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On Monday, the doors to Birmingham’s National Exhibition Centre open in Birmingham for the 2012 edition of IFSEC International.

As always, this premier event is a ‘must attend’ for security managers: IFSEC Centre Stage, for example, features essential presentations on convergence, lone worker protection, intruder alarm signalling and the future of network communications.

There’s also an extremely interesting ‘State of the Security Nation’ address on Day One of the show courtesy of BSIA CEO James Kelly and the National Security Inspectorate’s Jeff Little.

Check out the latest BSIA Briefing with Amanda Beesley.

Elsewhere in the security world, PwC states that soaring numbers of security breaches have cost UK plc “billions” in the past year. On top of that, is it possible our cyber security strategy is lagging behind those of the EU and the US?

Not the best news in times of austerity, then, but on a more positive footing the CBI does believe our economy’s on the way up.

Pleasingly, real sales growth at security giant Securitas is also trending well.

If you want to find out what’s happening with the excellent Gate Safe awareness campaign then watch our exclusive video.

In addition, make sure you read the latest blogs from The Networker, The Training Platform, ACPO and Security Industry Authority CEO Bill Butler.

ASIS European Security Conference: a great success

The 11th Annual ASIS European Security Conference – held in central London on 15-16 April – was an exceptional event. Several presentations and a panel discussion focused on the key topic of the moment: convergence.

It’s a subject that’s on the radar for both security specialists and facilities managers looking after security.

In an intriguing development, the IPCC is calling for the right to investigate private security companies afforded policing powers.

There’s now less than 100 days to go until the 2012 Olympic Games – and the biggest peacetime security operation ever mounted on these shores.

Much of the sporting action will be taking place in and around London, of course. Speaking of which… Good news that crime is down in the City.

IFSEC International 2012 educational content is available from the FSB’s Mike Cherry and David Evans of Global Aware International. You can also read Premier Partner interviews with Redcare’s David Gummer and Barry Shakespeare from Norbain.

Gadget gurus among you can find out more in advance of the show by accessing the all-new IFSEC app.

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Policing activity is really beginning to ramp up ahead of the Olympics, with the Met arresting “hundreds” as part of its Big Wing enforcement operation.

On the corporate stage, meanwhile, it’s great to see MITIE rewarded for the responsible manner in which the company conducts its business, so too Sodexo and ISS.

In the regulation space, the Security Industry Authority has just launched a telephone renewals service for licence holders.

Focusing on legislation, Bibby Consulting explains why the TUPE laws must change and, maintaining an employee-centric theme, screening specialist The Security Watchdog has become part of the Capita organisation.

Moving towards the systems world, there’s a new guide to access control for logistics, forecasted growth in the biometrics arena and feedback on the future for intruder alarm signalling.

In terms of education and training, check out what’s in store at IFSEC International 2012, the latest on physical intervention tactics and a pivotal agreement between Industry Qualifications and EM Skills.

Also, crime at heritage sites has now reached alarming levels. The $64,000 question is: ‘How best to halt the metal thieves’?

Video content on Info4Security

IFSEC International 2012 is but a few weeks away so we’re continuing to interview key speakers who’ll be putting forward their opinions at Birmingham’s NEC between 14 and 17 May.

There’s plenty of new video content in among last month’s best read stories. New videos of late also include our discussion with TDSi’s John Davies on exporting UK security expertise.

Our regular bloggers remain prolific in their output, too. Make sure you read the latest comments on training, PSIM and the policing landscape (courtesy of ACPO) and view the SIA’s regulation update.

Worryingly, fraudulent activity is on the rise, and around bank accounts CIFAS is calling for urgent security reviews. Staying with the monetary theme, on a more positive note Government support has realised a nigh on 40% drop in attacks on Cash-in-Transit couriers. That’s great news.

MITIE Total Security Management has just launched a specialist team to protect vacant properties while key crime reduction skills managed to secure prestigious accolades for the OCS Group.

