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Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude visits cyber security specialist Advent IM

The Rt Hon Francis Maude MP has visited West Midlands-based cyber security consultancy Advent IM as part of the MPs’ remit as the Minister for Cyber Security. 

Maude met with Mike Gillespie and Julia McCarron, the co-founders of Advent IM, to find out more about the cyber security work the company delivers as one of the UK’s leading independent information security consultancies, the company’s history, its ethos and the business challenges faced by the organisation as an SME.

Topics for discussion on the day were both wide and varied. Mike Gillespie explained the principles of a holistic and risk-based approach to security and the MP was particularly interested in how this translates into solid governance in business.

Maude was also keen to find out more about threat convergence, how cyber threats can now impact our physical environments and steps that can be taken to mitigate those threats.

The team expanded on Advent IM’s development of cyber security training courses specifically for the police in the areas of SIRO and IAO responsibilities and accountability, general cyber security awareness training opportunities currently being developed and Advent IM’s mentoring approach to consultancy delivery, ensuring the company is seen by those involved as a business enabler.

The Advent IM team members meet Francis Maude MP

The Advent IM team members meet Francis Maude MP

The G-Cloud procurement process

Maude and the team discussed the merits of the G-Cloud procurement process and how there’s room to improve the perception that it’s more for technology purchases than consultancy, and how Government is starting to drive the requirement for Best Practice information security and ISO 27001 (more of which anon) through its outsourced service providers.

Changes to the Government Security Classification Scheme and the lack of understanding around its application were touched upon, as were the issues being confronted by local authorities in connecting to PSN and how the latest changes would impact on those either connecting or acting as a provider.

The Cabinet Office Minister also took the time to discuss areas of work with Advent IM staff from the consultancy, marketing and sales teams and the challenges they face when it comes to implementing and promoting cyber security across the UK.

“We greatly appreciate the time Francis Maude has taken to visit us,” said Advent IM’s operations director Julia McCarron. “As cyber security specialists, a number of us have attended events where Mr Maude has been present but we’ve rarely had the opportunity to discuss with him what’s happening in the market or air our views fact-to-face. To be singled out and given the chance to discuss our company, the industry and involve all of our staff in that forum was an honour for the team.”

Advent IM's Mike Gillespie talks cyber security with Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude

Advent IM’s Mike Gillespie talks cyber security with Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude

Holistic security management solutions

Advent IM focuses on holistic security management solutions for information, people and physical assets across both the public and private sectors.

Established in 2002, Advent IM is a Centre of Excellence for security services, promoting the benefits of Best Practice guidelines and standards and the ongoing need to address risk management in order to protect against potential threats.

From offices in the Midlands and London, the company’s consultants work on a nationwide basis and are members of the CESG Listed Advisor Scheme, the Institute of Information Security Professionals, The Security Institute, the Business Continuity Institute and the British Computer Society.

Advent IM consultants are also lead auditors for the international standards on Information Security Management (ISO 27001) and Business Continuity Management (ISO 22301), practitioners of PRINCE2 (a recognised project management methodology widely used within the public sector), CISSP-qualified and also Home Office-trained physical security assessors.

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Help for Heroes announced as The Security Institute’s Chairman’s Charity in 2015

The Security Institute has announced that its designated Chairman’s Charity for 2015 will be Help for Heroes. The charity offers comprehensive support to British servicemen and women who have been wounded or injured in the line of duty – a cause that’s clearly close to The Security Institute’s heart in light of the fact that many of the organisation’s members have served their country across the Armed Forces.

Since its founding in October 2007, the money raised by Help for Heroes thanks to hugely generous public backing has been used to support the wounded, but there’s still so much more to do.

Soldiers, sailors and airmen injured today will still need vital support tomorrow and in the days that follow.

The Security Institute director Richard Bell commented: “We try to select a charity partner that will be highly relevant to our membership and which we believe is making a significant difference to the lives of the people it aims to help. Many of our members have served in the military and while they have been fortunate to be able to forge new careers in security upon leaving the Armed Forces, many of their former colleagues face significant challenges as a result of injuries suffered in the line of duty.”

The Security Institute's designated Chairman's Charity for 2015 is Help for Heroes

The Security Institute’s designated Chairman’s Charity for 2015 is Help for Heroes

Bell’s comments were endorsed by The Security Institute’s chairman Emma Shaw CSyP. “We are immensely proud to be supporting a charity that has achieved so much in a relatively short space of time,” explained Shaw. “Last year, we raised almost £30,000 for our charity partner PTSD Resolution I’m confident we can surpass that figure in 2015. We have a number of fund-raising activities planned throughout the coming year and will be seeking to raise awareness of Help for Heroes at all of our events.”

