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Borderpol appoints Peter Vincent as director counselor for International Policy

The Executive Committee of Borderpol is pleased to announce the appointment of Peter Vincent as the organisation’s director counselor for International Policy.

Thomas Tass, director general at Borderpol, commented: “We’re delighted to have Peter on board as he brings a wealth of experience to the organisation and will be invaluable in terms of improving our legal and regional representation in the Americas. He’s also a fluent Spanish speaker which will assist is with the aim of extending our reach into South America.”

Vincent told Risk UK: “I’m truly honoured and privileged to have been appointed as Borderpol’s director counselor for International Policy, I’ve long admired the organisation for the incredible work it does to balance counter-terrorism concerns with humane approaches to complicated border issues.”

Peter Vincent is the general counsel of Thomson Reuters Special Services LLC (TRSS), a US subsidiary of Thomson Reuters. Throughout his career, Vincent has served in a variety of senior executive and legal positions in both the public and private sectors.

Prior to joining TRSS in February this year, he was the principal legal advisor for the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS), US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). In addition, he served as ICE’s senior counselor for International Policy, whereupon Vincent advised the DHS Office of the Secretary and the ICE Office of the Director on issues relating to the formulation and execution of the agency’s international diplomatic engagement.

Peter Vincent

Peter Vincent

Prior to that, from November 2011 through until July 2013, Vincent served as the acting director of ICE’s Office of International Affairs (OIA), Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). With attachés in 75 offices across 48 countries, including seven combatant commands, HSI OIA is the largest international investigative component within DHS.

Working at the US Department of Justice

From November 2006 until May 2009, Vincent served with the US Department of Justice (DoJ) at the US Embassy in Bogotá, Colombia, first as the assistant judicial attaché and then as the judicial attaché. There, he advised the DoJ, the US Department of State, the US Department of Defence and various law enforcement and intelligence-gathering agencies on matters concerning extradition, terrorist organisations, money laundering, mutual legal assistance and narco-trafficking.

During his tenure at the US Embassy, Vincent co-ordinated nearly 500 extraditions to the United States, including the extradition requests for dozens of high-profile leaders of designated foreign terrorist organisations such as the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, the National Liberation Army and the United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia.

In July 2002, Vincent joined the National Security Litigation Team in ICE’s San Francisco Office of the Chief Counsel. As a trial attorney, he represented the Government in immigration proceedings involving terrorists and individuals who had provided material support to foreign terrorist organisations. In addition, Vincent advised the local Joint Terrorism Task Force on issues relating to counter-terrorism and foreign counter-intelligence.

Vincent graduated with High Distinction from the University of California at Berkeley with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and received a degree in law from the University of Virginia School of Law.

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UK Government announces £4 million funding package to tackle cyber crime

New UK Government funding will help smaller businesses in the UK cyber sector to grow, collaborate and develop innovative solutions aimed at tackling today’s cyber threats.

Speaking at the first ever UK-US Global Cyber Security Innovation Summit in London, business secretary Vince Cable has unveiled details behind a £4 million competition for UK cyber businesses designed to help them develop ideas for tackling myriad cyber security threats.

The minister also announced the appointment of a cyber security ‘small business champion’ in addition to funding for specialist projects that will help drive growth and innovation in the sector. The competition will be run by the Technology Strategy Board (the Government’s innovation agency) in 2015 and subsequently award funding to those firms delivering the best ideas.

The Technology Strategy Board’s goal is to accelerate economic growth by stimulating and supporting business-led innovation. Sponsored by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), the Board brings together business, research and the public sector, supporting and accelerating the development of innovative products and services to meet market needs, tackle major societal challenges and help construct the future economy.

Vince Cable: Secretary of State for Business

Vince Cable: Secretary of State for Business

“The growth of the cyber security sector in the UK is a great success story,” urged Cable. “Indeed, that sector is now worth over £6 billion and employs around 40,000 people. Building a strong and resilient cyber space for the UK is central to ensuring that our companies can make the most of online business opportunities while also avoiding potentially costly threats to the information they hold and the services they provide.”

