Professor Martin Gill CSyP FSyI
There are a number of factors that may be contributing to security officers having one of the highest death rates of any occupation, according to a new report commissioned by Corps Security from Perpetuity Research and Consultancy International. The Office for National Statistics published data in May which revealed that security officers have one of the highest death rates from COVID-19 - 45.7 deaths per 100,000 people. The seven issues the research points are as below: Low-paid jobs, proximity, higher age Low-paid occupations were found to have high rates of death involving COVID-19 and front-line security is typically low-paid. The role of security officers generally involves close proximity and frequent interactions with others, and this was found to be a significant risk factor for contracting COVID-19, albeit it is not known whether security officers generally worked in a similar way in the crisis. However, their risk factor relating to exposure was not rated as high as healthcare personnel; the level of virus found in healthcare settings is much greater than among the general public yet death rates for healthcare staff are lower than for security officers. Older people appear to be more vulnerable to COVID-19 compared to their younger counterparts and experience less favourable outcomes.Analysis of licences issued by the Security Industry Association (SIA) in 2019 suggests that 21% were obtained by those over 55 years of age, compared to the UK average for all occupations of 19% of the workforce in that age group. Yet 42% of those with a manned guarding licence, were issued to those over 55 years of age. Males, ethnicity, reduced hand washing More men than women have been affected by COVID-19 and because approximately 90% of security personnel are men, the risk factor for the sector overall is higher than occupations with a lower proportion of males. Not all groups in the UK have been affected by COVID-19 equally and ethnicity appears to be a significant risk factor. Nearly a third of security officers are from Black, Asian, and minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds and vulnerability is linked to both genetic, social and economic factors. Within this group, Black Africans, Pakistanis and Bangladeshis appear to be particularly vulnerable and they are overrepresented among security officers. The very nature of the role of security officers influences their risk to COVID-19. Being a frontline key worker may mean encountering conflict when trying to enforce COVID-19 guidelines; this may make social distancing more difficult. They also have to touch equipment and technology others have handled on a regular basis and may find it difficult to ensure they carry out frequent hand washing. Many security roles are located in major cities and some of these, particularly in London, the Midlands and south-east have been particularly hard hit by COVID-19, affecting the vulnerability of those working there. The full report can be downloaded from the website. The research was carried out through desktop analysis of a number of data sources. Protection for security professionals “The ONS data made for difficult reading for the security profession. We wanted to know why security officers were so affected by the virus so we could better support and protect our people. This report gives us valuable insight and we’re delighted to share it with the wider security sector so we can work together and do all we can as an industry to ensure no more security officers die as a result of this terrible virus,” said Mike Bullock, CEO of Corps Security. “We were delighted to research this key area for Corps,” said Martin Gill, Director of Perpetuity Research and one of the report’s authors. “The true picture is complex, with some risk factors almost certainly interrelated, may still be emerging, or even not yet identified. What does seem clear though from this preliminary research is that gender, ethnicity, the nature of the job have all been seen to increase risks and these are all characteristics of security officers.”
With only three weeks to go until The Security Event 2019, details of the fantastic speakers taking part in the professional seminar programme has been released. Security training sessions Sessions in the free-to-attend programme have been designed to give attendees practical training and best practice advice on new techniques and technologies on the market and are CPD certified by The Security Institute. By attending these innovative sessions and workshops, attendees can earn up to 35 CPD points across the three-day event. The speakers for the programme have been hand-selected by the content team as some of the UK Security industry’s most experienced voices The speakers for the programme have been hand-selected by the content team as some of the UK Security industry’s most experienced voices. They have been there, done that and are now ready to share their experience and know-how with interested parties. Visitors can hear from experienced industry speakers who will share their learnings and offer invaluable advice for on a range of topical issues at The Security Event 2019. Notable speakers list includes: Chris Aldous, Director, ASIS UK Phil Cain, Digital Voice Industry Engagement, BT David Gill MSc CSyP FSyI, Chartered Security Professional, Linx International Group Rick Mountfield, Chief Executive, The Security Institute Andrew Palmer, Gatwick Airport, Border Security Manager Dr Emma Philpott, CEO, IASME Consortium Mark Lindsay, Associate - Resilience, Security & Risk, Arup Professor Martin Gill, Director, Perpetuity Research Andrew Sieradzki, Director of Security and Technology, Buro Happold Andrew Palmer, Border Security Manager, Gatwick Airport Darren Stanton - The Human Lie Detector And many more
GJD is very proud to have been named ‘Outstanding Security Equipment Manufacturer’ at the Outstanding Security Performance 2019 Awards (OSPAs). The competition for this category was extremely competitive, making it a great achievement for GJD. The awards dinner and presentation took place at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in central London on 28 February. The OSPAs recognise and reward companies and individuals across the security sector. The OSPAs are designed to be both independent and inclusive, providing an opportunity for outstanding performers, whether buyers or suppliers, to be recognised and their success to be celebrated. Innovative product technology Ana Maria Sagra-Smith, GJD’s Sales and Marketing Director commented: “It is a great honour for GJD to be recognised as an Outstanding Security Equipment Manufacturer at this year’s OSPAs. The award is testament to GJD’s strong focus on creating innovative product technology for the security sector.” Ana continued to say: “I would like to take this opportunity to thank the GJD team for their commitment to deliver world-class security solutions to our loyal customer base.” Rewarding the best in the business The OSPAs provide an independent platform to showcase excellence and outstanding performance" OSPAs founder Professor Martin Gill commented: “The OSPAs provide an independent platform to showcase excellence and outstanding performance across the sector ensuring that those who contribute to maintaining high standards are recognised and rewarded.” He continued: “Each year, the calibre of the nominations exceeds expectations and makes the job of selecting the winners particularly challenging for the judging panel. All those that were selected as finalists and winners demonstrated that they really are the very best and should feel extremely proud.” GJD is a leading British manufacturer of external detection and LED illumination equipment. One of the main advantages of the company’s security solutions is the reliable warning of potential problems, as the property owner will get an instant alert when an intruder is at the perimeter boundary, rather than alerting the user when the threat is already inside the building.
