Visitors to the show have three conference theatres to choose from this year: Keynote and Convergence, Security Solutions and Safe Cities As IFSEC International prepares to return to London’s ExCeL in June, a number of British Security Industry Association (BSIA) representatives are ready to impart advice on a number of industry issues – from city security to access control – as part of the show’s busy educational programme. Visitors to the show have three conference theatres to choose from this year: Keynote and Convergence, Security Solutions and Safe Cities. While UK-based security suppliers are anticipating another successful show as IFSEC returns to London for a second year, several BSIA spokespeople are set to share their knowledge on the following topics: Tuesday 16th June Cyber Security – Confronting Current and Future Threats 11:00, Keynote and Convergence Theatre Mike O’Neill, Managing Director, Optimal Risk Management Ltd and Chairman of the BSIA’s Specialist Services Section, is joined by Dan Solomon, Optimal Risk Management’s Director of Cyber Risk and Security Services, to discuss current and emerging cyber threats and the need for robust countermeasures. This session will also explore the importance of upskilling IT professionals to meet evolving cyber threats. Key Considerations when Choosing a Security Provider 13:00, Security Solutions Theatre Pauline Norstrom, Chief Operating Officer at AD Group Ltd and Chairman of the BSIA, discusses the importance of security market knowledge in the procurement process, answering the crucial question of what is more important, price or quality? Wednesday 17th June Access Control as a Service 11:00, Keynote and Convergence Theatre Paul Adams, Head of Technology and Product Management at BSIA Access Control member company, Kaba Ltd, explores the features and functionalities of Access Control as a Service (ACaaS), including the difference between hosted, managed and hybrid services. Paul will also address the common questions that arise for providers and adopters of ACaaS. The Police and Security Initiative: Collaboration to increase public safety 11:00, Safe Cities Academy Geoff Zeidler, Immediate Past Chair of the BSIA, introduces the Police and Security Initiative and the growing importance of partnerships between business, the police and the private security industry. This session looks at practical measures for improving working relationships, sharing good practice and reducing crime. The Surveillance Camera Code of Practice – Time for Voluntary Adoption? 13:00, Keynote and Convergence Theatre Surveillance Camera Commissioner, Tony Porter QPM LLB, will be joined by Simon Adcock, Managing Director of ATEC Security and Chairman of the BSIA’s CCTV Section, and Chairman of the BSIA, Pauline Norstrom, to discuss the implications of the Protection of Freedoms Act and the subsequent Surveillance Camera Commissioner’s Code of Practice on CCTV owners and operators. CCTV Control Room Compliance 14:00, Security Solutions Theatre Dirk Wilson, Managing Director of Sector Security Services Ltd and Vice Chair of the BSIA’s Police and Public Services Section, introduces the latest updates and revisions to BS7958, the Code of Practice for CCTV management and operation. Providing recommendations on best practice in obtaining reliable information that might be offered as evidence, Dirk will also explore the increasing police and public confidence in the operation and management of CCTV. Security Risk Management Strategies for Safer Cities 15:00, Safe Cities Academy Mike O’Neill, Managing Director of Optimal Risk Management and Chairman of the BSIA’s Specialist Services Section, returns to explore the key risk management strategies that can be adopted to ensure maximum security in today’s increasingly technology-enabled cities. Thursday 18th June Supporting Safe Cities & Major Events – A Code of Practice for security searches 14:00, Safe Cities Academy Dirk Wilson, Managing Director of Sector Security Services Ltd and Vice Chair of the BSIA’s Police and Public Services Section, introduces a new Code of Practice for security searches, exploring lessons learned from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and how these have been adopted by a new set of minimum standards for personnel carrying out security searches with the ultimate goal of ensuring greater police and public confidence in the private security sector and its ability to provide support at major events. Meanwhile, members of the BSIA are welcome to utilise the BSIA’s members’ lounge at IFSEC, free of charge. This can be found on the BSIA’s stand (B1350).