It’s also well worth your time scanning all the latest news from the British Security Industry Association, developments in the CCTV arena and the launch of an information security association.

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To say it has been busy of late in policing and Government circles would be something of an understatement. The ongoing desire to tackle gangs tops the Met’s agenda, while National Apprenticeships Week and illegal firearms have occupied the minds of those in Parliament. 

‘Safety first’ is the mantra for online just now. Safer Internet Day took place, and a guide to avoiding cyber stalkers was released

Digital also happens to be the environment wherein Showsec is boosting its pioneering credentials still further with the launch of new e-learning facilities

PSIM continues to dominate the security solutions debate in both the public and private sectors while those practitioners involved in the lone worker arena would do well to heed Patrick Dealtry’s wise words

Check out the ICO’s ‘plain English’ guide to Freedom of Information and keep abreast of the latest financial news published by global security giant Securitas

Cost control leading the agenda 

Not surprisingly, cost control remains the top priority for CEOs just now. Using the right technology, of course, is a proven method for assisting in that very endeavour. 

Amid the clamour to save money, though, the necessary and continual focus on training must never be lost. 

In the guarding space, MITIE has signed a major contract with BT and the Security Industry Authority is expanding its Board. Meantime, ADP’s celebrating an excellent ACS audit score while Corps Security regains a magnificent piece of history

At the Government level, tests are underway to refine security planning for the Olympics, illegal workers are under the microscope and there’s something of a fishy tale to be told by SOCA

It’s well worth assessing the all-new Security Management Education Theatre at IFSEC International 2012 as well as the latest news on October’s end user-focused Global Security Summit

Well done to the BSIA on the Trade Association’s decision to honour the work of close protection personnel

Regulator addresses the 2012 Olympics 

The Security Industry Authority has introduced a dedicated Olympic Games section on its website aimed at both frontline security staff and the buyers of security services.

Further to this move, the Regulator has also enjoyed much success on the enforcement front, with Operation Baltic in particular realising high compliance levels. 

Meantime, National Doorwatch has outlined the case for universal physical intervention training at the same time G4S celebrates its 2,000th employee to gain an NVQ

At the British Security Industry Association, a new product marking Code of Ethics sees the light of day. 

The Police Federation’s latest report on working conditions for serving inspectors is well worth a read, as is the stark warning issued by organisers of the excellent Gate Safe campaign

Ahead of IFSEC International 2012, Corps Security and Connexion2 are partnering on lone worker safety

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The British Crime Survey tells us that firearms offences are on the decline, but not so good news from this latest statistical round-up is that knife crime appears to be on the rise.

It’s a necessary and laudable aim of the authorities to remain one step ahead of the criminal fraternity, but never an easy one. The hope must be that extending crime maps and continuing with the police reform agenda will assist in this regard.

On that note, the Government has been quick to praise police forces for rising to the spending challenge at the same time that Police and Crime Commissioner events begin.

One element of society we must never forget amid all this talk of law enforcement change, of course, are the victims of crime.

Border control and EU data protection reform

While MPs call for better monitoring of enforced removals contracts, there’s now a parallel discussion to be had on a new era for border control.

Much debate has arisen over EU data protection reform. Information Commissioner Christopher Graham suggests the European Commission’s proposals are perhaps over-prescriptive. Read practitioners’ response to the proposals and make a point of reading what they have to say on data privacy.  

Sadly, it appears to be ‘boom time’ for fraudsters just now. In the retail arena, it’s suggested that order screening must improve. Those doing the ordering, meanwhile, need to be a little more wary of online transactions via public WiFi networks.

Not long now until the 2012 Olympic Games. In readiness, guarding specialist G4S has just opened a bespoke recruitment centre.

Continuing the security personnel theme, the Security Industry Authority’s chairman Baroness Ruth Henig is upbeat about regulation’s progress in Northern Ireland.

For its part, MITIE Group plans to build on a “strong order book.”

What may become one of the most influential surveys to run across the security sector is presently being orchestrated by Professor Martin Gill. Make sure you air your views before the deadline of 20 February.

