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 19th January at 15:30 GMT

Enterprise Security Risk Management (ESRM); the Holy Grail or a concept found wanting?

There can be few concepts or frameworks that have received so much coverage as ESRM. It draws upon a range of established good practices and is sometimes presented as an unqualified good bringing together the best learnings from many approaches to security. Yet, not all organisations adopt it. After all, the concept of the business owning the risk appears good, but at what point does that go too far? Does ESRM really amount to security ‘passing the buck’, isn’t security supposed to be in charge? Does ESRM dilute security expertise? Is ESRM really just a fancy name for convergence? In this webinar we revisit the value of ESRM. The webinar will discuss:

  • What are the proven benefits of ESRM?
  • What are the drawbacks of ESRM?
  • What are the barriers to implementing it?

Rachelle Loyear – VP, Integrated Security Solutions at G4S (US)
Michael Gips, JD, CPP, CSyP, CAE – Principal at Global Insights in Professional Security (GIPS) (US)
Ilya Umanskiy – Director, Resilience Practice at Current Consulting Group (Hong Kong)

Thursday 21st January at 15:30 GMT

Events, what events? How will security shows and exhibitions evolve in 2021?

The pandemic has affected many business activities in different ways but arguably one area where the impact has been the most dramatic is security events, specifically physical conferences and exhibitions. There has been a move to virtual events, but where does that leave the physical ones? When will get the opportunity to network in person again? Will exhibitors ever come back? Are virtual events here to stay? How sustainable are physical events going forward? This webinar will discuss:

  • What will security events look like in 2021?
  • What are the barriers and where are the opportunities to network in person?
  • What does the ‘new normal’ look like for physical events in the security sector?

Michiel Gen – Director of European Projects at ASIS International and Partner at Exempla (Belgium)
Rachael Shattock – Group Event Director at Nineteen Group (UK)
George Pearson – Regional Director at Afrocet Montgomery (UK and West Africa)

Tuesday 26th January at 11:00 GMT

The state of the security sector in Russia: understanding its role in a post Covid-19 world

Our Thought Leadership webinars have taken a global perspective, yet to-date we have had limited insight on the role of the security sector in Russia. The aim of this webinar is to address that. The aim is to explore the state of crime and security, the major crime problems that exist and the role of the Russian security sector in responding. We will examine what role it plays, the means of holding it accountable (which have been raised as a point of concern), what it considers it successes and limits are. We will also explore how it has fared through the current crisis and where it will be positioned in a post Covid-19 world. Specifically, this webinar will explore:

  • The major crime problems and security threats emerging in Russia
  • The role of the security sector in protecting organisations and communities
  • The barriers to security sector progressing in a post Covid-19 world

Dmitry Budanov – CEO at Elite Security Holding Company (Russia)
Nabi Abdullaev – Partner at Control Risks, Russia & CIS (Russia)
Sergey Martynov – Owner, CEO and Chairman of BoD

Thursday 28th January at 08:00 GMT

Learning from South East Asia: What does the ‘new normal’ look like?

Our webinars have covered many security issues in many countries, and this theme continues with a specific focus on South East Asia, it will build on a previous webinar that highlighted some key issues earlier in the pandemic. What makes this particularly important is that Asian countries including are frequently seen – particularly by many in the West – as setting examples in good security practice. Having experienced virus attacks before they are seen to be more advanced in their thinking in how to respond. This webinar will explore the security experience in the region, looking at the key learnings from the events of the last year, what it sees as its most effective security approaches and areas where security performance is less than optimal, and what it can teach us about the ’new normal’. This webinar will:

  • Explore the factors that have characterised the region’s response to Covid-19
  • Examine the areas where security has been tested
  • Discuss the implications for the type of security that will emerge in the ‘new normal’

Tuesday 2nd February at 15:30 GMT

Managing the mental health of frontline workers; how well is the security sector doing?’

