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Security Institute members dominate IFSEC International ‘Top 40 Influencers’ table

The much anticipated list of Top 40 influencers in the security sector was announced at IFSEC International 2014, with over 30% of those included being Security Institute members.

The 40-strong list was compiled by http://www.IFSECGlobal.com to determine the most influential people in the global security sector. The eventual winners were all noted for the significant contributions they have made to their respective sectors.

The Security Institute is extremely proud of the 13 members who found a place in the final listing. All of them have made a significant personal contributions for the benefit of those working in security, in some cases over many years.

MITIE TSM's md Bob Forsyth

MITIE TSM’s md Bob Forsyth

Three of the Top Ten are members. This year’s Number One (Bob Forsyth, managing director at MITIE Total Security Management) is a member while The Security Institute’s chairman Emma Shaw CSyP finished second in the list.

The full list of Security Institute members included in the Top 40 is as follows:

• Bob Forsyth MSyI (managing director, MITIE Total Security Management)
• Emma Shaw MBA CSyP FSyl FCMI (chairman, The Security Institute and managing director, Esoteric)
• Mike Gillespie MSyI (director of cyber development, The Security Institute and managing director, Advent IM)
• Professor Martin Gill FSyI (director, Perpetuity Research and Consultancy International)
• Andy Williams FSyI CPP (head of security, Nomura and chairman, ASIS UK Chapter 208)
• Peter French MBE FSyI (managing director, SSR Personnel)
• James Willison MSyI (founder, Unified Security and vice-chairman, ASIS International European Convergence/Enterprise Security Risk Management Sub-Committee)
• Simon Whitehouse CSyP MSyI CPP PSP MIET MASC MIAPSC (group director, SGW Consulting Group)
• Dr Mark Button FSyI (professor of criminology, University of Portsmouth)
• Don Randall MBE FSyI (CISO, Bank of England)
• Richard Bell FSyI (commercial director, The Security Institute, strategic security planning and audit manager, Transport for London and Board advisor, Ten Intelligence)
• Tom Lapage-Norris MSyI (security manager – EMEA, Google)
• Allan Hildage FSyI (chairman, Association of Security Consultants and CEO, Griffin Security Group)

Commenting on the list, The Security Institute’s managing director David Thorp said: “We congratulate all of these members on the incredible contribution they make to the security sector, and on receiving this recognition from their peers via http://www.IFSECGlobal.com”

Thorp added: “The fact that almost one third of the Top 40 are members of The Security Institute underlines why we are the number one membership organisation for security professionals in the UK. It’s great to see that Chartered Security Professionals are also represented, in turn demonstrating that ‘The Gold Standard’ for security professionalism continues to make its mark.”

About The Security Institute

The Security Institute is a not-for-profit organisation established in 1999 for the benefit of individuals working in the security sector.

The organisation promotes the art and science of security management and works to drive standards, educate and Best Practice across the security sector (a sector responsible for the safety of much of the UK’s Critical National Infrastructure).

The Institute is responsible for managing and operating the Register of Chartered Security Professionals on behalf of The Worshipful Company of Security Professionals. In conjunction with the Registration Authority, The Security Institute sets standards, provides quality control, appointment and management of licensees and admitted registrants.

Since the launch of the Register, The Security Institute has processed over 100 applications. There are currently 71 Chartered Security Professionals.

About The Register of Chartered Security Professionals

The Register of Chartered Security Professionals was launched on 7 June 2011. Established under Royal Charter by The Worshipful Company of Security Professionals, the Register itself endorses the main aim of the Company which is “to promote, support and encourage standards of excellence, integrity and honourable practice in conducting the profession of security practitioners, and to aid societies and other organisations connected to such profession.”

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Security Industry Authority News: ‘Security directors disqualified for six years’

On Thursday 19 June 2014 at the Old Bailey, two security directors were disqualified from acting as company directors for a total of six years.

John Anah (aged 56) and 54-year-old Tony O’Gonna ran three security companies: Anco UK Limited, AA Guarding Limited and Metro Guards UK Limited, all of them based in Woolwich.

