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Rosehill Security targets Middle East and North Africa with Westminster International Ltd strategic partnership

Rosehill Security, the manufacturer of perimeter security solutions, has announced an agreement with Westminster International Ltd to distribute its range of hostile vehicle mitigation (HVM) barriers and perimeter security products across the Middle East and North African region.

Westminster International Ltd has added Rosehill Security’s range of perimeter security solutions to its product portfolio, focused especially on Rosehill’s Impakt and Rapid Defender to help protect crowded public spaces and entertainment, sporting and political venues in light of the growing threat of vehicle borne attacks worldwide.

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For its part, Westminster International Ltd is a broadly based British security and defence organisation that operates worldwide in 50 countries through an international network of agents and regional offices providing solutions to almost any fire, safety, security and defence requirement. Its extensive range covers all forms of anti-terrorism, risk reduction, defence and homeland security that includes facilities and utilities security products, police equipment and access control.

Chairman Sir Tony Baldry said: “For 20 years, everyone at Westminster International Ltd has been passionate about offering the best solutions to solve the world’s security issues, so Rosehill Security’s perimeter security products are an excellent addition to our product range. Above all else, if it means that we can protect more people from Vehicle-as-a-Weapon attacks on a larger scale across the Middle East and Northern Africa region, then this agreement will prove to be invaluable.”

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Dalton Marshall of Rosehill Security

Rapid and Impakt Defenders: the fine detail

Manufactured from 100% recycled rubber and bonded with polyurethane for strength, Rosehill Security’s robust Rapid and Impakt Defenders require no foundations and can be installed almost anywhere, removed and re-used as required.

Made up of units weighing 49 kg each, the Rapid Defender temporary vehicle security barrier has been specifically designed to be manually installed in minutes to protect people at events from Vehicle-as-a-Weapon attacks. Requiring no special tools or lifting equipment, a four-man team can manually install a 15 m barrier in under five minutes.

The much larger, IWA 14-rated Impakt Defender has been designed for temporary, semi-permanent and permanent applications, providing the flexibility to protect both entrance areas and site perimeters against hostile vehicle attack. Each 430 kg solid rubber unit is connected by steel securing cables or rods to create a barrier capable of stopping heavy vehicles travelling at 48 kph.

Engineered using the same manufacturing process, Rosehill Security’s interlocking, T-shape Ballistic Blocks are used to construct temporary or permanent sangars and customised, heavy-duty perimeter structures, providing ballistic protection to BS EN 1522/23. These structures can be combined with the Rapid and Impakt Defenders to create an holistic solution as part of a wider HVM strategy.

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Dalton Marshall, sales manager at Rosehill Security, said: “Since our launch, we’ve worked tirelessly to design and manufacture an innovative and effective range of HVM and perimeter security solutions to meet the evolving needs of our clients worldwide. The speed and ease with which our products can be deployed makes them an ideal addition to Westminster International Ltd’s offering, so we’are delighted to partner with them and provide their clients access to our proven product range.”

Westminster International Ltd is part of the Westminster Group that includes Longmoor Security, whose operators have served with the British Army’s Royal Military Police, UK Special Forces and the police service and have protected high-profile international personalities as well as organisations including the BBC.

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Baroness Karren Brady CBE to open the Protection & Management Series 2015

Baroness Karren Brady CBE has been announced as the first of three inspirational keynote speakers at the Protection & Management Series 2015. Baroness Brady will open the event on Tuesday 16 June at ExCeL, London.

Baroness Brady is a regular newspaper columnist, author and novelist and known as ‘The First Lady of Football’ having become managing director of Birmingham City FC at the age of just 23.

Her current role is vice-chairman of West Ham United FC, while the Baroness is also the Small Business Ambassador to the UK Government led by Prime Minister David Cameron.

Of course, Baroness Brady is well-known to millions of TV viewers for her role alongside Lord Alan Sugar in the popular BBC programme The Apprentice.

In this must-attend keynote address, Baroness Brady will share anecdotes from her own rise within the business world, offering plenty of insights and advice for women in the business sector.

Baroness Karren Brady CBE: vice-chairman of West Ham United FC

Baroness Karren Brady CBE: vice-chairman of West Ham United FC

Simon Mills, group director for the Protection & Management Series run by event organiser UBM, said: “We’re delighted to reveal that Baroness Karren Brady will be opening this year’s Protection & Management Series with a truly inspirational keynote address. We’re really looking forward to hosting such a phenomenal businesswoman on the first day in what is our second year at our new London home.”

