Daily Archives: 22/09/2014

The Security Institute unveils plans to work with CPNI

The Security Institute, the UK’s largest membership body for security professionals, has announced a working relationship with the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure (CPNI) designed specifically to promote security professionalism.

The Security Institute will now collaborate with the CPNI and help identify opportunities to promote professionalism in the security business sector in the areas of physical, personal, cyber and information security with the overall aim of raising standards. This may include opportunities relating to education, research and the distribution of advice and guidance.

Institute chairman Emma Shaw CSyP commented: “I’m delighted to announce this initiative and look forward to working with the CPNI on driving forward professional standards. This year is the 15th Anniversary of The Security Institute and, during our time of operation, we have helped define and move forward the agenda for growing professionalism within the security sector.”

The Security Institute has announced plans for joint working with the CPNI

The Security Institute has announced plans for joint working with the CPNI

The Security Institute now boasts the highest number of members in its history and over 1,000 students have completed the organisation’s distance learning qualifications. Indeed, 2014 will see the largest number of students studying in any one year.

Shaw continued: “We were instrumental in the development of The Register of Chartered Security Professionals which was created by The Security Institute in 2011 on behalf of The Worshipful Company of Security Professionals. Applicants have to go through a rigorous staged assessment process which is why this represents ‘The Gold Standard’ in professionalism for the sector.”

In conclusion, Shaw stated: “The Security Institute’s membership continues to grow. We plan to launch a Professional Development Framework later this year which will assist anyone working within the profession to develop their skills.”

The UK’s national infrastructure: the detail 

The UK’s national infrastructure is defined by the Government as: “Those facilities, systems, sites and networks necessary for the functioning of the country and the delivery of the essential services upon which daily life in the UK depends.” The national infrastructure is categorised into nine sectors: Communications, Emergency Services, Energy, Financial Services, Food, Government, Health, Transport and Water.

There are some cross-sector themes such as technology wherein there may be infrastructure which supports the delivery of essential services across a number of sectors.

Infrastructure is characterised according to its value or ‘criticality’ and the impact of its loss. This categorisation is completed using the Government’s Criticality Scale which assigns categories for different degrees of severity of impact.

Not everything within a national infrastructure sector is ‘critical’. Within the sectors there are certain ‘critical’ elements of infrastructure, the loss or compromise of which would have a major detrimental impact on the availability or integrity of essential services and potentially lead to severe economic or social consequences or even loss of life.

These ‘critical’ assets coprise the nation’s Critical National Infrastructure (CNI) and are individually referred to as ‘infrastructure assets’. Infrastructure assets may be physical (eg sites, installations or elements of equipment) or logical (for instance information networks and systems).

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Suspect Search video analytics solution introduced by NICE Systems

NICE Systems’ Suspect Search is a patent-pending analytics solution that, for the first time, enables end user organisations to quickly search for a specific person within large volumes of video.

When time is of the essence, security and public safety organisations will no longer be overwhelmed by the process of reviewing hours of video to identify and track people.

NICE Systems has now formally introduced to the market NICE Suspect Search, a new video analytics solution aimed at efficiently searching through multiple video sources to detect targets in a matter of minutes.

Currently, searching for a specific person over many cameras and locations and across a broad period of time is a demanding, lengthy and cost-consuming task that may end up proving fruitless. With NICE Suspect Search, a search for an individual is initiated with a reference based upon a recorded image, an uploaded full body photo or by creating a composite. The system can simultaneously search for multiple targets in several cameras.

By automatically filtering out 95% of irrelevant images and presenting the results by relevancy, an hour of video can be reviewed in less than a minute.

NICE Systems' Suspect Search

NICE Systems’ Suspect Search

NICE Systems’ Suspect Search can be useful in many instances:
• Conducting a forensic investigation by analysing multiple video sources following a crime to identify the perpetrator’s route and actions
• Tracking an intruder within a closed area or checkpoint breach
• Finding a lost child within a critical time window
• Locating the owner of unattended luggage

As a result, organisations can optimise their ongoing security and safety operations by:
• Enhancing forensic analyses of events
• Improving response times
• Preventing criminal activity
• Reducing operational shutdown times

Suspect Search is built on NICE Systems’ NiceVision IP video management solution, and can also be integrated with NICE Systems’ dedicated situation management solution, Situator. Suspect Search is currently deployed in several ‘Proof of Concept’ projects around the world, including airports, mass transit, safe cities and major sporting events.