In December 2012, the companies came to the attention of the Security Industry Authority (SIA) when an unlicensed security officer was found working at a building site in London. SIA investigator then issued a formal warning to Anco UK Limited.

Two security directors have been disqualified from acting as company directors for a total of six years

Two security directors have been disqualified from acting as company directors for a total of six years

A few weeks later, SIA investigators conducted an inspection of the business premises in Woolwich and discovered the true scale of the illegal activity.

It was found that, between August 2012 and July 2013, the companies supplied 33 unlicensed security officers to ten different building sites around London.

Hearing at Westminster Magistrates’ Court: October 2013

In October 2013 at Westminster Magistrates’ Court, Anah and the three security companies pleaded guilty to ten charges of supplying unlicensed security operatives contrary to Section 5 of the Private Security Industry Act 2001. O’Gonna pleaded not guilty to the same offence.

In March 2014, O’Gonna was found guilty at the City of London Magistrates’ Court. During the trial the magistrate rejected O’Gonna’s claims that he entrusted Anah with the operational side of the business and that he never consented to the supply of unlicensed security officers.

The sentencing was referred to Crown Court.

Anah was sentenced to 120 hours of unpaid work and disqualified from acting as a director for four years. O’Gonna was disqualified from acting as a security director for two years.

Additionally, the SIA and the London Regional Asset Recovery Team have commenced legal proceedings against the two individuals and their security companies under the Proceeds of Crime Act. It’s expected that fines will follow the conclusion of the confiscation proceedings.

The hearing is due to take place later this year.

Complex and challenging investigation

The SIA’s Head of Investigation Nathan Salmon said: “I welcome this verdict, which brings to a close a complex and challenging investigation. The defendants provided misinformation to the SIA in order to distance themselves from the offending. Some of these security officers had neither been trained nor properly vetted to recognised national standards. In one instance, an officer had actually been refused an SIA licence due to convictions relating to common assault and disorderly behaviour. The court also heard that some security officers did not have a legitimate right to reside or work in the UK.”

Salmon added: “The verdicts comprehensively discredit the directors’ version of events and their inability to effectively operate a security business. The directors now face the prospect of another court challenge, this time regarding the money they made as a result of their illegal business practice. We will seek appropriate confiscation of the monies earned during contracts where unlicensed security officers were supplied.”

In conclusion, Salmon stated: “I would like to offer our thanks to everyone who supported the investigation and prosecution of this case.”

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The Shield Group hosts Summer Security Conference 2014 aboard HMS Belfast

Corporate security, technology, manpower and business leaders from across London attended the recent Summer Security Conference hosted by The Shield Group, the UK’s largest independent Total Security Solutions provider.

The event, which aimed to address key issues facing the security industry, was held on Wednesday 11 June on board HMS Belfast, now a museum ship but originally a Royal Navy light cruiser now permanently moored on the River Thames and operated by the Imperial War Museum (IWM).

Chaired by Ken Stewart (The Shield Group’s corporate risk director and a former Detective Chief Superintendent at the City of London Police), over 100 senior customers and guests joined The Shield Group’s team of experts for an afternoon of networking and presentations delivered by dynamic speakers from the public and private sectors. Presenters spoke on a wide range of important and prominent themes in the business security sector.

Tony Porter (Surveillance Camera Commissioner for England and Wales at the Home Office) discussed the importance of surveillance cameras and the challenges in using such technologies.

Porter began his career at Greater Manchester Police and was subsequently appointed head of CID for South Manchester. In 2008, he was awarded the Queen’s Police Medal in the New Year’s Honours list for distinguished service to policing.

Tony Porter: the UK's Surveillance Camera Commissioner

Tony Porter: the UK’s Surveillance Camera Commissioner

Porter moved from policing in September 2012 and took the role of vice-president and head of physical security intelligence for Barclays Bank.

In his new role as Surveillance Camera Commissioner, Porter is currently responsible for encouraging compliance with the Surveillance Camera Code of Practice, reviewing the effectiveness of the Code and providing advice on the appropriate and transparent use of surveillance camera systems (all of which he discussed at the Summer Security Conference).

