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 14 July at 15:30 (BST):

Thinking about Innovation in security and crime prevention: where can we look and what can we find?

Purchasers of security – of services and technologies – have sometimes lamented the lack of innovation of the security sector. Either purchasers are unrealistic, and/or the security sector is moribund of good ideas, and/or there are misconceptions about what it is realistic to expect from security innovation. Then there are claims that progress towards innovation is dogged by a lack of collaboration, and/or by a lack of investment. While others point to a range of impressive breakthrough in a diverse range of areas and invite us to look more carefully and be prepared to be impressed. How, if at all, has Covid-19 changed the focus and interest in innovation? This webinar will explore these issues in more detail. Topics to be discussed include:

  • What different approaches exist towards security innovation?
  • Where can we look to for the new ideas and the evolving good practices?
  • What are the prospects for innovation in a post Covid-19 world?

Louis Chavez – Principal Engineer, Security and Life Safety at UL (US)
Nicolas Garcia – Sales Director MEA Biometric Devices at IDEMIA (South Africa)
Steven Kenny – Industry Liaison, Architecture and Engineering Program, Axis Communications (UK)
Teemu Santonen – Principal lecturer at Laurea University of Applied Sciences (Finland)

Thursday 16 July at 13:30 (BST):

Covid-19, where to now for private security in South Africa?

Around the world the issues facing the security sector differ markedly. South Africa is characterised by extremes in terms of security expertise: from the highly skilled to those who operate under the radar of regulation, some using technology very effectively and some not at all. The lockdown has put pressure on businesses and it is far from clear clients will pay for the same types of security going forward. Crime patterns are changing and there is an undercurrent of discontent both in communities and in organisations where employees, anxious about home and working life, post different types of risks. We will debate these issues and where security in South Africa goes from here, specifically:

  • What are the main challenges facing the security sector as it emerges from lockdown?
  • To what extent will changes in public and business expectations influence the types of security that will need to be provided?
  • What factors will govern whether security post Covid-19 is a success?

Andrew Kelly – Senior Security Manager: Global Operations at Coca Cola
Lizette Lancaster – Project Manager: Crime and Justice Information and Analysis Hub at Institute for Security Studies
Leonie Mangold – Vice Chairman of ESDA, Special Project Sales Consultant at Powelltronics
Jean-Pierre (JP) Smith – Councillor, City of Cape Town

Tuesday 21 July at 15:30 (BST):

Climate change and security: unrest, the carbon footprint and the security response

Sponsored by Bidvest Noonan

Before Covid-19 the dominate social and political problem facing the world was widely acknowledged to be climate change; the planet is heating up and humans are responding, slowly. The issue impacts on all areas of policy, but what about crime prevention and security? This has largely operated under the radar. Yet the implications are serious. What does the carbon footprint of the security sector look like? Where are the largest emissions? Do emissions vary by crime type and how? And what about the security response? What should we expect from security responses and how can the sector best contribute, and will it? What does sustainable security look like? What if anything has been the impact of Covid-19?

  • How important is an industry/national approach to skills development? To what extent is this a prerequisite for offering a meaningful career development program for recruits?
  • What are the best ways of developing skills across the security sector? Where are there opportunities?
  • What are the roles, if any, of a Skills Body, trainers and professional development programs?

Michael Brooke, Head of Operational Services at Police Crime Prevention Initiatives (UK)
Mark Hobden, Business Continuity Manager at Bidvest Noonan (UK)
Amy Musanti, Business Development Director, Sustainability at ASSA ABLOY Group (US)

Thursday 23 July at 15:30 (BST):

What is the role of the State in supporting the Private Security Sector? An active supporter or neutral independence?

In most countries the State does not proactively support private security. In many countries it does not even require the State buys regulated services, and even when it does it faces allegations it will often prioritise price over quality. While it is possible to point to specific areas where there are good practices there is no concerted effort made to harness the benefits of security. There are no official high-level meaningful strategies for example; most often collaboration is left to chance. How accurate is this? Why anyway is the state seemingly reluctant to engage private security, or is it more that the security sector make itself difficult to deal with?

  • What should the state do in maximising the benefits of private security?
  • Should it be a crime for companies not to prevent crime (say economic crimes)?
  • How can the barriers to effective collaboration of ‘policing’ efforts be best achieved?

Tuesday 28 July at 9:00 (BST):

How is the Kenya security sector meeting the challenge of Covid-19? What are the lessons learnt and where does it and the regulator go from here?

These are challenging times that are being felt across the globe and Africa is suffering, including Kenya. Cyber crime is rife and for many there does not appear to be an adequate response. In some areas there is a fear of stigma, of quarantine, of social disorder in part because of increased unemployment, and as businesses and communities face new ways of working and new challenges so concerns about social cohesion and employee dissatisfaction are surfacing. So what are the emerging challenges that Kenyan security will face as we move forward? Is the view in Kenya that the security sector has been a success or has it failed to meet expectations? Will security be increased or downsized and what then are the implications? What role is there for the security regulator? In this webinar we will address:

  • Taking account of concerns such as unemployment, social cohesion and cyber crime what are the priorities for the security sector?
  • Has the security sector been a success or failure, and what is the role of the regulator?
  • What factors will most influence the development of security in Kenya and how can they be influenced?

Anette Kimitei – Deputy Secretary at WISE and Governing Council member of the Private Security Industry Association (PSIA)
Captain (Rtd) Augustine Lokwang Ekitela – Senior Advisory Council Member in ACISMP
Kenwilliams Nyakomitah, CFIP, Rcrim – Event and Security Director, Professional Criminologists Association of Kenya
Lt Col (Rtd) Mathews Odongo Waria – Association of Corporate and Industrial Security Management

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