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

A number of world-renowned speakers will come together to debate issues affecting the security industry in a series of sessions due to take place over the coming weeks. Registration links for future sessions can be found below.

Upcoming Webinars

Thursday 6 August at 15:30 BST

‘It is all about cybercrime now’: is this true and what role then for the (non cyber) security sector?

In previous webinars we have learned about the move to online crime in part generated by the reduction in on the street opportunities and fuelled by a working from home environment which has tested and is testing a situation in which people are working in new contexts not adequately risk assessed by companies, and who have often not been able to scale up security (both technical measures and policies and procedures) at anything like the same rate. Despite the popularity of concepts such as ‘convergence’ ‘ESRM’ and buzz words promoting closer collaboration between physical and cyber security it is far from clear that Covid-19 has harnessed the links; in many cases it seems to have created a greater divide. This webinar will examine:

  • To what extent and in what ways has cyber related crime become the dominant crime threat faced by organisations?
  • In what ways has the push for closer collaboration between physical and cyber security been enhanced or thwarted during this time of crisis?
  • Is a holistic approach to security ever really a possibility?

Salvatore D’Agostino – CEO at IDmachines and Co-Founder of OpenConsent
David Crozier – Head of Strategic Partnerships & Engagement – CSIT & ECIT Global Research Institute and Founding Partner Global EPIC
Pablo López-Aguilar Beltrán – Head of IT & Cybersecurity at
Sarb Sembhi – CTO, CISO at Virtually Informed

Tuesday 11 August at 15:30 BST

Mental health, well-being and the security sector: how it manages its staff and how it responds to others

Sponsored by Social Stories Club

One of the key issues confronting society today, and all the more so following Covid-19, is the adverse mental health state of people. We have all heard about the impact of working from home, in isolation, worried about family members, suffering from family members, concerned about keeping jobs, worried about losing or having lost jobs, financial problems to name but a few. But little is known about the scale of problems being faced. Less still perhaps about the policy and practice for responding to the needs of security personnel. Meanwhile and completely differently little is known about how the security sector can respond in the best ways to others outside security with mental health problems who are causing concern and present a danger/threat to security and other staff.

  • How are mental health issues being understood by the security sector,
  • What measures optimum mental health and resilience provision?
  • What are the threats post by Covid-19 and how should they be managed?

Harmeet Anand PCC – Executive Ontological Coach (India)
Pippa Seed – Mental Health First Aid England (MHFA) Instructor at Mental Health Training by Pippa Seed (UK)
Philip Ingram – Founder and Managing Editor at Grey Hare Media and Consultant (UK)
Paul Harrison – Principal Security Consultant and Senior Project Manager at Project Synergies (Australia)

Thursday 13 August at 15:30 BST

Maximising the potential of big data and protecting people’s privacy: the challenges for the security sector

Sponsored by Bidvest Noonan

In security we are well versed with the argument that big data spells enormous opportunities for the security sector. Also, that it presents dangers, in, for example, it not being used to its full potential, that its benefits may be mis sold and crucially that hard won civil liberties and privacy protections will be undermined. In this period of Covid-19 we have witnessed the widespread benefits, for public health in particular, of track and trace systems, and yet there are widespread security concerns about these too. So where are we now with big data and what are the implications for the security sector?

  • What are the benefits and threats of big data use for the security sector?
  • To what extent have changes brought about by Covid-19 impacted on our faith in and concerns about big data?
  • How useful can big data be?

Mike Anderson – Sr. Security Program Manager at Microsoft (USA)
Steve Elliot – Managing Director, LexisNexis Risk Solutions (UK & Ireland)
Mark Hobden – Business Continuity Manager at Bidvest Noonan (UK)
James Willison – Director at Unified Security Ltd, Vidsys Consultant and Expert Evaluator (UK)

Tuesday 18 August at 15:30 BST

Are financial criminals running amok because of Covid-19? How should we be responding?

Sponsored by Altia-ABM

One of the big challenges of modern society across the world is to cope with the risks of the wider adoption of the virtual world. Precisely because it is expansive, borderless, and facilitates anonymity in transactions it is attractive to offenders. We have heard from a previous webinar that many criminals are going online; we have heard from them that it is both less risky and more lucrative. There is growing concern that Covid-19 has driven more desperate and angry people to crime, exploiting the weaknesses in systems as more people work from home and organisations are in disarray. This webinar will assess:

  • The scale of the threats posed by financial criminals
  • The approaches being adopted and weaknesses being exploited
  • The routes to better policing of financial criminals

Thursday 20 August at 15:30 BST

When things go wrong: being honest about technology

Sponsored by TEAM Software

That technology has the potential to revolutionise security is not in doubt, and previous webinars are testament to the fact that it has already done so. So too though, we have learnt that things go wrong. In this webinar rather than re-iterate all that is good we explore the problems that result from technology not working optimally or failing altogether. We will explore issues such as (the lack of) skill development; faulty buying processes and purchasing errors; user error/poor practices; poor specification; installation weaknesses; managing the insider threat; design errors. If we are to better understand how we can improve technology we need to engage with the much more avoided topic of why it doesn’t work. This webinar will discuss:

  • What are the reasons why security technologies sometimes don’t work?
  • What we can learn from current weaknesses; what are the routes to better practices?
  • Confronting rogues: what can be done?

Jill Davie – President, TEAM Software (US)
Simon Giles – Group Finance Director & Chief Operating Officer at Axis Group Integrated Services Ltd (UK)
Eddie Sorrells – Chief Operating Officer/General Counsel, DSI Security Services (US)
Jeff Chludzinski – CFO, First Coast Security (US)

This series of Thought Leadership Webinars is supported by