Using CCTV for tackling crime and terrorism

Detective Chief Superintendent Jeff Davies (head of crime and counter-terrorism at the City of London Police) spoke about the importance of CCTV surveillance in tackling crime and terrorist threats.

In his current role, Davies provides briefings and advice on a range of topics including personnel, employment screening, cyber security and protective security against terror and domestic extremism.

Jeff Davies (head of crime and CT at City of London Police) addresses the audience

Jeff Davies (head of crime and CT at City of London Police) addresses the audience

During his presentation, Davies shared details of the Project Griffin scheme. Introduced in April 2004, Project Griffin was established to strengthen the partnership between the City of London Police and security chiefs within the City’s business community. It’s a revolutionary initiative aiming to co-ordinate the resources of the police, the emergency services, local authorities and private sector security.

The Shield Group’s CEO John Roddy is also a member of the Project Griffin Committee.

Tim Strofton: head of museum services and security at IWM

Tim Strofton: head of museum services and security at IWM

Pressing security issues facing the UK

Speaking about the event, The Shield Group’s Ken Stewart said: “The Shield Group Summer Security Conference was yet another fantastic opportunity to emphasise the most pressing security issues currently facing the UK and territories overseas. As The Shield Group is the leading independent Total Security Solutions provider in the UK, we are able to organise such an event which brings a real focus to protecting people, property, assets and brands.”

Ken Stewart of The Shield Group (left) with Jeff Davies on board HMS Belfast

Ken Stewart of The Shield Group (left) with Jeff Davies on board HMS Belfast

John Roddy added: “I’m proud of the quality and quantity of our guests as it reflects our reputation in the industry and interest in our business. It demonstrates that we are changing as a business and that we’re ready to reshape the industry with our unique position in the market.”

The decision to host the event on board HMS Belfast was also directed by the fact that The Shield Group was recently awarded the visitor services and security contract at IWM. That contract includes IWM’s flagship branch that’s transforming with new First World War Galleries and Atrium space opening on Saturday 19 July 2014 to mark the Centenary of the First World War.

It also embraces IWM North (housed in an iconic award-winning building designed by Daniel Libeskind), IWM Duxford (a world-renowned aviation museum and Britain’s best preserved wartime airfield), the Churchill War Rooms (housed in Churchill’s secret headquarters below Whitehall) and the Second World War cruiser HMS Belfast.

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PwC: ‘Businesses must wake up to global risks in order to maximise competitive advantage’

New and emerging operational threats to business will challenge an organisation’s existing risk management, business continuity, IT crisis management and information security processes.

Business leaders are not doing enough to prepare for the risks that arise from an increasingly inter-connected world, such as social instability, debt crises and extreme weather events.

The warning was issued by industry experts from PwC, the Institute of Directors, Airmic, Marsh and Zurich in advance of the ‘Responding to Global Risks’ panel event taking place next week.

Simon Walker, director general of the IoD, will participate in the debate alongside industry experts including James Crask, business resilience specialist at PwC. The discussion will examine the ‘Responding to Global Risks’ report, which was written by industry experts from the IoD, Airmic, Marsh, PwC and Zurich. The survey builds on the World Economic Forum’s Global Risk 2014 report, giving company directors tools to manage risk not only in order to avoid disasters, but also to identify opportunities that will help gain a competitive advantage.

Businesses must wake up to global risks in order to maximise competitive advantage

Businesses must wake up to global risks in order to maximise competitive advantage

James Crask, senior manager at PwC, explained: “Enterprise resilience is not just about surviving in the present. It’s about having the foresight, capability and agility to adapt and evolve. The relentless pressure on businesses to cut costs while enhancing their long-term prospects of survival means that agility can sometimes be at odds with the requirement for robust protection mechanisms. For many, this can result in poorly considered investments in resilience. The ‘buffers’ that contribute to resilience are increasingly seen as an unnecessary expense and are removed to reduce costs.”