Over recent months there have been growing concerns about the mental health of a range of workers. These have ranged from those working from home for long periods without appropriate support; those who have been concerned about the stability of their roles; and those working on the frontline dealing with the consequences of the pandemic. One group that fits this latter categorisation well is frontline security officers. They have not only had to deal with conflict, with stressed shoppers, patients and others, and then manage the aftermath. There is of course a corporate responsibility to look after staff. But how well has this been performed, and how do we know? This webinar will discuss:

  • To what extent are we aware of mental health issues of frontline security staff?
  • What have been the key ways in which the sector has responded and what have been the learning points?
  • What do we need to do to manage this more effectively?

Chris Middleton Dip ML – ABM UK, IFPO UK and ADLC Mental Health Advocate (UK)
Harmeet Anand PCC – Executive Ontological Coach (India)
Barry Dawson – Managing Director at Wilson James (UK)

Thursday 4th February at 15:30 GMT

The role of the GSOC: what are the limitations and the opportunities?

Global Security Operations Centres (GSOCs) are widely heralded as a key interface between receiving data and using it in some way. They combine expertise in for example, creating and managing intelligence (avoiding being overwhelmed by the volumes available) and communicating that in a target user friendly way, facilitating an intelligence led approach to security. They take many forms, for example some are cyber oriented while others have a physical/environmental security remit. They can be responsible for co-ordinating very different types of data/intelligence, required to undertake very diverse forms of analysis, have vary varied links with stakeholders with whom they work. The type and sophistication of technology used is another variable; not least in the extent to which tools can trawl the web and identify the most relevant feeds, scan social media and monitor geopolitical events. Then there is variation in the skill sets of those who staff them. This webinar will discuss:

  • What are the key characteristics of an effective GSOC?
  • What are the impediments to an efficient running GSOCs?
  • How are GSOCs likely to evolve?

Tuesday 9th February at 15:30 GMT

In security we can’t find suitable security talent from diverse backgrounds: Exposing the illogical

The value of diversity is unquestioned, yet it is far from clear that the security sector is good at engaging with this issue, certainly not across sectors and at different levels. One recruitment consultant described the issue as ‘real’ and another as ‘imagined’; in short it is specious. In this webinar we will discuss the basis for the argument that diversity is a challenge in the security sector, and examine the barriers real and perceived – to engaging a more diverse workforce. What information is collected and by who to attract the best talent and how can that impact upon improved diversity? Specifically, this webinar will:

  • Explore the importance of diversity
  • Examine the challenges faced by the security sector in engaging a diverse workforce
  • Discuss the key changes needed to improve diversity in the security sector

Kathy Lavinder – Founder & Executive Director at Security & Investigative Placement Consultants (US)
Priya Vencatasawmy – Talent Consultant at Zitko and Mental Health in Recruitment Champion (UK)

Thursday 11th February at 9:30 GMT

Managing staff travel: what are the security implications in this ‘new normal’?

The pandemic has changed business operations, at least in the short term. It became very difficult to travel, most often it was prevented by law and by companies except in the most necessary of circumstances. So what changed and how and what has security learned? To what extent will the new normal mark new ways of security working in managing staff travel? Will we ever return to the old ways and what will be the role of security as we move forward? Outside of this, what are the security implications of managing staff travel to and from work? This webinar will discuss:

  • How did the security sector respond to urgent staff travel during the pandemic?
  • In what ways is securely managing staff travel changing?
  • What are the responsibilities for organisations in managing staff travel to work and then on company business overseas?

Tuesday 16th February at 20:30 GMT
Wednesday 17th February at 09:30 NZ

The New Zealand security sector and Covid-19: what have been the learning points?

Previous webinars have helped highlight the learning points from the security experience of the pandemic, across the globe. But one place about which we have heard very little is New Zealand. Yet New Zealand has been widely heralded has having implemented a successful response to Covid-19. But what role did security play in this? What have been the learning points? As we move into a post Covid-19 world – where New Zealand appears ahead of the curve – what can we learn about how security can best position itself to benefit? This webinar will:

  • Discuss the New Zealand response to Covid-19 from a security perspective
  • Understand the learning points as New Zealand security is transitioning to a post Covid19 world
  • Discuss the implications for the type of security that will emerge in the ‘new normal’

This series of Thought Leadership Webinars is supported by