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. A description of each of these and registration links can be found below.

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?

Panelists include:
Michel de Jong – The Netherlands
Rajiv Mathur – India
Elizabeth Sheldon – UK
Roger Warwick – Italy

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? Key things you will learn from this webinar are:

  • What are the main challenges security is facing?
  • What are the security success stories? How do we communicate these?
  • What are we learning that will enable security to be different?

Panelists include:
Stephanie Bergouignan – France
Yvan de Mesmaeker – Belgium
Volker Wagner – Germany
Rick Mounfield – UK

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 being 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?

Panelists include:
Samuele Caruso (Italy)
Mike Reddington (UK)
Linda Florence (US)
Dave Tyson (US)

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?

The fifth session due to take place on Tuesday 14 April at 15:30 (BST) will cover:

Rethinking the role of women in security: where do we go from here?

How will the current crisis impact on the role of women in security? One study has suggested that more workings from home can close the gender gap and led to a more efficient workforce. Recent research by Perpetuity Research has found that some women continue to experience barriers to entering and progressing in the security sector. The research highlights the need: to tackle perceptions of security as a male role; to promote security roles as involving a varied range of skills beyond physical strength; to ensure there are robust systems in place to deal with and drive out discriminatory behaviour; to promote the successes of female role models; to look at how more flexible working arrangement can be adopted; and to provide mentoring and management support to encourage women to progress.

  • In what ways will the current crisis drive changes of the role of women within the security sector?
  • How can we lay the foundations now to change out-dated perceptions of security work to attract a more diverse workforce?
  • What can organisations do to make meaningful, long-term changes to tackle gender inequality at work?