The National Security Inspectorate (NSI) publishes findings of new industry research undertaken by Perpetuity Research into the benefits and challenges of automating confirmed alarm signalling from Alarm Receiving Centres (ARCs) to police control rooms. The independent research - conducted via an online survey and extensive one-to-one interviews with a wide range of industry professionals including representatives from Alarm Receiving Centres (ARCs) - assesses the advantages and disadvantages of automating signalling over and above current practice, the potential impact on ARCs, the police, owners of alarmed property/premises and other interested stakeholder groups, as well as the potential for further future enhancement as technology evolves. ECHO aims to improve standards and effectiveness in the deployment of police responders, through reducing time and improving accuracy in the handling of alarm signals Automated electronic call handling service The report findings reflect industry and stakeholder views at a time when ECHO – for ECHO read ‘Electronic Call Handling Operations Ltd’ - is developing the concept behind its strategy to deliver by 2020 a fully automated electronic call handling service, between all ARCS and police forces, in line with NPCC aims. ECHO, recently formed by the British Security Industry Association, the Fire Industry Association and the Fire and Security Association as an independent not-for–profit company limited by guarantee, aims to improve standards and effectiveness in the deployment of police responders, through reducing time and improving accuracy in the handling of alarm signals. This Perpetuity Research study identifies a number of areas to be addressed in further automation of alarm signalling. These include the technical challenges and the funding mechanism to put such a service onto a sustainable footing. Findings and recommendations by research report In addition, the research highlights the value of raising awareness of the ECHO initiative across industry, full consultation with all parties in the design and development of an automated service to ensure the solution accommodates the diversity in police IT networks, and future proofing. One of the significant findings of the research is the extent to which the current lack of awareness about aspirations to automate alarm signalling by the police is hindering industry’s ability to effectively develop its response. Looking ahead the report recommendations set out a series of steps which might further inform and strengthen industry’s approach, including: raising awareness of the ECHO ‘project’ assessing of police capability nationally to implement automation considering future possible enhancements to the content of alarm signal transmission e.g. CCTV streaming, and signalling applications over and above intruder alarm signalling. Our hope is that this report will be a useful reference point in the debate about how best to introduce new technologies and ways of working to deliver more effective security for people and property" Providing better public security At IFSEC International on Wednesday 20th June at 14.20 in the Future of Security Theatre NSI’s Head of Technical Services, Tony Weeks, will be exploring some of the key research findings as part of a presentation entitled ‘Automating the Transfer of Alarms to Emergency Services: Maximising Public Benefits’ - register now to attend. NSI’s Chief Executive, Richard Jenkins commented: “Thanks are due to all those within the industry who have participated in this important research and to Martin Gill and his team at Perpetuity Research for gathering and consolidating the findings. Our hope is that this report will be a useful reference point in the debate about how best to introduce new technologies and ways of working to deliver more effective security for people and property in our communities. “This is ultimately what the ECHO initiative aspires to. It’s a tremendous opportunity for the systems security industry and the police to bring a step change in how we work together. The contributors to this research have highlighted the challenge and opportunity of raising standards of security through closer collaboration.”