Someone who’s airing his own views is Allan McHale. The Memoori director has just published another excellent blog, and the good news is that he believes the security sector is well placed to pull through the economic maelstrom.

We can indeed be confident this is what will happen, mainly thanks to the superb technology being developed and implemented (notably in the surveillance world).

IFSEC International 2012

Looking ahead to IFSEC International, one of several specialist areas on which we’ll be focusing our attentions in 2012 is lone worker security. We’ll also be making it easier for buyers and suppliers to meet and talk projects.

In the meantime, isn’t it fabulous to learn from the BSIA that UK security solutions are in great demand overseas?

By the way, if you’re systems solutions-focused just now, check out the latest projects completed for end users by IndigoVision, CEM Systems and Hikvision.

Until next time…

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With 2011 already a distant memory, what does 2012 have in store for security professionals? Well, there’s IFSEC International, of course, and the all-new Global Security Summit… and likely a few threats in cyber space, too.

The New Year has begun brilliantly for MITIE Group, where CEO Ruby McGregor-Smith was awarded the CBE by Her Majesty The Queen. Congratulations, Ruby, on a tremendous achievement.

Also kicking off January in style is London Mayor Boris Johnson who, on Monday, took up residency as head of the UK’s first Office for Policing and Crime. Ensuring our capital city has enough front line police officers on the streets will be a key priority.

In another ‘UK first’, the City of London Police-run Insurance Fraud Enforcement Department has opened for business. Good job, too, because fraud’s increasing in scope. Thankfully, David Green CB QC will be doing all he can to arrest that trend.

In tandem with the latest court statistics supporting the Government’s case for justice reform, the BSIA has been lobbying HM Courts Service on the vital subject of data destruction.

It’s also great to see the Victims Services Alliance now forged by more than 30 charities and organisations.

Sadly, the cost of crime in the retail sector has soared to £1.4 billion, but there’s light on the horizon in the shape of Cardinal Group’s National Business Crime Solution.

Physical Security Information Management

We’ve a new blogger for you this year: CornerStone director Jon Roadnight will tackle a number of topics from the consultant’s perspective, and begins with an overview of Physical Security Information Management (or PSIM).

If you missed our recent webinar on this subject click here to view retrospectively, and do take a look at the integrator’s view of PSIM through the eyes of recognised subject expert Peter Houlis.

Speaking of blogs, be sure to check out the latest opinions from The Security Analyst and The Training Platform.

In the security solutions space, Key Note reports good times ahead for CCTV, the all-new ASIS-ISAF research suggests a continuing trend towards security convergence and BRE Global has issued a handy guide to systems procurement.

Additionally, make time to check out the new kit being offered by Axis Communications, G4S Technology, Samsung, CBC, American Dynamics and Human Recognition Systems.

You’ll also be interested to learn that Bowman Capital has backed a £32 million management buy-out at alarm specialist CSL DualCom.

Guarding and lone worker issues

In the guarding sphere, both G4S and ISS have recently energised substantial contracts… but the news isn’t so good for an unlicensed security director following an investigation by the Security Industry Authority.

Interestingly, a study by the Royal College of Nursing reveals the “true benefits” of lone worker solutions in the healthcare sector. UBM’s Security Portfolio will be focusing on this essential topic at the NEC in May.

Speaking of shows, event security organisation Showsec aired its highly professional opinions at the UK Festival Conference here in London.

Last but by no means least, the IFSEC International Security Industry Awards 2012 are now open for entries. Check out the categories and then take part!

Until next time!

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Well this is it, folks… The final edition of SMT Online End User News for 2011 before the Info4Security team members at Ludgate House – all of whom are already busy with preparations for the inaugural Global Security Summit – head home to enjoy the Festive Season

Speaking of the Christmas holidays, if you want to avoid being hoodwinked by the counterfeit present sellers this week make a point of absorbing the latest advice from the UK Border Agency

Many security officers and guarding companies will have been pleased to learn that the Security Industry Authority is bestowing a present of its own by reducing fees for individual licences and Approved Contractor Scheme membership. 

