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 25th February at 15:30 GMT

It’s time to celebrate, reward and acknowledge the outstanding achievements across the security industry. Winners of the 2021 UK OSPAs will be revealed at a free-to-attend virtual awards show – sponsored by TEAM Software.

Enjoy entertainment and surprises – with guest appearances from Paul Sinha (AKA ‘The Sinnerman’), Quiz master, presenter and stand-up comedian.  And Alan Dedicoat probably best known as the “Voice of the Balls” on the National Lottery programmes. Cocktail dresses and black tie are now completely optional of course!

Wednesday 3rd March at 15:30 GMT

Challenges in aviation security: How will it emerge from a sequence of crises?

The aviation sector is widely identified as having been acutely wounded by the Covid-19 virus, albeit this is far from the only challenge it has faced. Commercial uncertainty as a result of Brexit is one issue, the 737 MAX scandal is another, while the dangers of cyber threats to aircraft remain very real and terrorist threats ever present. In all this what has been happening in airport security? How have airlines and airports worked together, or have they? What have been the key lessons learnt? What has been the impact on security staff? How have their working patterns changed? How will airport security evolve as we move to a new normal? This webinar will discuss:

  • What are the key changes that have taken place in aviation security and what impact are they having?
  • What are now the main threats to aviation security?
  • What does the future of aviation security look like?

Ali Alharthy – Team Lead Center of Excellence for Security and Crisis Management at OQ (Oman)
Andy Kynoch – Managing Director at ICTS UK & IRELAND
Geoffrey Moore – Security Consultant at Arup (Hong Kong)

Tuesday 9th March at 15:30 GMT

The role of security consultancy: thinking about the ‘new normal’

Security consultancy plays an important role in generating improved performance; an essential role in filling gaps in organisational knowledge; and a key role in adding to corporate expertise. Yet, while Covid-19 has changed the security landscape focus on the role of consultants has remained under the radar. Are opportunities increasing, decreasing or remaining stable? How has working from home altered opportunities and/or ways of working? In this webinar we will discuss:

  • What impacts, if any, has Covid-19 had on the world of security consultancy?
  • Where will security consultants look for new opportunities?
  • How does the ‘new normal’ present itself for security consultants?

Jeffrey A. Slotnick‏, CPP, PSP – President at Setracon Inc. (US)
Jorge Septien – CEO/Chairman at MSPV Seguridad Privada, S.A. DE C.V. (Mexico)
Samrendra Mohan Kumar – Co-founder & MD at MitKat Advisory (India)

Thursday 11th March at 15:30 GMT

Tackling modern slavery: whose responsibility is it?

The exploitation of other people for personal or commercial gain is a largely covert activity with enormous implications. Modern slavery involves the exploitation of children as well as adults, and it takes many forms, for example, sexual exploitation, forced labour, domestic servitude. The Global Slavery Index (2018) suggests over 40 million individuals are currently victims of modern slavery. In this webinar, we discuss the causes, the symptoms and crucially the responses to modern slavery. All those in protection services, in private and public sectors and not least those on the frontline, need to be aware of the problem and the range of responses available. Inherently linked to supply chains, the problem impacts on business, exploiting workers, undermining otherwise legitimate activities. Specifically, this webinar will: 

  • Discuss the ways in which Covid-19 has impacted on scale and the visibility of modern slavery offences
  • Examine the effectiveness of current responses including the role of the security sector 
  • Explore the relationship between increased internet use and how this relates to modern slavery, including online child abuse

Tony Dunkerley – Training Team Lead at UNODC
Lisa Hsin – AHRC Modern Slavery Research Fellow at University of Oxford (UK)
Andrew Wallis OBE – CEO at Unseen (UK)

Tuesday 16th March at 15:30 GMT

Managing the impact of suicide: colleagues, clients and society

The security sector is uniquely exposed to the impacts of suicide. A significant proportion of workers in the sector are ostensibly at higher risk; namely, men, who receive low pay, and have low job security. In addition to being the potential victims of suicide, and suicide bereavement, some workers in the industry will be exposed to or be expected to respond to suicides as part of their job role. This webinar looks at the far-reaching impact of suicide, the need for employers to be aware of training needs for those who are at risk of being exposed to suicide, and the needs of employees who are either directly bereaved by suicide, or exposed to suicide as a result of their role. This webinar will cover:

  • In what ways is Covid-19 impacting on managing the risks of suicides?
  • How effective are current suicide management approaches?
  • What do employers need to know about the impact of suicide on their workforce? 

