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

Tuesday 11th May at 15:30 BST

Money laundering reporting – how effective is it?

In the fight against money laundering and terrorist financing, many countries operate mandatory reporting requirements for suspicious activity or transactions (known as SARs or STRs) which are identified by certain institutions in the regulated sector. The value of these reports is extensive, resulting in databases with a rich source of financial intelligence available to law enforcement. This intelligence may lead to the identification of serious offenders; provide an opportunity to stop current or potential criminal activities; uncover contact details and aliases; expose criminal methods; as well as providing intelligence that leads to a great understanding of criminality in countries. However, there is a cost to such compliance and some organisations feel they are already over- and heavily-regulated. This can lead to the overreporting to mitigate against risk, undermining the whole anti-money laundering scheme. Given the changing economic and financial climates and rise in new crime methods, is it time to revisit the reporting of suspicious activities?This webinar will discuss:

  • The potential benefits of SARs/STRs and what such intelligence could lead to
  • The practical reality of operating SARs/STRs and whether the cost outweighs these benefits
  • What changes could be made to these reporting requirements to make them more effective and applicable to current global economic circumstances

Amanda Peters – Government of Antigua and Barbuda
Professor Mike Levi – Professor of Criminology at Cardiff University (UK)
Maryna Utkina, PhD – Senior Lecturer at Sumy State University (Ukraine)

Wednesday 12th May at 18:00 BST

Why is the private security sector not a global strategic partner of Governments?

Organised by PCAK

In this presentation Martin will discuss the barriers for more effective collaboration between the state and the broader security sector. He will look at the perceived effectiveness of security including insights from offenders. He will draw on his own research and that of others – as well as his experience of seeing what it takes to win an OSPA – to argue that security has grossly undersold itself. Remedying that though will remain a challenge.

The OSPAs are working closely with PCAK and other supporting associations to highlight the importance of outstanding security. You can learn more about the Kenya OSPAs here

Moderator: Mr. Munene Mugambi, RCrim – Founding Chair of Professional Criminologists Association of Kenya (PCAK)
Guest: Professor Martin Gill – Founder of the Kenya Outstanding Security Performance Awards (OSPAs)

Thursday 13th May at 15:30 BST

The CSO or the CISO: which is best placed in the corporate hierarchy?

There has long been a debate about the relative status of different personnel responsible for different parts of security. This is crystallised in discussions about the relative influence of cyber/information security leads against physical security leads. Put simply some argue that cyber risks are prominent on the corporate risk agenda and that places the CISO in a more elevated position, while others note that all physical measures are cyber now too and the human factor is central to all corporate security weaknesses and opportunities to improve resilience. So what type of skills set are more crucial in a post pandemic society? What would be good advice to an inspiring security careerist, aim to be a CISO or CSO? Perhaps both skill domains are les important than just being business savvy? How, if at all has the pandemic changed things? This webinar will discuss:

  • The diverging and converging role of the CISO and CSO
  • The best career path advice for an aspiring security leader
  • The preferred characteristics of a security leader in a post pandemic world

Mike Hughes – ISACA Central UK Chapter
Col Inderjeet Singh – Cyber Security Association of India (CSAI)
Andy Watkin-Child – The Security Institute

Tuesday 18th May at 15:30 BST

The Victims’ Story: what it is like to be a victim of financial crime, and how we might better respond

We don’t always recognise the plight of victims; we rectify that in this webinar. We speak to two victims of duped into transferring money into a fraudster’s account. How did it happen? Victims of financial crimes are often looked upon differently in that they typically receive less post incident support. They have traditionally been viewed as less deserving because they are often seen to have contributed to their own victimisation, and anyway offences are seen as much less serious when they are non-violent. Yet research is changing that perception. Some victims who lose financially suffer emotional issues; it can impact seriously on their mental health. In the more extreme cases victims contemplate suicide. The sense of intrusion, fear of repeat offences, coping with the dent to finances suggest this is an area where more thought and action is needed. The panel will include a financial crime victim. The topics discussed will cover:

  • What are the range of problems victims of financial crime face?
  • What support is available and is it sufficient?
  • What improvements need to be made and how?

Soyna – Fraud Victim
Courtney – Fraud Victim

Thursday 20th May at 15:30 BST

The phenomenal challenge posed by counterfeiting: what are we going to do?

Counterfeiting along with copyright infringements, is big business, it is extremely lucrative for criminals, the EU alone estimates an annual cost of €50 billion. It takes place across sectors, it is international and perhaps most worryingly it is driven by demand. Of course, it is illegal, more specifically it is used to fund organised crime; it supports child exploitation; it can create serious threats to heath for example by containing poisonous substitutes in drink and food or in say medicines lacking active ingredients; and it results in fraudulent product warranty claims. Moreover, it undermines legitimate business; generates the potential for considerable reputational damage and deprives Governments of tax revenues. This webinar will explore:

  • The dangers posed by counterfeiting (and copyright infringements)
  • The loopholes that make it attractive for offenders
  • The limits of current prevention approaches and what we do next

Tuesday 25th May at 15:30 BST

The Insider threat: how serious is staff dishonesty and what do we do about it?

The Association of Certified Fraud Examiners estimates that some three and half trillion pounds is lost through staff fraud/theft. The impacts on staff morale, internal trust, corporate reputation, not to say finances are amongst the impacts felt. Dishonesty amongst staff takes many forms, from petty fiddling at work to large scale theft and fraud. It includes those at the lower levels of an organisation to senior executives and all grades in between. Sometimes staff work with colleagues and sometimes outsiders. Staff are well placed to exploit weaknesses and loopholes in operations, which can make them a target for exploitation by (organised) criminals. In this webinar we will examine:

  • The extent to which staff dishonesty presents a different threat following the pandemic
  • The main challenges posed by staff dishonesty and the types of loopholes being exploited
  • The key prevention strategies

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