There is a new event on the calendar for the security industry in 2019: The Security Event 2019, 9-11 April, at NEC, Birmingham. For additional details and a preview of the new trade show and conference, we spoke with Tristan Norman, Founding Partner and Event Director, The Security Event. Q: It seems recently that some trade shows have been on the decline in terms of exhibit size and attendance. Why does the physical security industry need another trade show? Norman: I think there are numer...
ISC East, in collaboration with premier sponsor, the Security Industry Association (SIA), reported strong growth results at the conclusion of this year’s industry event in New York City. The International Security Conference & Exposition is the Northeast’s largest security trade show, where close to 7,500 security and public safety professionals convened this month to meet experts from over 300 leading security brands, all the while co-locating with the launch of Unmanned Securit...
Shaking hands, exchanging business cards, and making meaningful business connections with exhibitors were 8,420 trade visitors from both government and commercial sectors who roamed across 7,000 sqm of exhibition space at the Bangkok International Convention and Exhibition Center. “Smart city was an overarching theme at this 6th edition of the fair,” said Ms Regina Tsai, Deputy General Manager of Messe Frankfurt New Era Business Media Limited. “This, together with three concur...
Seagate Technology plc, a provider of data storage solutions, and IBM announces they are working together to reduce product counterfeiting using blockchain and security technologies. The project, which is designed to help manufacturers, integrators, and business partners fight counterfeit hard drives, uses the IBM Blockchain Platform to authenticate the provenance of disk drive products, bringing a new level of multi-layered security protection to the data management industry. According to the...
DICE Corporation has announced that the company is launching a new Tech Security Summit that will combine the annual DICE User Group conference with exclusive training and educational resources for professionals in all sectors of the security industry. 2019 Tech Security Summit The inaugural event takes place April 29 through May 2, 2019 at the Sheraton Grand National Downtown in Nashville, TN. Event highlights include panel discussions with DICE representatives and industry experts, product d...
ESA is proud to recognise the distinguished group of companies supporting the industry in 2018 through its Executive Strategic Partners program. Executive Strategic Partners program This program allows us to partner with key manufacturers and service providers that are looking to make a significant impact on the industry" “This program allows us to partner with key manufacturers and service providers that are looking to make a significant impact on the industry,” says Merlin Guilbe...
Dahua Technology’s global headquarters in China were visited by a senior trade delegation from Leeds as part of a trip to capitalise on existing trade arrangements and reinforce a longstanding relationship between the region and the Chinese city of Hangzhou. Among the Leeds City Region delegation were representatives from Leeds City Council, Kirklees Council, West Yorkshire Combined Authority, Bradford Council, the Universities of Bradford, Leeds and Huddersfield and businesses from the region. In addition to discussing cooperative business opportunities, the visitors also enjoyed a tour of Dahua’s HQ, including its cutting-edge demonstration room. Encourage more investment The visit comes on the back of Dahua Technology’s UK subsidiary opening a new office in Leeds to provide support for local distributors, integrators and installers, as well as to deliver training and client demonstrations. We saw a hugely positive outcome of this activity with the announcement that Hangzhou-based Dahua, are opening an office in Leeds" “This trade and investment mission will build on our long and prestigious relationships with our Chinese partners,” said Councillor Judith Blake, Leader of Leeds City Council. “We saw a hugely positive outcome of this activity with the announcement that Hangzhou-based Dahua, makers of video surveillance equipment, are opening an office in Leeds. They join Hisense which has its UK HQ in Leeds and Silver Cross owner Fosun. We want to encourage more investment and trade between our cities.” Digital technology sector As part of a presentation to the delegation party, Jason Zhao, Dahua VP, General Manager of Overseas Business Centre, said “We are very honoured to be part of this historical development, having held a relationship with Leeds before we were even established in the UK. Three years ago, we opened our first UK office with only a few people, and even fewer local employees. We’ve had significant growth over these past three years, where we now have over 40 people supporting the UK & Ireland markets. Three of them are staff hired from Leeds and the surrounding area.” Hangzhou and Leeds have been partnered since 1988, cooperating in the fields of business, education and culture and resulting in links between many businesses and public bodies. The Leeds City Region covers Barnsley, Bradford, Calderdale, Craven, Harrogate, Kirklees, Leeds, Selby, Wakefield and York. It has a £1 billion-plus Local Growth Deal to boost jobs and growth across the region. It is also home to the UK’s largest regional financial centre and has a digital technology sector now worth more than £6.6 billion
DigiCert Inc., the global provider of scalable PKI solutions for identity and encryption, Gemalto, a global provider in digital security, and ISARA Corp., the provider of quantum-safe security solutions, announced a partnership to develop advanced quantum-safe digital certificates and secure key management for connected devices commonly referred to as the Internet of Things (IoT). “DigiCert, Gemalto and ISARA are collaborating today to solve tomorrow’s problem of defending connected devices and their networks against the new security threats that the implementation of quantum computers will unleash,” says Deepika Chauhan, Executive VP of Emerging Markets at DigiCert. “The work we’re doing now will ensure that the connected systems that serve as the brains of automobiles, industrial control systems, medical devices, nuclear power plants and other critical infrastructure are safe from those threats in five, 10 and 20 years.” ISARA recognises DigiCert’s track record in advancing many of the certificate innovations in use Secure key storage and management The partnership provides significant advantages for enterprise