Bryn Parry, co-founder of Help for Heroes, added: “We’d like to thank The Security Institute for choosing Help for Heroes as its Chairman’s Charity for 2015. The Institute’s support will make a huge difference to the lives of some very brave men and women. The war in Afghanistan may be nearly over but, for many members of the Armed Forces and their families, their battles are just beginning. We will not let them battle alone.”

*For further information access the Help for Heroes website

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Advent IM confirmed as cyber security solution supplier to Her Majesty’s Government

Holistic security consultancy and a member of the Malvern Cyber Security Cluster, Advent IM Ltd has announced its confirmed status as cyber security solution supplier to Her Majesty’s Government.

The announcement follows on from the company’s long-standing and successful supplier relationships with several Government departments.

The cyber certification scheme is administrated by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and enables certified cyber security suppliers to Government to be able to publicise the fact. This offers a distinct advantage to those businesses, further enables the Government’s plan to work with more SMEs and also supports the export of UK cyber security expertise.

Speaking about the news, Advent IM director Julia McCarron told Risk UK: “The supply of specialist IA consultancy services to the UK Government is the foundation upon which Advent IM was built and this remains a very important sector for us. As an SME, we value the relationships we have with Her Majesty’s Government’s departments and agencies. Being awarded this status is important for our continued partnership development in this area and we’re delighted that we’ve been recognised as an official cyber security solution provider.”

Advent IM joins other members of the Malvern Cyber Security Cluster who have been recognised for their contribution to UK Government cyber security by being part of this scheme.

Advent IM has announced the company’s confirmed status as a cyber security solution supplier to Her Majesty’s Government

Advent IM has announced the company’s confirmed status as a cyber security solution supplier to Her Majesty’s Government

Holistic security management solutions

Advent IM is an independent specialist consultancy focusing on holistic security management solutions for information, people and physical assets across both the public and private sectors.

Established in 2002, Advent IM is a Centre of Excellence for security services, promoting the benefits of Best Practice guidelines and standards and the need to address risk management to protect against potential threats.

From offices in the Midlands and London, Advent IM’s consultants work nationwide and are members of the CESG Listed Advisor Scheme (CLAS), the Institute of Information Security Professionals (IISP), The Security Institute, the Business Continuity Institute and the British Computer Society.

Julia McCarron: director at Advent IM

Julia McCarron: director at Advent IM

Advent IM consultants are also lead auditors relating to the international standards for Information Security Management (ISO 27001) and Business Continuity Management (ISO 22301), practitioners of PRINCE2 (a recognised project management methodology widely used within the public sector), CISSP-qualified and Home Office-trained physical security assessors.

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The Security Institute signs Memorandum of Understanding with the International Professional Security Association

The Security Institute, the UK’s largest membership body for security professionals, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the International Professional Security Association outlining reciprocal membership arrangements.

The relationship between the two organisations will be known as Constituent Membership whereby the International Professional Security Association (IPSA) is a Constituent Member organisation of The Security Institute with an Affiliate Membership while the Institute is now an Affiliate Member organisation of IPSA.

It’s the IPSA entity that’s the Constituent Member rather than any individuals of the organisation and vice-versa. However, IPSA members may be Institute members in their own right and vice-versa regarding The Security Institute’s members having personal membership of IPSA.

Both parties retain their own identities and legal structures and operate in accordance with their own organisational rules and legally binding constitutions.

Emma Shaw CSyP: chairman of The Security Institute

Emma Shaw CSyP: chairman of The Security Institute

Main elements of the agreement

The main points covered by the new agreement are:
*The Security Institute and IPSA will share information by exchanging appropriate newsletters, bulletins and press releases, etc that may potentially be of mutual interest to their respective memberships
*The Security Institute and IPSA will incorporate information on their websites about each other’s organisation and their respective activities. This will include logos and reciprocal web links
*The Security Institute will appoint IPSA as a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) partner organisation
*The Security Institute and IPSA will co-ordinate, wherever practicable, on mutually relevant topics and activities

Speaking about the new arrangements, The Security Institute’s chairman Emma Shaw CSyP commented: “We’re delighted to be working with IPSA. The Memorandum of Understanding will benefit members of both organisations enormously. We have broad areas of overlapping interest and this will help us to develop the security profession as well as deliver benefits to our members.”