Chris Wooten, executive vice-president at the NICE Security Group, said: “While the proliferation of cameras is an important trend in the security market, the burden of processing all of the data has limited the value of the video footage. Based upon our extensive work in the market, we’ve developed NICE Suspect Search which is a ground-breaking application designed to tackle what is a major pain point for end users. Whether they’re trying to find a suspect or understand who left a bag in a given location, end users may now have that answer in minutes.”

For more information on NICE Systems’ Suspect Search visit: http://www.nice.com/find-right-now/

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RiskBusiness International publishes guidance on three lines of defence

RiskBusiness International, the operational risk advisory and solutions firm, has published guidance for those companies wishing to develop, implement and maintain a formal three lines of defence structure for corporate governance and risk management.

While there has been much discussion as to what constitutes a three lines of defence model, there remains across all industries (and, notably, within financial services) little understanding of the ramifications of actually implementing a risk agnostic, organisation-wide three lines of defence model.

Drawing upon its experiences in working with a wide range of organisations across the globe exhibiting different sizes, complexities and management structures, RiskBusiness International has established a step-by-step guide to assist companies in establishing a robust, proactive three lines of defence model which is able to stand the test of time.

The resultant approach allows for custom models – there’s no ‘one size fits all’ – which have been tried and tested across corporate entities, banks, insurers, asset managers and other entities.

RiskBusiness International has published guidance for firms wishing to develop, implement and maintain a formal three lines of defence structure for corporate governance and risk management

RiskBusiness International has published guidance for firms wishing to develop, implement and maintain a formal three lines of defence structure for corporate governance and risk management

“Three lines of defence is not about risk management,” stated Mike Finlay, CEO of RiskBusiness International. “You cannot try and apply a model that affects corporate structure, individual accountability and, as a consequence, corporate culture by thinking it’s a risk management initiative – even worse if you think it only applies to operational risk and perhaps to the compliance function.”

Finlay continued: “Three lines of defence is integral to the DNA of the firm. It begins with the vision, mission and values and flows through corporate governance, corporate strategy and overall business objectives into the everyday functioning and decision-making of the entire enterprise. It’s all about the core principles on which we base our business and how we measure ourselves against the achievement of those principles and our defined business objectives.”

Global regulation, particularly in the financial services sector, is increasingly focused on good governance and how the Board and executive management behave and run the enterprise. To comply with the ever-increasing volume of regulation and achieve the firm’s potential, every enterprise should implement a robust governance structure which embraces the three lines of defence concept. On that basis, this new guidance from RiskBusiness International is an invaluable resource for every firm, irrespective of geography, size or nature.

Companies interested in more information about the RiskBusiness International Position Paper on the Three Lines of Defence should visit the RiskBusiness website at: http://www.RiskBusiness.com

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GMB welcomes Labour’s plan to increase National Minimum Wage to £8 per hour by 2020

The GMB Trade Union – which represents many workers within the UK’s security sector – believes it’s important to shift the burden of dealing with low pay from taxpayers to employers, and that the transition must be real so that the increase is not paid with one hand and taken away with the other.

At the Labour Party Conference in Manchester, Ed Miliband announced that Labour plans to raise the National Minimum Wage to £8 per hour by the end of the next Parliament. In response, Paul Kenny (GMB General Secretary) said: “This is a welcome and necessary first step for workers to recover the nearly 15% drop in the value of earnings they’ve suffered over the last six years. It’s important to shift the burden of dealing with low pay from taxpayers to the employers, many of whom are sitting on record levels of cash and profits. The transition must be real so that the increase is not paid with one hand and taken away with the other.”

Miliband told delegates at the Labour Party Conference in Manchester that his ‘Plan for Britain’s Future’ will rebuild the link between working hard and sharing in our national wealth. The planned increase would take the National Minimum Wage from £6.50 in October this year to £8 by 2020 – a rise of £1.50 an hour for Britain’s lowest paid workers (worth £60 per week or £3,000 per annum).

Labour Party leader Ed Miliband

Labour Party leader Ed Miliband

The proposed wage rise – which would be implemented by the Low Pay Commission over the course of the next Parliament in consultation with business – is based on a plan to boost the National Minimum Wage from 54% to 58% of median earnings by 2020.