Cable added: “Maintaining innovation and growth requires continued investment. Committing a further £4 million will help businesses of all sizes turn their ideas for countering cyber threats into reality. Partnering with industry experts will also increase the opportunities for the UK’s smaller cyber companies such that they might work together and grow their businesses.”

Mapping cyber security businesses

Andy Williams (an industry expert from techUK, the UK’s largest technology Trade Association) has been appointed cyber security small business champion. In this role, Williams will be responsible for mapping cyber security small businesses and establishing a UK-wide growth project designed to encourage them to work closer together.

Williams’ role will also involve working to showcase the capability of small and medium-sized cyber businesses at UK and international events, delivering business advice and establishing an online portal for sharing information about national initiatives with the cyber business community.

“Given the rapidly evolving global cyber threat landscape, the emergence of highly innovative and agile new companies with specialist cyber capabilities will be vital to ensuring the future safety and prosperity of the UK,” explained Williams. “The extra funding that BIS is providing to support cyber start-ups and small businesses will be absolutely key to ensuring the UK’s position as a global leader in cyber security.”

In parallel, Dr Emma Philpott (managing director of cyber and technology catalyst Key IQ) will lead a project to actively work with local volunteers on establishing regional clusters of small companies operational in the cyber security space. This network of clusters will link the small and medium-sized businesses to national opportunities and events while also affording them a collective voice.

Philpott brings considerable expertise to this role as the founder and manager of both the Malvern cyber security cluster and the UK Cyber Security Forum. The latter links cyber security-focused small and medium-sized enterprises across the UK.

“Smaller companies working in cyber security are active right across the UK,” stated Philpott. “The clusters we’re helping to establish will meet on a monthly basis, be free to join and afford their members an opportunity to network and partner with each other. There’s enormous enthusiasm for this move. Groups are already planned for five new regions.”

Both projects will be delivered through the Cyber Growth Partnership which is a forum of Government representatives, academia, cyber security companies and trade bodies working to boost the UK’s global market position in terms of cyber security products and services. techUK co-ordinates business and academic involvement in the Partnership while the high-level Board is co-chaired by Ed Vaizey (Minister for Culture and the Digital Economy) and Gavin Patterson, CEO of the BT Group.

New UK Government funding will help small businesses in the UK cyber sector to grow, collaborate and develop new solutions to tackle cyber threats

New UK Government funding will help small businesses in the UK cyber sector to grow, collaborate and develop new solutions to tackle cyber threats

The Cyber Growth Partnership’s excellent work has realised the development of a Cyber Security Suppliers’ Scheme. Businesses in the scheme can show that they supply cyber security products and services to the UK Government and use the Government logo in their marketing material.

The Security Information Network (SINET) Global Cyber Security Innovation Summit

The business secretary made these announcements in front of 250 senior members of Government and industry who attended the two-day Global Cyber Security Innovation Summit at the British Museum. The Summit was supported by the UK and US Governments and brought together representatives of both the British and American Governments as well as business leaders to encourage the creation of new partnerships and projects centred on tackling threats in cyber space.

In essence, the Security Information Network (SINET) Global Cyber Security Innovation Summit focuses on building international public-private partnerships that will improve the protection of the UK and America’s critical infrastructures, national security and economic interests.

The key objective is to orchestrate and maintain international communities of interest and trust that foster vital information sharing, broad awareness and application of the most innovative technologies of both nations to enable a safer and more secure homeland for the United States, the United Kingdom and their trusted allies.

The US Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate supports this event along with Her Majesty’s Government as the UK representative.

Representatives attending the 2014 Summit included Sir Iain Lobban (director of GCHQ), Douglas Maughan (Cyber Security Division director at the US Department of Homeland Security) and senior members of leading cyber companies from both the UK and the US.