security teams looking to secure connected devices with lengthy product lifetimes to avoid expensive security retrofitting as quantum computing becomes more prevalent. Organisations can deploy these solutions at any scale, given that DigiCert is already capable of issuing and reliably hosting billions of digital certificates for public trust and private PKI systems. The work of DigiCert with ISARA and Gemalto will enable quantum-resistant certificates with the full capability of hosted, on-premise and hybrid deployment options. DigiCert already works with many companies and consortiums using PKI to authenticate, encrypt and provide integrity for their connected devices. ISARA recognises DigiCert’s track record in advancing many of the certificate innovations in use, as well as its robust certificate management capabilities, and in operating the industry’s most ubiquitous, trusted roots. Gemalto offers secure key storage and management via its SafeNet Hardware Security Modules (HSMs) that integrate with DigiCert APIs to enable large-scale, automated credential issuing for connected devices via an internet-enabled gateway to distribute identity over the cloud. Certificates obtained through this partnership will be enabled with quantum-safe cryptography ahead of any breakthroughs that could eventually lead to quantum computing threatening connected device security. Quantum-safe cryptography Gemalto’s SafeNet Hardware Security Modules act as the root of trust to secure the most sensitive data and applications" “Experts estimate that the dawn of large-scale quantum computing will arrive in the next eight to 10 years, bringing with it the moment when all current public key cryptography can no longer be trusted,” says Scott Totzke, CEO & Co-founder at ISARA. “The work we’re doing today ensures that a fundamental element of the security stack, root certificates, is secure by embedding quantum-safe cryptography. This means that IoT manufacturers and other large organisations will have the solutions and tools they need to prepare for the quantum threat well in advance of that date, keeping confidential information and high-value assets safe.” “Gemalto’s SafeNet Hardware Security Modules act as the root of trust to secure the most sensitive data and applications and protect billions of the digital transactions every day around the world,” said Todd Moore, Senior Vice President for Encryption Products at Gemalto. “This partnership with DigiCert and ISARA will help organisations build secure and future-proof cryptographic operations that can guard against the potential security threats of quantum computing and ensure a more secure world for connected automobiles, devices, machines, smart cities and mission-critical infrastructure.” Quantum computing security Many IoT devices rely on RSA and ECC cryptography to protect the confidentiality, integrity and authenticity of electronic communications. However, NIST and others in the security community predict that within a decade, large-scale quantum computing will break RSA and ECC public key cryptography. DigiCert, Gemalto and ISARA recognise that crypto-agility becomes paramount for manufacturers of connected devices that will be in use a decade or more from now. Efforts to address quantum computing security will support connected device manufacturers and users well into the future To advance the use of reliable quantum-proof certificates, DigiCert, Gemalto and ISARA are collaborating with industry standards bodies that also are pursuing the advancement of post-quantum cryptography such as the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF). Efforts to address quantum computing security will support connected device manufacturers and users well into the future. Sustainable security management Consider the automobile industry, which is producing more vehicles with semi- and fully-autonomous driving capabilities. A car should last for 20 years or more, and manufacturers will need to ensure that the IoT devices they install will be secure and continue to function even if there is a breakage in the RSA algorithms that would render digital certificates ineffective. “The automotive industry is very focused on long-term and sustainable security management that covers the lifecycle of our vehicles," said SAE Hardware Security Sub-Committee Chair Bill Mazzara. “Crypto agility is one of the key areas we consider and that includes quantum-resistant technology.”
A 1,000-strong manufacturers’ organisation that promotes the value of British manufacturing as a differentiator is coming to Wolverhampton for its first sales and marketing workshop of the new autumn season. Pioneering steel fencing systems manufacturer Zaun will host the Made in Britain workshop, focused on marketing, sales, exports and PR. Delegates will hear about digital marketing for manufacturers and receive a marketing masterclass from Young’s Seafood’s marketing team. British manufacturing industry They will also hear from Zaun about its sales, marketing and export journey and enjoy a tour around Zaun’s factory. Made in Britain workshops highlight the community spirit of the British manufacturing industry and four events in the spring brought together members to share stories, ideas and advice. Previous events have taken place at pioneering recycler Axion in Manchester, iconic British car maker Vauxhall, Knowsley cable manufacturer Tratos and global coffee machine manufacturer Fracino in Birmingham. All the greatest British manufacturers have a story to tell and the workshops offer them a chance to sell those stories to each other" Made in Britain workshop Made in Britain chief executive John Pearce says: “All the greatest British manufacturers have a story to tell and the workshops offer them a chance to sell those stories to each other. British SME manufacturers need each other more than ever to increase the strength of the British-made supply chain.” “Typically, at each workshop two or three new trading relationships are born – as we’re all united in the use of the official collective mark to point to the quality, innovation and excellence of British manufacturing.” Proactive at trading Zaun marketing manager Steve Roberts said: "As a company we are very proactive at trading on our Britishness throughout our business. We have seen major success through this route, especially in the Middle East and following our work on the London 2012 Olympics.” After the Zaun event, the final two workshops of the year will be at ethical luxury brand The Soap Co. in London on 10 October then the ESSE foundry in Barnoldswick, Lancashire, on 14 November. Made in Britain events are for members across all their 50 product sectors.