Mike White MSyI: IPSA chairman

Mike White MSyI: IPSA chairman

IPSA chairman Mike White MSyI added: “This is the first step in a collaborative journey in which we hope others will want to play a part. IPSA is delighted to be working with The Security Institute in leading the campaign to positively raise the profile of our industry and professionalise it still further.”

The Memorandum of Understanding was signed on Tuesday 16 December at The Security Institute’s 15th Anniversary
Birthday Party.

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Chartered Security Professional status bestowed upon SIA CEO Bill Butler

The Security Institute has announced that Bill Butler – CEO of the Security Industry Authority (SIA), the Regulator for the private security business sector – is admitted to the Register of Chartered Security Professionals as of Tuesday 9 December following his interview with Garry Evanson CSyP and Bill Wyllie CSyP.

The Register of Chartered Security Professionals was created by The Security Institute on behalf of The Worshipful Company of Security Professionals back in 2011.

Applicants have to be making a strategic contribution to the development of security as a discipline and proceed through a rigorous staged assessment process. Candidates must prove they’ve reached a minimum competence level in each of five defined areas: security knowledge, practical skills, leadership, communications and professional commitment.

Once admitted, registrants are allowed to use the prestigious post-nominal CSyP after their name. They must then comply with a Code of Professional Conduct, hold Professional Indemnity insurance (either individually or via their employer) and complete Continuing Professional Development (CPD) tasks each year in order to retain the status of Chartered Security Professional.

Bill Butler CSyP: CEO at the Security Industry Authority

Bill Butler CSyP: CEO at the Security Industry Authority

The Register continues to grow with 30 professionals admitted this year alone. Typically, applicants are either employed by security service providers, are public sector employees, consultants or heads of security/senior security managers.

To date there have been applicants from the UK, Australia, the USA, Abu Dhabi, Tunisia, Dubai, the Czech Republic and Spain.

Chartered Security Professionals Registration Authority

The Chartered Security Professionals Registration Authority (CSPRA), which is chaired by The Security Institute’s President Lord Alex Carlile of Berriew CBE QC, is responsible for setting criteria and standards for Chartered Security Professionals.

This year, the CSPRA reviewed its competency requirements in order that key individuals working strategically for the development and benefit of the security profession would be eligible for acceptance onto the Register.

Commenting on the news, The Security Institute’s chairman Emma Shaw CSyP stated: “I’d like to offer my sincere congratulations to Bill Butler who now joins a very prestigious group of security professionals. The Register of Chartered Security Professionals represents ‘The Gold Standard’ in professionalism for the security industry. CSyPs demonstrate an ongoing commitment to demonstrable excellence in their work within the security business sector that sets them apart from other security practitioners.”

Shaw added: “When The Security Institute launched its ‘Manifesto for Professional Security’ in November, we stressed the importance of creating a broad awareness of security as a profession. The Register is a key component of this effort.”

Speaking about his acceptance to the Register of Chartered Security Professionals, SIA chief executive Bill Butler CSyP said: “I found the admission process to be both challenging and rewarding. I’m very pleased and proud to be admitted as a Chartered Security Professional. This reflects on my own and indeed the SIA’s commitment to the development of professional standards in the security industry.”

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Andy Bowers wins The Security Institute’s coveted 2014 Wilf Knight Award

Now in its sixth year, The Security Institute’s prestigious Wilf Knight Award is presented in recognition of a unique piece of research into a security management-based subject. In 2014, the proud winner of this highly sought-after accolade is Andy Bowers, who receives a glass engraved trophy and a cheque for £500.

Bowers has served for 28 years in the Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service and is currently the Assistant Chief Officer – Head of Community Response, a role affording him responsibility for all emergency response activities. This includes the most common areas of fire-fighting and road traffic collisions as well as specialist teams such as Urban Search and Rescue, Water Rescue, Maritime Response and Hazardous Materials.

Bowers completed national work for the Chief Fire Officers Association on the subject of operational assurance before becoming involved with the national Incident Command project. He was also one of the founder members of the South East Ways of Working Project which then developed into the Collaborative Partnership (and will now become part of a suite of national guidance documents in the near future).

Bowers holds a Masters in Business from the University of Portsmouth and is currently studying for an MSc in Crisis and Disaster Management.

Nominated by Dr Sara Thorne for the Wilf Knight Award, Bowers’ dissertation entitled: ‘Improving Tactical Decision-Making for Crisis and Disaster Responders’ focuses on the response and emergency life-saving element of crisis and disaster management. By considering the role of the Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service (and, specifically, assessing its incident command processes), this research investigates a means of improving command decision-making by first responders at emergency incidents.

