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

Tuesday 15th June at 15:30 BST

Inspiring diversity and inclusion in security: what needs to improve, and how?

Building on previous webinars that have looked at different aspects of equality, diversity and inclusion, this one focusses on what needs to improve. This is a broad topic, there are many issues that merit consideration here although the security sector has not been good at discussing them all equally, just for example: age, disability, gender (reassignment), marriage and other types of partnership, pregnancy and maternityrace, religion and belief, and/or sex. So what are the gaps and how might we begin to respond to them? What are the barriers and how might they be tackled? Is the security sector ready or not and why? What does a good initiative look like? This webinar will:

  • Discuss the current approaches to inspiring diversity and highlight the gaps
  • Explore the different elements of diversity and exclusion and why some have not been a focus
  • Evaluate what needs to happen next and who should be responsible

Oliver Curran – Deputy Security Manager at UCL
Jayne King – Head of Security and Site Services at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust
Houdah Al-Hakim – CEO and Founder of Quick Click Security and Board Member of Women’s Security Society

Thursday 17th June at 15:30 BST

Who are the beneficiaries of a thriving security sector beyond clients?

The traditional view of the security sector that it was focussed on the protection of assets, has led some to narrowly define its work in these terms. So claims that it only works in the interests of those who can afford to pay persists. Yet the security sector generates many benefits way beyond this. In many countries most of a country’s national infrastructure is protected by the broader private security sector – security teams in organisations and security suppliers – and the protection offered by security extends way beyond a single locale. Good security practices at work have knock on benefits outside work. These are examples. This webinar will discuss:

  • In what ways does the security sector generate benefits beyond just its clients?
  • What more can it do and how?
  • What more can be done to publicise the good aspects of security?

Eddie Ingram – Managing Director at Bidvest Noonan
David Evans – CEO at Global Aware International and Chairman and Founder of Terrorist Information New York Group (TINYg)
Peter Prak – Director at Vertas B.V.

Tuesday 22nd June at 15:30 BST

Thinking about security training: too much on the security officer/guard and not enough on the manager/director?

Why is it that around the world regulators have such a priority focus on security officers/guards and not on managers and directors? Is it because only frontline workers are considered important enough? All too often attention is paid to improving the education and training of officers/guards, upskilling them and ensuring they are competent, but can you ever have a competent team or company if only one level gets compulsory training? Is it the case that we have been too focussed on the competence of the frontline worker at the expense and to the detriment of those further up the hierarchy? This webinar will discuss:

  • Is the training of security managers and directors sufficient?
  • What are the gaps and where are the areas of improvement?
  • What is a proper balance between focussing on frontline workers and those further up the hierarchy?

Dr. Glen Kitteringham – Research Criminologist and President of Kitteringham Security Group Inc.
Dennis Shepp, CPP – Security Management Professional
Kevin Palacios – Ecuador Security and IFPO Latin America

Thursday 24th June at 15:30 BST

Fraud challenges in the public sector: in what ways are these changing and how effective is the response?

In previous webinars we have heard about the fraud risks in the speed with which Governments have offered financial help without adequate (or sometimes any) fraud risk assessments; and the dangers of people working from home where there are less developed systems of fraud control and less oversight. To what extent are forms of these challenges replicated in the Public sector and how are they different? This webinar will assess:

  • The types of fraud that most impact on the public sector and the ways these are changing
  • The effectiveness of the response from the public sector to current fraud challenges
  • The future trends for fraud and for the response in the public sector

Tuesday 29th June at 15:30 BST

The pandemic and crime rates: Insights from criminologists

The pandemic has had a dramatic impact on people’s daily routines, it has disrupted business and personal operations globally. But what has been happening to crime rates has received scant attention, at least in public discourse. What we do know is that offenders are good innovators, that they are adept at exploiting new opportunities when current ones are blocked. So how have they adapted and what does this mean for crime prevention? To assess these implications this webinar will focus on what the data tell us and how the trends should be interpreted. This webinar will:

  • Discuss current crime trends and the ways these have been changed by the pandemic
  • Examine the implications for crime prevention and security
  • Evaluate the likely longer terms crime patterns as we move to a post pandemic world

Wednesday 30th June at 15:30 BST

Nigeria OSPAs and Thought Leadership Webinar

Has the pandemic produced a new type of security or are things just the same? Examining the case of Nigeria

The world has experienced a change, one that has impacted on the personal and professional lives of nearly all people. Security personnel have been at the forefront, either losing their job as some industries stopped functioning (e.g. airports and hospitality), or adjusting to the new demands and pressures incumbent on all frontline workers. So how has this impacted in Nigeria? What changes have been made and crucially what are the implications moving forward? Are we likely to see a new type of security emerging? If so how and why? This webinar will discuss:

  • The aspects of the security sector in Nigeria that have undergone change
  • The barriers to developing and managing a better security
  • The opportunities for Nigerian security

Kabir Adamu, MSyI –  ASIS International Abuja Chapter
Hon. Dauda Ageni  – Nigerian Institute For Industrial Security
Buduka Julia Johnson – Association of Licensed Private Security Practitioners of Nigeria

Following the Thought Leadership panel discussion, winners of the Nigeria OSPAs will be announced virtually in collaboration with Securex West Africa

Thursday 8th July at 15:30 BST

Is fraud purely an opportunistic crime?