UNION, part of ASSA ABLOY Security Solutions, a UK division of ASSA ABLOY, a provider of door opening solutions, will be showcasing its certified, durable and easy-to-fit locks, cylinder systems and door closers at Screwfix Live 2018. Taking place at the Farnborough International Exhibition Centre in Hampshire between 28 and 30 September 2018, installers visiting stand J14 will be able to discuss UNION’s market-leading products and their excellent offering for trade partners. Visitors can also view UNION’s range of locks, cylinder systems and door closer solutions. This includes the renowned keyPRIME and keyULTRA master key systems, CE3F door closer and its euro-profile lockcases. Essential security standards All UNION products are tested, certified, durable and easy-to-fit, delivering unrivalled performance while meeting essential security standards. This allows installers to fit and forget, and recommend UNION products with confidence. UNION trade partners are able to access this comprehensive range of product solutions through stock held locally in regional markets UNION trade partners are able to access this comprehensive range of product solutions through stock held locally in regional markets. This allows UNION to provide installers with prompt service for immediate needs, at a competitive price that takes budget into account and offers excellent value for money. Latest door hardware Peter Crane, UNION’s Marketing Manager, said: “We are delighted to be exhibiting at Screwfix Live 2018, and give installers the opportunity to discover the very latest door hardware and security solutions available from UNION.” “Our products are tested and certified under the most rigorous conditions, while remaining easy to fit. This means installers can fit UNION products and be completely confident in their performance.” “We look forward to welcoming visitors to our stand to discuss becoming a UNION trade partner, and to view our range of high-quality, durable and reliable products.”
DHF (Door & Hardware Federation) has located its operations to a new and improved facility on the outskirts of Tamworth. ‘The Barn’ at ‘Shuttington Fields Farm’ has been home to the trade association since 3rd September and offers significantly larger office space, together with a state-of-the-art training academy and parking for more than 40 cars. It is located just four miles from junction 11 of the M42. The move has been prompted by DHF’s tremendous growth in both employees and membership, particularly in the past ten years and will yield considerable cost savings, with training and meetings being carried out on-site. “The federation has doubled in size in terms of membership and staff over the past five years, which is, of course, great news, but it is essential that we continue to offer a first-rate service to our members and support that growth with appropriate levels of resource,” explains DHF’s CEO, Bob Perry. “We have been at our Heath Street head office for more than 31 years; a move was long overdue.” DHF will continue to hold courses throughout the UK to ensure everyone can access a course State-of-the-art training academy DHF’s growth has been due, in part, to an increasing uptake of its training courses, with more than 2300 delegates completing one of its four courses on offer since the launch of the Gate Safety Diploma in September 2013. ‘The barn’ houses a top-of-the-range training academy which will accommodate 25 people. This will save the association vital funds previously spent on hiring venues across the country to host courses. Most of the training will now be undertaken in-house, however, DHF will continue to hold courses throughout the UK to ensure everyone can access a course. Additionally, DHF will be hiring out their facilities to external organisations. Positive learning experience “Our new office facilities herald a fresh chapter for DHF,” continues Bob. “We can now confidently support our on-going growth and expansion and continue to deliver value for our members. And the new training academy will facilitate a positive, learning experience for all attendees.” To make life easier for candidates, DHF has also secured corporate rates for accommodation at nearby ‘Best Western Appleby Park Hotel’ for those attending training courses. Candidates can book directly with the hotel.
Door and window hardware professionals can now nominate their projects for the internationally recognised biennial GAI/RIBA Architectural Ironmongery Specification Awards. Organised by the Guild of Architectural Ironmongers (GAI) in conjunction with the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), the awards are designed to identify and reward excellence in the specification of architectural ironmongery. Architectural ironmongery advisers Projects can be nominated for the following categories: residential; commercial and hospitality buildings; public health and education buildings Projects can be nominated for the following categories: residential; commercial and hospitality buildings; public health and education buildings; international projects outside the UK and Ireland and, new to the 2018/19 awards, best new product: design and innovation. Architects, specifiers, building contractors, clients and their architectural ironmongery advisers and suppliers across the world can nominate projects from now until Friday 16 November 2018. The winners will be announced at a celebratory lunch in March 2019. The Specification Awards ceremony David Stacey, president of the GAI, says: “The Specification Awards ceremony is one of the Guild’s most highly anticipated events. The calibre of entries is always incredibly high and shows architectural ironmongery at its best. The GAI is always proud to see its member companies involved in so many complex projects.” “These awards are unique because they reward the whole specification team, highlighting the importance of the professional partnership between architects and architectural ironmongers.”
