34th East-West International Security Conference in Rome highlights global trends

Attending the 34th East-West International Security Conference that ran at the Best Western Universo Hotel in Rome on Monday 21 and Tuesday 22 November were delegates from the Russian Federation, the Ukraine and Albania representing commercial, private and public sector organisations.

Conference co-chairman Patrick Somerville, vice-president of the International Professional Security Association (IPSA), welcomed delegates to the conference and an intensive two days of presentations and discussions covering a wide range of security issues and delivered by speakers from the UK, Italy, the USA and Russia, with simultaneous translation in English and Russian.

Global trends in the private security industry and the growing threats and counter measures necessary in relation to fraud and cyber crime were examined in some detail, so too the increasing use of sophisticated biometrics and other technologies designed to make security solutions more efficient and cost-effective.

The safety of senior staff operating or travelling in places of conflict as well as current thinking and Best Practice on close protection featured in the programme together with the need for due diligence procedures that prevent insider crimes and fraud affecting organisations in the banking and financial sector.

An overview of the new EU Global Strategy for Foreign and Security Policy embracing both foreign and internal security was presented alongside detail on the action plans for the next five years, with information rendered about some of the joint investigation and enforcement operations being conducted by Europol in co-operation with Member States and non-EU partners alike.

Several operations demonstrate the successful measures taken to disrupt the high level organised crime syndicates involved in human trafficking, child exploitation, vehicle theft and counterfeiting as well as other cross-border and international crimes.

Awareness and protective measures

The urgent need to ensure that cyber protection is embedded within all organisations is emphasised by the current wave of intrusive cyber activity threatening national infrastructures and Governments as well as commercial and transport operations. Delegates at the conference were urged to address this issue in their organisations, all the while ensuring that awareness, systems and protective measures are understood at the highest level and effectively implemented in order to deal with unlawful hacking and cyber security breaches.

These measures need to be alerted and effective in nano-seconds if they’re to successfully prevent corruption and loss of data, resources and systems.

The development of the Internet of Things and enhanced mobile phone technology and applications raises new issues around data security and cyber crime opportunities that are both startling and severe in their potential for doing harm.

The East-West Security Conferences are held twice yearly to promote understanding and exchange ideas and information between those engaged in managing security in public and private sector organisations in the UK, the Russian Federation and other countries in Eastern Europe. Such co-operation improves bilateral relations and understanding and encourages the exchange of information on Best Practice in security and crime prevention.

Promoted by Capricorn Exhibitions and Conferences in co-operation with IPSA, the Committee for Security Business of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation, the Institute of Professional Investigators and Financial Examinations and Evaluation Inc (USA), the conferences are supported by several corporate sponsors.

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Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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