Cyber security: key facts and figures for the UK

*One in six businesses are not confident they’ll have sufficient security skills to manage their risks in the next year
*81% of large organisations have suffered from an information security breach in the past year
*60% of small businesses experienced an information security breach in the last 12 months
*Anywhere from £600,000 to £1.15 million is the average cost to a large organisation of its worst security breach of the year (up from £450,000 to £850,000 a year ago)
*£65,000 to £115,000 is the average cost to a small business of its worst security breach of the year (up from £35,000 to £65,000 a year ago)

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“Competition not consolidation” will rule in $110 billion physical security equipment and services sector

According to the latest research from IHS Inc, the global industry for physical security equipment and services was worth a massive $110 billion in 2012, with the Americas accounting for more than 40% of the overall market.

Generating $46 billion in revenue last year, North and South America combined made up 41% of the worldwide trade for physical security equipment and services.

Asia was next with $33 billion, followed by the collective Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region with $29 billion.

Strong growth is predicted in all the markets for the next few years in the IHS report entitled ‘Total Physical Security Equipment and Services: 2013’.

The global industry for physical security equipment and services was worth a massive $110 billion in 2012

The global industry for physical security equipment and services was worth a massive $110 billion in 2012

At its current level, the industry’s annual revenue is double the budget of the US Department of Homeland Security, and is also on a par with the global revenue of giant corporations such as Nissan Motor Co. of Japan, Tesco in the UK or IBM from the United States.

“This is an industry that managed to stay strong during the recession,” said David Green, senior analyst for video surveillance and security services at IHS. “Now, with the general improvement in the global economy we expect total industry revenue to reach $170 billion a year by 2017, even though growth rates will probably peak before then.”

Competition Rules come into play

As the market matures, questions are arising on whether the industry will consolidate.

Convention states that, as markets age, manufacturers will consolidate until a select few dominate the supply. This is a theory supported by many within the industry.

However, IHS isn’t convinced that this will occur because of the huge level of competition within, and the current fragmentation across the market.

Only two entities, for instance, broke the $2 billion level in annual revenue, with both accounting for a combined market share of 10%. Behind them, only five other companies possess a market share of 1% or higher.

In fact, the Top 15 together only just managed a market share of just above 20%, with the remainder of the market (more than 78%) up for grabs among thousands of other companies.

Focusing on the equipment market shows a similar story, with a very shallow curve to the market share table. In all, about 40 players in the space achieved revenues in excess of $100 million per annum in 2012.

“It’s extremely competitive in every vertical, product and region,” Green explained. “You have several companies that are offering virtually the same product in specification and price, yet the highly personal nature of security sales means that each company can claim its own little niche within the market.”

With the split of Tyco International — one of the largest companies represented in the 2012 data — into ADT, Tyco and Pentair Ltd as separate publicly traded companies, the service market is also set to become even more fragmented in the near-term future.

Is consolidation inevitable?

All this means that consolidation of the market may not be as inevitable as one might expect.

“True, mergers and acquisitions in the physical security market are inevitable and will happen, especially on the product side of things, but not with the impact you might see in other markets,” noted Green.

For a company to make significant moves up the market share table, it would realistically need the combined share of five or more existing manufacturers.

“That’s just not going to happen overnight. This is not an industry where one acquisition propels you straight to the top.”

There’s still a general expectation that in the long-term future the industry will start to become dominated by a select few, but it will be a much slower process than traditional market economy studies predict.

“Yes, it defies accepted market logic to some extent,” concluded Green, “but then at $110 billion and beating the recession, it’s hardly a typical industry anyway.”

The IHS report ‘Total Physical Security Equipment and Services: 2013’ combines annual product revenues for the following equipment types: video surveillance, access control, intruder alarms, perimeter security, entrance control (pedestrians and vehicles), consumer video surveillance, thermal cameras and wireless infrastructure as well as service revenues assigned to Video Surveillance as a Service (VSaaS), Access Control as a Service (ACaaS), remote monitoring services and security systems integration.

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