In 1973, a brilliant economist named E.F. Schumacher wrote a seminal book titled ‘Small Is Beautiful:’ taking an opposing stance to the emergence of globalisation and “bigger is better” industrialism. He described the advantages of smaller companies and smaller scales of production, highlighting the benefits of building our economies around the needs of communities, not corporations. In almost every industry or market that exists in the world today, you're likely to find a difference in size between companies. Whether it’s a global retail chain versus a small family-owned store, a corporate restaurant chain versus a mom-and-pop diner or a small bed and breakfast versus a large hotel chain — each side of the coin presents unique characteristics and advantages in a number of areas. Disparity in physical security industry Customers are drawn to products and services from large enterprises as the big names typically imply stability This disparity very clearly exists in the physical security industry, and differences in the sizes of product manufacturers and service providers could have important implications for the quality and type of the products and services offered. All too often, customers are drawn to products and services from large enterprises, as the big names typically imply stability, extensive product offerings and global reach. And that's not to say that these considerations are unwarranted; one could argue that larger companies have more resources for product development and likely possess the combined expertise and experience to provide a wide range of products and services. But the value that a company’s products and services can bring isn’t necessarily directly related to or dependent on its size. In an age where the common wisdom is to scale up to be more efficient and profitable, it’s interesting to pause and think about some of the possible advantages of small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs). Typically, “small” companies are defined as those with less than 100 employees and “medium” with less than 500. Providing social mobility Schumacher argued that smaller companies are important engines of economic growth. Indeed, according to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), a group of 36 member countries that promotes policies for economic and social well-being, SMBs account for 60 to 70 percent of jobs in most OECD countries. Importantly, SMBs provide resilience in that there are often large economic and social impacts when big companies fail. Smaller companies are better for regional economies in general, as earnings stay more local compared to big businesses, which in turn generates additional economic activity. SMBs are also better at providing social mobility for disadvantaged groups by giving them opportunities and enabling them to realise their potential. Smaller companies are often more innovative, bringing to the market novel technologies and solutions such as Cloud, analytics, AI, and IoT New companies introduce new technologies There's no denying the role of start-ups when it comes to innovation. In the security industry, many new technologies (e.g. Cloud, analytics, AI, IoT) are first brought to the market by newer companies. In general, smaller companies’ products and services often have to be as good or better than others to be competitive in the marketplace. They are therefore often more innovative, bringing to the market novel technologies and solutions. And these companies are also more willing to try out other new B2B solutions, while larger companies tend to be more risk-averse. Customer service Aside from the quality of products and services, arguably one of the most important components of a security company’s success is its ability to interact with and provide customers the support that they deserve. Smaller companies are able to excel and stand out to their customers in a number of ways: Customer service. Customers’ perceptions of a product’s quality are influenced by the quality of support, and smaller manufacturers often possess a strong, motivated customer service team that can be relatively more responsive to customers of all sizes, not just the large ones. A superior level of support generally translates into high marks on customer satisfaction, since customers’ issues with products can be resolved promptly. Flexibility. SMBs have a greater capacity to detect and satisfy small market niches. While large companies generally create products and services for large markets, smaller companies deal more directly with their customers, enabling them to meet their needs and offer customised products and services. And this translates to adaptability, as SMBs become responsive to new market trends. By having a pulse on the market, smaller companies have much more flexibility in their supply chain and can adjust much faster in response to changing demand. Decision-making. Smaller companies are much more agile in decision-making, while larger enterprises often suffer from complex, tedious and lengthy decision-making processes. Communication is easier throughout SMBs, as smaller teams enable new ideas to flow and can solve problems faster. Job satisfaction Employees working for SMBs connect more directly with the company's goals and objectives, which in turn increases motivation and job satisfaction Employees working for SMBs connect more directly with the company's goals and objectives, which in turn increases motivation and job satisfaction. SMBs are also generally more connected to local communities and participation in community activities leads to a greater sense of purpose. Additionally, SMBs have a much smaller impact on the environment, which is increasingly becoming an important consideration for today’s employees and customers. Though Schumacher's book takes a much deeper dive into the large global effects of scale on people and profitability, the general impact of a company’s size on its products and services is clear. It’s important for all players in the security industry to remember that the commitment and dedication to product quality can be found in businesses of all sizes. Ensuring safety of people, property and assets Large manufacturers may catch your eye, but small business shouldn’t be forgotten, as they can offer end users a robust set of attributes and benefits. While all security companies are aiming to achieve a common goal of providing safety for people, property and assets, smaller businesses can provide extensive value when it comes to driving the economy, innovating in the industry, providing quality employment and offering superior customer service.
