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 29 October at 15:30 GMT

The relationship between crisis management and security: how closely are they aligned now?

In the security sector there has been a tendency to view a crisis as an opportunity for professionals to show their true value; this is borne out by prior webinars. But the key group in any crisis, at least as far as organisations are concerned is business continuity professionals. We have heard in previous webinars both of a very good rapport in some circumstances to empire building (by either party) on the other. So, just how has the relationship panned out? And what should the relationship look like? Is one set of expertise more important than the other? In this webinar we will discuss the following:

  • To what extent is this crisis enhancing the roles of security on the one hand and business continuity on the other?
  • What are the key learning points for each party and what needs to change?
  • What does the ideal relationship look like? Who should be in charge?

Panellists:
Paul Bean – Head of Investigations, Intelligence and Economic Crime at Royal Mail
Alan Cain – Manchester Chapter Chair, The Institute of Strategic Risk Management
Dr David Rubens D.SyRM, CSyP, F.ISRM – Executive Director at The Institute of Strategic Risk Management
Bruno Sechet – Founder of Integralim

Tuesday 3 November at 15:30 GMT

Rethinking the role of frontline security staff: an opportunity to present a new image?

Sponsored by IFPO

Why do people join the security sector more by chance than choice? What keeps them involved? What are the best and worst things about a security career? In this special webinar Perpetuity Research will be launching the findings of their Security Research Initiative report. Lead researchers Professor Martin Gill and Charlotte Howell will share insights from the research. It will include findings on what those involved say, what those who manage careers say and what needs to change in addressing the limitations of the current workforce. This webinar will address:

  • To what extent has the role of frontline security operatives changed for the better?
  • What needs to change now to enhance the role?
  • How can recent developments lead to a broader recognition of improvements and lead to a sustained enhancement of image?

Panellists:
Charles “Chuck” Andrews – Founder of Friends of Chuck (US)
Chris Middleton Dip ML – Security Director at ABM UK
Dr Peter Stiernstedt, CPP, CISM – Lecturer in Criminology at University of West London (UK) 

Wednesday 4 November at 13:30 GMT

Special Webinar:
Security Research Initiative (SRI) Report Launch – Understanding influences on security as a career choice

Why do people join the security sector more by chance than choice? What keeps them involved? What are the best and worst things about a security career? In this special webinar Perpetuity Research will be launching the findings of their Security Research Initiative report. Lead researchers Professor Martin Gill and Charlotte Howell will share insights from the research. It will include findings on what those involved say, what those who manage careers say and what needs to change in addressing the limitations of the current workforce. This webinar will address:

  • Is there such a thing as a ‘career’ in private security? What does and does not makes security attractive to recruits?
  • What do we need to do to attract the best recruits and keep them?
  • Can security improve its image to be seen as a worthwhile career?

The session will include a presentation by Charlotte Howell and Martin Gill, followed by contributions from expert guest panellists on current initiatives to promote security careers.

Panellists:
Rick Mounfield – Chief Executive at The Security Institute
David Scott – Managing Director at Skills for Security

Thursday 5 November at 15:30 GMT

What now for security recruitment: what is the role and who is being sought after post Covid-19?

The topic of the recruitment of security personnel is important for at least two reasons. The first is that it has long been seen as a specialist task requiring distinct skill sets. Then came the internet but the best in the area not only survived but thrived. What then of Covid-19? The second is that recruitment professionals are the first to see changes in the type of skills on demand and types of people being recruited. With this in mind this webinar will examine what ways has this impacted on practice. Has then the changing nature of work we have heard about in previous webinars forced a rethink on what organisations now seek? Are clients recruiting different security managers, are security suppliers seeking different personnel? Do recruitment professionals see a rosy picture for their own skill sets? This webinar will discuss:

  • In what ways has Covid-19 impacted on the role of the security recruitment specialist and perceptions of it?
  • What skill sets are now in demand and why?
  • What does the future of security recruitment look like?

Panellists:
Brett Ennals – Founder and Director of Cento (UK)
Peter French – CEO at SSR Personnel (UK)
Aaron Kutz – Practice Leader at Direct Recruiters, Inc. (US)

Tuesday 10 November at 15:30 GMT

What is in a name: can we solve the confusion in the language of security job titles?

In any discipline the search for a common language is important. In security this topic has many foci. One that has rarely been examined is the language associated with job roles. This webinar will examine the barriers to a common language; the confusion that arises between security roles with a more traditional focus and those that are cyber security related oriented; and security roles of any type that reflect different levels of responsibility or are supposed to do so but in practice to serve to confuse.

  • How much does the language used in security job titles matter?
  • How much confusion is there and what is the route to a better common language?
  • Can the digital security world and physical security world ever adopt a complimentary language?

Panellists:
Raymond Andersson, Esq – Commissioner for Oaths, Emeritus Strategic Security, Protective Security and Crime Prevention Professional (Australia)
Kathy Lavinder – Founder & Executive Director at Security & Investigative Placement Consultants (US)
Dr. Boyko Mitev – Chief Security Consultant at Sevar Security (Bulgaria)

Thursday 12 November at 13:20 GMT

The Future Direction of Security in Healthcare – Afternoon session

Organised in collaboration with NAHS

More details to be shared soon


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