The Protection & Management Series is the UK’s largest event dedicated to protecting and managing property, people and information. Organised by UBM EMEA, the series incorporates the major events of IFSEC International, FIREX International, Safety & Health Expo, The Facilities Show and Service Management Expo and attracts more than 40, 000 attendees over three days.

The 2015 Protection & Management Series of events will run from 16-18 June at ExCeL, London.

*Find out more and register for the event here: www.safety-health-expo.co.uk/keynotepr

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Dr Peter Speight CSyP wins prestigious CIR Risk Manager of the Year Award 2014

The UK Chapter of ASIS International has congratulated Dr Peter Speight CSyP – director of security risk management and consultancy services at Securitas in the UK – for winning the prestigious CIR Risk Manager of the Year Award 2014.

Now in their fifth year, the CIR magazine Risk Management Awards are specifically designed to recognise those individuals, organisations and teams that have significantly added to the understanding and practice of risk management. Judged by an independent panel of experts, the awards provide an opportunity for organisations and individuals to showcase their best products, projects and people.

The Risk Manager of the Year Award honours outstanding performance by a risk management individual deemed by the Judges to have accomplished most in the past 12 months in terms of reinforcing their organisation’s risk management framework, inspiring their team and offering creative thinking to the risk management community as a whole.

Risk professionals operational in organisations ranging from FTSE 100 blue chip concerns through to small and medium-sized enterprises are invited to enter submissions for this category.

Dr Peter Speight CSyP (centre) receives the Risk Manager of the Award 2014

Dr Peter Speight CSyP (centre) receives the Risk Manager of the Award 2014

The winner in 2014 is Dr Peter Speight CSyP, director of security risk management at Securitas UK (a role which Speight began back in November 2010) and author of the hugely popular book ‘Why Security Fails’ (more of which anon). Speight’s remit at Securitas focuses on strategic, tactical and operational enterprise risk management.

Prior to this, Speight served as director of security risk management with Reliance Security Services and (from February 2008 through until April 2009) as head of security consultancy with Perpetuity Risk and Consultancy International, during which time he concentrated on both strategic and operational security consulting.

In previous times Speight has also held end user roles, including a spell as group security manager for Allied Colloids and head of security operations at the BBC, where he worked from September 1999 to May 2000.

Peter’s a regular contributor to the security world’s leading journals and frequently speaks on risk issues as part of the sector’s many and varied conference programmes, among them that devised for IFSEC International.

Dr Speight is a long-time ASIS International UK member and, subject to election at next month’s AGM, will be joining the ASIS UK Leadership team as Chapter Secretary for 2015.

ASIS UK Chapter vice-chairman Mike Hurst stated: “Peter has been a champion of Enterprise Security Risk Management for many years now, and we’re absolutely delighted that his work has been recognised. ASIS International has produced several guidelines and standards on the subject of risk management so it’s fitting that an ASIS UK member is this year’s award recipient.”

Why Security Fails

Published in July 2012, Dr Peter Speight’s excellent book entitled ‘Why Security Fails’ examines a proposition that it’s possible to determine why security falls down within organisations.

There’s a detailed examination of the matrix containing security manpower, physical security assets, electronic systems and procedures. The operational effectiveness of these four distinct security facets is often not capable of critical assessment by the very organisation that’s paying for these assets and services. Therefore, it has been necessary to both determine and evidence a variety of security failures and, ultimately, contrast these sample conditions with examples of organisational security successfully achieving a range of targeted objectives (to the complete understanding and budgetary capability of the target organisation).

These contrasting situations are illustrated within the book which presents a detailed study of a multinational manufacturing organisation and the re-alignment of its security strategy following a comprehensive risk assessment and security audit.

The book also posits that it’s unlikely such security strategies can be effective unless based on a clear understanding of the threats, hazards and risks to which a given organisation may be subjected.

The issue of risk and security auditing is a key feature of ‘Why Security Fails’, as is the requirement to emphasise that the success of a security strategy (which would follow on from the assessment of risk and vulnerability) is not only underpinned by the accuracy of these processes, but also a clear understanding of the specific corporate culture, organisational security awareness and fiscal imperatives at play.

‘Why Security Fails’ also examines the role of risk management in the planning of crisis, continuity and safety issues, again from the perspective of contrasting the success of such planning when measured against the management of risks and the operationally assessed needs linked to the aforementioned four elements of security.

