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. Registration links for future sessions can be found below.

Upcoming Webinars and Events

Friday 28th January at 15:30 GMT

Do we really care about Young Security Professionals?

There is considerable discussion about supporting the future workers and leaders of the security sector, about the need to create career pathways and provide supportive training and mentoring. Certainly, there is a range of group and support networks for young security professionals and associations have dedicated sections to engage, and support. But how good is the support available and what could make things better?

This webinar will discuss:

  • The types of support available to young security professionals
  • The gaps in provision and why they have occurred
  • The routes to offering better support

Richard Brooks – Director of Young Professionals, ASIS International – UK
Ben Brown – Sr. Special Security Operations Manager, Microsoft
Sarah Norman-Clarke – Head of Information and Cyber Security, Department for Transport

Thursday 3rd February at 15:30 GMT

Fraudulent degrees and qualifications: the problem and potential remedies

Degree fraud is an extremely serious but underrepresented area of fraud involving the use of fake credentials to obtain employment or any other benefit. Once employed in an organisation with fake credentials, the fraudster is much more likely to engage in other forms of crime such as embezzlement or falsifying documents. While in some countries there has been a reduction in degree fraud due to a wider verification culture, there has been a rise in more general qualification fraud, such as the use of fraudulent further education and vocational qualifications in order to gain employment. In this session, we will cover the more notable recent examples of the tragic consequences ranging from financial crime to loss of human life through neglect and unregulated, untrained practitioners.

This webinar will discuss:

  • The scale and nature of the problem
  • The weak points and the potential remedies
  • The role of different stakeholders in improving the response

Adam Crosbie
Keith Rosser
Gavin Burton

Thursday 10th February at 15:30 GMT

When is political violence a business problem?

Violence takes many forms and there are a range of groups that pose threats. There is much discussion about countering terrorism, but what about other threats? How is the security sector responding? Is political violence on the business’ risk register and should to be? In a different way how should risks be assessed and how are they being monitored? Ad one recent study has found that sometimes business owners are drivers of violence, where does that leave the security sector?

This webinar will discuss:

  • The threats posed by different types of political violence
  • The methods of assessing risks and the implications for the security sector
  • Trends and the future: where do we go from here?

Rod Cowan
Professor Robert Pape

Thursday 17th February at 15:30 GMT

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

On the face of it mentoring has much to commend it; it involves having the support from more experienced professionals/leaders to identify and then guide, and to opening hearts and minds around self-leadership, self-learning and self-development. But is this the reality? Do people really benefit? Are mentors really motivated to help others or are they self-serving? Does mentoring really make a difference to young people’s lives or is it overstated? What does a good mentor look like and how do you measure success? If it is effective why is it not more common? What can and should a dissatisfied mentee do? What factors make mentoring effective and which ones contribute to failures?

This webinar will discuss:

  • What are the key characteristics of good mentoring?
  • How effective is mentoring in the security sector?
  • How can the best elements of effective mentoring be embraced?

Thursday 3rd March at 15:30 GMT

Influencing opinion on the security sector: what should we do?

The security sector is very good at talking to itself. Conferences do this, so do many magazines and other media output, and most of the work of security associations is similarly focussed. Previous webinars have lamented this and called for more commitment to positively influencing the opinions of key external stakeholders. There have been attempts to achieve this, some of them very good, but have they worked? Also who needs to be influenced, how can influence be achieved and what are the barriers that need to be overcome?

This webinar will discuss:

  • The value of influencing external stakeholders, who in particular should be targeted?
  • What does good practice look like?
  • What are the barriers that need to be overcome?

Thursday 10th March at 15:30 GMT

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

Horizon scanning offers the potential to see into the future. Via the presentation of strategic plans and ambitions it seeks to chart what might happen based on historical trends and events. It provides an indication of what can be expected in the future and when done well can serve as a good barometer of the ambitions in place. It also serves as a form of reassurance to an organisation’s board or executive committee, for example. So how good are we at predicting the future? Are predictions safe as a guide to security action? How precise are predictions and how reliable are they? How could improvements be made?

This webinar will discuss

  • How useful is horizon scanning? Can we really predict the future?
  • Who is using this approach with what effect?
  • How can it be improved?

Leo Kelly
Susannah Murray
Masseh Tahiry

Thursday 24th March at 15:30 GMT

Whistleblowing: what are the benefits and the dangers for the whistle-blower?

There are well rehearsed benefits of whistleblowing for the organisation not least the opportunity to learn about risks that might otherwise not be identified, and being seen to be following good corporate governance. But what about for the whistle-blower? How can and do organisation prevent victimisation and detriment? How common are these? Once reported, how does an organisation balance a need to protect the whistle-blower against the need to fully investigate incidents? Can whistleblowing be an expensive waste of time that merely encourages staff grievances? Or does it provide an essential crime prevention service?

This webinar will discuss:

  • The benefits and limitations of whistleblowing
  • The potential implications for whistle-blowers, what happens if they are victimised?
  • The future of whistleblowing as a risk management strategy

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