Meanwhile, The Security Institute is freezing its membership rates for the New Year. 

Subsequent to a National Day of Action aimed at tackling the scourge of metal theft, the Metropolitan Police Service has now launched a dedicated unit to combat would-be thieves

At the Home Office, Theresa May has announced that new powers are in place to nullify the threat of terrorism following Royal Assent for the Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures Act

Following on from this news, it’s fair to say that optimising the security screening process is always crucial. What part, though, does 3D imaging have to play in this arena? 

Maintaining the technology theme, AMG Systems is branching out into the world of network camera manufacturing. Assess the British-designed and made PanoCam360 models unveiled by the AMG Panogenics sister company. 

It’s also well worth reading the video surveillance trends predicted by IMS Research for 2012. The findings could be pivotal to your own buying decisions for next year.

Convergence and Physical Security Information Management

One trend capturing the zeitgeist is convergence, of course, and if you missed our recent webinar on Physical Security Information Management fear not… You can retrospectively view the content

Professor Martin Gill would be extremely grateful if you could take part in a major study of the UK’s security sector, while the BSIA has formed a dedicated Training Providers Section

Last Thursday, Info4Security revealed that Cardinal Group had acquired the ORIS Partnership. That’s a big deal, and so is the fact that SOCA’s chairman Sir Ian Andrews is to give a keynote speech at next year’s ASIS European Security Conference

On the appointments front, there’s a new president at ADS and Marcus Kneen has taken over as CEO at IndigoVision

By the way, you can read all about addressing employee references if you peruse the wise words of Clive Day. Alternatively, if protecting business information falls under your remit take stock of what Matthew Welch has to say on the matter. 

And don’t forget to appraise Adam Bernstein’s excellent discourse on business continuity for smaller companies

Another ‘must read’ is our list of the Top 20 stories on Info4Security during 2011. 

On a note of great sadness for me, my esteemed colleague Anthony Hildebrand – the hugely talented Editor of Info4Security – leaves us this week for pastures new. Anthony is a genuine pleasure to work with (aside from being one of the nicest people you’re ever likely to meet). May I take this opportunity on behalf of myself and his many colleagues across the security world to publicly wish him all the very best for his next career move. 

OK. That’s your lot for 2011. Thank You for continuing to read and engage with SMT Online’s End User News. It just remains for me to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year!

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The UK Government has just published its all-new Cyber Security Strategy. There’s talk of a “more trusted and resilient” digital environment, but what does the industry think about these plans? 

There’s certainly plenty going on in cyber space. PricewaterhouseCoopers’ latest report suggests that global spending for the year on cyber deals will hit the $60 billion mark before the month is out. Not a small amount of cash, then. 

Returning to the political theme, the BSIA recently hosted “thought-provoking” cross-Parliamentary discussions on the subject of policing while a £4.9 million cash injection is designed to help in realising safer communities across the UK. 

Meantime, new European legislation is set to close US Patriot Act data access loopholes. 

Much activity at G4S of late, with the company focused on ‘working prisons’ and forging another successful partnership with Remploy

Congratulations to Sodexo Justice Services and the Secure by Sodexo team at Johnson & Johnson on their latest award wins

Also in the guarding world, Steve Greenaway becomes the new director of Unipart Security Solutions’ Security Guarding Division, Peter Honnan has joined Axis Security to cover Scotland and Northern Ireland and AP Security is now accredited to both ISO 9001 and OHSAS 18001. 

If it’s education you’re after then look no further than The Training Platform. This month, the focus is all about study skills.

Global Security Summit London 2012

Here at United Business Media we’ve launched a brand new exhibition for end users in the shape of the Global Security Summit London 2012… and there’s plenty of education in store. 

Speaking of UBM initiatives, the next live event in Info4Security’s series of webinars takes place on Thursday at 3.00 pm GMT. This time, the topic up for discussion is Physical Security Information Management… and it’s not too late to register for free

How to win the anti-counterfeiting war is the subject of market analyst Frost & Sullivan’s current White Paper. 

