The OSPAs, Perpetuity Research and The TECAs are to run a series of free Thought Leadership webinars to address current security issues following the coronavirus pandemic.

A number or world-renowned speakers will come together to debate issues affecting the security industry in a serious of webinars due to take place over the coming weeks.

The first session will take place on Tuesday 31 March at 15:30 (BST) and will address:

What are the security implications of national lockdowns?

Although some countries don’t want to use the word ‘lockdown’, the reality is that much of the globe is living and working in confined conditions, at home especially, and also in the spheres of education, work and leisure.

However justified lockdowns may be in this time of crisis psychologists suggest they can produce anxiety, stress, and cause trauma; economists point to the financial hardship some families and businesses will feel; criminologists note the greater risk of domestic violence and opportunities for fraud; sociologists invite consideration of the dangers of not being able to socialise and many feel that as time goes on the risks escalate. All these issues – and many more besides – have important implications for security and these issues will be debated.

Key questions this webinar will cover include:

  • What input does security have in this time of heightened alert?
  • What are the main risks during this time and how should they be managed?
  • What are the key messages and how should they be communicated?

The second session due to take place on Thursday 2 April at 15:30 (BST) will cover:

Is security delivering (or failing) in this crisis?

It is not unusual for security personnel to operate under the radar of public glare, until things go wrong that is. So how is security fairing in this time of crisis? Are security personnel – in their different guises – meeting the challenges? Are they suffering from the need to adapt perhaps, and/or from a lack of skills sets for the new agenda organisations and families address daily? What should security be doing to prepare for the next stage of the crisis?  These are some of the questions that will be addressed in the second session.

The third session due to take place on Tuesday 7 April at 15:30 (BST) will cover:

What does remote working mean for security?

Working from home is not new, but it is on this scale. There are clear implications for security. On the one hand there is the issue of devices being taken from work, they could be stolen and/or open to fraud, and it is not clear how alert or prepared staff or organisations are for these threats. There may be risks to company data too. There may be implications for workers, not all homes are safe havens. What are the other issues and how are they be managed? Where are the potential challenges and where can the security sector look for good practice? In this webinar we will discuss:

  • What are the main risks posed for security by the remote working practices?
  • How are these being responded to? What does security good practice look like?
  • What does security good practice look like?

The fourth session due to take place on Thursday 9 April at 15:30 (BST) will cover:

What are the most recent crime trends and what are the implications for security?

More people are at home, fewer on the streets, logically crime patterns will change, but how? The role and focus of the police (and in some cases the military) changes as staff shortages and different threats emerge. People are being let out of prison early and offenders might feel justified in believing they have a free run, but for what sorts of offences and how? In this webinar you will learn from criminologists in different parts of the world about the types of crimes that are emerging in this time of crisis, and what might emerge as this crisis continues. Specifically we will discuss:

  • What signs are there that crime is changing? How are offenders adapting?
  • As the crisis continues who will more likely be victimised; who is going to be most at risk?
  • What are the implications; how can we respond more effectively?