Brexit will bring sweeping changes to the way the UK not only interacts internationally, but also internally. With the country standing alone with regards to trade and exports, it is vital for us to be fully prepared. However, there is one area that I think needs much greater scrutiny—the UK technical skills gap. Tellingly, there is a palpable shortage of technical training and skills right across the UK economy. With the country’s economic strength relying heavily on cutting-edge technology and knowledge, the UK security industry has particular reason to be anxious of movement restrictions on internationally sourced expertise and resources, as well as a potential ‘brain-drain’ of domestic talent. There is a lack of quantity and quality of home-grown talent in the pipeline, and there is a greater availability of talent from overseas Need for security education There are two distinct aspects that need to be addressed when you look at the requirements of the UK economy with regards to technical expertise. First of all, there is the quantity and quality of home-grown talent in the pipeline, and secondly, there is the availability and desire of talent from overseas wanting to work in the UK. In my own experience, it can be quite a challenge finding the best technical expertise (in the numbers needed) from the UK alone. Currently, alongside our British employees, our business employs a sizable amount of international security talent, ensuring we can fill key roles with exactly the right people. As well as sourcing expertise from abroad, I passionately believe we need to properly support and educate the next generation of UK security professionals too, ensuring we can also find the right talent closer to home in the future. T-Levels provide valuable business experience which can be lacking in traditional academic courses Technology-level training for modern needs It is frustrating to see the current skills gap—particularly as I felt the UK Government began moving in the right direction when it reintroduced the excellent national apprenticeships scheme a few years ago. There is no doubt we will always need excellent academic qualifications and people trained in research and development, but equally a stint in further education is certainly not for everyone! Undoubtedly apprenticeships are an excellent way of encouraging hungry young talent into any industry with on-the-job training. Importantly, this isn’t just academic training either—it also provides valuable business experience too, which can be lacking in more traditional academic courses. There has also been a lot of interest in ‘T-Levels’ in the UK. These are technology level courses that are designed to offer specific training for modern technology needs. It is very encouraging to see the promotion of technology education in this way, designed to appeal to students that are looking for a solid career in the UK technology sector. Apprenticeships are an excellent way of encouraging hungry young talent into any industry with on-the-job training Focus on engineering and vocational education Unfortunately, it seems the UK is still somewhat behind our European cousins when it comes to technology education and training. Germany, for example, is a country that has traditionally excelled in these areas. The education system in Germany has heavily focussed on engineering and vocational-based training programmes, which has seen noticeable benefits for its technology sector. The Germans have continued to focus on this for decades, meaning the country’s economy has an excellent pipeline of well-trained talent available. Taking this approach would greatly enhance training in the UK too, supporting up-and-coming talent and helping the next generation reach its potential. A healthy influx of highly talented individuals from across Europe has helped to fill the UK skills gap over recent decades Meeting business and technology needs A healthy influx of highly talented individuals from across Europe has helped to fill the UK skills gap over recent decades. Undoubtedly, like many British businesses we have significantly benefited from this open and vibrant skills market. With the fine details of Brexit being negotiated at the moment, I hope this valuable source of skilled professionals won’t be denied to UK businesses. Even if there are more stringent controls moving forward, the UK must continue to open its doors to this expertise—certainly until we can reap future generations of home-grown talent. It’s interesting (and somewhat ironic) that when you look at some UK universities’ engineering faculties, they often have half or over half of their students from other countries. The UK has world-renowned education facilities that we should be proud of, and yet paradoxically, we are still not educating enough UK engineers. There is a keen interest in technology from younger generations that needs to be nurtured Skill-based training for economic growth International trading and people movement will change after Brexit, but I hope there will also be a significant evolution in the education system to close the UK skills gap. The UK has some of the best educational establishments in the world and a long history of innovation and entrepreneurial skills to make our technology highly commercial. Frustratingly, there is a keen interest in technology from younger generations—just look how addicted young people are to their screens. This keen interest needs to be nurtured and career choices in technology encouraged. With the right training opportunities in place (university education, apprenticeships and T-Levels), the UK can easily implement the tools to create the right opportunities. However, what is really needed now is an impetus from political leaders to address training needs and ensure the economy continues to develop and grow to meet the challenges ahead.