45% believed that cyber and physical security were equally important in the companies they were linked to The latest Security Research Initiative Report published highlights the crucial role that physical security suppliers and corporate security departments play in tackling cyber-crime, albeit that this often goes unrecognised. Physical Security Specialists vs. Cyber Specialists In a survey of both physical security specialists and cyber specialists (supplemented by extensive interviews) 79% thought that physical security was crucial to tackling cyber, but 38% of the sample agreed physical security suppliers often don’t see opportunities for contributing to cyber security. This general point was reinforced in other findings. For example, when asked whether any approach to cyber that did not include a physical response was a weak one, the majority of responders agreed (52%) and only a small percentage disagreed (17%). Moreover, over a half of the sample (55%) agreed that people issues were more important than technology in tackling cyber-crime, and 81% agreed that an alert workforce was the best defence against cybercrime. Importance of cyber security vs. physical security And the suggestion that cyber has overtaken physical security in terms of importance to companies was not given as much support as many might have thought. 45% believed that cyber and physical security were equally important in the companies they were linked to, 25% reported that cyber was more important, and 25% that cyber was less important. Much depends on the company and the threat environment. The importance of the security was underlined even further in responses to questions about the capabilities of the police: Only 3% of respondents strongly agreed with the statement, ‘the police are effective at tackling cybercrime’, and 69% of those who expressed an opinion either way agreed that it is impractical to report all cybercrime. There was general support for the use of security patrols in tackling cybercrime, and while a majority thought that converged working (the bringing together of physical and cyber security specialists) was a good thing, a minority felt that it was understood. Professor Martin Gill who led the research noted: ‘The findings show that important and valuable as cyber security specialisms are, the role of staff and physical security expertise – including security suppliers and corporate security teams – are rated highly too. When tackling the cyber threat, a holistic approach is crucial and physical security specialists have been slow to articulate the crucial role they play’. Save Save Save
Bill Fox is a leading specialist in the prevention and management of conflict and violence Security Institute Deputy Chairman Andrew Nicholls MSyI announced today that Bill Fox has joined the list of big name speakers at the Security Institute 2016 Annual Conference at the Amba Hotel, Marble Arch on Thursday 22nd September. Bill Fox, Maybo Founder & Executive Chairman, is a leading specialist in the prevention and management of conflict and violence. For over 20 years Bill has helped organisations assess and reduce risks to staff and the people they serve, and contributed to the development of national standards and qualifications. Understanding of challenges Bill understands the challenges faced by security professionals and has advised the SIA, NHS and Awarding Organisations on competencies, qualifications and employer guidance. He has worked extensively in the most challenging of areas including licensed retail, events, hospitals and retail settings. Nicholls said "We are absolutely thrilled that Bill is joining our already strong line-up of speakers for this year's conference. Delegates are going to enjoy a truly informative, topical and interesting day with some of the leading lights of the security world." Strong speaker line-up Bill joins previously announced speakers Major General Chip Chapman CB a terrorism analyst/commentator; Sean Cunningham OBE Group Operations Manager for the Inkerman Group; Lord Evans of Weardale KCB DL Associate Fellow at the Royal United Services Institute; Sue Fish OBE QPM Chief Constable of Nottinghamshire Police; Professor Martin Gill CSyP FSyI Director of Perpetuity Research; Baroness Ruth Henig CBE President of the Security Institute; Dr Karin von Hippel Director-General of the Royal United Services Institute; Brett Lovegrove FSyI Chief Executive of the City Security and Resilience Network (CSARN); Neil Robertson Group Head of Security at Unilever; Sir David Veness CBE formerly Assistant Commissioner of Specialist Operations in the Metropolitan Police. Save Save
The conference will be titled "The State of Security 2016" and will look at real world security issues in real time The Security Institute recently announced the launch of its 2016 Conference with a new format from its previous conferences. Introducing the changes, Andrew Nicholls, Deputy Chair of the Institute explains: "With past conferences we have always selected a theme and chosen speakers to deliver presentations that supported those themes. But the security situation is a fast-evolving set of circumstances and events can suddenly become hugely important. In the past we have not had the flexibility to include them in our flagship event. "This year we are putting the emphasis on securing authoritative speakers and acknowledged experts who will present on the up-to-the-minute issues that affect the security situation. This allows us enormous content flexibility and means that attendees can be guaranteed insights into what are the live issues of the moment." The State of Security 2016 The conference will be titled "The State of Security 2016" and the list of speakers at the launch reflects a significant level of expertise and authority. The conference will be chaired by Professor Martin Gill CSyP FSyI, one of the leading researchers into security and related issues introducing a line-up of speakers that already includes Sir David Veness CBE QPM, former Assistant Commissioner of Specialist Operations in the Metropolitan Police and UN Under Secretary-General for Safety and Security. Sir David will be joined on the platform by former Head of Counter Terrorism for the Ministry of Defence, Major General Chip Chapman CB who is a regular analyst/commentator on terrorism, radicalisation, government Counter-Terrorist policies and Middle East strategies, Brett Lovegrove SyI the Chief Executive of CSARN - the City Security and Resilience Network - and Sean Cunningham former Head of the New Scotland Yard Hostage and Crisis Negotiation Unit who is now Group Operations Manager for the Inkerman Group. More speakers will be announced shortly. Nicholls added "We really do have a stellar line up for The State of Security 2016 and I can promise attendees an illuminating series of presentations and discussion focusing on matters of direct concern current on the day of the conference. To my knowledge no other conference will have this degree of flexibility in tailoring the content to real world events in real time."