Procuring Security: what should guide security buying practices?

Chair: Martin Gill Panellists:Gaitan Banzi – Head of Procurement of TIB Development Bank Ltd (Tanzania)Roberto Fiorentino – CEO at Croma Security Solutions Group Plc (UK)Finbarr McCarthy – Director, Global Workplace Safety & Security Operations, EMEA at Workday (Ireland) Key points Finbarr McCarthy has viewed procurement form the perspective of both the client and the supplier. He… Read the full article.

Nigeria OSPAs webinar: Thinking about the security sector in Nigeria, what are its strengths and challenges?

Chair: Professor Martin Gill Panellists:Edward Orim – Chairman at ASIS International Abuja ChapterDr. Adesola Osidipe – Executive Director at YSY LtdEngr. Emmanuel Uwalaka – Regional Administrator OSHAssociation UK – Nigeria Key points: Dr. Adesola Osidipe notes that Nigerian society faces serious challenges – ones that threaten democratic society, and it needs strong leadership to bring… Read the full article.

Is Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) still fit for purpose?

Chair: Martin Gill Panelists:Dr. Tim Pascoe – Director at the Institute of Community Safety (UK)Dr. Manjari Khanna Kapoor – Director at International CPTED Association (India)Dr. Macarena Rau Vargas – President at International CPTED Association (Canada and Latin America) Key points Dr Tim Pascoe starts by pointing to the many independent studies of CPTED that have… Read the full article.

Does the professional thief and organised criminal have a safe haven in committing economic crimes?

Chair: Dr Janice Goldstraw-White Panellists:Richard Hyde – Senior Researcher, Social Market FoundationSandra Peaston – Director of Research and Development, CifasRian Matanky-Becker – Head of Economic Crime Policy and Engagement, HMRC Key points Sandra Peaston opens by pointing out that the Crime Survey for England and Wales for the year ending September 2021 stated that there… Read the full article.

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Attracting teenagers to security work: how is the sector doing?

Chair: Martin Gill Panellists:Houdah Al-Hakim – CEO and Founder, Quick Click SecurityTim Mann – Partnerships, Projects & Training Lead, National Volunteer Police CadetsPaul Barnard – Founder and Managing Director, Solace Security Consultancy Key points Paul Barnard believes the security sector is not doing enough to engage teenagers. One key area that lacks focus is the… Read the full article.

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Security management in Canada: what are the strengths and weaknesses?

Chair: Martin Gill Panellists:Tim McCreight – National Director, Market Development and Strategic Advisory, CGICandyce Kelshall – President, Canadian Association for Security and Intelligence Studies – VancouverJody Reid – Security Manager, H&R REIT Key points Jody Reid notes that the pandemic put the spotlight on security and as such there was more awareness amongst security professionals… Read the full article.

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Artificial Intelligence: a security essential or a dangerous ‘big brother’?

Chair: Martin Gill Panellists:Deborah Evans – Security & Defence Researcher, Southwest Research ServicesDr Michael Coole – Security Science Researcher, Edith Cowan UniversityChris Cubbage – Director & Executive Editor, MySecurity Media Key points Michael Coole notes that there are different types of AI, referring to ‘narrow’ and ‘broad’ AI, and then ‘general’ AI, with the best… Read the full article.

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Horizon scanning: how good are we at predicting the future?

Chair: Martin Gill Panellists:Masseh Tahiry – Director, Pallas AdvisorsPaul Ekblom – Visiting Professor, Department of Security and Crime Science, UCL Key points Paul Ekblom notes that there are limits in choosing to react to events as they emerge in that a meaningful response is rarely quick. Paul describes it as an arms race between the… Read the full article.

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Influencing opinion to improve perceptions of the security sector: what should we do?

Chair: Martin Gill Panellists:Tom Reeve – Communications Consultant and Chief Communications Officer at the CCTV User GroupCatherine Piana – Director General of CoESSJoe Connell – Registered Independent Security Consultant representing the UK Security Commonwealth Key points Catherine Piana notes that she knew little about security before she joined the sector. Her early impressions formed by… Read the full article.

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Mentoring, does it work? Is the security sector good at it?

Chair: Martin Gill Panellists:Yolanda Hamblen – Head of Security Operations, Virgin Media O2Claire Humble – Director, NuologyJohn Sephton – Key Account Director, Bidvest Noonan Key points Claire Humble notes that mentoring can produce both good and poor results. It is important to have a strong mentor, not someone who is too busy, lacks interest in… Read the full article.

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