ASIS International continues to adapt, innovate, and grow at the high speed of the industry and profession. If 2016 represented a year for new CEO Peter J. O’Neil and his senior management team and volunteer leadership to explore, review, and assess, 2017 was the year when many new initiatives took wing. Career Pathing initiative For one, the Society is working on a new model that includes corporate membership. A Career Pathing initiative is under way, in which the knowledge, skills, and abilities for various career trajectories will be identified, with ASIS charting the course with tailored educational opportunities, certificate programmes, certifications, and knowledge resources. A new content management framework will result in more strategic development and distribution of our information resources. IT security and ESRM have prominent new futures at ASIS. The CSO Center is adopting executive coaching and will be holding chapter-based programmes around the globe. The ASIS Foundation is undertaking a Scouting the Future initiative that explores the change drivers that are and will be affecting the security profession over the next several years. From the resulting analysis, ASIS leaders will develop strategic priorities for both the association and the profession, as well as create a research agenda for the Foundation. Attendees to the annual seminar and exhibits in Dallas got a preview of changes to come at our flagship event. Former President George W. Bush, Mark Cuban, and futurist Scott Klososky drew in and stirred the imaginations of attendees. The event also featured more diverse educational programming, a new show footprint, a busier show floor, and a refreshing new energy and buzz in the air. 2018 in Las Vegas promises even more positive developments, including a wholesale rebranding of the event. The Internet of Things (IoT) will attract hackers lookingto interfere with everything from airplanes to pacemakers 2017 security trends Trends that we identified in last year’s review and forecast intensified in 2017. We predicted “high numbers of lone wolf and soft target attacks,” driven by “the confluence of self-radicalisation, social media, violent extremism, and mental illness.” We saw each one of these factors alone or in combination lead to horrific attacks. For example, the culprit in the Texas church shooting was a mentally-ill lone wolf with a grudge against his in-laws. The drivers who rammed pedestrians in Barcelona, on London Bridge, and on a bicycle path in Manhattan—as well as the bomber at Ariana Grande’s Manchester concert—were all self-radicalised Islamist extremists targeting the most vulnerable. Unfortunately, there’s no indication that these attacks will abate. Many of them take little time, coordination, or resources. The best preparation is preparation, situational awareness, and strong networks. Internet of Things and hackers We also noted that the proliferating Internet of Things (IoT) will attract hackers looking to interfere with everything from airplanes to pacemakers. According to researchers at F5 Labs, attacks against the IoT in the first half of 2017 surged 280 percent compared to the six months prior. Much of that increase can be attributed to the malware known as Mirai, which turns IoT devices into bots. And even though the Mirai botnet was identified in August 2016, the threat it poses remains severe. Other of our projections looked farther into the future, with security leaders becoming holistic risk managers steeped in Enterprise Security Risk Management (ESRM). In fact, ASIS’s ESRM initiative has started to embed these principles into the DNA of the Society. Specialised work teams are integrating ESRM into ASIS standards and guidelines, education and certification, marketing efforts, and a maturity model. Security professionals will begin to see the fruits of those efforts in the first and second quarters of 2018.
Newly modernised halls with lots of daylight will house hundreds of exhibitions and conference events at the upcoming Security Essen 2018 at Messe Essen, Germany. A new layout and hall numbering system will be unfamiliar to past attendees but promises to simplify the experience as it brings together attendees and exhibitors. European physical security market Security Essen is an international trade fair, but the emphasis is more on German, Austrian and Swiss companies. In all, Security Essen will feature 1,000 exhibitors from 40 nations. The trade fair has more of a continental European “flavour” compared to IFSEC, which focuses more on the U.K market. At the last Security Essen in 2016, organisers reported about 40,000 visitors including conference participants, VIP guests, members of various delegations and journalists. Security Essen 2018 has more of a continental European “flavour” compared to IFSEC, which focuses more on the U.K market “This year, we have sharpened the profile of Security Essen,” says Oliver P. Kuhrt, CEO of Messe Essen, a trade fair, congress and event organiser with its own exhibition grounds. “The trade fair has become considerably more digital, more modern and more interactive. Due to the optimised hall layout, we are offering our exhibitors and visitors the best possible experience with short paths and direct communication.” Newly modernised Messe Essen The newly modernised site of Security Essen will encompass eight halls, newly renumbered and with the subject areas reorganised, too. Visitors will find Services in Hall 1; Access, Mechanatronics, Mechanics and Systems in Halls 2 and 3 and the Galeria; Perimeter Protection in Hall 3; Video in Halls 5 and 7; and Fire, Intrusion and Systems in Halls 6 and 7. A helpful smart phone app, downloadable free from the Google Play Store (Android) or the Apple App Store (iOS), will be available two weeks before the event and include a show floor plan; the exhibitor list with booth numbers and contact information; and an overview of the supporting programme. A separate hall – Hall 8 – will house new Cyber Security and Economic Security categories. Cyber Security Conference At the new Cyber Security Conference, located prominently at the new East Entrance, experts will share their knowledge about the more pressing challenges and potential of cybersecurity. The programme opens and closes on 25 and 28 September with the main topic “Opportunities and Risks of Cyber Security”. On 26 September, discussions and lectures will centre on “Entry, Admission, Access: Identification Options”.A helpful smart phone app, downloadable free will be available two weeks before the event and include a show floor plan On 27 September, the topic will be smart homes and focus on “Connected