“Too many people are treading water, working harder and harder just to stay afloat,” said Miliband. “Too many working people have made big sacrifices but in this recovery they are not seeing the rewards for their hard work because, under the Tories’ failing plan, the recovery is benefiting a privileged few far more than most families. One in five of the men and women employed in Britain today work the hours and make their contributions but find themselves on low pay. If you work hard, you should be able to bring up your family with dignity. From Perth to Portsmouth to Penzance, working people are demanding to know if any political party can make a difference. I have heard that despair in Scotland and across the United Kingdom.”

The Labour Party’s leader continued: “This week, Labour’s ‘Plan for Britain’s Future’ will show how we can change and how we can once again become a country that rewards hard work. That’s why we have set out plans to raise the minimum wage by £1.50 an hour by 2020 to £8 an hour – because Labour is the party of hard work, fairly paid.”

Background to the National Minimum Wage

The introduction of the National Minimum Wage was orchestrated by the last Labour Government, raising pay at the bottom for increased productivity. The National Minimum Wage was originally designed to prevent exploitation and extreme low wages. Today, the challenge is different, with the Labour Party pointing towards a large number of people that do a hard day’s work but are still living in poverty or dependent on in-work benefits.

In May this year, Ed Miliband announced that the next Labour Government will set the Low Pay Commission (LPC) a five-year goal of increasing the National Minimum Wage to a more stretching proportion of median earnings (as recommended by Alan Buckle in his independent review on low pay). It would be for the LPC to determine the path to reach that goal during the course of Parliament.

Miliband is now proposing that the goal should be set at 58% of median earnings by 2020. That would mean the minimum wage reaching £8 an hour by 2020. The theory is that a clear, long term target will give businesses time to plan and adapt their models in order to boost productivity and support higher wages.

The Labour Party is adamant that international evidence shows countries can support minimum wages at this level with no adverse impact on employment. This would afford the UK a National Minimum Wage similar to the level seen in Australia and EU countries such as Belgium and Germany, but still lower than France and New Zealand.

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Security Industry Authority CEO Bill Butler set to retire in Summer 2015

Bill Butler – the hugely successful chief executive of industry regulator the Security Industry Authority – is to retire in the Summer of 2015, and the search to recruit his successor is now underway.

Bill Butler joined the Security Industry Authority (SIA) back in July 2009, having previously held the post of director of corporate services at the Gambling Commission (where he was part of the team that led the establishment of the new regulator for the gambling industry).

Butler has also worked in a number of other large national organisations, including the Audit Commission (where he qualified as an accountant and held a number of roles, including regional director for central England and director of health) and the Healthcare Commission, where he served as finance director.

Butler holds a degree in law and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy, and has done an exceptional job as CEO of the SIA.

The SIA, of course, works closely with industry, Government and the devolved administrations to develop the regulatory regime. The organisation certainly has a challenging agenda ahead, including the planned introduction of business licensing next year, licensing of the private investigations sector and further development of both organisation and services within the regulator itself.

SIA CEO Bill Butler: retiring in the Summer of 2015

SIA CEO Bill Butler: retiring in the Summer of 2015

The job advert issued by the security sector’s regulator on recruitment consultant GatenbySanderson’s website reads: “Playing our part in protecting the public remains the priority. We are looking for a new chief executive who will bring a successful track record of leadership at Board level in the public or private sector. You must be a strong leader. Excellent stakeholder engagement skills will be critical, and there will be a high level of success in delivering change within your career to date. This is an exciting time to join the SIA.”

Elizabeth France CBE, chairman of the SIA, commented: “This is an important appointment and I want to ensure that we find an excellent replacement for Bill. We have the time and opportunity to make sure this change happens with the minimum impact on the SIA’s services, stakeholders and staff.”

France added: “To ensure continuity, Bill has agreed to stay on until his successor is in place and a handover complete. That may be the end of summer 2015. In the meantime, Bill will be with us for many months yet, making sure we keep our plans on track. We’ve a lot of work to do, and it will be business as usual at the SIA.”

Closing date for applications (Ref: GSe17021) is Monday 13 October.

Preliminary interviews will be held week commencing Monday 27 October, with an Assessment Centre taking place week commencing Monday 17 November.

The final panel interview is to be conducted on Thursday 4 December.

*Interested candidates should contact Michael Dobson (tel: 0207 426 3968) or Mark Turner (tel: 0207 426 3983) at GatenbySanderson. The full job description and person specification is available here: http://www.siafuture.com/job/chief-executive-at-security-industry-authority-in-london.3686

**Starting salary for the CEO’s role at the SIA is circa £120,000 per annum

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