We tend to think of fraud as an offence committed because an opportunity presents itself and that some individuals will take advantage of these situations because they are motivated by greed. Whereas, increasingly we are witnessing more organised and sophisticated fraudulent attacks against organisations, many of which involve considerable planning. In order to ensure that our controls are sufficient enough to mitigate against these risks, we need to be able to identify the relevant warning signs, or ‘red flags’ that alert us to potential fraudulent activity. But in an ever advancing and changing world, are we currently reviewing the correct areas? And to what extent do advances in technology – such as machine learning – offer real opportunities for improvement? This webinar will:

  • Discuss the main motivations offenders have for committing fraud
  • Examine new and emerging trends
  • Consider how we can better identify fraud ‘red flags’ including via new technologies

Thursday 15th July at 15:30 BST

Ransomware: who is being targeted, and should you pay the ransom?

It is always a risk that a company will become a victim of a ransomware attack, and the consequences can be severe. What should victims do: lose business and not give in or a go for a quick fix by succumbing to the demands of offenders? Law enforcement generally advises against payment, business owners often prioritise the pecuniary imperative. But what are the principles that should govern decision making here? Should companies consider only their shareholders to the exclusion of their community, nation, or industry? What are the real consequences of paying or not paying? How should you pay? Can attackers be relied upon to fulfil their part of the bargain? Will paying render a victim an easy target? What happens in the real world? This webinar will discuss:

  • What are the trends in offending and victimisation?
  • When should you pay and when not?
  • What are the best prevention/mitigation methods?

Michael Gips – Principal at Global Insights in Professional Security (US) 

Luca Tenzi – Security Consultant and Senior Lecturer, Global Studies Institute (GSI) at Université de Genève (Switzerland)
Stevan Bernard – Senior Advisor, International SOS and former CSO at Sony Pictures (USA)
Terry Cutler – Founder of Cyology Labs and Internet Safety University (Canada)

Thursday 22nd July at 15:30 BST

Celebrating the role of the security officer: what next?

The 24th July is national security officer day chosen as it is the 24th day of the 7 month, and security officers work 24/7. We have heard on previous Thought Leadership webinars of the enormous amount of work and progress that has been made in improving the working conditions and the image of the frontline worker. But what are the next big steps? How can the current shortcomings be addressed? Is ir down to more or better regulation? How can the industry respond better? What will persuade buyers to make better choices? To what extent is it a reality that the work of security officers will be dragged down by its worst performers and if this is to remain an issue how can’t be addressed? This webinar will:

  • Discuss the current state of the security officer’s role
  • Evaluate the next steps in progress that need to be made and how that can be done?
  • Examine the barriers to progress and how they might be managed

Chris Hertig – College Professor at York College of Pennsylvania (Ret.) (US)
Qaisar Gandapur – CEO at Ghouri Security Guards (Pvt) Limited (Pakistan)
Jody Reid – Security Manager at The BOW (Canada)

Thursday 29th July at 15:30 BST

The CISO perspective on protecting the critical infrastructure against increasing cyberattacks 

In a previous Thought Leadership webinar we considered the protection of the national infrastructure from a physical security point of view, here we consider it from the viewpoint of cyber. Clearly, attacks take different forms, and there have been some high profile examples, such as the ransomware attack on healthcare, EMA (European Medicines Agency), the recent Colonial Pipeline Co incidents to name but two. But what is the response looking like? Criminologists have discussed an on-going war between attackers and defenders with each one improving in response to the marginal gains of the other. So who leads in this important area now? What is the current balance between a predominantly preventive approach and a more adaptive and predictive security that we understand is increasingly important for building (operational) resilience? What are the implications of current developments for the wider security sector? This webinar will discuss:

  • What are the main cyber threats being faced by the critical infrastructure?
  • What are the key trends in preventing attacks and pursing offenders?
  • What are the implications and learning points for the wider security sector and recommendation for going forward?

Monica Verma – CISO, Speaker, Podcast Host & Producer for We Talk Cyber, and Award Winning Security Advisor
Sarah Armstrong-Smith – Chief Security Advisor at Microsoft, Non-Executive Director and Keynote Speaker
Greg van der Gaast – CISO, International Speaker and Author of “Rethinking InfoSec”

Thursday 5th August at 15:30 BST

What is meant by ‘profit protection’? And is anyone really doing it?

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It is not unusual in any sector to generate buzz words and phrases that catch on. Security is no exception. ‘Profit protection’ can be presented as one example. When ‘security’ seemed old hat, especially (but not exclusively) in retailing, there was a focus on ‘loss prevention’. For many that missed the point, it weas negative leading (loss) rather than positive (profit), and anyway good practices were helping the company achieve its aims, profit, ‘profit protection’ was born. But what does it mean? How is it distinct from other catchy titles? Does it matter anyway? This webinar will:

  • Discuss the meanings of ‘profit protection’
  • Explore the extend to which the focus on protecting profits is best achieved
  • Examine best practice and the routes to achieving them

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