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National Security Inspectorate appoints new auditor in Northern Ireland

The National Security Inspectorate (NSI), the UK’s independent certification body specialising in the security, guarding and fire sectors, has appointed Clare McIntyre as security and fire systems auditor and lead auditor for ISO 9001 in Northern Ireland.

Having spent over 20 years in the sector within quality and operations management and system design, McIntyre brings a wealth of experience to the NSI’s expert auditing team. She previously worked for NSI approved companies, transitioning from one of the few female-nominated fire alarm designers to become a fully-integrated security and fire design engineer.

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Clare McIntyre

Having realised her passion for developing and improving standards within the industry, becoming an auditor for NSI was a natural progression in McIntyre’s career.

Richard Jenkins, the NSI’s CEO, commented: “We’re committed to recruiting auditors with practical experience, knowledge and understanding of our sector. Currently, the UK has the lowest percentage of females on the engineering register in the EU at only 7%. Therefore, Clare’s appointment may also serve to embed some change in what has, traditionally, been a male-dominated sector in the UK. ”

NSI to sponsor ‘Outstanding Security Installer/Integrator’ category at 2019 OSPAs

The NSI is proud to sponsor the ‘Outstanding Security Installer/Integrator’ category at next year’s Outstanding Security Performance Awards (OSPAs), which take place in London on 28 February.

The UK OSPAs is part of a global awards scheme currently running in eight countries and designed to recognise outstanding contributions and achievements within their respective security sectors. Following extensive research in 2014 by Perpetuity Research and Consultancy International on what constitutes outstanding performance, the OSPA categories and criteria were then standardised, providing an opportunity for countries to run their own evidence-based OSPAs, while also maintaining the ability to compete on an international level.

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Professor Martin Gill CSyP FSyI, founder of the OSPAs and director of Perpetuity Research, commented: “I’m delighted that the NSI is continuing its Installer/Integrator category sponsorship of the UK OSPAs. Since its formation nearly five decades ago, the NSI’s focus has been to raise standards in the UK security sector and those companies securing its approval, across all disciplines of security, are instrumental in helping to achieve this goal. The OSPAs provides a global stage for security excellence so it’s fitting that the NSI is a key player in these awards.”

Richard Jenkins added: “We’re committed to supporting initiatives that celebrate excellence and innovation in the UK’s security sector. The OSPAs are highly respected among the security and buyer communities for their core values and ethics. Gaining recognition with an OSPA is a significant achievement and we’re delighted to be associated with this prestigious event.”

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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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‘Aspiring to Excellence’: Corporate Security Departments under the microscope in latest SRI study

What are the most important characteristics of an excellent Corporate Security Department? What makes an excellent security supplier? The latest report from the Security Research Initiative, which is specifically designed to address these issues, has been published today.

Both corporate security personnel and security suppliers were asked to rate various characteristics of outstanding performance. While they shared similar views overall, it’s also the case that some striking differences are readily apparent.

Findings about what makes suppliers excellent

The most highly valued characteristic is a determined focus on customer needs. Harbouring objectives that are specifically aligned with the client is also seen as crucial.

While it’s most certainly viewed as important to have innovative and adaptive senior management, it’s more important to have excellent management on the front line.

Suppliers appear to attach higher importance than clients to some criteria, for example adopting new philosophies, a focus on training and learning and having excellent and visionary leadership in place. This may suggest suppliers are trying to do too much and would benefit from a greater focus.

The survey suggests suppliers are particularly likely to agree strongly that price trumps quality. Indeed, the difference here is striking given the similarity of answers on other criteria.

Professor Martin Gill FSyI: studying Corporate Security Departments and the buyer-supplier dynamic

Professor Martin Gill FSyI: studying Corporate Security Departments and the buyer-supplier dynamic

The fact that 47% of clients and 59% of suppliers agree strongly that suppliers can only be excellent if clients fully support them suggests that clients may underestimate the crucial role they play.

There was some agreement that security is often not valued highly enough by companies, and that they accord security suppliers less status than other suppliers.

Findings on what makes clients (corporate security) excellent

Understanding threats (91%), having an effective security strategy (87%) and objectives aligned with the company (84%) are the three highest ranked characteristics for client excellence.

While both clients and suppliers believe security fares well in comparison to other business functions in terms of excellence, it’s often less effective at showing how it adds value.

Both suppliers and clients are in accord that security leaders need business skills, but only clients view security expertise as being of equal importance. Suppliers consider this much less important.

Like suppliers, clients appear to favour the carrot rather than the stick approach, suggesting excellent companies are those that focus on rewarding good performance.

There’s some evidence to suggest that clients do not fully recognise the price pressures on suppliers. For example, only one third of those clients questioned attach strong importance to paying the going rate for the job as a condition of excellence.

According to both samples, and judged against all the criteria listed, most clients do not achieve excellence.

Reputations are only temporary

Professor Martin Gill FSyI (director of Perpetuity Research and leader of the Security Research Initiative study) noted: “What is clear is that a reputation for being an outstanding performer is only temporary. There’s evidence from these findings that security undersells itself – suppliers to their clients and Corporate Security Departments to the wider business.”