Businesses could be harming their longevity

Organisations failing to consider the wider factors that contribute towards resilience could be harming their longevity. A mature business will generally mix operational activities (which aim to address shorter-term risks and impacts) with a consideration of a wider range of resilience factors that draw on the characteristics defining the business and which can guide its decision-making.

However, few businesses have identified these wider elements clearly and consistently in every department and at every level. By way of an example, creating a code of values is useless, state PwC experts, if only half of the workforce identify with it.

Richard Sykes – head of governance, risk and compliance at PwC – stated: “While very important, simply delivering robust risk management activities such as business continuity or IT resilience will not be enough to safeguard a sustainable future and enhance reputations. An organisation’s resilience is about much more than good risk management. It’s dependent on a wide variety of factors that can be measured and leveraged to enhance responsiveness and agility in the wake of upheaval.”

Sykes went on to state: “The most resilient organisations are likely to combine these attributes with a commonly shared set of corporate values aligned with behaviours. They will harness a strong understanding of their business and its context, possess the ability to innovate and also maintain high levels of trust and loyalty from customers and staff.”

In conclusion, Sykes explained: “Leadership also plays a critical role in building resilience, but this can only have maximum impact if it’s allied with the empowerment of those on the ‘shop floor’. Trusting workers to make the right decisions and exhibit Best Practice behaviours also helps to enhance resilience and prevent reputational damage.”

For more information visit: http://www.director.co.uk/Content/PDFs/Responding-to-global-risks-web-edition.pdf

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The Shield Group named UK’s ‘Security Solutions Specialist of the Year’

The Shield Group – the UK’s largest independent Total Security Solutions provider – has been named ‘Security Solutions Specialist of the Year’ at Acquisition International’s prestigious M&A Awards 2014.

Now in its third year, AI’s M&A Awards recognise and celebrate the stellar achievements of financial advisers, financiers and service providers pinpointed for demonstrable expertise in their specialised fields, with each award category being nominated for by clients and peers.

The awards are bestowed solely on the basis of merit to commend exceptional service over the last 12 months.

Acquisition International is a popular monthly financial magazine with a global circulation positioned to reach influential deal makers and senior financial professionals.

Leading national security provider

The Shield Group is an award-winning total security solutions company which has been at the forefront of the industry since its inception 25 years ago. The group has been recognised following a successful acquisition by India’s largest security company, Topsgrup, which was led by executive chairman Dr Richie Nanda.

Dr Richie Nanda: executive chairman at The Shield Group

Dr Richie Nanda: executive chairman at The Shield Group

In July 2012, Dr Nanda completed a £19.5 million acquisition of The Shield Group, initiated with a 51% controlling stake in 2008. The acquisition enabled the company to make vital in-roads into the regional UK security market, in turn transforming The Shield Group into a leading national security provider.

The company has since launched several new offices across the UK, including its regional headquarters in Manchester, increased staffing numbers to 2,500 and the number of customers it serves to 400.

In addition, The Shield Group has hired seven managing and regional directors, invested over £1 million to realise an NSI Gold certified Alarm Monitoring Centre in Preston and launched new business divisions – Shield Guarding and Shield Strategic Solutions with sub-verticals Shield Consults, Shield Monitoring Services and Shield Vetting – to offer bespoke security services to clients.

Furthermore, under Dr Nanda’s leadership the business has secured a number of high-profile contracts, including The Imperial War Museum and Bournemouth University.

All of these changes helped increase revenues from £61 million (2013) to £81million (projected for 2014).

With a growth in EBIDTA of 67% from the last financial year, the combined turnover for Topsgrup and Shield this financial year is expected to be £170 million.

Increased growth, new business wins

“We are truly excited to have been named the Security Solutions Specialist of the Year,” said Dr Richie Nanda. “We have had an exceptional 12 months with increasing growth and new business wins. This award is testament to the team’s remarkable work ethic and our world class services and products. Though this award brings great pride to The Shield Group, it also brings a lot of responsibility and we endeavour to uphold the trust and loyalty that our clients place in our services.”