As you’ll recall, there were riots on UK plc’s streets back in August, but ADT supported its customer base admirably thanks to a determined focus on business continuity

To its great credit, the British Oil Security Syndicate continues to combat the forecourt criminals. Also worthy of much praise is the excellent Gate Safe campaign which has now issued new safety guidelines for all security professionals involved with automatic gate systems. 

On the technology front, network camera specialist Axis Communications recognised the outstanding performance of its partner organisations at a VIP event. In parallel, Inside Secure has ‘opened the door’ to HID Global’s iClass credentials on new NFC-enabled smartphones. 

Lest I forget, do make a point of checking out the best read stories on I4S for November… You can watch CCTV footage of a cyclist who, somehow, emerges alive from a frightening encounter with oncoming traffic!

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The Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition certainly isn’t letting the grass grow under its collective political feet. In the wake of a bold £250 million plan to boost sector skills, business secretary Vince Cable has targeted radical reform of employment law

In addition, the Home Office is calling for “dynamic and driven” candidates to fill the new Police and Crime Commissioner roles. 

To continue the policing theme, much credit must go to the National Policing Improvement Agency for its eForensics pilot project. In the latest blog from ACPO, Rob Beckley focuses on ‘The Big Society’ (and how support roles are helping the police service apprehend members of the criminal fraternity).

Focus on the international stage 

On the international stage, Europol and Interpol are determined to tackle transnational crime. Along the same lines, Frost & Sullivan’s new report focuses on airport security. Here, it would appear new technology is needed to combat evolving threats. 

Yet more success heads the way of MITIE Group: CEO Ruby McGregor-Smith deservedly won the Leader of the Year Award at the 2011 National Business Awards just prior to announcing strong financial results for the company. 

In judicial circles, minister Crispin Blunt has visited a ‘payment by results’ pilot in operation at Peterborough Prison. Pleasingly, criminal sanctions are on the rise for those who commit assaults on NHS staff. Meantime, punishments continue to be administered for those convicted of Cash-in-Transit criminality

In relation to the latter, stolen industrial diggers are being used on a regular basis to rip out ATM machines… The message from the BSIA is simple: ‘Secure your construction machinery’.

Of late, the Trade Association has also been busy explaining why CCTV remains crucial to community safety in the wake of last August’s disorder.

Security guarding… and blogging 

In the guarding sector, First Security’s inaugural Security Forum was a huge success (so too The Security Institute’s Remembrance Lecture for 2011) and AA Security has attained another milestone. 

You can also check out Showsec’s exemplary stewarding and security operation at the recent MTV Europe Music Awards

In their latest blogs, The Networker appraises the HDTV market and The Security Analyst examines security for the rail network (the latter complete with an assessment of video analytics). 

In an excellent article, Infinova’s Mark Wilson warns against using ‘Joe Trunk Slammers’ – or uncertified integrators – for your systems installation projects. 

It’s also well worth reviewing the benefits of LPS 1277 and, in parallel, taking stock of what was said at the recent CSL DualCom Insurance and Senior Risk Surveyor Forum

By the way, do sign up for December’s webinar on Physical Security Information Management… but don’t be caught out by rogue apps currently affecting some smart phone users!

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In the wake of our massive news item concerning the G4S plan to buy ISS – which, not surprisingly, was one of the best read stories on Info4Security during October – came the equally big news that the deal had been abandoned

Speaking of deals and money, is security a forgotten part of the economy? Read the views of ACPO Secured by Design director and general manager Alan McInnes and let us know what you think

There’s plenty of video content for you to view just now, with stories on the Government’s policy shift in relation to armed guards on ships, footage from the National Security Inspectorate’s 40th Anniversary celebrations and MITIE’s launch of its MobileTech service aimed at retailers and property owners. 

