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 15th April at 15:30 BST

Thinking again about Convergence: is the problem the people rather than the technology?

There is something obvious about stating that converging technologies is to the benefit of the business. In a previous webinar we examined some of the challenges that ESRM faces, here we specifically look at the role of people, specifically how critical soft skills are in making a converged approach work. There has been a lack of attention to a blueprint as to how humans might best optimise effective technology integration and some at least are floundering. This should not be surprising, after all there will inevitably be challenges in getting teams who historically distrust each other to work together especially if they lack models of good practice. This webinar will discuss:

  • The extent to which convergence is undermined by a lack of attention to people factors
  • The issues that present challenges to effective collaboration on technology
  • What a positive way forward may look like to harness the benefits convergence can provide

Emma Boakes – PhD Research Student at University of Portsmouth (UK)
Louisa Schneller – Risk & Security Management Software Consultant at TeamMacro OÜ (Czechia)
Dawn Holmes – Global Physical Security and Technology Specialist at GKN Automotive (UK)
Darrell Darnell – DTE Consulting LLC and JSS Consulting Inc (US)

Tuesday 20th April at 15:30 BST

Sexism and Security: what should we be doing?

Sexism, put simply, is prejudice or discrimination (typically) based on a person’s sex or gender. One United Nations report has noted that sexism is “widespread and prevalent in all sectors and all societies.” Research in the security sector has confirmed that women suffer from different forms of sexism, be that of behaviour, attitudes and language to give but three examples. It is a sector that is male dominated and has sometimes promoted ‘macho’ images as an attractive feature of recruits and that feeds stereotypes. There is much hope that it is changing, but is it, in what ways and how fast? In this webinar we will discuss:

  • Forms of sexism in the security sector and the extent to which they are being challenged
  • The key challenges and barriers to overcoming them
  • The routes to less sexism in security

Monicah Kimeu – Secretary General at Women in Safety Excellence (Kenya)
Angela Osborne – Associate Vice President, Risk and Emergency Management Solutions at Guidepost Solutions (US)
Susannah Fish OBE QPM – Governor at Nottingham Trent University and Director at Starfish Consulting (UK)

Thursday 22nd April at 15:30 BST

Security and the supply chain: is full resilience restored?

On previous webinars we have heard about the disruptions caused to supply chains, principally because of Covid-19 but also other events. The security implications have been highlighted not least because this is an area where security is intrinsically linked to business operations (a feature other areas seek to replicate) and so responding effectively and speedily is key. But what has the experience been of keeping supply chains secure? What have been the lessons learnt? Are there examples of good practice that can be transferred to other areas of security? This webinar will discuss:

  • What are the current security threats to supply chains? How if at all are they changing?
  • What are the examples and reference points for good practice?
  • What are the lessons learnt from Covid-19?

Tuesday 27th April at 15:30 BST

The benefits and pitfalls of security accreditations: Do they serve security professionals well?

We all understand the benefits which include: the elevation of security to a professional standing; providing a professional development journey; facilitating a measure of certainty to regulators; incentivising others to develop. But do current accreditations achieve these laudable aims? And what about the pitfalls? After all, not all certification programs are created equal, so how can interested stakeholders, and especially non security specialists, assess what is credible? Only some accreditations follow a standard and are periodically reviewed by an external standards organisation, how essential is that? What about costs, does that create inequalities and lead to disadvantage? Given the wide knowledge base of security, how can stakeholders be assured that the accreditation is based on the best, most comprehensive or relevant parts of it? Do we need them anyway, plenty of successful security professionals don’t bother, what does that tell us? This webinar will discuss:

  • The importance and relevance of security accreditations
  • The drawbacks to security accreditations and how they can be managed
  • What the future of security accreditations should look like

Thursday 29th April at 15:30 BST

What does a diverse workforce look like? How is the security sector faring up?

Previous webinars have highlighted the benefits of a diverse workforce, these are a given, but strategies to achieving them have received less coverage. Most companies still lack representation from a wide range of ages, genders, races, ethnicities, and sexual orientations. A primary reason is the difficulty of building a culture of true diversity and inclusion. In a recent benchmarking survey the vast majority of organizations said diversity and inclusion were top priorities yet just 10 percent of them had reached full maturity. This webinar will debate:

  • What makes for a truly diverse and inclusive security workforce?
  • How committed has the security sector been to achieving diversity?
  • Which areas present he most challenges and how are they being overcome? Where can we look to good practice?

Wednesday 5th May at 15:30 BST

Should the reporting of fraud be made compulsory?

At present there is no legal requirement in most countries for a company to report a fraud. This is in contrast to money laundering, where there is a duty to raise a suspicious activity report (SAR) should money laundering be suspected. The widespread nature of fraud and its severe impacts raises the issue of whether the reporting of fraud should also be made mandatory, meaning that shareholders, employees, suppliers, and the general public would be fully aware of anything that may adversely affect the viability of a company. That seems only fair? But is it realistic, how can it be policed and are there better ways of achieving the same end result?This webinar will discuss:

  • The pros and cons of requiring the compulsory reporting of fraud
  • What the current barriers are to reporting fraud and how they can be overcome
  • The lessons to be learnt from countries that have been successful in requiring the mandatory reporting of fraud

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