Gill added: “Security is moving from being seen as a protector of assets to a facilitator of good business, and an essential one at that. However, it’s moving slowly and the sector needs to change from keeping its potential secret. The characteristics of outstanding performance need articulating. The good thing though is that, by all accounts, those working in different aspects of security are largely in agreement about what it involves. Now the strategy must be to achieve it.”

Background to the research

The research is based on an extensive review of the drivers of business excellence. Responses were received from 200 representatives of security suppliers and 289 clients based around the globe. These direct responses were supplemented by 24 in-depth interviews.

The in-depth study was undertaken by Perpetuity Research (which started life as a spin-out company from the University of Leicester) under the umbrella of the Security Research Initiative (http://perpetuityresearch.com/security-research-initiative/) which, each year, conducts a detailed study on a specific aspect of security.

To download a free copy of the full report visit: http://perpetuityresearch.com/category/publications/security-research-initiative/sri-publications/

Alternatively, send an e-mail to: prci@perpetuityresearch.com for more details or telephone: 01892 538690

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Second Edition of The Handbook of Security published by Palgrave Macmillan

Extensively updated, expanded and reorganised, the Second Edition of The Handbook of Security – which is edited by Professor Martin Gill FSyI, the director of PRCI – provides “the most comprehensive analysis of scholarly security debates and issues” to date.

Informed by a range of disciplines – among them environmental science, criminology, politics and economics – the book brings together contributions from some of the world’s leading scholars to explore the most important issues impacting our understanding of how ‘security’ is provided.

Consisting of 44 chapters, the second edition includes over 25 brand new contributions from international experts in areas as diverse as food security, cyber security, workplace crime, terrorism, organised crime, counterfeiting, intelligence, CCTV, piracy and private military companies in addition to an entirely new section on approaches to researching security through ethnography, systematic reviews and meta-analysis.

The Handbook of Security: now in its Second Edition

The Handbook of Security: now in its Second Edition

The book is divided into seven parts – namely disciplines and security, offences, crime and security in sectors, researching security, security products and services, security and its management and critiquing security.

In later sections, this substantive reference work analyses security products and services such as security guarding, alarms and CCTV as well as the management of security. Here, chapters focus on crisis management, partnerships and regulation. The book also applies discussions of crime and security to a variety of sectors including retail, finance and tourism.

The final section critiques security using various approaches including critical security studies, the ‘professionalisation’ of security and ethics.

Put simply, The Handbook of Security is essential reading for all those engaged with the security world.

Supporting testimonials for The Handbook of Security

“Martin Gill has fully updated and expanded his hugely successful Handbook of Security. This new edition brings together first-rate scholars to cover the history and nature of security, the nature of different offences and security practices in different sectors, as well as the issues of management and regulation. A must-have for anyone working in this field” (Tim Newburn, London School of Economics, UK)

“Martin Gill has done more to advance the science and practice of security than anybody else around. Gill has used his considerable professional networks and knowledge of the field to assemble generalists and specialists to produce the most thorough array of chapters on security that I have seen so far” (Marcus Felson, Texas State University, USA)

Professor Martin Gill FSyI

Professor Martin Gill FSyI

“In introducing this new edition of his highly successful Handbook, Martin Gill writes that ‘studying security is an exciting place to be’. The book’s contents amply bear out his view” (Ronald V Clarke, School of Criminal Justice, Rutgers University, USA)

“A robust collection of new research on a broad variety of contemporary security topics. I recommend it highly to researchers, academicians and security professionals” (Richard C Hollinger, University of Florida, USA)

“Security as an idea, a concern and a pursuit has dramatically reshaped – and is reshaping – social life everywhere. As it does so, it’s transforming governance, Government and scholarship across a wide range of disciplines. This Second Edition of The Handbook of Security is both welcome and timely” (Clifford Shearing, University of Cape Town, South Africa and Griffith University, Australia)

Ordering your copy of The Handbook of Security

The book (ISBN: 9781137323279) is available in both hardback and eBook formats. Access the Table of Contents and learn more about the contributors

For more information on The Handbook of Security’s contents, and to order your copy, visit the Palgrave Macmillan website

You can also e-mail orders direct to: orders@palgrave.com

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Security Research Initiative launches ‘Understanding Security Excellence’ survey

The latest Security Research Initiative survey has now been launched.

The current Security Research Initiative project is focused on better understanding ‘security excellence’ (whether that be security excellence in corporations or security excellence among security suppliers).

What are the key drivers of security excellence? What makes some corporate security departments and certain security suppliers excellent at what they do, and what are the barriers to achieving excellence for others?

Professor Martin Gill

Professor Martin Gill

Whatever role you play in security and at whatever level, Professor Martin Gill (director of PRCI and the research leader) would really appreciate it if you would take some time to complete the survey. In addition, those who take part will receive a copy of the detailed results free of charge.

This year’s survey is being completed by security professionals across the world.

All those who work in any aspect of security are asked to help complete the online survey, which will only take about ten minutes. Here’s the link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/LH2DZ8J

For further information contact: a.randall@perpetuityresearch.com or visit: http://perpetuityresearch.com/security-research-initiative/

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