*To order your copy of ‘Why Security Fails’ contact: Protection Publications, 12B Wellgate Centre, Ossett, Wakefield WF5 8NS (telephone: 01924 266016)

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MITIE awarded facilities management contract by BBC Worldwide

FTSE 250 strategic outsourcing company MITIE has just been awarded the prestigious facilities management (FM) contract with BBC Worldwide. The contract will run for a three-year period with provision for an extension.

MITIE will now deliver the full range of FM services including security, Front of House services, maintenance and repairs, cleaning and catering for BBC Worldwide’s new offices at Television Centre in London’s White City when they open next year.

Speaking about the new contract, Andreas Arnold (director of strategic projects for BBC Worldwide) explained: “MITIE was chosen as our FM partner due to the company’s creative approach, the cultural fit with our own business and the demonstrated use of technology to improve service delivery.”

Indeed, MITIE boasts extensive experience in the media sector, with its clients already including well-known broadcasters Channel 4, Universal Music and Sky.

MITIE has won a prestigious FM contract with the BBC

MITIE has won a prestigious FM contract with the BBC

Peter Mosley, managing director at MITIE’s Technical Facilities Management business, stated: “This is a prestigious contract to win. We’re very proud to be partnering with an organisation which has such an exceptional reputation around the world. This contract really underlines our expertise in the media sector, and is a fantastic example of a contractor and client working closely together to provide the best solution possible.”

The iconic BBC Television Centre is currently undergoing an extensive refurbishment, with the site being redeveloped into a mix of commercial spaces including a new 100,000 sq ft headquarters for BBC Worldwide in addition to private accommodation.

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Zaun’s ‘Ring of Steel’ takes centre stage at NATO Summit

One of the UK’s largest-ever policing operations ensured that the recent NATO Summit held at Newport’s Celtic Manor passed off without any security incidents. Parts of South Wales were locked down inside a ‘Ring of Steel’ (reportedly the world’s biggest ever installation of temporary high security fencing) realised by Zaun.

Up to 9,000 police officers were deployed for the two-day NATO gathering at Newport’s Celtic Manor and various key sites around Cardiff. Zaun manufactured and installed the 13 kilometres of high security fencing erected around the hotel and conference centre, Cardiff Castle, Bute Park, Cardiff Bay, the Millennium Stadium and the nearby airport.

More than 60 world leaders attended the NATO Summit, including UK Prime Minister David Cameron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Barack Obama, the first-ever serving US President to visit Wales.

Police officers seconded from 29 of the UK’s 43 police forces were on duty, with planning initiated the moment the NATO Summit was first announced back in October 2013.

Two roads in Newport were closed for more than five days, while all footpaths crossing the Celtic Manor Resort were also shut. A team of 30 project managers, site managers and installers from Zaun complete with 35 articulated lorries full of fencing, barriers and accessories put up the ‘Ring of Steel’, part of which ran alongside the M4 motorway at Junction 24 and the A449.

Zaun's high security fencing designed to protect the Celtic Manor Resort was installed during night closures on the M4

Zaun’s high security fencing designed to protect the Celtic Manor Resort was installed during night closures on the M4

Zaun designed special sections of steel panels that were fixed to existing fencing on a horizontal basis, flipped upright and then dropped into the Roath Basin at Cardiff Bay (as well as next to the Millennium Bridge on the River Taff directly beneath the walls of Cardiff Castle).

Designed to resist mob attack

Twelve-feet high fencing designed to resist mob attack and, in places, hostile vehicle attack was installed in the village of Caerleon in the north of Newport and at a string of sites across Cardiff used by the world leaders.

Minutes after those world leaders left Cardiff Castle on the Thursday night, Zaun’s team moved in and worked 24/7 to dismantle all of the traffic management measures by 6.30 am on Sunday morning (7 September) ahead of the 10K Cardiff road race and fun run. They then removed the remains of what had become a part of life in central Cardiff for weeks – dubbed as Cardiff’s ‘Berlin Wall’ and ‘The Great Wall of Wales’ – to allow traffic and businesses to return to normal on the Monday morning.

The NATO Summit generated its fair share of protesters. News channels including the BBC, ITV and Sky News reported that: ‘People are trying unsuccessfully to tear down the fence’.

Cameron, Obama and Merkel first experienced Zaun’s RDS and SecureGuard fencing last year at the G8 Summit in Enniskillen, which was previously the largest UK security operation with 8,300 police officers deployed at a cost of £60 million.

In March, Zaun also provided the security fencing for the Nuclear Security Summit in The Hague. In addition, Zaun installed 20 miles of permanent and temporary fencing to secure the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. This included VIP emergency gates at the Olympic Stadium – dubbed ‘The Obama Gates’ – in case of attack attempts during the highest profile and most sought-after events (such as Usain Bolt’s historic 100 metres Gold medal triumph).