Building, Security in the Buildings of the Future”. Speakers will include the president of Germany’s Federal Office for Information Security, who will address cybersecurity as a challenge for politics, business and society. The fair organises the conference in cooperation with the BHE Federal Association of Security Technology and the technical support of the Federal Office for Information Security. In Hall 8, a new Public Security Forum will enable visitors to experience digital security technologies for public spaces from the areas of sensors/IoT, cyber security and surveillance. The products and solutions will be installed in four different building scenarios (town hall, school, hospital and library) and it will be possible to test them extensively. The forum, including lectures and discussions, will target municipal decision makers and planners of public spaces. Comprehensive programme A Security Expert Forum in Hall 2 will present a continuous programme with more than 90 presentations during the period of the fair. Visitors will obtain information and solution ideas about all six subject areas covered at the fair, and the programme will begin with a keynote lecture each morning and finish with a live demonstration in the evening. On the first day of the fair (25 September), Security Essen’s Career Forum will introduce retrainees, students, trainees and graduates to companies from the security industry. Targeted and professional communication will be established between companies and job applicants to facilitate making contacts, developing networks, and filling actual vacancies. Thursday (27 September) will be observed as Fire Prevention Day, and a Drone Course will be provided each day in Hall 7. One day admission to Security Essen is €41; a four-day ticket is €105. Advance sale tickets are discounted.
A complex set of biological, psychological, sociological, contextual and environmental factors are involved when a perpetrator decides to commit an act of workplace violence. In many cases, the perpetrator doesn’t really want to become violent; rather, they are seeking to achieve an outcome and mistakenly believe violence is their only option. An underused approach to preventing workplace violence is to consider the issue from the perspective of the instigator, to seek to understand their grievances, and to suggest alternative solutions, says James Cawood, President of Factor One Inc. “It’s helpful to consider their perspective at a point of time, and how do I use that information in a way that explores the issues and influences them to seek other means of achieving their goals without violence?” suggests Cawood. Preventing workplace violence An underused approach to preventing workplace violence is to consider the issue from the perspective of the instigator Factor One specialises in violence risk management, threat assessment, behavioural analysis, security consulting and investigations. Cawood will present his insights into preventing workplace violence in a session titled “Workplace Violence Interventions: The Instigator’s Perception Matters” during GSX 2018 in Las Vegas, 23 September. Intervening and seeking to understand the instigator’s viewpoint can direct them away from violence. Often, diffusing a situation can prevent tragedy. Delaying a violent act is a means of prevention, given that the instigator might not reach the same level of stress again. Cawood says several recent examples of workplace violence illustrate the importance of identifying behavioural precursors and intervening. It is difficult to quantify the benefits of such an approach, since no one is keeping statistics on incident that were successfully diverted, he says. Reaching a mutually agreeable solution “Accommodation and appeasement often won’t serve the problem,” says Cawood. “Instead of projecting our needs on what would be effective for us, we must really understand what matters to them and what we are able to do to solve the problem. “It’s about listening and reflecting back to reach a mutual agreement of their perspective of what matters,” he says. “Now we can talk about what’s possible or not. Is there something concrete I can do that is within the rules? Just being heard in depth is a de-escalator of violence.” It’s the same methodology used by hostage negotiators: Listen, reflect back, and come to a mutually agreeable solution. Giving a troubled employee a severance package – money – might not address their underlying complaints For example, giving a troubled employee a severance package – money – might not address their underlying complaints. “We may not have solved the underlying problem as they perceive it,” says Cawood. “They may feel disrespected or picked on. There may be an underlying mental condition, such as paranoia, or a grandiose sense of self-worth, underlying filters that have nothing to do with money.” GSX networking and education GSX is the new branding for ASIS International’s trade show, attended by more than 22,000 worldwide security professionals Global Security Exchange (GSX) is the new branding for ASIS International’s annual conference and trade show, attended by more than 22,000 security professionals from 100-plus countries. Cawood’s session will be 24 September from 2:15 to 3:30 p.m. “My purpose is to hone in on an area of workplace violence that is often ignored,” says Cawood. Cawood started out in law enforcement in the 1970s and transitioned to security in the 1980s. His credentials are typical of the high level of speakers presenting at GSX 2018: He holds a Master’s Degree in Forensic Psychology, and a Doctorate in Psychology, is a Certified Threat Manager (CTM), and has successfully assessed and managed more than 5,000 violence-related cases. He is the former Association President of the Association of Threat Assessment Professionals (ATAP) and currently the Vice-Chair of the Certified Threat Manager program for ATAP. Cawood has written extensively on the topic of violence risk assessment, and co-authored a book, Violence Assessment and Intervention: The Practitioner's Handbook. Cawood has been active in ASIS International since the 1980s and sees value in attending GSX 2018. “People from all over the world are coming and being exposed to a common set of topics to use as jump-off points for additional conversations. People from all types of experiences and exposures will be providing information through those lenses.” Knowledge gained from GSX provides a “real chance to drink from a fire hose” and get a deeper understanding of a range of topics. The relationships and networking are another benefit: “Nothing is more powerful than knowing someone face-to-face,” he adds.