The Police and Security Community Network, an online hub for information sharing will also be on display at the BSIA stand The Police and Security Group Initiative (PaS) is recently published the conclusions from its consultation conducted earlier this year. The consultation’s aims were to identify the Capabilities of the Private Security Industry that would be interested in working better with the Metropolitan Police; the effectiveness of existing structures; and the key barriers and enablers to successful collaboration. The PaS Group has analysed the results, established a series of workgroups to address the key areas of opportunity, and is now looking for participants to help develop ideas and recommendations for change in this critical area. Receiving 197 responses from a broad set of participants including those responsible for managing and providing security, as well as membership organisations and the Police, the consultation provides a broad view of the issues surrounding collaboration. Improve communications and make intelligence sharing easier A closer look at the barriers and enablers to successful partnership working revealed that almost 30% of respondents cited communication and information sharing as key to making the collaboration between Police and Private Security more effective, while lack of trust and staff changes were highlighted as potential barriers to success. In terms of aspirations for PaS, there was a desire to improve communications and to make intelligence sharing easier, to improve attitudes and mutual understanding to encourage trust, and for training. Results also highlighted the complexity of the current partnership landscape, with respondents identifying 71 relevant organisations currently involved in or representative of collaboration. Among these were the British Security Industry Association, The Security Institute, ASIS, CSARN and London First. The consultation also identified 24 different standards and accreditations, and over 20 training and skills courses and providers that were relevant to PaS collaboration. Develop an improved collaboration model "This consultation has demonstrated a high level of interest and support for developing an improved collaboration model and provided some excellent data and ideas..." Looking ahead to how the consultation results will be used to inform the initiative’s future plans, PaS Project Lead, Geoff Zeidler, comments: “This consultation has demonstrated a high level of interest and support for developing an improved collaboration model and provided some excellent data and ideas from which all stakeholders with responsibility for the security of the public in London can build on. “The opportunities are significant and the challenge will be to deliver a limited number of recommendations on how to use and enhance existing initiatives; but also focus resource and investment. “PaS will do this by acting as a forum in which those who wish to work together to improve clarity, share best practice and develop and test ideas for better collaboration with the MPS can do so with the full support of the MPS and MOPAC. Established the PaS Community Network “We are proud to have already supported both the recent Smash & Grab Event which focused on best practice, and the Safer Spaces Accreditation, and established the PaS Community Network to assist in active engagement.” Commander Simon Letchford, who is the lead for Business Crime at the MPS, said: “At a time we are all challenged to make the most of our resources, I believe that this is a critical initiative which is already making progress.” To develop, PaS has established a structure which will involve three core workgroups under a central PaS committee, which leads the initiative and includes the BSIA, Security Industry Authority (SIA), Metropolitan Police Service, MOPAC, CSARN, London First and the Safer London Business Partnership. The Information, Intelligence and Communications workgroup The Information, Intelligence and Communications workgroup will identify current systems and intelligence sources and make recommendations on how these can be used most effectively. The Standards, Training & Accreditations workgroup will seek to improve access and understanding of what has most relevance to collaboration as routes to building confidence and trust. Finally, an Effective Collaboration workgroup will establish and support a register of initiatives and capabilities in London; and promote and share best practice collaboration initiatives. "Together, we hope that these can start to make the aspiration of a more effective collaboration between the Metropolitan Police and private security industry become concrete,..." Geoff Zeidler adds: “Together, we hope that these can start to make the aspiration of a more effective collaboration between the Metropolitan Police and private security industry become concrete, and both assist and ensure learning from improvements across the whole of the United Kingdom.” Presentation on PaS in the Safe Cities Academy Those interested in learning more have their first opportunity at IFSEC on Wednesday 17th June. There will be a presentation on PaS in the Safe Cities Academy at 11am, and a participation event with the existing team at the BSIA stand (B1350) at 14.30. Individuals interested in receiving regular updates from the PaS initiative can register for the Police and Security Community Network, an online hub for information sharing and weekly updates which will also be on display at the BSIA stand at IFSEC.
Pauline cites economic recovery and international demand for UK products and services as key drivers of industry growth Newly-elected Chairman of the British Security Industry Association (BSIA), Pauline Norstrom, has marked her appointment with a focus on raising stakeholders’ awareness of the value of quality and innovation over price. In her inaugural address to BSIA members and industry stakeholders, delivered at the Association’s Annual Luncheon earlier this month, Pauline outlined her goals for her two-year tenure as Chair, citing economic recovery and international demand for UK products and services as key drivers of industry growth. Speaking to a packed auditorium at London's Hilton on Park Lane, Pauline said: “Moving forward, my vision is to cultivate an increased understanding of - and engagement with - our industry’s customers. It’s crucial to our members’ future success that we invite end users to input into influencing the issues that affect them, to ensure that the products and services offered by our industry meet their needs and deliver a return on investment. “Increased engagement with end-users will help members to drive demand by navigating the specification and tender process to their advantage, demonstrating the value of quality to ensure that BSIA membership becomes a key requirement in the competitive process and further enables members to compete and win against competitors who do not care about quality and instead undercut on price at any cost.” Other aims outlined include presiding over the development and introduction of a dedicated section of membership for industry stakeholders before the end of 2014. Paying tribute to outgoing Chairman, Geoff Zeidler, Pauline described the “significant progress that the Association has made towards creating a better industry environment for its members through the influence of legislation, regulation, and the development of standards” and added: “Throughout his two years as Chair, my predecessor, Geoff Zeidler, has worked tirelessly to ensure that the BSIA is best placed to achieve [its] goals.” With less than a year until the next General Election, political engagement is also on Pauline’s mind, and forging new relationships with key political figures including MPs, Peers, Police and Crime Commissioners, local government officials and think tanks remains a priority for the Association’s busy public affairs programme over the coming months. In her role as Chairman of the BSIA,Pauline chairs the Association’s Council and the Operating Board. She is a long-serving member of the BSIA's CCTV section An issue close to Pauline’s own heart and reflective of her well-respected position as a key influencer in the CCTV sector is ensuring that the BSIA continues to influence the further development of the Government’s CCTV Code of Practice. The launch in 2013 of the BSIA’s own research into the number and scope of CCTV cameras in the UK succeeded in positioning the Association as the key authority on the subject, while emphasising the important role that privately-owned systems play in supporting the Police and criminal justice system in securing high profile prosecutions. In the coming year, Pauline predicts, the Code of Practice will reach even further, supported by the BSIA’s own Code of Practice, Form 109, with which members must comply. As Chief Operating Officer of Dedicated Micros and the wider AD Group (comprising 18+ companies), Pauline has 15 years’ experience in the industry and possesses extensive knowledge of legislation and technical innovation. In her role as Chairman of the BSIA, Pauline chairs the Association’s Council and the Operating Board. She is a long-serving member of the BSIA's CCTV section and works closely with the Association's Chief Executive to form strategic objectives for the BSIA. Pauline will serve as BSIA Chairman for a two-year period, and will be supported in the first year by Geoff Zeidler as Immediate Past Chair.