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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When is political violence a business problem?

Chair: Martin Gill Panellists:Robert A. Pape – Professor, Political Science Department. Director, Chicago Project on Security & Threats, University of ChicagoDr. Victor Chidubem Iwuoha – Department of Political Science, University of NigeriaRoderick A. Cowan – Executive Director, Chicago Project on Security & Threats, University of Chicago Key points Professor Robert Pape stresses that political violence… Read the full article.

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Fraudulent degrees and qualifications: the problem and potential remedies

Chair: Martin Gill Panellists:Keith Rosser – Director of Reed Screening, ReedGavin Burton – Consultant, Qualification Check Key points Gavin Burton notes that awareness about how and where to verify degrees (and other qualifications) is thin although for the informed it can be done. Fraudsters work in this area internationally although rates for this type of… Read the full article.

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Do we really care about Young Security Professionals?

Chair: Martin Gill Panellists:Richard Brooks – Director of Young Professionals, ASIS International – UKBen Brown – Sr. Special Security Operations Manager, MicrosoftSarah Norman-Clarke – Head of Information and Cyber Security, Department for Transport Key points Richard Brooks notes that the security sector’s response to YPs is a ‘mixed bag’. On the one hand there has… Read the full article.

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Making the protection of the public a legal obligation: a good idea or tried and failed before?

Chair: Martin Gill Panellists:Paul Harvey – Chief Commercial Officer, Ward SecurityMarshall Kent – Counter Terrorism & Security Consultant, Marshall Kent ConsultingJosie Nicastro – Commercial Underwriting Manager, Aviva Key points Paul Harvey notes that we are yet to see a draft of the requirements that will govern any Protect Duty that may be introduced. What is… Read the full article.

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Diversity: what about the disabled and the LGBT community?

Chair: Martin Gill Panellists:Jane Farrell – Head of Security UK and Ireland at SodexoArevika Stepanian – ASIS UK Board Director for Diversity, Equity & InclusionOliver Lincoln – UK Sales Manager, Securitas Security Services Key points Jane Farrell has been promoting diversity, first with regards to gender and latterly disability, for a decade, specifically in making… Read the full article.

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