How do you make a 63-year-old organisation even better? That’s the challenge for ASIS International as it continues an effort to be more transparent and inclusive, and to adapt to 21st century work environments. Transforming the focus of ASIS International “ASIS International is undergoing a tremendous amount of transition and reexamination, creating a lot of opportunities,” says Amy Fischer, Vice President of Marketing and Communications. There’s a new CEO and there has been shuffling on the executive leadership team, all directed toward fine-tuning how the organisation can fulfill its role in the profession. “How can we achieve our mission? We are reexamining and reevaluating our programmes from the ground up. Our reinvestment in the annual seminar and exhibits are just the beginning. We will be rolling out new programmes in the next 18 months.” The new strategies come with the complete support of the ASIS International Board of Directors. Since the summer of 2015, the board has taken a stronger role, working with staff to develop a more member-centric plan that has transformed the focus of the organisation. “Every programme area is being looked at and evaluated,” says Fischer. “We are looking to improve the value proposition for members, to ensure they are reaping the value of their membership dollars.” “Every day is a new adventure,” adds Peggy O’Connor, ASIS International’s Director of Communications. “I have been here 10 years, and the change I have seen in the last year has been exciting. Members feel that this is their association. People are excited about what we are doing.” Staff has been moved, changed and restructured. Emphasis on virtual and e-learning “We have a great partnership with our board,” says Peter O’Neil, CEO of ASIS International, who joined the organisation at the beginning of 2016. “We are looking at the operation through a mobile-first, digital and agile lens that lets us be more responsive. I have served five other associations, and I have never experienced a more committed membership. Commitment is high at other organisations, but I have never seen this kind of commitment. Members are behind us and want nothing more than for their professional society to succeed.” “We are looking to improve the value proposition for members, to ensure they are reaping the value of their membership dollars” Among the changes will be greater emphasis on virtual and e-learning. The association will also work to help young, non-security professionals see a career path in security. To that end, the association will be taking a hard look at new membership models. New entry-level certification programme ASIS International will also be considering a new entry-level certification programme for new professionals who come into security from law enforcement, the military or other fields. Launching a new certification takes about two years, and the organisation is currently six months or so into it. Another challenge is ASIS International’s dependence on volunteers; today’s security professionals struggle to find time to devote to the organisation. A new approach will likely engage “micro-volunteers,” allowing members to be involved without devoting as much time. A new ASIS International website will be launched in 2017 Q4, providing association management as well as learning management tools. New virtual learning initiatives, such as live streaming of annual meeting presentations, will be part of the investment. The changes to the 2017 Annual Meeting and Seminars will be just the beginning of additional evolution of the association’s largest yearly event. “2018 will be a whole new and exciting world,” says O’Neil.
The Security Industry Association (SIA) has expressed strong support for MI HB 5828 and HB5830, two bills designed to improve school security across the state of Michigan. Michigan Legislation In a letter to Michigan House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations Chairwoman Laura Cox and Vice-Chair Rob VerHeulen, SIA CEO Don Erickson praised the bills’ creation of a comprehensive school plan and fund to enable local districts to procure security solutions to protect students from malicious perpetrators and update building code requirements to include security measures. “Sadly, our nation’s schools have increasingly become a soft target for mass violence – at Sandy Hook Elementary, recently at Stoneman Douglas High School and in many other attacks,” said Erickson. “We support holistic approaches to improving school safety and security in response to these tragedies – recognising there is no single action that can be taken that will, by itself, make our schools safe.” SIA is a co-founder of the Partner Alliance for Safer Schools (PASS), a consortium of school security experts Improving school security SIA represents about 900 security and life safety solutions providers – companies that develop, manufacture and integrate technologies that help keep people and property safe from hazards. These industry leaders strive to introduce robust security solutions integrated into our nation’s K–12 public schools, private academic institutions, colleges and universities. In addition to serving member organisations working to improve security in schools and other environments, SIA is a co-founder of the Partner Alliance for Safer Schools (PASS), a consortium of school security experts that developed threat- and income-based guidelines for schools housing grades K–12 to implement appropriate, layered security measures. These guidelines are available to help guide school investments. Additionally, PASS provides integrators with risk assessments and white papers that can be used when working with schools to evaluate and establish the best security protections for their buildings. SIA believes state assistance like that in the Michigan legislation is a start to addressing key security gaps in schools and is especially critical to high-risk school districts or those with limited budgets.