Left to Right: Garry Evanson CSyP, Andy Bowers and Patricia Knight

Left to Right: Garry Evanson CSyP, Andy Bowers and Patricia Knight

Critical area of security and risk management

The 2014 Judging Panel – whose cohort included Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, the Editor of Risk UK – felt that Bowers’ winning paper addresses a critical area of security and risk management. The document demonstrates thorough research and a well-presented argument on decision-making for emergency responders with an extremely usable recommendation particularly for the Fire and Rescue Services.

Bowers’ insightful and original approach “could lead to great practical improvements” in terms of how our emergency services deal with incidents from the outset.

Patricia Knight (Wilf Knight’s widow) and Garry Evanson CSyP, deputy chairman of The Security Institute, recently presented Bowers with his award. Evanson commented: “I’d like to offer my congratulations to Andy who’s a very worthy winner. This award is always hotly contested and it’s a real achievement to win it. I think there’s much that we can all learn as a result of Andy’s diligent and detailed work.”

Richard Diston was runner-up with his paper entitled: ‘Does the mandatory training for managing work-related violence and the use of force for front line security staff actually protect stakeholders from harm or create additional risks?’ Diston was nominated by Danie Adendorff of Loughborough University.

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NaCTSO promotes National Counter-Terrorism Awareness Week 2014

The National Counter-Terrorism Security Office (NaCTSO) has been working with partner organisations (among them ACPO and Police Scotland) on the launch of National Counter-Terrorism Awareness Week 2014, which runs from 24-30 November.

In August, the international terrorism threat level facing the UK was raised by the Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre from a rating of ‘Substantial’ to ‘Severe’, meaning that an attack is highly likely. As a direct result, law enforcement and other Government agencies are urging communities – including the business community – to be vigilant and report anything they perceive as suspicious behaviour.

To focus attentions, National Counter-Terrorism Awareness Week is being launched on Monday 24 November and aims to encourage members of the public to be vigilant, as well as advising of the simple steps that can be taken to make it that much harder for terrorists to attack us.

Counter-terrorism awareness will be raised on a national basis among the police family, the business sector and members of the public by way of community and business engagement, targeted briefings, police patrol activity, reviews and the testing of counter-terror plans.

Focus around five key themes

During National Counter-Terrorism Awareness Week, the focus of all activity will be around five key themes where action by the police family, the business community and members of the public can detect and deter terrorism. Those themes are: Crowded Places, Transport Hubs, Preventing Violent Extremism, Terrorist Financing and Firearms and Explosives (encompassing the tools that terrorists need in order to operate).

This poster is designed for display in back of house zones

This poster is designed for display in Back of House zones

Following the increase of the international terrorism threat level to ‘Severe’, there’s a heightened need to ensure that the UK is in the best possible position to deter and detect potential terrorist threats. As stated, while the ‘Severe’ threat level indicates that it’s highly likely a terrorist attack could happen in the UK, the authorities are quick to point out there’s currently no specific intelligence of a terrorist attack.

Everybody has a role to play in keeping the UK safe from terrorism. Be vigilant. If you suspect it, report it. Nobody is better placed to detect something that’s out of place in their communities than the people living in them. NaCTSO encourages individuals to report suspicious activity by calling the confidential Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321.

Cross-Sector Safety and Security Communications Hub

The Cross-Sector Safety and Security Communications (CSSC) Hub is an award-winning initiative that partners law enforcement agencies, local and national Government organisations and private sector businesses. CSSC aims to help businesses remain safe and secure by providing accurate, timely and authoritative messaging and information on an ongoing basis and in times of major incidents with potentially far-reaching impacts.

CSSC operates across more than 25 industry sectors. Each sector is represented by industry sector leads who regularly participate in briefing calls and events and then cascade information to the businesses within their sectors. CSSC is working closely with NaCTSO and its partners to support National Counter-Terrorism Awareness Week.

Addressing the organisation’s members, Andrew Nicholls (The Security Institute’s director of membership recruitment and benefits) said: “Information from the briefings will be disseminated and we hope that you will support us with increased vigilance in your day-to-day operations as well as reviewing your own business continuity processes and procedures.”

*Further information about National Counter-Terrorism Awareness Week can be found at: http://www.nactso.gov.uk/ctaw2014 Here, you’ll be able to download posters and briefing products that may be displayed Back of House

**In addition, a range of guidance documents for businesses can be found within the Business Toolkit Section of the CSSC website (www.cssc.gb.com). These cover topics from cyber crime and vehicle-borne IEDs through to building a ‘business battle box’

***For general information and assistance send an e-mail to: enquiries@cssc.gb.com

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