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First Security wins BBC security contract

First Security has been awarded a security guarding and security services contract with the BBC. The three-year contract has an option to extend for an additional two years.

This is the first time the broadcaster has chosen one national security provider, having previously split the service on a regional basis.

This contract will see skilled security personnel deliver services across the UK at iconic locations such as Maida Vale Studios and Broadcasting House in London, as well as Salford’s MediaCityUK.

Simon Dobell, contract director at First Security, commented: “We’re delighted to have an opportunity to support this leading broadcaster in delivering its security strategy. We’re confident that our extensive experience in delivering total security management solutions to over 300 companies will help the BBC to achieve its challenging security objectives.”

First Security will now be providing specialist security guarding solutions for the BBC's property estate

First Security will now be providing specialist security guarding solutions for the BBC’s property estate

Eddie Halling, head of corporate security at the BBC, added: “From the bids received, First Security stood out in terms of its collaborative, flexible approach and alignment with our goals. We have very clear objectives in ensuring the BBC is a safe and secure environment for staff and visitors across the estate. First Security represents the right choice in supporting us with this goal.”

This contract is in addition to the £150 million, five-year nationwide facilities management contract recently won by First Security’s parent company Interserve, the international support services and construction group.

The relationship between Interserve and First Security enables a level of consistency between the two contracts while at the same time manufacturing a security-focused service delivered by a skilled security team.

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Queen’s Speech: crime-fighting measures announced by UK Government

An Antisocial Behaviour, Crime and Policing Bill has been announced by the Queen in her annual speech to Parliament.

The Home Office will introduce an Antisocial Behaviour, Crime and Policing Bill to create new and simpler powers for the police service such that officers can deal with antisocial behaviour, cut crime and continue police reform.

The Bill would tackle the use of illegal firearms by gangs and organised crime groups and provide better protection for victims of forced marriage.

It would also encourage responsible dog ownership by strengthening the law for tackling dogs that are dangerously out of control.

Additionally, it would continue the coalition Government’s programme of police reform by extending the powers of the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

Communications Data Bill: what next?

The Queen’s Speech had been due to include the Communications Data Bill. Dubbed the ‘Snooper’s Charter’ in some quarters by opponents, this would have allowed the monitoring of UK citizens’ online and mobile communications.

However, the plans published by Home Secretary Theresa May were recently blocked by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg on civil liberties grounds despite warnings such legislation is desperately needed to help detect terrorism plots.

BBC News states: “The Government is now considering forcing Internet service providers and mobile phone companies to store more data about the devices from which e-mails, Skype calls and other messages are sent to help police identify the sender, if necessary. The Home Office had previously rejected this option (which may not need new legislation in order for these plans to be implemented) on technical and cost grounds.”

The BBC continues: “Fresh proposals to investigate crime in cyberspace are being promised…” to “…help protect the public and the investigation of crime in cyberspace.”

The major strand of this plan is to find a way to more closely match Internet Protocol (IP) addresses to individuals in order to identify who has sent an e-mail or made a call.

The BBC states: “Despite Nick Clegg’s objections to the Communications Data Bill, the Home Office has said action is needed to reflect the fact criminals are increasingly using Internet phone calls or social media websites to communicate.”

Helping to keep the public safe

The BBC report continues: “In the Briefing Notes on the Queen’s Speech, the Government makes clear it remains ‘committed to ensuring that law enforcement and intelligence agencies have the powers they need to protect the public and ensure national security'”.

“These agencies use communications data – the who, when, where and how of a communication, but not its content – to investigate and prosecute serious crime,” say the Briefing Notes.

“Communications data helps to keep the public safe – it is used by the police to investigate crimes, bring offenders to justice and to save lives.”

“This is not about indiscriminately accessing the Internet data of innocent members of the public.”

“The proposals to be brought forward would address the fact the police – who can already tell when, where and who made a mobile phone call or sent a text message – cannot always trace the origin of an e-mail, a message sent via instant messaging or a phone call made over the Internet.”

“The Government says one problems is that IP addresses are shared between a number of people, or devices.”

“In order to know who has actually sent an e-mail or made a Skype call the police need to know who has used a certain IP address at a given point in time,” says the Government.

“The Government says it is ‘looking at ways of addressing this issue… it may involve legislation'”.

“There have been questions raised about how, or whether, it might be possible to achieve the goal of matching IP addresses more closely to devices or individuals.”

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