John Roddy: CEO at The Shield Group

John Roddy: CEO at The Shield Group

Also speaking about the award win, John Roddy (CEO of The Shield Group) added: “This is great news. I’m pleased for everyone at The Shield Group. We place a lot of emphasis on our specialised security model, Total Security Solutions (TSS), which is paying dividends. The acquisition from Topsgrup has allowed us to combine expertise and innovative knowledge to better our offering to clients while at the same time benefiting from economies of scale. This is further endorsement of our benchmarking security solution offering, and we look forward to the challenge of continuing the tradition of pushing innovation within the sector.”

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Wicklander-Zulawski expands European presence in partnership with The Cardinal Group

Wicklander-Zulawski (WZ), the US-based consulting and training company, has announced Chris Norris CFI as its director of webinar training and WZ Europe and international training.

Norris is moving to the UK on a year’s secondment to raise the profile of the brand’s unique investigative interview techniques across Europe.

With the company for almost 15 years, Norris will now be responsible for building the profile of WZ-EU training available to UK and European businesses while also identifying training professionals to help deliver WZ courses.

Speaking about his secondment to the UK, Norris said: “I’ve been fortunate to provide training to almost 800 delegates across the UK and Europe. As we see more US companies trading in the UK, so there has been a greater demand for our recognised form of interview training. We know that the loss prevention industry, for example, is recognising a need for such training to help address internal issues as well as mitigating their liabilities.”

Non-confrontational interviewing techniques

Using a structured approach to interviews, the WZ method of non-confrontational interviewing is proven to be an ideal programme for organisations wishing to adopt a non-confrontational method of resolving cases and helping to determine when an individual is being truthful.

Training courses are suitable for both private and public sector organisations, with introductory and advanced courses available for loss prevention and Human Resources (HR) professionals, security investigators, auditors and operations managers.

Norris continued: “By moving to the UK, I can help raise awareness of the benefits of our training services to UK and European businesses and respond to the growing demand for the non-confrontational interview techniques we offer. A big part of our success in Europe so far has been thanks to the support provided by The Cardinal Group, our exclusive European partners in the UK. We’re delighted to continue working with them and look forward to this new challenge.”

Jason Trigg: CEO at The Cardinal Group

Jason Trigg: CEO at The Cardinal Group

Jason Trigg, CEO of The Cardinal Group, added: “We’re proud of our exclusive European partnership with Wicklander-Zulawski to expand this proven and well-respected training method across the European market. Chris brings such a wealth of experience in the loss prevention and investigative fields that will prove invaluable to UK and European businesses looking to improve how investigations are conducted on an internal basis. We look forward to welcoming Chris to the UK this month.”

Since joining WZ in 2000, Norris has presented at several national US meetings including the National Retail Federation (NRF) and is a regular guest instructor at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Centre.

He has trained thousands of HR, audit, loss prevention, security and law enforcement professionals in the art of non-confrontational interviewing, and has conducted numerous investigations for both private companies and public agencies.

Norris has also provided interview training in North America and internationally, including seminars simultaneously translated into French, Spanish, German and Polish.

Norris will be based at The Cardinal Group’s Head Office in Great Chesterford, Essex.

For more information on available Wicklander-Zulawski training courses call 0845 6801796 or visit: http://www.thecardinalgroup.co.uk/brands/cardinal-academy/academy-courses/wicklander-zulawski/

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EY Survey: ‘Cyber crime tops list of fraud concerns for UK businesses’

UK businesses see cybercrime as a bigger threat than their international counterparts, with 74% of respondents to EY’s latest survey stating this area poses a high risk to their organisation compared to 49% globally

Businesses are also more concerned with the cyber threat from their own employees (36%) than from organised crime (26%)

Despite the UK performing better than the global average on serious fraud and corruption, 14% of UK businesses still reported a significant fraud in the last two years while 18% of executives consider bribery and corruption to be widespread

Despite the recent introduction of the UK Bribery Act, 46% of respondents in the UK agree it’s acceptable to offer entertainment to retain business compared to 29% internationally

EY’s 13th Global Fraud Survey has found cyber crime to be one of the biggest concerns for UK businesses. Specifically, 74% of respondents stated cyber crime to be a high risk to their organisation compared to 49% globally (second only to Brazil at 76%).

