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 26th November at 15:30 GMT

The risk of public disorder: where is the dealing with the virus leading us?

Around the world we are seeing pockets of content about Government responses to Covid-19. There is resentment in some quarters to the enforced lockdowns and the impact on civil liberties. Some see lockdown restrictions as draconian or at least an ‘over the top’ reaction, and setting dangerous precedents. The protests are for other reasons too, for example where financial assistance is promised and then not delivered, some have seen the response as enforced destitution. The concerns have also been seen to act as a rallying call to protestors on other issues. In short there are the seeds of discontent which have already led to disorder. In this webinar we will discuss:

  • The risks of widespread public disorder in the current crisis
  • The effectiveness of current responses to public disorder
  • The potential to manage public disorder and the risk of it more effectively

Ona Ekhomu – Chairman at Trans-World Security in Lagos Nigeria
Roger Warwick – Subject Matter Expert at ISO and CEO Pyramid Temi Group (Italy)
Col Samrendra Mohan Kumar – Co-founder & MD at MitKat Advisory (India)

Tuesday 1st December at 15:30 GMT

Tackling fraud: what is the proper balance between public sector and private sector input?

Sponsored by Altia-ABM

In the UK it has been shown that a third of all offences are fraud related. This is massive. All the more striking is evidence that the impact of fraud on victims can be considerable, as much as some violent crimes. Meanwhile, the police response might best be characterised by the word ‘challenging’. There are complaints that the process for managing fraud is under-developed and leaves too many fraudsters believing they can offend with little chance of apprehension. Non police efforts, in other public sector agencies, in the private sector, are considerable, and arguably as effective if not more so. So how best can we respond? This webinar will consider:

  • What are the merits and drawbacks of current public and private sector efforts to tackle fraud?
  • What are the barriers to tackling fraud more effectively?
  • What are the best routes to more effectively channelling the various efforts to tackling fraud?

Keith Ditcham – Acting Director/Senior Research Fellow, Organised Crime and Policing at RUSI
Alex Rothwell – Head of Fraud Operations, Detective Chief Superintendent at City of London Police
Dr. Janice Goldstraw-White – Criminologist (White-Collar Crime) GWAssociates
Mick Creedon – Altia-ABM

Thursday 3rd December at 15:30 GMT

‘Hit them where it hurts’: The problem of making offenders pay for their crimes

Sponsored by Altia-ABM

It is something of a common-sense view that we should make offenders pay for their crimes by confiscating any financial benefits they have accrued for offending. There are strategies in many countries but all too often they have fallen short of public expectations to deliver large sums of money or to make offenders feel the threat is a real one. In this webinar we explore the reasons why. It will discuss:

  • Why is the confiscation of assets a complicated process?
  • What is the real potential of schemes to confiscate offenders’ ill-gotten gains?
  • Where can we look for good practice?

Aiden Larkin – Asset Reality in partnership with Altia-ABM
Marie-Claire Amuah – Senior Associate at Edmonds Marshall McMahon
Simon Davis – Barrister at Law at St Philips Chambers
Mick Beattie – National Coordinator for the financial crime portfolio at the NPCC

Tuesday 8th December at 08:00 GMT (11:00 GMT+3)

The Kenya OSPAs and Thought Leadership Webinar

The Outstanding Security Performance Awards (OSPAs) in collaboration with Securexpo East Africa will deliver the inaugural Kenya OSPAs virtually as part of a Thought Leadership Webinar:

Learning the lessons from of Covid-19 around the world: assessing the implications for Kenya
Previous webinars have discussed the role of security in different countries. We  have seen that there country specific struggles that Covid-19 poses are very different, at the same time though there are opportunities to learn about how to do security better. In a previous webinar some of the challenges discussed included: the need for security professionals to respond quickly to a mounting crisis; complications in responding to the Kenya Private Security Act; and the crucial role of the regulator and its engagement with the security sector in a time of rapid change. So how is the sector faring now? The aim of this webinar is to:

  • Understand the latest challenges faced by security professionals in Kenya
  • Identify the examples of good practice from security professionals
  • Explore the opportunities for a strengthened security sector post Covid-19

Francis Shiyukah – Chief Executive Officer at Kenya Security Industry Association (KSIA)
Monicah Kimeu – Secretary General at Women In Safety Excellence (WISE)
Enock Alumasi Makanga – Vice President International Police Association
Cosmas Mutava – Chairman of Protective Security Industry Association (PSIA)

Following the panel discussion, the finalists of the 2020 Kenya OSPAs will be celebrated and winners will be revealed.

Thursday 10th December at 15:30 GMT

Looking after the victims: are they still the forgotten people in the criminal justice system?

There has been a long-held view that the criminal justice system has focussed on the need to address offending to an extent that has overlooked the needs and interests of the victim. From the 1970s onwards many countries have developed ways to refocus processes to take account of the crucial role of victims in providing essential evidence in the most daunting of environments. A range of victim services have been developed, some generalist and some specialist focussing on specific types of victims (such as the elderly) or victims of specific offences (such as domestic abuse and to a lesser extent financial crime), and organisations have developed policies to respond to those victimised at work. But how effective are they? This webinar will discuss:

  • What are the difficulties facing victims confronting the criminal justice system?
  • How effective are victim services?
  • How can victim services be improved?

Tuesday 15th December at 15:30 GMT (16:30 CET)

The German OSPAs and Thought Leadership Webinar

The Outstanding Security Performance Awards (OSPAs) will deliver the fifth annual German OSPAs virtually as part of a Thought Leadership Webinar:

Germany and the security response to 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 Germany. This is perhaps all the more striking given that in some countries the German response to Covid-19 has been a reference point for good practice. But what about for security? In this webinar we will explore how Germany has coped, what the high-performance activities have been and where security has been found to be lacking. This webinar will:

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

Hans-Wilhelm Dünn – President at Cyber-Sicherheitsrat Deutschland and OSPA judge
Dr. Michael Littger – Managing Director of Deutschland sicher im Netz (DsiN) and OSPA judge
Axel Petri – BDI Representative and OSPA judge
Volker Wagner – Chairman of the board of the ASW Bundesverbandes and Head judge

Following the panel discussion, the finalists of the 2020 German OSPAs will be celebrated and winners will be revealed.

Thursday 17th December at 15:30 GMT

Reflecting on 2020: what have been the security success stories and what have been the security failures?

Previous webinars this year have highlighted some of the things that security has done well, for example, stepping up quickly in the crisis, responding to changing demands on the frontline effectively, providing a reference point of expertise in a chaotic period in organisational life. But not all agree, others have pointed to: organisational hierarchies viewing security as secondary to say health or business continuity professionals; there has been a lament about the lack of preparation for this type of crisis; a view has been expressed that only some security professionals have ‘stepped up’, some have been shown to be wanting. This webinar will focus on what has gone well and what had not and how we might take those learnings from here. It will focus on:

  • What are the key things that have marked security out as a positive influence during the crisis?
  • What are the key things that have marked security out as failing or falling short during the crisis?
  • How can we take the learnings from each forward? Or can we?

This series of Thought Leadership Webinars is supported by