37th International East-West Security Conference examines global trends and threats

Attending the 37th Edition of the International East-West Security Conference were delegates representing private and public sector organisations from the Russian Federation and the Ukraine. Organised by Capricorn Conferences and Exhibitions, the event ran on 4 and 5 June at the Lisbon Marriott Hotel in Portugal.

Addressing delegates at the opening ceremony, conference co-chair Patrick Somerville QPM welcomed attendees for an intensive two days of presentations and discussion on a wide range of security issues led by speakers from the UK, the USA and Russia, with simultaneous translation in English and Russian.

Global trends in the demand for – and services provided by – the private security industry, together with the growing threats and counter measures necessary to combat terrorism, fraud and cyber crime were each examined in some depth. The development of sophisticated biometrics and other technologies, as well as the application of Artificial Intelligence making security solutions more efficient and cost-effective – but at the same time creating new opportunities for illegal cyber activities and hacking – were outlined and explored.

The protection of corporate assets featured heavily in the conference programme together with the need for due diligence procedures designed to prevent insider crimes and fraud. Case Studies of elaborate schemes in both the commercial and banking sectors were presented that have resulted in massive losses and illegal gains. The considerable efforts needed to investigate and prosecute those involved were outlined.

EU’s Global Strategy for Foreign and Security Policy

An overview of the EU’s Global Strategy for Foreign and Security Policy was put forward, embracing both foreign and internal security policy and implementation plans for the next five years.

Details of some recent joint investigation and enforcement operations conducted by Europol in co-operation with EU Member States and non-EU partners demonstrated the successful measures used to disrupt high-level organised crime syndicates involved in human trafficking, illegal migration, child exploitation, currency and document counterfeiting, trafficking in counterfeit medications and other cross-border and international crimes.

The regulation and oversight of private security companies in the UK and the inspection arrangements employed were presented for comparison with other country’s measures.

Insights into the operation of Russian commercial activities (including a large-scale brewery business and a company engaged in the leasing of plant and stock for the operation of railways and other enterprises) were afforded by guest speakers on security from Russia, subsequently adding to the diversity of the topics under discussion.

Data security and cyber attacks

Current concerns about data security and protection from cyber attacks featured prominently in the conference programme, including advice on the use of the cloud and Data Centres, their security and how virtual networks will increasingly serve all aspects of business and Government going forward.

Delegates were again urged to ensure that awareness of new developments and systems and the protective measures needed are understood at the very highest level in their organisations and effectively implemented where required.

Speaking at the banquet immediately following on from conference, several delegates expressed their appreciation of the opportunity to meet with colleagues from other countries and to enjoy sharing with them professional experiences. Delegates benefited from the presentations and discussions, thereby gaining valuable knowledge and understanding around security and business practices in other countries.

The East-West Security Conference is promoted by Capricorn Exhibitions and Conferences in co-operation with several other supporting bodies to promote understanding and the exchange of ideas and information between those engaged in managing security in public and private sector organisations in the UK, the European Union, the Russian Federation and other nations across Eastern Europe.

About the Author
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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