The survey included in-depth interviews with more than 2,700 executives across 59 countries (of which 50 respondents were from the UK), including chief financial officers, chief compliance officers, general counsel and heads of internal audit.

UK businesses view cyber crime as a bigger threat than their international counterparts, with 74% of respondents to EY’s latest survey stating this area poses a high risk to their organisation compared to 49% globally

UK businesses view cyber crime as a bigger threat than their international counterparts, with 74% of respondents to EY’s latest survey stating this area poses a high risk to their organisation compared to 49% globally

Globally, nearly 40% of all respondents believe that bribery and corruption are widespread in their country. However, in contrast this figure drops to 18% in the UK.

Despite the UK performing well on serious fraud and corruption, the survey does highlight that almost half (46%) of UK executives are willing to offer corporate entertainment in order to retain business. This is far higher than the global average of 29%.

John Smart, head of EY’s UK Fraud Investigation and Dispute Services (FIDS) practice, commented: “The rest of the world is playing ‘catch up’ with the UK in recognising cyber crime as a serious threat. High-profile cyber crime incidents and a number of Government initiatives may have played an important role in ensuring high awareness of this issue among business leaders here in the UK.”

Smart continued with a warning> “The conversation now needs to move on to how businesses respond to these dangers,” he urged. “Awareness is just the beginning. Business leaders need to ensure robust incident response strategies are in place. When a data breach does occur, many companies fail to investigate how and why an attack has taken place which can leave networks compromised and exposed as the full extent of the breach is never uncovered.”

The cyber threat from within

The research also found that businesses perceive employees to be a bigger concern (36%) than organised criminals (26%) when it comes to sources of cybercrime.

Paul Walker, head of Forensic Technology and Discovery Services at EY, explained: “The results may not necessarily indicate mistrust between employers and employees when it comes to cyber crime issues. The issue is whether employees take cyber crime as seriously as management do.”

Walker added: “Employees are sometimes seen as the weak link with individuals susceptive to phishing e-mails, where spoof e-mails are sent out in an attempt to gain passwords or confidential information, downloading viruses and transferring files to unauthorised personal devices.”

Encouraging picture on fraud compliance

The UK is performing significantly better than the rest of the world when it comes to getting the basics right around fraud and corruption. According to the survey, 94% of respondents agree that senior managers in the UK have strongly communicated a commitment to anti-bribery policies – roughly 10% more than the global average.

Despite the UK performing better than the global average when it comes to serious fraud and corruption, 14% of UK businesses still reported a significant fraud in the last two years

Despite the UK performing better than the global average when it comes to serious fraud and corruption, 14% of UK businesses still reported a significant fraud in the last two years

UK businesses are also top of the preparation table, with 88% having attended some form of bribery and corruption training. Furthermore, the UK is third globally when it comes to whistleblowing procedures, with 82% of respondents stating that their organisation has a whistleblowing hotline.

Despite these important processes being in place, 14% of UK businesses still reported a significant fraud in the last two years while 18% of executives consider bribery and corruption to be widespread. This may demonstrate that a culture of good compliance is failing to work its way down organisations.

Confusion over the Bribery Act

John Smart commented: “Overall, the UK continues to demonstrate a strong commitment to integrity and anti-bribery/anti-corruption compliance. This is supported by legislation such as the Bribery Act. UK companies take their responsibilities seriously in this area, and the results of our survey show a significant level of self-enforcement.”

In conclusion, Smart stated: “However, the fact that 46% of UK businesses said it was OK to offer entertainment to retain business shows there is still confusion regarding what is and is not acceptable. If gifts or entertainment are being offered as a quid pro quo or with a direct link to retaining business they are probably bribes. With the summer events season approaching, it’s more important than ever for companies to be extra vigilant around entertainment and satisfy themselves that what they offer is both appropriate and reasonable.”

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