The growing cyber threat is the target for the new man at the helm of Gallagher Security (Europe), whose vision is to equip companies and authorities to combat it. Richard Huison has stepped up to General Manager for UK & Europe, a year after joining Gallagher from Vanderbilt Industries access control brand ACT. He believes Gallagher is perfectly placed to counter the cyber threat as a long term CPNI-approved supplier to the Home Office and critical national infrastructure clients such as the National Grid. Securing the Grid from cyber threat Given the cost to businesses and nation states of falling prey, we have to be sure that security is increasingly baked in to everything we put on our networks"Huison says: “The cost of a power outage on the Grid is £1m per minute so they have to be absolutely sure of their cyber resilience and that everything they plug on to their network is secure. That’s a real challenge in an era where kettles and other household appliances are becoming increasingly wifi-connected, so a hacker switching them all on at the same time could bring down the Grid.” He cites the recent decision to limit Chinese giant Huawei’s involvement in 5G in the UK as evidence of how seriously Government takes the threat and wonders if mass network failures at mobile providers Vodafone and O2 Telefonica have a more sinister cause. “Given the cost to businesses and nation states of falling prey, we have to be sure that security is increasingly baked in to everything we put on our networks,” he says. Filling the shoes of Dave Bentley Huison fills the shoes of career-long Gallagher stalwart Dave Bentley, who has left after 24 years for an entirely new challenge – to run a holiday camp in France. Bentley was the first on site in the UK at customers like Severn Trent Water, EDF, United Utilities and National Grid, which has evolved to be Gallagher’s largest UK client and its biggest worldwide for perimeter, covering a total of 700 sites via different channel partners via the Gallagher Command Centre in two Alarm Receiving Centres. One of Huison's last projects in this role was the development of the Rapier 2000 fire command system where optical cryptos initiated the launch Gallagher employs 1,100 people across a global network in ten countries. Research and development alone makes up 135 of the workforce, 75 of whom are software developers. Global security boss Kahl Betham says: “Richard is a strong natural authentic leader with great drive and ambition for the future. We are delighted to have Richard taking on this GM role.” Security expert for the government Huison spent 14 years at Dublin-based ACT, expanding the brand, increasing their market presence and boosting growth by 25% in the UK. That followed three years with French security manufacturer CDVi. His career in the security industry started with a government contractor making voice and data cryptos and scramblers for the military and government departments. The technology was also adopted by banks and utilities to make secure financial transactions over a non-secure infrastructure. One of his last projects in this role was the development of the Rapier 2000 fire command system where optical cryptos initiated the launch. Out of work, Huison is a qualified commercial diver and a CAA-approved drone operator, both linked to the security and infrastructure industries.
Gallagher celebrates its 80th anniversary as a technology company in the security, fuel systems and animal management industries. The family owned-and-operated global security giant was founded in 1938 by the late Bill Gallagher Senior and 80 years ago was a 10-person business that designed and delivered New Zealand’s first electric fence solution. Today, the company employs 1,100 people across a global network in ten countries. Research and development alone makes up 135 of the workforce, 75 of whom are software developers. To celebrate 80 years, Gallagher holds a series of events for customers and employees throughout North America, Europe, Asia, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. Our longevity is a credit to our employees, business partners and customers whose dedication to the brand are absolutely key to our success" Transform working lives Gallagher chief executive and chairman Sir William Gallagher says: “The innovative spirit of my father, our founder Bill Gallagher Senior – who 80 years ago worked to solve our first problem – is alive in the generations of our people who continue to deliver previously unthought-of solutions.” “Each year, for 80 years, our customers have experienced continual increases in the power of Gallagher technology to transform their working lives.” “Our longevity is a credit to our employees, business partners and customers whose dedication to the brand are absolutely key to our success. We’ll be celebrating throughout our anniversary year the strength of those partnerships built over decades.” Celebrating the spark A milestone ceremony kicked off the anniversary year at the Hamilton headquarters in New Zealand where workers from across the globe and all New Zealand employees and their families gathered for a celebration of headline entertainment, fun family activities and food inspired by office locations across the globe. The focus on innovation has given rise to a new strapline, ‘80 years of celebrating the spark’, which is captured in a giant ‘spark’ graphic that now adorns Gallagher’s head office. Gallagher captures key moments over the eight decades in a commemorative digital format, to be published at the end of the year, as a reflection of the brand’s presence over the past 80 years. Gallagher entered Europe in the 1990s and Gallagher Security (Europe) Ltd celebrated its 25th anniversary last year Develop electric fence The brand entered Europe in the 1990s and Gallagher Security (Europe) Ltd celebrated its 25th anniversary last year. Regional manager Dave Bentley has been with the business almost from the beginning. He was the first on site in the UK at customers like Severn Trent Water, EDF, United Utilities and National Grid, which has evolved to be Gallagher’s largest UK client and its biggest worldwide for perimeter, covering a total of 700 sites via different channel partners via the Gallagher Command Centre in two Alarm Receiving Centres. Spotting the opportunity He recalls: “If product releases weren’t quite behaving as we expected, I was there at the sharp end making it work for the client. One evening, I was working late in the warehouse mending some fence controllers when Sir William walked through and asked who I was.” “That’s where our relationship started 23 years ago, and my huge respect for him, his father and the energy that drives the company.” He explains that innovation has been key to the success of Gallagher Security, with Sir William spotting the opportunity to develop the electric fence his father had invented for agricultural purposes, into a perimeter security fence to deter would-be intruders. Gallagher moved from perimeter protection to providing a holistic solution, which was unique in the market on a single platform Ground-breaking developments The purchase of PEC in 1999 was a real game changer for the company, adding access control to its portfolio. It meant Gallagher moved from perimeter protection to providing a holistic solution, which was unique in the market on a single platform. This has continued to develop with recent ground-breaking developments allowing users to access buildings with their mobile phones using Gallagher Mobile Connectivity. Gallagher culture Bentley says: “There are two things about the Gallagher culture for me. Innovation is the first, it's an exciting environment to be in, always changing, and it means that nothing is impossible.” “The second is that when you find yourself part of a team that has integrity, respect, a great work ethic and trust flowing from the top down, it's something you want more of because it's special.” “That's the spark, that's what makes Gallagher such a great organisation, and that's why our business is growing so fast. What a great thing to be a part of!” We’ve achieved a lot in the past 80 years, but we are just getting started" Considerable growth Gallagher marks the 80th anniversary this week with an event at key customer Kings College London attended by Sir William, its approved channel partner network, customers and industry representatives. Bentley says: “The event was a great way to thank our team and customer base for their business and celebrate in London – an area in which we’ve invested heavily and have seen considerable growth as a result.” Sir William concludes: “We’ve achieved a lot in the past 80 years, but we are just getting started.”