Thursday 18th March at 15:30 GMT

The move to a cashless society; the societal and security implications

There has been much discussion about the move to digital transactions as a more convenient way of conducting business (personally and professionally). But we know that there are security risks in digital transactions, and the move away from using cash has implications for some economies and some people; it is far from an unqualified good. In this webinar we examine the relative risks and benefits of a move from a cashless world versus a non cashless one and examine the security implications. This webinar will examine:

  • What are the social implications and the impacts in security in relying less on cash?
  • Who are the winners and losers in the transition to more digital than cash transactions? What are the implications for security?
  • How well equipped in security to cope with this changing dynamic?

Guillaume Lepecq – Chair at CashEssentials (France)
Paul Nicholls – Business Development, Oberthur Cash Protection
Andrea Nitsche – Chair at Cash Matters Org (Germany)

Wednesday 24th March at 15:30 GMT

An interview with a career criminal and experienced fraudster: how I defrauded companies for years

In this webinar we speak to K who has been a career criminal. He started when he was young, went through youth custody centres, survived the ‘short, sharp, shock’ (which he did not think was tough enough) and many periods of imprisonment (not always for crimes he committed), but the rewards were too high to give up crime, the opportunities too multiple, the ease of committing offences too encouraging, the chances of getting caught too low to be an impediment. Here K will answer your questions and reflect on a life of crime including:

  • The ways in which security can be navigated and negated
  • The attractions and drawbacks of a crime career
  • What is likely to make crime more difficult and the role of the security sector in that

Thursday 25th March at 15:30 GMT

What will the return to work look like? What are the implications for security?

As we ‘return to work’, what will we return to? In many cases, we can expect that workplaces will be transformed with communal areas eliminated or repurposed, while workspaces are separated and enlarged. Some colleagues may never reappear in person. What does all of this mean for those charged with securing workplaces and operations, both in terms of physical security and data/network security? In this webinar we will be exploring how a post-pandemic workplace will look and function and the ways in which security will have to adjust. This webinar will examine:

  • What workplaces are planning and debating and what challenges these offer
  • What the impact will be on organizational cultures in both a hybrid and post-pandemic environment
  • How prepared is the security sector to adapt to this new reality?

Tuesday 30th March at 15:30 GMT

Agile security and anticipating the unknown: how good is the technology and what are its limits?

Much security is procedurally driven. This type of approach can often be optimised using automation, e.g. at 9:00 the front door is unlocked; in the event of fire, all doors are unlocked. By building on simple basic premises, it is becoming possible to create complex policies that address situations which, up until now, are often left to frontline workers. For example, the detection of a group gathering by the perimeter, can result in the relevant emergency services being alerted. Staff can be informed, via mobile messaging or public communication systems, to make their way to a specific exit or meeting point. They can even be tracked so that doors are sealed as they progress through the building, ensuring their security. Sounds good, doesn’t it? But who decides the criteria and is there the capability to recover if things do not go according to plan? This webinar will discuss:

  • What is the potential of automated security to improve practice?
  • How geared up are security personnel to provide for agiler security?
  • What are the drawbacks and barriers to further developments in this area?

Linda Howson – R&D: Future Security Solutions at Nedap (Netherlands)
Daniel Eborall – Director Global Business Development at (UK)
Roberto Manunta – Strategy and Security Advisor at Manunta Consulting (UK, Spain, Italy and Cyprus)

This series of Thought Leadership Webinars is supported by