipment access.

“We will also be showing examples of the Ergotron range of user-adjustable flat-panel monitor display supports,” said Fuller, “and a KAB controller chair.”

See Custom Consoles on Stand B340 at IFSEC International 2014 (17-19 June, ExCeL London)

See Custom Consoles on Stand B340 at IFSEC International 2014 (17-19 June, ExCeL London)

Detail on the SteelBase

Custom Consoles’ SteelBase is a range of high durability technical desks which can be configured to provide an ergonomically efficient working environment for any size of Control Room.

SteelBase desks are built using high-grade MDF on 19-inch steel base frames with powder-coated, textured-grey vertical panels.

SteelBase desktops are surfaced in a choice of hard-wearing laminate, marmoleum or Trespa. Additional design features of the range include hinged removable access doors, 19-inch equipment racking, sliding equipment trays, heavy cable management, PC sliding mounts, power distribution and data panels as well as variable-speed ventilation fans.

SteelBase desks can be specified for single or multi-operator environments. Worktops may be rectangular or curved, including angled or curved corners and optional curved front profile side panels.

All elements of the desks are guaranteed against component failure for five years of normal use. SteelBase has been tested by FIRA and certified to conform with ISO9241 Part 5, ISO11064 Part 4 and EN527 Parts 1, 2 and 3.

Media Wall: robust and efficient

Custom Consoles’ Media Wall is a robust and efficient multi-screen video display mounting system. The latest version features a series of enhancements including narrower front-to-back depth (which has been reduced from 600 to 500 millimetres).

Like its predecessor, the new Media Wall is fully self-supporting and retains the option of adding coupling brackets directly to the studio wall.

Freely adjustable horizontal and vertical screen spacing allows individual flat-panel screens to be positioned so that their edges meet exactly.

Cable management within Media Wall is now along ducts with finger-trunking slots.

About Custom Consoles

Founded in 1996, Custom Consoles (www.customconsoles.co.uk) is an ISO 9001 certified manufacturer of project-specific and modular broadcast, process control and security furniture.

The company’s product range includes motorised, manually-adjustable and fixed-height units plus fan-cooled, sound-insulated equipment housings.

Custom Consoles operates from a 1,200 square metre UK-based production facility equipped with 3D CAD and computer-controlled cutting machinery. This provides the dual benefits of precise quality control and prompt delivery times (typically 21 days from receipt of order).

The company’s clients include broadcasters, production and post-production studios, governmental and corporate organisations in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Australasia.

Leave a comment

Filed under IFSECGlobal.com News