Sticking with the governance theme, the Ministry of Justice has announced that the scope of Freedom of Information is being ramped up while border screening procedures have resulted in 10,000 arrests

In addition, Justice Secretary Ken Clarke is adamant that new sentencing structures will ‘restore clarity and common sense’ across the judicial process. 

In the regulation arena, Ian Fox has questioned the very point of it all. At the same time, the Security Industry Authority continues with its enforcement procedures

Background checks on personnel scheduled to work at the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games have begun. In addition, a new guide for businesses is now available such that they can prepare for ‘the greatest show on Earth’.

The BSIA is presently urging all householders to ‘keep the burglars out’ by way of simple security solutions. For good measure, the Trade Association has also published an excellent guide to access control for the utilities sector.

Focusing on surveillance-related issues

Focusing on surveillance, did you remember to clock your CCTV system? It’s also worth checking out the results of some real world systems testing conducted in South Africa. 

Policing performance is under the spotlight once again as communities can now compare forces. In parallel, ACPO has joined forces with NHS Protect and the Crown Prosecution Service in agreeing the need for a stronger response to violence against NHS staff

It’s not too late to register for tomorrow evening’s Remembrance Lecture organised by The Security Institute. Neither is it too late to view our recent webinar on network video in the retail sector

On the education front, The Training Platform blog assesses how you can make the most from training. 

At the same time The Security Group (National) officially opens for business, Graham Le Fevre joins ASIS UK’s Committee with a special remit to look after Armed Forces liaison. 

If you want to check out some “revolutionary” web-based alarm receiving software, read our article on the work of VDT and the University of Leicester.

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Many people in the 1,000-strong audience at London’s Hilton Hotel on Park Lane last Wednesday evening told me they felt the 2011 Security Excellence Awards were the best yet. Well, they were! 

For those of you who couldn’t attend, you can read all about our worthy winners and take a look at the glamorous gallery of what was truly a fabulous event. 

The Security Industry Authority held its Commitment To Regulation Conference in Sheffield on 12 October. There was an excellent Keynote Speech courtesy of Baroness Ruth Henig, detailed presentations from Hazel Russell and Steve McCormick and an extremely interesting discussion on the future for the Approved Contractor Scheme

No doubt the Regulator will have seen that G4S has bought FM specialist ISS in a deal worth £5.2 billion. This news was swiftly followed by G4S Technology’s certification to ISO 27001

Elsewhere in the guarding space, Sir Robert Fulton KBE has taken on the president’s role at Corps Security while Pilgrims Group recently held its own Security Guarding Awards.

Have your say in the Tilley Awards 2011

At the Home Office, the public voting process in relation to this year’s Tilley Awards submissions is now live. 

For its part, the BSIA is proudly launching the Business Crime Conference but, at the same time, the Trade Association reports a worrying disregard for Best Practice in confidential data disposal.

In the world of retail, the British Retail Consortium has called for more support in the fight against criminality. Pleasingly, the Facewatch initiative continues to go from strength to strength, but it seems businesses are still losing billions to retail crime and error. 

Don’t forget that, between 3.00 pm and 4.30 pm today, Info4Security will be running a webinar in conjunction with Axis Communications on the subject of… retail security. You can register here for the live broadcast. 

Two reports of much interest have been published by Frost & Sullivan (on the subject of systems integration) and ADS (about the value realised for the UK economy by the security sector). 

The latest ACPO blog – courtesy of Humberside Police chief constable Tim Hollis – responds to the UK Drugs Policy Commission report on ‘Drug Enforcement in an Age of Austerity’. Hopefully, the ‘Talk to Frank’ campaign will help in the battle against drug abuse. 

Consultant Derek Maltby voices an eloquent opinion on CCTV. In parallel, Dr Steffan George tells UK practitioners why the MLA believes locksmiths must have a nationally recognised qualification and apprenticeship framework in place sooner rather than later. 

Speaking of qualifications, the first student cohort has joined the crowd safety degree course at Buckinghamshire New University. 

Last, but by no means least, check out the detail from this year’s International Professional Security Association AGM.

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